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05th Sep 2019

Wake Up To… The Most Unique Tours In Italy

Brian Dillon

Since Aer Lingus is back with their unreal September Sale on flights to some amazing European city destinations, we are feeling inspired. The Wonderlust has been awakened in us! So, it’s time to get planning a Winter break this year.

One place you should definitely consider for a Winter getaway is Italy. With discounted flights to both Venice and Milan, there has never been a better time to make beautiful Italia the next destination to check off your list.

And with so much to do, see and eat in these gorgeous cities, a guided tour can be a great way to squeeze everything you can out of your few days there. So, we’ve found some of the best tours you can do in these spots to ensure that you get the most out of your time there.

1. Venetian Island Tour With Glassblowing And Burano Lacemaking

A Venetian island tour with a twist! This tour consists of a wonderful boat trip around two of Venice’s most colourful islands, Murano and Burano. There, locals will give demos of their traditional glassblowing and lacemaking crafts.

On a private taxi-boat, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking expert guide, who will tell you all about the interesting history of these islands and show you the hidden gems to be discovered, such as bakeries and local food.

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2. Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

First, you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise around Lake Como, surrounded by the stunningly beautiful Italian Alps. Then, you’ll head to the picturesque town of Bellagio, AKA ‘The Pearl of Lake Como’. And finally, you’ll visit the lakeside town of Lugano where you can pick up some gorgeous chocolate and other locally-produced goods.
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3. Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

No trip to Venice is complete without a gondola ride, so this tour is ideal.

First, you’ll head on a walking tour of the city, discovering the most interesting historical sites and making your way through narrow streets and charming squares.

After that, you’ll get to see the city from another vantage point: the canals. Floating down the city’s iconic waterways on a gondola is an unreal way to get the real Venetian experience and see some beautiful architecture.

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4. Walking Tour of Milan with Last Supper Ticket

On this three-hour walking tour, your expert English-speaking guide will bring you to all of the spots you need to see when in Milan, such as Sforza Castle, Scala Opera House and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. And with commentary from your local guide throughout the tour, you’ll get really valuable insight into the rich history and unique culture of Milan.

Plus, a ticket to see the famous Last Supper painting by Leonardo DaVinci is included in the price, so you’ll get to tick that off the list on the same day.

5. Venice Fat Bike Tour Experience

Fancy getting a bit active while you’re in Venice while still seeing some of the best sights around? Then a Fat Bike Tour is the tour for you.

Head outside of the city and experience some of what the local lagoon area has to offer. On this two-hour tour, you’ll get some fantastic views of the lagoon while also seeing interesting historical sites such as Liberty Villas, St. Nichol’s Abbey and Malamocco’s historical centre.

You will visit the island of Lido, which has 12 kilometres of beaches, as well as the island of Pellestrina. And you’ll do all of it on a ‘fat bike’, which has thick tires that make crossing beaches and rough track rather easy.

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6. Milan’s Mysteries: Sights, Legends & Ghosts

This is one of the most unique tours you can do when in Milan. Guide Francesco, who has a PhD in anthropology, will take you to the places with the most enchanting history and fascinating legends behind them.

It’s a two-hour private tour that Francesco can tailor to your specific interests. It’s a wonderful opportunity to not only see the most iconic and beautiful sites around Milan but also learn about the rich, interesting, and often dark history of some of the most famous landmarks around the city.

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7. Venice Food and Wine Lunchtime Walking Tour

A great way to get to know Venice is by tasting it. So this four-hour walking and tasting tour is ideal for just that.

You’ll visit seven different eateries, trying a variety of Venetian delicacies. You’ll also get the chance to meet local producers and artisans and shop for farm-fresh produce at the Rialto market.

Plus, you’ll pass by landmarks and visit sites such as the former home of famed explorer Marco Polo.

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