The extra costs - taxis and mealsTaxis:
Accompanied by your guide you will take a taxi from your hotel to the start of the tour. The distances are generally short and the fare will average 6 to 12 Euros per taxi (5 passengers per taxi is generally the maximum). If your hotel is on the outskirts of the city you can ask your hotel to arrange for a taxi to bring you into the city to meet your guide at a pre-designated location. Tipping the driver one Euro is customary. Meals:
During longer tours, lunch will be at one of the various charming restaurants we habitually visit throughout Italy and known for their high quality and reasonable prices. We've lived here for years, and we're crazy about Italian cuisine. Have a look at our Blog
for some reviews of our favorites. Unlike the States, waiters don't live off of their tips, they have salaries and full benefits. For that reason, Italians tip their waiters about a Euro a person, but you may wish to leave a little extra if the service was good and the food excellent. Italians know that we Americans tend to be generous tippers.
These are private tours done at your pace. Whenever you like you can request your guide to fit in a stop for a drink, a gelato or an espresso. Every part of an Italy has its gems, and your guide knows where they are.