Italy, a land dominated by the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps and Apennines Mountain Ranges, often find its beautiful lands dominated by travellers, tourists, and residents alike. Senior citizens, living in or visiting Italy, have reached a point in their lives where they can travel extensively due to flexible schedules. Early spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
Senior citizens on Italian and international shores have discovered that their increased amount of leisure time can easily be filled with walking tours, bus tours, or cruises that show off the wonders of the world. Walking or bus tours and cruises are easily booked through online websites, travel agents, and even hotel staff. Advanced booking is often recommended since many of the tours are extremely popular.
Italy, a land of beautiful natural and man-made treasures, includes panoramic landscapes, incredible works of art, educational opportunities, restored villas, and ancient buildings. Expanses of majestic mountains provide breath taking backdrop for any adventure, as well as photographic opportunities. Lakeside resorts and luxary hotels offer appealing accomodations that offer splendid amenities fit for a king and his queen.
The temperate climate of Italy makes it one of the best destinations for travel. Although the summertime may provide some hot and very dry air, the cool alpine breezes in the southern areas and the cool Mediterranean breezes in the northern areas provide comfortable respite from the heat. Large azure lakes, lush green hillsides, sparkling rivers, cool seas, and pretty islands are many of the lures tempting the senior citizen with too much time on his or her hands.
Many travel agencies, transportation vendors, and hotels offer discounted services to senior citizens, making it an even more affordable and rewarding experience for them. Senior citizens can triple up with discounts, acquiring a discounted travel ticket, hotel stay, and tour package.
Packaged tours come in an eclectic array of themes for senior citizens with wine tasting lessons, Italian cooking lessons, deluxe spa packages, and city tours or cruises behind the most popular. Most of the tours are available in shorter and longer versions providing flexibility for the senior with limited energy or limited time to sightsee. Walking tours, conducted at a leisurely pace, treat sightseers to a trip back in time as they travel under their own steam along authentic back streets of restored medieval villages and cities.
Popular destinations within Italy include Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence and Tuscany. Senior citizens traveling to those areas will fare best during the month of March or November when it is the least crowded. Religious holidays tend to bring out higher prices, as well as the summertime, and therefore, should be avoided by senior citizens unless they like the crowds and higher prices.
Traveling through Italy is like traveling through a seemingly never ending variety of culinary delights. Italian cuisine spans a wide berth of textures and flavours from the thick and creamy consistency of comfort foods to the light and sophisticated of special entrees to the robust and bold of legendary local delicacies that will have many a traveller coming back for more.
Each locale has its own specialty or particular cuisine that has a reputation for being the absolute best in all of Italy. For example, the farther north a traveller goes, the better the cafes and cured meats; and the farther they venture, the better the gelato, or ice cream. The northern part of Italy offers a warmth and elegance to its cafes that caresses travellers with a welcoming sense of belonging. Parts of southern Italy, particularly in the mountainous regions, provide a simple and modest meal that is filling. Modest infuluences from neighboring countries impinge on the taste buds as well, including those from France and Austria.
Italy has so much to offer the senior citizen who is looking for an unforgettable sightseeing adventure. Listening to the melodic notes of a musical performance streaming from a Gothic Cathedral or the words of the Gregorian Chant of the monks coming from the windows of an historic monastery provides a charming and delightful memory for times to come. Sampling a bit of some of the best wines from northern Italy and tantalizing the taste buds even further with true authentic Italian cuisine gives pause to the realization of some of the true pleasures in life.
Shopping for true Italian products, visiting old historic places, relaxing in a beauty spa, or traveling from region to region captures the heart of the sightseer and beckons him back for more. Enjoy the simplicity of the mountainous regions where evidence of past times still exists in the way of life and dining. Revel in the nightlife of the bustling cities where something is always happening. Visit Italy for the experience of a lifetime.