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Italy vacations

Italy vacations

Visit the ruins of Pompeii, explore the waterways of Venice on a gondola or relax on the shores of Lake Como on a tailor-made trip to Italy

Seat of the Roman Empire, leading light of the Renaissance and fervent advocate of la bella vita, Italy is renowned for its art, architecture, style and passion. Such is the depth of Italy’s cultural treasures, even the most modest church façade can hide work by the likes of Michelangelo. Our Italy specialists draw on their deep-seated connections with the country to help you unravel Italy’s well-known highlights, from Rome's ancient Colosseum to the untouched medieval towns of Tuscany and the lagoon city of Venice.

They also use their first-hand knowledge to show you Italy's lesser-known ways of life. You might find yourself truffle hunting with an expert and his dog in Tuscany’s hillsides, sampling street food in Palermo, Sicily, or hiking through terraces of vines to reach the tiny villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre. Whether you explore great cities, alpine lakes, or Roman relics, our specialists can help you unlock Italy’s hidden secrets, from exploring Pompeii without the crowds to uncovering the many delicacies of Italy’s gastronomic capital, Bologna.

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Suggested itineraries for Italy

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to Italy could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Guides to Italy's regions

To help you decide where to focus your time in Italy, our region guides describe the areas that you're most likely to visit when traveling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.

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Our expert guides to traveling in Italy

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Italy. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Italy at its best.

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Positano, Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Region

Our expert guide to exploring the Amalfi Coast & Capri

Italy specialist Caroline picks some of her top things to see and do on and around the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Highlights include driving along the Amalfi coast, taking a boat tour of Capri, and hiking the Path of the Gods and Path of the Forts.

Alley in old town San Gimignano, Tuscany
Tuscany

Hidden highlights of Tuscany

This guide describes some of the lesser-known highlights of the Tuscany region. Our Italy specialist Kimberly has included her top things to see and do in Florence, Siena and San Gimignano as well as truffle hunting and honey tasting.

Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Basilicas, cathedrals & churches in Italy’s art cities

The focal point of history and culture for over 2000 years, Italy is perhaps understandably also the world’s pre-eminent destination when it comes to its art and architecture. This guide highlights its basilicas, cathedrals and churches, and the priceless artworks contained within them.

Statue, Herculaneum
Italy

Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum

Italy has been at the forefront of so much: a military empire, art, architecture, cuisine and of course a penchant for style. For many however it’s still characterized by a handful of famous places. We highlight the key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Gondolas, Venice
Italy

Secret canals & corners of Venice

Italy specialist Kimberly describes how to get off the beaten track in Venice and discover some of the city’s lesser-visited highlights. These include Venice’s lagoon islands, Castello, Cannaregio and Torcello and taking in the sights and sounds along the Zattere.

Manorala, Cinque Terre
Italy

Visiting the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a collection of five historic fishing villages that are literally carved into the rocky shoreline of the Italian Riviera. Italy specialist Kerry-Ann talks about walking along their seaside trails and eating basil gelato on a windy seaside terrace.

Ancient statue, Palermo
Italy

Where to visit in Sicily

Beyond its azure waters and white pebbled beaches, Sicily offers a complex cultural experience, one that is seen in its Baroque churches, open-air markets, Greek ruins and complex cuisine. Discover why it’s the crossroads of the Mediterranean with Audley specialist Kimberly.

Italian market produce
Italy

Food highlights of Italy

Italy specialist Caroline talks about her love of Italian food in this guide, focusing on the more renowned culinary cities and regions. She also talks about her experiences of creating pasta, catching fresh fish for dinner in Sorrento, wine tasting in Tuscany's Chianti region and where to eat like a local.

Eva making a mask in Venice

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