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From visiting the Colosseum in Rome to an enchanting gondola ride in Venice, Italy tours offer a diverse selection of traveling highlights.
When you travel to Italy you will feel the warmth of the people, and taste the divine Italian food they're so famous for. The art enthusiasts will find it hard to return home as they stroll past exquisitely designed, baroque era Italian architecture, then into one of the many grand renaissance art galleries, before finally heading onto a night of Italian opera in one of Italy's opulent opera houses.
The best Italy tours comprise an in-depth journey through the history of this culturally rich country. So, indulge in some fine prosecco, unrivaled art and the picturesque ruins of ancient Italy and be sure to have the trip of a lifetime. Only the history of nearby Greece and the turquoise oceans of neighboring Croatia can compete with dazzling Italy.
Like much of Italy, a wander through the streets of Florence will provide you with a pleasant surprise around every corner. To get lost in Florence would be like getting lost in architectural heaven, a maze of renaissance buildings and art galleries, baroque churches, relaxing piazzas and dominating cathedrals fill this Italian town.
From cultural Florence (which also contains a thriving nightlife), head northeast to Bologna and be welcomed by the 40km of portico arches that link the town to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, making this unique beauty a UNESCO world heritage site.
Along with everything that Italy is famous for, it also played a prominent role in the rise of the film industry. An outing to Turin's Museo Nazionale del Cinema (national cinema museum) offers unique insight and a comprehensive display of Italy's film history. A true gem, the cinema is situated in another of Turin's iconic locations, the Mole Antonelliana, a fascinating building that has become a symbol of the city.
Travel east from Turin to one of Italy's northern lakes in the Lombardy region (Italy's richest), and hang with the stars by the tranquil lake Garda or Como, popular family holiday destinations.
Italy's capital, Rome, attracts millions of visitors per year, all in search of the rich melting pot of culture that Rome beholds. Irrespective of the open-air museum that it is, a holiday to Rome will let you experience fine people, fine culture and fine cuisine. This ancient and vibrant capital is arguably the most invigorating throughout the world.
Now head to the two 'V's' in Eastern Italy. Firstly, visit Juliet's balcony and reenact one of the most famous scenes in the world in the romantic town of Verona, before heading to the quintessential and magical water-world of Venice. If you travel to Venice you will inevitably be lost within at least 20 minutes of arriving which, coincidentally, is the exact thing you want to be doing in this inconceivable city. Explore the hidden canal streets and stumble upon small, romantic restaurants, atmospheric cafes, ancient churches, the labyrinthine Ghetto quarter or any other majestic gem that is stored popular tourist destination.
Containing arguably the richest culture and the most memorable food, it is easy to express the overwhelming beauty of Italy and the Italian people. Italy tours will inevitably make you adopt a whole new lifestyle, first of all stealing every recipe you come across and second of all, the amount you eat. Italians are well known for taking their time over a meal, happily indulging in fine local flavors, including lots of drinking.
Taking a claim to three of the world's most famous foods, pizza, pasta and ice cream, Italy doesn't stop there. Suppli rice balls are just one authentic reason to reach out further into exploring more of the culinary expertise on offer in Italy. Furthermore, Italian food often comes with olive oil drizzled bread, like the famous bruschetta starter for example, or it may just be used to soak up the sumptuous juices leftover by the perfect lasagna dish.
Follow up on these irresistible flavors with a grappa desert or just drink the much-loved spritz with your friends and family and let your food go down. Be sure to leave room for a tiramisu dessert, however, before finally topping off your meal with an espresso.
The truly distinctive feature in Italian food is a large amount of variation on offer. With over 600 types of different pasta and an inestimable amount of Pizza toppings, Italy introduces you to a world of decisions and recipes.
The summer months of July and August attract many, many travelers and the temperatures are soaring hot between these months.
For fewer tourists and milder weather, the best times to embark on Italy tours are during April, May, and June, along with September-October also being nice times to visit.
Transitional months of March and November can be great for catching spells of nice weather and for cultural pursuits.