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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.