Italy practically drips with romance. The vistas, the piazzas, and history have a way of sweeping you off your feet. It’s a favorite for honeymoons and anniversary celebrations alike.
Italy has so much to offer, it’s hard to narrow it down. We help our clients pick the things that interest them most. No two couples are alike.
What are some of our top picks for favorite Italian experiences that await?
Early morning access to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
Rome is a bustling city but you don’t have to join the crowds. It’s possible to have early morning access to marvel at the Sistine Chapel without the throngs of people shoving into you. A private guide can explain the rich history of the Vatican’s extensive and famous works of art while making sure you spend less time in line and more time in wonder.
Colosseum Through the Gladiators Entrance
There is more than one way to see the Colosseum. You can enter the world-famous structure through the Gladiator entrance, just like the fighters of old. This allows you a special view of the intense underground structures that made the arena work. It was and is still a marvel of engineering and entertainment. If you really want to go all out, you can attend Gladiator school and learn the art of the fight.
Roman Street Food Experience
Each district in Italy is known for its own specialties. We heartily believe that one of the best ways to love a city is to eat your way through it. Rome has some amazing street food. You can join up with a local foodie to experience the best snacks in Rome and come away with full stomachs and incredible memories.
Private Yacht Rental
The Amalfi Coast was meant to be seen by boat. Whether you join some new friends or charter your own private yacht, spending a day watching the famously colorful coast roll by before strolling island shores is the perfect antidote to Italy’s bigger cities.
Hike the Path of the Gods
For those who love the outdoors more than the museums, the Path of Gods is the perfect remedy. Aptly named, this path connects the best vistas on the Coast letting you experience the legendary beauty of the are.
The world-famous citrus of the Mediterranean has lead to the delightful and delicious limoncello liquor. You can visit lemon groves overlooking the azure sea, learn the secrets of making this after-dinner treat, and make your own bottle to bring home and share with a side of envy to friends and family.
Sunset Cooking in a Tuscan Villa
Tuscany is famous for its beauty and food. The two are well combined when you attend an evening cooking class set in a Tuscan villa. Need something more private? Have the chef come to you in your own villa while you enjoy the view of the rolling hills and sip regional wines.
Explore by Bike, Vespa, or Fiat
Whatever your favorite mode of transportation, you can find a way to exploring the rolling hills of Tuscany. Bike through the famous vineyards. Vespa through the villas to small towns and old castles. Grab a Fiat or Ferrari to experience an old-school slow drive through an Italian sunset.
You can’t leave the vineyards of Tuscany behind without experiencing a cellar tour, strolling through the vines, and tasting centuries of history that went into the perfect vintage.
For those gourmets who want the full truffle experience (and who doesn’t), join an expert truffle hunter with dogs through a Tuscan woods to find the Italian version of black gold. Don’t worry, regardless of your spoils, you’ll be treated to a truffle tasting complete with regional wines.
Early Morning Unforgettable Art and Breakfast with the Masters
One of our favorite cities in Italy, Florence is for art lovers. You can have a delicious cuppa on an ancient terrace of the Uffizi museum before the official opening to the crowds while you explore the world-famous paintings with an art historian. Or, gain early morning access to the David to marvel at Michelangelo’s talent without the crowds at the Academia.
Panoramic Views from the Duomo
You can climb the Duomo of Florence’s cathedral. Its silhouette anchors the Florentine skyline, but its views are some of the best for seeing this gorgeous city. With priority access, a talented guide can show you the way up the 432 stairs to panoramic views. Don’t worry, afterwards, you can grab a gelato as a reward for those hard-earned views.
Morning Market Tasting
Florence has the quintessential market, perfect for sampling the heart of Italian culture: food! Walk through the market with a local food guide to understand what makes Florentine food so special.
Private Class Lessons with a Master
Venice is famous for its beautiful glass work. The best way to experience it? Take a lesson with a master glassworker to create your own masterpiece as a souvenir.
The music of Venice is not to be ignored. Catch a concert complete with orchestra and arias to experience the modern day musical history of this incredible city. Opera, not your thing? Catch a performance of the classic Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Every time you hear the popular piece, you’ll be whisked away to the memory of those notes echoing in a Venetian Hall.
Kayak through the Canals
While many prefer the famous gondolas, you can explore the hidden canals of the city in your own kayak with a fantastic guide. It’s a unique way to see the city.
Private Photo Session via Gondola
There is nothing quite like the backdrop of Venice. For the ultimate enviable “pic or didn’t happen”, let a professional photographer capture once-in-lifetime photos of you in Venice. It’s the ultimate memorabilia.
Ready to experience YOUR perfect Italy? We can craft the perfect itinerary for your once-in-a-lifetime Italian holiday.
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The Traveling Compass is a full-service luxury travel agency. Our success is built on a foundation of unmatched expertise and outstanding customer service. Our travel agents specialize in international travel, corporate incentive trips, destination weddings & honeymoons, multigenerational travel, luxury leisure, and family travel. We are also Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with experience assisting families that have children with special needs or large families or groups with complicated dining reservations for over 20 guests. Our personalized travel itineraries are designed to help discerning, time-pressed travelers plan the most elaborate vacations, down to the smallest detail. As luxury travel agents, we are dedicated to creating and facilitating travel experiences that expand awareness and give each person a real sense of the country and culture they are visiting. It is our mission to make sure you have the travel experience of a lifetime, every time.