Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.
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 with a private guide.
Experience Baroque art through 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.
Our Italy specialists have put together a number of varied tour 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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Our recommended tours in 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.
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See impressively preserved Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale.
Explore the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Juno as you tour 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.
Amalfi Coast Region
Sample Naples' traditional street food and explore the historic heart of the city.
Climb Mount Vesuvius with a private guide and peer in the volcano's cavernous crater.
Learn to cook like a local at a private cooking class in a traditional family home.
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.
Explore the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
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.
Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.
Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agriturismo.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.
Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a food tour of Venetian wine bars called bacari.
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.
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.
Taste rich Chianti wines on visits to two traditional Tuscany vineyards.
Uncover the charming cobbled streets of Lucca on a private walking tour.
Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside.
Admire the most famous works of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Cruise Lake Como in style by private boat past dramatic scenery.
Explore the magnificent gardens of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore.
Lose yourself in the winding medieval streets of Verona.
Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper in Milan.
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.
France, Tuscany and England
Examine the Mona Lisa with an expert local guide in the Louvre in Paris.
Stroll through Leonardo’s chateau and gardens in the Loire valley where he died.
Explore a room dedicated to Leonardo’s work on a guided tour of Uffizi Gallery.
Visit the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace to view the Royal Collection of Da Vinci drawings.
Learn to make pasta from scratch with a local chef in Florence.
Create your own Venetian mask with a master mask maker in Venice.
Cruise on the back of a vintage Vespa to discover the secrets of Rome.
Uncover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Visit the Sistine Chapel on a private tour of the Vatican.
See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence.
Stay overnight in a working farmhouse surrounded by olive groves.
Cycle around the Baroque town of Lecce and taste some local olive oil.
Explore the cave town of Matera, and enjoy some local food tasting.
Visit the town of Alberobello, renowned for its conical trulli houses.
Admire the scenic seaside town of Otranto.
Dine like a Venetian visiting hidden bacaros (wine bars) with a local guide.
Experience a classical opera performance at Verona's historic Roman Arena.
Cruise Venice's canals on a private panoramic boat tour.
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.
Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Tuscany.
Cycle around the historic streets of Florence on a private bike tour.
Hike the picturesque trails of the Cinque Terre.
Visit Michelangelo’s 'David' in the Accademia in Florence and tour the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery.
Uncover the delights of Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
Amalfi Coast Region, Tuscany and Italian Lakes
Kayak the caves and secluded beaches from Sorrento.
Hike the famous Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast.
Tour Lake Como by private boat and visit the beautiful Villa Balbianello.
Stroll through the picturesque medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano.
France, England and Italy
Explore London aboard a vintage double-decker bus that serves afternoon tea.
Discover some of London's finest small businesses on a food walking tour that includes several tastings.
Enjoy visiting the iconic highlights in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre.
Explore the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with a private guide.
Zip around Rome on a classic Vespa motorbike.
Take in the historical sights of Verona with your walking guide.
Hike among the Dolomites and look for World War I remnants on the mountainsides.
Sample delicious Italian wine at a family-run winery.
Relax on the shores of Lake Garda.
Visit the impressive Vittoriale degli Italiani.
Greece, Egypt and Italy
Explore the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum with a private guide.
Visit the site of Delphi, which was home to the oracle, with a private guide.
Taste Greek olive oil which is pressed fresh from ancient olive groves.
Take in the wonderful treasures of Cairo Museum of Antiquities.
Discover the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.
Amalfi Coast Region
Summit Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna, and enjoy lunch and wine tasting on its slopes.
Hike the Path of the Gods for a new perspective of the Amalfi Coast.
Take a cooking class at a local family home and gain an introduction into Sicilian cuisine.
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.
France and Italy
Eat your way through the traditional local cuisine of Turin on a tasting tour.
Show off your cooking skills at a cooking class in the Piedmont countryside.
Discover Lyon, the culinary capital of France, on a food walking tour.
Experience the winemaking process of the Beaujolais wine region.
Enjoy a cooking class with private French chef.
Sample local wines on a visit to Barolo and Barbaresco wine producers.
Meet a local hazelnut producer, cheesemaker and visit a family-run winery in Piedmont.
Taste products of local producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar.
Take a walking food tour around Rome’s Campo de' Fiori and Jewish ghetto.
Amalfi Coast Region and Tuscany
Explore the vineyards of Tuscany on a private wine tasting tour with your own driver.
Enjoy private cooking classes with expert local chefs both in Tuscany and Sorrento.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Sorrentine local life and cheese farming by e-bike.
Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his truffle dog.
Learn how Italy’s famous limoncello is made on a sampling tour.
Amalfi Coast Region and Tuscany
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.
Amalfi Coast Region and Tuscany
Explore the island of Capri on a private boat tour from your hotel on the Amalfi Coast.
Enjoy a private cooking class in Florence.
Discover the hidden secrets of Rome on a Vespa tour of the city.
Relax in the heart of the romantic Tuscan countryside.
Experience the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican on privately guided tours.
Greece and Italy
Watch the sunset over the water from a private catamaran in Santorini.
Experience sweeping views of the Amalfi Coast while hiking the Path of the Gods.
Sample local wines with views over Santorini’s caldera.
Explore the best of Roman culinary traditions on a food-based walking tour of Rome.
Travel across Europe on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Arrive in style in Venice on a private water taxi.
Explore the hidden streets and alleyways of Venice with your private guide.
Visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London by boat.
Visit Buckingham and Windsor Palaces — both residences of the British royal family.
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.
Visit key filming location from The Godfather, nestled among Sicily’s rugged hillsides.
Visit Sicily’s most important classical sites from the temples at Segesta and Agrigento, to the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.
Explore the glittering gold mosaics of the Norman cathedrals at Monreale and Cefalù.
Amalfi Coast Region and Tuscany
Learn to make Italian cuisine with a professional chef during a private cooking class in Florence.
Cruise the waters of the Amalfi Coast on a private boat tour to the glamorous island of Capri.
Explore Venice on a private panoramic boat tour.
Watch traditional glass blowing on the historic island of Murano.
Visit the picturesque towns of Siena and San Gimignano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
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