Pay for a group tour.
Whether it’s a day, a week, or more, traveling through Italy in an organized group tour — while certainly with its advantages — is a complete waste of money. Groups are large, lumbering hordes led by frazzled guides rushing through impersonal lectures punctuated by tired tour-guide jokes. Tour groups arrive at major attractions at the busiest times. I know I’ve hit an attraction right if I’m leaving as the tour buses are arriving.