Dominated by volcanic peaks, some of them still active, Sicily and the Aeolian islands offer dramatic coasts and fertile interiors. Explore the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago—7 diverse islands including Lipari, Vulcano, and Stromboli—whose active volcanic cone dominates the horizon. End your trip with a climb to the top of Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.
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If sitting on a Tuscan hillside winery with a glass of Chianti, kneading fresh pizza dough, and seeing the Sistine Chapel sound like a good way to spend nine days—look no further, because this packed itinerary is for you. Start in Bologna to see the 11th-century university and stuff yourself full of Parmeggiano cheese, prosciutto, and Ragu alla Bolognese. Continue to Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David' in the Uffizi Gallery, then spend a day drinking Chianti like the Romans do in Tuscany. Finish in Rome to see the Galleria Borghese and Colosseum before becoming best friends with your perfectly handmade Italian pizza.
Explore why Sicily has been one of the world's most densely occupied regions for over 2,000 years on this colorful 9-day itinerary. Begin in the food capital of Palermo to see 12th-century churches, Italy's largest opera house, and learn to make a 4-course meal. Continue to the resort town of Taormina to hike Mount Etna, see a show at the Greek theater, and explore the beautiful little island of Isola Bella. End in Catania, where finger-licking street food and Baroque architecture dominate the scene.
This 9-day itinerary is perfect for adventurous travelers who are short on time. Start in the floating city of Venice to explore city canals and tour ornate palaces, then continue to Florence to see works by da Vinci and enjoy a full-day Tuscany wine tour. After exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast, finish in Rome where the ancient Colosseum, world-famous Vatican, and romantic streetside cafes await.
Jewish history is of fundamental importance for Italian cultural heritage, and nearly every city in Italy can trace back their Jewish communities. Spend 9 days exploring the synagogues, ghettos, old cemeteries, and more to explore this rich culture. See the San Sabba concentration camp in Trieste, explore Venice's medieval ghetto and view ancient Hebrew texts in Bologna.
Climb Pisa's leaning tower and discover old-world villages on this incredible 9-day getaway itinerary. Start in the town of Manarola and enjoy an evening sunset cruise. Hike on coastal paths and sunbathe on rocky beaches, then head to Portofino for a boat tour and 1,000-year-old fortresses. End your trip in Pisa, where world-famous architecture and delicious gelato await.
If spending 9 days seeing top works of art and eating chocolate Foccacia sounds good, then this trip is perfect for you. Start in Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David', tour the Uffizi Gallery, and go shopping on the medieval Pontevecchio Bridge. See the Tuscan countryside from the top of Pisa's leaning tower, then see soaring cathedrals and ancient Piazzas in medieval Siena. Explore food and wine in the Val d’Orcia before ending in romantic Lucca, where quiet courtyards, 12th-century chapels, and the perfect cup of afternoon coffee await.
From city treasure hunts to skip-the-line tickets, this 9-day itinerary is perfectly crafted for your next family adventure. Hunt for hidden lion statues and go for a family bike ride in Venice, then tour medieval piazzas and learn to make the perfect pizza in Florence. End in Rome where you'll go on a kid-friendly tour of the Vatican and dive into Roman history at the Colosseum.
Spend 9 days on the "heel" of the Italy boot on this packed Puglia itinerary. Start in Alberobello, where Trulli homes, prehistoric caves, and ancient olive groves dot the landscape. Head down the coast to Lecce for Baroque architecture, sun-soaked towns, and rocky beaches. End in Bari to see religious icons, try delicious street food, and explore the medieval city center.
Blend relaxation and culture on this laidback 9-day itinerary to Italy's favorite getaway destinations. Explore cliffside villages and go wine tasting on the Amalfi Coast, then learn to make the perfect Italian meal in sunny Sorrento. Finish the trip in the capital city of Rome to tour the world-famous Vatican and view art in the Galleria Borghese.
From the Sistine Chapel in Rome to eclectic artist neighborhoods in Venice, this 9-day trip is perfect for travelers who want to see Italy's top sights at a relaxed pace. Start in Venice to see the Grand Canal, then head to Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture and taste Chianti wine in Tuscany. End your trip with three days in Rome for trendy wine bars, nighttime foodie crawls, and an exclusive tour of the Vatican City.
This packed 9-day itinerary is the perfect blend of metropolitan culture and a relaxed lake vibe. Start in Milan, the fashion capital, to see world-famous art and medieval churches. Head to the countryside for a week of exploring lakeside villages and villas, swimming, and market shopping for picnic lunches. From wine tasting to paragliding, Italy's Lakes are waiting to be explored.
Get exclusive access to world-famous historical sights, dine on incredible food, and experience Italy's renowned hospitality on this luxurious 9-day itinerary. Ride a gondola in Venice, go wine-tasting in Tuscany, and learn to make traditional Italian food in Rome. Round out your trip with a dive into ancient Roman history and two days on the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast.
Experience Sicily's coastal cities, Sicilian-baroque towns, and the remote Aeolian Islands with this 9-day circuit from Catania. Start in Milazzo and discover the ruins of Lipari and the black-sand beaches of Stromboli before picking up your rental and driving to elegant Taormina. Learn to prepare traditional Sicilian fare in a cooking class in Taormina, navigate narrow and winding lanes and alleys in Syracuse's historic Ortygia, and take in the embellished architecture of charming Noto.
Go from lakes to mountains and back again with this nine-day itinerary. Wander the shores of Lake Garda, take a cable car up to the top of Monte Baldo, ride some of the most famous Swiss train routes, and more as you enjoy the views, history, and more along the way.
Enjoy cultural and historical experiences on this 9-day circuit of Sicily beginning in the regional capital of Palermo, a cultural melting pot, and ending in lively Catania. Along the way, you'll visit stunning landscapes, like the limestone cliffs of Scala dei Turchi, roam ancient Greek and Roman ruins at Agrigento and Syracuse, and learn to cook a traditional Sicilian meal in Taormina.
Petite Friuli Venezia Giulia offers plenty to cover on this nine-day trip. You'll learn about the arts of mosaic construction, glassblowing, lacework, and more as you traverse city streets and ancient mountain roads in Udine, Trieste, and Venice.
Discover Puglia, one of the lesser-visited yet stunningly beautiful regions of Italy. Over nine days you'll experience the highlights of this southern coastal region, including the ancient caves at Matera and the historic streets of Lecce and Bari. To cap the trip, you'll fly to Palermo, Sicily, where you'll discover the culture on walking tours plus visit Cefalú, one of the most beautiful beach towns on the island.
Sample some of the finest flavors of Northwest Italy on this nine-day journey. Whether it's fresh seafood along the waterfronts of Portofino and Cinque Terre, rare truffles and wines of the Piedmont region where the slow food movement was born, or city cafes in Turin, your trip is sure to leave a good taste behind.
Nine days is enough time to both discover Rome and set off on an exciting road trip around the island of Sicily. In Rome, you'll tour the unmissable city sights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and the Borghese Gallery. Upon arrival, in Sicily, you'll pick up a rental car and set off from the streets of Palermo along the gorgeous coast to Mt. Etna before finishing the trip in the Baroque city of Catania.