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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 time.

colosseum

The Heart of Italy

Take Rome, for instance. With so many attractions crammed into one city, you’ll want the expertise of a guide to assist with organizing your day so that you don’t miss out on anything. You can even request to have your trip customized so that you only see what’s worth seeing and have some time to kick back and relax (it’s a vacation for a reason). This will free up some time for you to roam around freely if you happen to be feeling more adventurous.

For popular destinations like the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Palatine Hill, a wonderful guide can easily take over scheduling, reservations and admission. What’s more, your guide can take you around the grounds personally, imparting bits of history and information that can enhance your visit and experience. Talk to your guide about taking you to places not commonly seen by most tourists. Make sure to drop by Domus Romane at Palazzo Valentini – these are the excavated ruins of a Roman palace that can viewed through a floor made of Plexiglass, accompanied by a multimedia presentation that recreates how it might have looked when it was still standing.

Art enthusiasts might want to consider a visit to the Palazzo Farnese as well. This is the French Embassy to Italy and is a historic building containing some art and frescoes from the famous artist Michelangelo absolutely worth having a look.

Exploring the Past

Pompeii is another destination you are best off taking a guide with you. This was an ancient Roman city near what is now known as Naples. It was destroyed and buried under volcanic ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. These grounds are vast and can be hard to navigate, much less understand, without the expertise of a tour guide.

Only two-thirds of the city has been excavated, but there is still plenty to see. Don’t miss the Villa of Mysteries, an ancient Roman house so named for the mysterious indoor paintings on the walls depicting a young woman undergoing an as-yet unknown ritual. There’s also the House of the Faun, named after the bronze dancing faun statue at the center of one of the main halls. History buffs will appreciate an enlightening glimpse into the past and how the ruling classes of Pompeii used to live before the volcano laid the entire city and its surrounding area to ruin.

The Northern Tour

Three hours in Venice can go by in a flash if you have a licensed and experienced guide leading you through the streets and canals. Most escorted tours are able to customize their itinerary to cater to your specific interests, whether it’s history, art, or cuisine. If you’re lucky, they can also reserve entrance for you ahead of time so that you don’t wait precious minutes waiting in a queue – especially useful for places like the Palazzo Ducale or the Basilica of Saint Mark, where the wait can be hours long. With a guide, you will not only be brought to the places everyone visits, but you’ll also be regaled with stories about each landmark and relic. There are many hidden passageways and secret doors in Venice hiding all sorts of wonderful treasures. Make sure to talk to a guide about taking you off the well-worn tourist paths and go on an intimate adventure showcasing the very best in Italy’s rich history and culture.

venice canal

Whichever part of Italy you decide to visit, make sure to keep these destinations in mind. You can’t go wrong by hiring the services of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. They’re definitely a must in any escorted tour that you decide to take while visiting this amazing country.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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