• Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Italy Walking Tour

The Best Guide in Rome on our Radar: Take Walks
August 1, 2019
By , Staff

Italy is known for a plethora of desirable things: a rich history, breathtaking architecture, eye-opening art, sightseeing, and the undeniably flavorful, irresistible food. Pizza, pasta, gelato, bread, olive oil… the list goes on, and there is no shortage of wine (or a Spritz or two) to go with every meal.

Across the world, guided tours escort travelers around monuments, markets, and historical sights – which is informative, but not necessarily exclusive. Until now. From Rome to Florence to Venice and beyond, Take Walks hosts staple outings to must-see attractions, and interactive experiences, whether you’re a first-timer in Italia or someone who visits the beautiful country every summer.

Skip the line to St. Peter’s Basilica, and don’t wait for tickets at the Vatican Museum in Rome. Access early entrance, forgoing the swarming elbow-to-elbow crowds, and step inside the Sistine Chapel an hour before it opens to the public. If a four-hour tour is too lengthy (after all, gnocchi awaits), a two-hour walking tour of the sites with an expert guide, is an option, too.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Colosseum, the catacombs, and (of course) authentic food are at your disposal. In a 3.5-hour hands-on cooking lesson, learn secrets and techniques from chefs who will teach you the secrets of crafting pasta in your own home — whether it’s fettuccine and ravioli, or something just as perfect(o). Prosecco, wines, apps and dessert are also served.

  

From Florence, transport is provided during a day-trip to Pisa that will have you climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower (though by no means required), and the opportunity to take photos from above the city. On that same excursion, enjoy a gourmet lunch in a rural winery (which is the hard-earned reward for the climb), followed by a stop and stroll in Lucca, inside the city walls.

In Venice, a full 8-hour day on the boat explores Murano, Burano, a glass museum, wine tasting, and more. Alternatively, opt for a tour of the Rialto market to discover a bacaro (bar) and local delicacies such as baccalá (salt cold, pureed and spread over toasted bread).

    

When you return home, you’ll be dreaming of Bolognese, meatballs, and Limoncello for weeks, but without a hint of guilt. Your personal trainer will never even suspect how much you ate, because of all the Walking.