Effortless in Italy: Three City Packages at Discounted Prices

by  Anthony Grant | May 18, 2010
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Summertime and the trip planning is easy – at least if you’re heading to Italy, that is. This month Select Italy debuts its Made Easy series: Three popular activities combined to give just the right introduction to select cities – at a great price. Organized with either morning or afternoon options, these packages ensure enough flexibility to make the best of a one to three-day stay in the timeless cities of Florence, Rome, and Venice.

Florence Made Easy
In Firenze, score reserved tickets to see the world’s most famous marble hottie, Michelangelo's "David" at the Accademia Gallery, with guaranteed entrance at a set time so that you don't have to stand in line; a two-hour bike tour of Florence's centro storico, led by an expert English-speaking guide (plus, you stop for a free gelato in the Oltrarno artisan's neighborhood); and the whaiwhai Game Tour Book - Florence, 2054, an exciting interactive guide that The New York Times calls, "a high-tech Italian touring game that is part "Amazing Race" and part treasure hunt, with a bit of Da Vinci Code-style storytelling mixed in." Whaiwhai (“to search for” in Maori) uses text messaging to send clues and direct a treasure hunt that reveals the city’s most secret history. The package costs $104.30 per person, or $88.34 per person for a party of two. 

Rome Made Easy
The Rome package includes the Colosseum and Forum Pass, a single ticket that gives you access to the best of Roma: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill; a pre-paid entrance ticket to 3D-Rewind, a virtual 30-minute adventure that catapults you into Rome's storied past and lets you live as the Romans did more than 2,000 years ago; and the whaiwhai Game Tour Book – The Ruyi, an interactive guide that will completely change the way you discover the Eternal City. The package costs $78.92 per person or $62.96 per person for a party of two.

Venice Made Easy
The Venice package features a Venetian classic – a  private gondola ride on the Grand Canal – and the Museums of Piazza San Marco Pass, which include the Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Archaeological Museum and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Also folded into the price is the whaiwhai Game Tour Book – The Ruyi Venice, which tells the story of an ancient magical scepter lost in Marco Polo's tomb. Intriguing, in-depth, and cutting edge: That’s en"tour"tainment! The package costs $240.60 per person or $134.40 per person for a party of two – a definite bargain, as gondola rides can run as much as $150 per hour at night (but, you can’t leave Venice without doing it once!).

For more information or to make bookings, visit www.selectitaly.com.

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