That moment when you decide to plan your trip to Italy is an exciting one. It’s time to see Italy!
And there’s so much to see: Italy is home to ancient Roman ruins, splendid Renaissance art, beautiful villages and countryside, and of course, incomparable food and wine.
But there’s a lot of Italy out there. Where do you begin your planning? First, take a look at your options! Here are three ways to see Italy — take a look and see which one matches up to your personal traveling style!
Road trip! See Italy by Car
Fly and drive packages are a popular vacation option in many countries, Italy included. Romantic visions of yourself rolling down the Amalfi Coast, windows down as you take in the tremendous view? Ready to explore the Tuscan countryside on your own, and spend time in great cities like Milan and Rome? This is your kind of Italy vacation.
They’re also great for families. If you really need to travel on your own schedule, without worrying about catching buses or trains, or you’d be happier with your own personal space while traveling between destinations, a fly and drive vacation gives you and your family that extra measure of flexibility that can make a big difference when you’re trying to get kids (and maybe adults!) dressed and out the door each morning, or back to the hotel for naps.
With flights, car rental and hotel covered in one package, booking is simple. And with a Virgin Vacations fly and drive package, you can build the entire trip to your exact specifications, including choosing your own hotels. If you’re an independent traveler but want the reassurance and customer support of a travel company, explore the fly and drive option — it might be right up your alley.
All aboard! See Italy by Rail
Rail packages get you from one city to the next in style. For urban adventures that involve lots of sightseeing in Italy’s great cities, there’s no better way to connect your destinations than by rail. Choose your hotels, cities, and standard or First Class Rail — then you’re on your way. It’s one stop shopping for the perfect Italian vacation. And traveling by rail is the convenient and comfortable option for travel between cities like Florence and Rome. If you’re at all nervous about driving in Italy, you don’t have to worry about contending with Italian highways and drivers! It’s also fast — an express train between Florence and Rome makes the trip in about two hours.
Rail packages are also flexible, great when you have specific sites on your must-do list that might not be on a pre-built itinerary. Virgin Vacations offers rail packages with an assortment of curated hotels and travel dates, easy to book online, or you can call a destination specialist to build your own, totally customized, dream vacation.
Show me Italy! See Italy on a Tour
Escorted tours continue to lead the way in Italy, and with good reason. There’s simply so much to see and do! With an escorted tour, you select the itinerary and group size that works for you. Traditional tours will connect you with new friends all just as excited to visit Italy as you are, plus give you a balance of escorted time and leisure time to explore on your own.
One of our most popular tours, Enchanting Italy, includes options from 8 days to as many as 18, including Venice, Florence, Rome, and many other delightful Italian spots!
Small group tours are a fun way to really immerse yourself in local culture, adding extra-personalized extras like shopping with a chef in a local market, before you all prepare a meal with the fresh ingredients you’ve just bought. Not to mention, having an English-speaking tour manager can go a long way when your phone battery dies and you don’t have Google Translate at your fingertips! 2019 Small Group tours of Italy include Northern Italy and the Lakes, or an immersive trip through Venice, Florence, Rome and more.
Some of the best things about all of these vacation package options are the expert-selected hotels, attractions, vendors and tours at your fingertips. It could take you months to wade through hotel listings and reviews, squinting at maps as you try to decide if it’s really “just five minutes” from the museum you want to visit, to say nothing of trying to book tours and transportation, or decide which shops are really worth your time, versus well-disguised tourist traps.
So when you’re planning the best way to see Italy, whether you are ready to explore on your own or let someone else do the driving, one of these three options will be perfect for your personal traveling style — and you’re going to love your vacation! Take a look at our escorted tours, fly and drive packages, and multi-city rail packages at our website, and don’t forget to call our team to customize your vacation to your exact specifications. It’s your trip — vacation how you want to!