An After-Hours Treat: The Vatican by Night

  When you arrive in Rome you’ll soon realize that you can choose from a plethora of Vatican tours that are offered to the city’s tourists. While these tours will save you time in the long queues and will give you a structured visit to an overwhelming attraction, you might be looking for something a […]

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Christmas in Italy? Our Favourite Destinations

Everyone will tell you that Christmas in Italy is a magical time, and I would not hesitate to agree. Yuletide visitors get to enjoy the twinkling lights and tasteful city decorations that enhance the already charming historic centres. Italians extend their celebrations through the Feast of Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night), so those visitors […]

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Touring Rome’s Iconic Fountains

We have led many tours around Rome over the years, and the city’s artistic and imaginative celebration of running water is one of the universal highlights that guarantees to delight almost every visitor, regardless of age, sex or nationality. In fact, one of the greatest honours that could be given to an artist or sculptor […]

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How to Visit the Vatican with Kids

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Too often I have heard parents lament that cajoling their children through a cultural site is like getting them to visit the dentist: a chore and a necessary evil, but certainly not fun. So we set ourselves the challenge of creating a guided visit of the Vatican highlights that will leave your children asking: “Which […]

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Around Italy by train: a quick guide

If you’re travelling to Italy, and you want to see more than one city – then travelling by train is your safest bet. Not only are the main cities well-connected between one another, but they’re also connected to smaller, sometimes more authentic towns close-by. Travelling by train in a new country might sound pretty daunting […]

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Easter in Italy: what to do, where to be, what to expect

Easter – that time of year during which the faithful and not alike find themselves promising they would eventually get on a diet. Eventually. Naturally here in Italy, Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, comes with its many traditions and celebrations – from foods, to processions, to the most eccentric regional traditions. Whether you’ve planned to […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #3: Ordering food

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This tip for travelling in Italy that comes from our much-loved Florence tour guide, Brenda. Don’t over-order food. On any holiday in Italy, it’s tempting to want to try as many different foods as possible. Indeed, many people travel to Italy just for the food (and with good reason). It is however considered bad manners […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #2

We recently asked out wonderful tour guides for some more top tips for travel in Italy. This gem comes from our expert Florence tour guide, Corinna: Always have photo ID on you when travelling in Italy! When on holiday in Italy, it is quite tempting to leave most of your documents in the hotel safe. […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #1

Planning a trip to Italy? A little while back, we made a fun series of travel videos offering Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips. Now, we are here to share some new tips for travelling in Italy, gathered from our expert tour guides and other locals. And the first tip on the list for having […]

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6th January: Epiphany in Italy

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If you thought January diets were hard to stick to, spare a thought for the Italians. 6th January marks the date of the Epiphany, a much-celebrated feast day in Italy. Yep, that means Italians are all geared up for yet another great festive meal together. Families gather for the Epiphany to celebrate the date on […]

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