Have you ever stepped off the plane in a new place and been completely overwhelmed by the paralyzing feeling of not knowing where to start? While the point of traveling is to experience this newness and adventure, wouldn’t it be easier if you had the knowledge of a local? One of our favorite ways to delve into a new city is to take a local tour.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or this is your first time away from home, local guided tours have a ton of virtues!
Learn the juicy details thanks to the local tours
Flying solo while exploring a city has its merits, but you don’t get the juicy historical details that you learn when taking a tour. Taking a tour with a local tour guide allows you to be immersed in these details. Not only do you get to see all of the sights you would see on your own, but you also get to hear the story behind those sights.
Learning the stories about historical figures and local people makes seeing sights come to life. One can picture their lives, and it transforms the tour into a type of time traveling experience where one can fully immerse theirselves into the history of the city they are visiting.
Experience the Local Food Culture
Food is such an integral part of almost all cultures, and taking a local tour is a great way to immerse yourself in that culture. Taking a local food tour can give you insight into the importance of ingredients and the history behind the dishes you are eating. Taking a food tour or cooking class will allow you to appreciate the food you eat throughout your stay on a new level, and may give you some skills you can take home and cherish forever!
While we recommend taking a food tour or cooking class to get the full culinary experience, most local tours that include a meal will be at a local restaurant. You can also ask your Food Ambassador/Tour Guide what restaurants they recommend!
Support The Local Economy
Taking a tour with a local tour company helps to support the local economy instead of larger businesses. When you book a tour with someone local, you will be supporting a small business that will enrich the city you are visiting.
Supporting a local business feeds right back into the community, often helping to preserve sights and the culture you are visiting.
While on a tour, you can get acquainted with the area around you and make a note of the local stores, restaurants, markets and museums that you want to visit during your stay.
Explore Hidden Gems
Exploring a city with a local tour guide can get you away from the clutter of tourists visiting highly trafficked sights and take you to the hidden beauties within a city. You get the chance to see the city as it really is, instead of standing on your tippy toes to gaze over someones smartphone blocking your view of The Mona Lisa.
Local tours guides have a lifetime of experience in the city you are visiting, so they know all of the best times to see the most popular sights, the best angles, and the secret spots where there are less tourists.
Where to find a Local Tour company in Italy
If you find yourself in Italy, WalkingPalates food and wine tours offer a fantastic blend of all the virtues of taking a local tour. The Food Ambassadors take you on a walking tour around the city (Walking Palates Tours are located in Rome, Naples, Milan, Florence, and Venice) and show you all of the best places to eat, drink, and be merry.
The tours are customizable to many different dietary restrictions and preferences.
Walking Palates tours choose venues based on their authenticity, quality, and ability to capture the stories and traditions of the city it is located in.
Take a Walking Palates tour on your first day in the city to dive into the culture, learn about the city around you, and find the most esteemed restaurants in town!