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Adventure Coordinators A-List: Italy

As part of our commitment to giving you unbiased adventure travel advice, here is our A-list of the best adventure tours in 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!

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Best overall sightseeing trip

Hands down the best overall sightseeing trip is G-Adventures'/National Geographic's Iconic Italy. It hits all the classical highlights, including Cinque Terre, Florence, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Better still, it starts in Venice and ends in Rome, so if you wanted to add time on your own, you can do just that. The runner-up in this category, and it was a tough choice, is Exodus' Highlights of Italy - while it visits Lake Como and Assisi, it bypasses the Cinque Terre.

Best luxury trip

In the luxury category, the winner is Tauck with their 2-week Classic Italy.

Best quickie trip

If you only had 10 days and wanted to see as much as possible of Italy, including Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Umbria and Rome, then look no further than Intrepid's Italy Experience. For more comfort, check Peregrine's Secrets of Italy.

Best off-the-beaten track trip

An undiscovered part of Italy is Puglia, in the heel of the country's boot. Expect whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine and sweeping Mediterranean coastline on Exodus' Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

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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.

Meanwhile, on the 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.

Best overall sightseeing trip

In Tuscany, our money for the best overall sightseeing trip is on Peregrine's Magical Tuscany and the Portofino Peninsula.

Best cycling trip

For the best cycling trip in Tuscany we chose Exodus' Tuscany Cycle Siena & Chianti. It includes Siena and Florence and also plenty of smaller hilltop towns.

Best hiking tr