Are you constantly looking for the next great travel experience? Whether you enjoy the jet set lifestyle and prefer VIP treatment, or thrive on exploration and adventure, there’s no use wasting time trying to figure it out on your own, let someone else do it for you! Travel gurus and first time travelers alike may be surprised by how much a guided service can enhance their vacation. Whether you choose personalized, private tours or you find a small group service to join, the experience will only be enhanced with the help of an expert in the field.
Part of the joy of visiting somewhere new is understanding the story behind the beauty that surrounds you. Especially when visiting a country like Italy that is famous for unparalleled beauty and endless historical, artistic and cultural contributions, you don’t want to miss out!
Small Group Guided Tours
A lot of people visit a country like Italy and feel like there are certain sites that they “must see”. One of the top sites on this list is usually the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. In a museum important enough to be the center of its own country, you may find yourself walking through with no real idea of exactly what you’re looking at.
This is where a guide comes in handy. The benefit of having a small group guided tour is that your guide will generally focus on the highlights of that site or area, to ensure you don’t miss out. When you may only have a day, or even a few hours at one of the most meaningful museums in the world, the last thing you want is to walk away realizing you missed something.
Some visitors may want to go one step further and have a personal guide that is exclusive to their group. Take the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii, the flourishing town that was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. Experts agree that about two thirds of the ancient city have been excavated, with the remaining 33% still buried under volcanic ash.
In order to see the entirety of Pompeii, it would take you 3 days straight. If you opt to go it alone in a site of this size, you will find yourself wandering around dumb-founded, as there are no signs or explanations like you may find at most sites in the States. With a private guide, you can make sure that you see exactly what is important to you. The entire tour can be custom to your interests, and you will leave feeling satisfied.
… And Boats
While in the Amalfi Coast, how does a boat charter sound? As astounding as this stretch of coastline in Southern Italy is, it’s 100% better from the sea. A private boat totally at your disposal would only be half as fun if you had to waste time trying to figure out where you are going. With a local skipper and guide, you will have the inside scoop about private swimming coves and hidden grottoes that aren’t written in guidebooks. You will get top-notch service while dining al fresco on a terrace on the water, because they are childhood friends with your skipper. You will still have the privacy and exclusivity of your own yacht while just being able to sit back and enjoy it all.
The possibilities are endless when looking at customizing your holiday in Italy. For the most unique and off the beaten track experiences I couldn’t recommend more hiring the assistance of a professional. From truffle hunting in the forests of Piedmont and visiting the dungeons that housed Casanova in Venice to after hours visits to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, let Select Italy lead the way with the most knowledgeable and professional guides in the industry. Buon Viaggio!
Have you ever experienced a private tour in Italy?