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.
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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.
This one week tour of National Park of Cinque Terre lets you explore this UNESCO heritage site in all its glory. This is a unique area where houses are painted in vivid multi-colored shades and the sea is brighter than the sky. The hiking routes consist of ancient paths and mule tracks. Short train rides connect its five classic colorful fishing villages.
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.
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.
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 discovering this Mediterranean paradise. If you have 7 days you can explore a meaningful section of the island. Lucky travelers who have 14 days for their trip to Sicily can comfortably drive around Italy's entire coastline, experiencing the island's colorful clash of amazing flavors, ancient ruins, medieval villages, beaches and volcanoes.
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 is ideal during these periods, be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. Prices for accommodation drop and the tourist crowds thin out at other times of the year, making off-season travel a good option. Travel in November and December is highly recommended for these reasons.
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Christmas and new years in italy, Italy - Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2018
I reached out to KimKim because I had a difficult time planning the itinerary for our Italian vacation on my own. Giorgia did an excellent job with helping us plan. She had great recommendations for tours and things to do in Florence. She booked a small group tour of the Colosseum including the underground and other off-limit places. She also booked us for a small group tour of the Vatican. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and seemed to love sharing the history of their city. Giorgia... read more
Florence, Italy - Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2017
This trip to Italy was amazing. Giorgia did a fabulous job arranging everything, responded to emails quickly and efficiently! We had some issues with our flights getting changed multiple times, and Giorgia was amazing, kept in contact with us and our driver and our driver was there to meet us when we finally got there. My daughter especially liked the guide (whose name I can't remember) for the city tour of Florence, she took us to several churches, told us about art (my daughter is a... read more
Sicily trip, Italy - Oct 3 - Oct 17, 2017
The itinerary - Giorgia worked with us to create the trip that was suited to us, at a fair price.
She was always there if we wanted to contact her with any queries or comments.
The hotels - Were all in great locations, and were very good to excellent rooms. There was only one that was unsuitable, and this complaint was quickly rectified by the hotel and Giorgia. The staff were always helpful and friendly, and were always expecting us.
The connections - All connections were met, the drivers... read more
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