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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose us?

*We are a family owned and run business for more than 65 years.

*Our coverage of almost every major port and area of Italy is incomparable.

*All services offered are 100% customizable to fit ones needs and specifications.

*Over the last 12 years we have been featured in Rick Steves’ travel guidebook “Italy”.

*Various other guidebooks such as “Passport to the Best, The 10 Best of Everything and Italy by Fodor’s” have recommended our services.

*Additional assurance comes from our member ship with ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), the NLA (National Limousine Association) and the ENIT Italia (Italian Government Tourist Board).

*We are the #1 Private Limousine and Tour company, headquartered out of the Amalfi  Coast per Trip Advisor. In addition, we have a PERFECT “5 Start Excellent” rating by our previous clients.

How can we locate our driver upon arrival?

Please note that one of our drivers will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the airport, upon exit of customs, holding up a sign stating your name and your destination.
The transfer with Pick Up at the Airport includes 45 minutes wait.
Any additional time will be charged at the standard hourly rate.
In case you loose your luggage please come outside to advise your driver so that he does not leave without you, and you do not incur any extra costs . The customs police will allow you to re-enter the lost and found zone.

I will ensure that either myself or one of the drivers will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the train station, at the beginning of the track , when your train arrives, holding up a sign stating your name and your destination.
The transfer with Pick Up at the Train Station includes 30 minutes wait.

Any additional time will be charged at the standard hourly rate.

NB: Clients traveling to the Naples train station: PLEASE GET OFF THE TRAIN AT NAPLES CENTRALE (ALSO KNOWN AS PIAZZA GARIBALDI), we will wait for you there. Napoli Centrale is the last stop for the city of Naples.

If you have difficulty locating your chauffeur, please call us at 346 68 40 226 (0039 346 68 40 226 outside Italy) or 081 0072114 (0039 081 0072114 outside Italy) . Leaving your pick-up location, without notifying Benvenuto, will result in a "no-show" charge.


What is your cancellation policy?

NO DEPOSIT WILL BE CHARGED . Written notice must be received by us via fax/email at least 7 days prior to the date of the reservation, in case of cancellation or any change to a booking. In case of NO SHOW or LATE CANCELLATION (less than 7 days prior to the date of the reservation) there will be a charge of the total quoted price of service/s booked.

Benvenuto Exclusive Chauffer Services will not be held liable for missed flights. Our drivers have the right to refuse any passenger who has excess luggage which would result in the car being unsafe to drive (please make sure you book the appropriate type of vehicle, e.g. saloon, minibus, etc).

Gratuities are not mandatory in Italy , however we do feel that if the clients have been happy with their service, the driver should receive a tip as a token of appreciation.

Payments can be made in Dollars, Euro, traveller cheque or personal cheque ON THE DAY OF THE SERVICE.


Are the prices per person?

NO. The prices are for the carload, not per person. I.e. if you are 2 and the price on the web site says: from 1 to 3 passengers = 500 Euro, it means that if you are 1, 2 or 3 you will always be paying 500 Euro.


How much is the service quoted in Euro going to be in US Dollars?

Euros are our preferred method of payment. But, you can pay with USD Cash, Travellers Checks or with a personal check. The USD rate applied will reflect the exchange rate of that day plus 7% for cash in USD or plus 10% for personal check in USD.

i.e. If paying in USD personal check...today's exchange rate is: 1.00 EURO (EUR) = 1.10 US DOLLAR (USD)
Tour = 500 Euro;
Pay by us dollars = 500 x 1.21 USD  = 605 USD.

 

 


How much should we tip the driver? Is the tip included in the quote?

Tip is not included in the quote.

Gratuities are not mandatory in Italy , however we do feel that if the clients have been happy with their service, the driver should receive a tip as a token of appreciation.

Standard gratuities in Europe run between 10 – 25% depending on the service received.



How can I book a service? Can I book online?

YES. We have now made it so that you can book Shore Excursions, Tours and Transfers en route (transfer from city to city with some touring on the way) online directly through our website. If you would like to book a transfer, we recommend sending us a Quote Request so that we can provide proper instructions on how to book your transfer/s.

The easiest way to book online is to create an account under the SIGN IN tab on the main menu of our website. Then you can click on the Sign Up tab to create your account. Once you have entered all of your details, you will be sent an activation email. Please remember to activate your account by clicking on the link sent to you via email. Once your account is activated, you can select any Shore Excursion or Tour on our website and ADD TO YOUR CART at the bottom left of each excursion page.

 

IMPORTANT: rates quoted includeall taxes, vehicle and English speaking driver, tolls, car fuel and parking but excludelunch, entrance tickets and guides in sites.

Payments can be made in the cash amount in US Dollars or Euros, Traveller’s Checks in Euros or Personal Check in the USD amount ON THE DAY OF THE SERVICE. Your credit card cannot be used as final payment.

NOTE: If you choose to pay in the US Dollar amount, your driver will provide you with the correct conversion rate. The most current exchange rate valid on the day of your service will apply to the correct USD total. Please note that there is also a $0.07 bank fee added to all payments made in the US Dollar amount either by personal check or in the cash amount.

CANCELLATION POLICY

NO DEPOSIT WILL BE CHARGED. Written notice must be received by us via fax/email at least 7 days prior to the date of the reservation, in case of cancellation or any change to a booking. In case of NO SHOW or LATE CANCELLATION (less than 7 days prior to the date of the reservation) there will be a charge of the total quoted price of service/s booked.

Gratuities are not mandatory in Italy, however we do feel that if the clients have been happy with their service, the driver should receive a tip as a token of appreciation. Standard gratuities in Europe run between 10 – 25% depending on the service received.


What is the difference between a tour guide and a driver-guide?

For those of you who are booking private tours for the first time, perhaps a little clarification would help. A tour driver and a tour guide are not the same. It is to your advantage when booking a private tour to be sure that you understand the difference and know in advance what you are paying for. A tour guide has a license, usually issued by the state / country. He or she has attended school to learn all about the sites you will see. A guide is permitted to go into the historical sites with you and tell you about the history. Naturally, their services will cost more.

A tour driver is not licensed, has not attended "guide" school, and is not permitted inside the site to tell you about the history. Naturally, their services will be more economical. Many drivers are just as well versed in the area history as the guides. The difference of course is that they have to tell you the facts before you go inside.



What is the difference between a tour guide and a tour escort with bus with over 8 passengers?

We offer two different services that of course are quoted differently:

a) Bus with driver and tour guide. A tour guide has a license, usually issued by the state / country. He or she has attended school to learn all about the sites you will see.

A licensed guide is permitted to go into the historical sites with you and tell you about the history. Naturally, their services will cost more.

b) Bus with driver and tour escort , which is training to be a guide but doesn't have a permit.

Honestly their service is more requested since they study a lot and most are still at school, and give more or less the same information the professional guides do. They speak English and are well mannered. However due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our tour escorts can explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. Naturally, their services will be more economical.

How do I secure the tickets for the Vatican Scavi Tour?

Only a limited number of visits can take place due to the particular location of the area near the tomb of St. Peter and the reduced space in the excavations. The visit, conducted by our authorized guides, lasts about an hour and a half.
Each group consists of 10 people who must be at least 15 years old.
Entrance to the Excavations Office is to the right of St. Peter's Basilica (Arco della Campane) or from Via Paolo VI (left colonnade).

With your request to visit the excavations, please e-mail us the following information:

- The exact number of visitors
- Their names (if it is a group, give the name of the group's leader and the address)
- Language desired for the visit
- The time period during which you desire the visit. (The time of the visit will be determined by the Excavations Office.) If you give us multiple dates the chances of getting tickets are higher.
- Failure to include any of this material, may cause your application to be turned down

Please note that it is very hard to get tickets to the Scavi Tour because of the increased publicity about this tour. We will try, but don't be too disappointed if we are not successful. The earlier we try, the better, as long as you know for sure the exact days and times you will be available. It is not possible to modify the date or time of the tour once it has been confirmed.

NOTES:

- Before starting the tour , the visitors must check-in all personal belongings (purses, back-packs, cameras, bags, etc.) at the designated place to the right of the Facade of the Basilica. Custodians are there to watch your belongings, and the service is free. The visit to the excavations ends near that place.
- Failure to check-in your belongings will forfeit your right to enter the excavations.
- Please dress respectfully for visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulder.

PAYMENTS:

- Our reservation fee is 25.00 euro. You pay us only if the reservations are accepted by the Scavi Office.
- Individual ticket: € 10,00 per person

Upon receiving the confirmation of an appointment, the visitor will pay in advance the full entrance fee with a credit card.
No refunds are given.

The Excavation Office reserves the right to modify the schedules of the visits in case that the Basilica is closed and for other reasons. If the visit cannot be rescheduled, the Excavations Office can cancel the scheduled visit and will refund any payments made.



If we book with you do we need to wait in line to purchase tickets at the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel or will that all be pre-arranged? If not, how long do you expect lines to be?

The tickets to the Vatican Museum can be purchased online at the following website: http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/tickets/do?action=booking. Once you have purchased your tickets, please let us know the time and day that you have reserved.

You can opt to buy the tickets with and without a guide, but you will have a much better tour with the private guide. Our guides are assigned to your group only.

The guided tours provided by the Vatican itself, can be groups of up to 40 people or more and the quality of the guides, from past experience is not great...

If you are booking a private guide with us, the suggested time to book the tickets would be 1.00 PM. This will give you 3 hours inside the Museums.  If you are booking just tickets, try to book them for 2.00 PM which will give you a good 2 hours around the Museum before closing.

If these times are not available, 9.30 AM or 10.00 AM will work with or without a private guide (considering your tour starts at 08.00 AM).



I heard the Vatican is closed on Sundays does that mean you'll arrange to bring us elsewhere in Rome since I'm assuming it will be unavailable?

The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel are closed on each Sunday except the last one of the month. The Basilica of St. Peter's is always open so you will be able to visit it and if you are lucky enough you might be able to see the Pope since he gives a Blessing on this day. When the Vatican museum is closed it will be replaced with a visit to the catacombs or something else  you would like to see. The tour is very flexible so we do not follow a strict itinerary and if you have any suggestion we will be happy to satisfy it.



Do we get charged if the boat doesn't dock?

We take the credit card details purely for guarantee purposes, the credit card provided will not be charged at anytime.

If the ship does not arrive into the port, this would not have been the client's fault.

However, the tour will be automatically re-scheduled once the boat is in the port, if you are still on board of course.

A fee would be charged if the tour was cancelled for any other reason within the 7 day cancellation period.



Can we request a specific driver?

We will do our best to guarantee your driver for your requested service. However, there are many things that may change from the moment you book to the day of the service. We schedule the drivers for the service at the beginning of each week and try our best to assign to each client the driver requested. This happens most of the time, but not all the time. Please be reassured that all the drivers used by Benvenuto are trained to be friendly, informative and safe.



We recommend to hire a guide in .......!!!

a) Florence
 
Sites
Fixed Cost EURO Fixed Time (Mins)
Duomo, Battistero, Ponte Vecchia, Uffizzi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Piazzale Michelangelo. 180 180
 
b) Pompeii
 
Sites
Fixed Cost EURO Fixed Time (Mins)
Ruins of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii or Herculaneum 120 120
 
c) Rome
 
Sites
Fixed Cost EURO Fixed Time (Mins)
Vatican Museum & San Pietro 180 180

How long do I do need to visit .....?

  Time (Mins)
Pompeii 120
Herculaneum 120
Vesuvius 60
Positano 60
Amalfi 150
Ravello 120
Sorrento 60
Salerno (shopping) 60
Vietri sul mare 60
Paestum 120
Caserta (the Royal Palace) 60
Avellino (Vinery's) 60


If my flight leaves Naples Airport at xx:xx, what time should we leave?

  Time (Mins)
The centre of Naples 150
Sorrento 210
Massa Lubrense 210
Positano 210
Amalfi 210
Ravello 210
Minori 210
Maiori 210
Vietri sul mare 150
Salerno 150
Caserta 180
Avellino 210


How far is it from Rome Fiumicino Airport to ......?

. Km's Time (Mins)
The Centre of Rome 30 45-60
Civitavecchia 70 60
Orvieto 150 90
Ostia Antica 15 15-30
Castel Gandolfo 50 40
Sorrento 300 210
Positano 330 240
Amalfi 310 240
Ravello 325 225
Praiano 340 240
Naples 250 180
Florence 310 180
Siena 270 150
Assisi 220 120


How far is it from Naples Capodichino Airport to ......?

. Km's Time (Mins)
The Centre of Naples 8 20
Sorrento 55 60
Massa Lubrense 60 90
Positano 65 80
Praiano 73 90
Amalfi 75 80
Ravello 80 75
Minori 70 90
Maiori 70 95
Vietri sul mare 55 60
Salerno 60 65
Rome 220 150-200
Florence 470 330-400
Caserta 35 45
Avellino 55 90

How far is it from Florence Airport to ......?

  Km's Time (Mins)
The Centre of Florence 20 15-20
Civitavecchia 255 180
Rome 320 180
Sorrento 530 330
Positano 560 360
Amalfi 545 330
Ravello 535 350
Praiano 530 350
Naples 470 270
Siena 80 60
Assisi 185 150
Arezzo 80 70
Carrara e Massa 120 90
Grosseto 150 105
Livorno 115 100
Pisa 86 70
Pistoia 35 45
Piombino 170 120
Prato 15 30
Montecatini 40 45
Lucca 70 75


How far is it from Rome Ciampino Airport to .....?

  Km's Time (Mins)
The Centre of Rome 20 30-45
Civitavecchia 100 90
Orvieto 135 75-90
Ostia Antica 30 30-40
Castel Gandolfo 20 20-30
Sorrento 270 150-180
Positano 290 180-210
Amalfi 285 210
Ravello 290 180-210
Praiano 300 220
Naples 230 120-140
Florence 290 150-180
Siena 250 150
Assisi 200 120


What is the weather like in Rome during ......?

  Average Temperature Average Temperature Average Rain Fall
  (F°) (C°) (Inches)
January 47 8 3.02
February 48 9 2.08
March 51 11 2.07
April 55 13 2.06
May 63 17 2.00
June 69 21 1.03
July 75 24 0.06
August 75 24 1.00
September 71 21 2.07
October 64 18 4.05
November 54 12 4.04
December 50 10 3.08
. . . .

Temperatures are based on a period less than the 30-year average used to establish climate normals.

What is the weather like in Florence during ......?

 . Average Temperature Average Temperature Average Rain Fall
 . (F°) (C°) (Inches)
January 43 6 2.08
February 46 8 2.07
March 50 10 3.01
April 56 13 3.01
May 63 17 2.09
June 70 21 2.02
July 76 24 1.06
August 75 24 3.00
September 69 21 3.01
October 60 16 3.46
November 51 10 4.04
December 44 6 3.06
. . . .

Temperatures are based on a period less than the 30-year average used to establish climate normals.



What is the weather like along the Amalfi Coast during ......?

  Average Temperature Average Temperature Average Rain Fall
  (F°) (C°) (Inches)
January 47 8 3.08
February 48 9 3.02
March 52 11 3.00
April 56 13 3.00
May 64 18 2.00
June 71 21 1.05
July 76 24 0.09
August 76 24 1.02
September 71 21 3.01
October 63 17 5.02
November 55 13 5.00
December 49 9 4.07
. . . .

Temperatures are based on a period less than the 30-year average used to establish climate normals.



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