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Experiencing Italy’s Wonders by Car

Having your own car for your Italian vacation gives you maximum flexibility and freedom to explore at your own pace and schedule. Italy has over 5,600 kilometers (3,480 miles) of Autostrada, or superhighways, giving you lots of asphalt to cruise on. You probably won’t have all the time and gas to cover every kilometer of the country, so we wanted to help you make the most of your tour across the land. These are our best tips for experiencing Italy’s wonders by car. Renting a Car It is most economical to rent a car ahead of time, before you leave for Italy. Most big-name car rental companies have offices in Italy to give you that familiar brand of service even if you’re a long way from home. Renting by the week and not by the day can also save you money. Most cars in Italy run on manual transmissions. It [...]

Italy’s Prettiest Towns

Italy is a country of incredible natural beauty.  It really has it all, Rome, Naples and Florence are modern cities built on top of ancient ruins, Venice with its’s watery canals in place of roads, there are mountain towns, seaside villages, scenic hill towns.  Here are a few of what we think are Italy’s prettiest towns. Sperlonga This whitewashed spot has something that almost no other hill town in Italy has.  Sperlonga is a seaside fishing village.  As long ago as Roman times this was an escape from the city.  Sperlonga is located halfway between Rome and Naples.  The Roman emperor Tiberius built a villa at the seas edge.  After the fall of the Roman empire the town was a town in peril from Saracen pirate attacks.  You can explore the Roman ruins of Tiberius estate and the accompanying museum, the narrow streets and labyrinth of alleys with shops and [...]

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Which is the Most Beautiful Photo of Italy of Them All?

Italy, for anyone who’s taken an Italy tour knows, or plans to take one will find out, is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Some of the world’s most beautiful places actually disappoint when you get there in person, because photography exaggerates their beauty. (This happens so often sometimes we’ve asked ourselves how wonderful it would have been to travel in the age before photography.) No so Italy. We’ve culled three of our favorite photographs, each one as stunning as the next, of three very different places, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Venice, so we could ask the Tour Italy Now community what they think. Do you have a favorite, or is it impossible to choose? Have you visited any of these places? Please comment below. We’re looking forward to your thoughts. TUSCANY CINQUE TERRE VENICE