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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. And for those that have it's time to say "ancora"!

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 the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, 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

Getting around Italy
Trains are a great option for trips between Italy's cities, such as Florence to Rome and Milan to Venice. Driving is not always straightforward, but still a great choice if you feel comfortable taking the wheel along Italy's Autostrada and curvy roads. Other options include domestic flights and ferries. Learn more

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Italy Tours & Itineraries

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

This packed five-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 Mount Vesuvius, and visit the colorful bohemian Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Make sure you try the Naples pizza—the Amalfi Coast's real highlight. 

Amalfi Coast
Map of Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast & Rome - 9 Days
Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast & Rome - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary is perfect for adventurous travelers who are short on time. Start in the floating city of Venice to explore city canals and tour ornate palaces, then continue to Florence to see works by da Vinci and enjoy a full-day Tuscany wine tour. After exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast, finish in Rome where the ancient Colosseum, world-famous Vatican, and romantic streetside cafes await.

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.

Florence, Italy
Map of Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples - 14 Days
Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples - 14 Days

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.

View of Capri
Map of Rome & the Amalfi Coast - 10 Days
Rome & the Amalfi Coast - 10 Days

Spend 10 days discovering historical wonders, eating incredible cuisine, and taking in the natural beauty of Italy in this tour through Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Start in Italy's capital and stroll through ancient streets and piazzas before making your way south to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Take in the views of the sparkling Mediterranean while dining on fresh seafood on waterfront promenades and meander through colorful coastal villages and sandy beaches.

Bellagio reflected in Lake Como in northern Italy
Map of Explore Northern Italy from Milan - 5 Days
Explore Northern Italy from Milan - 5 Days

Explore Northern Italy's cities and landscapes in this packed five-day trip. Start in Milan, the fashion, culture, and business capital of Italy, to see the 16th-century Royal Palace-turned-art museum and enjoy the buzzing nightlife at the Navigli canals. Continue to Lake Como to enjoy a day on the lake and a trip on the funicular to see views of the snow-capped Alps. End in Bologna and Turin to explore medieval churches, the National Cinema Museum, and endless cafés and aperitivo bars.

Make the Most of Your Time in Italy

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Discover Italy's Veneto region and make a stop to check out the wooden bridge of Bassano del Grappa
How Many Days to 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,...

The laid-back beaches on the Amalfi Coast make a wonderful getaway
Map of 1 Week in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week to explore Italy, you can focus on the country's must-see highlights while hopping between Rome, Florence, and Venice. Or, swap in the Amalfi Coast and a day trip...

Italy Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Cycling in the Dolomites
Best Time of Year to Visit the Dolomites

Spread across Alto Adige, Trentino, and Veneto in northeastern Italy, and wedged between the Swiss and Austrian Alps, the Dolomites are a year-round mountain destination. Snow...

Amalfi
Best Time of Year to Visit the Amalfi Coast

In southern Italy lies the Amalfi Coast, a 31-mile (50 km) stretch of coastline that's the very definition of Mediterannean beauty. Known for its sunkissed lemon groves, pebble...

A woman walks the empty beach of Cefalu in the winter.
Best Time of Year to Visit Sicily

Sicily's iconic beaches, historic palaces, and cathedrals are best visited from May to June or September to October when temperatures hover around 70ºF (21ºC). While the weather...

Naples
Best Time of Year to Visit Southern Italy

Although not an exceptionally large country, Italy has a lot of geographic and climatic variety because of its long and narrow shape. Southern Italy has a generally warm...

Italy Travel Advice

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Italy Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country

Italy Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Photo courtesy of Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence
Hotel Orto De' Medici
4.8
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· Comfort
Hotel Orto De' Medici offers a modern stay on one of Florence's oldest streets. In a city as historic as Florence, everyone's got a story, but Hotel Orto De' Medici has one that no one else does: its garden was once part of Lorenzo Medici's art school, where a teenage Michelangelo learned to...
Photo courtesy of Bonvecchiati Palace
Venice
Bonvecchiati Palace
4.9
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· Comfort
Enjoy a contemporary stay in the midst of Venice's history at the Bonvecchiati Palace, a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square and Basilica. Take in a performance at the 18th-century La Fenice Opera House, also a 5-minute walk, or cross the Grand Canal on the Ponte di Rialto, Venice's oldest...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Corallo Sorrento
Sorrento
Hotel Corallo
4.8
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· Comfort
Hotel Corallo is perched on a cliff in Sant'Agnello just outside the center of Sorrento, overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Tasso Square, with its many restaurants and cafés, is a 5-minute drive or 25-minute walk. The hotel also offers shuttles to take guests to the center. This historic building...

Best Experiences in Italy

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Rome
Early Morning Vatican Tour in Rome
4.9
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3 hours
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Small group
Discover the museums of the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel with an early-morning tour of the city's incredible art and history. By visiting the Vatican Museums early, you'll give yourself a one-hour head start on the rest of the crowds! A guide will lead you through the Pio Clementio Museum,...
The Roman Forum
Rome
Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour in Rome
4.9
(16)
3 hours
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Small group
Discover the icon of Ancient Rome, the famous Colosseum that still ranks as the largest amphitheater globally. We recommend taking a VIP tour or buying a special ticket to bypass the long lines and access lesser-known areas of the historic site, gaining entrance to places that few tourists visit....
Sun-filled street in Trastevere
Rome
Trastevere Sunset Aperitivo in Rome
5.0
(6)
3 hours
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Small group
Discover Rome’s trendy Trastevere neighborhood with a guided walking tour focused on food and wine. You’ll visit four venues beloved by locals, tasting over 16 delicious appetizers, main dishes, and sweets. As you walk from place to place, you’ll admire the neighborhood’s interesting...

Our Latest Italy Content

Experience the local tradition of evening aperitivo in Venice
Map of Mediterranean Culinary Odyssey: Rome, Venice, Crete & Santorini - 14 Days
Mediterranean Culinary Odyssey: Rome, Venice, Crete & Santorini - 14 Days

Experience the best of Mediterranean food, culture, and history with this two-week grand tour that sweeps you across Rome and Venice before alighting on the islands of Crete and Santorini. Start in Italy to step back in time with visits to the Eternal City's Vatican Museums and Colosseum, and sip fizz underneath the shady vines of the Prosecco Valley. Then, hop over to Greece for laid-back village life, ancient palaces, and a masterclass in Greek cooking.

Strike out into Tuscany to sip Brunello and Chianti among the vineyards
Map of Ultimate Italy for Foodies: Genoa, Bologna, Tuscany & Naples - 13 Days
Ultimate Italy for Foodies: Genoa, Bologna, Tuscany & Naples - 13 Days

Embark on the ultimate Italian food and wine tour as you uncover the secrets to delicious pesto in Genoa, sample the best of Emilia-Romagna's pasta, and savor artisanal cheeses and prosciutto in Bologna. Tour medieval Siena's foodie hotspots and wine taste your way through the hills of Chianti and Val d'Orcia, then save room for some southern Italian cuisine as you master the art of pizza making in Naples.

There's no place quite like Venice, Italy
Map of Italy Highlights Tour: Rome, Florence & Venice - 7 Days
Italy Highlights Tour: Rome, Florence & Venice - 7 Days

Experience "la dolce vita" with this weeklong jaunt to Italy that sweeps you into the ancient history, food, and laid-back piazza lifestyle of three of the country's best-loved cities. You'll start with the top sights in Rome and a deep dive into Roman cooking, then catch a train to Florence for Renaissance art and wine tasting in an elegant Tuscan vineyard. End your tour in enchanting Venice, where you'll weave through tiny canals on a Gondola and feast on Venetian tapas.

Italy Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Map Guide to Italy's Regions: Where to Go for Beaches, Wine, History, and More
Guide to Italy's Regions: Where to Go for Beaches, Wine, History, and More
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Map 10 Days in Italy & Greece: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Italy & Greece: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Map 1 Week in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Italy
Travel specialist Tasos Mylonas
active 5 hours ago

Tasos Mylonas

Traveling is a very personal matter! Following masses and ticking checklists has never been my cup of tea! As founder & director of travel12, I see every client as a unique personality who is...

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Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
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Marina Courtaut

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a...

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Travel specialist Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers...

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Travel specialist Chris Gravas
active 6 hours ago

Chris Gravas

My name is Chris and I have a passion for authentic experiences, cultural awakenings, and nature explorations. As a partner of a local boutique travel agency, I take every chance to explore Greece...

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Trip Reviews for Italy

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

I cannot say enough good things about our Kim...
Italy | Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2024

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Anne G.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

I cannot say enough good things about our Kim Kim travel experience.
The communication was amazing and the specialists' made things happen so swiftly and perfectly.
Thank you Martina in particular!
Anne

Local specialist: Martina Venturi

Spectacular Dolomite trip start to finish!
Italy | Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2024

Charlie
Charlie L.
Cortlandt Manor, NY | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024
It was spectacular from start to finish with meticulous planning and excellent recommendations. We particularly enjoyed our stay at Villa Tony in Corvara, which has a warm, friendly feel. I don’t know the Ladin word, but it is Gemütlichkeit in German. The dining room staff was wonderful and the food, amazing.
Experiencing the skiing, including the Sellaronda and the Hut food is something you can not find in the US. Well worth the trip.
Although we only had 1 day in Venice, our guide... Read more

It was spectacular from start to finish with meticulous planning and excellent recommendations. We particularly enjoyed our stay at Villa Tony in Corvara, which has a warm, friendly feel. I don’t know the Ladin word, but it is Gemütlichkeit in German. The dining room staff was wonderful and the food, amazing.
Experiencing the skiing, including the Sellaronda and the Hut food is something you can not find in the US. Well worth the trip.

Although we only had 1 day in Venice, our guide Daniela made the most of it and it was such a treat to have such a knowledgeable local guide navigating us through the canals, alleys and history of Venice.

Most of all, we must thank Martina for planning such a spectacular trip and being there every step of the way on the rare occasion we needed help. Thank you! Having this type of well planned and thoughtful excursions made the trip hassle free from start to finish. Surrender your planning to Kimkim, you will be happy!!

Local specialist: Martina Venturi

Villa Tony in Corvara, Dolomites
Italy | Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2024

Jane
Jane L.
Cortlandt Manor, NY | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024
We were so impressed with everything Martina lined up for our trip. Staying at Villa Tony in Corvara was the perfect accommodations! The slopeside hotel with gourmet meals in a warm and inviting small chalet was perfect. The friendly and professional staff such a treat. All of our connections were flawless and eliminated so much stress when traveling. So thankful and appreciative for Kim Kim‘s help. Read more

We were so impressed with everything Martina lined up for our trip. Staying at Villa Tony in Corvara was the perfect accommodations! The slopeside hotel with gourmet meals in a warm and inviting small chalet was perfect. The friendly and professional staff such a treat. All of our connections were flawless and eliminated so much stress when traveling. So thankful and appreciative for Kim Kim‘s help.

Hotel Review
Villa Tony
Corvara

Villa Tony was everything and more we want on our Italian dolomites adventure. A beautiful slopeside chalet with spectacular views nestled in a small alpine village. The food was exceptional, and the staff of the hotel was welcoming and friendly. It will be hard to live up to this standard in our travels down the road. We are so grateful for the warmth and kindness of everyone at Villa Tony who made our trip so special.

Authenticity & Character
First time I ever heard of witches violin and dined on Ladin food😊
Location
Staff
Top notch!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Immaculate!
Local specialist: Martina Venturi