Why You Must Plan Your Trip to Italy Early
Italy has always been a popular tourist destination. And it’s popularity is ever growing. As Italian travel experts, we advise planning your trip as far in advance as possible. This secures your best selection of hotel rooms, excursions, and experiences.
If it’s your first time traveling to Italy, we recommend the classic Art Cities trip, with a few days dedicated to the Tuscany Countryside. A first time visitors ten day custom luxury itinerary could include: 3 Days in Rome to see the major sites, then head to the Tuscan countryside for 3 days continue to Florence for 2 days, ,then travel by Eurostar high speed train to Venice for 2 nights. Every trip is completely customized; as we craft an itinerary especially for you based on your budget and desires.
For return travelers, the options are endless as Italy has so many wonderful regions to visit. For the active traveller, head to the Dolomites. This stunning Alpine mountain chain in northern Italy offers world class skiing during the winter; and hiking, biking, and mountain climbing during warmer months.
For those who love the sea, the options are plentiful. In the northwest of Italy, enjoy the Italian Riviera in Liguria and the famous Cinque Terre region. This seaside area can get very crowded, and so we suggest visiting in off season months, such as May and October. One of the advantages of having your own specialized Italian travel agent is being able work around someone who knows the areas intimately.
One of the most popular destinations in the world, is the Amalfi Coast and specifically Positano which is a longtime favorite of the Italian Concierge. The area is condensed and hotels along the Amalfi coast are predominately small boutique hotels. Many of our top hotel choices book up a year in advance, hence we advise you ensure plenty of lead time. The crystal blue Mediterranean sea offers splendid views, whether you are enjoying a private boat trip along the coast or a seaside dining table.
One of our favorite destinations at the Italian Concierge is the island of Sicily. During the summer months, head to the Aeolian Islands, a magical archipelago with 7 unique islands. Hike the volcano in Vulcano, enjoy the barefoot luxury of Panarea, the natural beauty of Salina, or take a boat to the small untouched island of Alicudi. The largest island of Lipari has wonderful restaurants and some nightlife, while the black sand beaches of Stromboli attract the jet setting elite.
The classic stops on a Sicily tour include: Taromina, Mt Etna, Siracusa, Ragusa, Val Di Noto, Piazza Armerina, Greek temple sites, and of coures Palermo. There are many other smaller towns we will suggest based on your customized itinerary.
For the history lover, enjoy Selunite, Segesta, or the Greek Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the largest collection of Greek temples in the world. Wine lovers rejoice, Sicily makes some of the best wine in Italy and has several lovely wine resorts to stay. For our fellow foodies, Sicily has some of the best food in all of Italy, from delectable deserts (home of the ‘cannoli’ and cassata ) to mouth watering seafood dishes.
Don’t wait! Start planning your dream trip to Italy today. Let your personal travel agent, the Italian Concierge, suggest the best stops to include, based on your passions and interests. Together, we will craft the trip of a lifetime!