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Category Archives: Italy Tours

Italy Travel: Booking a Tour or Planning Your Own Trip

Whenever you plan on traveling outside of the country, or even locally for that matter, you will want a trip that is hassle-free and will go without a hitch. This can be easily accomplished with a booked tour that takes care of your itinerary, your accommodations, and other travel concerns.   However, with a booked tour, you may find a few things that may not be to your liking. It is, after all, a trip that is not totally to your specifications. It can take you to places that you don’t really want to see and lump you in with other people you may not be compatible with. This is particularly true when you go on a guided or escorted group tour. This is where the dilemma of deciding whether to go on a booked tour or to plan your own trip comes in. Which one is best for you? […]

Which Is Better: Group Tours or Private Tours?

Going on tours can be a great way to experience the new country you’re exploring, or it can devolve into an irreversible, unenjoyable disaster. Before you book that tour, isn’t it best to be duly informed beforehand? Today we are going to talk about the different kinds of tour packages available and the advantages and disadvantages of each one so that you can decide on the tour that’s right for you. For the purposes of this article, we’ll differentiate tours into two categories: private tours and group tours. A private tour is run exclusively for the customer and his family, or friends, or small groups of the same affiliation like a school group or a delegation from a corporate event. It does not include strangers or other tourists in your party. A group tour on the other hand is a collection of people from different parties who may be strangers […]

Must See Destinations You Need to Include in Your Escorted Tour Around Italy

Italy is a premier tourist destination for several undeniable reasons. There are countless sights and attractions all over the country that visitors flock to year after year. And while it’s completely possible to freestyle your itinerary, there are some places where you’ll appreciate the unparalleled knowledge of a guide. Booking a guided tour not only provides you with an in-depth look at Italy’s most famous landmarks, but it can also lessen a lot of the stress that comes with exploring unfamiliar terrain. Guides can pick you right up from your hotel, navigate the local traffic to take you to your chosen destinations much faster, and even show you the hidden delights of the city or region you happen to be in. If you are looking to avoid crowded tourist traps, guided tours are a way to get you the most out of your Italian experience without compromising quality or wasting […]

Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money

Italy is an incredibly diverse place, which is probably why a lot of people keep coming back to it. There’s always something new to see every time! It is one of Europe’s most visited countries, attracting almost 48 million people in 2013. If you are a new traveler coming in from America to discover this wonderful country, we highly recommend Tour Italy Now’s Dolce Vita Tour. The tour takes visitors on an 8-day tour of some of the most well-known cities and towns in the country. These include Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (optional) Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Here’s a short introduction of the each of the places you will be visiting when you take this tour: Rome – Rome is Italy’s capital and the home of more than 2.6 million people, making it the fourth largest city in the European Union by population. The surrounding metropolitan area is […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco (wild strawberries). The Sagra Delle Fragole, as […]

A Roman Holiday Tour

Classic films always have this timeless feel that give viewers a sense of wonder and awe when they watch it on the big screen.  To this day, movies made in the 50s and 60s are still regarded as iconic pieces of film history. They take a picture perfect shot of the local scene of where the film was shot, and provide us with a good view of culture during that time. In honor of classic films, today’s video will be looking at some of the famous places around Rome tied to the Roman Holiday movie. Filmed in 1953 entirely on location in Rome, “Roman Holiday” is a beautifully shot romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was Hepburn’s first film role, and won her an Academy Award for Best Actress that year. Additionally, it was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 3 of them. Films like this can […]

Good Qualities to Look for in a Tour Guide in Italy

One of the key factors in a successful tour is having a good tour guide. This is the person responsible for sharing relevant information about your trip while keeping things entertaining as you travel from one place to another. There have been many unsatisfied tourists who end up complaining about how their guide neglected them during the trip or how they could hardly understand the way their guide explained things to them. This is the reason why having a great guide who can carry themselves properly can make or break a tour. This can be especially important for tours in Italy since there are so many interesting historical and cultural sites where having a competent guide can be essential. There is a certain level of expertise required in becoming a guide in Italy since there’s just so much information that needs to be transmitted to the group when touring famous […]

Strolling Through Rome: A Walking Tour of the Vatican

According to Roman insiders, the best way to see the Vatican is through a guided walking tour. If you’re interested in history and art, a professional tour guide will be able to walk you through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, among other attractions. These tours take up about three to four hours altogether. A professional tour guide will also be able to provide more attentive service and bring you around to certain sections of the Museums that are not typically offered in a standard itinerary. For instance, a walk around the Pinacoteca Vaticana art gallery is just one of these value-added services. Guides are also authorized to take guests from the Sistine Chapel directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, an option which is not made available to individual tourists. The Vatican Museums are a must-see for guests: there are several different sections available […]

Tour Italy Now at the New York Times Travel Show 2015!

Great news for all our readers! To kick off 2015, Tour Italy Now’s very own Founder and President, Dominic Siano, will be speaking at the Insider’s Italy panel during one of this year’s biggest travel events, the New York Times Travel Show 2015! The New York Times Travel Show is an annual three-day event that will be held from Friday, January 23, 2015, thru Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. This event puts the country’s top travel experts and professionals all under one roof. The exhibition will feature exciting and highly-educational talks, seminars, and discussions about travel, as well as trade pavilions, international culinary demonstrations, and entertaining cultural performances. Last year, the event had an attendance of more than 23,000 visitors, and about 250 speakers in 60 panels were featured. Also present were over 520 exhibitors representing more than 150 international and domestic destinations. […]

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