One of the easiest ways to pack as much sightseeing in as possible to to take guided day tours—perhaps a walking tour of Ancient Rome with an archaeologist, or a guided visit to the Uffizi in Florence, or a gondola tour of Venice:
- Rome tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
- Florence tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
- Venice tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
- Milan tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
- Naples tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
- Amalfi Coast tours: Viator.com, SelectItaly.com, City-Discovery.com
I will freely admit to being as guilty as anyone of this, but: Please try not to overplan your trip to Italy. That's a two-fold plea:
- Plan everything, but don't feel compelled to stick to the plan. I think it's a fine idea to work out all the details of what you plan to do—if nor no other reason than it will help you get a handle of what you are able to get done, and start making the hard choices of what you have time for and what you should leave for the next trip to Italy. (Always assume you will retrun!)
But then do not book absolutely every second in advance (that leaves no room to adjust things as you go to accommodate changing interests, sudden festivals, or unexpected invitations), and please do not attempt to stick to the schedule if it turns out to be overly ambitious and startrs making you miserable.
Rememeber Clark W. Griswold, the Chevy Chase dad in the Vacation movies, always bound and detemrined to get to WallyWorld come hell or dead aunties? Yeah, don't be that guy. No one in that family was having any fun.
- Don't try to pack too much in. A vacation is not meant to be all about checking sights off a list or dashing from place to place to fit in as much as humanly possible. It's about enjoying yourself.
So do that. Enjoy yourself. Take a hint from the Italian concept of la bel far' niente—the beauty of doing nothing—and take a break from the sightseeing every once in a while.
Leave some time to stop and sip the cappuccino.
Tours: Intrepidtravel.com, Gadventures.com, Selectitaly.com, Tourpackagers.com, Viator.com, Infohub.com
Airfares: Momondo.com, Vayama.com, Cheapflights.com, DoHop.com, AutoEurope.com, CheapTickets.com, CheapOair.com, OneTravel.com,Orbitz.com, Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Priceline.com, Hotwire.com
Rental cars: Autoeurope.com, Momondo.com, Priceline.com, RentalCars.com, AutoSlash.com, Europebycar.com, Renaultusa.com
Trains: Raileurope.com, Trenitalia.com
Lodging: Venere.com, Booking.com, Bedandbreakfast.com, Airbnb.com, Rentalo.com, Vrbo.com, Belvilla.org, Hostelworld.com, Hostelbookers.com, Couchsurfing.com, Homeexchange.com
Packages: SelectItaly.com, Gotoday.com, Orbitz.com, Expedia.com, Travelocity.com
Maps & guides: Maps.com, BN.com, Maps.google.com, Tuttocitta.it