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Italy Tours & Trips 2024

Glide on a gondola in Venice, explore the colourful towns of the Amalfi Coast , visit vast volcanoes in Sicily , or be surprised by delights around every corner in Rome . It's no surprise that adventures through Italy have made their way into every traveller's hearts. Whether you want to bask on the blue Mediterranean shores of Sardinia , embark on hikes with unbeatable views in the Dolomites , sample the finest wines in Tuscany, or experience la dolce vita sailing across the Gulf of Naples, these Italian vacation packages and 7 day Italy itineraries offer experiences with the perfect blend of culture, arts and adventure.

250+ Italy tour packages with 7,159 reviews

Amalfi Coast Walking - Agriturismo Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Coastal Walks

Amalfi Coast Walking - Agriturismo

"Would recommend this trip duringMay because of the comfortable temperatures and wild..."
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Classical Italy Tour

  • Christmas & New Year

Classical Italy

"Begoña was an excellent guide, very helpful and friendly!"

The Italian Dream Tour

The Italian Dream

"The tour was very organized. Our tour guide, Clara, was fun, friendly and helpful...."

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

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Food & Culinary

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

"This was our first escorted tour and I wasn't really sure what to expect but Massimo..."

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

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

"I am so glad I came across this tour when googling small group tours. This was the..."

Italian Discovery Tour

Italian Discovery

"My wife and I had an excellent experience on the Italian Discovery tour that we took...."

Italian Holiday (7 Days) Tour

  • Coach / Bus

Italian Holiday (7 Days)

"Trip was as planned and the accommodations sew good and close to the places of visit."
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

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Discover Italy end Milan Tour

Discover Italy end Milan

"I loved every bit of this trip. Although there was a quick pace, the guides and transportation..."

Italy City Break - 5 Days Tour

Italy City Break - 5 Days

"This was my first time booking a tour package and it was amazing. Patritzia, the..."

Italy from North to South Tour

Italy from North to South

"The itinerary I got when I booked Italy from the north to the south, in the day 9..."

Walking the Amalfi Coast Tour

Walking the Amalfi Coast

"This adventure rose to the top of my favorites. The hiking was beyond my expectations,..."

Local Living Italy—Sorrento Tour

  • Local Living

Local Living Italy—Sorrento

"The tour was well put together with lots of variety. The Walk of the Gods was far..."

New Tour of Sicily from Palermo 10 Days Tour

New Tour of Sicily from Palermo 10 Days

"For the most part the tour itself was good and the guides were friendly and nice...."

Splendor of Sicily 8 Days Tour - from Catania Tour

Splendor of Sicily 8 Days Tour - from Catania

"This tour was amazing. The hotel was great and the food can’t say nothing but the..."

Sicilian Secrets - Tour of Sicily 8 days 2024 Tour

Sicilian Secrets - Tour of Sicily 8 days 2024

"Tour Guide Angelo was fantastic - he is knowledgeable, entertaining and so very kind...."

Italy Trip Reviews

"I had an eye opener and an amazing experience during my in trip in Italy. We had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide. Kent a true Mr Gadget, extremely patient with our constant stream of silly questions and trivial needs. Because he is originally from the UK he has a good understand of both our Western culture and the culture of Italy, and can explain why things are how they are in a context that Australians, Americans etc can understand. The tour took us to family owned, authentic Italian restaurants and hotels, and uses public transport where possible we were not isolated from the true Italy."
"Our 5 day self guided bike tour in Italy was amazing. As expected, the accommodations were good. We stayed at the Trulli house in Alberobello. Ate a lot because the food and wine were perfect. We had a spectaculer ride through the back roads with grapes on one side and olive trees on the other. I had a pleasure working with two fantastic women in the States and in Italy (Ryan and Ali). I also had a 5 star customer service experience with Ryan since she booked the trip for us. I would do another self guided bike ride with Pure Adventures in a heartbeat!"
"My tour in Italy was great, I wished to stay abit longer in some places like sorrento - Positano, venice. I also have some suggestions to either cut out some destinations or extend the trip and pick a central location for the accommodation. Adding more night life would be good, the karaoke needs to be scrapped from the activity list. I don't do a tour to be taken to a karaoke bar to mix with other tour groups etc. I want to mix with local people. It was a shame that there was not much choice on the dinner and it was average. I would like to eat a variety of food aside from pasta. However, I would still recommend this tour as it showcased many places in Italy. I would like to go back to and explore many places."

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Escorted Tours to Italy | Travel to Italy

Perillo Tours has been America’s leader in travel to Italy 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!

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Starting at $3795

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.

Important: There are many steps and different buildings in Castello di Spaltena, the hotel in Tuscany. Anyone with reduced mobility should consider a different tour.

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Starting at $4695

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.

italy tour holidays

Starting at $4850

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.

italy tour holidays

Starting at $3995

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.

italy tour holidays

Starting at $3395

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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Starting at $4225

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!

italy tour holidays

Starting at $3295

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.

italy tour holidays

Starting at $4095

italy tour holidays

Starting at $3095

Spend Easter in Rome!

italy tour holidays

Starting at $3695

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!

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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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Just returned from the Vesuvious tour from 28 Aug to 6 Sep.  What a wonderful experience! Would consider another Perillo tour for sure! The key to the great experience I had on this tour was largely through the efforts of your tour coordinator, Rosella.

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The 20 best italy tours.

See Italy's top tourist attractions and stunning cities on these guided excursions.

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Visitors can discover charming neighborhoods, enjoy delicious food and see top sights on Italy's best tours.

There's so much to see and do in Italy that it can feel a bit overwhelming to plan a trip that makes the most of the country's fabled history, art, architecture and cuisine – not to mention its 55-plus UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guided tours are an efficient, hassle-free way to explore the country's top attractions and cities. These Italy tours – considered the best by travelers and experts alike – vary by region, focus and method of transportation, but they all have one thing in common: highly motivated and informed guides ready to help you better appreciate your time in this beautiful European country.

The Roman Food Tour – Prati by Sunset – Rome Food Tour

Price: Adults from 135 euros (about $148); kids from 80 euros (about $88) Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy Italian cuisine via this small group walking tour of five food-centric places in Rome 's Prati neighborhood near Vatican City . Stops include a cafe, a pizzeria and a gourmet food shop, and food samples typically include cheese, truffles, cured meat, pasta, tiramisu and pizza as well as wine. Food and wine enthusiasts regularly report enjoying learning about Roman culinary arts from the passionate, well-informed guides on this tour.

Outings last about four hours and are available daily all year long starting at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with additional 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. start times from May through October. Prices start at 135 euros (about $148) for adults, 89 euros (about $98) for teenagers 13 to 17 and 80 euros (about $88) for children 5 to 12. Prices cover all food and beverage samples, which may exceed 20 in total. The Roman Food Tour offers a variety of other foodie outings to different areas around the city, including one to the Trionfale neighborhood.

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City Wonders – Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Price: Adults from $42; kids from $37 Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Visit some of the most famous attractions in Rome on this 2- to 3-hour walking tour. Highlights include the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, which are filled with historic art pieces. Tour-takers rave about the spectacular art and architecture and appreciate the insightful guides.

Tours depart multiple times a day Monday through Saturday, typically between around 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $42 for adults and around $37 for children ages 6 to 18 (kids 5 and younger tour for free), but prices may vary by day and time. Tickets cover all entrance fees. Groups are limited to 20 participants. Note: Modest attire may be required to enter some sites. City Wonders operates several other tours around Rome as well as in other Italian cities like Milan .

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LivItaly Tours – Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Price: Adults from 139 euros (about $152); kids from 124 euros (about $135) Duration: 3 hours

Explore renowned sites of ancient Rome on this three-hour walk. Tours start at the Colosseum and visit areas of the amphitheater, such as underground cages and dungeons, that relatively few people get to see due to space and ticketing limitations. Other highlights include the Palatine Hill, one of Rome's seven hills where politicians of the Roman Empire once lived and where the ruins of numerous buildings from that era remain, and the Forum , once the center of social and political activity in ancient Rome. Reviewers frequently say the guides are not only informative, but also humorous and make learning about Roman history fun.

Tours, which are limited to six participants, are offered daily at a variety of times, typically between 9:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at 139 euros (about $152) for adults, 129 euros (about $141) for teenagers ages 13 to 17 and 124 euros (about $135) for kids ages 3 to 12. Students also receive a slight discount. LivItaly runs multiple tours in Rome, including one that visits some of the city's top attractions .

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Walkabout Florence Tours – The Best of Tuscany in One Day Trip from Florence

Price: Adults from 83 euros (about $91); kids from 70 euros (about $77) Duration: 12 hours

Take a day to experience Tuscany and its UNESCO World Heritage sites on this trip via air-conditioned coach. Highlights include a guided walking tour in the medieval town of Siena , a visit to San Gimignano and a trip through the countryside to Pisa. Optional upgrades include lunch and wine-tasting at a Chianti vineyard and skip-the-line entry to Pisa's famous Leaning Tower . While trip-takers consistently describe the guides as knowledgeable and personable, they also appreciate having time to explore each destination on their own.

Buses depart from Florence 's Piazza Stazione daily at 8 a.m. and return approximately 12 hours later. Prices start at 83 euros (about $91) for adults and 70 euros (about $77) for kids ages 8 to 17, not including lunch. The full tour, including lunch at the winery and access to the tower, costs approximately 113 euros (around $123) for adults and 100 euros (approximately $109) for kids. Note: While there's no charge for children younger than 8 to take the tour, they cannot climb the tower.

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Walks of Italy – Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica with Terraces & Doge's Palace

Price: Adults from $113; kids from $107 Duration: 3 hours

This tour encompasses some of the most significant spots in Venice : St. Mark's Square , St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace . Both the church and the palace are art-filled buildings with eventful histories. (The palace, for instance, was more than a site of political administration; it also contains prisons and torture chambers.) Guides recount the colorful backstories, which tour-takers invariably find informative and entertaining.

Three-hour walking tours beginning in the square happen daily at 2 p.m. and every day except Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Earlier departures (at 8 a.m.) may also be available on select days. Tickets start around $113 for adults and $107 for children 2 to 14, though you may find some higher or lower prices depending on the date and time. (There's no charge for infants.) The visit to the basilica includes access to a balcony affording views of the square and nearby lagoon. Another bonus? Taking this tour enables you to bypass the lines to enter the palace and the basilica.

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Withlocals – The 10 Tastings of Venice

Price: From 85 euros (about $93) per person for a group of six Duration: 3 hours

As its name indicates, this tour features 10 tastings of typical Venetian food and drinks. It's essentially a private, customizable, small-group walking tour that can be tailored to participants' interests. Even so, samples usually include local favorites like spritz (a wine-based cocktail) and gelato. Tour-takers tend to enjoy both the visits to multiple local eateries and the amusing guides' insightful commentary.

Three-hour tours depart from Venice's Campo Manin daily with multiple start times; the earliest is typically 10 a.m. and the latest 6 p.m. Prices vary by group size and start at approximately 252 euros (about $275) for one person (the minimum) and descend to about 85 euros (about $93) per person for groups of six (the maximum). Groups larger than six should contact the tour company directly to schedule.

Blue Star Boat Tours – Amalfi Coast Group Tour

Price: From $88 Duration: 7 hours

Another option for seeing the beaches and caves of the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast is from the water. Sights seen on this daylong expedition typically include the picturesque geological features of Fiordo di Furore beach; Grotta della Pandora, a cave accessible only from the sea; and the Emerald Grotto, named for the color of the light that fills the cave. The approximately seven-hour tour, which departs from Positano, also includes an hour or two of free time to explore the town of Amalfi. Travelers typically appreciate the professional, personable staff and the opportunities to swim in such a scenic setting.

Tickets cost approximately $88 per person. There is a maximum of 12 people per group. Note: There's an additional fee to enter the Emerald Grotto. Private boat tours and sunset cruises are also available.

You Know! – Sorrento Coast and Capri Boat Tour from Sorrento

Price: Adults from 104 euros (about $114); kids from 84 euros (about $92) Duration: 9 hours

See the sights along the Sorrento coast, including a waterfall, a lighthouse and Roman ruins, on this boat ride. The tour also features a three- to five-hour stop on Capri during which travelers can explore the small island's famed Piazzetta, as well as churches and a medieval district. There's also time for swimming and snorkeling. Tour-takers consistently find the scenery beautiful and the guides professional and friendly.

The approximately nine-hour trips happen daily starting at 9:45 a.m. Prices vary by season, but typically start at around 104 euros (about $114) for participants 10 and older and 84 euros (about $92) for kids ages 3 to 9. (There's no cost for infants to join the trip.) Trips are capped at 12 to 14 people. Prices include transportation between Sorrento and the port as well as snacks and beverages on the boat. Fees don't cover lunch on Capri, snorkeling equipment or entrance fees to attractions. The company also offers boat tours to Capri that depart from Amalfi.

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World Tours Italy – Pompeii and Amalfi Coast (with Lunch)

Price: From 128 euros (about $140) Duration: 8 hours

Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites on this daylong excursion. When the volcano Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, ash swallowed the city of Pompeii and preserved many buildings. Now, the archeological site affords glimpses into how people lived during the era of the Roman Empire. This trip includes two to three hours at Pompeii as well as a drive along the Amalfi Coast with stops in the towns of Amalfi and Ravello, both of which boast notable art and architecture. You'll also have a few photo stops, including one in Positano . Travelers consistently remark on the exceptional coastal scenery and the insight and humor of the guides at Pompeii.

Tours occur daily. Passenger pickups begin around 7:30 a.m.; the drive to Sorrento begins at just before 9 a.m. After a busy day, the tour returns to the city around 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at 128 euros (about $140) for adults, with discounts for children ages 5 to 12. (There's no fee for children younger than 5.) Prices vary by time and day. Keep in mind that tours in English may not be offered in the colder months. Prices include lunch at a restaurant on the coast, but do not cover entrance to Pompeii. If you can't get enough of the Amalfi Coast, World Tours also offers daytrips that visit Capri and Sorrento.

Prestige Rent – Wine Experience in Tuscany

Price: Adults from 89 euros (about $97); kids from 79 euros (about $86) Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy red wines typical of the Chianti region on this trip to two wineries. You'll also sample Tuscan fare, including olive oil, cheese and cured meat, during this approximately five-hour outing. Along the roughly 45-minute drive from Florence, guides will provide background information on local viniculture. At each stop, resident experts will describe the wine-making process. Wine lovers typically find the samples delicious and the guides energetic and informative.

Tours, which are capped at 25 participants, are offered twice a day starting at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Prices start at 89 euros (about $97) for adults and 79 euros (about $86) for youngsters 12 to 17 and include transportation between Florence's Piazzale Montelungo and the vineyards, as well as the various food and beverage samples. Note: Children younger than 12 are not permitted on this tour. Prestige Rent also leads tours to Siena and San Gimignano.

Italian Days Food & Wine Tours – Bologna Food and Wine Tour #1

Price: Adults from 180 euros (about $197); kids from 150 euros (about $164) Duration: 8 hours

Observe the production of three Italian staples – Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto – on this daylong culinary excursion. Of course, this tour also includes samples of the cheese, vinegar and cured meat, as well as breakfast, coffee, wine and a multicourse family-style lunch. Throughout the day, guides explicate the food-making processes, which foodies invariably find fascinating.

Minibuses pick up in front of Grand Hotel Majestic in Bologna around 7 a.m. and head to Modena every day except Sunday. The tour lasts about eight hours. Tickets start at around 180 euros (about $197) for adults and 150 euros (about $164) for children 2 to 11, though costs vary by season. Prices include transportation as well food and beverages. The tour is capped at 18 participants. Italian Days offers a variety of food tours, including a walking tour in Bologna.

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Bici & Baci Tours – The Grand Tour of Rome

Price: From 150 euros (about $164) Duration: 3 hours

Admire the signature sights of Rome from atop an Italian Vespa, on this approximately 22-mile ride around the city. Highlights include the Aurelian Walls, the Appian Way , the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain , St. Peter's Basilica , the Pantheon , ruins of ancient aqueducts and baths, and more. Reviewers consistently describe the guides as helpful, skillful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Fees start at 150 euros (about $164) for a single person operating a Vespa or a passenger riding with a guide. Fees are about 250 euros (about $273) for two people on a scooter. Prices include use of a helmet as well as coffee or ice cream. Daily tours start at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and typically last around three hours.

Note: Operators of Vespas must have valid motorcycle or driver's licenses. Children are permitted as passengers with their parents as long as they are tall enough for their feet to reach the scooters' foot pegs. The company also operates tours that travel to some of the city's most iconic movie filming locations.

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City Wonders – Best of Milan Duomo Cathedral & Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Tour

Price: Adults from $125; kids from $114 Duration: 3 hours

Take a walking tour of Milan and enjoy skip-the-line access to two of its top attractions. You'll experience the Duomo , a monumental cathedral, construction of which commenced around 1386 and went on for centuries. Another highlight of this trip is a visit to Leonardo's "The Last Supper" in its original location, a former convent. Plus, you'll visit spots like Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th-century shopping arcade housing upscale boutiques; Sforzesco Castle , a 15th-century military fortification; and the cobbled streets of the Brera district. Travelers consistently describe the guides as insightful and professional.

This excursion happens multiple times every day except Monday. Specific start times vary by day. Tours last three hours, including 15 minutes with the famous painting. Prices start at around $125 for anyone 15 and older and $114 for those 14 and younger. Groups have no more than 14 participants.

Grape Tours in Tuscany – Super Chianti Wine Tour

Price: From 195 euros (about $213) Duration: 7 hours

Spend a day indulging in wine on this trip to the cellars and vineyards of two wineries. In addition to visiting Chianti and Chianti classico wineries and sampling vino, cheese and olive oil, you'll also enjoy lunch at an eatery in the Tuscan hilltop town of Panzano. Wine lovers report enjoying learning about the regions' wine from the adept guides.

Tours happen every day except Sunday. Buses leave Florence at 10 a.m. and return approximately seven hours later. Tours, including transportation and food and beverages, cost approximately 195 euros (about $213) per person. The outing welcomes up to eight participants, and guests must be at least 16 years old.

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TopBike Rental & Tours – Rome City Bike Tour

Price: From 65 euros (about $71) Duration: 4 hours

Wind through the streets of Rome and see several of its famed attractions on this four-hour electric bike ride, offered in either the morning or the afternoon. Tours may include visits to popular attractions like the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona , the Jewish Ghetto, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Orange Garden for its views of the city, including the dome of St. Peter's. Cyclists regularly praise the insightful, friendly guides on this leisurely ride.

Morning start times vary by time of year, but are usually 8:45 or 9:30 a.m.; afternoon trips start at 2 or 3 p.m. It costs approximately 65 euros (about $71) to take this ride, and that includes use of an e-bike and helmet. The company also operates daylong bike tours that include lunch, as well as guided outings along the Appian Way.

City Wonders – Florence Fully Guided Tour with Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo's David and Accademia

Price: Adults from $108; kids from $102 Duration: 5 hours

Bypass the lines to enter both the Uffizi Gallery – home to 14th-century and Renaissance masterpieces by the likes of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio – and the Accademia Gallery – where Michelangelo's 14-foot David sculpture resides – on this tour. In addition to independent visits to the galleries, the small-group outing includes a two-hour guided walking tour of the center of Florence to see top sights, such as its cathedral, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the leather market and Piazza della Signoria. Tour-takers generally appreciate the guides' commentary regarding the city's art, architecture and history. Others warned future travelers that the visits to the galleries are unguided.

Half-day tours with 10 and 10:30 a.m. start times happen daily. Prices are about $108 for adults and $102 for children 4 to 14. Children 3 and younger tour for free. Groups are limited to 17 people.

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Walkabout Florence Tours – Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with optional Hiking Tou

Price: Adults from 113 euros (about $123); kids from 100 euros (about $109) Duration: 13 hours

This daylong expedition takes travelers to the towns comprising the Cinque Terre , a string of old fishing villages overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Buses travel from Florence to Manarola, home to vineyards and colorful buildings typical of the area. From there, trains head to Corniglia, which boasts unrivaled views of the sea. After lunch, participants can either hike the mule trails that connect the towns or ride a train to Vernazza, where swimming or visiting cafes and bars are among the optional activities. Trains then proceed to Monterosso, a town known for both beaches and shops. Weather permitting, the tour also includes a boat ride to the fifth and final Cinque Terre town, Riomaggiore. Trip-takers rave about both the scenic locations and the efficient, personable guides.

Tourgoers return to Florence approximately 13 hours after the daily 7:30 a.m. departure time. Tickets for the tour start at around 113 euros (about $123) for adults and 100 euros (about $109) for kids 8 to 17. Children younger than 8 are not permitted. Prices do not include lunch in Corniglia, but an upgrade is available for an additional fee.

Delicious Bologna – Daylight Food Tour Bologna

Price: Adults from 90 euros (about $98); kids from 70 euros (about $76) Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Taste some of the essentials of Italian cuisine on this small-group walking tour. In addition to a light breakfast of cappuccino and cornetto (a croissant-like pastry) and lunch of multiple pasta dishes, this outing features samples of local cheese, cured meat, vinegar and wine. It also visits a food market and a pasta factory. Throughout, guides provide commentary about regional culture and traditions, which culinary enthusiasts tend to find informative.

Tours take place every day except Sunday at 10 a.m. and last four to five hours. Groups of up to eight people begin the day at the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. Fees start at 90 euros (about $98) for adults and 70 euros (about $76) for kids and teens ages 2 to 14. (There's no charge for infants.) Additional food and wine tours, as well as cooking classes, are hosted by Delicious Bologna.

Streaty Street Food Tours of Italy – Palermo Street Food and Local Market Tour

Price: Adults from 54 euros (about $59); kids from 20 euros (about $22) Duration: 3 hours

Savor varieties of Sicilian fare on this walking tour of Sicily 's capital, Palermo. Samples are likely to include arancina (stuffed rice balls), cazzilli fritters, pani câ meusa (a veal offal roll), sfincione (focaccia with tomato sauce), cannoli filled with ricotta, broscia col gelato (an ice cream sandwich) and seasonal items, as well as beer and wine. After departing from Teatro Massimo, tours wind through backstreets rather than the city's main thoroughfares. Travelers typically find this tour both fun and educational.

Walks last three hours and are available at multiple times Monday through Saturday all year, usually starting between 10 and 11 a.m. Prices start at 54 euros (about $59) for participants ages 12 and older and 20 euros (about $22) for children 6 to 11. Groups are limited to 10 participants. The company also offers an evening food tour in Palermo.

Etna Tribe – Excursion Etna and Taormina

Price: Adults from 85 euros (about $93); kids from 70 euros (about $76) Duration: 9 hours

Explore Mount Etna , an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily that ranks as the highest island mountain in the Mediterranean, on this daylong tour. Your guide will drive you from Catania to a section on Etna's south face where you'll hike up to 6,560 feet above sea level, or (for additional fees) take a cable car up to 8,200 feet. From there, you'll have the option of taking a van to Torre del Filosofo, which sits at an elevation of more than 9,500 feet. With an alpine guide leading the way, you'll explore the lava-carved terrain. The trip also includes a stop at an organic farm and a visit to the town of Taormina, where you'll have time to wander among attractions, such as a cathedral, a clock tower, a palace and a theater, before the drive back to Catania. Tour-takers enjoy walking among the volcano craters and learning about the area from the friendly, accommodating guides.

Pickup starts at 8:30 a.m. and tours, which occur daily, last approximately nine hours. Prices start at 85 euros (about $93) for those 12 and older, 70 euros (about $76) for kids ages 3 to 11 and 20 euros (about $22) for infants. Paying online in advance may save you a few euros per ticket. The optional cable car ride costs an additional 50 euros (about $55) and the high-altitude option, including both the cable car and the van rides, start at 78 euros (about $85) per person. Etna Tribe also offers sunset excursions to the mountain, among other options.

The Best Multiday Tours in Italy

While there are plenty of tours across Italy's most popular cities that last a few hours or an entire day, some travelers may be interested in multiday tours that visit several destinations or points of interest. Below are some of the top multiday tours in Italy.

  • Best of Italy: Visit Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Venice and more. Book on GetYourGuide .
  • Amalfi Coast Small Group Tour: Explore Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento. Book on Viator .
  • Scenic Sicily Tour: See the towns of Taormina, Palermo, Mount Etna and Erice. Book on Viator .
  • Classic Cultural Cities: Discover the sights of Rome, Venice and Florence. Book on Viator.
  • Highlights of the Italian Lakes: Enjoy Milan, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and more. Book on Grand European Travel .
  • Scenic Sailing Adventure: Sail around Sardinia and Corsica. Book on Viator .
  • Fun for Foodies: Taste your way across Italy on a nine-day food tour. Book on The Table Less Traveled .

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Start this incredible journey with a tour of the extraordinary floating city of Venice. Discover highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge before heading to Bologna. Travel through Tuscany's beautiful countryside to the spa town of Montecatini Terme, and from here discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Head to the Lazio region, and the ancient city of Rome to discover iconic landmarks such as Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Spanish steps, with optional trips to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel highly recommended. Your next destination is the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where a guided tour of Pompeii, buried beneath hot ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted, brings this well-preserved ruined city to life. You'll also have the chance to admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and cruise to the island of Capri, before ending this epic tour on the island of Sicily for views of Mount Etna.

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  • 14 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners and welcome drink
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  • Welcome dinner with buffet of local specialities
  • Tour the floating city of Venice
  • Evening in the charming town of Treviso 
  • Visit the historical city of Bologna
  • Taste delicious ice-cream from a famous ice-cream parlour
  • View the Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • Italy's 'art city' Florence 
  • Visit the fortress town of Orvieto
  • Rome and its historical sites 
  • Enter Montecassino Abbey
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii 
  • Typical lunch at the seaside town of Pizzo Calabro
  • Visit Taormina for views of Mount Etna

Day 1 UK - Venice

Today you will fly to Venice, from where we transfer you to your hotel in Preganziol. After time to settle in, we'll get together for a buffet-style welcome dinner, which features food typical of the Veneto region.

Day 2 Venice

Today's the day you'll get to explore Venice, with famous highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. In the evening we'll transfer you to the beautiful town of Treviso for you to explore at leisure.

Day 3 Bologna - Montecatini

This morning we'll head off into northern Italy and Tuscany's glorious countryside. Our journey takes us through Bologna, where we'll stretch our legs on a sightseeing tour ending with a taste of delicious ice-cream at the famous Sorbetteria Castiglione.

From our base in Montecatini Terme, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is within reach. After your visit, the rest of the day is all yours or you may want to join an optional excursion to Lucca this afternoon.

Day 5 Florence

Today, you'll visit the 'art city' of Florence for a tour. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to the Uffizi gallery with 'skip-the-line' admission and guide. This evening, there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival.

Day 6 Orvieto - Rome

We're heading south today, to the region of Lazio and Rome. The impressive fortress town of Orvieto is ours to explore on the way to our hotel in Rome.

Let's set off and explore the magnificent sights of Rome on a guided tour. Highlights include the beautiful Spanish Steps and the ornate Trevi Fountain. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in Rome.

Day 8 Rome - at Leisure

Today you have the chance to pre-book an exclusive skip-the-line, timed admission two-hour guided visit of the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel.

Day 9 Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula

A full day of exploration begins with a visit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we'll arrive in the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where our hotel is centrally located.

Day 10 Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion. It's just a short boat journey across the Bay of Naples to Capri, so if you want to add this glamorous island to your sightseeing list, today's optional excursion is a must.

Day 11 Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion and discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Day 12 Pizzo Calabro - Sicily

We're leaving mainland Italy now, and heading to Sicily. On the way we'll stop at a seaside resort in Calabria for lunch. A short ferry ride takes us to Messina, with an onward drive to Taormina.

Day 13 Taormina

Taormina sits on a sheer cliff, perched above beautiful beaches and close to Mount Etna, so just imagine the views you'll see on today's tour. There's plenty of free time too, so spend the afternoon making your own discoveries.

Day 14 Giardini Naxos - at Leisure

You've seen Mount Etna from afar, so maybe now's the time to see Europe's highest volcano close up on our optional excursion. Once here head off on a 16-seater jeep adventure with an Alpine Guide for amazing views of this majestic mountain. Back at your hotel tonight, we'll get together to enjoy a farewell drink in the bar.

Day 15 Catania - UK

Today you'll transfer to the Sicily's Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Lose yourself in Venice and it's just a matter of time before you'll find a pretty courtyard away from all the crowds.

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Guided "Skip the line" entrance to Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome

Guided "Skip the line" entrance to Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome

Guided "Skip the Line" entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence

Guided "Skip the Line" entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and off road vehicle

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and off road vehicle

Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Italy - A night at the Montecatini Opera

Italy - A night at the Montecatini Opera

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Imperial Hotel Tramontano, Sorrento

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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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A local leader

When you're travelling alone, it can be way too easy to get pulled into tourist traps and miss authentic experiences. Joining a group tour as a solo traveller will help you check all the major sites off of your bucket list while having the knowledge and finesse of a local. Each Intrepid guide in Italy is an expert in helping you discover the perfect pizza place, avoid long lines at museums, and make the most of your free time.

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Ready-made friendships

Go solo, but not alone. That's our motto. The average Intrepid trip in  Italy  has about ten people on it – people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. While you'll have plenty of free time to explore independently, there's nothing quite like sharing a few bottles of vino at dinner with your new friends. Plus, long travel days become much more interesting when you can swap stories with your seatmate on the train.

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Logistics and convenience

Gone are the days of confusing and complicated travel. As a solo traveller in Italy, navigating  Europe's  network of trains can be pretty daunting. But when you join an Intrepid tour, we'll organise all of your transportation, whether that means a train, van or water taxi, so you just have to sit back, enjoy the view, and daydream about what your next location holds. 

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When you join a group tour as a solo traveller you'll always have the benefit of safety in numbers. While Italy is a relatively safe place, it's also a hugely popular tourist destination and with that comes the common scams and petty theft. Your local guide will help you avoid unsafe areas of town while your new friends will be there to watch your back (and your stuff) while you're wandering around the Colosseum or Roman Forum.

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Will i have my own room.

If you're traveling solo to Italy, it's completely up to you.  Intrepid trips organize rooming on a twin-share basis, so solo travelers are paired up with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on their passport.  If you'd prefer your own room, most of our trips offer a single supplement for an extra charge – just mention this to our customer service team when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.  As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

Will I have any free time to explore by myself?

While our trips do have set itineraries, the amount of free time you'll have depends on the  travel style . If you're joining a group trip to Italy, chances are you'll have designated time set aside for you to do your own exploring if you'd like, and your guide will be able to provide tips and recommendations before you head out on your own. 

I'm new to group travel, what will my group be like?

Intrepid's travelers  are connected more by attitude than age.  They’re a friendly, open-minded, and curious bunch, and a lot of them elect to travel alone (so no third-wheeling, we promise). Our trips attract a mix of genders and ages generally ranging from 25 to 65. It’s hard to know exactly who you’ll meet, but you can be assured you'll be a part of the fun.  Heading to Italy on a group tour?  Expect your fellow travelers to come hungry and get ready to share.

Can I tailor the trip to me?

We have a range of trip styles,  Basix, Original, Comfort, and Premium , all of which offer different levels of flexibility and free time. While there’s always a set itinerary for the group, our Basix trips tend to have fewer included activities and more time to roam on your own, Original trips have a 50/50 balance, and our Comfort and Premium trips have the most included activities. Many of our travelers choose to travel solo, so it’s common for people to want different things from their experience. Make sure to communicate with your  leader ; they can recommend places to explore during your free time or things to try after the trip has finished. 

Is it cheaper to travel with a group?

Solo travel on a  group tour  can be much more cost-effective than heading out on your own.  Joining a tour guarantees a lot more inclusions, extras, and bang for your buck than you’d get if you were alone, plus, you'll be splitting the cost of meals with fellow travelers (no more living off of peanut butter sandwiches here).  When you travel with a local guide in Italy they can help you avoid certain dangerously expensive tourist scams like vendors selling counterfeit designer goods, which will usually be marked up for locals and can carry thousand euro fines.

Are Intrepid's Italy tours accessible for travelers 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, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Our solo travel safety guide

Share your itinerary.

Good advice for us all, but particularly for people travelling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check-in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

Remember the little things

If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're travelling with us, we can help you organise an arrival transfer. Read your maps  before  you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewellery, wedding rings and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress like the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

Roam if you want to

Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost effective. 

Fare's fair

Solo travellers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate  before  you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

Stick together

It’s one of the advantages of travelling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small Intrepid group of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a day tour to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

Trust your instincts

Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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Experience Italy’s culinary magic, Portugal’s flower festivals, the magic of Slovenia’s Lake Bled – and more – with our unique European tours

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Certain times of the year conjure dreams of certain types of holiday ─ like the allure of the Alps in autumn when everyone’s gearing up for their ski holidays, or city breaks in spring.

When you’re forward-planning, it can be hard to decide on one single place with so many enticing options to choose from. Especially if you want to pack in as much culture and sightseeing as possible. And with seasons to contend with, you want to be mindful of the weather, especially if you’re looking to explore the lakes of Slovenia, say, or the mountains of Switzerland.

Our tours in Europe bookend some pretty fantastic experiences, too, with free time in which to explore your destination for the night, cultural guided tours around major attractions, and events like wine tastings, flower festivals and music concerts. And if you’re struggling to pick one, you could even combine a few for an uber-indulgent, ultimate tour of Europe spread over the year.

For a 2024 trip with like-minded people, see our collection of favourite escorted Europe tours, below.

Switzerland

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Right in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a small country with boundless beauty. On the one hand you have the mighty snow-capped mountains – which morph from wintry wonderlands to summery scenes so colourful you might expect Julie Andrews to sing her way around every corner.

On the other, you get luxury hotels on shimmering lakes, fairytale towns with medieval streets to wander, and the lush ranges of the Jura. There are some fantastic ways to experience Switzerland – lake cruises are popular, as are road trips – but perhaps one of the loveliest ways to take in that scenery is by train, traversing peaks, ravines and dramatic passes along the way.

We recommend… a luxury take on the Alps and lakes

Enjoy the Swiss Alps up close with this five-day escorted group tour , which features a three-course lunch on the Glacier Express, cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne, and four nights at the Hotel Metropole in Interlaken.

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From city breaks in Barcelona to family activities in the Balearics, holidays to Spain aren’t just about kicking back on the beach. Each region has a distinct personality that sets it apart from its neighbour, offering travellers a wonderfully broad scope of holidays to pick from – every time they visit.

Some love the warm, sunny costas of Valencia, or the mountainous Pyrenees of Aragon, while others might opt to explore the foodie hotspots of Pais Vasco, or the architectural splendour of Andalucía. Home to Seville, flamenco, the Sierra de Andújar National Park, and incredible wildlife – like the endangered Iberian lynx – Andalucía is perhaps one of the most exciting regions of Spain, and is as ideal for returning holidaymakers as it is for first-timers.

We recommend… seeking wildlife and culture in Andalucía

If you’re after a broad taste of this wonderful region, consider mixing history and architecture with foodie forays and wildlife-spotting experiences on this four-night escorted tour .

For those looking to bank a few more cultural moments, this small-group, six-day tour of Andalucía encompasses buzzy tapas bars, a flamenco performance, horse shows, wine tasting and so much more.

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Let it be said that there is nowhere quite like Italy when it comes to food. From Lombardy to Sicily, every region has its culinary trove of epicurean delights – of which every city, town and even rural village has its own take. For instance, in Puglia you might see the same dishes menu to menu, but subtle variations distinguish it from one place to the next, even if that’s down the road.

If food stories are your thing, Puglia should be high on your agenda. Not only does it have a fantastic reputation for serving exceptionally great-tasting plates using fresh, local ingredients and recipes passed down through generations, but it’s also still relatively cheap, especially if you head away from the touristy hotspots. Emilia-Romagna is another fabulous foodie option. Described as the gastronomical city of Italy, Bologna’s regional delicacies include Parmesan, Prosciutto di Parma and Mortadella – firm favourites on the international dining scene.

We recommend… guided gourmet getaways

You can spend six days enjoying the gourmet highlights of beautiful Puglia with this small group tour. You and seven other guests will get to dine at local restaurants, visit a historic bakery, make your own pasta, and attend olive oil tasting sessions, as well as join cultural visits to the ancient cave dwellings of Matera and Trulli of Alberobello.

This six-day tour of Bologna and Modena is perfect for gourmands looking to delve into the culinary heart of Emilia-Romagna, with visits to a Parmesan factory, Balsamic vineyard, and Parma ham producer in Bologna, plus trips to the grand Duomo, Ferrari and Lamborghini museums, and a cookery class in Modena.

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Slovenia is having a moment. With a consistently growing popularity, travellers are cottoning onto the fact that you can have a magical holiday with everything you want in a typical European destination – but without the crowds.

Beautiful Lake Bled beckons with its emerald waters at the foot of snow-dusted mountains; Ljubljana is uniquely atmospheric with its cobbled streets and cafe culture; caves and canyons are breathtaking in their magnificent size; and there are forests galore to explore. The splendid natural landscapes are certainly something to behold here.

Add to this a melting pot of historical influences and a burgeoning food scene, and you’ll understand why so many in-the-know globetrotters have this European country high on their holiday hotlists.

We recommend… slow, scenic encounters and a focus on cuisine

If you’re looking for more of a gastronomical take on Slovenia, this six-day tour features truffle hunting in Istria, wine tasting in Vipava Valley, herbal tea tasting in Gornji Grad, and a brewery tour (plus tasting) in Kamnik. Add to that, trips to Lake Bled, Tolmin Gorge walks, and cave tours, and you’ll leave with a well-rounded picture of what makes Slovenia so special.

Netherlands

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Famous for its canals, tulips, windmills, clogs and cycling, the allure of the Netherlands is hard to resist. The Dutch country is home to some captivating cities, too – the gabled facades and waterways of Amsterdam , modern architecture of Rotterdam, and the cobbled streets and Gothic spires of Maastricht are all equally as enchanting in their own right.

There’s plenty to keep you busy when it comes to culture, especially in Amsterdam where the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank House are absolute musts, and the music scene – especially when it comes to classical music concerts and dance shows – is diverse, with events held regularly throughout the country.

We recommend… musical magic in Maastricht

Born in Maastricht, legendary violinist and conductor André Rieu is one of the Netherlands’ home-grown treasures, and you can see the ‘Waltz King’ play on this short two-night tour in July. Eurostar/flights and hotels are also included.

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With the rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley, the buzz of elegant Lisbon, the natural island beauty of Madeira, and the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, it’s no wonder people return to Portugal time and time again. There really is something for everyone, and that’s before even mentioning its culinary heritage or cultural events.

Cruises will always be one of the most popular traditional ways to experience Portugal, especially Madeira and the Douro Valley. But for those who prefer travelling on terra firma, new hotels pop up all the time, cultural events – like the nail-biting surf championships in Nazaré, or Madeira’s spectacular Flower Festival – attract visitors in their droves, and more ‘out-there’ experiences like soaking in Longroiva’s thermal hot springs keep things interesting.

We recommend… thermal dips and flower festivals

On this eight-day adventure you’ll get to taste wines in the vineyards of the Douro Valley, enjoy a river cruise in Porto, head to Aveiro (the 'Venice of Portugal') to take in the canals, and take a dip in the thermal hot springs of Longroiva.

You could also peg your Portugal trip to the 2024 Flower Festival in Madeira , the 'Floating Garden of the Atlantic'. This eight-day tour includes visits to spectacular spots like Funchal Botanical Gardens and the Quinta do Arco Rose Garden, and you’ll have time to wander around Funchal.

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I have traveled to Italy seven times in recent years and I have also planned about two dozen vacations to Italy for other families. Over the course of years, I have developed a really good sense of the prices of hotel rooms, tours, and transportation in Italy. So when someone asks me how much “does a trip to Italy cost”, I can rattle these numbers off pretty quickly.

Since budgeting is such a HUGE part of planning a trip, I thought I would lay it out for you and break down the average Italy trip budget to make it easy for you to plan — I’ve even included a helpful budget worksheet to get you started. Italy is a popular travel destination and while not as cheap as Ireland or Portugal , it isn’t as expensive as London or Paris . (See this post if you need help creating a family travel budget !)

How Much Does a Trip to Italy Cost?

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Before we jump into figuring out how much a trip to Italy costs, let’s first dive into a few budgeting and travel tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to Italy:

  • Summer is not only the most expensive time to visit, but given recent European heat waves in late June and July, it will be HOT so make sure you are looking at accommodations that offer air conditioning;
  • Honeymoon destinations like the Amalfi Coast ( Positano , Capri , Ravello , etc.) or the Cinque Terre are going to be especially busy in the summer and family-friendly accommodations are hard to find;
  • If traveling in the high season, plan on booking accommodations at least six months in advance for the best selection;
  • Villas/houses in the Tuscan countryside tend to rent for one-week minimum in the summer and rentals go from Saturday to Saturday so you need to plan your itinerary accordingly. You can always stay in hotels or smaller agriturismos that don’t have a minimum night stay requirement, but those will cost a bit more;
  • If you want to stay in the Italian countryside on a budget, look for places in Umbria (near smaller cities such as Orvieto or Assisi ), Emilia Romagna (near Bologna , Parma , or Verona ), or Piedmont in the North, instead of Tuscany to get a similar feel at a cheaper price point;
  • Main Italian cities like Rome , Florence , Venice , and Milan are more expensive to stay in versus the countryside so consider limiting your time in cities and doing day trips to save money (see my tips for driving in Italy ). Of these, Venice is especially expensive.

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Italy Budget Assumptions

For this example budget, I have based these expenses on a family of four. This sample family consists of two adults and two children between the ages of 6-11 and lives near a major airport hub in the USA. When planning your own trip budget, make adjustments as needed to suit your specific travel companions and travel style.

I’m going to assume that this family is traveling in the summer months since that is when most families visit Italy. This example family isn’t strictly budget travelers, but they are comfortable with three to four-star accommodations. Of course, traveling in the shoulder season would save money, but most families don’t have the flexibility or the budget for luxury hotels.

I’m also going to base this on a 12-day trip, with four nights in Rome and one week in Tuscany , which is a great first trip to Italy with kids this age. If you plan on visiting Venice, the Amalfi Coast, the Dolomites, Lake Como, or the Cinque Terre, expect to spend even more on accommodations and food.

The budget for a trip to Italy is made up of the following elements:

  • Hotel/Accommodations

Transportation

  • Souvenirs/Miscellaneous

I’ve seen Italy trip budgets out there that talk about traveling to Italy for $50-75 a day, per person, but I don’t think that is what a typical family vacation is going to look like. For my family, and others that I have worked with, we want our accommodations to be a little bit more comfortable, private, and centrally located. Families don’t always have the option of doing things on a shoestring budget (nor do they want to!).

Plus, the trip is much more enjoyable and memorable if you can splurge on things like a gondola ride or a private, kid-friendly guide that can engage children in sights like the Colosseum or Vatican Museums, vs. just paying for an entrance ticket.

So while this budget may sound a lot higher than others that you will find online, I also think it is much more realistic. Like everything when it comes to family travel, I’ve tried to strike a balance between budget and enjoyment.

Before we get into the details, the bottom line is that a 12 day trip to Italy for a family of four in the summer months will cost about $17,340, or $361 per person, per family.

Airfare to Italy

Airfare in the summer can get pricey with direct flights averaging somewhere around $1700 per person on ITA Airways (the Italian replacement for Alitalia.) If you wait too long to book your airfare, it can easily get up there in price. To find the cheapest airfare, I would recommend purchasing tickets six months before your departure date (Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving is a good time to purchase airfare) and signing up for a service like Going that sends you alerts when destinations you are watching go on sale.

Generally, you will find better deals if you travel in and out to Rome on a round-trip ticket and if you can travel midweek versus the weekend. To save money, consider booking on a budget airline and connecting in Europe as you can usually find those for under $1000. Of course, what we always try to do is save up our travel points that we earn on our credit card and use those to wipe out the cost of at least one or two of the airfares.

Total airfare cost: $6,800 ($1700 per person)

Accommodations

Accommodations can be pricey, especially in Rome and other major cities in Italy. Keep in mind that very few hotels can accommodate a family of four in one hotel room. This can often mean you will need two rooms or a pricey suite. I’ve found that it is usually cheaper to get two smaller rooms than to get a large enough suite to accommodate a family.

In Rome, a four-star hotel will run you about $650 per night, per room if you want to stay in the historic city center. If you are traveling in the summer, you will probably also want a Rome hotel with a pool to cool off in the afternoon. Five-star hotels will run over $1500 per night and the super luxe can easily be $2000+ per room.

However, if you want to prioritize budget over luxury, there are economical mid-range hotel options that DON’T require you to stay far from the city center or in a shady part of town. Simple boutique hotels like the family-run Daphne Inn in Rome have a family room that will sleep four for under $400 per night, and it includes breakfast!

Of course, you can also do what we did and go the vrbo apartment rental route. We found a three-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a view of the Colosseum for $150-350 per night.

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Some other hotels that offer a family room or suite at an affordable price include:

  • Hotel Albergo del Senato near the Pantheon
  • Hotel Santa Maria in charming Trastevere
  • Hotel Ponte Sisto in the historic center

Total Rome accommodations: $1,800 ($450 x 4 nights)

The price of accommodations can range wildly in Tuscany too. There are five-star resorts like Belmond’s Castello di Casole where you will spend well over $3000 per night. There are also plenty of budget-oriented, self-catering options like agriturismos or villa rentals .

With an agriturismo, you will have a self-catering apartment on a working farm. Generally, there is a shared pool and they may even offer things like breakfast or an on-site cooking class. Kids usually love this type of accommodation because it is authentic and there is room to play and sometimes farm animals roaming around. Not every property has a pool so if this is important to you, be sure to read the descriptions carefully.

Just keep in mind that agriturismos and many vacation rentals in Tuscany require a seven-night, Saturday-to-Saturday night stay. So if you fly into Italy on a Saturday morning, you would drive right from the airport into Tuscany and then finish your vacation in Rome.

A popular and very conveniently located agriturismo is Al Gelso Bianco . The furnishings are simple but the warm welcome from this family-run farm does everything to make you comfortable. Here an apartment for four can go as low as $1500-3500 for a week in high season.

When selecting an agriturismo, be sure to look into if room air conditioners or fans are available, as those are not typically found in these traditional farmhouses. Also, learn what dining options are available. Does the stay include breakfast or is it entirely self-catered? If there is dinner available, does it need to be organized in advance? This is often the case because the meals are cooked by the owners and ingredients need to be purchased that day. Not many agriturismos offer a full-service restaurant, but some that focus more on the hotel portion of the property may have limited services.

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Total Tuscany accommodations: $2,500

If you are spending a week in Tuscany, you are going to need a car. I recommend using Auto Europe to find the best rates across vendors. You should also book early as prices fluctuate and will continue to rise the closer you get to departure. Ideally, book by the end of January, especially if you want an automatic as the inventory is quite limited since most Europeans drive a manual transmission.

Just keep in mind that you are going to pay a premium for an automatic transmission and you may want to size up to make sure there is room for your luggage as European cars have small trunks. In my experience, an automatic station wagon that will nicely fit a family of four without being too big to manage the Tuscan hills, will cost about $600-$1500 for a weeklong rental depending on if you drop it off at the same airport or at another one. It may be tempting to rent a van or SUV, but you may regret it later when driving through small Tuscan towns or on narrow roads. Instead, encourage everyone to pack light and bring smaller luggage.

Since you don’t want to drive in Rome, I would recommend arriving on Saturday morning, picking up your rental at the FCO airport, and driving to your accommodations in Tuscany. Then, on the following Saturday, drop your rental back off at the Rome airport and then catch a cab or arrange a car service into the city (I use Welcome Pickups ) and then back out on your departure. A car service to/from the airport will run approximately $65-80 and a cab is closer to $50 but it may be more cramped for your family.

You can also take a train from the airport to the Termini station in Rome, but I wouldn’t really recommend staying in that neighborhood so you will probably need to get a cab from there anyway. You could also take a regional train from Rome to Florence and get a rental car there. Train travel in Italy is pretty easy (just make sure you validate your train ticket before you board!) but when you are staying in the countryside, you are going to need a car.

When pumping gas in Italy, make sure you know if the car is diesel or unleaded. I’ve seen some disasters after people put regular gas into a diesel car! See my other tips for driving in Italy .

Total transportation: $1000

Tours and Activities

If you are traveling with kids, I highly recommend private tours. Whenever you take a group tour, you never know who is going to be part of your group and how that may disrupt your experience. There are so many family-friendly options, including some really fun and unique ways to explore Rome with kids. Private tours will usually run around $450 for a family of four.

If you want to save money, you can book a small group tour. Companies like LivTours offer small groups of no more than six people and Walks of Italy’s small groups are less than 12.

In Rome, I would highly recommend tours for the following attractions:

  • An intro to Rome walking tour with gelato
  • Colosseum tour for kids
  • Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel or a Vatican private tour for kids

If the budget allows, I would add tours for the following:

  • Catacombs and Roman underground
  • Food tour with Devour Tours (for older kids/teens)

Luckily, when you are in Tuscany it is easy to spend the week taking day trips to visit towns like Lucca, Pisa, Siena , San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino , and Pienza . However, you may want to think about a family-friendly wine or food/cheese tour with a company like Tuscan Organic Tours or a bike tour with On the Road in Chianti .

However, at a minimum, you will want to take a day trip into Florence and take a tour of the city highlights or get skip-the-line tickets to the Accademia and/or Uffizi, as well as pre-book timed entry tickets to climb the Duomo .

Total tours: $2,000 (4 x $450 + tickets)

The price of food can vary, but if you stay away from the highly touristic areas (this means walking a block or two away from any main attraction), there are plenty of affordable and delicious options. Keep in mind that a trattoria or an osteria is less formal and less expensive than a ristorante. You can also usually purchase pizza or panini and take them to go for picnics or inexpensive, casual meals.

Also, if you order your coffee and pastry at a bar and eat inside, it will be much cheaper than ordering table service and sitting outside on a piazza. That said, sometimes it is worth the price, especially when eating Tartufo and people-watching in Piazza Navona.

We tend to overspend on food, but that said, I would still plan on budgeting at least $170 for the family a day on food if you are happy with pizza and pasta. Foodies looking for fine dining experiences should budget a bit more. The good news about staying at an agriturismo is that you will likely have access to a kitchen and can prepare some meals at your lodging. This is always a great money saver and allows you to then splurge on those days when you are visiting cities or towns.

Total food: $2040

Souvenirs & Miscellaneous Expenses

While we would rather spend our travel budget on experiences versus things, there are some items that make perfect souvenirs from an Italy trip. These include wooden toys, leather goods, purses/bags, painted ceramics, blown glass, lace and linens, wine, and olive oil.

You will also want to set aside some budget for the little things including tips for your tour guides, parking (remember to bring coins in Tuscany!), gas, and taxis. I generally use a rule of thumb of $50 per day.

Total Miscellaneous: $500

Travel Insurance

I would recommend protecting your trip with travel insurance. Pricing varies depending on your level of coverage, ages, trip costs, and more. However, I would use $600-1,000 as a rough estimate (kids under 17 are usually free.)

If you follow this modest budget, your total trip to Italy cost would come to a grand total of…

Average total Family trip to Italy cost: $17,340

The bottom line is that a 12-day trip to Italy costs about $1,445 per day for a family of four . Keep in mind that there are ways to do this for less including using points for airfare or connecting with a budget airline, staying in vacation rentals, taking small group tours or self-guided exploration, cooking your own meals, and limiting your extra spending.

Of course, if you have champagne tastes, you can easily triple this cost with luxury accommodations, private transportation, and fine dining. We try to land somewhere in the middle between budget and super-luxe and that is what this budget is based on.

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After spending 25 days in Italy, here are 10 things I recommend to every tourist who visits

  • My husband and I spent nearly a month exploring Italy .
  • We saw a variety of landmarks, from the canals of Venice to the ruins of Rome.
  • A few events, including a cooking class in Florence, stand out as the best things we did in Italy.

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In September, my husband and I kissed our pups goodbye, boarded a plane, and spent an unforgettable 25 days exploring Italy .

Though we loved the entire vacation , 10 experiences stand out as the best things we did.

We escaped the crowds of Venice by exploring nearby islands.

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Venice is an absolutely beautiful city , but with all the other tourists, the tight streets and narrow canals can start to feel too crowded after a while.

So, my husband and I boarded a ferry to Lido, the barrier island separating Venice from the open sea.

Here, we rented bikes, rode along the beach for some stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, and boarded another ferry to Santa Maria del Mare.

Once we arrived, we biked to the fishing village of Pellestrina and sampled the freshest-tasting seafood I've ever eaten.

I highly recommend visiting the surrounding islands if you have the time to leave Venice's city center and want an authentic, less-touristy experience.

We hiked the Dolomites.

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As an avid hiker, I knew I had to take a trip to the Dolomites.

We rented a car for this leg of the journey and saw stunning, bright-blue lakes and climbed the mighty northern Italian mountains.

The hike to Lago di Sorapis was the highlight for me, though I'd definitely say it's a tough climb (we saw a woman with a sprained ankle being helicoptered from the summit).

For beautiful lake views without the steps, I recommend checking out Lago di Braies, which is accessible by car.

The boat tour of Cinque Terre was amazing.

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The five coastal towns of Cinque Terre are colorful and charming, but they're also tiny and can get pretty crowded.

We went on a small-group boat tour to avoid the tourists and see the Cinque Terre.

It was admittedly one of the more expensive splurges of our trip, but we were out on the water and observing the towns for three hours.

Plus, the boat anchored in a few spots so we could get out, swim in the crystal-clear Ligurian Sea, and explore some caves.

The boat captain seemed knowledgeable about the area and answered all our questions — and for the last hour of the tour, he pulled out snacks and prosecco.

I won't ever forget Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence.

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We saw a lot of churches during our month in Italy, but none were as awe-inspiring as the Florence Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.)

When we went, it seemed the best way to see inside and jump the long line was by climbing the dome itself.

But be warned: There were a lot of steps, and it was narrow inside.

Still, climbing the dome allowed us to see the interior frescoes up close and get the most enchanting city views.

My husband and I loved the cooking class we took in Florence.

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While in Florence , we signed up for a Tuscan cooking class.

Our chef walked us through how to make different kinds of pasta from scratch and had us help him cook chicken cacciatore, salad, and homemade gelato.

Learning to cook was fun, but we also enjoyed the camaraderie with other tourists sharing their travel experiences.

We swapped stories and suggestions for the remainder of our trips and received recipes to try back home.

We biked the Appian Way in Rome.

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Rome is full of unbelievable ruins, but observing them in a moment of solitude among the roar of traffic and flood of people can be hard.

To escape the hustle and bustle, my husband and I rented bikes and rode them far down Rome's oldest roads along the Appian Way.

Though the roads were initially full of people, the longer we rode our bikes, the fewer tourists we saw.

I recommend visiting the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and Villa di Massenzio.

Visiting smaller towns was a nice break from the tourists.

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Rome , Florence, and Venice are Italy's heavy hitters, but I wanted to experience less-touristy Italian culture.

That's why my husband and I planned some day trips to smaller towns with fewer tourists: Siena, San Gimignano, Bracciano, and Orvieto.

My favorite memories in Italy were sitting at a café, sipping espresso or an Aperol spritz, and watching the day go by.

We visited Pompeii.

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Nothing could have prepared me for the sheer size of Pompeii.

Exploring the archaeological site reminded me of how much damage the Mount Vesuvius eruption really did.

Though we spent five hours exploring the vast city, it felt like we barely scratched the surface.

I recommend getting an audio guide and going at your own pace.

The Path of the Gods was unforgettable.

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For most travelers, the Amalfi Coast is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.

For me, it meant waking up at 6 a.m., going to a small town far off the beaten path, and hiking down the mountainside on the Path of the Gods .

It was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done, as I got sweeping views of the sea and the towns of Praiano and Positano.

We even met a flock of goats being shepherded by an adorable farm dog.

Just be warned: The strenuous hike ends with roughly 1,700 unforgiving steps down to the city.

Relaxing on the island of Capri was a great way to end the trip.

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The island of Capri is a major tourist spot during the Amalfi Coast's busy season.

We beat the crowds by getting the first ferry out in the morning and returning on the last boat of the day.

Once we arrived, we went to the small town of Anacapri to ride the chairlift to Capri's highest point and see some magnificent views.

We also left time to hike down the Instagram-famous Via Krupp to a small beach, enjoy a few cocktails, and swim in the sea.

After nearly a month of intense traveling, I needed to lie on the beach in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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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.

Vatican Museums

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.

Doge's Palace

Home to the leader of Venice from its opening in 1340, Doge’s Palace summarises 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 epicentre 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.

Pollo alla Cacciatora

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.

Best food in Italy

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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The Italians are famous for their equal parts glamorous and effortless dress sense. Look the part with a few ensembles featuring classic linens in navy and white.

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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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When exploring the soul-stirring setting of Tuscany, a picnic may call. Come prepared with a small blanket to cover in wine and cheese.

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A classic memoir that brought the romance of Tuscany to the world, there’s no better time to read this book than when venturing through the country yourself.

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