Italy is a varied, diverse country capable of fascinating people with many different tastes and interests. For this reason, many people choose to enjoy Italy through group tours, sharing the joys of the country with a group of wide-ranging yet equally enthusiastic travellers.
There are many fantastic parts of Italy that will offer something for every member of a group, and a number of must-see destinations. Of course, every group is different and every group will probably want to get something slightly different out of their holiday. Some of the best ideas when taking a group tour in Italy are:
Touring the Country
When it comes to touring Italy, a lot of people’s first thought will be to take a tour that allows them to enjoy more than one part of the country.
This can be the best way to experience the best of Italy, as it allows groups to experience the differing cultures from different regions, and enjoy some of Italy’s highlights from across the country.
These include the catacombs in Rome, the beautiful Lake Como and the canals of Venice. It will also give you the chance to see great works of art and architecture such as the Sistine Chapel and the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
However, a tour doesn’t necessarily have to take in the whole country. Some groups may prefer to focus on a smaller area which they can then experience in much greater depth.
For this kind of tour, it is hard to think of a better destination than Italy’s capital city Rome.
Steeped in history and packed full of amazing sights to see, you explore Rome for weeks and still not experience everything this wonderful city has to offer.
The spectacular Coliseum – built by the ancient Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, is the largest Amphitheatre ever built and could host up to 60,000 people in the days of Roman gladiators and Julius Caesar.
Other highlights include the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the catacombs, the 4th Century Bascilica of St Paul, the Pantheon and some of Rome’s finest museums.
When experiencing a single destination in-depth, it is hard to think of a better destination than Rome. Once destination that is almost certainly the equal of Rome, however, springs to mind readily.
Florence was a European powerhouse during the Renaissance, and remains a world centre of art, culture and creativity.
Taking a tour of Florence, groups will be able to see countless great artworks, historic and modern, and some of the finest architecture throughout Europe.
Particular highlights in the city’s prestigious museum are the works of great masters of art such as Michelangelo, and the tour is led by a professional art historian for expert insight into the treasures of the city.
Whilst the main attractions of Rome and Florence are influenced by human magnificence from classic figures such as Leonardo Di Vinci and Michelangelo, the most impressive sights in the region of Tuscany are purely natural wonders.
Tuscany contains more than 120 designated and protected nature reserves, which provide visitors with some of the most beautiful landscapes, mountains and lush vegetation in Europe, as well as breathtaking views of the gentle hills and the rural farm land that surrounds the region.
As well as the famous landscapes and the renowned picturesque image of the Tuscan sun setting over the region, Tuscany is also well known for wine making and its lush grape vines, responsible for the region’s most famous drink, Chianti.
For visitors wanting to tour the region, no trip is complete without sampling some of the region’s most famous wines as well as seeing the whole process of how it is made at one of many vineyards.
One of the largest cities in Italy is also one of the birth places of the countries famous culture, this city of course, is Naples.
Naples is probably most famous for the large selection of museums and galleries that draw thousands of tourists to the city every year.
Some of the highlights include the National Archaeological Museum, which has a large collection of ancient Roman artifacts and many items from the Italian Renaissance as well as artwork from some of the world’s most famous painters.
If you or anyone in your group have a particular interest in art, then The Museo di Capodimonte is a must. It is one of the city’s most renown art galleries, with pieces of art that span over five centuries.
No group tour of Naples is complete without a trip to one of the most incredible historical sites in all of Italy – the Roman city of Pompeii. During its prime in 79AD, the city of Pompeii was engulfed in lava and hot ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and as a result, the city has been left eerily preserved.
Author Bio | Peter Scully is a travel blogger, writing for Savile Row Travel. An enthusiastic traveller and writer, Peter loves to share his experiences and his guides to the different places he has visited, and in particular, he loves writing about Italy!