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Things You Didn't Know About Italy



Discover the secrets behind Italy’s delicious cuisine as well as other historical and cultural fun facts on one of our Italy tours and activities.

A decadent fusion of flavour, architecture and charisma, here are some interesting facts about Italy that you may not know!

 

The Colosseum

We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day…but did you know that it took nearly 9 years to build the Colosseum?

Practically new when compared to the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, another interesting piece of info about the Colosseum is that the infamous Julius Caesar never set foot inside the great arena.

 

What!? How!? Why!? Well, the Colosseum was finished in 80 AD while Julius Caesar was assassinated almost 125 years before the first games even happened, with Emperor Vespasian actually the one who commissioned the Colosseum while his son, Emperor Titus, oversaw the final stages of construction after his father’s death.

 

Find out more fun facts about the Colosseum on this VIP Small Group Tour of the Colosseum.
Skip-the-line and step into the Colosseum with your guide, who will bring history back to life as you walk through the first and second levels of the Amphitheater.

 

Glance down to the arena stage, where gladiators and exotic animals once fought for their lives in front of thousands of spectators. Proceed to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill area, famous for its strategic political and social functions and enjoy incredible views of the Emperor's Palace - with ruins of the entire structure still standing today!

 

Your guide will share with you everything you need to know about the Colosseum, its history, role, structure and survival, as well as life in Ancient Rome, the Emperors (each with their own characteristics), rules, games, secrets and society, with this Colosseum Guided Tour also providing the perfect opportunity to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World alongside an expert guide.

 

So go on….get booking!

 

 

Trevi Fountain

Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the Trevi you'll return to Rome…so I wonder if any of the tourists who toss €3,000 into the Trevi Fountain each day are yet to make their return?

 

Also, an earlier fountain on the site was demolished in the 17th century and a design competition for a new fountain was won by Nicola Salvi in 1732, with the idea of combining the palace front and fountain derived from a project by Pietro da Cortona…no wonder it took around 30 years to complete! 

 

 

Tuscany

The birthplace of Disney's Pinnocio and also the Italian language…say what!?

 

Way back when, before a blanket ‘Italian’ language, Italy was home to a wide variety of dialects, all derived from Latin.

 

It wasn’t until around the 14th century, that a Tuscan writer wrote poems in Florentine, a local dialect from Florence, with this language picked up through his works as they spread throughout Italy becoming the most widely understood dialect in Italy!

 

This Complete Tuscany Experience Day Tour will take you through this historically significant city, and includes transport on an eight-seat minivan, a fully qualified tour leader, wine tasting in a local winery, an orientation walk of Siena with your tour leader, a short visit in Monteriggioni 
and also a stop at San Gimignano.

 

Alternatively, for those looking for a more modern-take on Tuscany, there’s this One Day Tour of Tuscany’s Famous Movie Backdrops. Learn about the Italian way of life, the local customs, cuisines and quirks from your guide. Visit Siena, the medieval town that set the backdrop of the famous movie Letters to Juliet and Stealing Beauty, then head to the famous Montepulciano, where vampires converge in the Twilight Saga's New Moon, before finishing in Cortona, the luscious hilltop town known for its olive groves and made famous by Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun. Who knows, maybe your own Italian love story will unfold! 

 

FAQs - About Italy Day Tours and Trips

 

Can you tour Italy in 2 weeks?
Absolutely! For those who want  to see Italy's three big cities (Rome, Florence and Venice) as well as some of the other beautiful regions including the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre, you will need 14 days to do it…which may sound like a long time, but you’ll find when it comes to Italy, no amount of time is long enough!

 

Places to visit on tours to Italy?
When in Italy, it’s hard to choose just a place or two to visit - so why not see it all!? Jump on this 14 Day Ultimate Italy Tour from Rome to Venice. Spend 13 nights in hotel-style accommodation and enjoy stops in Montepulciano (Tuscany), Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lake Como and Venice, with a delicious breakfast also included each day!

 

What to pack for a tour to Italy?
What to pack for a trip to Italy all depends on the nature of your holiday, including what time of year you’ll be visiting and where you plan on heading. However there are a few ‘essentials'' that we recommend packing regardless of when or where you’re going, which include a reusable water bottle, money belt and all your travel documents. 

 

Best things to do on an Italy trip?
Eat! A thoroughfare of flavours, Italy is the home of pizza, pasta, gelato and gastronomical memories to last a lifetime! Indulge a little (or a lot) on this 8 Day Unexplored Sicily Gastronomic Tour. The gateway between Europe and Africa, this Sicily has long been a place where flavours amalgamate, featuring outstanding wines, and explosive cuisine -a true triumph of taste that easily impresses every palate.