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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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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.

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. 

Steep Buildings on the 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.

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.

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 stunning Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.

Agrigento
Map of Sicily Highlights Tour - 7 Days
Sicily Highlights Tour - 7 Days

Explore the highlights of Sicily beginning in its capital of Palermo. In this cultural melting pot, the aromas of exotic spices carry from backstreet markets to cobbled throughways lined with Arab-Norman buildings. Then it's off to the Baroque gem of Catania, where en route you'll stop at Greco-Roman ruins and medieval fortress towns guarding long stretches of postcard beaches.

Make the Most of Your Time in Italy

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Manarola is one of Cinque Terre's five colorful villages
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 7 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week in Italy, you could hop between its major cities, or base yourself in one region for a week of in-depth cultural (and culinary) experiences. Whether you choose to...

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...

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
The roof terrace at Portrait Roma (Photo courtesy of Lungarno Collection)
7 Best Boutique Hotels in Rome

Rome is a city where you can fully embrace la dolce vita, especially if you opt to stay in style and intimacy in one of its boutique hotels. Whether it’s a chic and central...

Views of Tremezzo on the lake
The Best Boutique Hotels on Lake Como

While George Clooney's villa isn't open for guests, you can still live the luxe life on Lake Como at one of these hotels. Choose how close you want to be to town and settle in...

Florence
6 Best Boutique Hotels in Florence

Hang your hat in the birthplace of the Renaissance, where history's influence can be found in the most unexpected places. Whether you're eating breakfast or sipping a spritz...

Best Things to do in Italy

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Buzzy Bologna and its Food Culture
Top Cultural Activities in Italy

Italy's culture is renowned across the globe, which is why it's the 5th most visited country in the world. Go beyond the typical tourist attractions and dive deeper into Italian...

Scenic Vistas on the Amalfi Coast
Map of Top Experiences on the Amalfi Coast
Top Experiences on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is arguably Italy's most glamorous destination, lined with pastel villas, colorful port towns, hiking paths, rocky shores, and posh islands. Enjoy walking along...

The Picture-Perfect Villages of Cinque Terre
Top Experiences in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre needs little introduction with its world-famous colorful villages hanging onto dramatic cliffsides. Explore this popular region by land and sea, hiking along its...

The Beautiful Beaches of the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Top Beach Excursions in Italy

From north to south to the islands, Italy has a prime coastline with some of the Mediterranean's most beautiful beaches. You can find stretches of pebbles and sand in lakes...

Our Latest Italy Content

The Duomo of Florence and Giotto's Bell Tower illuminated at night
Ultimate Guide to Il Duomo in Florence

The Duomo of Florence is one of the great monuments of Europe, and there's much more to it than the mighty cathedral. This ultimate guide to il Duomo in Florence will help you get the most out of your visit to the Duomo complex.

See the Duomo cathedral in Florence on a 3-week tour of Italy
Map of 3 Weeks in Italy - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
3 Weeks in Italy - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can explore far and wide in three weeks, returning home with memories of many of the top Italy destinations you visited. Maybe you want an experiential tour focused on one destination, such as Northern Italy. Or spend time soaking in the classics, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. And if you love to drive, then combine an exploration of Sicily with the sister Italian isle of Sardinia.

Enchanting Lake Como
Map of Crossing Northern Italy - 21 Days
Crossing Northern Italy - 21 Days

From a Gondola ride through the Venetian canals to a skip-the-line admission to Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" fresco, this 21-day itinerary takes in all the high points of northern Italy. In-between, you'll hike the alpine foothills around Merano, drive the thrilling Stelvio Pass, and spend nine days exploring Lakes Giardia, Como, Maggiore, and Orta. End with four days of coastal hiking plus culinary experiences in Cinque Terre before a final day taking in the best of Milan.

Italy Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Italy 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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Italy map: A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries
A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries
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Italy map: 10 Days in Italy & Greece: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Italy & Greece: 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
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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 Harris Bitsounis
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Harris Bitsounis

Traveling is a #never-ending_experience! I come from the cultural hub of Athens with its UNESCO sacred rock of Acropolis and breathtaking Santorini with its spectacular Caldera views. What I...

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Travel specialist Andrea Gambino
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Andrea Gambino

Travelling is my greatest passion – especially travels that respect the local culture and show the authentic side of a destination. I set out on my first trip at 20-years-old and haven’t stopped...

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Travel specialist Chris Gravas
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Chris Gravas

My name is Chris and I have a passion for unique experiences with an authentic character, cultural awakenings and nature explorations. I am also a part-time musician, occasionally performing with...

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Trip Reviews for Italy

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

2022 Honeymoon in Italy!
Italy | Sep 27 - Oct 11, 2022

Dmitry
Dmitry W.
Middleton, WI | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

Worked with KimKim and specifically Cecilia at a local Italian travel agency to plan our honeymoon to Italy in Fall of 2022. It was a breeze to plan, and Cecilia made sure to work in all our requests while still helping us find experiences with best local guides for things we were not sure about. Can't beat the ease, safety, value, and guaranteed high quality experience that kimkim ensures your vacation will be. This was our 3rd trip in different parts of the world that we booked through them... read more

Worked with KimKim and specifically Cecilia at a local Italian travel agency to plan our honeymoon to Italy in Fall of 2022. It was a breeze to plan, and Cecilia made sure to work in all our requests while still helping us find experiences with best local guides for things we were not sure about. Can't beat the ease, safety, value, and guaranteed high quality experience that kimkim ensures your vacation will be. This was our 3rd trip in different parts of the world that we booked through them and we will definitely be back!

Activity Reviews
Pizza and gelato making class
Florence
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Best of Venice guided walking tour with gondola ride
Italy
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SMALL GROUP TUSCANY WINE AND OLIVE OIL TOUR
Florence
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Walking tour with the Accademia Gallery
Florence
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SEMI PRIVATE - FLORENCE: PISA, SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, CHIANTI TOUR
Florence
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Vatican & Sistine Chapel - Small Group Tour
Rome
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Capri Day Trip from Sorrento
Sorrento
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MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO EXCURSION
Venice
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COOKING CLASS IN ROME
Rome
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Afternoon Colosseum, Roman Forums and Palatine Hill
Rome
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Amalfi Coast experience from Sorrento
Sorrento
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VISIT TO THE SORRENTINE HILLS AND A FARM WITH LOCAL TASTINGS
Sorrento
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Local specialist: Cecilia Ventura

A well planned and thoroughly enjoyable trip to Italy
Italy | Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2022

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Andrea C.
Boston, MA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

This review is long overdue for our 10 day trip to Italy in October 2022. We had never used kimkim before, nor do we typically use travel agents , but we decided to give it a try and we are so glad we did! Our trip covered Tuscany and Cinque Terre, and we flew in and out of Rome. Maria Grazia was a delight to work with. She came up with an organized itinerary, and was receptive and accommodating to my modifications. She revised it three times, and we also had a zoom call during the planning... read more

This review is long overdue for our 10 day trip to Italy in October 2022. We had never used kimkim before, nor do we typically use travel agents , but we decided to give it a try and we are so glad we did! Our trip covered Tuscany and Cinque Terre, and we flew in and out of Rome. Maria Grazia was a delight to work with. She came up with an organized itinerary, and was receptive and accommodating to my modifications. She revised it three times, and we also had a zoom call during the planning process. The hotels she chose were perfect - very boutique like, but not budget breaking. We stayed in hotels in Siena, San Gimignano, Monterosso and Rome. And the transportation from place to place was seamless - we had drivers, we rented a car for a portion, and we took the trains. Everything went smoothly. One of the highlights she organized for us was a private walking food tour of Siena and that was a treat. Our tour guide Anna was knowledgeable, fun and knew the authentic places to go. It was a well spent four hours.

I highly recommend kimkim, and in fact, we are working with them again for a trip to Croatia and I have referred the company to many friends.

Activity Review
“Taste Siena” Food Tour
Siena

Our guide Anna was just delightful. It was a relaxing and fun four hours. She really knows Siena and also had lots of recommendations for other places to take a day trip to in the area as well as shopping and restaurant tips. Her English was excellent and we just thoroughly enjoyed her knowledge of the city, its history and its food.

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Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dear Andrea,
We always enjoy hearing what our customers have to say and I'd like to thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.

We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to know that we hit the mark!

I wish you and your family all the best.

Warm regards,

Maria Grazia

Trip of a Lifetime
Italy | Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2022

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Lauren C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

We are so glad we made our trip arrangements through kimkim! While we had some ideas about where to go and what to do while in Italy, we had no idea where to begin. Chiara from Storywalker filled in all the details - and it worked out beautifully! The hotels were lovely, the drivers who got us to and from our planes, trains and hotels were always courteous and on time and the tours could not have been better. (Many thanks to Luciana who guided us through the Vatican, Suzanna through the... read more

We are so glad we made our trip arrangements through kimkim! While we had some ideas about where to go and what to do while in Italy, we had no idea where to begin. Chiara from Storywalker filled in all the details - and it worked out beautifully! The hotels were lovely, the drivers who got us to and from our planes, trains and hotels were always courteous and on time and the tours could not have been better. (Many thanks to Luciana who guided us through the Vatican, Suzanna through the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Marta to the Appian Way and the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Catia in Assisi, Tommaso to the Tuscan countryside and Sylvia through the museums of Florence!) Chiara responded to every message and request I sent during the planning phase and, along with her teammate Jessica, were available and responsive while we were in Italy.
Our days in Rome, Assisi and Florence were the perfect blend of history, faith, art and natural beauty we had hoped for. We would not hesitate to work with kimkim again.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Dei Mellini
Rome

Perfect location, clean and comfortable, excellent breakfast, friendly and helpful service.

Authenticity & Character
Quaint but not too small. Quiet street with residences and small businesses.
Location
Walking distance to the Vatican and other historical sites (Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc.)
Staff
Helpful and friendly - answered all of our touristy questions with a smile.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Slept great, felt safe.
Il Palazzo
Assisi

Great location near the Basilica of San Francesco. Clean room, delicious breakfast, friendly and helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Modern accommodations in a historic building. Loved the view from our room!
Location
About halfway between the main square and the Basilica. Quiet, even during the busy Christmas season.
Staff
So friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Roomy bathroom, comfy bed - great place to rest!
Hotel Berchielli
Florence

Terrific location away from the Christmas crowd. Beautiful view. Clean and comfortable with a helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Lovely accessible community patio, great view, modern conveniences in a historic location.
Location
Within walking distance to the Duomo, Uffizi and Academia. Set on the Arno River with a beautiful view of the bridges.
Staff
Friendly and helpful. Breakfast staff made sure we had everything we wanted.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable!
Activity Reviews
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Rome

Very crowded at Christmas time, but our guide Luciana did a beautiful job and kept us moving.

Quality of Experience
As lifelong Catholic, the Vatican has been on our bucket list for years. So much beauty, and such a great education. Our tour ended just in time for us to participate in 5:00 Mass.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Luciana was a pro! The museum could have been overwhelming but she showed us the highlights and answered our questions.
Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Rome

An amazing walk through history with an exceptional guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Suzanna met us right on time in the planned location. She was so knowledgeable and personable! We very much enjoyed our time with her and learned so much!
San Callisto and walk through the Appian Way
Rome

This came about because of a last minute scheduling change, and was a real bonus! Interesting history and beautiful site.

Quality of Experience
A wonderful learning experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Marta taught us so much we did not know about the Appian Way and history of Rome. She gave us the important background information before we joined the guide for the Catacomb tour.
Free afternoon in Assisi
Assisi

We loved exploring Assisi. What a beautiful, spiritual place. We did not expect the crowd, but it was wonderful seeing people enjoying the Christmas displays.

Quality of Experience
Loved the character and spirituality of this charming place!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
Transport
Train from Rome to Assisi. Easy and restful. So glad to have been driven up into Assisi!
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica with Giotto frescos
Italy

Catia met us on time in the designated location. She taught us so much about Assisi and the region, and showed us the beautiful sites. Although she could not go into the Basilica with us due to the Christmas holiday, she prepared us well. She even gave us recommendations on other places to see in the area.

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Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dear Lauren, thank you very much for taking time in reviewing us and your experience.
It was a great pleasure to assist you with your trip through Rome, Assisi and Florence! Thank you again and Arrivederci!