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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Hardison-Sterry

Why You Need to Start Planning Your Trip to Italy Now

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for a good reason. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the rolling hills of Tuscany, there's no shortage of things to see and do in this beautiful country. In fact, travel to Italy is so popular that availability for this summer is nearly gone. If an Italian vacation is one of your goals, now is the time to begin planning for next year. Here's why.

Book Your Flights Early

One of the biggest expenses of any trip is airfare. If you wait until the last minute to book your flights, you could end up paying a lot more than you need to. This is especially true if you're traveling during peak season, which in Italy is generally from June to August. You can often save hundreds of dollars per ticket by booking your flights early.

In addition to saving money, booking your flights early also gives you more options for flight times and seating options. This is especially important if you're traveling with a large group or have specific preferences when it comes to travel.

People swimming off of the coast of Scopello, Sicily.
Immersed in Italy: Summer pursuits in Scopello, Sicily: Lucy Laucht

Secure Your Accommodations

Another important aspect of planning your trip to Italy is securing your accommodations. As with airfare, the earlier you book your hotels or vacation rentals, the more likely you will get the best rates and availability. This is especially true if you're planning to visit popular destinations like Rome, Florence, or Venice.

When choosing accommodations, there are a few different options to consider. If you're looking for a more authentic experience, consider staying in a local bed and breakfast or agriturismo (farmhouse). These options often offer more personalized service and the opportunity to experience Italy's countryside and small towns.

For those who prefer more traditional hotels, there are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious. Just be sure to book early to ensure availability and the best rates.

Plus, we have the connections to help. Travel agencies are members of large networks, which gives them a great deal of influence with travel suppliers. As one of Virtuoso’s 340 agencies, we can offer their clients complimentary perks such as hotel room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, and dining or spa credits. It’s easy to pick up the phone and get you VIPed at a five-star hotel when you know the general manager personally.

A photo of a beautiful Italian hotel terrace bar at sunset.
Get cozy on the Hotel de la Ville’s Cielo terrace bar: Italian National Tourist Board

Plan Your Itinerary

With so much to see and do in Italy, it's important to plan your itinerary in advance. This will help ensure you have enough time to see all the sights on your list and make the most of your time in the country.

When planning your itinerary, be sure to include some of Italy's most iconic attractions, such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the canals of Venice. However, remember to include some off-the-beaten-path destinations, such as the charming town of Matera in southern Italy or the hidden beaches of Sardinia.

We know planning international travel can be complex. With flight connections, multiple destinations, a celebration vacation, big groups, and other factors, it can be a lot to manage. As your travel advisor, we excel at these kinds of complicated arrangements. We can even help ensure you’re getting what you want with simpler bookings. For example, you won’t be stuck in a hotel room that looked great on the web but fell far short in reality. And you’ll be spared headaches from trying to do it all yourself.

The skyline of a Roman hillside at sunset.
See the skyline from a Roman hillside: Italian National Tourist Board

Consider Guided Tours and Experiences

One of the best ways to experience Italy is through guided tours and experiences. Not only do these tours provide valuable insight into the history and culture of the country, but they also help you make the most of your time by taking care of logistics and transportation.

There are a variety of guided tours and experiences to choose from in Italy, ranging from walking tours of historic cities to wine tastings in Tuscany. Many tours can be booked in advance, so be sure to research your options and book early to avoid disappointment.

Avoid Price Increases

Finally, another reason to book your trip to Italy next year now is to avoid price increases. As demand for travel increases, prices for everything from airfare to accommodations to tours are likely to go up. By booking early, you can lock in lower rates and avoid any price increases that may occur closer to your travel dates.

In addition, booking early also gives you more time to save money and budget for your trip. This can help ensure that you have enough funds to fully enjoy your time in Italy without breaking the bank.

A small boat cruising in Lake Como.
Lake Como cruising: Lucy Laucht

Why You Should Book Your Trip to Italy Now

Italy is a magical destination that offers something for everyone. However, with so many people vying for a chance to visit this beautiful country, it's important to start planning your trip early. By

booking your flights, accommodations, and tours now, you can save money, secure your preferred options, and avoid any potential price increases.

When planning your trip to Italy, consider creating an itinerary that includes both iconic and lesser-known destinations. This will allow you to experience the country's rich history, culture, and natural beauty from a unique perspective.

In addition to booking early, it's important to stay up-to-date on any travel restrictions or guidelines that may be in place due to COVID-19. Be sure to check the latest requirements for entry, testing, and quarantine before making any travel arrangements.

We know planning a vacation can feel like drinking from a fire hose. To plan and book your own trip, you’d have to set aside hours of time online or on the phone. There’s simply so much information out there it’s hard to find what’s important. That’s why we’re here. As travel advisors, we provide one-stop shopping for everything you need for your vacation.

Overall, booking your trip to Italy for next year now is a smart and strategic decision that can help you make the most of your time in this incredible country. Whether you're planning to explore ancient ruins, sample world-renowned cuisine, or simply soak up the Mediterranean sun, Italy is a destination that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

If you want help booking your Italy adventures, our team at Luxury Edition Travel is here to help. Send us an inquiry to for more information about how we can bring your dream vacation to life.

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