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Italy tours: hidden treasures that let you savor the best of the country

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, you’re confronted by an almost overwhelming number of options. However, Italy tours from Tauck are hidden treasures that let you savor the best of the country. Italy remains one of the most popular overseas destinations for American travelers, and that popularity translates to a plethora of tours and packages that attract tourists. But if you want to get the most out of your trip, and you’re after something more than a cookie-cutter experience, you need to remember that not all Italy tours are built the same.

For some, Italy tours are nothing more than a checklist of sights to see. But for others, the experience of being in Italy and delving into all its sensory delights is the most sought-after aspect of a trip. Luckily for those travelers, Tauck’s Italy tours have combined the country’s most breathtaking sights with out-of-the-ordinary experiences that let visitors experience famed destinations in unique ways.

Given the sheer number of hotels, restaurants and sights in Italy, planning can be a complex proposition – it’s easy to get lost in a tangle of details if you’re trying to plan it yourself. Whether you’re a first time traveler or an experienced jetsetter, the convenience of putting Italy tours in the hands of experts like Tauck can save time, stress, and as much as 40 percent of costs (compared to planning independently).

As you prepare for your trip, be sure that your itinerary includes stops at these famous sites – but also gives you experiences that will make them truly come to life with historical context and hands-on immersion.

* The Vatican Museums. Yes, you’ll be crossing the border from Italy into Vatican City, but this is as much a part of Italy tours as a trip to Rome itself. Exploring the Vatican is best done with a knowledgeable guide who can explain the history and significance of your surroundings. The Vatican Museums can’t be missed – but with Italy tours from Tauck spending at least one night in Rome, you have an unusual opportunity to experience them as few others are able to. Tauck’s after-hours guided tours take in the museum’s famed, treasure-filled galleries, but also the Sistine Chapel, which you are able to view without the huge crowds that occupy it during the day.

* Florence. The artistic riches and heritage of the city of Florence are legendary, and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in them as you visit the city’s museums and even as you walk its atmospheric streets. Guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest art museums in the world, are led by a local art guide – an opportunity to learn the secrets and stories behind these renowned, revolutionary works of art.

* Italian cuisine. From the finest restaurants to rustic osterias in the countryside, Italy’s cuisine earns its international reputation as being one of the world’s best and most unique. During a stay in the small country town of Torgiano, Tauck tour participants are treated to the secrets of great Italian cooking, as demonstrated by a local Umbrian chef.

There’s a good reason that Italy is an eternally popular destination – in fact, there are probably countless reasons. From the art treasures in splendid palaces to the rustic beauty of the countryside, Italy tours are perfect to have the trip of a lifetime.

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