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Discover Italy on a Small Group Tour

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Published on May 26, 2016
Nadya Phelan
By Nadya PhelanTraining Director

Italy’s exquisite history, culture, architecture, food, and wine make it a truly wondrous country to discover with a small group. Italy truly has it all, making it one of the world’s most popular destinations for travellers with diverse and multiple interests. From the quaint and colourful seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast, to the historic and ultra modern cities like Rome and Milan, Italy is brimming with iconic bucket list sights, sounds, and tastes. Italy group tours offer great value, as well as lots of time to take in all the famous sights and live La Dolce Vita. Italy group tours are just the ticket to allow even the most seasoned traveller to make the most of their time in this beautiful country. It allows you to leave the planning to the professionals, freeing up your time to savour the atmosphere. Anyone who has struggled with interpreting train schedules or driving in unknown territory will know that having all the details taken care of can not only be a time saver, but a great stress reducer. After all, you are on holiday! Your tour guides are professionals who know the best and fastest way to get you to your destinations, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy the ride. Everyone knows lining up at popular tourist sites can be a big time waster, but with group travel, your ticket is already bought and paid for, and there is often exclusive access, getting you there faster and giving you more time to spend in fascinating sights like the Vatican or the famous Colosseum in Rome. In some cases, group tours allow you to access special sights and exhibits you wouldn’t be able to see on your own.

Group of Tourists in Rome, Italy
A group at Vatican City, Rome

Make New Connections Another advantage of group travel is meeting other travellers with similar interests who speak your language. It’s nice to have a conversation about Renaissance art over a fantastic meal and a glass of wine with someone with similar interests, especially for first time visitors to Italy. Single travellers often find that being in a group makes them feel more comfortable, and provides them with new friends with whom to enjoy that first taste of gelato, or toss that coin into the Trevi Fountain. Group travel also means there is always someone there to watch your belongings while you snap photos or offer opinions on which of those gorgeous Italian fashions look best on you.

Four Cheerful Young Friends Sharing Pizza in an Outdoor Cafe
Sharing a meal with new friends

Pick Your Perfect Tour Once you’ve decided that an Italy group tour is the way to go, you’ll want to consider a few things to help you pick the perfect tour for you. Consider the size of the group first. A small group can be very intimate, like travelling with family, and indeed, many people do make lifelong friends in small travel groups. On the other hand, a larger group means more people to network or connect with. Another thing to consider is the activity level of the tour. We all want to see as much of the country as we can, but someone who is not as mobile as they once were might prefer a slower pace with less walking.  Travellers who love hiking and being outdoors will want to choose a tour with a higher activity level, like trekking along the stunning coastline of Cinque Terre. If it’s your first trip to Italy, you may want to choose a classic itinerary that takes you to three of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world, Rome, Florence, and Venice. From the fascinating history and stunning architecture of the Eternal City, to the medieval churches and museums in Florence, to the romantic canals of beautiful Venice, there are endless possibilities in these three legendary cities.

All Details Covered Travelling in a group will allow you to catch all the highlights without the hassle of planning your time and transportation. Some tours focus on specific interests such as Italy’s famous food and wine, or the historic hill towns of Tuscany. With so many different tours to choose from, you are sure to find one that best captures your interests. With so much to see and do in Italy, you may wish to have some free time to explore on your own. Checking the itinerary of the tour is advisable, as some offer more free time than others. Another option is to tack on a day or two at the beginning or the end of the tour, to take in those extra sights, or simply to relax and enjoy the beauty of one of the most beautiful and diverse travel destinations in the world.

Sunny Fields in Tuscany, Italy
Sunny fields in Tuscany, Italy

Goway offers group tours to Italy for every interest and budget. View our options on www.goway.com.

By Nadya Phelan

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Nadya Phelan
Nadya Phelan
Goway - Training Director

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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