Italy immediately sparks up ideas of romance, fantastic food and cobbled streets. Take an art tour around Rome, exploring its museums and landmarks, or do a wine tour in Tuscany, home to the world’s best ‘vino’. You can also take a food tour, tasting everything from pesto to risotto, explore the Renaissance heritage of Florence, or drop by Venice for a romantic gondola ride.
“The included items of the tour did NOT include some of the most beautiful highlights in Puglia such as Polignano a Mare nor Monopoli nor Castel del Monte. So quite a limited introduction to Puglia. The required walking was extensive compared to similiar tours - I had to pay for transfers myself. So with food and transfers NOT being included, this is an expensive tour.”
“We could not have been happier. This was the one tour we arranged during our 2 week trip, a splurge for our budget, and definitely a highlight. It was worth every penny! Our tour guide, Helga, was outstanding. Her extensive knowledge of the art and of Florence deepened our interest and appreciation for both. We would have been overwhelmed by the vast Uffizi collection on our own. This tour was two-hours and then some, but was so engaging it felt like no time at all. We would have happily listened to Helga all day! We would highly recommend this tour.”
Once home to the fabled Roman Empire and the Great Vatican, Italy has really seen the highest of highs in world history. Italy and France feel quite similar except the fact that Italy manages to come across as that cooler cousin who is more fashionable, more beautiful and yet, more approachable. Home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country on the planet, Italy is everything you want your holiday to be.
A trip to Italy means that you have some of the greatest arts and artifacts to give you company. Creations such as da Vinci’s Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David, Giotto’s frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Byzantine treasures and Sistine Chapel frescoes can be found here. Moreover, the country’s museums are also overflowing with some of the most important pieces of history from all over the world.
Discover ancient Rome at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
Watch the annual horse races in Siena
Climb the crooked staircase of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Take a gondola ride in Venice
Cross the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Run throw a field of sunflowers in Tuscany
Eat a margherita pizza in Naples
Rent a scooter and zip through the streets of Rome
Do not eat at a restaurant unless they have a full Italian menu. Restaurants catering only to tourists will not have the best authentic Italian food.
Italians can be very laid back and relaxed, but do not offend them with special food requests. Italians take great pride in their food.
Wake up early to avoid crowds and get the best views of top tourist spots, especially during high season.
Indulge in some afternoon snacks (like gelato!) to tide you over, as Italian restaurants rarely open for dinner until 7pm.
Italian cities have a bad reputation for pickpocketing. Keep your debit card, credit card and cash in separate pockets and always watch your luggage.
If you plan on visiting churches and other holy sites, be sure to bring something to cover your shoulders and knees. You will not be allowed to enter in short shorts or tank tops/vests.
Italy has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Italy before planning your Italy tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do in Italy, check out our Italy Travel Guide for more information.