3 Trips to Italy for the most Independent travelers

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Italian Countrysides

Have you dreamed of an Italian vacation surrounded by azure waters, sprawling green fields of vineyards and full of amazing food and delicious wine? If you’ve long dreamt of this kind of trip, your dream does not likely include hoards of tourists packing the streets or tacky tourist t-shirts. With its majestic cities, scenic countryside and unique coastlines, Italy has long been a favorite tourist destination for good reason. The country has it all—a rich cultural heritage, quaint stone villages, great food, rolling valleys and sunny hillsides and inspiring beaches. However, with everything Italy has to offer, the county can also have hoards of eager tourists trying to make the most of their Italian getaway. Want to see Italy through the back door? The perfect way to explore this incredible country could be heading out on a great adventure tour that will allow you to see all the best of what Italy has to offer, while still giving you all the independence of a solo trip.

So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place without making them follow a strict itinerary. Nowadays, there are tours that simply do all of the arranging, setting up a world class vacation for you and then allowing you to make your own adventure. This means that you can do everything from a self-guided walking tour to living out of your very own Tuscan villa. We set it up, move your baggage around etc. and you go. That’s it. No awkwardly huge groups of gawking tourists. No giant buses next to Edna and her husband Bob. Just a rough itinerary and your own imagination. Plus, these tours have been developed to showcase the best of the best, saving you from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. You also won’t be traveling around with a big group being forced to listen to uninteresting audio tours. So book one of these three tours for the independent traveler, pack your bags and get ready for your Italian adventure.

Lucca Apartment Rental

This tour is perfect for those who want to sit back and spend a week enjoying the food, sun and sights of Tuscany. Seven days discovering the very best of Tuscany will leave you sated with sumptuous food, spectacular scenery and very special sights. From your own apartment in central Lucca, discover medieval towns, artistic capitals, breathtaking coastal villages and mouthwatering cuisine as you head out whenever and wherever you desire. Cycle, hike, swim and stroll this amazing region and experience the true taste of Tuscany on this week-long adventure. No one will tell you what to do or where to go and the possibilities of how to spend your days in this sun-soaked paradise will be endless.

Amalfi Coast 5 Day Self Guided Walk

Renowned for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, picturesque towns and diversity, the Amalfi Coast is known the world around as one of the most beautiful areas in Italy and in the world. Being one of the most popular destinations for Italians as well as other nations, most of those travelers stay “down” in the villages and at the beaches while fewer tourists are found in the Monte Lattari above the coast. This independent walking trip takes you into those mountains and you will be walking on the world famous “Walk of the Gods”. Descend from your hike to your hotel in the lively seaside villages every night and experience the Italian flair for life. Eat, Drink and be merry. This tour will also transport your luggage and arrange your hotels, so all you have to worry about is stopping as you please and exploring the area as you stroll along.

Sailing and Hiking in Sardinia

If experiencing Italy by sail boat sounds like your kind of adventure, then this one week tour could be perfect for you. Not only will you see parts of Italy most tourists miss, you’ll have a once of a lifetime, unique experience. This sailing and hiking adventure encompasses seven days of hiking and sailing through the mountainous limestone back country of Sardinia, along the coast’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. 8 of us will sail on a 60 ft sail boat and each night sleep on the sail boat or camp on the secluded beaches. Throughout this adventure, we will start a hike from one beach and end at another, being picked up by our sailboat. 95 percent of all tourists visit northern Italy. Rarely do people go off the beaten path – to places like Sardinia. Here you can find the true essence of Italy and get a taste of this remote and amazing section of Italy.

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