Italy Audio Tours with Rick Steves

January 10, 2012   Filed under Travel

When I was planning my first trip to Italy, my friend suggested that I go to Rick Steves’ site and download some free Italy audio tours of the major sights in Venice, Florence and Rome.These free Italy audio tours are recorded versions of the highlights from the Rick Steves guide books.

It’s like you’re having a private walking tour — the audio tours truly work! It’s also a good idea to listen to them in advance. these audio books represent a perfect mixture of history, architecture and regular life.

So what’s included in these audio tours? Currently there are three major cities in Italy that Rick has recorded tours for: Venice, Florence and Rome.

Rick’s Venice Audio Tours feature the Grand Canal Cruise, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Frari Church. The Florence Audio Tours take you on a tour of the Renaissance Walk, Accademia and Michelangelo’s David, and Uffizi Gallery. The Rome Audio Tours are particularly good and include the Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Trastevere Walk, Jewish Ghetto Walk, Ostia Antica, and Pompeii.

It’s easy to get these audio tours. Just use any podcast service (such as iTunes) or use the Rick Steves Audio Europe app. It’s probably the best way if you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. I got them onto my iPod Touch right from the RickSteves.com website.

You can also subscribe to Rick Steves’ Rome Audio Tours on iTunes, Amazon or the equivalent Android store if the podcasts are the most convenient for you.

It’s possible to enjoy Rick Steves’ tours even if you don’t have an iPhone, iPad or some sort of Android. They can be easily taken in mp3 format that you can download to your mp3 device and listen to them from there.

There are two disadvantages to listening to the audio tours on your mp3 player as opposed to a device like an iPhone. First, you won’t see the pictures. But frankly, you won’t be missing much because the audio tours actually don’t include many pictures; they just have the occasional still photo to illustrate the audio. The second disadvantage is that the chapter breaks and subheadings may not show up. But other than, it will work just fine.

Get all the information you need about amazing places to visit in Italy before you go there. Stop by Barbra Sundquist’s site where you can find out all about great places for Italian holidays.

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