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Italy travel guides

Our specialists return to Italy time and time again, expanding our knowledge of its places and discovering new sides to this intoxicating country. In these travel guides we share our thoughts on how you can get the most out of your trip to Italy.

Whether you’re looking to focus your travels on a particular region such as Tuscany or you’re seeking out Venice’s lesser-known highlights, we’ll tell it like it is, based on what we've most enjoyed ourselves. We’ve also dived into particular aspects of Italian culture, giving our opinions about which of Italy’s many churches to visit, which Italian dishes to try, or how to explore historic Roman sites.

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Ideas for how to explore Italy

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Italy. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Gondolas, Venice

    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.

  • Views over Assisi, Umbria

    4 experiences to introduce Umbria

    Often lost in next-door Tuscany’s shadow, Umbria offers a less-visited option in the Italian countryside with the same hill-top towns, Renaissance heritage and truffle-hunting experiences. Specialist Brandon describes why he’s so passionate about the region, and where to focus your attention.

  • Gondola ride, Venice

    Honeymoons in Italy

    Having got married in Tuscany, specialist Eva outlines some of the best honeymoon options across Italy. Would you and your spouse-to-be prefer pampering on the Amalfi Coast or living la dolce vita in Venice, Rome and Florence?

  • Ancient statue, Palermo

    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.

  • Manorala, Cinque Terre

    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.

  • Italian market produce

    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.

  • Alley in old town San Gimignano, 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.

  • Rome skyline at dusk

    How to see Rome in four days

    Discover Rome’s long history, from the half-ruined majesty of the Colosseum to a romantic burial yard for non-Catholics. Nick, a one-time resident, talks about what to see and do in Rome and how to beat the crowds at the Sistine Chapel.

  • Michelangelo's 'David', Florence

    Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome

    From classical Roman statues through Renaissance frescoes to modern installations, you can trace a complete history of Western art in Italy’s great cities. Specialist Kimberly talks about how to deal with the crowds as you take in these important works.

  • Sassi of Matera, Matera

    Introducing Puglia

    Roman ruins, a Baroque city, sunbaked beaches and olive groves — Puglia is where Italians go to relax, away from the cruise-ship crowds. Specialist Cara talks about the region’s highlights and why it’s worth getting to know this quieter corner of Italy.

  • Carnival Mask, Venice

    Family holidays in Italy (in 5 experiences)

    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.

  • Positano, Amalfi Coast

    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.

  • Local fishing boats, Lake Como

    A guide to the regions of Italy

    A tour of a private palazzo, or a cooking class with a Sorrento grandmother? We highlight the major sights and unearth lesser-known attractions for some of our best-loved Italian regions, spotlighting tours that really explore their character.

  • Statue, Herculaneum

    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.

  • The Art of Pizza , Rome

    How to eat like the Romans do

    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.

  • Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany

    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.

  • Train to the Mer de Glace, Chamonix

    Where you can enjoy the outdoors in Europe

    From the breathless heights of the French Alps to mirror-like lochs in Scotland’s Cairngorms to the turquoise waters of Italy, our specialists suggest the best destinations for you to enjoy the outdoors on your trip to Europe.

  • Replica of Michelangelo's 'David', Florence

    Explore the Renaissance

    Walk in Da Vinci’s footsteps, marvel at Michelangelo’s genius and see Shakespeare’s plays as he intended. Our Europe specialists suggest ways to explore the Renaissance across the continent, including both must-see destinations and lesser-known sights that you might otherwise overlook.