We’ve all been a part of them. Those supposedly all-encompassing city tours that take you to every end of town in 5 hours, showing you snippets of each “popular” tourist attraction – you know, the ones that you simply must see. Sometimes these tours involve hasty drive-by sightings via climate-controlled motor coaches, or perhaps hours and hours spent walking from one place to another… a truly exhausting experience.
So what’s missing on these city tours? While you’re covering all the sights the guidebooks claim to be the “most-visited”, are you really getting up-close-and-personal with the people of the city and the human factor that drives it? Usually not.
In most cases, you’re also missing the true culture of the city, which isn’t simply a museum with a long line, or a crowded fountain surrounded by starry-eyed wish makers.
Consider Florence, for example.
The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is truly one of Italy’s most magnificent cities. And, yes, there are plenty of must-sees and must-dos for you to experience as you make your way through the gateway to Tuscany, including museums like the Academia and Uffizi Galleries, or spots like the Ponte Vecchio. However, the David sculpture by Michelangelo deserves more than just a casual glance. The Tuscan culinary scene means more than a dish of pasta at a tourist-grade restaurant. And Florence’s rich musical history demands at least an hour or two spent listening to the city’s superb virtuosos.
So, where can you find a tour that’s a bit out of the ordinary, one that brings you “behind-the-scenes”, so to speak, or truly immerses you in the culture of the city, its history, its people?
You’ll find all those things – and more – with a tour company that’s dedicated to providing visitors with a look at each city’s best offerings. Whether it involves tickets to a recital, an in-depth look at a notable artist, a visit to a winery, or perhaps even a cooking class — and that’s what Unique Tours Factory offers.
Unique Tours Factory
Dedicated to designing private tours that provide visitors with a truly intimate look at each city, Unique Tours Factory hires educated, experienced, professional guides with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen destination. They know where the locals eat gelato, the location of that little off-the-beaten-track museum, that magnificent ancient church hidden on a side street, and the best place to enjoy regional music.
Unique Tours Factory also keeps you far away from the tourist crowds. Instead, it offers true immersion experiences for you and your companion(s). In Florence, for example, you and a friend can indulge in a full-day Perfume Tour for two, which includes a visit to a 13th century pharmacy founded by the Dominican friars, where you can get a chance to meet a perfume maker and even design your own signature fragrance.
Or perhaps you’d prefer a Michelangelo-centered art tour which is a unique opportunity for you to visit the locations where the famed artist left his mark, including the Accademia Gallery and the Opera del Duomo. You’ll visit places not open to the general public and even participate in a 3-hour sculpture workshop. It’s an art aficionado’s dream come true!
These are just brief samplings of the many amazing tours offered by Unique Tours Factory.
So remember, when you treat yourself to a Unique Tours Factory experience, you skip the “standard” tourist experience and instead, you’ll head straight to high-quality personal encounters that will provide lifelong memories.
After all, isn’t that why we travel?
DISCLAIMER: This article was made in partnership with Unique Tours Factory; nevertheless, all opinions are my own.
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Hey there! I am Aileen Adalid.
At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to pursue my dreams. Today, I am a successful digital nomad (entrepreneur, travel writer, & vlogger) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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