Explore Italy with Rick Sleves’ Audio Tours

January 31, 2012 · Posted in Travel · Comment 

A friend suggested the Rick Steves’ site when I first wanted to go to Italy. I listened to her and downloaded some free Italy audio tours, including sights in Venice, Florence and Rome. Rick Steves also wrote a guidebook and these tracks are taken from that great book about Italy.

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.

And what cities are covered with these tours? At this point, Venice, Florence and Rome are the cities that Rick Steves has visited and recorded tours for.

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

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.

If you prefer podcasts, just subscribe to Rick Steves’ Rome Audio Tours on iTunes, Amazon or the equivalent Android store.

You don’t have to own an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device, at all. Your mp3 player will do the trick also. Just download the mp3 files RickSteves.com and transfer to any mp3 player, or play them on your computer.

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.