Avoid the crowds and explore Italy's quieter central regions on this laid-back 11-day itinerary. Starting in Marche, you'll explore medieval hill towns, tour renowned wine country, and go truffle hunting in ancient woodlands. Spend a day climbing through the mountaintop kingdom of San Marino before crossing the Apennines to Umbria, Italy's "green heart." Here you'll soak up the art, culture, and cuisine of Perugia, its beguiling regional capital.
Bellarome Italian Vacations
We are a boutique travel agent specialist for customized and personalized trips to Italy; we have our main office in Rome, one more office in Lucca (Tuscany) and also one office in England.
We have a strong passion for crafting beautiful holidays to meet clients' most specific requirements and we take genuine pride in making wishes come true!
We are responsible for every service element of our holidays and we don't use intermediaries. We have room allocations and access to special rates, working directly with hotels all over Italy. We employ tour guides in most cities as well as drivers for private transfers. We are proud to put our clients' happiness as our top priority and we can promise stress-free touring and beautiful experiences.
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This relaxed 10-day itinerary gives you plenty of time to discover the hidden gems of central Italy. Start in eastern Marche, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Tour the area's renowned wine country, settle into the medieval hill towns of Ascoli Piceno and Urbino, and spend a day exploring the tiny kingdom of San Marino. Head southwest across the mountains to end your stay in Perugia, where you'll discover its Renassaince history and immerse yourself in the regional cuisine.
This leisurely 9-day itinerary introduces you to the medieval hill towns and rolling countryside of Italy's lesser-known central regions. Skip the crowds and explore the rolling wine country and fortified villages of Marche before heading north to the tiny kingdom of San Marino. Cross the Apennines to end your trip in Umbria, sampling the culture and cuisine of the regional capital of Perugia.
Step off the beaten path and discover some of central Italy's hidden treasures on this relaxed 8-day itinerary. Start in the bucolic region of Marche, where the medieval hill towns of Ascoli Piceno and Urbino will serve as your base for touring local wineries. After a visit to the tiny mountaintop country of San Marino, cross the Apennines to beautiful Umbria. Here you'll explore the region's fortified capital of Perugia, a vibrant city of ancient ruins and Renaissance architecture.
Spend a week exploring the historic hill towns and rolling wine country of Italy's lesser-known central regions. This 7-day itinerary starts in Marche, a lush, mountainous region hidden between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Visit the fortified medieval towns of Ascoli Piceno and Urbino, discover the rich winemaking culture of its countryside, and spend a day in the tiny fairytale kingdom of San Marino. Cross the mountains into Umbria to end your trip in the regional capital of Perugia, where you'll spend your final day learning to cook and savor the local cuisine.
Skip the crowds on this packed 6-day jaunt through Italy’s lesser-known central regions. Hidden between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Marche boasts the rolling hills and rustic hill towns of Tuscany with far fewer tourists. Visit its beautiful fortified villages of Ascoli Piceno and Urbino, then sample its rich winemaking traditions on a tour of surrounding vineyards. Cross the mountains into Umbria to end your trip in the regional capital of Perugia, where you’ll explore ancient ruins, browse Renaissance art, and spend your final day learning to cook the local cuisine.
Recent Trip Reviews for Bellarome Italian Vacations
Sep 1 - Sep 8, 2022
We were very disappointed that about 10 days before our trip, our hotel in Cinque Terre was downgraded significantly. The only way I was notified was when our final travel documents and train tickets were sent to us via email, there was one small line in the itinerary that said "Hotel changed to....." Then the description proceeded to describe the other, nicer hotel we had supposedly booked at for the agreed-upon price. When we attempted to reach Matthew multiple times and ways, we got no... read more
50th Wedding Anniversary Trip
Oct 26 - Nov 6, 2019
Our Guides Alessandro in Florence was excellent. Ricardo in Rome was excellent also. They were also very helpful . I was. Dis appointed in Matthew. On our second he asked us how our cooking class was? We said no one showed or called. Matthew said he would call us back. We never heard another word from him all week! We waited around all day prior to his call, alerted the front desk and no one came. My husband was really looking forward to this. Loves to cook. Communication was a definite... read more
Lance and Dom - Italy in 9 Days.
Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2019
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.
Adventures in Southern Italy - 7 Days
Sep 7 - Sep 14, 2019
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
Awesome trip overall
Sep 1 - Sep 21, 2019
Our favorite part of the experience was the cooking class in Tuscany. The view was absolutely stunning and it was such a fun day! We really enjoyed the smaller group tours. I would highly recommend taking the ferry when traveling between the Greek Islands. It’s much more convenient than flying. Bellou suites in Mykonos was our absolute favorite hotel. Beautiful views, friendly owner and quiet and set back away from the hustle and bustle of this party island. We booked a few tours on our own... read more
Milan to Rome
Sep 4 - Sep 17, 2019
When I went to look for an agency to help custom plan a special trip to Italy I found KimKim online. I was a little skeptical at first but once we started working with our travel agent Veronica from Bellaroma all my concerns disappeared. This trip was a celebration of a milestone birthday and cancer free milestone so it needed to be special. Veronica worked with me over several months to refine our trip. She was an angel putting up with my can we move this day, what about if we did this and... read more
Trip to Greece
Aug 23 - Sep 8, 2019
The trip was fantastic. It was our 1st time in Greece so we didn't know what to expect. This trip did not disappoint. We especially liked the Athens to are that was provided by Veronica. Full of history and lots of knowledge as well as being able to say see and get lots of good pictures. Our hotels that we say that were full of knowledgable friendly people and we had a great time talking with them. We had a great time at the beaches and all the restaurants. We can't wait to go back!
Aug 14 - Aug 28, 2019
Being as this was the first time to travel to Italy, I was at the mercy of a travel agency to help me set up and arrange certain aspects of our trip. My husband and I did not want the typical tour group travel as we like to travel at our own pace. I reached out to KimKim as they offered services for independent travel. I felt as if our specialist just threw some stuff together and changes that we wanted made was a struggle, because the reply at the other end was always, well we are here and... read more
Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2019
Jul 14 - Jul 26, 2019
Who knew Sicily was so amazing?
We did Ischia, Procida, Palermo, Ortigia, Taormina and Valletta.
Also had some other highlights en route to those locations.
All in all--amazing cities, each with their own personalities.
I would recommend Taormina and Ortigia the most--since they were most authentic, less touristy (except Taormina does have a cruise ship terminal which makes the city swell at midday.)
Our guides were all terrific. Salvatore showed us around a gorge that is north of the Noto... read more
Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 7 Days
Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2019
We have a great experience working with Kim Kim and specially with Mario Fortini our guide. Mario went above and beyond, not only by booking and coordinating our trip to Italy and Greece, but also he follow up all the time in our transfers, connections and difference places we visited.
Mario is a true trusted travel advisor and very knowledgeable. He truly enjoyed that we got the best out our trip and experience fully the places we visited. Mario gave us very good advise all the time and... read more
Italian Highlights from Venice to Sicily in 20 days
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2019
Mario was extremely helpful in suggesting places to go for our 3 week holiday in Italy.
He was invaluable while we were away and was on call the whole time. Of course, problems occur when you are overseas, and Mario was there to translate and fix problems for us..... which included a flight delay that meant we missed a tour!
Thank you Mario for all your help!
Rome, Capri, Tuscany and Greece tour
Jun 1 - Jun 15, 2019
Our trip to Italy and Greece was amazing! The local tour guide, Bartholomew, really made Pompeii and Mt. Vesevius come to life. His knowledge and expertise of the area and the ancient history were fantastic. Dino, our guide in Rome, was also exceptional, he found so many unique and interesting places throughout Rome that made the experience delightful. He knew all the great places to go and how to avoid the crowds. Dionysus, was our guide in Athens and out to the Sanctuary of Artemis,... read more
May 28 - Jun 8, 2019
Mario did a great job with our trip! His planning took all the stress out of our visit. From the transfers, to the guides, to the trains, everything was perfect. We loved our guide, Julia in Florence. She was very informative and catered our tour to our tastes.
David in Venice was extremely knowledgeable and again, catered the tour to where and what we wanted to see.
Our Murano, Burano and Torcello tour out of Venice was awesome. A great way to explore the islands.
Loved our tour of... read more
Tour of 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
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.