First-Hand Travel Advice & Helpful Tips

These Italy tour tips are designed with you in mind, to help you plan and enjoy your vacation.

1) Book well in advance. It will help us to help you.

2) Protect your travel investment. Travel insurance is one of the most complex and confusing aspects of trip planning. We highly recommend travel insurance. Between missed connections, lost or delayed luggage, or medical emergencies, you want the peace of mind that your vacation investment is well protected. No matter who you buy from – please consider vacation insurance before you travel.

3) Trust us on this one. When first arriving, spend the extra money and get an official taxi or a licensed private driver to transfer direct to your hotel. Italy public transport system is not kind to the newly arrived visitor from overseas so avoid unnecessary stress at the start of your trip.

4) Less is more. Do not overload your trip trying to pack everything in. You will end up seeing nothing at all. Try to select two attractions maximum to get the best value from your day.

5) Schedule your private Vatican tour later in the day to avoid the morning crowds.

6) Variety is the spice of life. If you are planning a day tour for a family or group, try to select an itinerary with some balance, i.e. one museum, one church, one landmark, etc.

7) The early bird. The earlier you start, the more you will get out of your day. Nancy Aiello Tours recommends a start between 8.30am and 9am for most tours. It will help you beat the lines too. Except for the Vatican for which we recommend to visit in the afternoon, as opposed to first thing in the morning. Usually the Vatican is less crowded later in the day than in the morning.

8) Plan a light lunch, perhaps a pizza slice. It will give you more time to enjoy the rest of your tour. A heavy lunch may leave you feeling sluggish in the afternoon, and thus diminish the value of your tour.

9) Dress comfortably. Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It is always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality, a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

10) We all have our day to day stresses and strains. Taking a break with a private tour is a great way to unwind. We try to encourage a friendly, informal and comfortable atmosphere between our team and you.

For travel tips and advice on what else you should do in Italy, where you should eat and what sites to visit, check out our Italytravelista blog. So relax… you are with Nancy Aiello Tours.

Experts in Inspired Luxury Travel to Italy

Why Travel with Us

Travel Guided By Local Experts

From our personal trip planners who design our luxury journeys to our inspiring guides and friendly drivers the entire Nancy Aiello team aims to provide the finest travel experiences.

Italian Travel Experiences

Our luxury journeys are engaging experiences for travelers of all ages. We cater to the growing desire for educational and authentic travel experiences.

One-on-One Trip Planning

Our comprehensive trip planning services include handcrafted travel itineraries designed to fit your unique travel style, family-friendly activities, logistic arrangements, first-hand family travel advice and helpful tips.

Personalized Itineraries

Your trip will be custom tailored to be the perfect fit for you to fulfill your dreams. Everything will be based on YOUR interests, time frame, preferences, and budget. The result will be the trip of a lifetime.

Hotels and Accommodation Recommendations

Our travel specialists make your trip planning stress and worry free. Choosing the right accommodation for your upcoming vacation may seem like a complicated process, but it does not have to be. We provide insider info and helpful advice on the best places to stay that welcome families and couples.

Family Friendly Activities

We specialize in family travel. We inspire and assist busy parents in the trip planning process providing you with comfortable, stress-free travel. We offer personalized tours and programs designed with children in mind enhanced by our kid-focused private guides who provide education, entertainment, and personalized attention.

Featured in the Media

Our luxury journeys are recognized as innovative, precious and fun by the media. USA Today, FOX NEWS, The Sun UK and more have featured us as experts in what we do. Our family adventures are featured in family vacation resources including CiaoBambino, TravelingMom, MommyTravels, TravelMamas and Kids can Travel. Most important to us, our guests recommend us to their relatives and friends.

TESTIMONIALS

  • Family Rome Tour Package

    Thanks for your email, now that we are back in the states I am happy to share some feedback.
    – overall experience: terrific, would highly recommend
    – booking process: most grateful for thorough, timely responses and attention to detail. felt completely well prepared for our tours before we left.
    – tour experience: simply amazing. made all the difference in our trip to have participated in these tours. cinzia was a MARVELOUS tour guide; not only was her expertise astounding and her storytelling riveting, but she did a simply phenomenal job of catering to our group, which included some adults who were very interested in the subject matter, two four-year-olds with limited understanding of what they were seeing (and jet lag, and tired little legs), and some distracted parents! she met every single one of us at our own level, with grace and good humor, and made rome so magical for us all. our kids gave her big hugs at the end our last tour and later told us they missed her. i was amazed after we got home to hear my son recounting the stories she shared with us, and for my daughter to be able to point out symbols and images we had learned about at the vatican museums. cinzia was just wonderful and i cannot have imagined our trip without her wonderful guidance!
    – would strongly recommend nancy aiello tours to family and friends, and will look into you again should we book more travel!
    – came across nancy aiello tours through google, was encouraged by tripadvisor reviews.
    Thank you again so very much and please send our best wishes and gratitude to cinzia!
    Best,

    Georgia Shutzer
    Massachusetts USA
  • Venice Discovery Family Tour 

    We had a wonderful day with Nadia from Nancy Aiello Tours. Friends of mine had told me to request Nadia specifically as they had had such an invaluable tour with her. They were correct. With our family of six (grandparents, adults and teenagers), Nadia showed us her Venice. She took us up back alley ways and for coffee in a quaint boutique hotel which we would never have found on our own. She made sure we saw everything we were interested in and the children (or oldies for that matter) never once complained!
    I will definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to others who are planning on visiting Venice and will definitely use them when we travel to Italy again.
    Thank you for your organising such a wonderful experience for us.
    Best wishes and Happy New Year.

  • Orientation Rome Tour

    Best of Rome

    Hello:
    We thoroughly enjoyed your tour. Alex was wonderful and provided nice insights on various ruins we saw. We were pleasantly surprised an Italian was our guide, as we had requested Mandarin speaking guide. Alex was warm, funny and informative.  We’d be happy to recommend your tour to our friends.
    We came across your website after Googling “Rome tour Mandarin”.

    Anna Tseng