Audio guides for Italy
Your personal sightseeing guide
Whether you're having a weekend break in Rome, or spending a while in Tuscany, we have audio guides for you. Get that little bit deeper into the world of the Italian Renaissance, or follow Bernini and his rival Borromini through the streets of Baroque Rome. See how the Roman Emperors vied with each other to build the greatest and most splendid forum yet - or follow the Doges from their Coronation church of San Marco to their graves in San Giovanni e Paolo.
Audio guides by destination:
- Florence - we'll show you the work of Michelangelo and the other masters of Italian art. But we also look at Donatello's brilliant, rough, stormy work, and the elegant world of Renaissance Florentine high society seen in Ghirlandaio's paintings. And we see, too, the rough and violent political world that underlay these cultural achievements.
- Pisa - not just a leaning tower! Pisa was one of the richest cities in Italy in the early middle ages, when it traded with the Orient and brought back immense wealth. We visit the leaning tower and the cathedral complex, but we also wander some of the back streets and see where the medieval merchants had their mansions.
- Rome - the city of Emperors and Popes. Rome is a city that took three thousand years to make, a rich layered townscape where different ages blend together. Some of our tours focus on particular sites, like the Imperial Forums - where emperors vied to create the most sophisticated architecture and the greatest impact on the city. Others immerse you in the past - our tours of Baroque Rome follow Bernini, Borromini and Carravaggio through the city of the Counter-Reformation Popes, while our medieval tour shows you mosaics, fortified tower-houses and peaceful cloisters.
- Venice - How could anybody not love Venice? Even at the height of the season, you only have to wander a few streets away from the main tourist sights to find yourself lost in a world of twisting back streets and silent canals. One of our podtours takes you from the magnificence of San Marco and the Doges' palace to the church of San Zanipolo where many of the Doges lie in their splendid marble tombs. Another wanders the little known streets of the Cannaregio - a working class district, where many of Venice's famous artists lived - and the Jewish Ghetto.
- Verona - Forget about Romeo and Juliet - there's a lot more to see in Verona, a city whose history goes back to the Romans. Medieval alleys suddenly end in a Roman triumphal arch; there are huge rambling palaces of brick, and tall marble church facades. Use our audio guides and discover more about one of the most surprising cities in Italy.