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!
Italy 8-Day Tours & Itineraries
With eight days in Italy there are plenty of possibilities to combine an exploration one or two of Italy's regions. Want to experience the nation’s greatest hits, including Rome and Tuscany? No problem. However, you could also spend that time in some of Italy’s lesser visited yet equally interesting regions. Perhaps opt for a beach holiday in Puglia or a cycling excursion on the coast of Sardinia. In the north, the colorful coastal villages of Cinque Terre await, as does the trés chic city of Milan and nearby Lake Como, the shining star of Italy’s Lakes Region.
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Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this week-long highlights tour. Visit Rome, the Eternal City, Florence the Renaissance Jewel and Venice one of the world's most romantic cities. Then head to the Tuscan countryside to taste its tradition, culture and famous Italian food and wine.
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.
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.
Take in the sights and sounds of the Amalfi Coast and dive deep into Roman history on this 8-day itinerary. Start on the Amalfi Coast for rocky beaches and a day trip to the sunny island of Capri before heading to Sorrento, a favorite Italian getaway. End your trip in Rome to see the world-famous Sistine Chapel and enjoy Rome's buzzing nightlife.
Discover what drew ancient and modern people to strategically-located Sicily on this 8-day tour. Start in Palermo to explore its colorful history and exceptional food scene. See the 12th-century Norman Cattedrale, shop for lunch at the busy Vucciria street market, and soak in the Mediterranean sunshine on the Mondello Beach. Continue to Taormina where you'll catch a performance at the Greek theater, see Sicily from the top of the Mount Etna volcano, and stuff yourself on delicious fried street food.
Spend a week cycling through Italy's Apulia region in the Mediterranean southeast. Start in ancient Matera to see 9,000-year-old cave dwellings, then continue to the laid-back Ionian coast. Cycle through endless olive groves, white-walled coastal resort towns, and quiet country roads.
Soak up the sunshine and go off the beaten track on this 8-day cycling expedition around Puglia in the heel of Italy's boot. You'll bike to lesser-known towns and villages on this moderate-level ride, pedaling through lush inland plateaux and down the coastline on mostly flat terrain. Enjoy southeastern Italy's historic sites, flavorful food, and natural beauty on this active tour.
Eight days isn't enough time to explore all of Italy, but bring the family and hit the top highlights for an unforgettable adventure. Start in Venice for a city-wide treasure hunt and a ride on a gondola, then head to Florence for kid-friendly museums and delicious chocolate focaccia. End in Rome, where Ancient Roman ruins and the world-famous Vatican await.
From the wide canals of Venice to the sunny lemon groves of the Amalfi Coast, this luxurious 8-day itinerary is Italy like you've never seen it before. Tour Florence's world-famous art museums with an art historian, learn to cook Italian food in Rome and discover ancient Roman history at the Colosseum. Round out your trip with a helicopter flight over Pompeii and a tour of the sunny Amalfi Coast.
This 8-day trip is perfect for travelers who want a packed itinerary but don't have tons of time. Explore Bologna's culinary delights, from traditional Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese to local prosciutto, then head to Florence to see pieces by top Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Machiavelli. In Tuscany, visit medieval villages, sip on full-bodied Chianti, and relax in sun-filled plazas overlooking rolling hills. End the trip in Rome to see the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, and try your hand at making the perfect pizza.
Explore Italy's top cities and winemaking regions with this whirlwind 8-day itinerary. Dive into history as you discover extravagant Venetian palaces, medieval Tuscan towns, and Rome's Vatican City. Ride a gondola on Venice's Grand Canal and taste world-famous wine in the Chianti Classico region. See masterpieces by Michelangelo and da Vinci in Florence, then end in Rome, where bohemian neighborhoods, a vibrant food scene, and the magnificent Colosseum await.
If spending eight days soaking in the sunshine and views of Italy's Lakes district sounds like a dream come true, this relaxed trip is for you. Explore the fashion & cultural capital of Milan, with time to go shopping and to enjoy the buzzing nightlife. Spend five days on the lake, enjoying leisurely afternoons by the water, trips to the spectacular Dolomite mountains, and touring Napoleon-era villas of Italy's rich and famous.
Spend a relaxing 8 days exploring medieval architecture and enjoying nature in Puglia. Begin your trip in Alberobello, where storybook Trulli homes pack the town center. Take a day trip to Ostuni, spend the afternoon on a beach, and learn to cook a Pugliese meal in Lecce. Finish in Bari, where narrow city streets, a vibrant religious presence, and freshly-baked focaccia barese await.
Explore the coastal trails of the Ligurian Riviera on foot with this adventurous itinerary. Starting in the seaside village of Camogli, you’ll make your way south, visiting beachside San Fruttuoso and Portofino before hopping a train to the iconic Cinque Terre. These five colorful villages are set like gems along steep sea cliffs, and you’ll walk between them via the region’s famed footpaths. Your final day ends in Portovenere, where you can watch the sunset over the shimmering Bay of Poets.
From rocky beaches to fresh-caught seafood and medieval fortresses, this 8-day trip to the Cinque Terre packs the adventure in. Stay in small fishing villages, hike along steep coastal trails, and snorkel to see the haunting Christ of the Abyss statue near Portofino. End your trip in Pisa to climb to the top of the leaning tower and eat the perfect cone of creamy gelato.
Active travelers who value independence and flexibility will appreciate this self-guided tour through the Tuscan countryside. Opt for a leisurely pace, or more involved hikes, as you first see the masterworks of Florence—the birthplace of the Renaissance—and then make your way to Chianti. You won't want to miss tasting some of the region's famous vintages, with Cypress tree views all around you. End your journey with an exploration of the preserved medieval city of Siena for a trip back in time.
This packed 8-day itinerary is perfect for travelers on a time crunch. Begin your trip in Florence to see top Renaissance works by Michelangelo and da Vinci, tour the iconic Duomo, and go shopping on the Pontevecchio Bridge. Climb the leaning tower of Pisa and see the 12th-century Monumental Cemetery, then head to the countryside for wine tasting and afternoon coffee in medieval village piazzas. End in Lucca where you'll tour the 11th-century Duomo di San Martino, then make—and eat!—the perfect bowl of pasta.
Experience the stunning landscapes, delicious food, and incredible people of Sardinia on this 8-day cycling tour through the Mediterranean island. Journey through thousands of years of history as you cycle challenging mountain passes and coast alongside endless sea cliffs. Start in the Catalan-heritage town of Alghero, then cross the heart of the island through the Barbagia region to end your trip on the southern tip of the island.
Discover the beauty of Sardinia's best beaches, starting from Santa Teresa di Gallura, right at the northern tip of the island. Explore the secret heart of the island hidden in the scenery of the Supramonte limestone mountain range. Your grand finale will include a hike among the granite rocks and gorgeous beaches of the southernmost point of Sardinia. As you enjoy Sardinia's incredible scenery and crystal-clear water, you'll be surprised by the diversity of this enchanting island.
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.
Get ready for a brisk tour of some of the most famous, beautiful, and ancient sites in Italy. This eight-day getaway begins with your arrival in Rome and guided tours of Roman landmarks like the Colosseum and globally renowned art museums like the Borghese Gallery. In Sicily, you'll make the capital of Palermo your base of operations as you go on street food tours and day trips to gorgeous coastal cities like Cefalú.
Enjoy eight days of indulgence through Italy and Switzerland on this itinerary. You'll go from the lakes into the mountains, then back down to lakes and back up to more mountains, taking in countless viewpoints and historic landmarks before you end with a day in the city of Zurich.
This 8-day itinerary takes you on a gastronomic adventure through two of Italy’s most spectacular landscapes and cuisines. Starting in the Piedmont hill town of La Morra, you’ll work your way south to Tuscany, ending in the medieval city of Montalcino. In between, you’ll explore picturesque villages, sample local dishes, and visit historic wineries.
The Sacra di Michele sits alongside a pilgrimage route from France to Italy and boasts features like the Doorway of the Zodiac, Great Staircase of the Dead, and Tower of the Beautiful Alda. Hear some its stories, and many others, on this eight-day itinerary which takes you from the seaside resorts of the coast to the Piedmont countryside to the mountains of Turin.
Discover the best spots in southern Puglia and explore Matera's unique cave dwellings on this self-drive tour. Your trip begins in Bari, the regional capital. You'll wander the streets of Alberobello, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its famous trulli—cone-shaped, whitewashed houses that are unique to this part of Italy. From there, you'll travel to Matera, famed for its sassi, or cave dwellings, and explore the Lucanian Dolomites. You'll continue on to the Salento Peninsula, stopping at Lecce, the provincial capital, and using Otranto as a base for your explorations of the tip of the peninsula and the area's crystal-clear beaches. Along the way, you can hike, swim, or simply relax and enjoy views of some of southern Italy's most iconic towns and landscapes.
Your trip starts in the lively city of Naples, a cultural hub full of gastronomic delights. Enjoy the sights and sounds (and tastes) of the city before exploring the impressive ruins of Pompeii and taking in the views of Mount Vesuvius. Round off your trip with time in Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast. Dine on fresh seafood in waterfront restaurants, soak in the sunshine on the island of Capri, and stroll through colorful, bohemian villages.
Perfect for active travelers looking to enjoy one of Italy's most picturesque regions, this cycling trip will take you along snowy peaks and tranquil lakes in the Dolomite Mountains. Begin and end your trip with a bit of relaxation in the charming town of Pian dei Pradi before beginning your adventure through this lush region's hills, valleys, vineyards, farms, and quaint villages. Along your loop, you'll have time to sample authentic cuisine, soak in thermal baths, explore a nature preserve, and sip wine by the lake.
This fast-paced trip combines the highlights of Rome with the bustling cultural hub of Naples, capping off your visit with some relaxing time on the Amalfi Coast. Explore the famous monuments and historic sites in Italy's capital city before venturing down south the birthplace of pizza. Stroll along the harbor and take in the views of Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Finish off your trip with a visit to the Amalfi Coast, where turquoise waters and colorful villages perched on cliffsides await.
Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day self-drive tour of Sicily will bring you to the regional capital of Palermo, the Greek temple ruins of Agrigento, and the brilliant baroque laneways and staircases of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Scicli. Marvel at the impressive Norman-Byzantine details of Monreale Cathedral, hike the slopes of Mount Etna, and take in the breathtaking scenery in Savoca and Forza D'Agrò.
Explore the magnificent natural beauty of the Val d'Orcia region in Tuscany, walking through cypress-lined hills and vineyards, with time for tasting the wine, cheese, honey, and other culinary delights that the area is known for. Your adventure will take you through the wine-growing town of Montepulciano, then to Pienza where you can taste its distinctive Pecorino cheese, and finally to the medieval Tuscan powerhouse of Siena.
This eight-day walking tour takes you to Sardinia's Costa Verde, the Green Coast, which is known for its amazing views, wild deer, watchtowers, and sparkling waters. You'll visit a UNESCO geopark at Montevecchio, then walk through the dunes of Piscinas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, you'll explore beaches and granite cliffs before heading to two coastal islands to discover traditional fishing towns and popular resort areas.
Some of the best wines and food in the world will fuel you on this 8-day cycling adventure through rolling hills and quaint villages in Tuscany. Begin your active trip with a truffle workshop in Alba before cycling through Piedmont and on to Tuscany. Along the way, you'll wander through medieval villages of golden sandstone and limestone, dine in Michelin-starred restaurants, sample world-class wines and cheeses, and learn how to make pasta.
This tour takes you through the gorgeous region of Tuscany, where you'll indulge your tastebuds with locally-sourced cuisine and wine tastings, all while sleeping in a farmhouse surrounded by the scenic Chianti Hills. Visit medieval towns and cities, like Siena, Florence, Volterra, and San Gimignano, tasting wine along the way, including the famous noble wine at Brunello di Montalcino and Sassicaia in Bolgheri. End your trip in beautiful Cinque Terre, where more wine and local food awaits you, plus a private boat tour of all five villages.
Get enchanted by eight days in this region of northeastern Italy. You'll stroll the city streets of Trieste before you hike its neighboring Carso Ridge, then switch over to seafaring Venice to see its dramatic landmarks and local artisans at work.
Experience the best of Italy's Lake Garda and the surrounding region with this 8-day trip. Spend time in the lively and historic towns of Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda. There are two majestic Scaligero Castles protecting the lake, one in Sirmione and the second further north in Malcesine. Visit both and admire the romantic views of Lake Garda. Ride a cable car up to Monte Baldo and explore the wild botanical garden at the top. From Desenzano del Garda, go on a cycling and wine tasting tour, and take a guided day trip to Verona.
Discover Palermo and its surroundings on this in-depth tour of Sicily's regional capital. A cultural melting pot, Palermo is home to stunning monuments and vibrant markets, not to mention a mouthwatering food scene waiting to be explored. Start in Palermo to uncover its colorful history, see the 2,400-year-old Greek temple of Segesta, wander the medieval hilltop town of Erice, and spend a full day visiting Cefalù on Sicily's northern shore.
Indulge your tastebuds in this gastronomic tour of beautiful Salento, starting with an olive oil tasting at your local farm stay, where you'll also enjoy cooking classes and daily farm-fresh breakfasts. Explore the historic towns and cities of Salento, including Lecce, Ostuni, Otranto, and Alberbello, home of the famous Trulli huts. Visit a local fish market, learn how traditional pasta and burrata cheese are made, and explore the fascinating archeological dwellings of UNESCO Heritage Site Matera, with its famous rustic bread.
From the bustling streets of Rome to the sunny stretches of coastline in Amalfi, this trip is perfect for those looking to delve into the Italian culture while relaxing amidst picture-perfect scenery. Discover the capital city of Rome and its rich history and vibrant nightlife before heading down south to stroll through colorful villages and dip your toes in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Your trip starts with 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. End your trip in Verona, visiting the infamous romantic of Shakespeare's love story and the floating city of Venice.
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.
This whirlwind 8-day tour through Italy's highlights fits it all in. Start off in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the incredible Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Continue your travels in Rome, where ancient monuments and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel await. Finish off your travels on the Amalfi Coast, relaxing in the sunshine and admiring the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Spend 8 days exploring the villages of Lake Como, at the heart of the Lake District. Begin in the main town of Como with a guided tour of the 14th-century Cathedral of Como and Villa Olmo park. Travel by boat to Tremezzina and walk through charming villages along the Greenway of Lake Como. Discover the elegance and history of villas and botanical gardens in Varenna, Bellagio, and Menaggio.
Experience the slow food movement, which originated in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, with this 8-day itinerary. Turin is the historic capital of the region, where you'll explore the city center, palace, and piazzas with a local guide. Then head out to the rural Barolo wine region, stay in a hilltop town, and visit renowned wineries. The final stop is the city of Alba, where you will go hunting for rare white truffles.
On this 8-day trip, you'll get to explore the cultural capital of Milan as well as two of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Italy. Discover Milan's Renaissance art and Gothic architecture with visits to the Duomo and Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting. Explore the villages of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore by boat. Visit the magnificent villas in Bellagio and learn how to make fresh pasta in Como. On Lake Maggiore, hop from the charming town of Stresa to Isola Bella, "the beautiful island". Ride a cable car and enjoy panoramic views over the lake at sunset.
With 8 days to spend, eat and drink the best food and wine in Italy. Spend time learning about the production of and tasting fresh tortellini and prosciutto in Bologna, as well as exploring the 11th-century University of Bologna. Go wine tasting in the countryside near romantic Verona and explore its Roman Old Town. Try your hand at cooking fresh noodles and preparing other typical Italian dishes and refreshing cocktails in Milan.
Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of 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.
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 8 Days
Discover the Piedmont and Italian Riviera regions of Northern Italy during this 8-day trip. Visit the iconic Royal Palace, previously owned by the wealthy Savoy family, Piazza Castello and the Turin Egyptian Museum. See the gorgeous Italian Rivera, known for sparkling seas and charming beachfront villages, including Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Walk along the coast and between the villages of the Cinque Terre, and spend a half-day on a wine tasting tour. Explore the Rossi palaces in Genoa & try homemade Genovese pesto before traveling to your final destination, fashionable Milan.
Starting in Venice, your 8-day trip will bring you the best of Italy's Veneto region. Take a guided walking tour of Venice, visiting its most famous palaces and piazzas, and head out of the city to the Murano and Burano islands known for glassmaking and lacemaking. Experience Roman history in Verona, taste Valpolicella wine, and visit the inspiration for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. On Lake Garda, explore the picturesque villages of Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda, and Malcesine.
Uncover Roman history on this 8-day trip to Northeast Italy. Begin your trip in Trieste to discover the importance of the Grand Canal and palaces in Piazza Unità d'Italia. Spend a full day in Slovenia, visiting the capital city of Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Enjoy a leisurely pace of life in the beach town of Grado, and visit the nearby city of Aquileia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Finish your trip in the exquisite city of Venice, taking a walking tour through the maze of streets and canals that make this city so unique.
Everywhere, food is a labor of love, and even more so in Italy. Discover Veneto, in the northeastern region of Italy, an area that positively bursts with romance and good food (usually all at once). On this 8-day trip, see the romantic city of Verona and vineyards world-renowned for prosecco. Learn how to make fresh pasta and visit Juliet's Balcony at Casa di Giulietta. Tour grand villas and castles that will remind you of romantic fairy tales on the south side of Lake Garda. Visit the Old Towns of Padua and Treviso and their churches to see magnificent artwork from centuries ago. Go on a food and wine tour in the Euganean Hills around Padua to taste olive oil and regional reds. By trip's end, you'll be declaring your love for Italy as you savor every last moment, sip, and bite.
Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history with 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 in the charming villages of the Cinque Terre before ending your trip back in Florence.
Travel across Italy from Venice to Milan with this 8-day itinerary. Discover why so many people fall in love with Venice as you take a tour of the canal network and St Mark's Square and explore the Cannaregio district. Experience the Italian lakes district as you stay on Lake Garda and enjoy day trips to the village of Malcesine and a guided tour of two of Lake Como's most spectacular villages. In Milan, learn about the history of the Gothic Duomo and Renaissance art on a city tour led by a local expert.
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.
This road trip 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.
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.