Summertime in Italy, Part 4

by Brian Alex | September 2, 2023

Three Things that Great Guides Provide

 

 

So, you’re gearing up for an epic Italian escapade?

Having a knowledgeable guide by your side is the ultimate way to fully immerse yourself in the unfamiliar surroundings you’re about to find yourself in.

Skirting the long lines, language barriers, and getting the inside track are just some of the perks. What about the drawbacks? Well, there are a lot of well-meaning, but ill-informed tour guides eager to cash in on the post-Covid swell of Italy’s tourism. Equipped with bright fluorescent umbrellas, walkie-talkie headsets, and scripted mantras about what’s on your left, and then on your right… you might think, who would want that? Exactly! There’s gotta be something better… and there is!

Alright, now that we’ve established that point, let’s focus on what truly matters. How do you look for an exceptional guide who will tailor your experience to perfection?

Knowing what to look for will help you to spot who you’ve been looking for!

You might think skimming through Google reviews is all you need, but oh boy, that’s just the tip of the Colosseum! It’s time to level up your Italy game. Whether you’re embarking on your primo Italiano voyage or you practically have an honorary Italian citizenship, the secret sauce is knowing how to dive deep into the Dolce Vita. Italy’s a canvas of artistic brilliance, historical richness, and archaeological wonders, and guess what? We’re here to unlock its full potential for you.

It’s not just your average sightseeing gig; it’s about weaving an intricate tapestry of memories that’ll last a lifetime.

And here’s the real kicker: finding a great local guide means that they’re not just a guide; they’re the maestro orchestrating your symphony of experiences. Unearthing hidden treasures, providing insights that’d make historians jealous, and granting you backstage access to the show of a lifetime—it’s all in a day’s work for them. Ready to teleport into the Italian mindset, decode its secrets, and seize every single “ciao”? Tailored tours, guides, and experiences are your backstage pass to an odyssey of epic proportions.

Let’s get to it. Down to the brass tacks. Here are three things that top guides provide.

 

I used to work as a tour guide for Americans. I’m convinced that even after four weeks on the road they had no idea where they had been. They were in a bubble.” – Greg Wise

 

 

1) Context, context, context.

A great guide will help you understand and immerse in the context you find yourself in. Understanding where you are and why it’s there is the BEST way to start enjoying it. To get the most out of your experience, get out of your bubble!

2) Make yourself at home!

A great guide will make you feel like you’re walking into their living room as they’re showing you around. They know the territory, the people, and the customs. It’s not something they memorised, they’ve lived it. Now they’re sharing it with you!

3) Do what the locals do.

By the time you’re done and on your own again, you’re going to walk that same neighbourhood, those same streets or museums, as someone from that area would. Italy starts to feel like a second home. You see it as the locals do.

 

“Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, ‘Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.'” – Larry King

 

Want to learn more about tours, excursions and experiences in Italy? Check out our latest podcast episode!