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As a treasure trove of artistic and historical wonders, Italy offers timeless beauty and cultural richness. In the central Tuscany region, the streets of Florence are filled with Renaissance architecture, with a skyline dominated by the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a Gothic art masterpiece. Within the northern Lombardy region, the fashion mecca, Milan, offers an abundance of art galleries and museums, with the most sought-after sight being The Last Supper, a mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea in the central Lazio region, Rome is home to the ancient Colosseum, an amphitheater that played host to gladiatorial games, and the Pantheon, a former Roman temple. Perched atop cliffs that overlook the Bay of Naples in the southwestern Campania region, the coastal town of Sorrento is known for its lemon groves, notably some of the best lemons in Italy, they are used to produce the splendor that is Limoncello, a lemon-flavored Italian liqueur. Take a gondola ride through the romantic canals of Venice to explore one of the most unique cities in the world, built on more than 100 islands in the northeastern Veneto region. Savor the sweet symphony of Italy's gastronomic legacy and culinary mastery that spans centuries, with authentic Italian gelato, pasta, and pizza.

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One of the most important structures of the Catholic faith, the Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel is a must-see on a tour of Italy. Though the chapel walls have witnessed centuries of worship, it’s the renaissance ceiling paintings of Michelangelo that will leave you in awe.

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Enjoy the classic Italian summer in Italy’s picture-perfect Gulf of Naples. Famed for its crystal grottos, dramatic coastlines and endless glamour, our trips to Italy are complete with a day of freedom spent under a striped umbrella, watching sailboats pass by.

Cruise your way through Venice

The charm found in the canals of Venice is nothing short of irresistible. Admire gothic palaces and postcard bridges whilst adrift in a gondola, gaining an understanding of life in a city that floats. Exploring a city by foot will never be the same after a trip to Venice.

Journey to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii

An unfathomable history lesson is found in the archaeological ruins of Pompeii. Buried and preserved by the ash of a volcano eruption in the year 79, in this Italian town you will discover the progressive life of early Roman times as you walk within the parameters of an open-air time capsule of life on Earth.

Go shopping in Italy's fashion capital Milan

Armani, Gucci, Prada and Versace. These are some of the prestigious fashion brands that call the Italian city of Milan home. In between yearning through boutiques and department stores, stop to sample the city’s delicacies like breaded veal cutlet and ossobuco.

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It's the moments of quiet stillness that take your breath away on a Trafalgar tour through Italy. Sitting in the calm halls of the Vatican. Floating on the canals of Venice. Standing beside the ruins of Pompeii.

Uffizi Gallery

The Tuscan capital is home to Uffizi Gallery, where the brushworks of art’s true masters are found. Names like Raffaello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo dress Uffizi’s grand pink walls, whilst internal courtyards leading to the Arno River will show you the building’s architectural brilliance.

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A collection of Christian artwork that spans centuries and stirs the soul is found in Rome’s Vatican Museums. From the intricate ceiling by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel to the detailed Pope portraits from the 16th century to today, you will be lost for words once inside this blessed museum complex.

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Home to the leader of Venice from its opening in 1340, Doge’s Palace summarizes the sparkle of this city. An opulent example of Venetian Gothic architecture and home to numerous historical works, this museum is a must when you visit Venice.

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The epicenter of the Catholic faith and the birthplace of art’s most renowned masters. Our guided tours of Italy will take you to the many museums found here, whether in the Sistine Chapel, by the canals of Venice or in the grand galleries of Tuscany.

The authentic carbonara experience will take place in Rome, covered in salty Pecorino Romano cheese. A simple dish inspiring heart-warming meal times, this pasta will connect you with Italy’s rich culinary customs - an impressive evolution from its supposed heritage as a coal-miner’s meal.

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Literally translating to ‘hunter’ in Italian, cacciatore offers an appreciation for Italy’s meals of days gone by. Typically a preparation of rabbit or chicken, it’s the simmering tomato stew that makes this dish so mouthwatering. Satisfy a genuine hunger and consume with hand-ripped bread.

Italy tours are best served with an oversized slice of tiramisu. Cementing this country's obsession with espresso, this cake of layered biscuits soaked in coffee is the perfect after hours pick-me-up before an evening stroll through the charming streets.

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A date with Italian food will likely start and end with a slice of pizza. But it’s the menu items that we share with you in between that will take your appreciation to new heights; think cacciatore and Carbonara with a slice of tiramisu in between.

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With the wealth of inspiration tucked into every corner of Italy, you might find yourself compelled to write down notes or memories. At the very least to remember the traditional Italian recipes you learn.

With such a large expanse of space to explore, on some days, long journeys are unavoidable. The scenery will provide plenty of visual entertainment, while headphones can be used to listen to some local music or enjoy podcasts about Italian history, culture and politics when you're not enjoying the storytelling from your Travel Director.

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Universally adored, Italy is food, is weather, is history. There’s always something different to fall head over heels for in the boot-shaped nation. Travel packages to Italy tend to start in the historic cities— Rome , Florence , Venice or Milan —where elegant design, Roman architecture, and sophisticated hotels reign supreme. From there, Italy family vacation packages could wander to the pretty Puglian beaches or into the rolling Tuscan countryside. Alternatively, you could cruise the Amalfi Coast or explore Venice’s canals by gondola on a quintessential romantic Italy vacation package . Wherever you head, it’s guaranteed to be bellissimo!

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Running from the Alps to the central Mediterranean Sea, Italy has had a huge influence on the world’s cuisine and culture.

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Here, there are 245,618 hotels starting at $224 a night however, you’re likely to save loads if you bundle your hotel and flight bookings via Expedia. One of the best ways to save is with Italy Vacation Packages. You can also add other bookings, including experiences and car rental. If you’ll be ambling around some of Italy’s architectural masterpieces, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, why not add a tour with a local expert to your hotel and flight package?

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Day 1-2: Most travelers arrive here via Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci." Once you’ve dropped your bags at your hotel, head to some of Rome’s most famous attractions, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.

Day 3-4: Next, book a rental car and drive northwest for about 3 hours to reach Tuscany. This region is famous for Renaissance art and architecture and its picturesque landscapes.

Day 5-7: Don’t leave home without stopping by Milan, Italy’s financial center. Here you’ll discover a thriving atmosphere and some of the world’s most famous artworks, including The Last Supper , a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

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The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations to visit in all of Italy when you're looking for a relaxing beachfront vacation. This coast is home to several welcoming towns and numerous beaches that let you partake in water sports like boating, water skiing, swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Plus, the wine in this region is some of the best, so don't hesitate to try it for yourself.

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On Capri Island, you'll find a seemingly endless array of things to do. Delicious cuisine is just the beginning, as it's also home to world-class shopping opportunities. The star of the show is the stunning natural beauty with sheer cliffs, towering mountains, vibrant trees, and the welcoming waters of the beach. In fact, the beauty alone is what makes this island so popular with the rich and famous.

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Lake Como is a stunning destination for travelers who are looking to relax among scenic beauty. This lake offers plenty of time for fun with beaches that often come with beach clubs offering additional features. The lake is notably deep as well, with depths of up to 448 yards at its deepest point, making it one of the deepest in all of Europe.

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Relax among color with a Positano vacation

The village of Positano is a laid-back community on the Amalfi Coast, where you'll find an array of color among its buildings. Aside from the unique styling, you can also enjoy world-class restaurants here that are often especially suited for couples, so keep this destination in mind when planning the ultimate romantic getaway. Of course, the beachfront is always welcoming too.

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Rome is the birthplace of the modern Republic and is filled with art, architecture, culture, and great shopping and dining . Here you can find the height of haute couture right next door to a gallery showcasing Renaissance Masters. You can see the Colosseum and Pantheon or the underground necropolis. Walk the Spanish Steps or visit the Vatican. Don't be surprised if you go home speaking a little Italian.

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When you visit Sicily, you can enjoy a wide variety of attractions including historic architecture and ruins alongside stunning beaches. The food and wine are state of the art as well, considering so many visitors are looking to live it up. You can even travel during the winter and enjoy skiing on Mount Etna, so there's something to do no matter what time of year you visit.

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Tuscany is one of the top destinations for travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You'll find extensive grassland alongside high-end vineyards you can enjoy a tour and tasting from. Several towns and cities are located in the region as well, so you'll never be too far from all the conveniences you're accustomed to.

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Venice is a popular and influential city where you can explore one of the most important cities in Italian history. Much of the city is built around canals, so you may find yourself traveling by gondola when you visit. Remember to bring plenty of socks and waterproof shoes if you can, as heavy rains can often cause many streets to be flooded.

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Why should you book a vacation package to Italy?

The most popular Italian cities include Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome. Another great option, which encompasses art, historical buildings, and incredible food, is the island of Sicily, just off the toe of Italy's boot.

When should you book a vacation package to Italy?

The best season for visiting is the early spring before Italy's many tourist attractions begin their expensive and busy season. One of the most popular events in Italy continues to be the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball which celebrates Fat Tuesday in late February.

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Grand Hotel Via Veneto next to Villa Borghese Park features an on-site restaurant, meeting rooms, and an impressive city spa. Sitbus and Terravision both offer discounted shuttles from Rome Fiumicino with several drop off points throughout Rome.

La Griffe Roma - MGallery By Sofitel's location next to Vatican City makes it the perfect home base to explore from while also offering meeting rooms for those who may be travelling to Rome on business. La Griffe Roma is easily accessible by train from Rome Fiumicino and near to the Roma Termini transportation hub.

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The Duke Hotel in Rome is a 4-star hotel that offers 23 family suites in a quiet and safe section of the city so you can rest easy on your next Italian vacation. The best option for transporting your family around Italy is via rental car from Rome Fiumicino International Airport.

QC Terme Roma Spa & Resort near Lago Triamo checks all the boxes on your list: close to the airport, sprawling grounds, therapeutic spa services, and a buffet curated with healthy food options. A rental car from Rome Fiumicino is one of the best ways to travel between the airport, hotel, and downtown city center.

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Hotel Villa Morgagni will have you feeling like royalty with it's 19th century architecture, tasteful ambiance, and intimate location tucked away from Rome's crowded main streets.

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese in Rome features underground soaking pools, professional massages, and luxurious facials to pep up your romantic holiday. Located adjacent to Bioparco, this relaxing hotel is easily accessible via airport shuttle from any of the main domestic or international airports in Rome.

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Hotel Raphael - Relais Chateaux at Navona Square is a true museum of art with modern decor, classical architecture, and a rooftop restaurant just a few streets away from the famous Roman Pantheon. Consider renting a taxi for the most private and straightforward trip from Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Ambasciatori Palace prides itself on a long history of welcoming elegance with timeless décor, modern international cuisine, and luxurious spa services. Private car transfers from Rome's many airports can be arranged directly with Ambasciatori Palace upon booking.

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Hotel Splendide Royale offers grand views over the historical Medici estate and gardens within a short walk of the Spagna metro stop, which connects you with other parts of the city. This hotel offers airport shuttles which you can arrange upon booking your Italian vacation package.

Hotel Panama Garden is a pet-friendly hotel which offers a retreat away from Rome's bustling city center while still maintaining walking distance to most tourist attractions. Use those extra savings to splurge on a rental car to easily transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport and explore the surrounding Italian countryside.

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Our #1 Bestseller and the perfect introduction to Italy! . Visit these fascinating cities starting in: Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) after that, travel north to Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture) and finally, to Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). Travel between these cities by very convenient train rides which allow you an opportunity to observe the lovely country side. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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8 nights from $1,639*

Take Italy into your own hands! , with this customizable package combining train transfers and a Rental Car. Start in Venice (sumptuous palaces and romantic waterways), after that, trains will take to Florence (an artists dream: Michelangelo`s David, Botticelli`s Birth of Venus, and Raphael`s La Velata) and Rome (Italy`s treasure with two millennia of artistic achievement). From here, catch your Rental Car and drive along Sorrento (situated on an expansive stretch of cliff, among lemon and olive groves with stunning vistas). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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Rome - Cinque Terre - Florence - Venice by Train

Rome - Cinque Terre - Florence - Venice by Train

9 nights from $1,619*

Experience Italy with this lovely vacation package, leading you through Rome (Italy's treasure with two millennia of artistic achievement) after that, Cinque Terre (five miles of rocky coast with five small villages overlooking the sea, in the midst of two capes with hundreds of miles of beautiful paths), next is Florence (Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and Raphael's La Velata) and finally, Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). Travel between these cities by very convenient train rides which allow you an opportunity to observe the lovely country side. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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From Venice to Rome via Tuscany plus Amalfi Coast

11 nights from $1,899*

Sample all that Italy has to offer from north to south, take your vacation into your own hands with the convenience of a rental car! Start off with a visit to beautiful Venice (charming canals, gorgeous palaces). Then pick up your car for a drive to Pisa (famous for its leaning Tower); continue to artistic Florence (home to the statue of David, and the famous Birth of Venus). Afterwards visit mystical Assisi , then drive down to charming Sorrento and finally visit Imperial Rome (the Vatican, centuries of artistic achievement). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Venice and out of Rome
  • Rent a car for 7 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Pisa
  • Hotel for 1 night in Assisi

Rome - Siena - Florence - Venice by Train

Rome - Siena - Florence - Venice by Train

8 nights from $1,489*

Combine glorious cities in Italy with this fun vacation!. Visit Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) after that, travel to Siena (a region halted in time, representing a quaint medieval time with gothic palaces and altarpieces, tasty pastry shops) and next, to Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture). Finally, visit Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). Travel between each city by train. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Train from Rome to Siena
  • Hotel for 1 night in Siena
  • Train from Siena to Florence

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Rome - Florence - Southern Tuscany and Venice

Rome - Florence - Southern Tuscany and Venice

11 nights from $2,049*

Enchanting landscapes, magical hilltop hamlets and vineyars in The Southern Tuscany, in addition to cities with rich history in Italy . Start in Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food), after that, catch a train to Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture). From there, with a Rental Car, leap up to Southern Tuscany (boasting the most captivating countryside and vineyards that produce Tuscany's mightiest red wines in cities like: Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Pienza and Volterra ). Drive back to Florence to drop off the car and finisht this trip, travelling by train to Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Rental Car for 4 nights
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Southern Tuscany
  • Hotel for 1 night in Florence

Driving Time Florence - Southern Tuscany: 1 hr./ 1 hr. 20 mins. approx. Southern Tuscany - Florence: 1 hr. /1 hr. 20 mins. approx.

Rome - Florence - Venice - Milan by Train

Rome - Florence - Venice - Milan by Train

9 nights from $1,499*

One of our most popular vacation packages, offering an incredible introduction to Italy! . Discover Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) after that, travel north to Florence ( capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture), continue to Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges) and finish in Milan (one of the fashion and high-tech capitals of the world; known for the majestic Duomo Cathedral and the dazzling Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade). These destinations are connected by trains. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Rome and out of Milan
  • Train from Venice to Milan
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Milan

Venice - Florence - Rome and Amalfi

Venice - Florence - Rome and Amalfi

12 nights from $2,009*

Visit some highlights of Italy with a unique vacation package in Europe! Venice (unrivaled romance cruising the canals); take the train to the artistic treasures of Florence ( Michelangelo`s David, Botticelli`s Birth of Venus, and Raphael`s La Velata ); then Rome (Italy`s treasure with two millennia of artistic achievement) and finally drive down the impossible beauty of the Amalfi coast in a rental car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Hotel for 3 nights in Venice
  • ES High Speed Train Venice - Florence
  • ES High Speed Train Florence - Rome
  • Rent a car for 4 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Amalfi
  • Hotel for 1 night in Naples

Complete Amalfi (Naples - Amalfi - Sorrento - Capri)

Complete Amalfi (Naples - Amalfi - Sorrento - Capri)

10 nights from $2,299*

For those who want to experience the complete Amalfi in Italy ; but do not want to drive, this vacation is for you!. Visit Naples (a city full of charm in its narrow streets and ancient churches, and a vibrant nightlife), Amalfi (rich history, splendid coasts and a love of incredible food), Sorrento (engulfed in Lemon and olive groves, perched on a cliff with a lively seafront promenade) and Capri (its postcard worthy vistas have seen the island change hands several times, belonging at one time or other to nearly every major empire in Europe, finally restored to Italy). Enjoy private transfers between these destinations. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into and out of Naples
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Naples
  • Transfer from Hotel in Naples to Hotel in Amalfi
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Amalfi
  • Transfer from Hotel in Amalfi to Hotel in Sorrento
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Sorrento
  • Ferry from Sorrento to Capri
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Capri
  • Ferry from Capri to Naples

Rome - Florence and The Chianti Wine Region

Rome - Florence and The Chianti Wine Region

9 nights from $1,789*

Main cities, charming villages with great fine wine in Italy! . Enjoy a nice stay in Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food), after that, continue by train to Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture). From here, with a Rental Car, leap up to the charming Chianti Wine Region (offering a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone and of course, its worldwide Chianti Wine , made primarily with Sangiovese grapes). Drive back to Florence to drop off the car and finisht this trip with one last night stay. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Rome and out of Florence
  • Rental Car for 4 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Chianti Wine Region

Driving Time Florence - Chianti Wine Region: 50 mins. / 1 hr. 10 mins. approx. Chianti Wine Region - Florence: 50 mins. / 1 hr. 10 mins. approx. approx.

Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina - Catania

Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina - Catania

9 nights from $2,169*

Explore splendid italian Sicily , with its characteristic grit and glam then look no further than this essential package. You will visit Palermo (Sicily's Crown Jewel, it rewards inquisitive visitors with citrus-filled cloisters, stucco-laced chapels and vintage stores filled with the threads of faded aristocrats), the Greek influenced Agrigento , must see Taormina (perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea with countless stores, cafes, piazzas, and breathtaking vistas), and end in the youthful, energetic Catania (a city which exudes youthful vibrancy; great food, even better nightlife, and stunning views keep visitors returning year after year). Private transfers connect these destinations. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotels and activities.

  • Flight into Palermo and out of Catania
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Palermo
  • Transfer from Hotel in Palermo to Hotel in Agrigento via Castello di Caccamo
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Agrigento
  • Transfer from Hotel in Agrigento to Hotel in Taormina
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Taormina
  • Transfer from Hotel in Taormina to Hotel in Catania
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Catania

Palermo - Agrigento - Syracuse - Taormina

Palermo - Agrigento - Syracuse - Taormina

9 nights from $2,329*

Picture it: Sicily - right now! Your perfect escape is found on this idyllic island, with a rich and unique culture, especially in regard to art, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. Sicily has plenty to see and do and this flexible vacation package highlights Palermo (notorious for its mafia glamour, but that aside, uncover forgotten treasures in its museums and wander through its packed outdoor markets), Agrigento (home to the Valley of the Temples with the best preserved Greek ruins outside Greece), Syracuse (Siracusa) (a former stronghold of the Greek empire; full of medieval and Baroque buildings), and finally Taormina (perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea this dreamy city has drawn artists, writers, and intellectuals for decades). Admire various other points of interest with stops at the Norman Castello di Caccamo, the historical Piazza Armerina, and the haunting Necropolis of Pantalica! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Hotel for 2 nights in Palermo
  • Transfer from Hotel in Agrigento to Hotel in Syracuse via Piazza Armerina
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Syracuse
  • Transfer from Hotel in Syracuse to Hotel in Taormina via Necropolis of Pantalica
  • Transfer from Hotel in Taormina to Catania Airport

Paris and Rome by Air

Paris and Rome by Air

6 nights from $1,129*

Discover the best of France and Italy ! With our European vacation packages, you can combine Paris and Rome into one unforgettable getaway. Explore the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysses and Roman Coliseum all on one vacation. Be enlightened by Europe's historical background with masterpieces from more than two millennia of artistic achievement, and much more. Customize your independent itinerary with a trip to the Louvre or the Vatican with flights between the cities. With so much to see and do, we want you to make the most of your vacation. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Paris and out of Rome
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Paris
  • Flight Paris - Rome

London - Paris - Rome by Air

London - Paris - Rome by Air

9 nights from $1,589*

An undeniably unique adventure through Europe, combining three enduring famous cities in England , France and Italy . Spend your days visiting London (a world center of theatre, art, music, literature and culture), Paris (the City of Light is the world's most visited capital) and Rome (the 'Eternal City', with its stunning architecture and delicious food). These destinations are connected by flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into London and out of Rome
  • Hotel for 3 nights in London
  • Flight from London to Paris
  • Flight from Paris to Rome

Paris and Venice - Florence - Rome

Paris and Venice - Florence - Rome

10 nights from $1,619*

Combine France and Italy with an exclusive vacation package to some of the most popular cities in Europe! Paris (the romantic City of Lights, the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre) will steal your breath before flying to Venice (with sumptuous palaces and dreamy waterways). Take the train and observe the charming countryside en route to Florence (Michelangelo`s David, Botticelli`s Birth of Venus, and Raphael`s La Velata) and lastly Rome (Italy`s treasure, ripe with history, quaint alleys and centuries of achievement in the arts). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight between Paris and Venice
  • Train Venice - Florence
  • Train Florence - Rome

Barcelona and Rome by Air

Barcelona and Rome by Air

6 nights from $1,269*

Visit Spain and Italy with this customizable vacation package! Barcelona (on the cutting edge of fashion, culture, food and music) welcomes you warmly and Rome (Italy`s treasure with centuries of achievement in the arts and charming alleys) captivates. Flights between cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Barcelona and out of Rome
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Barcelona
  • Flight Barcelona - Rome

Paris - Barcelona - Rome by Air

Paris - Barcelona - Rome by Air

9 nights from $1,509*

Visit 3 of Europe`s Gems: France , Spain and Italy . Combine Paris (With its monuments and delectable foods, vast perspectives and intimate streets, formal gardens and quiet squares), Barcelona (on the biting edge of fashion, architecture, food, style, music and good times, one of the most exciting cities on the western Mediterranean) and Rome (Italy`s treasure, packed with masterpieces from more than two millennia of artistic achievement). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight Paris to Barcelona
  • Flight Barcelona to Rome

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From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, Italy is famous for its huge contributions to the worlds of art, architecture, fashion, opera, literature, design, and film – the list goes on, and we haven`t even mentioned the food yet. The country has more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in the world. Artistic masterpieces, medieval hill towns, majestic mountains, Mediterranean beaches, bustling markets and mouth-watering cuisine - Italy really is a country that has it all, and that's why it is one of the most-traveled destinations in Europe.

There are so many highlights in this gorgeous country - from the canals of Venice to the museums of Florence and the surrounding countryside of Tuscany and its Hill Towns to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the cliffs of Positano … and beyond. Rome is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe and you could spend days getting lost in this amazing destination. The most picturesque spots in Italy might just be Cinque Terre and all the stops along the Amalfi Coast . Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast and is arguably the most beautiful and most charming town in the whole of Italy.

Like all popular European destinations, Italy sees visitors throughout the year - rain, snow or shine. And all of these are a possibility depending on when you visit Italy. Every season in this country has its charm, as well as its drawbacks, so when to go depends on your travel type and what activities you are interested in. Generally speaking, the best times to visit are during the `shoulder seasons` which is spring (April to June) or fall (September and October) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months bring an influx of tourists and increases in hotel rates, and higher temperatures. The winter months are often grey, wet, and cold in the north but temperate south of Rome. Here is an overview of Italy in all four seasons that will help you decide what`s the best time of year for you to visit. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit Italy

We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.

Whatever your pleasure, transportation in Italy is modern, easy to navigate and fits a variety of budget ranges. By Car: If it's the open road you're after, renting a car is the best way to travel in Italy. All the typical car rental companies are available at the major airports. Specify automatic or manual transmission, as car transportation in Italy (and Europe, for that matter) is usually manual. On the small, winding country roads, manners usually win out, and major highways span the country to help ease access to the major cities. For more information on getting around by car, check out: Driving in Italy By Train: Train travel in Italy is an excellent way to take the stress out of planning routes. Though you can't get to the smallest towns by train, the medium-sized and, of course, the major stops are on train routes.

The currency of Italy is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the city. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in Italy .

English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Italian guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.

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Charms of Italy (8 nights)

Take Italy into your own hands! , with this customizable package combining train transfers and a Rental Car. Start in Venice (sumptuous palaces and romantic waterways), after that, trains will take to Florence (an artists dream: Michelangelo`s David, Botticelli`s Birth of Venus, and Raphael`s La Velata) and Rome (Italy`s treasure with two millennia of artistic achievement). From here, catch your Rental Car and drive along Sorrento (situated on an expansive stretch of cliff, among lemon and olive groves with stunning vistas).

Rome - Cinque Terre - Florence - Venice by Train (9 nights)

Experience Italy with this lovely vacation package, leading you through Rome (Italy's treasure with two millennia of artistic achievement) after that, Cinque Terre (five miles of rocky coast with five small villages overlooking the sea, in the midst of two capes with hundreds of miles of beautiful paths), next is Florence (Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and Raphael's La Velata) and finally, Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). Travel between these cities by very convenient train rides which allow you an opportunity to observe the lovely country side.

From Venice to Rome via Tuscany plus Amalfi Coast (11 nights)

Sample all that Italy has to offer from north to south, take your vacation into your own hands with the convenience of a rental car! Start off with a visit to beautiful Venice (charming canals, gorgeous palaces). Then pick up your car for a drive to Pisa (famous for its leaning Tower); continue to artistic Florence (home to the statue of David, and the famous Birth of Venus). Afterwards visit mystical Assisi , then drive down to charming Sorrento and finally visit Imperial Rome (the Vatican, centuries of artistic achievement).

Rome - Siena - Florence - Venice by Train (8 nights)

Combine glorious cities in Italy with this fun vacation!. Visit Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) after that, travel to Siena (a region halted in time, representing a quaint medieval time with gothic palaces and altarpieces, tasty pastry shops) and next, to Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture). Finally, visit Venice (set on gorgeous canals, intimate Gondola rides will guide you past sumptuous palaces and under sculpted bridges). Travel between each city by train.

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Cruise canals, peruse piazzas, veer towards the Vatican and polish off the perfect pizza.

Italy may be one of Europe 's most-visited countries, but finding your way around Venice’s canals, choosing the best place for gelato in Rome, and knowing your agnello from your agnolotti are skills best learned from locals. Our Italy tours & vacations are all about strolling down cobbled lanes in city backstreets and ancient walled villages in search of la dolce vita. Once here, the opportunities are endless – from tasting balsamic vinegar in a traditional acetaia in Modena and sailing past pastel-hued cliffside villages on the Amalfi Coast , to sampling local wine in Tuscany's vineyards  and admiring lesser-known Renaissance art in Florence . One thing's for sure: you won’t be going hungry.

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Culture and customs.

With the Renaissance, opera, Vespa, Valentino, slow food, espresso, the Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, the culture of Italy is as rich as its food. And with iconic cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, and Naples showcasing historic gems around every corner, it's easy to see why Italians are so very proud of their heritage. Italy drips with sensational artwork, ancient icons, ornate architecture, and historic sights. The streets are filled with people and places that exude character and charisma, and the famous Italian artists, inventors, and public figures who have contributed so much to the world are openly adored and celebrated.

In general, Italians value family, food, and the enjoyment of life. Good quality food made with the best ingredients is preferred over processed products and fast food. Eating is a pleasure to be enjoyed with friends and family, not a necessary inconvenience. Respect for the family unit is paramount, with many families choosing to live close to each other for life. Community is also an important element of Italian life and this can be seen in neighbors enjoying a passeggiata (an after-dinner stroll and chat).

Italians certainly live their lives with passion, and this is evident in their zealous approach to driving, passionate following of football (soccer) matches, and exuberant social life. It's common to see Italians debate politics, fashion, sport, and current affairs with ferocious verve, which can sometimes be quite confronting for people from meeker cultural backgrounds. But lying underneath the bold, animated exterior of most Italians is a deep, passionate love of life itself.

History and government

Rise of the empire.

The rise of the Roman Empire has been the subject of much fascination, intrigue, and interest from scholars, artists, travelers, and students around the world. The modern world owes a lot to this civilization, with many important scientific inventions, art movements, architectural triumphs, and philosophical ideas being born from Roman civilization – most notably during the Renaissance.

Founded sometime around 750 BC, Rome is still considered one of the most important and enduring cities in the world. Home to such famous citizens as Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus, Claudius, Nero, Mark Antony, and Marcus Aurelius, Rome has enjoyed the great highs of dominating the Mediterranean region and the artistic triumphs of the Renaissance, but also the lows of the Great Fire of Rome, which ended up destroying a large part of the city. Rome has survived natural disasters, political turmoil, feuding families, plagues, and fierce wars.

Spanning centuries, the story of Ancient Rome is full of dramatic twists and turns and explains how tourist icons like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, and Palatine Hill came to be.

The Renaissance

The time of the Renaissance in Italy (15th to 16th century) marked the clear transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity. The social and cultural revolution began in Florence, which was under the rule of the Medici family, and spread south to Rome. During this time, there was a reinvigoration of the arts, literature, science, invention, and political theory, which influenced all of Europe – all centered in Italy.

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After the Renaissance, Italy was unified with Sardinia in 1861, becoming the Kingdom of Italy. After World War I, Italy came under the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini, who ruled until 1943. Siding with Nazi Germany in World War II, the Italian Army suffered many losses and ultimately surrendered in 1945. After a referendum in 1946, Italy became a Republic and flourished during the 1950s and 1960s. The post-war period marks a time of economic progress for Italy, also largely reflected by the rest of the world's increased economic stability during a period of relative peace.

From the late 1960s, Italians lived with political upheaval and uncertainty, marked by the ‘Anni di Piombo’ or ‘Years of Lead’. This time was marked by conflict and public protests, and in the years to follow, corruption, organized crime, terrorism, and government debt were prominent in Italy. This led to extremist incidents of political terrorism and crisis on the left and the right, with one terrorist group – le Brigaterosse (or the Red Brigade) – a key player in the turmoil.

In 1994, media mogul Silvio Berlusconi was elected to the office of Prime Minister but was forced to step down later in the year after losing support from his political partners. Social unrest died down a little after the turn of the millennium, but Italy’s political system remained fraught with instability. Undeterred, Berlusconi regained power on two separate occasions, both times amid controversy and scandal.

Currently, Italy is run under a unitary parliamentary republic system and has been since 1946. The final downfall of Berlusconi has marked a shift in Italian politics, with many parties vying for office, and alliances and coalitions the only way to do so.

Top places to visit in Italy

Oh, Venice. The city of romance, gondolas, Piazza San Marco and an endless maze of canals. With plenty of free time to eat, drink, shop and stroll, you’ll lose all sense of direction – but remember, getting lost in Venice is the whole point! Don't forget to sample a big slice of tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake), the region’s specialty. Explore Venice on our 14 day Best of Italy tour, on our 8 day Highlights of Italy tour, or on our 8 day Italy Real Food Adventure.

2. Cinque Terre

The footpaths between the villages on the enchanting Cinque Terre were once the only way to travel in the region. Hike along the rugged clifftops and discover olive groves, vineyards, breathtaking vistas and five pastel villages perched on the coastline – each more colorful than the last. If hiking isn’t your thing, don’t worry – just jump on the train! Fall in love with Cinque Terre on our 15 day Barcelona to Rome tour, on our 8 day Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak tour, or on our 8 day Northern Italy Family Holiday tour.

3. Amalfi Coast

Discover southern Italy’s dazzling coastline of cliffside villages and rugged terrain by land and sea, perhaps sailing out on the Mediterranean to picturesque Procida or the Isle of Capri on an adventure cruise . You might like to hike the famous Walk of the Gods, sip Campari in Sorrento, or tuck into traditional pizza in Naples – the birthplace of pizza. Adventure along the Amalfi coast on our 10 day Explore Southern Italy tour or on our 8 day Amalfi Coast: Hike, Bike & Kayak tour.

There's much more to Tuscany than Florence's impressive Renaissance art and architecture – though there'll be plenty of time to explore this! From rolling hills and fruitful vineyards to charming fortified towns with their relaxed vibes, the Tuscan countryside is the Italy that continues to draw you back; the one you fall in love with. Marvel at Tuscany's picturesque countryside on our 10 day Italy Experience tour or on our 8 day Cycle Tuscany tour.

Italy’s enduring capital, the epicenter of the fierce Roman Empire – Rome is a living, breathing history book. Dive deep into the city’s most iconic sites – the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps – and stumble upon the country within a city: the Vatican. Or simply sip espresso at one of the tiny streetside cafes and watch life go by. Absorb Rome's history on our 8 day Rome to Amalfi tour or on our 8 day Highlights of Italy in Winter tour.

6. Taormina

If mainland Italy is the boot, Sicily is the football. The further south you go, the more relaxed Italians get – so immerse yourself in an island culture full of charm, and a cuisine packed full of arancini and granita. Take a day trip to the charming city of Taormina and visit the world-famous Greek theatre and cathedral, take a dip in pristine coves, or enjoy lunch while looking at the imposing Mt. Etna. Visit Taormina on our 24 day Rome to Sicily adventure.

Eating and drinking

Italy may be the food capital of the world (not exaggerating), but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to eat and where to go.

When eating and drinking through Italy, be sure to walk a street or two away from the tourist attractions to find a restaurant, as they often are cheaper and much more authentic than the ones close by. Be skeptical of menus entirely in English and those with pictures, as this is, again, not the authentic way. Also, bigger is not always better – often, the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ restaurants produce the best food. But above all, go with your gut and follow your eyes and nose, and you will be satisfied.

Sample and sip your way through the best flavors Italy has to offer on our 8-day Italian Real Food Adventure Tour

Must try dishes and drinks in Italy

  • Antipasto If any country knows its way around cured meat and vegetables, it’s Italy. Discover salami, olives, artichokes, anchovies, cheeses, grissini, and more, with each board changing depending on what region you find yourself in.
  • Pizza If you were asked to describe Italy in one word, chances are someone would yell ‘pizza’. This carby dish of 100% joy is found all over, with regional specialties everywhere you go. And if you’re vegan? No stress – just ask for one of the vegetarian pizzas ‘senza formaggio’ (without cheese) and you’ll be set. Expect to be crucified if you ask for pineapple, though. 
  • Pasta Different shapes, different sauces, and different preparations make this one of the world’s most versatile dishes. From a fiery penne arrabbiata and a creamy spaghetti cacio e pepe to a baked gnocchi alla romana, you really can’t go wrong.
  • Gelato Traditional Italian flavors like bacio (chocolate hazelnut), amarena (sour cherry), and limone (lemon) are the perfect accompaniment to sightseeing on a hot summer's day. Stack the gusti (flavors) up on a cono (cone) or in a copetta (cup) for a quick snack.
  • Wine Italy produces some of the world's best wine, so savor a glass (or three) of Chianti or Sangiovese with dinner. Most regions of Italy produce their own wine, but the area that everyone talks about is the one and only Tuscany.
  • Aperitivo A classic Italian pastime, aperitivo hour calls for two things: to find a local restaurant or bar in the early evening, and to order yourself a drink. This is usually a light and dry tonic, but can be wine or a cocktail. It’s usually accompanied by some complimentary nibbles.

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Geography and environment

Sharing borders with Switzerland , France , Slovenia , and Austria , Italy also encompasses the independent territories of San Marino and Vatican City and includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Home to mountains, volcanoes, islands, beaches, spectacular cliffs, and expansive stretches of coastline, the natural landscapes of Italy provide dramatic scenery as well as popular places to explore and relax for travelers. The major cities of Italy, although industrialized, still retain buildings, churches, and relics from the past. It's quite common to see modern shops housed in historic cobblestone streets and new Vespas perched beside piazzas.

In smaller cities and more isolated areas, rural life is a whole lot slower. Permaculture remains popular, with many Italians growing fruit and vegetables in their backyards. The traffic and frenetic pace of the cities give way to idyllic olive groves, vineyards, and farmhouses.

8 iconic Italian landscapes

  • Capri Be blown away by the shimmering beauty of this sun-bleached island that sits in the middle of a mass of deep blue water. Home to luminous sea caves, stunning cliff faces, and whitewashed buildings, Capri is the perfect setting for a romantic escapade, a relaxing boat ride, or some serious sun-worshipping.
  • Tuscany An enchanting mix of rolling green hills, vineyards, simple farmhouses, and charming villages, Tuscan landscapes are effortlessly beautiful. Whether you're cycling around vineyards, hiking through the countryside, or lying in a field of golden grass, Tuscany is made for life in the slow lane.
  • Lake Como Lake Como is considered one of the most picturesque slices of Italy. A vast expanse of deep blue water set to a stunning mountainous backdrop dotted with rustic villas and wildflowers, Como is the sparkling jewel of Italy's north, naturally polished to perfection.
  • Mount Vesuvius Sitting on the Bay of Naples, the austere beauty of brooding Mt Vesuvius offers a contrast to the luscious green landscapes of the Mediterranean. Mt Vesuvius is still active, but a hike to the summit is possible – and worth it for the views of the bay below.
  • Amalfi Coast A journey along the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast offers panoramic sea views, and alluring towns perched on cliffs and beaches bathed in sunlight. Admire landscapes dotted with lemon trees and olive groves and enjoy the gentle sea breezes.
  • Sicily Sitting under the watchful eye of moody Mt Etna, Sicily is a taste of authentic Italy. Surrounded by a sea of turquoise speckled with volcanic islands, Sicily boasts diverse landscapes of rocky mountains, rural pastures, ancient ruins, and villages steeped in history.
  • The Dolomites Carpeted in wildflowers during summer and covered in a blanket of white snow during winter, the Dolomites are a breathtaking sight in any season. Whether you're hiking the trails during summer or skiing downhill during winter, you’ll soon realize why the Dolomites have such a mighty reputation.
  • Le Cinque Terre A quintessential Italian sight, the Cinque Terre, or Five Lands, is a destination to be cherished. Walk the rocky path over steep cliffs and past character-filled villages perched beside the sea. Wander past shady trees, gardens, and groves as the sea reflects the sun’s rays. This is panoramic perfection!

Italians are known for their style and this is reflected in their designer fashion and furniture. Be prepared to part with money – shopping in Italy can get quite expensive – but the quality of handmade and tailored items is generally exceptional.

Things to buy

  • Clothing Milan, Rome, and other big cities are packed with high-end designer fashion boutiques, chic outlets, and tailors. Wherever you are in Italy, you're guaranteed to get the latest fashions straight from the catwalks of Europe.
  • Colorful ceramics Vibrant, hand-painted ceramic bowls, jugs, and glasses can be found in the shops and markets of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily – a perfect reminder of the Mediterranean. If you do happen to head to the island of Murano in Venice, be sure to check out their renowned glassware.
  • Masks Venice is filled with shops selling elaborate, handcrafted masquerade masks. These colorful creations look great hung on walls and are a true Venetian keepsake.
  • Leather footwear, bags and accessories Florence and Rome are hotspots for sourcing gorgeous handmade leather items. Splash out on an 'investment purchase' – a leather handbag that will last a lifetime. You deserve it.
  • Italian foodstuffs Now, this one you’ve got to be careful with, but if you know your limits, you’ll be eating and drinking authentically when you arrive home. Infused olive oils, syrupy balsamic vinegar, local dried pasta, limoncello, and more – all (likely) fine to pack carefully in your luggage and take home. Be careful with anything fresh or unsealed, though, or you might be in for a hefty fine if you try to get them back home.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country.

Top Italian events and festivals 

Keep the ‘festa’ (or party) going in Italy with festivals and events all around the country. If there’s something going on in Italy, you know that food and drink is somehow involved, too.

1. Regata Storica di Venezia (Venice Historical Regatta)

For four days, Venice’s romantic gondolas take second place on the scenic canals to races featuring the world’s best rowers. Dating back to the 13th century, this historic event is held on the first Sunday of September each year.

2. Natale di Roma (Rome’s Birthday Celebrations)

Every April, Rome throws itself an epic birthday bash and parties like it’s 753 BC. Gladiator battles, historic re-enactments, equestrian events, parades, and concerts are all part of this three-day throwback to ancient Roman times.

3. Pasqua (Easter)

Beautifully decorated shop windows, colorful painted eggs, church services, parades, feasts, and fireworks make Easter a wonderful time to visit and be immersed in traditional Italian cultures. A huge Easter celebration mass is held at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, followed by an address from the Pope at noon. There are many festive recipes rolled out for Easter, too, including the colomba – a dove-shaped cake flavored with almond.

5. Carnevale

Each city may celebrate differently, but Carnevale festivities in the lead-up to Lent are always a raucous affair in Italy. Venice celebrates with masked parties. Viareggio opts for parades featuring floats, costumes, and enormous papier-mache puppets, and Turin hosts the Battle of the Oranges – a spectacular food fight with, you guessed it, oranges.

6. Verona Opera Festival

The country that gave the world opera hosts the oldest opera festival in Verona each summer in the historic Verona Arena, a massive first-century Roman amphitheater.

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Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Italy adventure, check out these books:

  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Ammaniti
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  • Naples ‘44 – Norman Lewis
  • Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman
  • The Sicilian – Mario Puzo
  • Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire – Simon Baker
  • A Thousand Days in Venice – Marlena de Blasi

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Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do you need a visa for Italy?

Generally, you will not need a visa to travel to Italy for a period of up to 90 days. Some citizens of a select few nationalities may need to obtain a Schengen visa before traveling to Italy. For more information, contact the Italian embassy or consulate in your home country.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 06/06/2023

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Is tipping customary in Italy?

Tipping isn’t customary in Italy, but it is appreciated. Feel free to leave a small amount if the service has been particularly good. Some restaurants will add a cover charge or ‘servizio’ to your bill.

What is the internet access like in Italy?

Italy, like the rest of Europe , is well connected. Wi-fi is almost always available at larger hotels and guesthouses, either included in your room price, or for a small additional fee. Some smaller accommodations, such as rural guesthouses and homestays, may not have wi-fi available, or the signal may be patchy.

Many fast food chains, bars and restaurants also offer wi-fi connectivity, often with an access code located on a purchase receipt. Look out for the international wi-fi symbol, or politely ask a waiter if the option is available. Some major Italian cities also offer public wi-fi hotspots with registration.

If you do not have your own device, there are still some internet cafes in Italy’s major cities.

Can I use my cell phone while in Italy?

Cell coverage is generally good in Italy. Your best (and often cheapest) option is to purchase a local SIM card when arriving in Italy if your phone is compatible and unlocked.

There is also the option to activate global roaming with your service provider before leaving home. Check the roaming charges before you leave home, as this option can often be highly expensive.

What are the toilets like in Italy?

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Italy.

Public toilets are not in abundance in Italy, so your best bet is to use the facilities in museums, galleries, department stores, train stations and restaurants. You may have to pay a small fee to use public toilets – ranging from around EUR 0.50 to EUR 2.

What will it cost for a…?

Italy’s unit of currency is the euro (EUR). Here's what you can expect to pay for a:

  • Cup of coffee = EUR € 1.50
  • Small gelato cone = EUR € 2-3
  • A glass of beer = EUR € 4-5
  • Bottle of wine in a restaurant = EUR € 10
  • Mid-range meal at a restaurant = EUR € 30-40

Can I drink the water in Italy?

Drinking water from taps in Italy is generally considered safe. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Italy?

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Italy. Smaller cafes, shops and markets may not accept credit cards, and smaller museums or galleries may charge an entry fee in cash only, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

What is ATM access like in Italy?

ATMs are common in Italy, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities. Beware of transaction fees that ATMs charge and the conversion rates they may offer, as they are often much worse than what your card offers.

What public holidays are celebrated in Italy?

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day (Capodanno)
  • 6 Jan: Epiphany (Epifania)
  • *Mar/Apr: Easter Sunday (Pasqua)
  • *Mar/Apr: Easter Monday (Pasquetta)
  • 25 Apr: Liberation Day (Giorno della Liberazione)
  • 1 May: Labour Day (Festa del Lavoro)
  • 2 Jun: Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica)
  • 15 Aug: Feast of the Assumption (Ferragosto)
  • 1 Nov: All Saint’s Day (Festa di Ognisanti)
  • 8 Dec: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione)
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day (Natale)
  • 26 Dec: St Stephen’s Day (Festa di Santo Stefano)

Please note, Italy public holidays may vary.

Is Italy safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Italy is mostly a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers. Same-sex relationships are legal and are largely accepted, with civil unions entrenched in law since 2016. Same-sex marriage is currently not legal. There are some anti-discrimination laws to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

In more rural and regional areas, overt displays of affection can attract negative responses in smaller towns, which tend to be more conservative. Rome, Milan and Bologna have the largest gay scenes, and Florence and Naples have a handful of LGBTQIA+-friendly venues too.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex  or  ILGA before you travel.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

When is the best time to visit Italy?

Italy enjoys a temperate climate most of the year, with June, July and August the warmest months. Popular tourist spots get very busy and crowded during the European summer, but don’t let that deter you – the sun will be shining, and the gelato will be served icy cold.

The shoulder seasons of April–May and September–October offer great conditions for travel, with milder temperatures and fewer crowds at main sights and beaches. Even though it’s not as hot, you’re still set for some warmer conditions and more pleasant temperatures to walk around cities like Rome and Florence.

It can get quite cold in the winter months, especially in the north, with cities like Milan, Turin and Venice often seeing snow, fog and rain in December and January. Major coastal tourist spots like the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre can be very quiet during winter with many establishments closing at this time, so it might be best to visit in the warmer months if these places interest you.

What is the weather like in Italy?

As you can tell from a world map, Italy is a pretty long country compared to its European neighbors. This gives it one of the more diverse climates in Europe , with mountainous zones in the north and dry arid landscapes in the south graced with all different types of weather.

Much of the inland northern regions have harsh winters and hot summers, while coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and the south of Italy generally fit that Mediterranean stereotype, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. The east coast of the Italian peninsula is not as wet as the west coast, but in winter, the east coast is usually colder.

Generally, Italy’s hottest month in the south is August and can reach upwards of 104°F, while the north hits its peak in July and has slightly milder maximums. January is the coldest month throughout the country.

What to pack for Italy?

You’ll need to consider the time of year you want to travel, plus the places you’re travelling to so you can work out what you should wear in Italy.

In summer, loose-fitting cotton clothing like light t-shirts and shorts or light trousers, is recommended no matter what part of the country you’re in. During the transitioning seasons of April-May and September-October, packing a jacket and long pants is encouraged so you can layer, if needed.

Winter brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the north of the country, so if you’re travelling in Milan or the Piedmont region, pack warm clothing, such as thermals and thick jackets. A scarf and gloves are encouraged too. For the south, you may not need all the heavy stuff, but having warm, windproof and waterproof gear is advisable.

If you wish to visit the Sistine Chapel and other churches and religious sites in the Vatican City and beyond, it is highly recommended that men and women wear clothing that covers shoulders and knees, any time of year. If you are found to be wearing immodest clothing by security guards or staff, you will be denied entry.

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Is Italy accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, whatever physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help choose the most suitable itinerary and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Despite Italy’s charm and old-town feel, travelers with mobility and sight or hearing impairments may find it difficult to travel around the country independently. Old cobbled streets and pavements blocked by parked cars are the norm, making it difficult for wheelchair users.

Despite this, much of Italy’s public transport system is mobility friendly. The service ‘Sala Blu’ (Blue Hall) is provided to travellers who require assistance at the 14 main train stations around Italy. These services include providing a wheelchair, a representative to accompany you to your train, another to meet at the other end, lift service to get on and off the train, and free use of baggage trolleys.

Many of Italy’s most-visited attractions, like the Colosseum, Vatican museums and the Uffizi Gallery, are almost entirely wheelchair accessible, with ramps and lifts available. Venice may be considered the least accessible, but it is possible. Bridges between canals should be avoided, but vaporettos (or water taxis) can be used, especially the routes along the Grand Canal.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

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What kind of accommodation will I be staying in?

Traveling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When traveling with us in Italy you may find yourself staying in a:

Agriturismo (farmstay)

Your time in Italy is further enhanced with an agriturismo, or farmstay, experience. Immerse yourself in a picturesque setting overlooking the countryside, with food and relaxation the main focus.

How will I be traveling around Italy?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport – which usually have less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Italy, you may find yourself traveling by bicycle.

Whether it’s riding through fields of grass scattered with wildflowers or past quaint buildings down cobblestone lanes, taking a quick spin around town or tackling the towering Dolomites, two wheels open up so many options.

What better way to see Italy’s island of Sardinia or the Amalfi coast than on a small-group sailing adventure? Cruise past idyllic islands to fabulous shore stops dotted around the Mediterranean.

Does my trip to Italy support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Italy directly support our foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio.

Cooperativa Coraggio

Cooperativa Coraggio set up agricultural projects on unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in communities in Italy. Donations from our trips help their regeneration project on 22 hectares of land at Borghetto San Carlo Estate, located on the outskirts of Rome.  

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my Intrepid trip include airfare?

While our Intrepid trips include many modes of transport, from tuk-tuks to overland vehicles, bullet trains and feluccas, airfare to and from your home country is not included in your tour package.

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Embark on a captivating journey that takes you from the piazzas of Rome to the canals of Venice. Discover the rolling hills of the scenic Tuscan and Umbrian countryside. Explore medieval hill towns and visit Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Spend time at a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region and enjoy a chef-led cooking class with lunch. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence. See glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in iconic Venice for 2 nights. Take in the lively city of Milan. Encounter a land rich in history, culture, art and romance.

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While just about any month is great to visit Italy, there are a few prime times of the year for the Reflections of Italy tour. Here are some recommendations from our destination experts.

Throughout Italy, the most popular times to visit are April, May, June, September, and October. Along the coast, July and August are busy with locals and Europeans on summer holiday, while cities are usually less crowded.

Winter: Go in December, January, and February for Venice, where you can take a walk beside the canals on a quiet evening and hear your footsteps echoing off the water.

Spring: Enjoy Italy in the spring season, with fewer tourists and comfortable temperatures. In March, the weather is warm, but not too hot. Just imagine exploring the towns’ cobblestone streets during this quieter time of year.

Fall: After the busy summer season, you’ll encounter more of the locals. Fall is a fantastic season to travel in Tuscany, with fewer crowds, cooler days, and a bit of foliage to enjoy – all pairing well with a glass of red wine!

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Behold medieval Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis.

Enjoy a scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills.

Set out on a locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

  • Explore Cortona, the postcard-worthy village that serves as the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun .
  • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David .

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Visit a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region.

Enjoy a chef-led cooking class with lunch in a historic castle.

Dine on regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.

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In Milan, take in some of the city’s iconic sights on a walking tour. View the La Scala Opera House and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery before visiting the Duomo – a Gothic cathedral that is the third largest in Europe. Your second choice is to join a local guide for a tour of the Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s high-fashion district, including visits to some of the city’s best ateliers and fashion stores.

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Enjoy a pleasant serenade with dinner in Trastevere, a charming, bohemian district where Rome’s locals often frequent. Indulge in a hearty, traditionally Roman menu, complete with wine. As you savor the delicious tastes of Italy, talented performers entertain you with folk songs. This lively, fun-filled evening will be an unforgettable part of your visit to Rome and an engaging immersion into Italian culture.

Experience the romance that can only be found in Venice – La Serenìssima – while traveling on its famous waterways. Partake in one of Venice’s most famous pastimes – a gondola cruise. Take a pleasant stroll toward the Grand Canal to board your gondola. As you relax in your elegant watercraft, your gondolier navigates the Grand Canal as well as smaller side canals. Admire the scenery as you listen to the melodic voice serenading you in true Italian style – just like in those romantic Italian movies!

This evening, set off on a scenic drive to nearby Galluzzo, famous for its Carthusian monastery which rests upon one of the beautiful hills surrounding Florence. Prior to dinner, enjoy an after-hours visit to this 14th-century monastery – La Certosa.* Revel in the beauty that lurks inside and experience the monastery’s magnificence as you learn about monastic daily life. Then your evening of fun continues at one of the area’s most popular dining establishments. Experience an authentic and traditional dinner served family-style! Savor local wines and Tuscan food and enjoy the entertainment. It’s a memorable – truly Italian – evening out that you won’t want to miss!

Explore Cortona, the postcard-worthy village that serves as the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun.

Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.

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From intriguing history to incredible food and wine, this 10-day classic Italy trip immerses you in three iconic cities. Walk through ancient ruins in the footsteps of Julius Caesar. Get so close to Michelangelo’s masterpieces that the marble comes to life. Discover a secret world as you glide through dreamy canals. The eternal beauty of Rome, the Renaissance splendor of Florence, and the mystical ambiance of Venice will captivate you.

Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy

12  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $9,355

Your 12-day luxury Italy highlights tour immerses you in elegant art, pristine nature, and the legendary dolce vita. You will celebrate history and heritage with exclusive tours that take you away from crowds from the Vatican Museum to Tuscany’s hilltop towns. From islands in the Venetian Lagoon to the Amalfi Coast’s panoramas, you will find flavor, glamour, and a zest for life during your Italy tour specifically designed for you.

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Dynamic pricing from  $3,575

Effortless charm, captivating cuisine, and immersive artistry exemplify your 10-day family Italy vacation. Travel from Rome to Venice on this 10-day family vacation to discover the fun of ancient life, Renaissance beauty, traditional pasta, hand-crafted masks, and the techniques of gladiators. Whether wandering through the Vatican Museum's empty galleries or witnessing the Uffizi Gallery's embracing beauty, Italy’s boundless splendor will exceed your family’s greatest expectations.

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Dynamic pricing from  $3,615

From prestigious architecture to breathtaking art, natural beauty to captivating history, your 10-day classic Italy tour celebrates the layers of wonder from north to south. Wander the elegant lanes of winding through Capri, glide through the Venetian Lagoon to visit famous islands, and embrace the ancient life of Rome. From Renaissance Florence to seaside Sorrento, you will indulge in the simple pleasures of Italy’s classic belief in la dolce vita.

Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy

Experience the true splendor of ancient life, cultural cuisine, and inspiring scenery during your 12-day luxury Italy vacation. From Rome to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily, witness glistening mosaics, walk with master Renaissance artists and discover the dishes that have shaped tradition. Enjoy exclusive tours and remarkable insights as you explore it all.

Ravello Gardens on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Dynamic pricing from  $4,415

This 10-day Italy tour will leave you well acquainted with a region known for delicious wines, panoramic views, and some of the most rugged coastlines. The Campania coastline includes some of the best beaches in Italy, and the area around Sorrento and Amalfi are no different. Experience active exploration and passive relaxation to ensure a comfortable experience during this Italian adventure.

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9  Day Custom Tour

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Along with the rich culture and abundant historical sites, this 9-day tour of central Italy is designed to showcase the gastronomic greatness of the places you visit. From Umbria to Tuscany, the beating heart of Italian olive oil and wine production will be yours to enjoy along with the many other culinary delights. By the time you depart, you will have a better understanding of Italy's love affair with food.

Vineyards in Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy

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Embrace the marvels of Italian flavor and the splendor of Italy's scenery during this 9-day luxury Italy wine tour. You will have an immersive experience of the wine culture and Italy's fabulous history of wine consumption, which will reveal sumptuous vines, elegant tastings, and exclusive excursions. From regal estates to stately panoramas, you will wander through antique cellars, stroll through medieval towns, and sample the spirit of Italy through its illustrious wines.

Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy

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Bring your family to remarkable cities and explore rich history that prevails from the shimmering canals of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the ancient districts of Rome on this 9-day family Italy trip. Led by guides with insider knowledge of significant stories, enlightening culture, and sumptuous cuisine, this customizable family vacation captures the best of Venice, Chianti, and Rome, while introducing you to each destination’s hidden secrets.

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17  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $5,979

From gliding through Venetian canals to exploring the northern jewels of Lake Como and Milan, venturing along the coast of Cinque Terre to discovering the charms of Tuscany, this 17-day highlights tour of Italy showcases beauty and wonder. Uncover the true splendors of Italy when embarking on this trip as you discover the Lakes District and immerse yourself in the world of Ancient Rome.

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14  Day Custom Tour

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Discover Italy's diverse history, pristine nature, and contemporary culture on this 14-day journey. From hiking Mount Etna to zooming around Rome on a Segway, witness this magnificent country from many different vantage points. Be immersed in Italy's renowned cuisine, discover the wines of Chianti and Sicily, and attend a cooking class in Florence.

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7  Day Custom Tour

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Italy’s countryside is teeming with hilltop towns that are speckled across the breathtaking region of Tuscany, which you will explore on this handcrafted 7-day tour. Under the Tuscan Sun, you will appreciate the endless beauty of the emerald hills that roll from Montepulciano in addition to admiring the ancient architecture of the cultural heritage sites in San Gimignano. From town to town, you can find beauty in every charming destination against the beautiful countryside backdrop.

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Little is left to the imagination on this 12-day tour of Italy that is handcrafted to bring you as close to the country as possible. As you make your way through Rome, Florence, Venice, as well as the regions of Lazio, Tuscany, and Veneto, you will enjoy a unique balance of rural leisure and urban thrills. This tour is designed to maximize your enjoyment of this colorful corner of the Mediterranean world.

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From the bustling historic neighborhoods of Bologna to the illustrious Piedmont farmlands surrounding La Morra, explore and adore boundless beauty as you breeze through the countryside on your 10-day Italy tour. Farm-to-table lunches paired with award-winning Italian wines, Ferrari test drives through ancient streets, and evenings exploring the local culture of medieval communes all feature on this luxurious honeymoon vacation to Bologna, Florence, and La Morra in Italy.

8  Day Custom Tour

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Trace the deep roots of culture on this 8-day Jewish heritage Italy tour. The histories of the Jewish community and Italy have intertwined for over 2,000 years, showcasing the ways the cultures have merged to create a unique blend of distinctive cultural practices, artistic aesthetics, and delicious cuisine. Your Italy trip to Rome, Venice, and Florence will uncover where Jewish traditions converged and conflicted through time.

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Like jewels on a mountainous crown, the alpine lakes of Northern Italy offer a welcoming playground on this 10-day tour of Lake Como, Maggiore, and Iseo. Far from the crowds of Italy's major cities, you can walk in the footsteps of royalty as you explore this idyllic setting. From wineries to walking tours, this region will come alive and leave you astounded at the concentration of beauty that is to be found here.

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Lights, music, mouth-watering aromas, and immersive tradition create an unforgettable holiday season during your 14-day Christmas in Italy trip. Travel to the heart of the Christian world with Mass at the Vatican. Wander the customary canals of Venice on a gondola. Embrace Tuscany’s culinary traditions and sample Prosecco’s bubbly texture. From vibrant holiday markets to charismatic medieval towns, you can embrace winter’s beauty and the Christmas spirit in Italy.

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Travel to Italy for the love of food and nature on this tailored 12-day tour from Bologna to Florence. Embrace the culinary delicacies made famous worldwide as you taste Italy's finest dishes and produce, from sensational cheeses to delightful truffle-infused creations. Along the way, encounter the majesty of the Tuscan countryside and admire the Renaissance influence that remains so prevalent across Italy’s quiet, medieval towns.

11  Day Custom Tour

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With layers of wine and preserved tradition to guide you, your 11-day Tuscany luxury tour revels in art from the museums to the kitchens, the piazzas to the markets. Witness architectural grandeur, sample the delicacies of restraint, and embrace the essential tastes of the grapevine. The Uffizi to Montepulciano’s terraced vineyards, the Accademia to San Gimignano’s towers, when discovering Tuscany, even the simple can feel opulent.

The cultural richness, natural beauty, and historic legacy of Northern Italy are yours to enjoy on this 12-day tour of Piedmont, Liguria, and Lombardy. From Milan to Cinque Terre and back again, you will be able to focus your attention on the rural treasures and panoramic perspectives of each region through a blend of guided excursions and leisure. Handcrafted for your enjoyment, this tour allows you to experience much of the best that Northern Italy has to offer.

Northwest Italy is yours to explore on this tailored tour that leads from the rich city of Turin to the spectacular coastline of the Cinque Terre and the magic metropolis of Milan. Every step of the way, you will treat yourself to the tantalizing flavors of Italian cuisine and witness the breathtaking unspoiled backdrops of Italy’s countryside while learning more about the local culture and heritage.

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The Mediterranean gems of Corsica and Sardinia are yours to explore on this 10-day island-hopping tour of all that is best of this region. A world apart, the islands of Corsica and Sardinia enjoy a secluded status when compared to the hustle and bustle of mainland Italy or France. From the port of Pula to Ile de Cavallo, visitors cannot help but fall in love with this stunning setting.

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Unbridled beauty veils Italy and its awe-inspiring countryside and spectacular coastline, scenes that will backdrop your educational exploration during this extensive 17-day tour from Venice to Rome. Whether it's the sprawling glimmering waters of Lake Como or the romantic skyline of Verona, Italy will dazzle and seduce you as you delve into its spirited culture and honored history along the journey.

21  Day Custom Tour

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The perfect balance of leisure and adventure is available on this 21-day tour of Italy. With destinations, such as Venice and Bologna, you will get a sound introduction to Italy's urban charm that can then be compared to the rustic countryside of Tuscany and the Costa Smeralda. No matter your preference, by the tour's end, you will be well acquainted with the culture and history of this unique Mediterranean world.

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Summer is the most crowded and the warmest time of the year, so we typically recommend taking your trip to Italy in the shoulder season months of April, May, September , and October.

During these months in spring and fall, you can enjoy comfortable temperatures for city tours and sightseeing, expect fewer tourists, and experience seasonal festivals. In May and September, on either side of summer, the warm weather is fantastic for exploring the Italian coastline and famous islands like Sicily , Capri , and Ischia.

While these months are our favorites, Italy is a year-round destination, and summer and winter are wonderful for their own reasons. Whether traveling as a family to Rome in August or skiing in the Italian Alps in December, our guide on the best time to visit Italy can help you find the right month for your trip.

While there is a seemingly endless list of things to see and do, we recommend spending at least 10 days on a tour of Italy to experience the highlights.

10-day itineraries provide an excellent overview of Italy’s iconic destinations, including Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. That said, the longer you stay, the more you will experience, and our three-week itineraries are designed for travelers to explore as much of Italy as possible.

If you can only visit for a short time, our 7-day itineraries cover the essentials of Italy, or you can spend a few days in Italy’s capital city on a trip starting from Rome .

From northern Italy’s alpine summits to the central capital of Rome and sun-kissed southern coastlines, there is so much to explore from one region to the next.

Here are a few of the best places to visit in Italy :

  • Rome : Home to iconic highlights like the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain, the Eternal City is the ideal city to visit in Italy for first-timers and an excellent destination to start or end a trip.
  • Florence : Gateway to the rolling Tuscan sunflower fields and famous for its Renaissance architecture, Florence, the region’s capital, is one of the most notable places in Italy.
  • Tuscany : Known for its enchanting vineyards, medieval villages, and golden sunsets, the Tuscan countryside offers phenomenal wine tasting and cultural highlights to experience on your trip.
  • Venice : Sail the canals by gondola, see landmarks like Saint Mark's Basilica, and savor the local Venetian delicacies when experiencing the history, culture, and romance of the Floating City.
  • Amalfi Coast : Home to charming pastel-colored towns clinging to the cliffs, you can admire dramatic coastal views as you explore historic neighborhoods of the Amalfi Coast. This stunning stretch of steep, rocky coastline is one of the most scenic places in Italy.

From day trips to the Vatican City to Venetian gondola rides, Tuscan wine tasting, and pizza-making classes in Naples, here are some of the top things to do in Italy :

  • Explore the art, architecture, and museums of the Vatican City
  • Cruise the Floating City of Venice by gondola
  • Discover Italy’s regional cuisines, from Neapolitan pizza in Naples to authentic bolognese in Bologna
  • Sail between Italy’s top islands
  • Visit the famous Italian ruins and UNESCO sites
  • Taste the fine local varietals and blends of the Tuscan wine country

Whether touring top UNESCO sites or admiring the historic ruins , there are many famous landmarks and attractions to see on your Italy trip. Here are some favorites to explore:

  • The Colosseum, Rome
  • The Pantheon, Rome
  • Trevi Fountain, Rome
  • The Roman Forum, Rome
  • The Vatican Museums, Vatican City
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa
  • Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice
  • Duomo di Milano, Milan

Pizza, pasta, and gelato are just a few famous foods to try as you explore Italy’s cities and towns. And while there is no single best city for food in Italy, each region offers signature dishes and cuisine to choose from. When planning an Italy food tour , consider these iconic culinary hotspots and classic Italian food experiences:

  • Bologna : Prepare authentic Italian bolognese sauce
  • Florence : Embark on a Tuscan truffle-hunting tour
  • Parma : Learn about the history of Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Modena : Sample the original Modena balsamic vinegar
  • Naples : Make traditional Neapolitan pizza from start to scratch

Visit famous wine regions on Italy wine tours that reveal why the local varietals and blends are among the best in the world. From Tuscany to Trentino-Alto Adige, here are some of the top wine regions to visit:

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Here are some of our most popular Italy itineraries with excellent routing for your first-time trip or return visit:

  • Best of Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Venice is our most popular itinerary for first-timers. You can start your trip in whichever city aligns with your ideal flight routing and experience Italy’s top destinations in 10 days.
  • For travelers wishing to visit Rome, Florence, and Venice with an added stop on the Amalfi Coast, our Italy from North to South: 10-Day Classic Tour offers an excellent way to see the most famous cities, along with the Italian coastline.
  • With more time, you can explore more of Italy’s popular destinations with added stops in Lake Garda and Naples. Our 15-Day Elegant Italy: Art, History, Food and Wine tour is an immersive experience with optimal routing to see the best of Italy.

For more routing options, explore our best luxury Italy itineraries and let our travel specialists design your personalized trip.

From medieval villages perched on hilltops to coastal towns off the beaten path, Italy’s lesser-known destinations should be on your radar. Here are a few of our favorite hidden gems in Italy where you can experience something unique:

  • The Aeolian Islands: Most travelers flock to Sicily in summer, yet the Aeolian archipelago off Sicily’s northeastern coast is a hidden gem worth exploring if you want a sunny beach trip without the crowds.
  • Castelmezzano: Second-time trips to Italy are best spent discovering unique spots, and Castelmezzano is a gem in southern Italy with a historic village clinging to the cliffs and overlooking the countryside.
  • Trento: Tucked away in the northern Italian hills lies the charming city of Trento, one of Italy’s top winter destinations. Gateway to the Italian Alps, you can escape the crowds on a tour of northern Italy or travel in December for winter sports.

Explore more answers to common travel questions in our frequently asked questions about planning a trip to Italy .

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From the canals of Venice to the hills of Tuscany, explore the land of la dolce vita on a guided tour. Italy has something for everyone, relaxing days by the ocean on the Isle of Capri, shopping for Armani in the fashion mecca of Milan, the romantic canals and rose-hued light of Venice, Juliet’s balcony in Verona, the faith and museums of Vatican City, Rome’s cafes and the famous Trevi Fountain, the history of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. And then there are the fantastic cuisines, wines, and traditions you’ll encounter across the different regions of Italy. With so many things to do in Italy, it’s no wonder it’s the most popular travel destination in the world. Whether it's your first time traveling to Italy, or your fifth, there's always something new and wonderful to experience. 

Can't decide which Italian cities you want to visit? Read our roundup of Italy tours and the best places to visit in Italy to help narrow down your search.

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Begin your Italy vacation in the eternal city of Rome . With iconic sites like the Colosseum ,  Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain , and the Pantheon, plus Vatican City right next door, Rome is the perfect first stop on a tour of Italy .

Florence & Tuscany

Discover the artistic hub that is Florence . Some of the best things to do in Florence are to see Michelangelo’s David statue, among other Renaissance masterpieces, cross the Ponte Vecchio, relax in the Piazza Della Signoria, and climb the Duomo di Firenze. Elsewhere in Tuscany, you can savor Chianti wine, visit Siena and the famous Piazza del Campo, and pose in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Northern Italy

Relax in the beautiful Italian Lakes District, cruising Lake Como to see the famous white peacocks of Isola Bella. Head to Cinque Terre to see the gorgeous multicolored, cliff-hugging houses overlooking the blue sea below. In the fashion capital, Milan, admire La Scala Opera House , the Milan Cathedral, and Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” before perusing the boutiques of Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. And don’t miss out on a chance to see Juliet’s famous balcony in Shakespeare’s Verona.

East Italy & The Adriatic Coast

Cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice , the ‘Queen of the Adriatic,’ and visit St. Mark’s Square , the stunning Doge’s Palace, and Bridge of Sighs . And don’t miss a traditional glass-blowing demonstration in Murano! Travel southeast to the orange and olive groves of the region of Puglia and its most spectacular town, Alberobello, to explore the small, white-washed stone houses known as Trulli. Visit Matera, the biblical backdrop for the film ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ for exploration of the Sassi — a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases, and arches, hewn out of solid rock. 

Southern Italy & Sicily

Take your Italy tours south to Pompeii, a city frozen in time. Journey on to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for sunshine, alluring turquoise waters, and cliffside lemon groves. Or, take a boat ride to stylish Capri , the Isle of Dreams. Delve into the rich history of Sicily in Taormina , Palermo, and Syracuse while watching the sunrise over Mount Etna.

Frequently Asked Questions About Italy Tours

  • When is the best time to tour Italy? There’s never a bad time to visit Italy. There’s something special about each season. Though, we think the best time to tour Italy is in Fall (or Autumn). It “falls” directly after peak season, and it is very similar to visiting in the Spring as there are fewer crowds of people and more days of fantastic weather. 
  • What are the best places to visit in Italy? This answer depends on what you’re specifically looking for in a vacation. If it’s your first time, we suggest focusing on an itinerary that features the best of Italy and visiting the major cities of Florence , Rome, and Venice. If you’re looking to explore an area in more depth, then visiting Umbria and Tuscany , Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera, or even the whole Southern Region with Sicily is a good call. We say there’s something for everyone, during any season, in Italy, making it a great destination. You’ve got the history of Rome and Vatican City, the art of Florence, the canals and gondoliers of Venice, the wines of Tuscany, and some of the best food and wine you’ve ever had no matter where you are in the country.
  • How many days should I spend in Italy? If you can, stay as long as possible, Italy is amazing. Though, traveling Italy for at least seven days is recommended to experience Italy to the fullest. However, if you’re traveling for less than a week or on a tour of Europe that travels through Italy, you will still be able to experience much of the beauty and splendor Italy has to offer.

It’s essential to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after you’re planning to return to the states and that you have any visas you’ll need to travel. Planning earlier allows you plenty of time to renew your passport or apply for a visa if required. Travel rules are changing daily. If unsure, ask your Travel Specialist or find out more with our simple destination guide .

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Our Italy package tours are carefully designed to provide you with an unforgettable experience where you’ll discover the best of this stunning country. Accompanied by expert local tour guides, you’ll visit renowned Italian destinations and attractions without having to worry about planning the details. Rather, you’ll just choose the tour package that suits you, and enjoy your time in Italy. Our operations team is available 24/7 to make sure everything runs smoothly, with their number-one goal being that you have a stress-free and enjoyable trip. 

We offer a range of package tours in Italy to suit various needs and budgets. Our tours cover all the key sites in Italy, from the romantic cities of Venice and Florence to the ancient ruins of Rome and the scenic beauty of the Amalfi Coast. In addition to the standard package tours offered on our website, we can arrange custom itineraries for private groups traveling to Italy.

One of the highlights of any trip to Italy is visiting Rome, the Eternal City, with its rich history and iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the Vatican. Our package tours of Italy ensure that you won’t miss these incredible sites and allow you to spend ample time exploring the cities, museums, and natural landscapes, while going off-the-beaten-path and seeing the lesser-known sites that only a travel expert would know about. We’re excited to be that expert for you, and assist you in creating your dream package tour of Italy!

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Rome's architectural marvel allowed 50,000 spectators to view gladiatorial contests, wild animal hunts—including bears, elephants, and giraffes—and even "sea battles" on water channeled in via aqueducts.

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A restoration of Michelangelo's richly painted ceiling frescoes in the late 20th century not only removed layers of dirt and grime—it also erased the fig leaves and loincloths that Pope Pius IV had added to the nude figures in the 1500s.

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Perched on a cliff of volcanic rock, overlooking the verdant valleys of Umbria, Orvieto is full of rich history, from its gorgeous stone buildings to the elaborate system of tunnels and wells built beneath the city by the ancient Etruscans.

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The volcanic ash that blanketed Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD preserved its contents so well that archaeologists found loaves of bread, walnuts, figs, and eggs among the ruins.

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The charming coastal city of Sorrento is built into the cliffs above its world-class beaches and crystalline seas.

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Duomo in Florence

It took two centuries to create the cathedral in Florence, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and artistry. Step inside for a few minutes to enjoy the gorgeous frescoes inside the dome.

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Historic Bologna has become legendary for its cuisine, including the Bolognese sauce that bears its name.

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  • Trevi Fountain

It's tradition to throw coins over your left shoulder, using your right hand, when you visit the grand Trevi Fountain in Rome. Throwing just one ensures that you'll return to Rome someday, while tossing two more coins into the fountain means your wishes for love and marriage will come true.

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Amalfi Coast

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Try the world's most famous pie in the country that invented it, and the mozzarella that is its signature topping.

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence

You can shop for souvenirs right along this medieval span, where jewelers and art dealers keep shop right over the Arno River.

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  • Roman Forum

Walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar in these remarkably well-preserved ancient ruins, once the very heart of Rome.

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One of the world's truly unique and unforgettable cities, Venice offers its romantic canals, gorgeous churches, and delicious food.

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The heart of the Roman Catholic Church is the home St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the residence of the pope.

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Stay in a luxurious spa town to explore Tuscany’s medieval gems, enjoy gourmet food and wine, and discover the captivating villages of Cinque Terre.

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Perillo Tours has been America’s leader in Italy travel since 1945. The following escorted tours have been enjoyed for over 40 years by more than 750,000 of our guests. Each itinerary . . . activity . . . hotel . . . and meal . . . has been personally selected, continuously innovated, and expertly perfected by Steve Perillo, according to the highest standards of founder Joseph Perillo and Mr. Italy himself – Mario Perillo. Chances are, YOU know someone who’s enjoyed one of our famous Italy tours! Look for 2025 dates and rates in May!

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This 12-day tour includes 2 of the most beautiful regions of Italy: Campania & Puglia. The south of Italy is known in Italian as the 'Mezzogiorno' (Midday) region; some of the oldest and most important historical towns in Italy are located here as well as some of the best food in all of Italy! You’ll be able to try a margherita pizza in the city where it was invented – Naples! Explore the beautiful region of Puglia which has a culture, history, and a dialect all its own. Discover the Trulli in Alberobello and explore Lecce, also known as the “Florence of the South”. You'll be surprised by how the 'old country' has very much joined the 21st century while retaining its special charm.

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Discover the region of Umbria, also known as "the Green Heart of Italy", along with Tuscany and Rome on this new 11 day tour. Enjoy a wine tasting and an unforgettable hands-on cooking class with a Tuscan chef! Go on an exciting truffle hunt with a truffle hunter and his trained dogs. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and discover Gubbio, a well-preserved medieval town dating back to the Etruscan period.

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Perillo's Italy North Classic is the largest selling Italy tour in history. Developed in 1975 by Mario Perillo and Lucio Massari, it remains our most popular itinerary today. The 'Continental' tour delivers the identical itinerary (in reverse) but without dinners.

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Perillo's Italy North Classic is the largest selling Italy tour in history. Developed in 1975 by Mario Perillo and Lucio Massari, it remains our most popular itinerary today. The 'Continental' tour delivers the identical itinerary (in reverse) but without dinners and without Milan.

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Perillo's Italy North Classic is the largest selling Italy tour in history. Developed in 1975 by Mario Perillo and Lucio Massari, it remains our most popular itinerary today. This departure will be staying in superior/deluxe  hotels.

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Our Marco Polo Tour is the counterpart to our Vesuvius Tour. One featuring Venice, the other featuring Sorrento. Either way, you can be assured that Steve Perillo has hand-selected every hotel, restaurant, sightseeing experience and guide that will make your vacation the memory of a lifetime.

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The 'Continental' gives you the chance to dine on your own in Italy! Your tour guide will be happy to suggest everything from trattorias to the finest dining experiences.

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The Renaissance was a rediscovery of classical Greek culture in Italy, and especially Florence.

Michelangelo and Leonard da Vinci were the big names of this period.

But on this deluxe 9-day tour, you’ll also meet the many other creative geniuses of the Renaissance!

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Lemon trees and vineyards cascade down the terraced cliffs to the sea. Soft sea breezes mix with the scent of fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Capri sparkles in the distance. Welcome to Amalfi! This is a no-holds-barred invitation to live life to the fullest.

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There's no place on earth like Sicily. A true melting pot of cultures, you'll see Greek and Asian influences in the exotic architecture, unique cuisine and faces of her people. If you happen to be of Sicilian heritage, you'll be surprised by how the 'old country' has very much joined the 21st century while retaining its special charm.

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If you're looking for a compact and affordable Italy Vacation - Our Vesuvius Tour is perfect! The itinerary is meticulously crafted by Steve Perillo and his team to run like a 'Swiss Watch' and be lots of fun too!

  • Sep 5 - Sep 14
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On this Perillo tour, you'll experience firsthand the wonders of Northern Italy. This treasure packed tours takes you throughout the celebrated northern gems including Bologna, Rapallo, Stresa, Parma, Venice, Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Portofino, Lugano, Lake Como.

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Discover new and exciting adventures in Italy with an unforgettable small group tour experience. Make time on your holiday to visit the Sistine Chapel, hike along the Dolomites , spend time in Florence and sample delicious seafood in Sicily .

250+ Italy small group tours with 2,246 reviews

Local Living Italy—Sorrento Tour

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Local Living
  • Christmas & New Year

Local Living Italy—Sorrento

Touring the coast was good. A little difficult to navigate if you are older or have some difficulty walking. The lemon farm was a little isolated and a bit of a walk to the road to catch a bus if you wanted to explore the area. The lemon farm had beautiful views. The rooms were nice but needs some upgrading and repairs in some areas. The breakfast was disappointing and some of the food was a little cold. We did not know that you needed to purchase wine from the farm. It was a little overpriced. The owners and staff were very nice people and our tour guide Anna was very nice. I think this tour is more for young people.

Small Group Tour of Sicily: Highlights (Maximum 8 Guests) Tour

  • Food & Culinary
  • Hiking & Trekking

Small Group Tour of Sicily: Highlights (Maximum 8 Guests)

The tour was wonderful. We had great guides, delicious food, and enjoyed the beauty of Sicily.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Small Group Sicily Food & Wine Tour (Maximum 8 Guests) Tour

Small Group Sicily Food & Wine Tour (Maximum 8 Guests)

From the time we lasted until we were dropped off, the whole tour was beyond excellent. The food and wine tours were varied from small plates at different restaurants to large meals at scenic settings. We ate at a seaport and at a farm house (the setting was far from rustic), in markets, and wineries. We had a cooking class where we prepared a traditional Sicilian meal. We stayed in wonderful hotels and had terrific tour guides. The tours were fabulous but they were short enough to allow for sometime to explore on our own. I would highly recommend this well managed and well planned tour.

Best of Italy Tour

Best of Italy

Loved the free time to explore personal interests.

Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast Tour

Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast

Fantastic guide Salvo…wonderful people on the tour. I would have loved a local wine / lemon farm tour to have been included. The hikes (I did the first 3 ) were great , but calling the tour local living without doing some of the real local experiences is a little disappointing.

Hiking in the Dolomites Tour

Hiking in the Dolomites

Great value for money. Good tour guide. Excellent travel company. Some days the hiking was a bit light. Would have given it 5 stars if the hiking was every day. Also tourradar/intrepid could also consider providing a higher cost tour where we stay at different refuges every day. This will reduce the transportation constraints and time and increase the Dolomites amazing experience.

Sicilian Landscapes: Catania-Catania (8 days/7 nights) Tour

  • Coach / Bus

Sicilian Landscapes: Catania-Catania (8 days/7 nights)

Trip to outlet mall was very unnecessary. Planned meals were repeticious snd they had trouble with veggie options. Meals were too late in evening, all after 8 pm. Not enough time in Palermo.
  • €50 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Amalfi Coast Walking - Agriturismo Tour

  • Coastal Walks

Amalfi Coast Walking - Agriturismo

This tour was so fun! The walks/hikes along the Amalfi coast were absolutely beautiful. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and a nice place to return to after a day of hiking and sightseeing. As a single traveler, it’s always a little scary to join a group of people I don’t know but our group meshed well together and we parted as new friends. Our guide was also really good - he was friendly, organized and managed our expectations really well. I ‘d definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a beautiful outdoor adventure.

Best of Sicily - 8 Days (Small Group Tour) Tour

Best of Sicily - 8 Days (Small Group Tour)

Our tour was very enjoyable! The pace, the guides, the food & wines, the accommodations, sights & attractions we visited were all top notch! We’re already planning a “do-over” trip - it was that good!

Amalfi Coast Experience Tour

Amalfi Coast Experience

Giovanni was an fantastic guide, really looked after us and joined in … The Itinerary was brill. Loved this trip. Anastasia from admin joined this trip and was so amazing, alway looking after people… What a team ❤️
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Deluxe Italian Escape with picturesque Cinque Terre Tour

  • Sightseeing

Deluxe Italian Escape with picturesque Cinque Terre

We were in Italy! We liked the places visited that were chosen by the tour! No need to worry about payments for hotels and trains! We appreciated having free time in each city! We would have liked the hotels to be closer to the train stations to avoid expansive taxis and for it to be easier with the suitcase. Not easy to know which bus to take to get there and which stop... We would have preferred a shuttle (included in the price) to pick us up and take us back to our hotel for all the activities/cities (Colleseum, gondola ride...). It is more reassuring when you are in a foreign country. It was great that «Just Drive » was able to do this in Florence! We were in Pisa from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. It's so pretty! We could not climb to the top of Pisa before 9:00am. It’s was sad that we couldn’t see the inside because we had to leave for Quince Terra. We enjoyed the organized tour! We were able to discover important places in Italy! Thank you for doing your best that you could so that we could go to Quince Terre and Pisa despite the people who canceled and thank you for being available through WhatsApp every day! :)

Taste of Salento-Authentic Culinary Experience Tour

Taste of Salento-Authentic Culinary Experience

A wonderful experience in a relaxing setting. The tour offered variety and covered a broad range of activities across the region allowing the opportunity to explore the area well. Michele and Emilo were excellent hosts. Very flexible and accommodating and created a warm and homely environment,

Mamma Mia! - 13 Days/12 Nights Tour

Mamma Mia! - 13 Days/12 Nights

The Mama Mia tour was well organised and I had a great time throughout. Any hitches due to weather was sorted out , my tour leaders Ginaluca and Elisabetta were fantastic and made the trip fun! Veronica from the team was extremely helpful with all my additional requests. I was a solo traveller but ended up making great friends on the trip. You are with the best with Italy on a budget tours.

Discover Matera and Taste of Salento Tour Tour

Discover Matera and Taste of Salento Tour

SOLETO TRAVEL: First of all, Omar at Soleto Travel was great, from my first inquiry to the last day of the trip. He returned emails promptly, answered questions clearly, made suggestions and generally made the whole experience very easy. I highly recommend Soleto travel and would not hesitate to book any of their tours. The trip I took was Discover Matera and a Taste of Salento. I was a solo female traveler on this tour and just took a leap of faith - it was well worth it. TASTE OF SALENTO: Pretend that someone told you that you had long lost relatives who owned an olive oil farm in Salento and wanted you to come visit for six days? That is exactly what this felt like. From the moment Antonio (the father) picked me up at the train station to the moment Emilio dropped me off in Matera, I could not have been treated more warmly. This did not feel like a “tour”, it felt like a “stay”. Don’t get caught up in the printed itinerary and stated activities. Emilio adjusts the schedule based on the season, the weather and other circumstances. You might not get every single thing listed, but you will get a lot more that are not. Emilio fixes a light breakfast every morning and explains where we’re going and what we’re doing that day. Because this experience is capped at four people (we had two), Emilio drives you in the family car to all the cool places (many that would be inaccessible by a tour bus). You walk around while he explains the history of the place or his experiences there. You get free time to walk around, grab a bite, shop or just sit and appreciate the experience. The highlight of every day was dinner. Emilio is a fabulous chef and prides himself on cooking fresh, organic, local food paired with local wine (all served with his family’s organic olive oil of course). His passion is evident and every meal was excellent. Two of the days we had Carlo as a guide, who was fun and knowledgeable. One day Emilio’s wife Clara took us wine tasting and sightseeing. And of course Antonio, who was a character, popped by to say hi and stir up trouble! I could go on and on but I will stop and just say this: If you want a 4-star hotel with a “farm” theme in a big city, this is not for you. This is an actual farm in a very small town with very comfortable accommodations run by a sweet and generous couple (plus four kids and a dog) who want nothing more than for you to learn about, experience, and hopefully appreciate, the land they love. No tour buses, no guides with hankies tied to poles, no one-size-fits-all restaurants or cookie-cutter tours. Live like a local, with locals, for a one-of-a-kind experience. I highly recommend it. DISCOVER MATERA: I knew nothing about Matera so I was excited to arrive and see this beautiful city. The only thing I would mention is the whole city is practically stairs, including up to the room, so it might be a difficult city for some people with mobility issues so keep that in mind when booking. That said it is such a beautiful and unique city and I loved just wandering around and getting lost in all the little streets and passages. The accommodations were fabulous and so unique (a room built into a cave!) My guide was Cosimo, who took me one day on a city tour and the next on a tour of Murgia Materana, the park across the ravine. He was so knowledgable, friendly and patient with all my questions. Even though I was the only one, our tour went beyond the allotted time and he did not complain or try to rush me. I also got a private food and wine tasting with Lucca who was also wonderful, knowledgeable and generous. The place I stayed had a restaurant, but because I was the only one there, I would have my breakfast on site and then they would book dinner for me at a nice local restaurant. I loved Matera and wish I had a couple more days there. All in all this was the perfect vacation. The people were wonderful, the food and wine delicious, the history fascinating, the scenery breathtaking and the experience unique. I highly recommend this tour and Soleto Travel to anyone!

Italy By Train Tour

  • Train & Rail

Italy By Train

One caveat: This tour was everything we wanted which was flexibility! The company had everything lined up and ready to go. Hotels selected worked out well and were tidy and clean. They were what we expected and in safe locations. As everything was going so smoothly we put our trust into the company. At one point we did need to call them as the trains were to go onto a strike the next day! But Tourradar stepped in, made sure that our rides were not affected and we were provided new tickets early that morning! We became so trusting of Tourradar that when we saw at the close of our trip that the time entourage to the airport was extremely limited, we believed this was due in case to the close proximity the hotel location they had selected for us in Rome was a short drive. Unfortunately that morning when the driver they had engaged to pick us up was 1/2 hour late, we were horrified to realize that Tourradar had only allots us two hours to drive 45 minutes to the airport, get through customs, get through security, check our bags and get on our flight! When we complained to the driver that he was late,he disagreeably grunted that we had plenty of time and then proceeded to drive at a very unsafe speed. He had driven the 45 minutenylroitn

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I can’t say enough good things about our experience in Sicily thanks to Mossimo and his team. Excellent, informative tour guides…Denise, Carlos, Antonio and Sem. The cooking class may have been the highlight, but all of the activities were fun and the pace of the tour, planned activities/free time mix was perfect. Will definitely recommend!
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