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Italy trip ideas

Italy trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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.

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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.

Classic Sicily

  • 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.

8 Days from $4,985pp

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Culinary Highlights of Italy

  • Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his truffle dog.

  • Explore Venice’s traditional bacaros (wine bars) and sample their famous cicchetti appetizers.

  • Tour the beehives at a medieval Tuscan castle, followed by a honey tasting.

  • Visit local producers of speciality Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar.

  • Take a walking food tour around Rome’s Campo di Fiori and Jewish ghetto.

12 Days from $6,415pp

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Italy Outdoors

  • 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.

10 Days from $6,585pp

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North Italy and the Lakes

  • 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.

8 Days from $6,710pp

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Florence, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre

  • 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 Luca.

  • Visit the little-known town of Pontremoli for a slow food cooking demonstration, trip to a private palace and tour of the castle.

10 Days from $6,945pp

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Classic Italian Family Adventure: Venice, Florence and Rome

  • 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.

10 Days from $6,995pp

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Venice and the Lakes

  • 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.

9 Days from $7,545pp

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Sicily and Amalfi Coast

  • 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.

11 Days from $7,880pp

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Classic Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany

  • 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.

13 Days from $8,740pp

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Ultimate Italian Family Adventure: Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Pompeii

  • 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.

12 Days from $9,755pp

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Culinary Tour of Italy

  • 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.

16 Days from $10,155pp

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Luxury Italy Honeymoon

  • 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.

12 Days from $10,580pp

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Classic Luxury Italy and Amalfi Coast

  • 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.

13 Days from $15,705pp

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