Italy Day Tours, Attractions & Excursions

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Italy is a beautiful country in Southern Europe that has an extensive coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s home to many famed cities such as Venice, Rome, and Milan. All of which have truly left their mark on western culture, and society as a whole.

With so many brilliant landmarks to visit and attractions to see, taking a trip to Italy could never be dull. Here’s everything you need to know about escorted tours of Italy.

Destinations in Italy

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Tours of Italy explore a wonderful variety of destinations, from the grandeur of Rome to the quaint canals of Venice. This country is as diverse as it is beautiful.

As you’ll discover on your Italy trip, the weather varies greatly from summer to winter. So, a great deal of planning should go into buying your Italy tour packages. Cold winters create a snowy, picturesque atmosphere, while the warm summers are perfect for spending days lying in the hot Italian sun.

Take a romantic tour of the Tuscany region, sipping on fine wines and taking in majestic views along the way. If the famous wine region doesn’t tickle your fancy, then enjoy one of the Italian tours of Siena and walk the cobblestone streets with your significant other.

If you want to fill up your holiday with full-day tours, then a trip to the city of Milan is a must. Apart from being one of the fashion capitals of the world, it’s also filled with historic sights and famous galleries that display the world’s most well-renowned artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

A few other must-see destinations in Italy are Lake Como at the foot of the Alps and Cinque Terre, a colorful town on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Verona is another must-visit destination, famed by Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet.

If you’re an adventurer at heart, why not spend a few days exploring the magnificent Dolomites? These ice-capped mountains provide the perfect place for a short walk or a few days hike. You could also take the easy route, enjoying splendid views from the comfort of a cable car.

Popular Tours in Italy

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While exploring a country by yourself is always fun, you may find it to be a little sad when you get home and realize you may have missed the best parts. Leaving disappointment at the door is the safer choice, and opting for a tour of Italy is the perfect way to ensure that you do. Having a guide to show you the ropes, makes any of your trips to Italy that much easier.

Not having to deal with the stress of deciding what to do every day of your vacation makes everything run a little smoother. And, without that on your plate, you’re free to focus on enjoying yourself and having a great time.

Some of the more popular tours in Italy include exploring the Colosseum in Rome or visiting the many famous sights that are scattered around each iconic city. Visiting the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and the catacombs are also must-do activities while you’re in the city.

If you’re a history lover, then taking a tour of the famed Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius is an absolute must. The city was destroyed in 79 AD when the Mt Vesuvius volcano unexpectedly irrupted. The volcano is still considered active, but scientists are constantly monitoring the mountain for its next eruption, so taking this tour is considered safe.

The Amalfi Coast is where you should be during your Italy tour if you’re a beach bum or simply love the ocean. You can take a sunset cruise from one of its many quaint harbors, or taking a kayaking tour along the coastline. This allows you to get a closer look at the beautiful sea-life that frequents the area.

No matter which tour you decide to take during your Italy trips, it’s sure to enhance your experience of the culture, cuisine, and activities.

FAQs

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We’re sure you have a few questions about your upcoming trip to Italy. We’re here to put your mind at ease with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the best Italy tours.

How Much is a Tour of Italy?

The cost of your trip is highly dependant on where you’re flying from, what you’d like to do in Italy and how long you’d like to stay. However, we can still give you an average cost so you can begin budgeting for your trip.

The average cost of a trip to Italy is around USD $11 700 per person. For a family of four, you should budget for at least USD $1000 per day.

What is the Best Way to See Italy in 10 Days?

There’s a variety of ways you could see Italy in 10 days, but we recommend you start with Rome. You can then travel by train to Florence and spend a few days enjoying this popular city and then move on to Tuscany.

You should then visit Cinque Terra, after which you should make your way to Venice. This quaint town makes the perfect ending point for your Italy trip.

What is the Best Time to go to Italy?

The best time to visit Italy is generally in Spring (April to June) or Autumn (September and October). This is when you can expect mild temperatures and fewer tourists. This brings down the cost of your accommodation and tours.

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without the usual hordes of tourists by booking an evening tour. Offered seasonally on Friday nights, this experience is not to be missed! Skip the long lines and discover one of Italy’s most famous ...

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This tour is an excellent way to enjoy the Vatican's treasures in a quiet setting.
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Visit a world-famous Murano glass factory and learn about the age-old art of glass-blowing. The island of Murano is located in the Venetian lagoon, it is home to the world’s finest artisan glass. Find out what makes this glass so revered and catch a glimpse into the ...

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A Murano glass factory tour is Informative and entertaining. It provides guests with an amazing opportunity to observe a master artisan at work
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St Peter's Basilica at Night

St. Peter’s Basilica is known as one of the most popular tourist attractions found in Rome and throughout the world. From pilgrims to historians, this ancient landmark has become the cultivator for many an individual’s life-changing experiences. ...

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A fantastic opportunity to see the home of the Catholic faith in all its historical abundance. You’ll get to see the Basilica from its main halls, from below, and from the roof as you look over Rome. Try to stay for as long as you can as you will want to take in as much of it as possible!
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Welcome to the Colosseum! One of, if not the, most iconic landmarks found anywhere on our planet, and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Situated in the center of Rome, tours of the Colosseum are both well suited to your itinerary needs and conveniently located to some of Rome’s other attractions! ...

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Rome is a city so entrenched in ancient history that you could spend years delving into its crypts and never find all its secrets. The Colosseum is no different, and we believe that these are some of the best tours to best encapsulate this! From its archways to its well-trodden cobbled roads, the Colosseum stands as a testament to man’s ingenuity and capabilities. A marvel to behold!
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St. Peter's Square from the Basilica

When in Rome, do as the Romans do! That’s the advice we would give anyone looking to visit the "home of Italian heritage". The locals will show you the most authentic time within the city if you allow them, and if there’s one thing you’re going to need, its a guide through the queues of tourists. ...

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The combo tours are best suited for those looking to make use of a “Rome in a day tour” i.e. wanting to fit in as much as possible! As day tours of Rome go, the selected above are some of your best options for fitting in your itinerary requirements.
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Pisa is one of Italy’s most famous cities, known for its incredible architecture and the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa, which has become a major drawcard for visitors. ...

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A trip to Pisa is a definite ‘must’ on your Tuscan travels. You get the chance to see stunning and historic landmarks, and you don’t need much time to do it. However, it does involve a great deal of walking as well as some extra charges. In the end, it’s an enjoyable and worthwhile addition to your Italian itinerary.
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See the best of Naples in a shorter amount of time on the platform of a Segway! These personal transporters are the most innovative way to tour Naples, Italy. See the natural beauty of the city and learn the history while whizzing around on a narrated outdoor tour. ...

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Spend 15-minutes admiring the most sought-after masterpiece in the world - The Last Supperby Leonardo da Vinci. You’ll also explore Milan and visit it’s most famous landmarks. ...

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The Galleries Borghese is an essential stop for any art lover in Rome. This historic art gallery based in the eternal city holds some absolute masterpieces by many famous painters. The Borghese Museum has carefully controlled entry - allowing the place to never get crowded. This means that booking your ticket in advance is important, to guarantee access to this amazing gallery. ...

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If you love art and history, then a guided visit to the Borghese Gallery will be sure to bring you a great amount of joy! This is a fascinating and beautiful attraction in Rome.
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A colossal stadium, and home to two giants of European football, AC Milan and FC Internazionale, the San Siro Stadium is a must see in Milan. Take in the views of the 80,000 seater-stadium, walk on the hallowed turf, and experience the modern home of everything AC Milan at Casa Milan on a San Siro Stadium Tour. ...

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Explore the iconic Vatican City on a private guided tour. Skip the lines and see some of the world’s most famous art and artifacts, with interesting facts and commentary! Admire the historic artistry of the Sistine Chapel and learn about the Vatican’s complex and rich history. ...

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These tours are an incredible way to experience this Roman icon. They are well worth the money spent when the alternative is waiting for hours in a line, then having no context or information for the many artifacts and artworks.
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Bus-tours of Milan are the perfect way to see as much of the city as possible! With these half-day and full-day tours you’ll see all the main attractions in a shorter amount of time. ...

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