It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said that an army marches on its stomach (or Frederick the Great, depending on your source), and if the same can be said of travellers, then what better country to fuel your wandering than Italy?
Have you ever been to a restaurant and been torn between trying something new or just going for your all-time favourite dish…for the umpteenth time? Italy’s a bit like that for many travellers. Yes, you could go somewhere else, somewhere less developed or tourist-trodden, but Italy has ancient history and magnificent natural wonder, epic architecture, and arguably the greatest art collections on Earth.
And did I mention fantastic food? Everywhere? And, once away from the main tourist hotspots, it’s not only still mouthwateringly good but can be downright reasonably priced, so much so that’s almost hard to believe!
This tour for 18 to 29 year-olds is a great introduction to the best of Italy. Travelling by train from city to city (even the food on Italian trains can be surprisingly good), staying in smaller hotels and hostels, and led by a knowledgeable guide who will help find those hidden delights, this tour removes the time-consuming elements of independent travel while maintaining all its freedom. You get plenty of me-time in each location, all while sticking to an affordable budget.
From the canals, museums and mystique of Venice to the spectacular coastline and cliff-hugging colourful towns of Cinque Terre. From the Tuscan treasures of glorious Florence—where many say the storehouse of art is almost unmatched in the world—to the Eternal City of Rome, the only thing you will miss is all of Italy once the trip ends!
And, if you think a gondola ride around Venice is too expensive or too travel kitsch, think again. There’s a reason it’s such a cliché (and expensive!), and that is because it provides an unforgettable view of the legendary city that you just can’t get from strolling its cobblestones or crossing its arched bridges.
- Phone: 888.456.3522
- Length/Departs: 8 days/Apr. to Oct.
- Accommodation: Hotels, hostels
- Starting Price: $1,270
- Difficulty: Easy
- By Simon Vaughan, Senior Editor/Special Travel Advisor for Outpost Travel Media