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.
Italy 7-Day Tours & Itineraries
With a week in Italy you can choose to focus on one region for a more in-depth experience, or visit two or three regions to cover some more ground. You could opt to spend your 7 days traveling the coast of Sicily and visit the ancient archeological sites of the Ionian Coast, or embark on a bicycle tour of the Mt. Etna region of the island. The north of Italy is perfect for a weeklong getaway too. You could cycle amid the vineyards of Tuscany, spend a few days hiking among the peaks of the Dolomites, or make a combined trip to discover three of the most romantic cities anywhere in the world: Venice, Florence, and Rome.
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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.
This tour of Sicily starts in the island's largest city, colorful and vibrant Palermo, before continuing to the country for scenic drives and island hopping. Boat rides, visits to wineries, walks along cobblestone streets and exploration of archaeological sites are just a few of the bucket list items you can tick off on this Sicilian adventure.
This region of Sicily is perhaps the most popular part of the Mediterranean's most iconic island — and for good reason. Europe's largest volcano, ancient archeological sites, shimmering turquoise waters, and easy to navigate resort towns are all reasons travelers flock to this region of the island in droves each year. Step slightly off the beaten path, however, and it is still possible to catch a glimpse of the Ionian coast's beauty, history, and culture.
This 7-day getaway trip is a short and sweet solution for travelers who want to relax and explore Italian culture. Start on the Amalfi Coast for small fishing villages and old-timey villas, then head to sunny Sorrento for an authentic cooking class. End your trip in the capital city of Rome to see the world-famous Vatican and other top city landmarks.
This 7-day tour along the southeastern coast of Sicily features impressive archaeological sites, including the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It's an incredibly scenic drive, with golden beaches and vineyards, plus overnight stays in ancient, seaside towns.
If you want to see the stunning Puglia region but are short on time, this packed 7-day itinerary is for you. Start in Alberobello to see the cone-shaped Trulli homes and ancient Matera caves, then head to Lecce to see Baroque architecture and a 2nd-century Roman amphitheater. End in Bari for religious icons, a medieval old town, and some of Italy's best street food.
Eat and drink your way through Italy's famous culinary regions —Bologna, Tuscany, and Rome—on this packed weeklong tour. Start in Bologna, Italy's food capital, to try the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and see the University of Bologna. Continue to Florence to see works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, then sample local Chianti in a Tuscan winery. End your trip in Rome to experience Vatican City, Roman ruins, and the perfect Italian pizza.
Sicily is a captivating destination, with scenic beauty, historic sites, and culinary delights. This 7-day itinerary is for the active traveler looking to experience the best of the island while cycling and walking.
On this seven day trek, you'll encounter some of the world's most beautiful alpine scenery, including three of the most famous peaks in the Dolomites: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Hike between mountain huts high in the beautiful Northern Dolomites, traverse sheer rock walls using the area's famous via ferrati, and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in cozy refugi lodges along the route.
From Venice's Grand Canal to Tuscany's winemaking region, this 7-day itinerary is a top choice for travelers on a time crunch. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, shop for carnival masks and handblown art in Venice, and explore medieval hilltop towns in the Chianti Classico Region. End in Rome, where legendary Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and buzzing nightlife await.
Explore Northern Italy's Lakes district on this weeklong getaway trip. Tour the Royal Palace, see art in the Castello Sforzesco, and enjoy the nightlife on Milan's Navigli canals. See da Vinci's The Last Supper, then head to Lake Como and Lake Garda to enjoy small lakeside villages, sprawling summer villas, and a day trip to the Dolomite Mountains.
Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history on this 7-day itinerary. Start your trip in Florence, where world-famous works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and others dominate the art scene. Tour the Uffizi Gallery and Duomo, then climb the iconic leaning tower in Pisa. Celebrate with gelato before heading to the Tuscan countryside to see 13th-century churches in Siena and try the renowned Chianti wine. End in Lucca where you'll learn why handmade pasta tastes better and enjoy a sunny afternoon in a medieval courtyard, a glass of wine in hand.
This 7-day highlights itinerary is perfect for travelers on a time crunch. Start in Palermo, voted in 2015 by Forbes as the European capital of street food, to explore Sicily's vibrant culture and history. Visit a variety of churches, from an Italo-Albanian Catholic Church to the 12th-century Monreale Cathedral, and learn how to prepare a 4-course Sicilian meal. Continue to sophisticated Taormina to explore the arts and hike to the top of Mount Etna. End your trip in Catania to see Baroque architecture and cool off with refreshing watermelon granitas.
This week-long itinerary is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure looking to experience the culture and natural beauty Italy has to offer. Stroll through the streets of Naples and sample the local flavors before heading off to explore the unique Pompeii ruins and impressive Mt. Vesuvius. Spend the rest of your trip soaking in the sun in picturesque Amalfi Coast villages and taking a dip in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
Spend a week on the Cinque Terre coast, exploring the small towns and rugged cliffs that make this region such a popular destination. Stay in Manarola and Portofino, two of the UNESCO-designated region's old-world villages. Hike along the coast, snorkel in the clear blue water and eat delicious fresh-caught seafood. End your trip in Pisa where the famous leaning tower and richly decorated medieval churches await.
Get ready, cyclists: this one's for you! The Eroica is a world-renowned vintage bike race, held annually in the hilly, vineyard-dotted region of Chianti in Tuscany. Follow the route of this legendary race, experiencing the Strade Bianche (unpaved white roads) that take you through the heart of this magnificent countryside.
Spend a week in luxury exploring Italy's cities on this packed itinerary. Explore Venice from the water, see Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence, and get exclusive access to the world-famous art and history of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Throughout the trip, enjoy private guided tours, indulge in delicious local food, and relax at night in luxurious accommodations.
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.
Stretch your legs around the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in this 7-day tour, starting in the vibrant city of Naples. Explore the monuments and sites of your city hub and explore the nearby island of Capri and the ruins of Pompeii, plus hike around the crater of Mt. Vesuvius. Then move on to the scenic Amalfi coast where Agerola will be your hub, allowing you easy access to breathtaking hikes leading to the villages of Ravello, Positano and Antrani.
Explore Palermo, Sicily's regional capital, and its nearby surroundings on this 7-day tour of the island's northwest. A cultural melting pot, Palermo is home to stunning baroque monuments and bustling markets, as well as a mouthwatering street food scene. You'll begin in Palermo with a visit to the Norman-Byzantine Monreale Cathedral, find your way to the millennia-old Greek temple of Segesta, and spend a day in the coastal town of Cefalù.
Eat and drink your way through the incredible cuisine of Northern Italy on this 7-day tour. Explore the 11th-century university and covered porticos in Bologna, indulge your taste buds with visits to prosciutto and parmesan producers, and stay in a quiet medieval town in the Emilia Romagna countryside. End the trip in the Valpolicella wine region for a full-day wine tour and cooking class.
Balance your travels between the city and countryside with this week-long itinerary. In between the art and history found on the busy streets of Milan and Florence, you'll also visit the peaceful villas of Lake Como, seaside towns of Cinque Terre, and vineyards of Chianti.
Start your trip in Rome, admiring the Sistine Chapel on a tour of the Vatican and strolling through the streets to experience its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.
Slow down as you explore charming Lake Garda and its picturesque towns from north to south with this 7-day trip. Compare and contrast Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda with a guided tour, discovering medieval fortress walls, castles, and old town centers. Head north by boat and climb to the top of the Torre Apponale tower in Riva del Garda. Look out across the lake, then take the trail to the beautiful Cascate del Varone waterfall. The beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains will surely leave you with amazing memories for years to come.
An excellent combination of nature and history, this tour starts on the shores of picturesque Lake Como before heading to the colorful hills of Cinque Terre. Enjoy relaxing on the waterfront and hiking from one colorful village to another. End the tour in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private guides will take you through the historical streets to the best art galleries, museums, and monuments, including the Vatican Museums, the Roman Forum, and the Accademia Gallery to see the David.
This packed weeklong itinerary is perfect for adventurous families who are short on time. Hit the top highlights with visits to Venice and Florence, where you'll tour medieval palaces, go on city-wide treasure hunts, and explore kid-friendly museums. End in Rome to go back in time to the ancient empire with a visit to the Colosseum and a chance to become gladiators for the day.
Take a full week to treat yourself on this trip. Stroll the seaside streets of Portofino and trails of Cinque Terre, taste the slow food scene in the Langhe region (where the movement began), and explore the historic highlights of Turin, including a trip to a mountaintop monastery that sits alongside a popular pilgrimage route.
This self-drive tour around Tuscany is perfect for those looking to delve into Italian wine culture. Start in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, stroll around its medieval plazas and cathedrals and see for yourself the history that permeates the city. Visit picturesque Tuscan villages and local wineries, getting a taste for local life and in some incredible surroundings.
Explore the best of Northern Italy on this 7-day trip to Milan and Lake Como. Discover Rennaissance art in Milan, learn how to cook your own homemade pasta, and mix a classic Italian aperitivo. Taste your way through Parma's famous food scene and relax on Lake Como as you visit magnificent villas and the villages of Bellagio and Varenna.
No Italian vacation is complete without a visit to Rome, and this one-week whirlwind trip takes you through the country's capital city and its stunning southern coastlines. Explore Rome's historical center where ancient history comes to life before setting out to discover the incomparable Amalfi Coast. Discover the ruins of Pompeii and round out your trip with some relaxed beach time.
Wander through a week of luxury with this seven-day itinerary. You'll take two panoramic train routes, cable cars, and boat rides across some of the best of what the region has to offer with ruins, mountain views, and culinary experiences along the way.
Spend seven days exploring art and history in three of Italy's most beautiful cities with this luxury itinerary. You'll tour the famous islands of Murano and Burano to see the master glassblowers and lace makers at work, explore Venice's canals on a private gondola, see ancient ruins in Rome and Pompeii, and spend three days exploring the Amalfi Coast.
Over 7 days, discover some of Italy's best food and wine in the cities and rural villages of the Piedmont region. Begin in the grand city of Turin, where you'll learn about Savoy history and try regional produce in the Quadrilatero market district. Enjoy a full-day Barolo and Barbaresco wine tasting tour in the Lange Hills. Go white truffle hunting with an expert guide and their trusty 'Trifulau' dog near Alba, and feast on your harvest.
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.
The Friuli Venezia Giulia region may be small, but it's packed with some of Italy's favorite spots. Spend seven days sauntering through historic architecture, hiking trails, handmade arts, and more as you explore the scenery and culture.
This tour through Tuscany is the perfect way to indulge your taste buds, all while visiting stunning vineyards and medieval towns like Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano. As you explore the ancient cobblestone streets and monuments, you'll enjoy the flavors of the region with wine tastings and traditional, locally-sourced cuisine, plus a private tour of Florence, a stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a stroll through the old Cypress trees of Bolgheri. End your trip on the rocky coast of Cinque Terre where you'll enjoy more wine and regional foods in La Spezia, Portovenere, and Riomaggiore.
In a mere week, you can craft an unforgettable Italian holiday that includes two historic regions. The first is Rome, with its ancient Colosseum, Vatican, and the myriad other sights you'll discover on a city tour. Then you're off to Sicily for a bit of culture and island fun in the form of street-food tours and a day trip to Cefalú, one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world.
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.
Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history on this itinerary. Start your trip in Florence, where world-famous works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and others dominate the art scene. On a self-drive tour, explore the Tuscan countryside to see 13th-century churches in Siena and try the renowned Chianti wine. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa and relax on the beaches of Cinque Terre before ending your trip back in Florence.
From the Sistine Chapel in Rome to Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence, this trip is perfect for travelers who want to see Italy's top sights at a relaxed pace, while getting a glimpse at a more off-the-beaten-path region as well. Start in Rome for trendy wine bars, nighttime foodie crawls, and a visit tour of Vatican City, end in Florence to explore the medieval cathedral and plazas. Nestled between the two big cities is the lesser-visited and equally stunning region of Umbria, where you'll stop to admire the landscapes to round out your trip.
Discover Sicily's highlights with this quick 7-day self-drive itinerary. Starting in the regional capital of Palermo, you'll spend time discovering the Norman-Byzantine Monreale Cathedral, before cutting across the island to explore the Greek temple ruins of Agrigento. Cap off the trip with four nights in Catania, the perfect access point to the Sicilian-Baroque cities of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Scicli, as well as the historic Syracuse and the elegant seaside town of Taormina.
From Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, to the vistas of the Val d'Orcia, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this route will allow you to discover all the facets of Tuscany. You'll trek through some of Tuscany's most famous landscapes, including Chianti, Pienza, and Montepulciano, and explore Tuscany's two most famous cities, Florence and Siena.
Load the family into the car and hit the road for this trip through lovely Northern Italy, ideal for school-age children and families who want to manage their own budget and schedule. You'll start in fashionable Milan for a culture and history lesson before cruising around the glittering shores and garden villas of Lake Como. Then head to the park-filled shores of Lake Garda, Italy's most family-friendly lake, before heading back to Milan for your departure.
Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance in all its splendor. Discover Rennaissance art in Florence, browse bustling markets for fresh produce and cured meats and stroll through narrow medieval streets to see the 1,000-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge. Head to the Tuscan countryside to visit Siena and see the medieval Monteriggioni fortress and learn the secrets behind a homemade Italian meal.
Enjoy 7 days exploring romantic Lake Como in Italy's Lake District. Take a guided tour of Como, visit Villa Olmo park, and ride up to Brunate on the funicular railway for unrivaled views across the lake. Walk the Greenway of Lake Como, a 6-mile route along the lakeside, and stop at Villa Balbianello in Lenno. Hop across the lake by boat to wander the cobbled streets and botanical gardens in Varenna and Bellagio.
Italians are deservedly proud of their food and wine culture- discover why on this 7-day trip. Taste Parma prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Wander the markets and drink full-bodied red wines in Bologna. Enjoy aperitivo time in Milan as you learn how to mix classic cocktails from local experts, and explore the city on your own from Piazza Duomo. Escape the city (but not incredible cuisine) for a day, and visit the beautiful Lake Como with a local guide.
If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.
During this 7-day trip, you'll experience the best of Milan and explore two of the most amazing lakes in Northern Italy, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Discover the picturesque villages of Bellagio and Como, and visit elegant villas, historic churches, and ride a funicular to mountaintop Brunate at sunset. On Lake Maggiore, stay in the charming town of Stresa, and enjoy a boat ride to Isola Bella, "the beautiful island". In Milan, delve into Italian culture, history, and art when visiting the Gothic Duomo and hip neighborhoods.
Explore historic and culturally important cities on this 7-day trip to Northeast Italy. Historically Trieste has been influenced by Austrian, Hungarian, and Slovenian culture, come explore this interesting vibe. Tour the grand piazzas, castles and palaces on a walking tour with a local guide. Grado offers a relaxed pace of life on the coast with long walks along beaches and the yacht lined-harbor. The city of Aquileia is a great place to uncover Roman history on an archeology tour. In Venice, the iconic St Mark's Square and Doge's Palace await you. Afterwards, you'll get to know the canals and neighborhoods of the city, such as the former Jewish Ghetto.
This week-long Italian excursion is ideal for families, with plenty of interactive activities. Start by cruising the canals in Venice, where you'll learn how to craft your own Carnival mask and explore the halls of the Doge's Palace and islands within the lagoon. Then head to Rome, where you'll visit top sites by golf cart, taste your way through the markets, and learn the hidden secrets of the Vatican's museums. With activities specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, you'll hit the highlights of Italy while keeping the little ones entertained.
With this 7-day itinerary, you will visit three powerful cities in Northern Italy. Treviso's narrow streets are perfectly charming, and there is a lot to see and do in a small area, including a Prosecco tasting. Learn about Roman history in Verona whilst visiting the ancient amphitheater, and allow a local guide to navigate the canals in Venice as you enjoy a walking tour through the city.
This 7-day itinerary will bring you from the canals of Venice to bustling Milan via Lake Garda. Be charmed and amazed by the highlights of the lagoon city of Venice. Escape the crowds and find tranquility on Lake Garda, and enjoy a day trip to nearby Lake Como, visiting grand villas such as Villa Olmo and Villa Monastero. Explore Milan's rich history on a walking tour of the city through the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the other iconic sites around Piazza Duomo.
Venice is just the tip of the iceberg as you explore the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Take a guided tour of the Doge's Palace, and St. Mark's Square, then head out into Venice's lagoon to Murano and Burano islands. Visit the Roman Arena and Casa di Giulietta in Verona, and sip the best varietals in the Valpolicella wine region. Wrap it all up with a day trip to scenic Lake Garda and its charming towns.
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 7 Days
Spend time in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, as well as the Italian Riviera, during this 7-day trip. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Turin to learn about the city's history and baroque architecture. Then leave the city behind for Rivera beaches and coastal hiking in the rugged Cinque Terre on the west coast. Be charmed by the quaint fishing villages of Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Embrace the relaxed pace of life and go wine tasting in Riomaggiore, before heading back to exciting bustle of modern Milan to complete your journey.
Nestled between two stunning cities, the town of Assisi makes for the perfect stopover for your journey up the Italian peninsula. With a couple of days to explore these stunning landscapes of the Umbria region with your rental car, this tour visits the highlights of Rome and explores the Renaissance beauty of Florence, combined with a few nights of small-town Italian life.
Discover historic and modern highlights of the Eternal City in this 7-day tour. Hear stories of gladiators in Rome's ancient Colosseum, tour the iconic Pantheon and visit the Vatican Museum to see the world-famous Sistine Chapel. Explore the Galleria Borghese to see works by Rafaello and Caravaggio, then stroll around the peaceful gardens of Villa Borghese. Enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the Piazza Navona and unwind at night with a homemade Italian pizza and a glass of wine.
This week-long trip will take you to some of Rome's most popular spots, then let you unwind on the beaches of Sorrento, while leaving plenty of wiggle room to accommodate the less-predictable petite family members. You'll start by cruising around Romes's highlights on a golf cart tour, then follow guided tours of the main sites that can be customized to your interests while being speedy enough to keep the smaller, fussier members of your party engaged.
Spend a week getting to know the best of food, wine and culture around Verona and Padua with this itinerary. Prepare handmade pasta in Verona, accompanied by regional Valpolicella wine. Take a guided tour of Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda using the local boat service around sparkling Lake Garda, and visit the Roman villa overlooking the water. Discover the lagoon city of Venice on a self-guided trip from Padua, and admire famous 14th-century paintings by Giotto.
This route takes you through the highlights of Italy while exploring more of each region. Start in Rome, visiting the Vatican and Colosseum before making your way up to the lesser-known Umbria region for a stopover in Orvieto. Enjoy your time away from the big city and delight in the local life. Continue up to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. This city's incredible plazas and cathedrals never disappoint.