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You may have the universe if I may have Italy

Giuseppe Verdi

Italy

Italy, Oh Italy - land of la Vita Bella! Where style and flair live next to Michelangelo and Bellini.  Where ancient Roman ruins stand next to Renaissance churches.  Where picturesque hilltop towns look over verdant vineyards.  Where good  food and wine are a way of life.
From the canals of Venice to the museums and churches of Rome, from the sheer mountains of the Dolomites to the  stunning Amalfi Coast, from the villages and volcanoes of the deep south to the villas of Lake Garda.  Come and explore Italy with us!

When to go

Spring (April, May) and Fall (September, October) are delightful times to visit Italy.  You can visit in summer too - but the weather will be hot and it is the busiest travel time.

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Rome

Rome the Eternal City, one of the world's most beautiful and inspiring capitals.  An artistic, spiritual and architectural heritage dating back to the Romans is on display in its churches, palaces and world-class museums.  Its streets, patios and squares brim with life.  Its core is an energy and a Mediterranean rhythm, the rhythm of people enjoying La Dolce Vita.

 

Venice

A city built in a lagoon, the capital of the old Venetian Empire, the city that took on Byzantine Constantinople, a city with a proud history, reflected in its palaces and churches lining its canals.  Discover this city of hidden alleways, small intimate cafes where you eat the freshest of seafood standing up, a city overflowing with incredible churches and museums, filled with artistic treasures. 

 

Dolomites

Craggy peaks towering up to the sky, where wooden farmhouses dot the orchard-clad valleys, where hiking trails lead you from mountain huts to spa resorts to glorious vista. These are the Dolomites, part Austrian, part Italian, with a culture all its own.

 

Lake District

Stately villas and romantic towns line the shores of the lakes in northern Italy.  Forested slopes lead your eye to the never too-distant snowy peaks of the Alps.  Beguiling villages dot the landscape and beautiful vantage points abound, be it your hotel terrace or a viewpoint reached on foot or by cable car.

 

Florence

Birthplace of the Renaissance, where narrow streets lead to light-filled squares, where palaces hide intrigue of an age gone by, where bridges lead to museums overflowing with world-famous art, where intimate cafes beg you to stop in for some wonderful Florentine food. 

 

Cinque Terre

Cliffs plunging into the sea, colourful villages clinging to the mountain side, walking trails wending their way through walled farmyards down to the sea.  The Cinque Terre is one of Italy's most famous and most picturesque areas.

 

Tuscan Towns

It is the classical Tuscan view of poppy fields and stately cypress trees leading you into a vista of town walls and fortified towers high up on a hill.  Enter the town and wander its cobblestones streets, visit its galleries and shops and sit down for a gourmet meal.  This is La Dolce Vita, Tuscan style.

 

Amalfi Coast

Steep mountains rising from the turquoise Mediterranean, slopes covered in lemon groves, white-washed villages lining deep valleys where they meet the ocean.  Discover covered alleys leading to hidden courtyards and sit down for a glass of wine or some gelato.  Follow ancient footpaths and stairs up the hills to hamlets tucked away in forest-covered hills.  Hike up to a vantage point and marvel at the views over this, the Amalfi Coast.

 

Sicily

Meeting point between East and West, Africa and Europe, Islam and Christendom, Sicily has been a melting pot of cultures since the days of the ancient Greek.  Seas where fishermen haul their daily catch on to the beach, a smoking volcano, intriguing towns and cities, ancient ruins and a hinterland all its own, Sicily is a mesmerisingly beautiful island and a highlight for many visitors to Italy.

Experience art

There is no better country in the world to experience art than Italy.  Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Milan - indeed the entire country is one incredible repository of art.  Among the best known are the Vatican Museums in Rome and the Uffizi in Florence.  But don't miss out on such hidden gems as Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome or the utterly moving Cappella Sansevero in Naples.

 

Vivaldi in Venice

Music can enrich your travel experiences and nowhere more so than at Interpreti Veneziani: Vivaldi on 18th century instruments in a church.  You will never listen to The Four Seasons like that again!

 

Climb the duomo in Florence

Come eye to eye with an incredible artistic Renaissance interpretation of hell inside the dome of the cathedral in Florence.  Then step out and soak up the view.

 

Hike the hills

From the hills of Tuscany to the craggy peaks of the Dolomites, from the villages of the Cinque Terre to the towns of the Amalfi and the volcanoes of Sicily, Italy is a country made for walking.  Don't forget to join the locals as they enjoy their evening stroll, the passeggiata.

 

Cycle villages and vineyards

Cycle between hilltop towns in beautiful Tuscany, between vineyards in the Veneto, or on the forgotten roads of Puglia.  Cycling enhances your senses, slows the world down and brings it into focus.

 

Climb a volcano

The south of Italy is an active volcanic zone with peaks such as Vesuvius and Etna dominating the landscape.  Take a stroll to peer into Vesuvius' crater, hike to the rim on Etna and enjoy the views, or trek the slopes of the picturesque and varied Aeolian Islands.

 

Wonderful food

Italian cuisine, with a pedigree stretching back to antiquity, is characterized by its simplicity, with most dishes consisting of four to eight ingredients.  Savour cicchetti with a glass of local white wine in Venice, pizza in Naples, spring lamb in Rome, strudel in the Dolomites, tagliatelle with truffles in Umbria or bruschetta in Tuscany.

 

A culture of wine

talian wines are known for their regional specialities.  Try a glass of  Barolo with beef, pizza with Chianti classico or pasta with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.  When in doubt, let  the waiter or sommelier recommend a wine or follow your own taste.

 

Ride a gondola or ferry

Is there a more quintessential experience than riding a gondola in Venice?  How about taking it up a notch - hire an opera singer to accompany you...  If that's not your thing, be sure to take a vaporetto up and down the Grand Canal during the day, dusk and at night.

 

Explore a hilltop town

Follow cobblestone streets lined with high stone facades down to the piazza, duck in and out of galleries and small stores, savour a good meal with a view over the surrounding vineyards, fields and forests - this is il dolce far niente - the sweet art of doing nothing.

 

Get spiritual

Take a break from sightseeing and find solace in the quiet of a chapel tucked away in the busy streets of Rome or a monastery hidden deep in the Umbrian hills.

 

Roam a ruin

With a history as rich as Italy's, be sure to spend some time exploring its many ruins.  From the Valley of the Temples in Sicily to the Forum in Rome and the villas of Herculaneum and Pompeii, picture what it was like to live in places like these.

Suggested Tours

 

Highlights of Italy

 

Tour code: EHIT

 

Why we love this trip: a great 2-week tour covering all the highlights of Italy

 

Places visited: Venice, Verona, Lake District, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast.

 

Signature Experiences: experience art, Vivaldi in Venice, climb the duomo in Florence, hike the hills, climb a volcano, eat your heart out, a culture of wine, ride a gondola or ferry, explore a hilltop town, get spiritual, roam a ruin

 

Length: 13 days

 

Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel and guesthouses

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: train, taxi

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures between May and October

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2550

Hike Tuscany & Umbria

 

Tour code: CHTU

 

Why we love this trip: expert guides lead you on the best Italian hiking experience you will ever have

 

Places visited: Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Sant'Antimo Abbey, Spello, Assisi, Gubbio, Mount Subasio NP

 

Signature Experiences: experience art, hike the hills, eat your heart out, a culture of wine, explore a hilltop town, get spiritual

 

Length: 7 days

 

Accommodation: 4-star hotels

 

Included meals: alls meals and drinks are included

 

Transport: on foot, van

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures between May and October

 

Customizable? Yes, we can customize this for groups, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $4398.  We offer less luxurious less inclusive trips as wel.  Contact us for more information.

Walking Amalfi

 

Tour code: PWAM

 

Why we love this trip: explore the best hiking trails, towns and sights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

 

Places visited: Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods), Positano, Atrani, Ravello, Capri, Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills), Amalfi

 

Signature Experiences: experience art, hike the hills, climb a volcano, eat your heart out, a culture of wine, explore a hilltop town, get spiritual, roam a ruin

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: comfortable hotel

 

Included meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

 

Transport: Boat, Local bus, Private vehicle, Train

 

Departures: year-round set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1830.  We also offer luxurious, all inclusive Amalfi trips - contact us for details.

Walking the Cinque Terre

 

Tour code: EWCT

 

Why we love this trip: explore the lovely villages and countryside of the Cinque Terre on foot

 

Places visited: Cinque Terre, Lucca

 

Signature Experiences: hike the hills, eat your heart out, a culture of wine, explore a hilltop town, get spiritual

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: 3 star hotel with en-suite rooms and indoor pool

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 

2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 wine tasting

 

Transport: train, on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures between April and October

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1360

Hiking the Dolomites

 

Tour code: EHDO

 

Why we love this trip: our ever popular hiking trip in the Dolomites with grat accommodation and fantastic food

 

Places visited: Dolomites around Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks, great views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

 

Signature Experiences: hike the hills, eat your heart out, a culture of wine

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: 4 star hotel with superb indoor pool and wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium, small fitness centre and Michelin-rated restaurant

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

 

Transport: on foot, van

 

Departures: Set small-group dates between June and August

 

Customizable? We can tailor this for private groups, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1615

Treasures of Sicily

 

Tour code: XTOS

 

Why we love this trip: an in-depth exploration of all the gems Sicily is known for.

 

Places visited: Syracusa, Noto, Piazza Armerina, Villa Romana del Casale, Morgantina, Enna, Valley of the Temples, Heraclea Minoa, Marsala, Mozia Island, Erice, Segesta, Palermo, Solunto, Cefalu, Giardini Naxos, Mount Etna; Taormina

 

Signature Experiences: experience art, hike the hills, climb a volcano, eat your heart out, a culture of wine, explore a hilltop town, get spiritual, roam a ruin

 

Length: 15 days - a shorter version exists, contact us for more information

 

Accommodation: hotels

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: van, ferry

 

Departures: Set small-group dates between May and October, daily departures for private groups

 

Customizable? We can tailor this for private groups, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2850