First-Hand Travel Advice & Helpful Italy Tour 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.

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    A Google search led me to TripAdvisor and your tours. The reviews people wrote just raved. I concur; Roberta was amazing and friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and took us so many amazing places and not just the big sites that we requested, but also such an entertaining route through beautiful piazzas. Making arrangements through email, though, was very fast and turned out to be efficient, as it allowed us to fully communicate what we wanted. Thank you.

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  • Venice Private Tour for Kids and Families

    Hi there
    Everything has been first class and I would absolutely recommend you (I actually already did to one of the hotel guests!)
    The information given, the booking process was very simple.
    Our guide SAM was so so so fantastic! We loved him – he was informative, funny, patient, kept the kids attention and we really felt looked after and lovely being ‘away from the crowds’. And a lovely end was being dropped off at a local pizza restaurant (great food and price) and even a toilet stop in one of the local bars was a great experience even for 5 minutes – very Italian atmosphere! Please thank Sam on our behalf! I came across the Nancy Aiello Tours from the internet – I googled tours with kids/family tours.
    110% fantastic!
    Kind regards

    Sandra Bralsford
    Amstelveen North Holland NETHERLANDS
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    NancyAiello tours were prompt, informative and professional from the first email enquiry to the actual tour. Great service! Our experience was wonderful. I would definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends.I come across NancyAiello through a google search for walks in Venice with children.
    PS: I would just like to add that our guide Elizabeth was fantastic. She was informative, helpful, professional and really easy to get along with. Our tour was a real treat!

    Lyn Bainbridge-Lane
    South Africa