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Le Circe 2016

Live the Enchanting Italian Lifestyle

Great Italy Tour believes that Italy should be experienced not as an ordinary vacation, but as an unforgettable experience where you combine culture with history, food and even music. Great Italy Tour is a proud official and exclusive partner of the Bocelli FarmHouse. On our tours you can admire the masterpieces of great Italian artists and listen to the glorious sounds exuding an Opera house. You will be left breathless as you gaze out into the green Tuscan countryside or sip on a tasty limoncello on the heart-stopping Amalfi Coast. With our wide range of exciting Italian Tours, you will be sure to live the Italian lifestyle.
You can admire the awe-inspiring marble Roman fountains and enjoy distinguished flavors that ignite your senses in a local trattoria.
Italy is not only a vacation, it’s a lifestyle.

San Gimignano and Siena Day Tour

San Gimignano and Siena Day Tour

Italy’s Brightest Gems

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Medieval Italian Vacation

Medieval Italian Vacation

Explore the history of medieval Italy

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Pisa and Florence Day Tour

Pisa and Florence Day Tour

The Architecture of Enchantment

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Amalfi Coast Tour

Amalfi Coast Tour

Have a taste of la dolce vita in the southerm region

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Bocelli Sound of Excellent Tour

Bocelli Sound of Excellent Tour

Three days on Glorious Inspiration in the world of the Maestro

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Pisa, Lucca and Garfagnana Day Tour

Pisa, Lucca and Garfagnana Day Tour

Discover a slice of Tuscan paradise as you explore three of the region’s most remarkable localities

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Bocelli FarmHouse: Essence of Wine Tour

Bocelli FarmHouse: Essence of Wine Tour

Five hours of unforgettable Tuscan cuisine and fine wine

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  • INTRODUCTION

    Italy is every traveler’s dream. From the brilliant culture, historic sites, and distinct flavors, there is so much to see and fall in love with. Italy is home to some of the world’s most famous cities including Rome, Florence and Venice and is filled with enchanting small villages that you can find off the beaten path. Italy is world-renowned for its divine cuisine and is known for its friendly population. It’s really no wonder why Italy has more and more visitors every year.

    As Italy is an incredibly ancient country and is filled with culture; it has the most World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world confirmed by UNESCO with a total of 49.

    As there is so much to see in Italy, it’s easy for a first-time visitor to get overwhelmed. You simply aren’t sure where to go, what to see and how to budget your time. However, there are some places that are a must-see for anyone who experiences Italy:

    • ROME – The capital of Italy, where gladiators once fought in the ancient Colosseum, and where the Romans would take a stroll around the Roman Forum. This city is filled with elegant marble statues and fountains. The city is a great example of the Ancient world meeting Modern times.
    • VATICAN CITY – You can visit an entire state in a matter of hours. The Vatican is a meeting point for all Roman Catholics throughout the world who gather for Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square given by the Pope. The Sistine Chapel is a magnificent work of art that people of all interests can appreciate.
    • FLORENCE – In the beautiful capital of Tuscany you can find the most famous of art works including the Statue of David by Michelangelo at the famous Accademia. You will be amazed by the breath-taking Duomo surrounded by little streets filled with intriguing artisan shops.
    • AMALFI COAST – The Amalfi Coast is famous for its windy roads that hug the mountains that overlook the sea. Positano and Sorrento are two of the most beautiful towns you will find on the coast. You can indulge in a delicious Limoncello in Sorrento as it is famous for its lemon production.
    • NAPLES – Naples is a southern Italian city bursting with culture. Famous for its espresso and pizza, you will never taste flavors as exceptional as you will find in Naples. It is a city rich with history and beauty can be found throughout every inch of the city.
  • UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

    Italy isn’t a place that you visit, it’s a place that you experience: touching all of your senses, engaging your emotions, in a way you never thought possible. While many might choose to walk the streets of the country’s historic cities or simply relax in its postcard-perfect countryside, these are a few special attractions that cannot be found anywhere else:

    • Take a tour through the seven miles of galleries that make up the Vatican Museums, as an erudite guide introduces you to some of the greatest artworks in human history. You’ll be regaled with stories as you feast your eyes upon the stunning frescoes of Raphael, the sublime watercolors of Titian, and to cap it off, the inimitable beauty of the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.
    • Explore the sun-dappled vineyards and medieval hill towns of Tuscany, one of the country’s most diverse and evocative regions. You’ll marvel at some of the world’s most venerated architecture: from the stately villas of Palladio (the West’s greatest architect) to the iconic tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa; from the soaring Duomo in Florence to the graceful Campo in Siena.
    • Spend a day in majestic Naples, where the largest historic city center in Europe lies under the daunting shadow of soaring Mount Vesuvius. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the city’s outskirts, from the opulent Palace of Caserta to the haunting ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum – both buried by Vesuvius in the devastating eruption of 79 AD. Gourmands should make time to try an authentic Neapolitan pizza at one of the many little pizzerias overlooking the Gulf of Naples – where the world’s most famous flatbread was first made.
  • WEATHER AND WHEN TO GO

    In Italy each region has a varied climate throughout the seasons. Usually the North can be quite cold and experience longer winters. The south experiences hot summers and milder winters. Most visitors enjoy visiting the North during winter in order to go skiing on the beautiful snowcapped mountains – the Dolomites or the Alpine regions. Others enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the south – including Puglia, Campania, Sicily and Calabria – during summer months in order to beat the heat in the major cities.

    Most travelers visit Italy in late spring early summer and also early autumn. The busiest months are May and June and therefore it is recommended to visit in April or October especially for the most popular destinations including Rome, Florence and Venice. Usually most of Italy takes off the entire month of August in order to go on vacation, therefore fewer places in major cities will be open during this time. It is recommended to plan your trip according to your preferred season and the amount of time you are willing to wait in lines to visit monuments.

  • WHERE TO STAY

    Italy is filled with beautiful accommodations depending on where you would like to visit. You can enjoy luxurious modern hotels in the heart of Rome, or you can take in the full cultural experience by staying in an ancient castle in the fascinating mountains of Piedmont. You can wake up in the morning to the sounds of the sea splashing against the rocks right under the window of your suite near the Blue Grotto of Capri, or you can end your night indulging in champagne in your quaint hotel room overlooking the Ponte del Vecchio in Florence.

    Be sure to note that European hotel rooms tend to be smaller than their American counterparts. It is also possible that some older hotels do not have elevators, so it is important to go over the details of your hotel before booking.

  • BEFORE YOU GO

    Visa and Passport Requirements

    Americans usually do not need a visa or any other entry requirements unless planning on staying more than 90 days or for work. If you need a visa for any reason you can obtain one by visiting your nearest Italian Consulate.

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY

    Italy is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. It is ensured by the EU as meeting international standards of hygiene and cleanliness and there is little risk of major disease. The water in Italy is safe to drink, for example many cities have public water fountains that contain potable water. Should anything happen Italy has great hospitals and excellent healthcare accessible to the public.

    In general Italy’s cities are usually defined as safe. The incidence of violent crime in Italy is low and major cities are often well-patrolled by local law enforcement. Of course as with any city in the world it is important to always be alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not carry your passport or extra cash and keep everything separate – it is best to leave these things at your accommodation.

    Many Italians are very friendly and are very willing to help you if you have a problem. Many people also speak English so trying to communicate should not be a major concern.

  • CUSTOMS AND ETIQUETE

    Italy is becoming more and more modern and is constantly changing and growing. It has a very conservative past but is continually evolving with the times. It is incredibly important to note that this conservativeness still holds true when it comes to visiting churches in Italy. Women are not allowed to bare their shoulders or have dresses or skirts that rise above their knees. If so, they will be provided with a large piece of fabric in order to cover up.

    Currency Exchange

    Italy is part of the many European countries whose official currency is the Euro. Exchanging currency is a simple process and it is important to keep in mind that the Euro has always been more valuable than the dollar.

    Tipping

    In Italy waiters are not paid by tips. Usually the bill includes a 15% service charge therefore tipping is not necessary or expected. However, if the service is exceptional, it is acceptable to leave a couple Euro tip in change on the table to show your appreciation.

    Language

    Most Italians do enjoy speaking English with visitors, however it is always useful and greatly appreciated to learn a few Italian keywords including “hello”, “please”, and “thank you”.

  • ITALY TOURS: THE GREAT ITALY TOUR WAY

    At Great Italy we want you to experience Italy how you’ve always imagined. Italy is an exciting country filled with so much to see and do and therefore we allow you the freedom to plan a tour based on your personal interests. Food lovers can plan a delicious tour designed around the many exquisite delicacies that Italy has to offer. History buffs can create their own itinerary and indulge in the many historical sites and ancient villages. Let us know what interests you and we will be sure to provide you with the Italian Tour of your dreams.

    We offer Itineraries of tours that have been pre-planned, but you are welcome to customize any tour any way you would like. For us it is important that we make your ideas a reality.