Dear Marcello. ICNOS, Anna & yourself have exceeded our expectations and have made our stay on the Amalfi Coast absolutely seamless and enjoyable- Thank you for taking such good care of us every step of the way. We hope to return to Italy again one day. We will highly recommend ICNOS to our friends!Sincerely, Leslie & Carly W. - Muscat, OMAN - Self guided walking tailor made tour - Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula - Mar 2013
Ciao Anna and Marcello!
We had a very nice trip to Italy late August - beginning of September this year. We stayed in Monterosso which is one of the five villages for four days. It was good starting point for walking with very frequent trains arrivals. This area is unique and picturesque. It is well organiced for walking in quiet environment with minimal traffic. After our stay in Monterosso we stayed in Santa Margherita Ligure for two days and walked between San Fruttoso and Portofino which is very nice walk. The walks were well organiced and diverse.
In hole we were very satisfied with our trip and many things to see and experience in these six days. All the hikes were very well chosen and interesting. This area is great and I am sure that the Amalfi coast is interesting too, I hope we will come back later and then we will have you in mind.
Thank you very much and good luck.
Anna, Pétur, Guðrún, Ólafur, Sigurlaug and Snæbjörn from Iceland. Self guided "Walking the Cinque Terre" SEP 2012
We just finished a self-guided walking tour of the Amalfi Coast, sponsored by ICNOS Adventures, an amazing organization. Everything that they arranged was perfect. By the time of our trip, I felt that Anna and I were practically old friends, after all of the questions that she answered for me via email. We arrived at Naples Airport and they arranged a private transfer to Amalfi, taking away the normal jetlagged, first-day-in-a-new-country-trying-to-get-to-your-destination issues. Once at our hotel, we received our huge packet of detailed walking plans (one per day), maps, tourist guides, bus schedules - absolutely everything that you would need. The detailed walking plans were wonderful, complete with locations to lunch or pick up a picnic to take with you, and they provided you with choices of different hikes, and of options if you wanted to shorten or reduce the hike with a local bus. We loved all the hotels that they chose and would recommend them to anyone. And when Hurricane Sandy impacted our return home, we sent them an email at 9:30 on Sunday night, and received an answer in minutes, a phone call from Marcello in the morning, and an email followup resolving all the issues, including the fact that our return might be delayed by more than one day. We trusted that they would take care of everything for us and they did. Pat & William Coventry CT USA Self guided walking tour "the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" & Rome OCT 2012
We explored the Amalfi coast in early October, following your maps and info material and staying in three recommended hotels. We had a great time--wonderful views from spectacular mountainside trails (challenging climbs at times); friendly, clean, comfortable rooms at hotels, each with it's own unique charm (eg, great breakfasts on terrace, massage tub, or large private breakfast terrace). We'd do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for going the extra step by calling us to see how the days went and for providing additional information on alternate routes to return to Rome!
Betty & Stan - Canada- Self guided walking tour the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast - OCT 2012
Marcello, thanks again for this fabulous trip that we just completed. We only had three days to spend on our hiking trip and you planned a spectacular well planned and exciting vacation for us.
The details for our self guided trip were well presented and easy to follow. The hotels were nice and clean. And the restaurants that you recommended and that we ate at were great. [...]
We had a great time. And we've already recommended your company to others interested in following our footsteps on the Amalfi Coast. So if we can give you an Amalfi Trip score - we give you a 9 out of 10 (I guess there's always room for improvement - and we know that you are the kind of person who will ensure that you always strive for a perfect 10.
Once again, thank you very much for your personal guide and tour. Rochelle and I are most grateful to you for guiding us. You are definitely in the right business for you and we so very much appreciate it.
Mark & Rochelle Toronto - Canada - Short break walking tour on the Amalfi Coast - Nov 2012
Thank you for the most wonderful week on the Amalfi Coast. That was the most peaceful and beautiful vacation I have ever had. Your program was excellent and there is nothing I would change. I will watch your website for other opportunities travel with ICNOS. Please include me in any newsletters or emails you send out.
Again, thank you for a week I will never forget.
G. N. - Maryland - USA - Guided group tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - OCT 2012
Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful program for us on the Amalfi coast. The organisation, accommodation, walking instructions and of course the scenery were all superb, and could not be faulted. We would most definitely recommend you to any friends who may be thinking of going to Italy. You even organised magnificent weather!
Both of us returned home invigorated and refreshed. A sign of a really good holiday.
So many thanks again.
Gera & Marita - AUS - Tailor made walking tour of the Amalfi Coast & Naples OCT 2012
The Amalfi Tour with ICNOS Adventures is still vivid in our minds and one of the highlights of Italy.
The outstanding things about the tour were:
The friendly, knowledgeable and very caring tour guide that we had. A pleasure to be with. He made the effort to spend extra time with the group and gave extra information about the walks.
The walks were spectacular and in many places breath taking. Although some walks were challenging, this was communicated pre tour and we made sure that we had an adequate level of fitness before we started. The coast line and the vistas were outstanding.
The selection of hotels was excellent. Very comfortable with friendly staff. The locality of the hotels allowed for easy access to the local area. Breakfasts were very good providing a nutritional start to the day.
Restaurants for lunch were positioned with panoramic views of the coast which added to the experience. The one at Ravello was mind blowing. I still look at the photographs now in awe.
Suggestions for dinner, which we took and all the group came on were fine examples of local cuisines.
The stay in the monastery and the dinners was a highlight. Very friendly and relaxing.
Wasn't long into the tour that we were feeling that we belonged to a big family were everyone looked out for each other. This made it a very personable and a comfortable week.
Transport arrangements to and from Napoli and throughout the tour were well thought-out with professional drivers. This made us relaxed and confident.
Marcello, once again thankyou for such a memorable experience. If we tour Italy again we will certainly contact you.
Cheers from Balty and Karen Balange, Kiama NSW Australia. Guided group tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - Sept 2012
Hi Marcello and Anna,
I've finally had time to sit and write my review of your wonderful guided walk on the Amalfi Coast in September this year.
It was exciting, challenging but rewarding and totally memorable. Your organisation was without fault from the provided equipment, the fantastic hotels, the great venues for lunch and dinner and of course your terrific guiding through the tracks of the Amalfi.
We were so fortunate to have such friendly and helpful people on our walk with us and hopefully we will all stay in contact.
I especially appreciated your thoughtfulness Marcello in organising alternate arrangements if we didn't want to complete all aspects of the walk!!!
I have spoken many times of your wonderful tour to my friends and I'm sure you will see some of them in the future.
Ciao and best wishes
Shirley and John (Australia) Guided group tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula September 2012
I enjoyed a wonderful week on the Amalfi Coast- good food, good company and invigorating walks through beautiful countryside. Marcello was not only a guide but a delightful ambassador for his country. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wanted to experience the Amalfi Coast in an active way Accommodations were excellent and all of the group's needs were well taken care of. The trip to Pompeii was interesting and informative. Before the trip, all questions were answered promptly and helpfully. All in all, a first rate experience. Warmest regards, Anita - New York - New York, guided group tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula September 2012
I’m sitting at my desk after a first day back at work and thinking you will probably have been out walking somewhere wonderful on the Amalfi Coast. Just a very brief email to thank you so very much for the wonderful walking holidays we had in Italy in no small part due to the excellent preparation of your hardworking business associate Anna and the unreserved attention you gave to excellent client service on our walks in your beautiful region. Our trip home was long and a bit eventful as our bus had an accident with a car driving to Salerno – something not that out of the ordinary when you consider the road – but we are home and will be starting preparations for our next holiday. Your company will come highly recommended by us and I am certain a number of our friends and work acquaintances will partake of the superb attention to detail and customer service you offer. Grazie mille! Maureen and Greg G. - Perth - West Australia - Self Guided "Walking the Cinque Terre" + Sorrento Short Break + "Highlights & Backroads of the Amalfi Coast" OCT 2012
Ciao Marcello and Icnos Adventures
Wow! What a trip. You put together an AWESOME guided walking tour. You were well prepared with your itinerary and charts of the grades of the hikes to show us what the challenges would be, loved the map where we could highlight the trails of the hikes everyday and also want to Thank You for the use of the walking sticks (they were very useful). The hikes were amazing (at times we felt like the goats we saw grazing on the side of the mountain), the accommodations were first class, the different varieties of the food we tasted was fine Italian cuisine, and your knowledge and history of the Amalfi Coast was very impressive.
What was our favorite part of the Walking Tour? That is hard to answer, because everyday we saw and did something different and were amazed and exhilarated with the beauty and history of your Coast. You made the whole hiking experience totally unforgettable. The views from the top of the mountain down to the port cities where we were hiking to were spectacular. You teamed the 4 of us up with 7 others from one end of the world to the other that we did not know and we left the tour, best of friends. Looking forward to our new friends including you Marcello and your wife visiting us here on the West Coast of Canada so we can show you our Island. Will definitely contact you when we are ready for another walking tour in Italy.
Sylvia & Mike, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada - Guided group tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - Sept 2012
Our guided tour of the Amalfi Coast was a really memorable one for many reasons. All details had been taken care of, so every day was well organized and full of wonderfulthings to see and do. Our accommodation in Tramonti was excellent, in a quiet location in the spectacular hills above the coast, and Antonio and Serena were so friendly and helpful. Our private transport was extremely comfortable and we looked forward to the time we spent with Fortunato, listening to his music as we drove from place to place. Our guide, Sara, was delightful, and her knowledge of the area added extra interest to our walks. We felt that we had made a new friend by the end of the week. The walks were spectacular, Marcello, and we have a wonderful collection of photographs and videos to remind us of this very beautiful and unique part of Italy. Thank you for choosing all the restaurants so carefully. Whether we were eating lunch or dinner, at each place we were guaranteed good food and excellent service, which we really appreciated. The selection of restaurants for dinner was varied very well, so that we travelled along the coast to Cetara and Amalfi, as well as staying in the Tramonti area. At each place, we enjoyed local food, expertly cooked, and the friendliness of the staff was amazing. We wish you and Anna every success with ICNOS Adventures in the future. You certainly deserve it.
Terry and Margaret McCarthy, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Food, Wine & Walks on the Amalfi Coast - privately guided tour Sept 2012
"We chose ICNOS after careful consideration of a number of other options for self-guided walking. We believed ICNOS offered best value for money with a realistic itinerary and well chosen routes.
We felt confident before we left Australia that everything would be in place for our arrival. Marcello gave concise information, and was at the first hotel to greet us. He went through all the documentation we needed for our week's holiday and assured us we could contact him at any time if we needed advice or assistance. He was true to his word, making himself available to deal with all of our enquiries and other matters which he willingly undertook to follow up on our behalf.
The accommodation selected exceeded our expectations. The level of detail provided in the walking directions and accompanying maps was thoughtful and very well packaged. Each day was carefully planned, with suggestions for sightseeing or taking public transport instead of walking.
Marcello's thorough preparation ensured that we successfully completed all our walks and had a fabulous holiday. We shall certainly use ICNOS next time we visit Italy."
Linda & Paul Ensor - Adelaide, Australia - Charming Amalfi Coast - Self guided walking tour Sept 2012
We wanted to let you know how very much we appreciated your tour.
The insight and sharing of your country was a memorable time for us in our lives.
Thank you, for your preparation, organization of all the days events, eating venues, and accommodations, everything was top notch. The service and worry free travel was very much appreciated.
We wish you and your family many years of good health and future prosperity. You work hard for your clients and is very much appreciated.
I feel we became more than a tour guide/client. Please consider making Vancouver Island a destination in your travels and consider our home as a stay. We would love to show you some of our hikes in our area.
Michelle and Frank Work - British Columbia, Canada - Guided group tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - Sept 2012
Ciao Anna and Marcello,
I returned safely to Toronto last week and have been adjusting to jet lag! It's hard to believe I was hiking on the Amalfi Coast days ago. Thank you to Marcello for making this trip a wonderful experience...I have never hiked before and you were very encouraging, especially on the Path of the Gods!
All the hotels were lovely and the itinerary covered different flavours of the area. Such great memories and a desire to return one day!
Wishing you both well and continued growth and success in ICNOS.
Ruth Goodman - Toronto, Canada - Guided group tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - Sept 2012
Our family would like to thank ICNOS adventures for making our 8 day walking holiday in June 2012, along the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast so enjoyable. We had a wonderful time thanks to the planning and detail ICNOS Adventures offered us. The maps, walking guides and itinerary were all very useful and easy to follow, the accommodation was fantastic and the scenery amazing. It surpassed our expectations. We would happily recommend ICONS to anyone wishing to visit Amalfi or other areas in Italy. Marcello and Anna were professional, prompt and helpful. it was a very special holiday thanks to them. We will definitely contact them again when we return to Italy due to the personalized service they offered allowing us to experience Italy's natural beauty
Alan & Leight Clark, Brisbane - Australia - Self Guided Walking tour - Jewels of the Amalfi Coast - June 2012
Mark and I used Icnos Adventures to help us plan a two week self-guided trip to Southern Italy and the Amalfi coast. We wanted to spend our time hiking and siteseeing. Icnos did an outstanding job planning our trip. Anna and Marcello were very responsive to our mails and helped us with many requests.
We were able to enjoy being on our own without the hassle of of planning every detail, Icnos did that for us.
We've traveled all over the world, and this was one of our favorite trips thanks to Anna and Marcello at Icnos Adventures.
Claudia and Mark Sanzone - Portland, Oregon - 2 Weeks in Southern Italy Apr 2012
A very hearty Congratulations to Icnos Adventures on ensuring that we enjoyed, to the full, our chosen 7 day self-guided walking tour of the Amalfi Coast, Italy. From the very beginning we felt confident that we were in safe and professional hands. During the months of pre departure e-mail communication, it was obvious that nothing was too much trouble for Anna and her team at Icnos.On arrival at our hotel we were met by Marcello who supplied us with extensive information on Italy for tourists along with comprehensive maps, notes, and bus and train timetables. Also included were suggestions on places of interest and restaurants of varying prices to visit. The beauty of the areas and villages we walked through left us entranced and all our accommodation was first class with friendly and helpful service. We loved each and every day with its many delights and experiences. This was a beautifully organised holiday with no hitches – and with the personal touch. WOW! We had an amazing time and have brought home many special memories (and hundreds of stunning pictures) of our time spent in Italy! Lastly we also would like to acknowledge our appreciation of Icnos’s environmental awareness and community involvement in the area. Grazie Anna, Marcello and the Icnos team. We hope to have the pleasure of organising another trip with you some time in the future. Warm regards. Alice & Sandy - Cape Town - The jewels of the Amalfi Coast - May 2012
We like to thank you so much for all your efforts and help to put our Amalfi Coast Trip together. The service you are offering is absolutely outstanding: the maps and walk descriptions were so helpful and 100% accurate, the accommodation choices were of high standard and extremely friendly and the walks you put together were absolutely spectacular. The care you put into the planning and contact with your customers is of the highest standard we have ever experienced in travel. We really enjoyed our long chats during the walk to Cetara, it was a privilege that you decided to join us for this walk and show us a very special part of your home. Every day was full with highlights and memories which will stay with us forever. We will definitely tell all our hiking friends about the outstanding walking tours Icnos offers. We are looking forward to coming back to Italy one day and explore more of the country on one of your walks. And if you ever come to Australia, don't forget a ranger guided walking tour in the Alps is still on offer. Hopefully see you again one day. Cheers. Iris and Nick - Tawonga, Victoria, AUS - Charming Amalfi Coast - June 2012
"Thank you for organizing the walking tours for us. It was a very special occasion, as it was my sons 30th birthday celebration. The walks were truly outstanding and so amazing. We would not have been able to do what we did without your help and guidance.
I am really grateful for all your detailed information. It is very difficult to say which was the best one! as they were all unique and special. So many memorable occasions and cannot wait for our next walk.
Thank you once again for a really stunning holiday.
Jen P. - Cape Town, South Africa - Self Guided, Deluxe Amalfi Coast - May 2012 - 3rd tour with ICNOS Adventures
Dear Anna and Marcello,
We have had a great holiday organised by Icnos Adventures. We will be commending you to all our friends and acquaintances. You did a marvellous job on our self guided holiday, a lot of thought and time went into the detail and step by step instructions. It pretty much went like clockwork apart from a couple of little things that no one had control of.
We were very impressed with all our accomodation and location, close to transport, in 'character' areas. We certainly would have been unable to arrange that for ourselves.
We 'loved' Amalfi, that was our favourite place, the location, walks and stunning scenery.
We are definitely nature lovers and to finish our holiday in Stresa was ideal, with those mountains and lush green. The weather was wet and cold the last couple of days however on a whole, the weather was good. Rain in Spoleto and Venice for a day [...]. Graham went for a bike ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also did a bike ride together which was lovely and that day I struggled with any little hill and did wonder because by then our fitness was pretty good, I thought [...]
We didn't get to Herculaneum. I didn't matter, you can't do everything and what we did do and see was terrific.
Thank you both very much for your time and effort and a fabulous holiday"
Denise and Graham, Australia - 4 WEEKS IN ITALY: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Umbria, Tuscany, Venice, Stresa & Milan - April/May 2012
"Hello Marcello and greetings from Australia,
We have just returned from our five weeks in Europe and we have to say that our Amalfi walking tour organised through Icnos was a highlight of our holiday.
Your small company was amazing in making our trip memorable. Right from the start you and Anna responded to our enquiries comprehensively and always so promptly and all the information for the trip, ie maps, schedules, eating recommendations and accommodation was accurate and of high quality. The attention to detail in putting our package together was outstanding right down the the plastic carryall for the maps which came in very handy when it rained.
Our first stay in Amalfi with Gabriella was particulary awesome and made a great starting point for our discovery of the Amalfi peninsula. The walk took us through breathtaking scenery, quaint and pretty villages and the smell and colour of the lemon orchards will stay with us forever. I can't imagine a better way of seeing that part of the world.
Thanks so much for your very personal attention and we look forward to meeting you again when we do another trip.
Victoria and Gary, Brisbane, Australia." Self guided walking tour THE JEWELS OF THE AMALFI COAST - APR 2012
"Dear Marcello, We have enjoyed your company, organization and guidance very much! You have a beautiful country and it is wonderful to see your pride of it. Thank you so much!" Mary & Liam
Marcello, Gratie mille - thanks a million - for organizing and leading us through a wonderful holiday in your very special country. Blessing & best wishes!
Lois & Gary
Dear Marcello, what a fantastic hiking trip you organized for us - each day was a wonderful adventure! Thanks a million! Warmest wishes, Grit & Scott"
Guided group tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula - May 2012
“The groups at ICNOS are highly knowledgeable, keenly perceptive, passionate and over-the top caring. Marcello did an amazing job of accommodating every need of our group and has the gift of making guests feel like friends. ICNOS hooked us up with restaurants that were experiences, hiking that took our breath away, and exceeded our expectations in every way. I think anyone traveling to Italy would be wise to book with this team and ensure they get the very most from their vacation”. Alan Friesen and Heather Elsey - Winnipeg Canada- Guided tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast - Sep/Oct 2011
"We have been wanting to write to you and have just now got the time. Thank you so much for providing us with the most memorable trip ever. Every aspect of the trip was perfect. We had no idea what to expect and it was all better then we could have imagined, from the pick up at the Naples airport to the drop off at the cruise in Civitavecchia, it all went smoothly. We so enjoyed you & Barbara and felt like we had made new friends in both of you. I hope that one day you and your wife are able to come to Vancouver Island and see where we live. Once again thank you for making our trip fantastic and maybe we can come and travel with you another time. We will certainly recommend you to everyone. I have attached a few pictures that you had asked for. Linda & Bruce G. Nanaimo B.C. Canada - Guided tour, Walking the Amalfi Coast - October 2011
"Dear Marcello & Anna
We much enjoyed our stay in Tuscany.
The holiday went smoothly and we really enjoyed the company of our guide, Sara. Apart from being a fun person she was so very knowledgeable on the region and just good company. The accommodation on the farm estate was fine, my only gripe would be that I would have appreciated an extra hook or two in the bathroom!
In the evening it was lovely just to wander down to the dining room at the allotted time to enjoy a delicious regional supper. All the staff were extremely pleasant and seemed to enjoy working at Farmhouse, which made for a good atmosphere.
Of course the setting was beautiful and I loved walking away from the busy areas.
With warmest regards" Tessa
Tessa & John HALL, Guernsey - UK - Guided tour "Enchanting Tuscany" October 2011
"We just finished our last hike and are preparing to leave for Naples and Rome tomorrow and then on to Chicago. I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip and how much we appreciate your hard work and attention to detail that made it so enjoyable. The hotels were consistently good and all your drivers were excellent. We especially enjoyed visiting with Fortunato. So thank you." J. B. Illinois - USA - Self Guided "Charming Amalfi Coast" + "Capri , Jetset & Nature" October 2011
"There were four of us on a walking holiday on the Amalfi coast in August 2011. We had a varied range of walking abilities so we needed alot of flexibilty in our travel arrangements. We also had to deal with a summer heatwave. Nevertheless we had a fantastic holiday, largely thanks to the impeccable organisation by ICNOS. From the early stages of planning our itinerary they were sensitive to our needs and always went the extra mile to ensure we had a great holiday. The accommodation was excellent , the recommendations for walks perfect and the route descriptions so well set out that we never got lost! The support drivers that were employed were first class, courteous and extremely helpful in providing local information. The only mishaps we had were as a result of the vagaries of public transport but these were minimised once we got the hang of the timetables and local "flexibility"! Marcello was always able to respond to us immediately by text/phone if we had any concerns. I would strongly recommend ICNOS to anyone planning a self guided walk in the Amalfi /Capri area." Steve Calvert, Nottingham, England "Charming Amalfi Coast" + "Capri , Jetset & Nature" August 2011
"We took the self-guided tour of the Cinque Terre and the organisation by Icnos Adventures was excellent. On arrival, we were provided with detailed and very helpful information about the walks for each day, including strenuous and less strenuous options. The only problems that arose had nothing to do with Icnos, namely the rough seas meant that we could do little by boat and a landslide prevented us walking between some of the villages. The transportation arrangements between venues worked perfectly and we liked all three hotels that we stayed in, particularly the way in which they became increasingly luxurious. The restaurant recommendations were first rate too. Marcello and Anna paid great attention to detail and even arranged a cake for our daughter’s 21st birthday. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Icnos.
Very best, Reica (London, England) Self Guided "Walking the Cinque Terre" June 2011
"Dear Marcello and Anna,
Thank you both so much for organizing our wonderful trip to the Amalfi Coast.
From our initial contact with ICNOS, Marcello and Anna offered their time, dedication and knowledge in organizing a trip to meet our needs. ICNOS provided a trip which exceeded all our expectations…..
Marcello and Anna’s attention to detail from the wonderful support staff to the exceptional accommodation was fantastic. We stayed in unique traditional environments, embracing the local people, their food and the local wine...
It was a holiday beyond our expectations and one we will continue to recommend to all our friends back home in Australia.
Thank you to all involved in making this a trip we will never forget.
We hope to see you all again one day soon.
Peter, Robina and Barbara.(Melbourne, Australia) - self guided "The jewels of the Amalfi Coast" - June 2011
"We're just back from the two weeks that you arranged for us in Naples, the Phlegrean Fields, and the Amalfi Coast. We wanted to thank you for the wonderful vacation we had. The hotel in Naples was perfect in a great location for sightseeing. The tour that you arranged for us in the Phlegrean Fields was fascinating. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we felt very privileged to be visiting all the ruins with him. We also enjoyed the snorkeling trip in Baia that you arranged for us.
Our week in the Amalfi Coast was also very special. All the walking directions and other information that you provided was excellent. The walks were beautiful. You were also so helpful in providing schedules for the days after our trip with you.
Thanks for all your help with our trip. We appreciate your attention to our interests and your flexibility in making special arrangements when we requested them. Our trip was tailored just the way we wanted it. We enclose some pictures for you."
Naomi and Kevin McLean - California - "Naples & Phlegraean Fields" Archaeological Extension - privately guided + "Tailor made tour Amalfi Coast" - self-guided - June 2011
"Hello Marcello, I don’t know who is/was the luckier - you for having Sara or us for having had her as a guide. She was absolutely outstanding - friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. Nothing was too much trouble but everything was organized, a real treasure. She had a huge amount of info regarding the flora and fauna and she knew her wines, which for us was very special. Would we recommend you - absolutely, but we would insist on Sara as our companion and guide"
Jeff & Sheila Davies - South Africa - privately guided "Walking in Tuscany & Umbria" June 2011
"Icnos Adventures’ “Jewels of the Amalfi Coast” self-guided walking tour was a fabulous experience from beginning to end. Highlights included detailed and easy-to-follow walking instructions, which enabled us to stay off the beaten track without ever getting lost; first rate hotel accommodations (most notably our Tramonti B & B, where our hosts went out of their way to make us feel welcome and well looked-after); and renowned visitor sites such as Pompeii, the Island of Capri, and the magnificent Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Marcello and our local hosts provided excellent dining recommendations, including an unforgettable pasticceria in Minori (try anything with lemon!), excellent seafood, pasta and local cheeses. Walks encompassed magnificent Amalfi coastal scenery, picturesque villages, Roman ruins, historic churches, fragrant lemon groves and quiet forested trails. Distances walked each day were very manageable, and there was ample opportunity for shopping and sightseeing along the way. We cannot recommend this vacation too highly!" A. D. & M. J., Ottawa, Canada self guided “Jewels of the Amalfi Coast” - May 2011
"Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our self guided Amalfi Coast walk. We were not sure what to expect, and being older walkers, were a bit apprehensive about whether we could manage the difficulty level of the walks. The wonderfully detailed walk notes ensured we never became lost in the maze of stairs and paths, and each day’s walk showed a different (and beautiful) aspect of the coast. We especially liked the walk profiles which allowed us to pace ourselves each day and the recommendations of special places to see along the route especially the magical gardens in Ravello. We wish to thank you for helping us explore this beautiful part of Italy on foot."
Barbara & Kjell, Hawthorn, AUSTRALIA - self guided "Charming Amalfi Coast" - April 2011
"We had a wonderful holiday in the Amalfi coast. The daily walks were all very good and just about the right lenght. The nicest walk was in Amalfi nature reserve followed closely by the second days walk in Capri. The walk that was the poorest but still a good walk was down into the fjord. There was no need for the earlier part of the walk. It really should have started at the to of the steps leading down into the fjord. There is a lovely restaurant at the bottom were we had a lovely lunch before continuing. From an logistical point of view we found the walking instructions were all concise and accurate. The taxis and transport in general ran like clockwork. Every hotel we stayed in was nice and comfortable. There could be no grounds for complaint on any point. Regards"
Dave, Dublin, Ireland - "Charming Amalfi Coast" + "Capri , Jetset & Nature" May 2011
"Walking the Cinque Terre - self guided, was a wonderful trip. The info provided was very detailed, but left just enough room for some exploration and discovery on our own. The accomodations were perfect, and all transfers worked perfectly. Even train schedules were provided! If you love Italy, as I do, and want to get the most out of each trip (enjoying "getting lost" but keeping it under control) Icnos adventures is for you. Even though we never needed to call, it was nice knowing that a phone number was provided if a problem had occur
"ICNOS Adventures provided our family with a Christmas to Remember on the Amalfi Coast.
From the family restaurants with their warm welcome and delicious foods, the hotel managers expecting our arrival and ensuring our comfort, to the care of our luggage and the parking of the car, everyone connected to ICNOS Adventures was friendly and flexible, helpful and reliable, which meant that we could relax and thoroughly enjoy the stunning beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Marcello printed up our daily itinerary which included easy to read maps, and historical information on the sites we would pass as we walked. Also, there were recommendations on where to have our lunch, and a suggestion of a special site worth the extra effort to see..." Please click here to continue and to read our testimonials!
“Italy is my very favorite travel destination and I have taken many tours through both northern and southern Italy. Looking for something special this time, I contacted ICNOS Adventures. Making it look easy, they had a 8 day tour through Tuscany tailored to my wishes: no big tour buses; small, out of the way, family run hotels and agriturismos; beautiful villages and cultural sites off the beaten tourist routes. In short, Anna and Marcello gave me the very best of Tuscany.”
Deanna Bray, Tailor made tour in Tuscany 2008. Please click here to continue and to read our testimonials.
"Marcello, Jeff and I had an absolutely delightful time - from the exquisite scenary and impressive historic sites to the warmth and friendliness of the people we met along the way - we would not have changed a thing. ICNOS Adventures is to be commended for creating an experience we will cherish forever and for your and Dannielle's commitment to our comfort and enjoyment of a diverse and interesting itinerary. I feel like we were able to experience the uniqueness of each of the different towns we frequented along the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula while never feeling 'rushed' to the next event. Each day was well timed and each place we stayed gave us a unique environment from which to begin our day and end our evenings. We sincerely thank you for creating so many wonderful memories. Best to you and yours, Bethany" Jeff & Bethany DeLude, Guided tour "Walking on the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" 2010 Please Click here to continue to read our testimonials
“Having traveled in Europe and Italy before, we thought that we knew what to expect during an Italian Holiday. But nothing prepared us for the incredible hospitality we felt from everyone associated with Icnos Adventures. The hikes along the Amalfi Coast a were incredible and very well planned, and each and every hotel and restaurant made us feel more like family than tourists. We can’t recommend this area and these people highly enough!”
John and Michelle Wray, Self guided tour on the Amalfi Coast 2009 Please click here to continue to read our testimonials
“Linda and I have told all our friends that the trip we did with you was our best holiday ever, before that it was always the Alaska/Canada trip" Linda & Jen Steyn, self guided "the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" 2010
"...We have had an opportunity to travel to Italy before, and have done other walking tours, and it is agreed that we will tell everyone considering a tour of Italy to put their vacation time in the hands of Marcello, at ICNOS Adventures, they will walk away with memories to last a lifetime and a deep appreciation for the "little something extra" they do so well. We are very appreciative of all they did to make our walking tour so memorable!
We wish them the very best!
with warmest regards"
The Navarro Family
Daniel Island, SC
Self guided tour "the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast"
“We hired Marcello to organize our trip to the Southern Italy's Almafi Coast in early 2010. I was extremely pleased that tour materials provided prior to the trip were an honest reflection of the tour and the area. We found your advice regarding our needs very helpful. Everything exceeded our expectations: the tour, food and accommodations were fabulous. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to tour Italy.” Annie Swingen, tailor made tour Amalfi Coast 2010