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Escorted Sightseeing Tours of Italy!

Escorted Tours of Italy

We offer a wide variety of Escorted Tours of Italy that range from several hours in one city to several days in multiple cities. Everything from architecture, museums, art, history to food, wine, olive oil and just plain fun! Private tours are also available. Below is just a sampling of some of our most popular sightseeing tours and services. For more tours or information please contact our call center at info@ItalyByChoice.com or call toll-free at 1-832-EUROPE1 (1-832-387-6731).

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Escorted Sightseeing Tours of Italy – ROME

Rome, Italy Colosseum Ancient Rome (502) – $55   3 hours, mornings Friday-Sunday, Apr. – Nov.**
Meeting Point: C at 9:15 a.m.
Points of Interest: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill (Inside Visits)
Take a complete tour of Ancient Rome’s major sights and skip the lines for the Archaeological Area. Gain special access to the Colosseum and, once inside, breathe the bloody past of the Amphitheater and its atmosphere lead by passionate and expert guides. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine and climb up Palatine Hill. Unforgettable!

Colosseum by Night with Arena and Underground (501) – $75   1.5 hours, Monday, Thursday and Friday at 9:10 p.m. Apr. – Oct.**
Meeting Point: C at 8:45 p.m.
Points of Interest: Underground Colosseum, Arena Floor
See the Colosseum in a different light on this unique night walking tour, skip the long lines at the entrance and explore the arena level and the levels beneath! Visit the Colosseum by night: it will be spectacular! Take the most complete walking tour of the Colosseum to access the Arena Floor and the Underground lead by professional and expert guides in a charming atmosphere. You will walk through hidden paths underground that allow you to descend into the depths of the most famous and visited ancient monument in the world.

Rome Italy Ancient Rome (15) – $55   3 hours, every afternoon**
Meeting Point: C at 2:15 p.m.
Points of Interest: Colosseum (inside visit), Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
Visit the Colosseum & Archaeological Area, skipping long lines at the entrance. Take a complete and informative tour of Ancient Rome’s major sights lead by expert, local guides.  Gain special access to the Colosseum and, once inside, breathe the exciting past of the Amphitheater and its atmosphere. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine and climb up Palatine Hill.

Rome Italy Illuminated Rome Bus Tour  with Dinner (21) – $104   4 hours, every evening except Dec. 24, 25, 31.**
Points of Interest: Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Walking tour in Trastevere
Enjoy a traditional Italian dinner in a typical local restaurant in the Trevi area, just a few steps from the Trevi Fountain.  Throw your coins in and make a wish to come back to Rome!  Enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of Rome by motor coach and discover the magical charm of the most famous monuments viewed under another light.

Rome ItalyVatican Museum – Sistine Chapel (325) – $68   3 hours, every afternoon except Sunday and religious holidays, blackout dates apply**
Points of Interest: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
Take a relaxing afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and escape from the crowd. No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel. After the Sistine Chapel, you will be taken through an exclusive entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Christian Rome ItalyRome (17) – $65  3 hours, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday afternoons**
Points of Interest:
Basilica of St. John in Lateran (inside visit), Holy Staircase, Catacombs (inside visit), St. Mary Major Basilica (inside visit)
Enjoy a journey through the basilicas, catacombs, and ancient streets of Rome!  See the Holy Staircase and visit inside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome, and St. Mary Major.  Proceed along the ancient Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis before arriving at the catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and hiding places of the Christians.

Rome Italy Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere (406) – $45   2 1/2 hours, every Sunday**
Meeting Point: J
Points of Interest: Jewish Synagogue (exterior visit), Portico d’ Ottavia, Piazza Mattei and the Turtle Fountain, Isola Tiberina, Trastevere
Escape Rome’s crowds to explore Rome’s more traditional districts that most tourists don’t get to visit. You’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll through the fascinating Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere area accompanied by your knowledgeable guide. A visit to Rome cannot be complete without learning about this area and its history. Your tour starts from Trastevere, one of the most beloved areas of Rome by locals and tourists alike. Admire the splendid Basilica of St. Mary in Trastevere, then stroll through beautiful streets. Reach Isola Tiberina, the island on the Tiber river noted for important hospitals and through Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in town; access the Jewish Ghetto: one of the oldest Jewish communities in Rome. Life in the ghetto was, at that time, one of crushing poverty, due to the severe restrictions placed upon the unskilled jobs, such as ragmen, second-hand dealers or fish mongers that the jewish could perform. Discover how those people lived at that time and look at it now, full of life and destination for leisure time. Stroll through the medieval alleys that survived the restoration of the area and admire the gorgeous Fountain of Turtles by Giacomo della Porta. You’ll admire the 20th century buildings next to the medieval ones and the fascinating archaeological area of the Porticus Octaviae, the remains of an ancient Roman building. Our guide will introduce to you the Synagogue of Rome, built after Italy’s unification in 1870, when the Jews were given Italian citizenship. Tour ends at the Synagouge.

Rome Italy Underground Rome: The Jewish Catacomb of the Old Appian Way – $495 for up to 6 people 1.5 hours — call for specific days and times
The Jewish Catacombs of Vigna Randanini were discovered in the 19th century on the Appian way. They are one of seven known complexes utilized for Jewish burials. Today they are closed to the public and may only be visited with special permission. These catacombs, like their Christian and pagan counterparts, are a series of underground burial galleries with tombs carved into the soft volcanic stone of the area. The deceased were interred in painted loculi, cubicula, and kokhim. The presence of these kokhim set them apart from Rome’s pagan and Christian catacombs. They were deep chambers in which the deceased would be buried perpendicular to the wall. The openings were sealed with marble epitaphs. The Vigna Randanini present interesting inscriptions predominantly in Latin and Greek language.

Rome Italy Italian Cuisine – Tasting Tour (504) – $75   5 hours, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. from Apr. – Oct.**
Points of Interest: Castelli Romani, Castel Gandolfo, Albano, Ariccia, local food connoisseur guide, food & wine tastings
ONLY FOR FOOD LOVERS!!! Taste typical food specialties and wines.  In summer, do as the Romans do! Take a break from the crowds of the city and visit the Castelli Romani area full of small villages on the hills surrounded by nature.  Ariccia, Genzano, and Albano are the most popular for their food specialties and wines. Take the opportunity to taste some of those specialties and drink in typical ‘fraschetta’.  This half-day tour will tantalize your taste buds and a small group size will provide you with an intimate experience.

Italian Cuisine – Cooking Classes – Exclusive Cooking Lesson & Grocery Small Group Tour (373) $145
5 hours, 9:30 a.m. daily except Sundays and Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31 & Jan. 01**
Meeting Point:
F
Points of Interest:
Grocery Tour, Cooking Lesson, Pasta Making, Lunch with beverages
Experience a mix of leisure and lifestyle, exploring markets and small grocery shops. Learn how to make handmade pasta enjoying a typical Italian lunch in an amazing location. The chef invites you to live an unforgettable experience off the beaten path. First, you’ll be taken on a visit of the enchanting places where Romans love to go grocery shopping, a real experience in the heart of the city. Your cooking class will take place in an amazing apartment with views over the historic rooftops of Rome or in a house on Tiberina Island. At the end of the lesson, you’ll taste what you prepared and enjoy a glass of Italian wine.

FROM ROME

Naples Italy UNESCO Jewels/Full-Day Naples & Pompeii (27) – $155   daily at 7:30 a.m. except Dec. 25 & Jan. 01**
Points of Interest: Naples, Ruins of Pompeii, entrance fees, lunch
Seize the opportunity to visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: Pompeii. You’ll spend a day surrounded by nature and culture. Enjoy a panoramic overview of Naples and reach the haunting ruins of Pompeii, traveling back in time to the fateful day in 79 AD when neighboring Mount Vesuvius erupted covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ash.  Enjoy a meal in the Pompeii area, then be ready to learn how people lived prior to the eruption, visiting houses and bars of the period, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous the city was before the dreadful day.

Campania Italy Sorrentine Peninsula & Capri$475 per person in double room/single supplement upon request 2 days, daily except Dec. 25 and Jan. 01
Points of Interest: 4* hotel in Sorrento for 1 night, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, entrance fee in Pompeii, guided tour of Capri
The Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast are some of the most captivating and beautiful areas in Italy leaving an unforgettable impression on all visitors. Enjoy this multi-day tour and discover an area full of wonderful landscapes, incredible views, charming fishing villages and, of course, excellent cuisine. Day 01: Departure at 07.30 to Naples by coach with multilingual Tour Escort. Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Galleria of Umberto and the San Carlo Opera House. Then continue to Pompeii. After a short visit to a coral and cameo factory lunch in a local Restaurant and then visit the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and buried under 4 to 6 mt. of ash and stones. Proceed to Sorrento, a jewel of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of oranges, lemons and olive trees. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel. Day 02: After breakfast at the hotel, leave by boat to the island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Garden and then stop at the famous Piazzetta. A Minibus will take you up to Anacapri, where you can be delighted by its magnificent views. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry. Once on land you will be transferred to Rome by coach. Approximate arrivals at the hotels or nearest point at about 09.00 p.m * For your own comfort, we suggest not to bring heavy or large luggage, as you will have to carry it around with you from the port to Sorrento to the luggage storage in Capri and vice versa *

 

Meeting Point C: Via di San Gregorio, at the fountain facing the entrance of the Palatine, opposite side of the street.
Meeting Point F:  Largo Argentina, Via di Torre Argentina 52, in front of the theater entrance near “Rossopomodoro” restaurant.
Meeting Point J: Trastevere, at the fountain in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

 

Escorted Sightseeing Tours of Italy – FLORENCE

Florence Italy Guided Visit of the Uffizi Galleries (48) – $50   1 hour daily except Mondays and Dec. 25 & Jan. 01**
Points of Interest: Local guide, entrance fees, no lines.
Meet your guide at the gallery.
Guided tour of Uffizi Gallery: You can’t leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.

Florence ItalyMorning Tour of Florence & the Accademia (42) – $65   3 hours daily except Dec. 25 & Jan. 01**
On Mondays, The Accademia is closed and we will replace it with the Bargello Museum or the Medici Chapel.
Points of Interest: Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo Square, Cathedral, Baptistery & Gates of Paradise, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Accademia, entrance fees, guide.

Take a guided walking tour of the best of the city center and don’t miss the unforgettable Accademy Gallery! Drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo: stop to admire the wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city center. Then take a walking guided visit of the outdoor Duomo complex: the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and visit the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the renowned Galleria dell’Accademia where you can admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other works by the great artist. Tour ends inside the museum.

Florence Italy Half-Day Tour of Florence & Uffizi Gallery (256) – $65   daily at 2:15 p.m. except Dec. 25 & Jan. 01.**
On Mondays, The Uffizi Museum is closed and will be replaced with the Palazzo Vecchio.
Points of Interest: Fiesole, Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Signoria, entrance fees, local guide
A fine coach tour offering panoramic views of the unparalleled beauty of Florence, taking in Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin set on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley. The tour continues to the old city centre for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce (exterior). A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi. The tour continues with a guided tour of the famous Galleria degli Uffizi where you can admire the superb paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.

FROM FLORENCE

Lucca Italy Pisa & Lucca Full-Day Tour (510) – $74   8.5 hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 8:45 a.m.**
Points of Interest: Piazza dei Miracoli, the Leaning Tower, Cathedral & Baptistery, Lucca city center with the Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower, San Martino, entrance tickets to the Cathedral, Buccelato cake tasting, local guides
Visit two of the most beautiful cities in the Tuscan countryside! Our trip will start from Florence and our first stop will be in Pisa, the city known worldwide for its Leaning Tower and for its architectural masterpieces. Once in Pisa our guide will lead you to the famous Miracles Square explaining the wonders of this square. You will admire The Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments before entering inside the Cathedral (interior). At the end of the visit you will have free time for photos and for lunch (not included) before departing for Lucca. In Lucca you will meet your local guide, who will lead you on a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre where you will have the chance to admire the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Dome and the typical “antique dealers street”. The guided visit in Lucca will end in a local pastry shop where you’ll taste Buccellato, typical sweet of Lucca. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

Tuscany Italy Siena,  San Gimignano, & Chianti (50) – $70    daily at 8:45 a.m.**
Points of Interest:  Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti. Entrance tickets to Siena’s Cathedral, ice cream tasting in San Gimignano, wine tasting in the Chianti area, local guide.
Departing from Florence, our tour will start in Siena, where our local, expert guide will lead you through its steep medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces until we reach the Cathedral, Palazzo Communale (Municipal Building), and Piazza del Campo, where the Palio race takes place every year.  The visit will continue to San Gimignano, one of the most fascinating examples of medieval towns, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Visit with a local guide and then stop in a gelateria to taste a delicious gelato.  We’ll continue to the Chianti area, known worldwide for its wine and its countryside of unrivaled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, villas and castles.  Finally we’ll stop in a farm house, where you’ll taste some of the best Tuscan wines.

 

Escorted Sightseeing Tours of Italy – VENICE

Venice Italy Walking Tour of Venice (527) – $34   1.5 hours daily at 8:45 a.m.
Points of Interest: St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica & Baptistery, Doge’s Palace, Campo Ss. John & Paul, local guide.
Take a walk through the most characteristic and important places of the history of Venice. An essential tour for understanding this beautiful city!! Route: Piazza San Marco – Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa – History and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo – The “Pantheon” of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre – Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping.

Venice Italy Discover Venice & Gondola Ride (337) – $66   2 hours daily at 2:45 p.m. (weather permitting)
Points of Interest: La Fenice Theater, La Scala del Bovolo, Rialto Bridge, Gondola ride, local guide
Spend a romantic, relaxing afternoon going through the narrow streets and canals of Venice, the best way to visit this wonderful city: walking and by Gondola. Take a walking tour with your local guide to see the area between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, passing by some special places: Teatro la Fenice, Scala del Bovolo, Rialto Bridge. Then, embarking on a gondola (up to 6 people per gondola) for a fascinating 35 minute ride on the Grand Canal (S. Maria della Salute area) and minor canals (Fenice area) – The tour ends with the landing at the station Vallaresso (Dogana).

Venice Italy Excursion to the Islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello (342) – $36   4 hours daily at 2:00 p.m.
Points of Interest: Murano, Burano, Torcello, local guide, boat transportation
Explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon! You’ll watch glass-blowers at work on Murano, shop for lace on Burano and visit Venice’s first church on the tranquil island of Torcello. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant’ Elena and the famous Lido beach resort, the boat arrives at Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Here you have a 40 minute visit to one of the factories, to discover the magic of glass. The second stop will be at the pictoresque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace, but also for the fishermen’s houses painted in bright colors. The stop will last about 30 minutes. Then, after a short sail, you’ll reach Torcello, the earliest centre of civilization in the lagoon. Only the cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory. This stop lasts about 30 minutes. Then the boat will make its way back to St. Mark’s Square.


Note for all tours:

PRICES AND TOURS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Visitors wearing shorts or sleeveless tops will not be admitted into churches.

**Blackout dates may apply.

Some tours are multilingual but may be available in English only also. Availability and prices for these tours will be given upon request.

Due to operational reason tours or itineraries may be changed.

Private Excursions and Transfers


Private Transfer From airport to hotel or from hotel to airport from $100 From Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to your hotel or for your return from your hotel to the airport. Price is for one car, which will accommodate up to two passengers depending on the number of suitcases you will have. Larger cars are also available at a higher rate upon request. An additional local tax and/or supplements may apply.

Private Excursions in Rome for 3 hours from $185 See the beauty of Rome with your own private car and driver. Price is for one car, which will accommodate up to two passengers. Larger cars are also available at a higher rate upon request. An additional local tax may apply.

Other services and tours are also available on request.
Prices are per person and are valid only if tours or transfers are purchased and prepaid in the U.S. at least five days prior to departure.
Private cars have an additional night supplement from 8:00p.m. to 7:00a.m.
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