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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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,...
If you have a week in Sicily, it’s best to focus on one or two regions as opposed to trying to see everything. There's the wine country of the west, the medieval villages of the...
With three days you can encounter a slice of Sicily and its wonderful coastlines, culture and ancient ruins. We have brought together two itineraries that show off these...
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...
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...
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...
It’s easy to fall into the Florence trap in Tuscany. While no one is denying the appeal of that most cultured of cities, Tuscany goes way beyond the obvious appeal of Pisa’s...
Getting lost in the mazy streets of a tucked-away hill town is one of the true delights of travel in Italy. Here you'll wander cobbled streets lined with shuttered houses,...
Venice is one of the most popular destinations on Earth, with a well-developed hospitality industry that goes back to the early 1800s. It can seem like the city is little more...
As the epicenter of the Renaissance, Florence remains one of Italy’s—and Europe’s—most popular destinations, crammed full of mind-blowing art. But as Mark Twain wrote in...
June is the month when tourists flock from all over the world to claim for themselves a bit of the beauty, splendor, history, and culture that defines Italy. From Venice and...
On this week-long adventure, you'll sail and cycle around two crown jewels of Europe's islands: Sardinia and Corsica. The landscapes here are the stuff of Mediterranean dreams, where sky-blue waters turn crystal clear as they reach the soft white sands of emerald coasts. Then there's the countryside, which abounds with landmarks both natural and man-made, from bronze-age ruins to the great granite rocks shaped by wind over millennia into unique formations.
The chill may be coming in strong, but December in Italy also signals the start of the Christmas season. Across the nation there are holiday markets galore, selling everything from hot roasted chestnuts to mulled wine. Plus, all those ski slopes in the north of the country are starting to open for business.
The sunny splendor of Italy is officially gone by November. However, you shouldn't let a bit of inclement weather spoil your Italian holiday. During this month, the crowds are gone, the museums and restaurants are less crowded, and there's some delicious food festivals you can attend. So pack your appetite, because you're off to Italy.
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Tour of italy, Italy - Mar 25 - Mar 30, 2019
Our trip to Italy was fantastic! We saw so many sites in such a short time that it was all very exhilarating yet overwhelming! Our plan was to see and experience as much as we could on this trip so when we come back in a few years, we will know where we want to spend our time. Mario did a great job putting this together!
Venice was a phenomenal city, and while we explored and got lost on our own, the private guided tour with Davide was priceless. He took us to and through places we would... read more
Spring break 2019 - italy, Italy - Mar 29 - Apr 5, 2019
Awesome trip that covered the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Rome. Loved the accommodations arranged by Carmelo - its sometimes a challenge to travel as a family of 5 and the hotel, then apartment, then shared suite that he arranged for us were perfect! Each had great locations in easy walking distance to the town centers and attractions. Also had first rate drivers and guides in each location, and appreciated the way Carmelo checked in with us throughout the trip to make sure all was well. Things were smooth from start to finish.
Italy trip , Italy - Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2018
It was a wonderful experience. Mario & team assisted us to customise our trip to the needs of my 4yr old and 65yrs+ parents.
We were a bit pressed for time but our stay in Florence was the best.
Guide Paulo at Rome was very thorough and detailed at all the various historic sites.
Was a great trip.
One thing to note was at some point there was not transport arranged n we were a bit confused about it. Nonetheless arranging ourselves was not tough.
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
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
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
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
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