Beautiful Cinque Terre should alway be in everyone’s Italy itinerary. If you are planning to visit Cinque Terre or want to know more about it, here are some interesting facts and valid reasons to book your Cinque Terre tour

1)Almost every house in Riomaggiore has two entrances: the usual front door and a back door that opens onto an alley. Why? To run faster when the Saracens arrived. But don’t worry! That was in the 1500.

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What a view!..

2)The water mill in the lower part of Manarola gives the name to the city. Magna Rota (or ‘big wheel’) was the latin name that then turned into Manarola. The recently-restored mill has been providing olive oil to the city for many years.

3)Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane – Love Path) is the highlight of any trip to Cinque Terre. Dug inside the rock, it connects Riomaggiore and Manarola. When you walk through it you can hear the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks.

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4)The Via dell’Amore takes its name from an anonymous’ inscription on a wall in Riomaggiore.  The local authority decided to make it official and started installing benches as well as sculptures, artworks and items that evoke the theme of love.

5)Corniglia is the only one of the five villages that don’t have direct access to the water. It sits on top of a cliff and guarantees a breathtaking view. Do you know you can see Corsica on a clear bright day?

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6)Being a trekkers and hikers paradise, the Cinque Terre national park caters for every level of experience, but if you are serious about your hiking then take on the High Path. As it’s not for everyone, you will enjoy some peace and calm when you leave the crowds behind. The High Path connects the town of Levanto in the north with the town of Portovenere in the south.

7)There are several spots for taking a dip in the sea, but if it’s the beach you’re after, then head to Monterosso al Mare – the largest and best-serviced seaside beach of Cinque Terre.

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8)The Cinque Terre park is a car-free paradise. It’s something that you can’t easily discard in today’s frenetic, chaotic, polluted world. A truly inestimable luxury for the people living there, but at the same time it represents a magical preserved scenery for the many lucky visitors.

9)The remarkably large population of cats also enjoy not sharing the Cinque Terre towns with vehicles. They are friendly, lazy and well-fed. You will want to be one of them in your next life!

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10)Cats are not the only spoiled and protected animals in Cinque Terre. The national park covers a long stretch of the cost and the waters in front of it, making it a fully preserved marine ecosystem which thrive of life and protected species.

For this amazing location, Any Tours Italy recommends the Pisa and Cinque Terre tour from Florence, with a perfect itinerary designed for independent and group travellers aged from 18 to 39.

Ok, so you only have 48 hours in Florence? 
A city that boasts art, culture, history, fashion, amazing food, trendy bars, wine shops at every single street corner? 
Ok. Don’t panic! We get you covered with this essential guide to making the most of your 2 days in Florence.
Time is the essence here and we encourage a well-balanced mix of the things we just mentioned above. Luckily, Florence is not as dispersive as other cities and nearly all of Florence best attractions are in the city center and within walking distance.
This 48 hours in Florence itinerary can be done on your own or in a group in a guided tour. Your choice. Feel free to visit at your own pace or do it in a group, meet people and hear from local expert guides.

Day 1 in Florence
Start with a MUST: Uffizi Gallery. Go here first and dedicate to it all the time it deserves. Of all, this is the one you shouldn’t rush.
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You wouldn’t cut short a visit to the Louvre or the MoMa, would you?
TIP: early birds should get in front of doors at 08:00 am ready for the opening as you would get an advantage over cruisers (they are on their way from the port and should reach there before 10:00 am) or fellow tourists from other cities.
Not a fan of early starts? Then make sure you get a skip the line ticket to Uffizi and save at least 1 hour. Time is the essence, remember?
The Uffizi, its 45 halls and the countless, inestimable art masterpieces from the likes of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Giotto and many others will probably keep you busy until lunchtime. So, our recommendation for your break is a visit to Mercato Centrale
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No further than 10 minutes walking away, Mercato Centrale is an excellent hub for a variety of local genuine products and exquisite dishes. It caters to everyone’s taste, it covers every corner of the Italian cuisine and you can get some great and very local products too, like Lampredotto. You can either buy and take away or you can choose from the many different restaurants and eateries. And there are even cooking classes if you fancy!
TIP: pick a bottle of top Tuscan red wine. We have a suggestion on where to drink that on Day 2
After lunch, walk the short distance to Santa Maria Novella to visit the stunning Basilica. Its mix of Gothic and Renaissance style, together with its inestimable art pieces (the Crucifix of Giotto just to name one), make a stop here compulsory. 
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Then, few more steps and you are in front of an icon of Florence, the Duomo. Budget some time to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome by Brunelleschi, as well as the Baptistry and Giotto’s Bell Tower nearby.
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If you don’t want to pay the ticket to climb the dome, but you are still keen on breathtaking views of the city, we have an excellent alternative on Day 2 (see below).
End the first of the two days with some quality shopping and be sure that there’s something for everyone. If you are after the high end of the market and you want to discover where it all started for super brands like Gucci and Fendi, then head to via de’ Tornabuoni or via dei Calzaiuoli. If you are after bargains and souvenirs, then the San Lorenzo market is your best bet. You can find some great leather products at very reasonable prices. Be aware that the market is closed on Sundays, so don’t miss out.
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Our recommendations for dinner: meat lovers head here >> Ristorante Perseus (San Marco area). For genuine down to earth Tuscan food try Trattoria Zà Zà (San Lorenzo area)

Day 2 in Florence

Start Day 2 in Piazza della Signoria (breakfast there, perhaps?). It will get crowded soon, so the earlier the better. But crowded or not, it is a must. Dedicate at least one hour to admire its jewels: Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune, The Loggia dei Lanzi and the Perseus With the Head of Medusa statue.
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In the same square there is a copy of super-famous Michelangelo’s statue David, but unless you want to settle for a reproduction we recommend you to walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia where you can admire the original. The incredible collections of paintings from the 14th to the 17th centuries more than justifies a visit here.
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Next on our list is another of Florence icons: Ponte Vecchio. This is home to Florence’s traditional craftsmen like jewelers and goldsmiths and a great place for pics.
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Cross the bridge to the other side of Florence and have lunch in the Oltrarno (literally the other side of the Arno river). It’s an area filled with local artisans, great restaurants, and lively bars.
Our recommendation for lunch: Trattoria 4 Leoni – Food here is simply superb.
After lunch, what’s better than a long walk in the green in what is undoubtedly Florence’s nicest park? Giardino Boboli is such an enchanting place and ‘park’ doesn’t really pay justice to its complex architecture of statues, fountains and immaculate gardens. An open-air museum is probably a better definition.
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Next door, Palazzo Pitti offers another great opportunity of soaking the priceless beauty of Florentine arts. Palazzo Pitti, the former residence of the city’s powerful rulers (Napoleon, amongst others) is the largest museum in Florence with an impressive complex of galleries.
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From there you can walk for about a mile among the many artisan shops to reach Piazzale Michelangelo. Remember that bottle of wine we mentioned before? What better place than here to enjoy a full view of the city and enjoy one of its best product? So, relax, enjoy the sunset and sip a glass of Chianti while you relive the best moments of your 2 days in Florence.
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Our recommendation for best Florence walking tour for young travelers: FLORENCE WALKING TOUR WITH APERITIVO At €22 and with great reviews is our pick for a great sightseeing tour of the city and its best attractions and a great occasion to mix with locals and fellow tourists. It’s an excellent deal with the drink and food buffet in one of Florence liveliest neighborhood

Our recommendation for a day tour visiting not only Florence but Siena and the Chianti regionFLORENCE, SIENA AND CHIANTI IN ONE DAY TOUR A full day where you can achieve the most comprehensive Tuscany experience: visit Florence best attractions, together with wine tasting in the Chianti region and trip to beautiful Siena.

It doesn’t matter how long (or little) you stay in Rome. You MUST see these places!

We have ranked them in order of importance (or potential regret..) and they can even be seen in just one day.
Nearly all are in the city center and in short distance from one another. So, you really have no excuses!

1.Colosseum

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An obvious number one. If you think of Rome, you think of it. 
Recently, the upper tier has been re-opened to the public (after 40 years!) and the view from the top is extraordinary.
So, visit the outside, inside, go and check out the dungeons, arena and different tiers.
But make sure you get a skip the line ticket to the Colosseum as the queues can be long. 
Our pick for the best Colosseum tour: BEST OF ROME TOUR

2.St.Peter’s Square and Basilica

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Another must. Pay a visit to the Vatican City and the Holiest Shrine in the Christian World.
Admire the impressive square and famous Bernini fountains, then head inside the Basilica (cover shoulders and avoid shorts or skirts above the knee).
See the Pietà from Michelangelo, the magnificent Dome, the imposing Altar and the tomb of the First Pope, Peter, underneath.
After, climb to the roof for magnificent views of the little Vatican State and the rest of the city.
Our pick for the best St.Peter’s Square and Basilica Tour: SKIP THE LINE VATICAN TOUR

3.Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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54 museums, 1400 rooms and galleries, countless art masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto, Raphael and many more great artists, which extend over 9 miles.
It’s one of the most visited art museums in the world and by far the largest collection: apparently, if you dedicate just one minute for each art piece, it will take you 4 years to see them all.
Last but not least, the stunning Sistine Chapel with its 12,000 sq ft of frescoes and paintings. Here for more than 600 years, each Pope was elected.
 
Our pick for the best Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour: SISTINE CHAPEL AND VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR WITH VIP ACCESS

4.Trevi Fountain

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Beautiful. Unique. Romantic. Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world. Recently refurbished and constantly crowded, but tossing a coin inside will make your trip to Rome complete.
Try and visit after breakfast or at night time for a really magical experience and marvel at the Baroque creations of Travertine marble.
Do you know that an average of €3,000 is thrown inside the fountain every day? Money then gets collected very early in the morning and offered to a local charity.
Our pick for the best Trevi Fountain Tour: ROME BY NIGHT TOUR

5.Roman Forum

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The heart of ancient Roman social and economic life is the best place to get a good idea of what Rome looked like 2000 years ago.
Together with the Palatine Hill is probably the largest open-air site and a great testimony of Roman life at the doorsteps of the residencies of the greatest Roman Emperors. The first and probably most famous one, Julius Caesar, was cremated in a temple inside the Roman Forum and people still confuse this as his grave, leaving flowers and notes on the altar.
Our pick for the best Roman Forum tour: VATICAN AND COLOSSEUM TOUR IN ONE DAY

6. Pantheon

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 The former Roman pagan temple then turned church, then turned resting site for Italian kings and great artists is another great Rome attraction you simply can’t afford to miss. There is so much in such a little space and is located in one of the nicest spots in the Italian Capital. Its particular shape has inspired many future famous buildings like the US Capitol Building and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
Our pick for the best Pantheon Tour: Rome in 1 Day Tour

7. Castel Sant’Angelo

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Castel Sant’Angelo is the sort of place that can make many different visitors happy. Originally built by Romans as resting site for Emperor Hadrian, it was turned into a military fortress to protect the main gate to St.Peter’s in 401. Unfortunately, in the process, most of the original structure and its decorations went lost, and the Roman Mausoleum is recognizable only on the lowest part. It recently enjoyed popularity thanks to the Dan Brown’s saga Angels and Demons.
Speaking of angels, you will be wondering why it took that name and why there is a statue of one on top of the roof? That is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, who according to the legend, appeared on top of the Castle, ending the epidemy of the plague of 590.

8. Catacombs

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The Roman Catacombs is the underground system created by the first Christians to escape persecution and bury their relatives. Despite there are nearly 60 of them around Rome and many and many kilometers of passageways under the streets of Rome, as of now, only a handful are open to the public. They are incredibly well preserved and they make a very interesting change to the usual touristic itinerary (unless you are not fond of small spaces and steep stairs). The passages in some catacombs were enlarged to make space for bigger chambers where altars for religious rites were created.
Our pick for the best Roman Catacombs tour: CHRISTIAN ROME – MAIN CHURCHES AND ROMAN CATACOMBS TOUR

9. Piazza di Spagna / Spanish Steps

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Originally built in 1725, the beautiful Spanish Steps are an icon of the city. Traditionally popular with artists, painters, poets and stylists, it is also a very popular destination for tourists. Many will take a break here after the visiting the main shopping streets nearby, or on the way to Villa Borghese at the top of the stairs.

10. Piazza Navona

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Undoubtedly, Rome’s most beautiful square. It is so elegant with its stunning fountains, its baroque buildings, and the beautiful Sant’Agnese Church. It is also very lively, with plenty of restaurants, bars and artists all around it, making it popular with both locals and tourists. if you wonder about its oval shape, it is simply because it seats 4.5 meters on top of the former Stadium of Domitian (the famous Roman Emperor), which it can also be visited.
Our pick for the best Piazza Navona tour: ROME HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Rome is commonly described as an open-air museum. That is so much TRUE.


There isn’t a better place than Rome for a walking tour with an expert guide and here we explain you why

SIMPLY, TOO MUCH TO SEE.

Which other city can offer you so many monuments, so much art, ancient ruins and over 900 churches, all from different centuries? None. So, it’s very likely that before and during your visit to the Eternal City, you will be doing (and re-doing) lists of the sites and attractions you want to see. Not easy.

Then, the major sites will follow specific timings and imply some queuing, which is going to restrict the time for your arts-craving activities.

Well, you should know that Walking Tours in Rome are an effective way of filling the gaps. They can be very flexible both time-wise and on the choice of the itinerary. You can choose a pre-defined itinerary or make your own request if you are in a small group.

THE HIDDEN TREASURES ARE THE BONUS

We have already talked about the huge number of things to see, but it’s interesting that they are mostly concentrated in a relatively small area. There is so much in the center of Rome that many stunning churches, monuments or galleries simply go unnoticed. Partly because of the competition from major sites, but in part also due to the little effort from those who should be promoting them. Regardless of how much you know about this beautiful city, there is always something hidden somewhere you had not seen or heard before. As you walk from a place to another, it’s simple to discover these little gems and if you pick the right guide, you will get the most of your Walking Tour.

PERFECT CHOICE FOR THE SMART SAVER

There is so much art and history outside there in the open that you don’t really need to pay entrance fees. Walking Tours are a very affordable solution and you do get a lot in return, so let us connect you with the best professional tour guides in town. We will direct you to those who know the city inside and out and you will save money too!

FEED THE MIND AND STAY HEALTHY

Reverse carbs-loading by choosing a 2 or even 3-hour Walking Tour. In the land of pasta and pizza it’s tempting to indulge, but there’s an effective way of avoiding the guilt. Rome has 7 hills and despite you won’t walk them all, there is a fair amount of exercise you can do over these 2 or 3 hours. Plus, walking with other people can be an enjoyable social occasion, as the sociable pace of walking is perfect for making new friends.

BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT WITH A NIGHT WALKING TOUR

It’s no secret that touring Rome in the scorching days of July and August can be taxing. Temperatures of 35C-40C are not uncommon and you won’t find it enjoyable out there in the heat. So, why not joining a night Walking Tour? It’s cooler in the evening and you will see a very different perception of the city. Plus, there are options available to combine the tour with an aperitivo, a dinner alfresco or a final stop at an ice cream parlor.

 

Contact us here if you want to hear about the available Walking Tour options.

 

Also, get in touch if you are in a group of 4 or more and you want a private Walking Tour with a desired itinerary.

 

If Florence is your destination, why not choosing our night walking tour with aperitivo? Join the young crowd and soak the charm of Florence and its treasures at night.

Here are 12 interesting facts and places in Capri that will make you want to jump on the next plane and head to this beautiful island!

1.Capri is just over 40 kilometers south-west from Naples. You can reach it by ferry boat (in about 80 minutes) or with the faster hydrofoil (45 minutes). Alternatively, from Sorrento you should expect a 40-minute journey with the ferry boat and a 20-minute one with the Hydrofoil.

 

2. Faraglioni – there is no easier way to recognize the island than by picturing its 3 massive rocks immersed in the deep blue outside its coast. The highest of the three measures 109 meters above sea level, while the middle one is probably the most photographed of the 3 thanks to its characteristic arch that you can cross through with small boats.

 

3. The Blue Grotto – your visit to Capri is not complete without a journey inside its famous cave. Yes, it’s crowded at times and the occasionally choppy water on the way there can put some people off, but nothing compares to the feeling once you are inside the cave.

 

4. You know you have to duck completely to squeeze through the narrow opening of the Blue Grotto? You have no choice as you enter the cave while your captain pulls the boat in using the chains that are fixed to the rocky walls.

 

5. The most commonly used word to describe the feeling when you are inside the cave is ‘magical’. The view, the vivid blue of the water underneath and the sudden peaceful feeling conspire together to halt the time. The cave is 150 meters deep and has a sandy bottom with a vault that reaches 50 meters into the cliff.

 

6.The Caprese salad gets its name from the island. It translates “the salad of Capri” and is made of three very traditional local products: tomato, mozzarella and basil. A very tasty and fresh dish perfect for the hot summer months!

 

7. Capri’s most iconic square is Piazza Umberto I, best known as “La piazzetta” (the Little Square). Royals, heads of state, famous actors and actresses, wealthy millionaires from all over the world have crossed or stopped by in this tiny and cozy part of the island

 

8.Roman Kings and Emperors always had a thing for the bay of Naples and its islands, but not as much as Emperor Tiberius who couldn’t resist to build 12 (twelve!) villas on the island of Capri.

 

9. Near one of them, Villa Jovis, you will find the Salto di Tiberio (Tiberius’ Leap). That’s the point where that ‘lovely man’ of Tiberius had his enemies, disobedient servants, undesired guests and even unfortunate cooks hurled from the steep cliff into the sea 1,000 feet below, only for his personal pleasure.

 

10. For more breathtaking views head to the summit of Monte Solaro. It takes approximately 12 minutes by chairlift from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri and it really worth it.

 

11. The unforgettable Frank Sinatra fell in love with the island to the point that he had to dedicated it a song, “Isle of Capri”, in his album ‘Come Fly with Me.’

 

12. Capri is not the only stunning island in the bay of Naples. If you are lucky enough to have more days to spend in the area, go and check out the beautiful sister islands of Ischia and Procida.

 

If you have already fallen in love with Capri and you are looking for the best Capri tour from Rome, then look no further: we offer the best price available at only €99 for the day trip, transportation to/from Rome with hotel pick up and lunch with traditional local food included. You can book it here! 

 

And if you are for planning a longer holiday, including visits to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento, then check out here our other great offers!

Spritz is the king drink of the Venetian aperitifs, with a history going back several years and a birthplace contended between the cities of Venice and Padua.

At the end of the day, does it really matter where Spritz was worn, but where you can enjoy it alongside some tasty cicchetti just before either lunch or dinner, or whenever you are up to!

It’s hard to say no to a spritz and you don’t want to go to any place really and when you find the right one for you, it gets even harder say goodbye to it.

So, if you are ready to leave your gondola, your eyes are fully satisfied with Venice’s romantic sightseeing, then it’s time for a spritz break and we have selected some highly-recommended sports where you can fall in love with this drink.

Bars and churches never go out of business in Venice!

 

Osteria alla Bifora

A cute osteria with the right atmosphere and a spritz that is simply top quality. It will taste even better with the numerous cicchetti on the menu or the tasty cheese and cured meats boards. Where to find it: Campo Santa Margherita 2930.

 

El Borrachero

An excellent spritz goes along with excellent cicchetti. Definitely among this young crowd where it’s easy to feel like at home. The only risk: going back to your hotel borrachos! Where to find it: Dorso Duro 1078 | Fondamenta Toffetti Campo San Trovaso.

 

Taverna del Campiello Remer

A buffet-style aperitif very popular with Venetians. The happy hour is a must and the spritz is made with extraordinary care with a well calibrated mix of prosecco, soda and bitter. Where to find it: Cannaregio 5701 Campiello del Remer.

 

Cantina Vecia Carbonera

Considered to be a landmark for spritz lovers and one of youngers’ and students’ favorites in town, where the spritz is served religiously with a slice of lemon. Where to find it: Cannaregio 2329 Campo della Maddalena.

 

Osteria al Mercà

One of the most appreciated spot in the lagoon. Best to have it with the super-tasty homemade baccalà (salted cod) cicchetti or with mini soppressa ham panini. Likely to be crowded – and for a reason! Where to find it: San Polo 213.

 

Bacareto da Lele

Few steps away from the train station you will find this gem. A vist here is a must and the spritz is made ‘as it should be’. Same goes for the amazingly tasty cicchetti. The place is rather small and often crowded, but it really a worth a visit. Where to find it: Campo dei Tolentini 183.