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Luxe Associates Travel founder Amy Doherty answers your questions for planning the perfect Italian holiday

As of May 4th Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Phase 2 of the nation wide lockdown which has changed the following:

*families are now allowed to visit each other as long as they live in the same region

*restaurants and cafes can now open for takeout only

*people may now walk in public, and go to parks if they are open

*inter-region travel is only permitted for work, health necessity, or if one is to reach their home residence

Further dates that were announced:

May 18th- stores will be reopening

June 1st- hairdressers, spas services, and nail salons will reopen

September-schools will reopen to half capacity

At this time there is no official announcement about when travel will be allowed for tourism.

For important updates about the situation in Italy please follow our Facebook page where we will be posting to keep our clients as informed as possible.

Since Rome is such a central location you’re in luck, but if you want to know my expert opinion on the absolute Best Day Trip in Italy from Rome then get ready for good news! There are lots of great day trips to choose from. My top choices are

  1. Rome-Naples/Pompeii
  2. Rome-Florence
  3. Rome-Amalfi coast
  4. Rome-Tuscany (Sassicaia/Chianti)
  5. Rome-Perugia
  6. Rome-Pisa
  7. Rome-Siena

Some of these locations are reachable by train, others by car. All in all, these locations are relatively close from 1-3 hours and are definitely doable day trips.

Check out all our Naples tours here

First, check out our First Time to Italy tours page to see our introductory tours of Italy. You probably won’t want to miss our Glory of Rome tour which takes you through the wonders of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as visiting the Palatine Hill which affords some breathtaking views across the city. Otherwise, our Skip the Line Vatican tour is a great introduction to the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the extraordinary St. Peters Basilica.

No. Our Italian Language classes include personalized slides that we adapt each week to fit your needs. Just use a notebook and come eager to learn.

Absolutely! Having lived in the heart of Italy for many years and being fully immersed in the culture here I can lend a helping hand. I have compiled an extensive Travelling to Italy Checklist with loads of information regarding what documents to bring, emergency numbers to know, what to pack, and what tourist traps to avoid. To get my checklist just click here. 

You can also view our Introductory Tours page to see which tours we think fit best for first-timers in Italy!

The Vatican tour is suitable for older children, super young children may find it difficult especially during peek season. There are bathrooms available and places to eat snacks, however, it is not stroller friendly. We recommend for kids to take our other tour similar to the Vatican called St.Peter’s Basilica and Castel St.Angelo tour which still lets them see the main Basilica and an interesting castle with twirly staircases!

Yes, you must still go through security at all sites. You will enjoy the privileges of skipping the waiting line to enter the site which can at times be wrapped around the buildings!

The best time to avoid crowds is in the early morning. We advise during high season (summer months) to book Early Morning tours.

Let us guide you through a real Italian fresh food market, sampling produce at some of the best stalls, followed by a perfect lunch at a typical Roman trattoria on our Trastevere Food Tour– the ultimate Roman foodie excursion! If fine wine is your thing, make some time one evening for our Roman wine tasting experience, where an expert will guide you through six different local vintages. You can also learn how to Cook as the Romans do with a professional Roman chef if you’re more interested in getting your hands in the pasta! On all our tours, there’s usually time to stop for a drink or a quick snack to make sure you’re also tasting the best of Rome…. Otherwise, let us put together a bespoke gastronomic experience for you with one of our custom tours.

Don’t hesitate to check out our Italian recipes written by us and our tour guides around Italy. You can view those on our Facebook group and print them to keep.

Not a bit. We can help smooth every step, starting with your airport transfer, where a friendly English-speaking driver will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel. All our tour guides speak fluent English and perfect Italian, so they can help you interface with the people we meet along our tours, as well as translating key signs or answering your questions. We’re always happy to recommend hotels and restaurants with English-speaking staff.

Psssst! Did you know that we just started our Online Italian Language Classes for Travelers? Visit the page here and sign up.

You can still steep yourself in Roman history with our tour through Hidden Ancient Rome, where we drive to some key sites just outside the centre and then take a short stroll to understand them better. Our Cook as the Romans do cooking class is in a single location so you can focus on the gastronomic experience in comfort and style. We’re also happy to create especially for you a private driving tour of Rome. All of our Rome tour packages can also be customised to meet the needs of any members of your party, so don’t hesitate to ask – there’s always a way!

We offer three different tours of Naples alone, tailored for different tastes. Strolling Naples’ Heart is a walking tour exploring history and culture in the city. Even more adventurous travellers can visit Napoli’s sites via Vespa or Fiat 5000, in our Classic Vespa Tour of Downtown Naples, as a passenger of one of our licenced drivers. Or how about our Naples Food Tasting Tour, where you’ll be whisked across the city on two or four wheels to sample the best in Neapolitan street food, pizza, ice-cream and coffee – amongst other treats!

The splendours of PompeiiHerculaneum and Paestum can also be experienced with dedicated historical excursions, or you can relax on the water with our glamourous Capri Boat Tour. If you’d like to sample the best of the Amalfi Coast let us do the hard work and transport you to the pretty seaside resorts of Positano and Amalfi as well as the refined majesty of Ravello with our Amalfi Coast Day Trip.

We offer tours in the north as well, so you’re in luck!

Florence first-timers might want to try Strolling Florence’s Heart, our introduction to Renaissance Italy, or our Florence Food Lover’s Tour, sampling the best Tuscan and Italian cuisine. Art aficionados can join our dedicated Tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia & the Uffizi to gaze upon masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto. If you’re arriving by boat to Livorno, we can meet you with a car and bring you on a City Tour of Florence, with optional stops at Pisa and Lucca as well.

Venice remains one of our most popular destinations, so choose Luxe Associates Travel to explore St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, or visit the islands of Murano and Burano with us.

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