Italy trip ideas
Our Italy specialists have put together a number of varied itinerary ideas to inspire your travels in this culture-rich land. Whether you wish to discover artistic masterpieces in the churches and galleries of Florence, uncover Rome’s iconic sites, relax on the Amalfi Coast, or learn to cook traditional Italian pasta in Tuscany, their first-hand experience will set you on the right track.
These itineraries are simply a starting point: your route will be tailored to your own interests. Our specialists’ in-depth knowledge will enable you to discover the hidden side of Italy as well as the key highlights.
Ideas for your trip to Italy
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Italy, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Visit Sicily’s most important classical sites from the temples at Segesta and Agrigento, to the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.
Hike the Zingaro Nature Reserve, one of Sicily’s most picturesque sections of coastline.
Enjoy a street-food tour through the bustling streets of Palermo and wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Explore the wonderful Norman cathedrals at Monreale and Cefalù, famed for their beautiful mosaics.
Tour the beautiful Baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Noto.
Visit key filming location from the Godfather, nestled among Sicily’s rugged hillsides.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Visit Naples Archaeological Museum and see original relics from Pompeii.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Enjoy panoramic views of Ischia on a private hike followed by a tasty lunch.
Wander the streets of Lucca on a private walking tour.
Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside.
Admire the Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.
Enjoy some wine tasting in Chianti wineries.
Uncover the secrets of the Colosseum and Roman Forum on a private tour.
Marvel at the majesty of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and St Peter's Basilica.
Visit Siena and San Gimignano and have lunch in a local Tuscan farmhouse.
Visit Michelangelo's iconic 'David' and explore the opulent Pitti Palace in Florence.
Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a food tour of Venetian wine bars called bacari.
Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.
Tour Naples Archaeological Museum with a private guide and see original objects from Pompeii.
Visit the Vatican Museums with your private guide and see the Sistine Chapel at its least crowded.
See impressively preserved Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale.
Walk among the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Juno as you explore the UNESCO-protected Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
Tour the island of Ortigia in Syracuse and sample food from its covered market over a leisurely lunch.
Summit Mount Etna and follow this with a tasting of wines produced at vineyards on the volcano’s slopes.
Cycle through the vineyards and hill towns of Chianti on a guided E-bike tour.
Learn how to make cheese on a visit to a local pecorino producer’s farm.
Sample Tuscan wines and cuisine at a Michelin starred restaurant in a 12th century abbey complex.
Stay in a medieval borgo located close to the Umbrian capital of Perugia.
Visit the city of Assisi, where St Francis and the Franciscan order were born.
See Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper in Milan.
Tour Lake Como in style by private boat.
Explore the magnificent gardens of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore.
Lose yourself in the winding medieval streets of Verona.
Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum.
Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and visit the 'David' in Florence.
Visit some of Caravaggio's most famous works in the Borghese Gallery and Santa Maria del Popolo Church.
Travel Venice's Grand Canal in style by arriving at your hotel via a private boat.
Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.
Uncover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Discover the secrets of Rome on a Vespa tour of the city.
Visit the Sistine Chapel on a tour of the Vatican.
See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence.
Learn to make pasta from scratch with a local chef in Florence.
Make your own Venetian mask with a master mask maker in Venice.
Explore the hidden rooms of the Doge's Palace in Venice.
Explore the cave town of Matera, and enjoy some local food tasting.
Visit the town of Alberobello, renowned for its conical trulli houses.
Stay overnight in a working farmhouse surrounded by olive groves.
Cycle around the Baroque town of Lecce and taste some local olive oil.
Admire the scenic seaside town of Otranto.
Explore Venice on a private panoramic boat tour.
Dine like a Venetian visiting hidden bacaros (wine bars) with a local guide.
Enjoy a magical opera performance at Verona's historic Roman Arena.
Visit the magnificent gardens of Lake Maggiore's Borromean Islands by private boat.
Explore the tranquil shores of Lake Orta and picturesque Isola San Giulio.
Explore the historic heart of Naples and sample some excellent street food.
Climb Mount Vesuvius with a private guide and peer in the volcano's cavernous crater.
Tour the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum for a glimpse into the ancient past.
Relax on the chic island of Capri and soak up the luxurious atmosphere.
Enjoy a private cooking class in a traditional family home.
Explore the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
Tour Lake Como by private boat and visit the beautiful Villa Balbianello.
Try your hand at beekeeping in the grounds of a medieval Tuscan castle.
Visit the picturesque medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano.
Hike the famous Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast.
Catch your own dinner on a fishing excursion from Sorrento.
Uncover the secrets of the Doge's Palace on a private tour in Venice.
Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Florence.
Go truffle hunting in the Tuscan countryside with a guide and his truffle dog.
Discover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Take a guided Vespa tour around Rome and enjoy some spectacular views of the city.
See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence and visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Spend the night onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Visit local Venetian haunts on an evening tour of traditional wine bars.
Venture off the main island and visit the islands of Murano and Burano by private boat.
Go behind the scenes at the Doge’s Palace to see hidden rooms and corridors.
Visit Michelangelo’s 'David' in the Accademia in Florence and tour the world-renowned Ufizzi Gallery.
Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Tuscany.
Enjoy a photo stop by the leaning tower of Pisa.
Hike the picturesque trails of the Cinque Terre.
Uncover the delights of Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
Visit a Barolo and Barbaresco wine producer and sample some wines.
Meet a local hazelnut producer, cheesemaker and family run winery.
Taste products of local producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar.
Take a walking food tour around Rome’s Campo di Fiori and Jewish ghetto.
Hike the Path of the Gods for a new perspective of the Amalfi Coast.
Explore the light-filled grottoes of Capri on a private boat.
Visit the remarkable city of Pompeii, simultaneously destroyed and preserved by Mount Vesuvius’ 79 AD eruption.
See the stunning Baroque architecture of Ragusa and Modica in Sicily.
Gain an introduction into Sicilian cuisine as you take a cooking class at a local family home.
Summit Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna, before lunch and a wine tasting on its slopes.
Visit Italy's ancient sites from the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the ruins of Pompeii.
Learn about the Renaissance as you explore Florence.
Attend Gladiator School in Rome and learn the skills to fight like a gladiator.
Learn to make pasta from scratch in a medieval Tuscan monastery.
Catch your own dinner from a traditional fishing boat in Sorrento.
Relax in the heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Enjoy a private cooking class in Florence.
Tour Siena and San Gimignano and enjoy lunch at a traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
Experience the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican on privately guided tours.
Discover the hidden secrets of Rome on a Vespa tour of the city.
Explore the island of Capri on a private boat tour from your hotel on the Amalfi Coast.
Explore the vineyards of Tuscany on a private wine tasting tour with your own driver.
Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his truffle dog.
Learn how Italy’s famous limoncello is made on a sampling tour.
Explore Venice's traditional bacaro wine bars.
Catch your own dinner with a local fisherman in Sorrento.
Tour the beehives at a medieval Tuscan castle followed by a honey tasting.
Enjoy cooking classes with expert local chefs both in Tuscany and Sorrento.
Explore Venice on a private panoramic boat tour.
Watch a glass blowing demonstration on the historic island of Murano.
Visit the picturesque towns of Siena and San Gimignano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Learn to make Italian cuisine with a professional chef during a private cooking class in Florence.
Take a private boat tour to the glamorous island of Capri.
Relax on the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
Visit the Sistine Chapel and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Tour Lake Como by private boat.
Enjoy a day of wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside.
Explore hidden corners of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
Take a private boat trip to explore the island of Capri.
Visit the ancient sites of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pompeii.
Some of our favourite travel guides
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Bold, powerful and deceptively simple, Roman cuisine is often overlooked. That’s a shame, says Italy specialist Nick, a one-time resident of Rome. He talks about where to eat the city’s signature dishes and why you shouldn’t buy bottled water when you visit.View this travel guide
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If you’re considering a family trip to Italy, here are five hands-on classes to entertain your children or teens. They can don glasses that let them see through time, swing a sword like a gladiator or explore ancient cave dwellings.View this travel guide
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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.View this travel guide
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- Visiting the Cinque Terre
- Introducing Puglia
- Family holidays in Italy (in 5 experiences)
- A guide to the regions of Italy
- Food highlights of Italy
- Where to visit in Sicily
- Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum