Exploring Italy: why it’s better to take your time

My first exposure to Italy – as with all too many travellers – was a “blink and you’ll miss it” situation. A brisk guided tour of Rome. A day in Florence. A brief bus stopover in Venice. A photo opportunity at Pisa.

While it was certainly fun to skim the surface, that’s really all it was. It was hard to feel wholly satisfied afterwards, knowing a richer, more rewarding world sat untouched underneath. Thankfully, those days of compromise are over.

One of the great joys of travelling over 60 is the chance to truly savour a country; to seize every indulgence; to learn to love each region as a different, uniquely enriching experience, not just a brief, interchangeable stopover.

Starts at 60 has partnered with Albatross Tours to encourage a more in-depth type of guided tour; a holiday that allows 2-5 night stays in each destination; an itinerary that covers more than just the obvious landmarks; a chance to see the country as it really is.

If you have yet to experience the “Real Italy”, The Italian Grande Tour is a wonderful place to start.

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Italian-Grande-Tour-MapThis incredible trip covers it all: from the major landmarks to those charming moments off the beaten track.

A wonderfully varied itinerary will cover the full spectrum of experiences: from two nights in an Italian castle to four nights in the beautiful Lakes District; from the popular appeal of Rome and Venice to charming, out-of-the-way medieval hillside towns.

This journey has been carefully planned to offer the best of both worlds: an enormous list of experiences, interspersed with plenty of chances to relax and enjoy the ambience.

Along the way you’ll enjoy delightful Italian wines and delicious local cuisine – not to mention the company of like-minded Australian and New Zealand travellers.

And with genuinely inclusive pricing, you can sign up without fear of hidden tour costs.

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Indulgent, adventurous and authentic, the Italian Grande Tour is everything an over-60s holiday should be. The time for compromises is over.

Learn more about the Italian Grande Tour below, and tell us: have you experienced the “Real Italy”? 

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This post was sponsored by Albatross Tours. It was written as we believe it delivers valuable insights into a subject important to the Starts at 60 community. For more information, please see the Albatross Tours website.