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Given the vast numbers of tourists opting to visit Italy each year, it’s perhaps not surprising that some of the main tourist attractions can get very busy. It’s not unusual to spend a few hours queuing for tickets. But a little bit of extra organisation will mean that you are able to skip these queues and avoid waiting in line. Book ’skip the line’ tickets in advance or look at booking yourself on to one of the many organised tours and you’ll avoid the queues.

Just make sure you book with an officially recognised and reputable company. Take a look at the following licensed vendors:

Get Your Guide: This European based company has a mission to turn ‘ordinary trips into extraordinary ones.’ Whilst we would never consider any holiday booked through us at Bookings For You as ordinary, we are in agreement that trips and tours can add even more enjoyment to your stay. Get Your Guide offer a multitude of experiences to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to simply buy tickets ahead of time to save you queuing for attractions or if you’re after a more in-depth experience, this is a great site to look at. Each option has reviews you can look at and, if you scroll to the bottom of the listing, you can also see who the provider is of that specific tour.

Viator: This is a company owned by TripAdvisor, and allows holidaymakers to book tours, trips, tickets, experiences and even transfers. Most can be cancelled up to 24 hours before your arrival allowing you plenty of scope to change your plans as your holiday approaches.

With Locals: This is a great site that puts holidaymakers in contact with locals to enjoy some fantastic tours and experiences. They currently have over 2000 unique experiences with verified locals in 88 destinations. All experiences have been rated so you can check out what others have thought about the experience before making your booking.

Finally, Arte e Sole is an Italian based company with a flair for focusing on families. They don’t currently operate in all areas of Italy but it’s worth taking a look at their website or getting in touch with them to see if they do have anything of interest for you to try during your stay. As well offering year round family tours, art workshops and activities, they also offer children’s day camps. These are a great opportunity for any younger family members to meet other children of their own age on holiday. Not only that but Arte e Sole can also offer tailored experiences in the comfort of your holiday rental. Whether you’re interested in cookery, pottery, art or even football, whatever your passion, they are likely to have something that would interest you. Do get in touch with Lisa Tucci directly at info@artealsole.com if you would like further information. Do mention Bookings For You when you enquire and any children within the group will receive a complimentary sketch book if you do sign up for a tour.

If you don’t manage to get organised and do end up queuing for tickets, don’t be tempted to try and jump the queue. On occasion you’ll find people offering skip the line tickets here, but the likelihood is that they aren’t genuine so it’s probably not worth the risk.

Some of the most famous sites to explore where you can purchase tickets in advance include:

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Museums

Florence: Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo’s statue of David and Duomo

Milan: Duomo interior and rooftop, Da Vinci’s Last Supper tickets

Venice: St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace

Pompeii: Guided tours and fast track tickets

Pisa: Guided tours of the leaning tower, cathedral and city

Siena: Duomo

Try a food experience in Italy

Italy is known for its wonderful cuisine and experiencing the services of a chef or learning how to re-create some of Italy’s most famous dishes is a wonderful way to create a really memorable stay in Italy. The sites above have some great foodie experiences to try but we wanted to also recommend some of our favourites that we have discovered on our travels:

Cooking in Florence – a wonderful company run by chefs Laura and Gianluca, specialising in cooking experiences and classes in Florence and Tuscany.

Salento Cooking Adventures, Puglia – a company based in Puglia with some great options if you’re a keen foodie or wine lover including cookery classes, food tours and wine tastings. Quote exclusive code SCA2019 when making a book to receive a complimentary gift.

Marco Perocco is a talented chef based near Lake Maggiore. He works throughout the Italian Lakes region of Italy. Get in touch if you are looking for either a cookery lesson or catering. Mention ‘Bookings For You’ when booking to receive a complimentary bottle of prosecco with your experience.

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