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One of the best ways to make the most of your visit to Italy is to book a tour or skip-the-line tickets before you embark on your trip.

By opting for a guided tour, you can gain valuable insights about Italy’s history and heritage while exploring iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the canals of Venice.

Guided tours will enhance your understanding of Italian culture and history. Booking a tour or skip-the-line tickets will also save you from standing in long queues.

Must-Book Tickets for Sightseeing in Italy

These are the must-book tickets I recommend purchasing in advance of your visit to Italy.

The links below go directly to the official ticketing sites. Third-party sites that sell skip-the-line tickets and specialized guided tours are listed in brackets after the official link.

Advanced purchase: Most ticketing sites only allow bookings for 2-3 months out (e.g., tickets for a June visit won’t go on sale until April). While this is frustrating, it has its purpose. For one, it allows ticket purchasing access to a wider variety of people. Two, it allows the museum a bit of flexibility. And, releasing tickets only a few months out discourages rogue actors from buying up tickets many months in advance.

Additional fees: There are many tour companies that are able to sell skip-the-line tickets and guided tours. Expect to pay more (at the very least a service fee) for the convenience.

Where to Buy Tickets for Guided Tours, Skip-the-Line Tickets, and Passes for Other Travel Activities

The first place you will want to look for tickets is on the official site of whatever place you are going to—for example, the Vatican website for Vatican Museum tours.

But, there are many other third-party sites where you can confidently purchase fast-track tickets and guided tours from officially licensed tour companies. I cover a number of tour companies in my list of travel booking resources:

Here, in no particular order, are my go-to sites for finding guided tours and day trips:

Find multi-day tours

You can find full, multi-day packages on many of the conventional travel booking sites like Expedia. There are also travel search sites that specialize in package deals. I recommend TourRadar, Bookmundi, and Travelzoo. But there are also others like Great Value Vacations and eDreams that have a track record of good reviews.

Meanwhile, there are several well-respected tour companies that you can try for Italy package deals and all-inclusive tours. I recommend G Adventures, which specializes in active tours (e.g., biking, hiking); Insight Vacations, which focuses on cultural experiences; and Trafalgar, a trusted name in the UK. Another traveler favorite is Perillo Tours, which has been hosting escorted tours of Italy for a mostly North American clientele since 1945.

Area-specific tour operators

It’s never a bad idea to find a tour operator that specializes in a specific area. One well-regarded example is Sicily Activities, which runs small-group tours of top spots on the island.