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Introducing Italy

With unparalleled culture, art, architecture, food, and wine, Italy offers the quintessential European vacation. For travelers who haven’t yet made it to Italy, it’s time to see what la dolce vita is all about.

When is the best time to visit?
Italy is incredible year round, but since it is an internationally iconic place to visit, expect crowds at the premier tourist destinations from spring through fall, and during holidays when people are more likely to travel. If you have the flexibility, try and visit during the less crowded winter and early shoulder seasons. Learn more

Where should I go in Italy?
Rome, Florence, and Venice belong on every traveler’s bucket list. Visitors with a little more time should also see Pompei, Naples, Milan, the Cinque Terre, Sicily—the list of places to visit in Italy has no end. Learn more

How many days do I need?
A week is barely enough to hit the main attractions in Italy, but it is doable. Stay for up to a month or more to truly savor the whole experience as well as the food and wine. And no matter how long you stay, you'll surely want to return for your next visit. Learn more

Italy Tours & Itineraries

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Cefalú at sunset
Map of Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14 Days
Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14 Days

Experience Sicily in all its glory by driving around the island in 2 weeks. Highlights of this tour include Palermo, a cultural melting pot with stunning monuments and vibrant local markets and Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theater and the postcard views. You'll also visit Syracuse and Agrigento, with their archaeological masterpieces, and hike Mt. Etna—Europe's most active volcano.

The ruins of Taormina at sunset
Map of Road Trip Around the Scenic Sicilian Coast - 15 Days
Road Trip Around the Scenic Sicilian Coast - 15 Days

An island as beautiful and historically rich as Sicily deserves to be experienced at a leisurely pace. This 15-day itinerary features beaches and cathedrals, fishing villages and urban markets, a volcano and ancient archeological sites. Take your time as you circumnavigate this stunning region of Italy.

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Map of Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 Days
Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 Days

Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and more—discover the cultural footprints these conquerors left behind on this week-long itinerary. See the best-preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, stroll under elaborate Baroque façades, and enjoy the spectacular scenery, cuisine, and wine that this island is known for.

View of the Amalfi Coast
Map of Naples & Amalfi Coast - 5 Days
Naples & Amalfi Coast - 5 Days

This packed 5-day itinerary is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure who are on a time crunch. Explore the glass-roofed Galleria Umberto shopping center, enjoy coffee on the medieval Piazza del Plebiscito, and try the seafood cuoppo in Naples. Visit the Pompeii ruins, hike around Mt. Vesuvius, and visit colorful bohemian Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Make sure you try the Naples pizza—the Amalfi Coast's real highlight. 

Sicily's east coast is a colorful and vibrant region.
Discover Sicily's East Coast: Picturesque and Stunning Sicily - 8 Days

Many of Sicily's highlights — volcanoes, ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and great cuisine — are found along the region's east coast. This 8-day tour will guide you through these stunning coastal towns at a comfortable pace and set you up at comfortable boutique hotels each night. You'll visit the natural wonders of Mt. Etna and Ciclopi Riviera, as well as enjoy some of the more refined aspects of Sicily, such as its great wine!

Sunset view from the island of Alba
Map of Adventures in Southern Italy - 7 Days
Adventures in Southern Italy - 7 Days

Visit the island of Capri, the remains of Pompeii, and charming Naples on this active and culinary trip. Experience a landscape that varies from Mediterranean macchia (shrub) to cultivated terraces of citrus and olives, sampling fresh seafood, mozzarella, and pasta along the way.

Make the Most of Your Time in Italy

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The ruins of Taormina theater at sunset
How Many Days Should You Spend in Sicily?

Sicily can be experienced in as little as 3 to 5 days if you are short on time and interested in a quick coastal retreat. However, it’s much better to spend at least a week...

Manarola is one of Cinque Terre's five colorful villages
How Many Days Should You Spend in Italy?

Italy has 20 regions, each with its own identity. Landscapes, cuisine, and dialect differ greatly from one to the next, and each merits its own visit. If your time is limited,...

Italy Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
A quiet moment by the beach in Cefalù, Sicily
Best Time of Year to Visit Italy

When should you go to Italy? Summer is very warm, especially in the south, along with plenty of tourists in pursuit of 'la dolce vita'. Hit the coast in late spring, early...

A cobbled street in Rome's Jewish Ghetto
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Rome

There’s more to Rome than standing in line at the Colosseum and jostling up to the Spanish Steps. With a little insider knowledge (and a pair of decent walking shoes), you can...

Italy Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
A backstreet in the hill town of Spello in Umbria
6 Hidden Hill Towns in Italy

Getting lost in the mazy streets of a tucked-away hill town is one of the true delights of travel in Italy. Here you'll wander cobbled streets lined with shuttered houses,...

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Venice
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Venice

Venice is one of the most popular destinations on Earth, with a well-developed hospitality industry that goes back to the early 1800s. It can seem like the city is little more...

Italy Destination Guides

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Ultimate Guide to Verona
Ultimate Guide to Verona: Shakespeare's Fabled Italian City

Made famous in a number of Shakespeare's masterpieces, Verona is as charming as you would expect. Come here to see Juliet's (fictional) house, and stay for an old Italian city marked by wide, photogenic piazzas and landmark bridges spanning the River Adige; pretty churches and the biggest wine exhibition in the world. Learn more about what to do, see, and eat in "fair Verona" below.

Big sea views on the scenic Amalfi Coast road
5 Coastal Road Trips in Italy: Sardinia, Puglia, Sicily, & Beyond

Italy is a country made for slow touring: whether you’re cruising through vineyards and silver-green olive groves that dip to the sea in sun-baked Puglia, negotiating hairpin bends on a cliff-hugging road skirting the dramatic island of Sardinia, or making an epic drive along the coast of Sicily. Wind down the window, breathe in the scent of wild herbs on the breeze, crank up the radio and get ready for five of our all-time favorite coastal road trips.

Italy Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries
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Sicily in 3 days: 2 Short Coastal Tour Options
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Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Veronica Maggi
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Veronica Maggi

I am Italian, I come from Como Lake and I personally consider myself citizen of the world! When I was 20 years old I left Italy and decided to move alone for six months to Yellowstone National...

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Travel specialist Matthew Altieri
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Matthew Altieri

I have been involved in the travel industry for several years in both Italy and France. Having lived, studied & worked in Italy and France I’ve been able to build a very extensive knowledge of...

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Travel specialist Marianne Lopez
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Marianne Lopez

I was born in France from a half Spanish family so was used to traveling for my very first age between France and Spain. I learned to love discovering new places and learning different habits and...

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Travel specialist Carmelo Guarnaccia
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Carmelo Guarnaccia

I was born in Sicily, Catania. I have always been fascinated to discover new places, colors, flavors. Travel helps to open my mind, staying away from home gives you the opportunity to reflect on...

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Trip Reviews for Italy

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Italy, Italy - Jun 15 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Kailey P. - Local specialist: Emi Carletti

The planning portion with Edmondo and Valentina were great and a huge relief. They worked very hard and efficiently to answer my questions and address my needs. It was nice to have the trains all booked ahead of time. We weren't too excited about our hotel choices, we felt as though they weren't really 4 stars, and the hotel in Florence was out of the way.

During the actual trip, we hit a few snags and we think it may be a miscommunication between KimKim and the tour groups chosen.
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The planning portion with Edmondo and Valentina were great and a huge relief. They worked very hard and efficiently to answer my questions and address my needs. It was nice to have the trains all booked ahead of time. We weren't too excited about our hotel choices, we felt as though they weren't really 4 stars, and the hotel in Florence was out of the way.

During the actual trip, we hit a few snags and we think it may be a miscommunication between KimKim and the tour groups chosen.
In Rome, we went to our meeting spot for the Skip the Line Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum tour at the designated time (15 minutes prior) as directed on the final itinerary. When we arrived there at Romaround, the desk worker told us that we needed to be there 30 minutes earlier and pushed us to the next tour that was 2 hours later. After killing time, we came back and another couple experienced the same issue. When they asked to be put on an earlier tour, their request was granted...meanwhile, my husband and I sat there with no offer of jumping into that tour. After I spoke to the desk worker, he said at first that we couldn't move up, yet another worker was able to make it happen.
For our Vatican Tour the following day, we experienced the same issue. We were given a choice of 10am or 11:30am, the only requirement being that we show up to the tour agency a half hour early. My husband and I showed up an HOUR early for the 11:30am tour and we were immediately told we had to go on the 12:30pm tour because other people had walked in earlier and took our spots. We feel that an easy solution could be put in place at this particular agency; simply hold the spot for visitors who went through a planning agency (like KimKim), tell walk-ins that there are possible spots available but they need to wait, and if they don't show up, then give those spots to walk-ins.
Giving walk-ins priority over people who made weeks in advance was upsetting. This was also frustrating because we knew we were in a time crunch with a later activity.

Again, I greatly appreciate the time my specialists put into my trip, tailoring it to what we wanted. The timing and level of expertise was above and beyond what I expected. However, I was greatly disappointed in the tour agencies chosen in Rome (Florence and Venice tour agencies were awesome) -- hopefully there are other Rome tour guides you can consult with.

Italy trip, Italy - May 28 - Jun 8, 2019

Traveler: milissa z. - Local specialist: Mario Fortini

Mario did a great job with our trip! His planning took all the stress out of our visit. From the transfers, to the guides, to the trains, everything was perfect. We loved our guide, Julia in Florence. She was very informative and catered our tour to our tastes.
David in Venice was extremely knowledgeable and again, catered the tour to where and what we wanted to see.
Our Murano, Burano and Torcello tour out of Venice was awesome. A great way to explore the islands.
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Mario did a great job with our trip! His planning took all the stress out of our visit. From the transfers, to the guides, to the trains, everything was perfect. We loved our guide, Julia in Florence. She was very informative and catered our tour to our tastes.
David in Venice was extremely knowledgeable and again, catered the tour to where and what we wanted to see.
Our Murano, Burano and Torcello tour out of Venice was awesome. A great way to explore the islands.
Loved our tour of Pompeii. Enrico was a wonderful tour guide. Had so many interesting facts and made the tour one of the highlights of our trip.
In Sorrento, we had a wonderful private boat tour to the Blue Grotto, Capri, and the coast off Sorrento. Our boat guides were Nello and Francesca. They were absolutely amazing and so much fun. Would highly recommend them.
In Rome, Paulo showed us around Ancient Rome. Again, very informative and interesting. Loved learning about Ancient Rome and all of the history there. We were then treated to a wonderful dinner in Rome. Amazing.
Would HIGHLY recommend Mario and Veronica for any travel plans!!

Mick

Italian , Italy - Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2019

Traveler: Mick R. - Local specialist: Edmondo Boscoscuro

The whole trip !
Edmondo
Valentina
Andreas
Boris
5 stars for for all

* all of them adjusted to our needs...