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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 in the summer and during holidays when people are more likely to travel. If you have the flexibility, try and visit during the less crowded shoulder seasons. 

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

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.

Italy Tours & Itineraries

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Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary

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 its stunning monuments and vibrant local markets; Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theater and the postcard views of Mount Etna; The continuous activity of the volcano Stromboli and its breathtaking coastal scenery; Syracuse and Agrigento with their archaeological masterpieces and Mt Etna: Europe's highest active volcano.

The ruins of Taormina at sunset
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
Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 day itinerary

Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims and Normans. This 7-day itinerary will let you discover the cultural footprints all these conquerors left behind. You will travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, have a stroll under Baroque façades and enjoy the colorful and vibrant local markets, while enjoying spectacular scenery, and experiencing the relaxed island lifestyle, cuisine and wine of Sicily.

Alicudi panoramic view
Volcanoes of Sicily: Exploring Mt Etna and the Aeolian Islands - 9-Day Itinerary

Dominated by volcanic peaks, some of them still active, Sicily and the Aeolian islands offer dramatic, rumbling cones, stunning coasts, and fertile interiors. Explore the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago, made up of 7 diverse islands including Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli, whose active volcanic cone dominates the horizon. The literal highlight of this trip is the climb to the top of Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, with its combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. During your trip you will enjoy panoramic walks, wonderful beaches and excellent Sicilian food and wine.

Sunset view from the island of Alba
Explosive Adventures in Southern Italy - 7-Day Exploration of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Explore Naples and the Amalfi Coast on this active and culinary 7 day trip. You will visit the island of Capri and the fascinating remains of the Roman town of Pompeii as well as vibrant Naples, an incredible city rich with culture, museums and food. The landscape varies from typical Mediterranean macchia (shrub), to the cultivated terraces of citrus, olives, and vines. Lemons from the Sorrentine Peninsula have inspired the liqueur limoncello, sipped ice cold after dinner. Fresh seafood, mozzarella, and pasta dishes unique to the region are among other tastes to be savored in this exploration of a mythical coastline.

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!

Make the Most of Your Time in Italy

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The ruins of Taormina theater at sunset
How many days do you need 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 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,...

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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, you’ll be able to see Italy’s highlights in a matter of days—but spending two weeks or more means you'll get to explore multiple regions and fall in love with the authentic Italy.

A quiet moment by the beach in Cefalù, Sicily
Best Time of Year to Visit Italy

With some of Europe’s most diverse landscapes, Italy is an appealing destination year-round. Depending on the season, you can sunbathe on a Mediterranean beach, ski down slopes covered with fresh powder, and everything in between. Read on to find the perfect time to visit.

Rome
Italian Highlights from Rome to Cinque Terre - 8 Days

From artistic Florence to the famously beautiful National Park of Cinque Terre, this week-long highlights tour will give you a taste of some of the best that sunny, charming Italy has to offer. Explore Rome's ancient monuments, soak in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, and visit vineyards, food shops, and incredible restaurants along the way.

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

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Italy
Travel specialist Marianne Lopez
active 21 hours ago

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
active 19 hours ago

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 Mario Fortini
active 12 hours ago

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 Veronica Maggi
active 13 hours 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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Trip Reviews for Italy

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Spectacular self-drive tour around sicily - 14-day itinerary, Italy - Nov 4 - Nov 7, 2018

Traveler: Jo R. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

I'm very grateful to Marianne and Carmello and the kimkim team behind them for their patience with my very specific interests and their continuing effort to find matches. Minori, on the Amalfi coast, was just the right size, the Hotel Lucia was simple and impeccable, local bus service to other coastal cities was as promised and their transfer arrangements spot on. I'm an experienced solo traveler but new to this part of Italy and wanted a little local insight beyond what's on the internet. I'll use kimkim again and recommend it to others.

Almalfi coast , Italy - Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2018

Traveler: Nazy F. - Local specialist: Carmelo Guarnaccia

Trip to the Almalfi Coast was amazing! Carmelo was super helpful in planning and tailoring the trips to our needs. The agency was also very quick to respond during our stay in Italy and was very accommodating in helping us work out some last minute changes to our trip. It was truly an unforgettable experience in a beautiful place!

Trip to italy, Italy - Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2018

Traveler: FELIX L. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

Had an amazing time on our short, self-guided bike trip through Tuscany. The area is beautiful, especially the stretch from the outskirts of Florence to Radda in Chianti. Lots of wineries with consistently good wine. Everything was well coordinated in terms of bike delivery, luggage transport, and hotel booking. Had some initial difficulty with the bikes and with navigation but everything went smoothly afterwards.

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Sicily bicycling and culture

Looking for a short, fun trip to Sicily in September. Two active woman cyclists, in our sixties . Would benefit from a moderate to easy cycling schedule ( supported?). Would like hotel bookings and guided tours set up, as well as some local activities...

Group of 2 friends visited Italy in September 2017

Florence

Going to be in Florence for 4 days in the middle of December for my daughter's 26 birthday. The whole trip is a surprise for my daughter. My daughter is an artist, so I would like to show her David, and maybe go to Pisa or Cinque Terre. I'm open to...

Family of 2 visited Italy in December 2017

2 week self drive in August starting in Catania

I am interested in 'Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary " We have already booked the flight tickets arriving at Catania to start the trip for 14 days. We would like the arrangement including car rental, hotel or guest houses...

Family of 3 visited Italy in August 2017

Ancient Sites of Palermo and Taormina

I want to split my week between Palermo and Taormina, with a focus on day trips to ancient sites and wines of the region. We would like it to be a leisurely trip with an English-speaking guide.

A couple visited Italy in May 2017

Everything Italy

Want to see many of the major cities and attractions of Italy. Starting in northern area and ending in amalfi coast. Would love a comfortable and local feel. This is a graduation trip and looking to be active but also relax. Husband is from Italy, would...

A couple visited Italy in October 2017