Many people love travelling to Italy but for different reasons. There are those art lovers who come specifically for the breath taking art galleries while there are those staunch Catholics who come to experience the Vatican museums and others still, see the Holy See. Foodies on the other hand love to hop from one restaurant to the other having all that meets their fancy and that they are curious about. But whatever your reason for visiting Rome is, you surely will have a blast.
That said, you obviously are expecting to have one of the best tours of Italy right? In order to experience this, you will have to do your homework. Do some digging and planning well before hand and sure enough you will land a tour that will meet your needs. To help you in this, below are some of the steps you should take.
Before you even book a flight, get some brochures from touring companies in Italy. Look through their websites and know just what they have to offer. Consider the length of the tour itself, the amenities they have available, their accommodation, themes and pricing. Some of the top companies to look through include Globus, Perillo tours, Abercrombie & Kent and Insight Vacations.
Have in mind the kind of tour you are looking for. And yes there are many types of tours. There are General interest tours which include stops in many of the top tourist attractions like the Rennaissance city of Florence, Amalfi Coast, Rome, the island of Sicily and the city of Venice. Other tour companies also offer culinary tours. Globus offer a seven day ‘Taste of Italy tour’ while Perillo offers the same but for a longer time (twelve days). The shopping tours as you would expect will focus on fashion trends and cities like Rome and Milan.
Religious tours have stops including Catholic Italy and ‘Route of St. Benedict’.
Know the best time to schedule for a tour. It is advisable to plan your visit between the months of April and June and a few weeks before July and August before the prices shoot through the roof. If your concern is the temperatures, then you should plan your visit between September (mid) and end of October. During this time, the temperatures have gone low and the tourist population has reduced.
Yes you have the final say to where and when you will visit. But even so, you should not ignore the input of your friends, family and colleagues; those who have been there before and have gone through this process. They just might have some helpful insight to help you avoid making mistakes you could have easily avoided.
Reading through reviews form the different tour companies like Story Land & Sea will also act as a guide to which company and even tour you should go on. This will require a significant amount of your time, but it is imperative that you do it. After settling on a tour company, ask them to provide you with some references of some of their past clients. If you can, keep their contact information for any follow up questions you might have while on the tour.