Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Tour Guides for Italy - small group tours, private guides
Taking one or two tours during a trip to Italy can enhance your travel experience - learn about the area from someone who lives there. Arrange tours ahead of time, when you are planning your trip.
Small group tours are more personalized and fun than those large crowds you see following someone holding up an umbrella (so everyone can follow the tour guide). You can even arrange a private tour where you tell the guide what you want to see and they arrange the day for you.
If you have never traveled to Italy before, but do not want to do an arranged package tour where you travel with the same group for the whole trip, consider doing an independent trip, but "supplementing" by arranging several day tours. If it is your first time in Rome and you are there for four nights, you could arrange two half day tours and spend the rest of the time exploring yourself (using your guidebook as your tour guide). If you are having a week in the Tuscany countryside, spend one day with a guide to see some of the wineries, historic sites or towns you may not find on your own.
See our list of Classified Listings below for some interesting companies offering tours in many parts of Italy. Get a tour of a major city (Rome, Florence, Venice), or of a smaller city (Assisi, Siena, Perugia) or do a countryside tour (Tuscany, Umbria, Amalfi Coast). Also see our Car Services page - these companies frequently offer tours.
If you are considering a tour guide, do a search on the the message board to see if someone has reviewed the guide.
Slow Travel Classifieds - Tour Guides
Slow Travel Classifieds - Walking Tours
Trip Planning - Car Services: Car service companies frequently offer private tours.
www.italiaconnoi.it: Official list of all professional guides and tour assistants in Italy. (Jan 2005, site not working)
Trip Planning - Tour guides in Italy: Read about the licensing of tour guides in Italy.
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