Italy Tours & Italy Vacation Packages 2018 | Italy on a Budget tours - Italy on a Budget tours - Italy #1 tour operator for 18-39's students, backpackers and travellers on a budget. Lots of days tours, short breaks and adventure holidays in the main Italian destinations; Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Amalfi coast and lots more.

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2h WALKING TOUR OF POMPEII

Join our licenced tour guide of Pompeii for a 2h walking tour of one of the most important Italian archeological sites. This tour consists in a marvellous walk around of the ancient roman city of Pompeii, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 a. D. In 2 hours our licensed tour guide be able to show you the highlights and the most important parts of the site. During the walking tour you'll have the feeling of wandering in a still alive town while learning about the history of the town and how the romans lived showing you all the most important public buildings and private houses.   DETAILS Thursdays from April to October. Mondays and Thursdays in July and August. 12:45pm In front of the Suisse restaurant opposite the Carabinieri sign next to main entrance of the site -The entry ticket to the site is not included in the walking tour. The price is € 15.00. -If you are booked on the Amalfi coast tour, the entry ticket to the site is included. -Tour guaranteed with a minimum number of 7 people. € 15.00    

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A DAY IN TUSCANY from Rome

A day trip from Rome to visit the best of the Tuscany region Spend a day exploring the best Medieval Tuscan cities; Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and tour the windy roads of the Chianti wine region in the comfort of a minivan including wine tasting in a local winery.   What's included: Train tickets from Rome to Florence and back on high speed train  Transport by minivan to Tuscany Your IOAB English speaking tour leader 2h visit of Siena Orientation walk of Siena with our tour leader Time to explore Siena in complete freedom A short visit of Monteriggioni  1h30 visit of San Gimignano Free time to discover the village at your own leisure Scenic drive of the Chianti region Wine tasting in a local winery Extra Virgin olive oil tasting Small groups   DETAILS TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY Italy on a Budget tours office, via nazionale 149R - Florence The train leaves at 07:00am approx. Back to Rome at 8:00pm approx Optional lunch with tradional Tuscan dishes for only € 15.00. Organise it with your guide in the morning. - You won't meet one of our team in Rome but you will travel by train independently from Rome to Florence and back ( tickets included ). You will meet us directly in Florence at the tour departure point.  - Full details of the train ticket will be sent by email to the customers a few days before the tour. On the ticket you will find the train number and seat assigned. - Make sure you get on the train and platform as per the ticket sent 10 mins prior the tour. - No refund will be issued to clients who miss the train € 130 pp     Do you wish to stay longer in Florence? If you wish to take a later train back to Rome and stay longer in Florence after the trip , it is possible. Just make sure you to inform our team at the moment of the booking.   

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Accademia Gallery morning Guided visit

A morning tour of the Accademia Gallery where you will see the most important works of Michelangelo in Florence. WHAT'S INCLUDED Staff Assistance at the Meeting Point Licensed tour Guide Museum entrance ticket with advanced booking fee (guaranteed admission and skip the general entry line) Earphones for a minimum of 15 people DETAILS Every day except on Monday 15m prior starting time  at the Accademia Gallery Museum, in front of the entrance reserved to the booking holders. An Assistant will wait for you holding a  yellow sign 10:30am  Approx. 1 Hour and 15 minutes inside Accademia Gallery    LOCAL SUPPLIER: Italy on a Budget collaborate with a licensed local operator providing museums guided tours.  Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination,are included on your confirmation Voucher. CLOSE OUT DATES: May 1st and on the first Sunday of each month GUARANTEED DEPARTURE: min. 2 pax          

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AFTERNOON COOKING COURSE IN FLORENCE

Who doesn't like the Italian cuisine, a plate of delicious pasta or a mouth-watering dessert? Come and learn how to make some typical Italian dishes to impress your date or family once you return back home. Do not miss the opportunity while you are in Italy to get your hands dirty during our cooking class taught by local professional chefs in a real cooking school in Florence. You will also receive an apron and recipes so that you won't forget a fun and truly delectable experience!   Choose between the Monday and the Tuesday course   EVERY MONDAY: Regional cuisine Come and experience how the various regions of Italy each developed a unique taste for produce.Find out where and when some typical dishes were invented (lasagne, risotto alla milanese) and give them a try by cooking and then tasting the delicious outcome!   EVERY TUESDAY: Tuscan cuisine Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes. Tuscany, an amazing region that hosts mountains and rolling hills, well-known for its refined wines, as well as several prominent seaside dishes. DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY and  TUESDAY* The courses won't be available from the 15DEC-04JAN and from 10AUG - 31AUG MEETING TIME 2:45pm MEETING POINT At our office on Via Nazionale 149r opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 60.00 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE cooking lesson, all the ingredients used to prepare your meal, wine,  tasting of the cooked recipes, an apron and some useful recipes to bring back home. DURATION 2h45/ 3h NOTE:  The cooking course is held by an Hospitality School which is the first WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies) recognized school in Italy and operate since 1997 providing both professional programs and amatorial classes. The course is an academic course with lessons open to private customers, being aware about the fact they’ll be in a class, and not just in an average cooking school. The lesson includes a lecture about a daily topic. The lecture always includes the cultural background of the specific recipes and the cooking method explanation. The chefs are at same time the teachers of the school, professionals with years of experience and a solid academic background.                                    

AMALFI COAST AND POSITANO DAY TRIP FROM ROME

Fall in love with the Amalfi Coast on our full day tour from Rome or Naples by high-speed train Visit the Amalfi Coast and Positano with this day tour from Rome or Naples with our team. Travel in comfort on the high speed train from Rome and on minivan to the Amalfi Coast, taking in the charming towns along the coast.   WHAT'S INCLUDED Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Roundtrip transportation by fast spead train from Rome to Naples or Salerno Scenic drive of the Amalfi Coast and Positano by minivan Wander the narrow streets of Amalfi Spend time exploring Positano in complete freedom   DETAILS WEDNESDAY, SUNDAY 8:30am approx  From/to Rome or from/to Naples. The tour operator will send you a week before the tour an email confirming the exact meeting point and time. If you don't receive any email we recommend you to get in touch with us to reconfirm all details  12h - Please note that the tour may be cancelled or changed due to circumstances out of our control (such as train strikes or train line malfunctions). - Tour guaranteed with a min of 6 people   

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AMALFI COAST TOUR - HOTEL UPGRADE

4 DAYS - POMPEII, SORRENTO, CAPRI, AMALFI COAST, POSITANO & NAPLES  Relax, fun and breathtaking scenery that you will never forget. Small groups led by Italian local guides fluent in English for an authentic Italian experience & more fun   Itinerary: DAY 1 : Rome 09:00am - Pompeii Archaeological site - Sorrento DAY 2:  Boat tour to Capri Island - full day in Capri DAY 3:  Day tour to the Amalfi Coast with free time in Positano and Amalfi  DAY 4:  Sorrento - Naples - Rome back at 5:00pm What's Included: Private transport from/back to Rome Small groups - max 25 Entry ticket to Pompeii heritage site 3 nights accommodation in Sorrento Breakfast included  Orientation tour of Sorrento town Boat tour to the island of Capri Full day on the Amalfi coast stopping 2h in Amalfi and 3h in Positano 4h stop in Naples Orientation walk of Naples Local and passionate Italian tour leader ( english speaker! ) Info and local facts of each destination    DETAILS: DEPARTURES: From April till October every Thursday / June, July and August  every Thursday and Monday MEETING POINT: Via Marsala, 22 by Roma Termini train station at 09:00am RETURNS: Back to Roma Termini at 5:00pm approx  DURATION: 4 days.  ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 3 star Hotel located on top of a panoramic hill just 10 minutes walk to the historical centre.     ROOM TYPE: Twin/ Double private room   What people say about this tour  “Great” Had an amazing solo adventure! I’m 31 and met a bunch of likeminded people from all over the world and saw beautiful places in a compact but well timed trip. Sally was a great guide and both hands on in offering her company and extensive knowledge but also easy going for letting you explore at your own time. She made a great trip even better, and I’ll never forget it! Definitively reccomend this trip to a solo traveler who has always wanted to see the area since it’s cheaper than doing it on your own and also you’ll meet great people to share dinner/a swim in the Mediterranean with.             "Recommended to anyone!" I had a great time, amalfi coast is beautiful and fun to visit! Limoncello and gelato tasting was amazing, pompeii was fun to visit lots of things to learn, amalfi and positano were two nice villages and amazing beaches. In napoli you get the best pizza in italy for cheap! Our tour guide, Alessandro, was very professional and also funny brought us to eat amazing food and deserts, he had to drive us himself because we were a very small group (5 person), good driver! Do not rent a car there because streets are so narrow that two cars can't pass next to eachother,  He knew the history of all the villages we saw and transmitted it to us very well. I recommend this tour to anyone!                                                                                          Read more

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AMALFI COAST TOUR from Rome for 18 -39's

4 DAYS - POMPEII, SORRENTO, CAPRI, AMALFI COAST, POSITANO & NAPLES  Relax, fun and breathtaking scenery that you will never forget. Small groups led by local guides fluent in English for an authentic Italian experience & more fun   Itinerary: DAY 1 : Rome 09:00am - Pompeii Archaeological site - Sorrento DAY 2:  Boat tour to Capri Island - full day in Capri DAY 3:  Day tour to the Amalfi Coast with free time in Positano and Amalfi  DAY 4:  Sorrento - Naples - Rome back at 5:00pm   What's Included: Private transport from/back to Rome Small groups - max 25 Entry ticket to Pompeii heritage site 3 nights accommodation in Sorrento Orientation tour of Sorrento town Boat tour to the island of Capri Full day on the Amalfi coast stopping 2h in Amalfi and 3h in Positano 4h stop in Naples Orientation walk of Naples Local and passionate Italian tour leader ( english speaker! ) Info and local facts of each destination    DETAILS: DEPARTURES: From April till October every Thursday / June, July and August  every Thursday and Monday MEETING POINT: Via Marsala, 22 by Roma Termini train station at 09:00am RETURNS: Back to Roma Termini at 5:00pm approx  DURATION: 4 days ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Camping Village in Sorrento located on top of a panoramic hill just 10 minutes walk to the historical centre. It is the perfect location to explore the Amalfi coast for travelers on a budget ROOM TYPE: Basic cabins with a little deck to enjoy the great views of the bay PRICE: from € 289 in 3 bed shared cabin - from € 365 in private ensuite cabin - from € 450 in single cabin UPGRADE: If you have more to spend upgrade your tour from camping to hotel      Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE and INSTAGRAM Did you know that... PAYMENT OPTIONS: If you are short in cash, pay a 50% deposit online when booking by using the code " DEPOSIT "  and pay the remaining balance in full only 6 weeks prior the tour. TRAVEL MORE: You want to see more of Italy? Link up the Amalfi coast tour with: > SICILY > BEST OF TUSCANY > BUONGIORNO ITALIA > LET'S GO NORTH   NEED ACCOMMODATION IN ROME: If you need accommodation in Rome the night prior the trip or when we retun back to Rome, contact us and we will be able to book you on one of our partner hostels located 5mins walk from the meeting point for the tour and the Termini train station.   What people say about this tour  “The Amalfi Coast tour is amazing” I did the four day tour of the Amalfi Coast with Italy on a Budget Tours and absolutely loved the experience. The group was made up of people of the same age who were all travelling, so we were able to get along really well and swap stories about travels. Irene was a fantastic guide from the very start. She was bright and happy and enthusiastic throughout the trip. She knows a lot of the locals around the coast so travelling was made easy and hassle free. The schedule was still flexible enough for us to spend our own time at the different towns and do your own thing at night. I've travelled independently many times before, but I don't think I could have seen or experienced as much by myself. And it was made all so much better by Irene's enthusiasm and knowledge of the area. Really great value for money and a must do if you want to travel this region!                                                                                                      Read more

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Bologna & FICO Eataly World day tour

Join a tour of Bologna to see the sights of the city and discover the variety of local foods. Take a journey from field to fork and learn about Italian food and wine in the world's largest agri-food park.    What's included Round trip transportation from Florence to Bologna by train Your IOAB tour leader Orientation walk of Bologna with our team Some free time to explore the city independently  Return bus ticket to FICO Entrence to the food park Details: Sunday In front the Italy on a Budget tours office on via nazionale 149r - Florence 08:00 am 6:30 pm approx A minimum number of 6 people is required to run this tour    

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BUONGIORNO ITALIA - 7 DAYS/ 6NIGHTS

Visit the most famous Italian cities in 7 days. ROME - FLORENCE - PISA - CINQUE TERRE - VENICE with a local crew. Experience the most important Italian cities with your experienced and fun Italian team for a real Italian adventure. ITINERARY: Monday DAY 1: Arrival to Rome  DAY 2: Old city centre & Vatican city DAY 3: Free morning in Rome - Florence  DAY 4: Pisa & Cinque Terre day tour  DAY 5: Full day in Florence DAY 6: Venice Sunday DAY 7: Check out Venice    WHAT'S INCLUDED: 6 night accommodation Welcome dinner in Rome Welcome drink and "aperitivo" buffet food in Florence. Full time expertise and service of our Italy on a Budget tour leaders Train tickets to Florence and Venice on fast speed trains Organised activities with our team and free time to explore at your own leisure Orientation walks in Florence, Rome and Venice led by the Italy on a Budget tour leaders Maps, info and tips about all places DETAILS DEPARTURES: All year round. The tour starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday in Venice at 10:00 am  ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 6 nights in our favourite budget accommodations; 2 nights in Rome ( hostel ) - 3 nights in Florence ( hostel ) - 1 night in Venice ( hostel or camping village in Venice Mestre ) ROOM TYPE: Room & cabins based on Multi-share - Private double/twin - Single room UPGRADE: Upgrade your tour from Hostels & Camping village to 2**Hotel & Guests house TOUR TYPE: Good mix of organised activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own. This is a perfect tour for those who are visiting Italy for the first time and don't have a fortune to spend but still want to see as much as possible in a week with a local team. TRANSPORT: We believe there is no better way to truly experience everything a country has to offer than exploring it by foot and with local transport to immerse yourself in its culture. The primary means of transportation of this trip between the cities is by fast speed train.  TOUR LEADERS: You might have different guides during the week and not the same one for the entire time as we always opt for guides which are local GROUP SIZE: min. 2 - max 15 PRICE: from € 599 in shared bedroom - from € 900 in private double/twin room   Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE NOTE:  1. All final details will be sent by email  2. You can arrive to Rome whenever it is best for you. Check in time is from 3:00pm but if you arrive earlier feel free to store your bags in the accommodation. Tour will officially start in the late afternoon on day 1 ( 5:00pm approx ) and will end on Saturday after the orientation walk. On Saturday evening you will be free. 3. This tour is not recommended to those with walking disabilities  DID YOU KNOW THAT... PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay only 50% deposit to secure your spot when booking online and the remaining 40 days before the trip TRAVEL MORE: Combine the Buongiorno Italia with the > AMALFI COAST TOUR departing on Thursday from Rome and returning back on  Sunday just before you start the 7 day trip on Monday. > SICILY  departing on Monday FREE TIME: Spend your free time to explore the sights in complete freedom or choose to book our optional day tours in the different cities to add value to your experience.  ADD NIGHTS: If you are arriving a day earlier in Rome, you can select the extra night before finalising the trip. If you wish to extend your stay in Venice, make sure you select the extra nights   What people say about this tour  " Buongiorno Itallia " Sasa and Alex were the best guides!! They were so knowledgable and funny and we loved spending the few days on the tour with them. Everything was so well done and professional. We got to see so much in a short time and for a very good price. This was the best tour we found in Italy and Sasa and Alex made it even better! The hostel they set us up in was one of the nicest I've ever stayed in. The transportation with either the bus or the train was very efficient, nice, and fun!!   read more

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CARNIVAL OF VENICE - day trip from Florence

Join us for an amazing day tour from Florence ​through the world's most famous festival, the Carnival of Venice. Our trip starts from S. Maria Novella train station where you will meet our tour leader who will accompany you through this amazing day in Venice. Once in Venice enjoy an orientation walk through the labyrinth of alleyways towards Rialto bridge and Grand Canal. Learn the history of this enchanting city and discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces strolling along the narrow streets, called Calle. We will stop to admire an infinity variety of beautiful and fancy masks artfully decorated with feathers, glitter, stones and bells. It may takes days for maskmakers to decorate a traditional carnival mask and somethimes they can cost hundreds euros. Don't worry as in some popular stalls it’s easy to find something alike, for half the price so make sure you buy your own. The orientation ​tour​ will end in St. Mark's Square where fantastic costumes are displayed and “The Best Masked Costume Contest” takes place every day. Here you will have plenty of opportunity for amazing pictures. You will be then free to ​continue exploring the city and its costume parades and​ enjoy the live music in the main square of the city​. ​ DETAILS: 8:00am At the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside Santa Maria Novella Train station opposite platform 16 Return train tickets, our local IOAB tour leader, orientation walk of Venice, info and maps.  We return back to Florence at 7:30pm approx € 69pp  

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CITY SIGHTSEEING FLORENCE

Hop on CitySightseeing open top red bus and you’ll admire this wonderful city and its hills from another “higher” perspective! CitySightseeing offers 3 different bus lines to let you reach many of the places of interest of the city: from Piazzale Michelangelo to Ponte Vecchio and to the beautiful Fiesole. Onboard you will find interesting commentaries which will provide you with information about everything around you: you will listen not only to the history of its elegant palaces,  buildings and monuments but also to legends, historical events, popular sayings, gastronomic curiosities and much more. You can hop on or off at the indicated stops as many times as you want, get closer your favourite places and enjoy a tasty Florentine ice-cream!   DETAILS PRICE ADULT 1 DAY  € 23.00 (the validity of the ticket terminates with the last run of the same day when the customer changes the voucher with the received) 48H € 28.00 3DAYS      € 33.00   (the validity of the ticket terminates 3 Days after that the customer has change the voucher with the received)

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CITY SIGHTSEEING ROME

Suspended between history and legend, myth and beauty, Rome still preserves its infinite charm and its unrivalled wonders. From ancient times to the Middle Ages, from Baroque to modern times, every age saw the Eternal City shining in its magic splendour. Today it is possible to visit the places which made Rome immortal by observing it from another point of view, from a new and original perspective, on board our double-decker buses. City Sightseeing® Rome will allow you to travel through history and visit the places where the ancient Romans lived their social and political life as well as to admire the great Papal Rome, with its fine buildings and beautiful churches, by just sitting comfortable on board our buses. You will be able to visit the many churches, monuments, palaces, squares and streets of Imperial and Christian Rome, of Baroque and Modern Rome. Each bus has a highly technological, multilingual commentary system in eight (8) languages available for every passenger, which will not only keep you entertained, but also well informed about the city. You can admire the great monuments of ancient Rome like the Imperial Forums, the Coliseum and the Circus Maximus. You will see the most beautiful Christian places like St. Peter's Basilica and Santa Maria Maggiore. One must also visit the squares and streets where the history of Rome was written such as Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Barberini. Then you can enjoy a walk among the coffee shops of the Dolce Vita in Via Veneto and later drive along the river Tevere and admire Trastevere, one of the old quarters of the City, with its typical restaurants and bars, where you can taste typical Roman dishes. Thanks to our City Sightseeing®© unmistakable red, open-top, double-decker buses, whose prestigious brand is renowned worldwide, you will discover that Rome has never been easier and more enjoyable to visit. Don’t miss this opportunity, please get on board and let us provide you with a unique experience!   DETAILS PRICE ADULT 24H € 28.00 (the validity of the ticket terminates with the last run of the same day when the customer changes the voucher with the received) 48H € 31.00 3DAYS      € 35.00   (the validity of the ticket terminates 3 Days after that the customer has change the voucher with the received) BUS TERMINAL Terminal A: Termini-Marsala (Via Marsala, 7) Terminal B: Largo Di Villa Peretti (Largo Di Villa Peretti, 1) FREQUENCY from 9:00 am to 6:00pm 15' SEASON All year round

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CLASSIC ROME TOUR BY VESPA

What better way to enjoy Rome than on a Vespa! Enjoy a 3hr tour in Rome to get the real Italian experience roaming the streets of ancient Rome covering all the important monuments and landmarks: The Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Tiber Islands and many more!  They say in Rome do as the Romans do....So why not Vespa!    DETAILS:   Option A: € 85 per person   A couple of customers will share the same vehicle (2 customers, 1 vehicle).This option is suitable for couples who do not want to travel separately. The driver is requested to have the necessary mastery of motorbike driving, not limited to few and occasional driving experiences. Option B: € 110 per person  Each customer will drive a separate vehicle (1 customer, 1 vehicle) and shall not carry any passenger. This option is suitable for heterogeneous groups of customers, each having previously achieved the requested driving experience, who want to enjoy the pleasure of driving a Vespa. Option C: € 145 per person Each customer is a passenger of a vehicle driven by a driver of our staff. This option is suitable for those who have little or no experience in driving a scooter but still want to experience the pleasure of a tour riding a timeless Vespa. 10.00 - 16.00 3h every day Tour guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people Via Cavour 80, 15-20 minutes before the departure          

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CLASSIC VENICE GONDOLA RIDE

You can't leave Venice without taking a gondola ride! A visit to Venice is not complete unless you take a gondola ride down the world-famous Grand Canal. Enjoy Venice from the privileged view of a condola, accompanied by its gentle movements.   A classic gondola ride is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and color of this unique city built on water. You will be enthralled by the elegance of the grand mansions with their fine facades and richly toned plaster work. You’ll also explore many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos and breathe in the Italian culture, all the while being cradled in the atmosphere unique only to Venice. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. The tour ends with the landing at the station Vallaresso (Dogana). DETAILS: Campo San Luca 11:00am  - 2:00pm - 4:30pm summer schedule 12:00pm - 2:30pm - 4:30pm winter schedule 30mins approx Daily - Please reach at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour starts. Venice can be a labyrinth so you want to give yourself enough time to reach the right meeting point. - This is not a private tour, so you will have others along to make it all the more festive and fun! - Seating is on first come first served basis and left to the discretion of gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola. - There is no serenade (singing) or commentary on this Gondola option. - Minimum number of people per gondola is 4 and the maximum number of people is 6 - As no explanation are needed, this tour does not foreseen language services € 32.00 pp     IMPORTANT: We recommend you to print all pages of the voucher you will receive after booking to present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

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COOKING CLASS AT A FARMHOUSE IN TUSCANY

Work on your Italian baby food belly with this fun cooking course set in a Tuscany farmhouse Spend a RELAXING DAY in the heart of the Tuscan countryside learning everything this land has to offer and get a baby food from the amount of delicious plates you are going to prepare. The cooking course will take place at a RURAL VILLA not too far from San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Tuscany surrounded by olive trees and vines in the Chianti region. This is where the cooking course will take place and where you will learn and prepare yourself how to create AUTHENTIC TUSCAN DISHES from a funny and knowledgeable local chef: Antipasti, HOMEMADE PASTA with two different sauces, second courses, dessert and lots more. During the meal you will also taste 3 different types of WINE TO TASTE produced in the region by a local winery that you will be able to buy at a very low cost before returning back to Florence. At the end, our chef will give you a recipe book for you to remember a A TRULY HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY.   What's included: Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Round trip transportation  Small group cooking class at the Tuscan farmhouse Hands on experience Lunch with wine tasting Recipes of the food prepared on the day   DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT In front of the IOAB office on Via Nazionale 149r DURATION 7h. Back to Florence by 5:00 pm PRICE: € 100 LOW COST Do you have your own car? Book just the cooking class and reach the spot independetly. MIN/MAX min 1 - max 8  AGE LIMIT  no children under 15 DIETARY NEEDS  Vegetarian and vegan options available on request. Please inform our team at the moment of the booking for any special dietary requirements.   TIPS: WHY NOT VISITING SAN GIMIGNANO? If you wish to stay in San Gimignano for a visit or for the night, ask your guide to be dropped off in the town after the cooking class.  Feel free to bring your bags with you on the tour and store them on the bus.

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DISCOVERING SICILY ON A BUDGET - 7DAYS/6NIGHTS

7 DAYS TO DISCOVER AND EXPLORE THE MOST FAMOUS TOWNS OF SICILY Visit the towns of Palermo, Cefalù, Catania, Taormina, Siracusa and Noto. Hike the active volcano Mt. Etna and relax on the beach of Mondello. This is the perfect getaway to visit the best of Sicily in a short time. ITINERARY: Monday DAY 1: Welcome to Palermo! Evening orientation walk and dinner DAY 2: Palermo - Full day in Mondello Beach  DAY 3: Palermo - Full day tour in Cefalù DAY 4: Palermo - Catania DAY 5:  Day tour from Catania to Siracusa & Noto DAY 6: Day tour to Mt. Etna and Taormina Sunday DAY 7: Check out   WHAT'S INCLUDED:  6 nights accommodation  Orientation walk of Palermo  Welcome dinner in Palermo Return bus tickets to Mondello beach Return train tickets to Cefalu Orientation walk of Catania, Siracusa and Noto  Round trip transportation from Catania to Siracusa and Noto Excursion to Mt. Etna & Taormina Maps, info and tips about all places  Full time expertise and service of our awesome Italy on a Budget tours guides DETAILS DEPARTURES:  On Monday from March till the end of November ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 3 nights in Palermo ( Hostels & Budget hotels) - 3 nights in Catania  ( Hostels & Budget hotels) TOUR TYPE: Small group tour . Good mix of organised activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own. This is a perfect tour for those you are visiting Sicily for the first time and don't have a fortune to spend but still want to see as much as possible in a week with a local team. TRANSPORT: We believe there is no better way to truly experience everything a country has to offer than exploring it by foot and with local transport to immerse yourself in its culture. GROUP SIZE: Trip guaranteed with a min of 6 people confirmed - max 15 PRICE: from € 750 in shared room - from € 1100 in private double/twin room     DID YOU KNOW THAT... PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay only 50% deposit to secure your spot when booking online and the remaining 40 days before the trip TRAVEL MORE: Combine the Buongiorno Italia with the > AMALFI COAST TOUR departing on Thursday from Rome and returning back on Sunday just before you start the 7 day trip on Monday. We recommend taking an overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo. > 7 D BUONGIORNO ITALIA departing on Monday in Rome > 13 D MAMMA MIA ! departing on Monday in Rome > 7 D LET'S GO SOUTH departing on Monday in Rome SAVE MONEY: Check out our " DEALS " page   

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E - Bikes Villa Demidoff

A SIX HOUR SELF GUIDED E-BIKE TOUR DEPARTING AT 9:30am TO UNESCO HERITAGE PARK VILLA DEMIDOFF SEE 16th CENTURY COLOSSUS OF APPENNINO, ENJOY A PICNIC AMONGST THE STATUES AND GET A TASTE OF TUSCAN LIFE IN THIS FORMER MEDICI ESTATE. If you would like to experience a more relaxing day away from the centre of Florence, this is a perfect tour for you! Spend the first 1.5 hours cycling in the countryside from Florence through Fiesole and onto Villa Demidoff; UNESCO Heritage country park, teaming with historic buildings, beautiful statues and expanse of rolling park that you can explore on your electric bike. Enjoy a picnic or visit the café for lunch and play some games before making the return downhill ride back to Florence.   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Full day E-Bike rental GPS Map and phone holder for the ebike Picnic blanket and games for the park Large panniers for the bikes Helmets, locks and 3rd party insurance Bag storage at the shop if required   DETAILS: WHEN:  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY MEETING TIME: 09:15am MEETING POINT: E-Bikes Florence shop Via Santa Reparata 7R (off Via Guelfa) DURATION: 6h – 8h. MIN/MAX: Min.1 - Max 12   Please note:  The e-bikes do most of the work for you, but we recommend that you are a confident cyclist, comfortable cycling with other road users and over 1.55m tall to do this tour (they are Dutch electric bikes and quite tall). You will need a smart phone for the map, we have phone holders for the bikes and if download the app “Maps.me” you can follow the GPS map offline, without a mobile phone signal. Bring a bottle of water and plenty of sunscreen and wear clothes suitable for a day’s cycling.

EASTER BREAK IN FLORENCE - 4days/3nights

4 DAYS IN FLORENCE TO CELEBRATE EASTER FROM € 299 Why? Easter is one of the best occasions to visit Florence and Tuscany, in fact on Easter Sunday, a cart, packed full of fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is lit and provides a historic spectacle in the civic life of the city. This event is called " Scoppio del Carro", the 'Burst of the Carriage': the most famous ceremony of Florentine Easter that goes back to the times of the first crusades and mixes the Christian rite to the pagan tradition with the worship of fire. The Holy fires comes on a carriage hauled by six white Ox. Than the carriage is fired with a special fuse called the “colombina”. And if the “explosion” (fireworks) is well done, it will be a good year for Florence. DETAILS: CHECK IN FRIDAY 19 APRIL  CHECK OUT MONDAY 22 APRIL FRIDAY 19.04 – FLORENCE Receive a welcome pack at arrival with free city maps and information about the city. Spend the afternoon in complete freedom visiting the famous Florentine museums including the David. Meet our team in the afternoon and head together to the old centre passing by the main monuments. Hear about the history, the traditions and sites of Florence from your tour leader and end the evening in a local bar for what the locals call the aperitivo. ( D ) SATURDAY 20.04 - SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, MONTERIGGIONI & CHIANTI REGION WITH WINE TASTING Get ready for a day trip to visit the famous Tuscany region with its 3 Medieval villages Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. Finally stop in the Chianti region in a local winery to taste the delicious Chianti wine, truffle olive oil, balsamic and extra virgin olive oil.  Return back to Florence at 06:30pm. Free evening to spend with your new friends or to relax at the accommodation. SUNDAY 21.04 - EASTER SUDAY IN FLORENCE Spend the whole day in Florence to assist the Easter celebrations, parades, fireworks and the explosion of carriage held in front of the Duomo. Take part to the mass celebrations in the Duomo and spend the afternoon checking out the monuments of the city. Meet our team in the evening and we will take you in a traditional trattoria for a typical and mouth-watering Florentine dinner in the city centre. Dinner will be the perfect moment to spend the last night in Florence with your new friends. ( D ) MONDAY 22.04 - CHECK OUT On the fourth day, unfortunately you will have to leave your room by 10am. However, feel free to store your bags in our office and finish checking out the last monuments of Florence or join one of our city tours to find out more about the city. DETAILS: CHECK-IN On day 1 you must check in by the Italy on a Budget office on via nazionale 149R open from 10am to 5pm. Please inform our team about the time you are expecting to arrive to Florence. NIGHTS 3 ROOM 6/8 bed dorm in one of our partner hostel in central Florence. Private room also available on request if not online ADD NIGHTS  It's possible to add extra nights NOTE - We recommend you to arrive to Florence before 1pm to spend a full day in Florence - You must inform us about the time you are planning to arrive to Florence - The order of the activities can change depending on people's arrival. WHAT'S INCLUDED: - 3 nights accommodation in Florence - Welcome pack with city map and local info - Experienced italy on a Budget tour guides - A Full day exploring Tuscany with wine tasting in Chianti and a visit to 3 famous medieval villages - Welcome wrink and orientation walk of the city - Dinner in a traditional Florentine restaurant OTHER FANTASTIC WAYS TO SPEND EASTER IN ITALY: 7D BUONGIORNO ITALIA:  7D LET’S GO SOUTH: 13D MAMMA MIA:  4D AMALFI COAST: 

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Florence & Pisa

Meet your driver at the cruiser terminal in La Spezia, sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Florence. At your arrival you will stop at our office where you will receive maps and suggested itineraries to enjoy at its best the city and the main monuments. You will have free time to explore the Duomo, the piazza della Repubblica, the local leather markets, the old bridge " Ponte Vecchio" and the famous Piazza della Sigmoria. We will also recommend good places where to grab a local and traditional Tuscan lunch before returning back to your driver. In the afternoon, you will leave Florence and enjoy the 50 minute drive to the  town of Pisa where you will stop by the Field of Miracles for photographs and to marvel at the exterior of the Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower. This famous Bell Tower leans over 16 feet out of perpendicular! After your tour of Pisa, relax on the 50 minutes transfer back to your ship in La Spezia. Important!! If you are interested in the Accademia Museum (David) and/or the Uffizi Gallery, please advise us at the time of the booking so we can provide you the skip the line tickets in order to avoid waiting in lines and maximize your time. OPTIONALS (IF INTERESTED) -Skip the line tickets for the Accademia Gallery (David) in Florence (closed on Mondays) -Skip the line tickets for the Uffizi Museum in Florence (closed on Mondays) - Tickets to the Leaning tower of Pisa Please note: The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.   DETAILS: AVAILABLE On request PICK UP TIME 8:30am ( according to your ship schedule) PICK UP/DROP OFF At your ship in the La Spezia Port INCLUDED English speaking driver, A/C vehicle, taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline, water, wifi on board. No hidden costs NOT INCLUDED Meals, drinks and entrance fees unless otherwise specified  

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FLORENCE CITY BREAK - 3DAYS/2NIGHTS

Take a break from the daily busy rutine and come to Florence for a few days, one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Visit Florence and its museums in complete freedom and the next day come with our team to Tuscany to explore the countryside, the nearby villages and taste some wine.    ITINERARY: DAY 1: Arrival in Florence - free day DAY 2: Day trip to the Chianti region  DAY 3: Check out   What's included: 2 night accommodation in a centrally located hostel or budget hotel Full day tour to the Chianti region including private transport, your Italy on a Budget tour leader, wine tasting in a local winery and visit to a Medieval town A 24h hop on hop off bus ticket of Florence  Welcome pack with city map and local info Experienced Italy on a Budget crew Optional add-on activities DETAILS: DEPARTURES: Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SUNDAY DURATION: 3 days  PRICE: from € 129 per person based in shared accommodation ACCOMMODATION TYPE: You can choose to stay in top rated HOSTELS/GUEST HOUSES or , depending on your budget, upgrade to 2 STAR HOTELS/B&B ROOM TYPE: Multi-share room  - Private double/twin room - Single room TOUR TYPE: This package is designed as a do-it-yourself, independent exploration package. You will be free to explore the city independently and the second day you will join a preorganised Italy on a Budget tour.   DID YOU KNOW THAT... ADD NIGHTS: If you feel that you haven't seen enough in 3 days, add an extra night in Florence to your booking. Pick also one of the other activities we organise in Florence; you could either take a day trip to Cinque Terre and Pisa or get your hands dirty with a cooking course. Tuscany is a beautiful region and there is always something great to do so that you never get bored. TRAVEL INFO: Our team will send you a confirmation email with the full program and details about the accommodation in Florence booked for you TRAVEL MORE: Continue exploring Italy and save money., Combine the Florence city break with: > AMALFI COAST TOUR  departing from Rome from Thurs till Sun > LET'S GO SOUTH from Monday till Sunday > MILAN & LAKE COMO > BEST OF ROME from Monday till Thursday For more cool savings visit our save money page  

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FLORENCE IN 24 HOURS

Only 24h in Florence and you want to try to fit everything in? This is the perfect option for you! Come and join us for FUN TOUR about the history and traditions of the Italian food and wine as well as the history of Florence. The tour starts with the visit of one of the biggest FOOD MARKET in Florence. Your Italy on a Budget tour leader will guide you through a tasting path of the most important Tuscan products and we will teach you how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. The tour will then continue through the LEATHER MARKET to learn about the tipycal Florentine products towards the Medici chapels, the wonderful Cathedral, piazza della Repubblica, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi gallery and finally the Ponte Vecchio. You will fall in love with the art, the architecture and the masterpieces left by the many greatest Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello for you to admire.  Bonus stop during the tour at one of the historical gelateria in Florence for a delicious Italian GELATO to rest before returning back to the departure point or to grab something to eat for lunch before an EXCITING AFTERNOON to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany; SIENA, MONTERIGGIONI & CHIANTI REGION First stop will be in Monteriggioni, a 13th century medieval town which was the stage for the famous movie “The Gladiator”. Here you will be able to admire the wonderful views of the area and the Tuscan countryside from the ancient walls or explore the small shops selling the local handicrafts. During the journey our local guide will give you information about the area, the villages with maps and lots of tips that only local know. After Monteriggioni we will drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany to admire the many vineyards, olive trees, cypresses and everything that makes this land a dream pleace. We will finally stop in a LOCAL WINERY where you will be visiting the cellars accompanied by useful explanations from an expert to discover the traditions of the wine making art followed by a wine and olive oil tasting at the end. In the winery you will be able to taste up to 4 kind of wine and buy the local products at a great price either to bring back to Florence or to ship to your home. The third stop will be at the historic city of Siena where you will be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral, the Mangia Bell Tower and the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo, the venue of the famous Palio horse race held twice a year in July and August. In Siena you will have free time to wander around and discover the hidden beauties of this magical town.     DETAILS  WHEN Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday MEETING TIME 09:40am MEETING PLACE Italy on a Budget tours office, via nazionale 149R DURATION return back to Florence at 08.30pm INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Orientation walk of Florence, gelato, wine and olive oil tasting in a winery, 2h visit of Siena, short visit of Monteriggioni. NOT INCLUDED Lunch and Dinenr Min - Max Min. 4 - Max 8  

FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

Are you a solo traveller or simply want to discover how the locals spend their time in this fantastic city at night? Do you have any nice restaurant to recommend? Where can I eat good traditional food? Where can I go tonight? These are the questions we often hear from travellers visiting Florence and for this reason we have finally created this perfect and fun tour for you. We will take you first in a traditional trattoria for a typical and mouth watering Florentine dinner in the city centre. Vegetarian menu available as well.  Dinner will be the perfect moment to get to know the other travellers and share your travel experiences and stories. The night is still young! After dinner we will walk through the centre and will stop in a local pub for a drink before continuing towards a club in a popular and busy area of Florence where the locals hang out to let party started.   What's included: Local tour leader from Florence Traditional Florentine dinner including wine Welcome drink in a bar Admission fee to the club Discounts on drinks DETAILS WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  8:30PM IOAB office on via nazionale 149R - Florence - Reservation required - if you are vegetarian please specify it in the bo - The dress code in Italy is important; a nice dress or a shirt is recommended. Flip flops are not allowed especially on guys - Guaranteed with a min. of 5 people    

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FOREVER ITALY 13DAYS/12NIGHTS

Experience Italy and leave the country with plenty of memories and stunning photos Enjoy a 13 day tour in Italy visiting the most stunning cities starting with the historic Rome and continuing your days falling in love with Venice, Verona, Milan, Lake Como, Turin and the beautiful Florence.   ITINERARY Monday DAY 1: Arrival to Rome  DAY 2: Old city centre & Vatican city DAY 3: Free morning in Rome - Venice DAY 4: Venice - Full free day  DAY 5: Verona - orientation city walk DAY 6: Milan - afternoon orientation city walk DAY 7: Day tour to Lake Como, Bellaggio and Varenna DAY 8: Turin - afternoon orientation city walk DAY 9: Turin - Full Free day  DAY 10: Florence - afternoon orientation city walk DAY 11: Florence - Full free day DAY 12: Florence - Day tour to Tuscany Saturday DAY 13: Check out   WHAT'S INCLUDED 12 night accommodation Welcome dinner in Rome Welcome drink and "aperitivo" buffet food in Florence. Full time expertise and service of our Italy on a Budget tour leaders Train tickets to Florence, Venice, Milan and Turin on fast speed trains Boat tour on the Lake Como to Bellaggio and Varenna Day tour to Tuscany by bus with wine and extra virgin olive oil tasting  Organized activities with our team and free time to explore at your own leisure Orientation walks in Florence, Rome,Venice, Verona, Milan, Lake Como & Turin led by the Italy on a Budget tour leaders Maps, info and tips about all places DETAILS DEPARTURES: All year round. The tour starts on MONDAY and end on SATURDAY in Florence after check out ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 12 nights in our favourite budget accommodations;  2 nights in Rome ( Hostel ) - 3 nights in Venice ( Hostel or Camping village in Venice Mestre ) - 2 nights in Milan (Hostel) - 2 nights in Turin ( Hostel ) - 3 nights in Florence  ( Hostel ). Upgrade your tour from Hostel & Camping Village to 2/3 star Hotel & BB. ROOM TYPE: Multi-share - Private double/twin TOUR TYPE: Good mix of organized activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own. GROUP SIZE: min. 2 - max 15 PRICE: from € 1200 in multi share room - from € 1550 in private double room GOOD TO KNOW.... PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay only 50% deposit to secure your spot when booking online and the remaining 40 days before the trip TRAVEL MORE: Combine this tour with the: > AMALFI COAST TOUR departing on Monday from Rome and returning back on  Sunday just before you start the 7 day trip on Monday. > SICILY  departing on Monday   Check out our " Deals" page to save more ADD NIGHTS: If you are arriving a day earlier in Rome, you can select the extra night before finalising the trip. If you wish to extend your stay in Venice, make sure you select the extra nights FREE TIME: Spend your free time to explore the sights in complete freedom or choose to book our optional day tours in the different cities to add value to your experience.   

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FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA COOKING COURSE

Discover how to prepare delicious homemade pasta from an Italian Professional Chef Enjoy a Pasta cooking class with great typical Italian recipes for authentic pasta lovers!    Pasta-making is an ancient Italian tradition and you can find some of the best pastas in the world around every corner in this country, so why not take home the skills to impress friends and relatives with the most famous dishes Italy has to offer? This course includes working with various types of flour, eggs, and other ingredients necessary for making fresh pasta. Participants learn the techniques of working with pasta, using a rolling-pin and machine, and will be able to master the secrets of a thousand year-old cooking tradition. This class focuses on preparing three types of pasta with three different sauces to accompany them and also a typical Italian dessert, all of which will be eaten and enjoyed together after the class.   WHAT'S INCLUDED Assistance of a knowledgeable and fun professional chef The meal prepared Bottled water Tuscany wine Recipes of what you prepared   DETAILS WHEN Every Saturday from April to November TIME 12:00pm . You must be at the school 15 mins prior the beginning of the class so not later than 11:45am DURATION 3h MEETING PLACE  via dei velluti18/20.  It is important to check your ticket containing the map and the directions to get to the cooking school DIETARY NEEDS Vegetarian/vegan options are available, as well as any other dietary restrictions (gluten free, lactose intolerant, no tree nuts, no seafood, etc.). Please, inform us when you do your booking ALL AGES TOUR The lesson can be held in English, Spanish, and Italian, and the minimum age requirement is 7 years old  

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