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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

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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.

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.

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.
Map of Discover Sicily's East Coast: Picturesque and Stunning Sicily - 8 Days
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
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,...

Puglia's laid-back beaches 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 see the highlights of two or three major cities, or base yourself in one region for a week of in-depth cultural (and culinary) experiences. ...

The Roman Forum
Map of 10 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Many travelers with 10 days to spend in Italy choose to explore two to three cities or regions—you can easily see the top sights in Venice, Florence, Rome, adding the Amalfi...

A vineyard in Chianti, Tuscany
Map of 2 Weeks in Italy - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Italy - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Italy, you can see many of the country's top sights in one trip—Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast—or spend your time exploring a particular region in...

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...

Italy Travel Advice

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Italy Destination Guides

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Siena's Main Square
Highlights of Rome and Florence - 7 Days

Your trip to Rome and Florence starts with guided tours through Rome's historical core, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum, with walks through the Colosseum and to the top of Palatine Hill. Head to Florence to experience its historic squares, cathedrals, and museums, plus an Italian cooking class to learn how to make traditional pasta and dessert. End your trip in the Tuscan countryside with visits to Siena and San Gimignano, complete with walking tours and a wine tasting.

View of Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Highlights of Rome and Florence - 6 Days

Combine the best of Rome and Florence in this 6-day trip, starting with guided tours of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, Rome's historical center, and the ancient sites of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Take the train to Florence where you'll discover medieval plazas, monuments, cathedrals, and museums, plus incredible views of the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. End your tour with a cooking class in Florence, where you'll lean how to make traditional Italian pasta, dessert, and more.

Skyline of Rome
Highlights of Rome and Florence - 5 Days

Start your 5-day trip by discovering the sites of Rome with a guided tour through historic cathedrals, squares, museums, and bridges, plus enjoy incredible views atop one of its seven hills. Visit Vatican City, perusing its Renaissance art through museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, then head to Florence to discover its famous Duomo and the statue of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia. Finish the tour with a visit to Lucca and Pisa, two Tuscan cities with history that goes beyond the Leaning Tower.

Italy Travel Maps

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Guide to Italy's Regions: Where to Go for Beaches, Wine, History, and More
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Sicily in 3 days: 2 Short Coastal Tour Options
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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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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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 Mario Fortini
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Mario Fortini

I am 42, born and bred in Rome and I love to travel; during my life I've had the chance to travel extensively around the world and came to the conclusion that Italy is a unique place, with endless...

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Travel specialist Olivier Levasseur
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Olivier Levasseur

Born in Annecy, I'm a trekking guide and guided more than 10 years, first in the Alps, then world wide. Now at the office designing and organising mountain trips in the Alps for french and world...

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Trip Reviews for Italy

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Italy · Italy - Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2019

Traveler: Cory U. - Local specialist: Fabio Fasone

Had a ton of fun. All the recommendations for restaurants were on point. The Wine tour was a little underwhelming. That is pretty much my only criticism of the vacation. Thanks for everything !!

Italy Trip Review 2019 · Italy - Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2019

Traveler: Johnny H. - Local specialist: Valentina Boscoscuro

Valentina has been extremely accommodating throughout the entire process — from proposing an itinerary, to making late changes in our plans due to weather, to ensuring that our trip was going well. Our trip to Italy would not have been the same without her. I would definitely work with her again should I travel back to Italy in the future.

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Valentina Boscoscuro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ciao Johnny!
Thank you for your feedback, I am glad you appreciated our service you enjoyed your time in Italy!
I wish you a all the best in this new year and we hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future.

Best,
Valentina and all the Meet&Greet Staff

Puglia in Oct/Nov · Italy - Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2019

Traveler: Richard F. - Local specialist: Davide Munari

This was a great trip. Cycling routes were very planned and hotels had been very well chosen. Got a real feel for southern Italy at olive harvesting time. Managed to do some informal oil production visiting and tasting as well as wine tasting organised by the tour. Good mix of country and coast.

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Davide Munari, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the feedback and the pictures! Seems like you have enjoyed your holiday
Great places, great food and great weather!