Why take an Italy coach tour?

Six experiences you can only get on a coach tour of Italy

Wouldn't it be nice to discover the iconic sites and hidden gems of Italy, but have someone else take care of all the hotels, sightseeing and driving... and even carry your bags?

A coach tour does all these things – and so much more. Reaching places where a train or plane cannot, you can sit back and immerse yourself in where you are, whether you’re gazing out at the incredible scenery, making use of the onboard WiFi to look something up, or practising your Italian with the person sitting next to you.

But there are so many other brilliant reasons to travel by coach – and not just the fact you can indulge in the odd limoncello if you fancy it.

Here are six reasons why you should consider a coach tour of Italy next year.

1. The views are bigger and better.

Higher than the cars and with wide windows all around your seats, coach travel gives you a first-class view. So what can you expect to see on an Italy coach tour?

In the south, there are the stunning coastal roads that link the Baroque city of Lecce and whitewashed trulli houses of Alberobello, while Central Tuscany offers rolling hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves and red-roofed villages. Northern Italy has its pristine lakes, mountains and the Gardesana, one of the most beautiful roads in Europe, which offers views of the elegant villages, monuments and Roman architecture of Lake Garda's little towns. Bellissimo!

And with an experienced driver taking care of the transport, you won't need to miss a minute.

2. You'll become a master of Italy

Want to be an expert on an area? Travel through it on an escorted tour. When you're on the road, your Tour Director will fill you in on the history, politics and culture of each place plus all the stuff that's not in the guide book.

Visiting an exhibition by a well-known artist? You’ll hear the defining moments of his or her life and most famous works on your way there. Confused about all the Italian hand gestures? You’ll get the chance to practice your non-verbal communication as your Tour Director will demonstrate the basics.

Now there’s a skill you wouldn't have got anywhere else.

3. The locals want to meet you

To really get under the skin of a place, you need a native to show you around. Meet our local guides! Their passion is infectious: they can bring to life the quirky history of Turin’s Mole Antonelliana Museum of Cinema, direct you to the stall in Palermo’s food market that sells the tastiest cannoli and make sure you don't pay too much for silk in Lake Como. They'll explain the local politics, scandals and customs - and they're speaking from first-hand experience.

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4. You can leave the queueing for other people

Don't you just love not having to queue? On our Italy coach tours, we prearrange all excursions so you don't have to stand in line waiting to buy tickets. Whether it’s already included, like the Castellana di Grotte caves in Puglia or an optional choice, we've already done the research on opening times, ticket types, plus all the logistics of parking and transport. We design each schedule to make sure you get enough time to explore all the most important sites.

What's more, your money goes further on our coach tours of Italy. By buying in bulk, we lock down great prices - which keeps our holiday prices low. Plus, you’ll benefit from the occasional added extra that can’t be purchased by your average tourist on the day.

5. You'll find the hidden gems

Want to experience undiscovered Italy? Step this way. We've combed Italy - and the other corners of the Mediterranean - to bring you off-the-beaten-path experiences that you won't find with any other tour operator. Explore the conical white-washed houses of ancient Alberobello, walk through the neolithic Sassi cave dwellings of Matera, and sail along the coastline linking the stunning Cinque Terre fishing villages.

6. You make new family

It's impossible not to make friends on a coach tour. You'll soon find out who shares your interests and you'll have the chance to connect with different groups depending on who else picks the same excursions you do. With a perfect balance of group activities and free time to explore by yourself, you might choose to head into town with some of your new travel pals – or simply enjoy some me-time. It's up to you.