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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

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

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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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
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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

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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,...

Touring Siena's famous Gothic cathedral
How Many Days Should You Spend in Tuscany?

Whether you have two days or two weeks, Tuscany is a wonderful destination. Travelers short on time should focus their energy on Florence and the wine region of Chianti, while...

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Rome?

If you're heading to Italy, your first stop will likely be Rome. With its position halfway down Italy’s western coast, it’s a convenient travel hub, and one of Italy's most...

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

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Map of Rome & Sicily Highlights - 7 Days
Rome & Sicily Highlights - 7 Days

In a mere week, you can craft an unforgettable Italian holiday that includes two historic regions. The first is Rome, with its ancient Colosseum, Vatican, and the myriad other sights you'll discover on a city tour. Then you're off to Sicily for a bit of culture and island fun in the form of street-food tours and a day trip to Cefalú, one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world.

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Map of Rome & Sicily Highlights - 8 Days
Rome & Sicily Highlights - 8 Days

Get ready for a brisk tour of some of the most famous, beautiful, and ancient sites in Italy. This eight-day getaway begins with your arrival in Rome and guided tours of Roman landmarks like the Colosseum and globally renowned art museums like the Borghese Gallery. In Sicily, you'll make the capital of Palermo your base of operations as you go on street food tours and day trips to gorgeous coastal cities like Cefalú.

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Map of Rome & Sicily Highlights - 9 Days
Rome & Sicily Highlights - 9 Days

Nine days is enough time to both discover Rome and set off on an exciting road trip around the island of Sicily. In Rome, you'll tour the unmissable city sights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and the Borghese Gallery. Upon arrival, in Sicily, you'll pick up a rental car and set off from the streets of Palermo along the gorgeous coast to Mt. Etna before finishing the trip in the Baroque city of Catania.

Italy Travel Maps

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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
active 8 mins ago

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 Valentina Boscoscuro
active 10 mins ago

Valentina Boscoscuro

I like to organize trips as if I were travelling myself. I would never recommend something I would not do myself or suggest a place where I would not send a family member or friend. We offer...

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Travel specialist Fabio Fasone
active 24 mins ago

Fabio Fasone

My name is Fabio and I am a Travel Designer at Your Custom Journey. I was born in Venice and spent 10 years in Florence before moving back to Venice. I have a passion for traveling and I love to...

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Travel specialist Matthew Altieri
active 26 mins ago

Matthew Altieri

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

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Trip Reviews for Italy

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
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Lance and dom - italy in 9 days., Italy - Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2019

Traveler: Lance T. - Local specialist: Matthew Altieri

The best review I could give is to say that when I do my next Italian Holiday I’m going to get KimKim to organise it for me again. We had the most amazing, stress-free holiday I could ever have imagined. Thank you so much Matthew for your amazing attention to detail and the clarity of all of the documentation; worth every penny. The hotels were really well located and made getting around so easy. The care that we were given made our Italian adventure a trip of a lifetime. We felt very spoilt.

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Matthew Altieri, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review Lance! So glad to know your vacation was more than you expected and we would love to help you plan you next vacation:) It was a pleasure help you!

Adventures in southern italy - 7 days , Italy - Sep 7 - Sep 14, 2019

Traveler: Chanelle H. - Local specialist: Matthew Altieri

Our trip in Italy was fantastic. The drivers who picked us up and drove us to all of our destinations were extremely friendly, nice and professional. One of our phones was forgotten in one of our driver’s car, and he was kind enough to bring the phone back to us the next day in perfect condition. The hotels were greatly located, clean and the staff were very accommodating. The hotel in Amalfi and Rome were beautiful, however the hotel in Sorrento lacked some appeal as we were put in a room... read more

Our trip in Italy was fantastic. The drivers who picked us up and drove us to all of our destinations were extremely friendly, nice and professional. One of our phones was forgotten in one of our driver’s car, and he was kind enough to bring the phone back to us the next day in perfect condition. The hotels were greatly located, clean and the staff were very accommodating. The hotel in Amalfi and Rome were beautiful, however the hotel in Sorrento lacked some appeal as we were put in a room below ground level that was dark and very small. I would highly recommend all the hotels, except that one.
The food was fantastic and there was a great breakfast selection at most hotels.
The tours were fantastic, including the guides and staff.
Matthew was a great help throughout the trip, always answering our questions right away and giving us wonderful suggestions.
All in all, I would recommend kimkim to anyone that is travel to an unknown country and thank you all for planning an unforgettable trip for us!

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Matthew Altieri, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your kind review! It was a pleasure having you here in Italy with us:)

Hiking in southern dolomites, Italy - Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2019

Traveler: Kathryn G. - Local specialist: Davide Munari

David was very attentive to our requests and needs from the start. We wanted a hut experience in the Dolomites and he suggested a beautiful trip. We had a wonderful accommodation at Hotel Pider in Wengen, and then two days hiking to and back from Rufugio Fanes. The hikes had a lot of variety in addition to the beauty that is the Dolomites. The food was delicious and the hosts were welcoming in both places. We had several questions for David before the trip, which he answered promptly and graciously. We found his service very professional yet friendly.

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Davide Munari, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the nice words! I am glad you have enjoyed your holiday.