Jesters During Carnival in Venice, Italy

Preparing For Your Italy Vacation

As you start to plan your holiday for this summer, don’t overlook the most famous destinations the world has to offer. My sister, who has always travelled off the beaten path, has seen some countries numerous times, and on one of her visits, finally explored some of its notable highlights. She was not disappointed and realized then why people flock to these types of spots. An Italy vacation certainly allows one to explore favourite travel sites, and is definitely a must-see destination in Europe.

You will find that there is so much on offer in Italy, from the food and wine, history, and topography. With so much to experience, here are some of the major highlights in the more popular cities, as well as some suggestions on how to prepare before you go on your Italy vacation.


Do not underestimate this city. Rome can be done in a rush, but make sure you book your “skip the line” Vatican tour, to avoid waiting. Also, consider taking a Rome night tour. It is a fantastic way to see some of the most famous sights lit up at night. Toss a penny in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. The more time you spend in Rome, the more you grow to appreciate it.

Vatican in Rome, Italy
The Vatican in Rome


From historic artwork to the unique Ponte Vecchio, Florence, unlike Rome, tends to win the hearts of visitors upon arrival. Its intimate feel in a big city helps foreigners feel comfortable right away. Because of this, the entrance lines can be long to see the galleries and tours of the Il Domo. We recommend booking a tour to guarantee you do not miss the sights and rich history of the area. If you can spend an extra night in Florence, we recommend heading out of town to experience either wine tasting in Tuscany or visiting Pisa from this fantastic city.


There is only one Venice. Many cities compare themselves to this legendary town of canals and laneways, but there is no other quite like it. Venice by day is a different city than Venice by night. Pay the extra money to stay in Venice if you can add it to your budget. The city has many tourists who are just visiting for the day, so you will feel it “empty” a bit in the evening and the locals come out around dinner time. Kids playing in squares and restaurants are yours to discover down the side streets. Venice is a unique city to explore.

Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Timing is Everything

If you are looking for an escorted Italy vacation and have only a limited amount of time, consider our 8-Day Highlights of Italy – Coach Tour Rome to Milan.

If you have the time, head south, all the way down to the toe of the boot. Visit Naples, Capri, and the famous Blue Grotto. Take the time to explore and appreciate the history of Mt Vesuvius and the impact of it on Pompeii. From here, live as the Italians do and visit the Amalfi Coast. Hire a car and spend each day exploring some of the picturesque towns along the coast. This area of the country is a must-see in the summer months, with the beaches and towns bustling with life.

Duomo at Sunrise, Milan, Italy
Duomo at sunrise in Milan

Be Prepared

You will find that there is always something to see and experience on your Italy vacation. Depending on how much time you have, plus the time of year you plan on going, it should be an indicator as to how much you need to have booked in advance.

As an example of what this means, let’s examine last year:
When it came to booking the famous Amalfi Coast, the peak season was sold out far in advance. The season was excellent! Our local office informed us that the tourism season went longer than local hoteliers expected, as the peak season was sold out and continued well into October.

Positano, Along the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Positano, along the Amalfi Coast

If you are considering an Italy tour this year, let us customize and recommend the best package for you. Arriving at any destination and feeling free to be an explorer is a great sensation, but do realize that it can turn unexpectedly stressful when you go to hire your car and realize that they have no cars to rent for the next week.

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Nadya Phelan
Nadya Phelan

Europe Product Manager - Although born in Canada, Nadya has spent much of her life globetrotting, as her parents believed that travelling was a form of education. At 20, she packed her backpack and set off to Australia for a work holiday, where she would later return to earn her degree in Tourism Management. She has also lived and worked in Ireland. Having extensively explored Europe and South America, Nadya has since been to all 7 continents and is always looking to see and experience more.

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