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Italy Tours & Vacations

Zicasso Italy tours offer the quintessential Italian vacation through exclusive access to the best experiences. Learn renowned culinary techniques in a genuine Italian kitchen, visit historical wineries on private tasting tours, and discover hidden traditions throughout the country. The seductiveness of Italy is brought to life with a handcrafted experience from Zicasso.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Best of Italy in a Week: Venice, Florence, Tuscany ...

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From $1,920

Iconic Italy features images of the Colosseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence, gondolas cruising the Grand Canal in Venice and the paradisiacal rolling hills of Tuscany. Embrace and ...
Perfect Two Weeks in Italy Tour 2020

Customizable trip

From $3,845

Classic beauty and indelible charm will radiate from ancient ruins, Renaissance artwork, and captivating coastlines during your custom-tailored Italy tour. The iconic wonder of Italy ...
Italy Family Vacation: Coastline, History, and Food ...

Customizable trip

From $2,745

Experience history and culture as it comes to life during your custom-tailored family tour through Italy that highlights the monuments, landmarks, and customs from the Amalfi Coast ...
Highlights of Rome, Florence, and Venice Tour

Customizable trip

From $3,020

The grand trilogy of Italian cities brings 2,000 years of treasure and exquisite history with Rome, Florence, and Venice. Galleries, palaces, and piazzas are all yours alongside the ...
Spectacular Northern Italy Tour: Exploring Lake Como ...

Customizable trip

From $3,845

Experience authentic culture and elaborate history during your custom-tailored tour of Northern Italy and Lake Como that will take you from the splendor of Venice to cosmopolitan Milan ...
Exclusive Southern Italy Vacation: Sorrento, Matera, ...

Customizable trip

From $7,195

Embrace the soul of Italy found in history, culture, and cuisine on your custom-tailored Italy that will take you away from the beaten path to explore rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, ...
Off the Beaten Path of Italy Tour 2020

Customizable trip

From $3,295

Authentic culture and fascinating history accentuate the beauty of the Adriatic coastline during your custom-tailored tour of Italy that will immerse you in the true beauty of the land ...
Romantic Getaway to Amalfi Coast, Naples, Capri Itinerary ...

Customizable trip

From $1,920

Allow your love to blossom along the seductive landscapes and breathtaking seaside panoramas during your personalized romantic Italy tour. Enchanting villas, quiet marinas, and mouthwatering ...
Best of Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Venice ...

Customizable trip

From $2,745

Inspiring art and mouthwatering cuisine offer a glimpse of the cultural majesty that you will experience during your custom-tailored, best of Italy tour that immerses you in the splendor ...
Best of Southern Italy & Sicily Tour

Customizable trip

From $3,845

Capture the essence of history, culture, and cuisine during your customizable, highlights tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Indulge in the alluring splendor of Italian heritage that ...
10-Day UNESCO World Heritage Italy Tour

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From $2,745

Capture the splendor of the past and experience the importance of heritage during your custom-tailored UNESCO tour of Italy that immerses you in the majesty of culture from the historic ...
7-Day Luxury Tour of Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice

Customizable trip

From $4,195

The fascinating cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice will immerse you in enchanting history, gorgeous artwork, and captivating architecture during your luxurious, custom-tailored tour ...
Essence of Italy 10-Day Tour 2020-2021

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From $2,745

Embrace elegance, style, ancient history, and la dolce vita during your classic and customizable tour of Italy that immerses you in treasured traditions and preserved majesty. Blend ...
Italy's West Coast Tour: Cinque Terre to the Amalfi ...

Customizable trip

From $2,995

Natural beauty and fascinating history will captivate you during your customizable Italy tour from Cinque Terre to the Amalfi Coast, revealing prestige, wealth, artistry, and remarkable ...
Northern Italy to Sicily: Italy Tour for Second Timers ...

Customizable trip

From $3,495

Open your eyes to the expansive plains of Umbria and vast olive groves of Puglia, the seaside ambiance of Calabria and the flavors of Emilia-Romagna during your personalized Italy tour ...

Pleasures of Piedmont Tour: Wine, Truffles & Celebration ...

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From $2,195

In Italy, you can stand in an ancient cave-turned-wine-cellar and taste wine with roots dating back to the Roman Empire. Your handcrafted Piedmont Italy tour of wine and truffles takes ...
Italy Vacation for Seniors: Rome to Venice

Customizable trip

From $3,295

The cultural and historical Italian Peninsula becomes an open-air museum filled with enchanting flavors and captivating stories that will enrich the deep corners of the cities, towns, ...
Italy Tour for Food Lovers

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From $3,295

Your custom-tailored food tour of Italy provides insight into the importance and diversity of the gastronomy of the Italian peninsula, immersing you in the luxury of culinary excellence, ...
Italian Vacation of a Lifetime 2020: Venice, Milan, ...

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From $3,295

Italy is for lovers and historians, foodies and hikers, art enthusiasts and fashionistas. In other words, Italy is for everyone. Expertly crafted for 2020, this Italian vacation of ...
Romantic Italy Getaway: Art, Food, Gondolas & More ...

Customizable trip

From $1,920

Italian masterpieces embody love and grace. Romance and spirit passed through the ages and experienced during your customizable, couple’s tour of Italy that celebrates storybook architecture ...
Italy Food & Culture Tour for Seniors: Turin to ...

Customizable trip

From $2,745

History and culture surface through traditional cuisine and celebrated wine during your personalized senior tour of Italy. Indulge in the exceptional flavors and the local specialties ...
Italy for Chocoholics! A Unique Tour of Umbria

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From $2,395

Reset yourself to a new rhythm: rest, relaxation and indulgence. Allow yourself to be pampered at luxurious accommodations in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. Wake up to the sound ...
Romantic Italy Tour to Cinque Terre, Tuscany & ...

Customizable trip

From $2,195

Romance will always connect to Rome, both in spirit and on your custom tailored couple’s tour of Italy. From the splendor of Cinque Terre to the charms of the Tuscan and Lazio countryside, ...
Best of Rome, Florence, and Venice Vacation 2020

Customizable trip

From $2,745

Authenticity and luxury will evoke the beauty of Rome, Florence, and Venice during your custom-tailored Italy tour. The charms of Italy will be found as you visit these three cities ...
Rustic Italy Vacation: Tuscany & Emilia Romagna

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From $2,195

The true path into the heart of the Italian Peninsula is through the food that is experienced during your customizable culinary tour of rustic Italy in Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Discover traditional flavors with the esteemed white truffle and indulge in gelato that is crafted by your own hands. Embrace prestigious prosciutto that is made on a family farm and savor herbaceous aromas during a cooking class inside a chef’s private kitchen. Whether searching for luscious olive oil or enjoying fabled wines, your luxurious culinary tour of Italy features the heritage of rustic cuisine that is found in the celebrated regions of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

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Classic Italy Tour 2020-2021

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From $2,745

From intriguing history to incredible food and wine, this classic amongst our Italy tours has it all, and has been updated for 2020-2021! Become captivated by the eternal beauty of Rome, the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the mystical ambience of Venice. Walk through ancient ruins in the footsteps of Julius Caesar. Get so close to Michelangelo’s masterpieces that the marble comes to life. Discover a secret world as you glide through dreamy canals in the world’s most romantic city.

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Highlights of Northern Italy Tour: Venice to Turin

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From $3,295

Peaceful lakeside villages, forests with celebrated white truffles, and bright towns overlooking the Ligurian Sea combine to bring your picture-perfect personalized Italy tour through the splendor of the north. The Italian Alps feature sparkling lakes and expansive vineyards that produce sophisticated wines. Dramatic cliffs plunge into Lake Garda while small bars in Venice offer enticing traditional cuisine. Whether enjoying everything from the rugged mountains to the quiet plains or indulging in the diverse flavors that are unique to each town, village, and city, your Northern Italy tour unveils unrivaled charm and sophistication.

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Exploring the Southern Coast of Italy Tour

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From $2,470

Majestic, enchanting, relaxing, and picturesque only begins to describe the wonders of the Amalfi Coast and shores along Calabria as they are yours to discover during your personalized Italy tour. The scent of lemon becomes a ubiquitous aroma blending with the Mediterranean breeze as pastel-colored homes cling to the cliffs and contrast with the tranquil turquoise water. Pebbled coves lead to sandy beaches, and local restaurants bring insight into the soul of the community serving traditional dishes inspired by the sea. The landscape is seductive, the water is transparent, and the history is palpable surpassed only by the inviting atmosphere of Southern Italy. 

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Highlights of Sicily Itinerary: Palermo to Catania

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From $2,745

Embrace picturesque Italy as it is embodied in sapphire waters, rich sunsets, ancient ruins, and mouthwatering cuisine during your custom-tailored, highlights tour of Sicily. Experience the true beauty of the Mediterranean with succulent flavors from treasured wines that have been produced on Mount Etna and the bold history that combines Norman and Arab cultures. The remarkable treasures of Greek temples continue to rise from the arid landscape while Baroque palaces decorate elegant boulevards and lead to lavish piazzas. Picture-perfect seaside villages, bustling outdoor markets, and opulent cathedrals represent the spirit of the island and will immerse you in its heritage and beauty, capturing the best of Sicily.

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Immersive Italy Vacation 2020: North to South

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From $3,295

Interweave luxury and culture, authenticity and heritage during your custom-tailored Italy tour brimming with exclusive experiences. Wander the galleries of the Vatican with a guide before the doors open to the public, enjoy a simple pastry after witnessing the intricacies of Michelangelo’s David, explore the vast halls of the Uffizi Gallery after-hours and immerse yourself into the secrets of the Venetian Republic uncovering hidden histories akin to legend. Whether indulging in fashionable company in Milan or relaxing with a glass of delicious wine in Montalcino, your Italy vacation brings the best of La Dolce Vita’s many opulent pleasures.

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Getaway Vacation to Italy’s Adriatic Coast

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From $1,920

The Adriatic Sea shimmers with clear, turquoise waters and the whitewashed walls of the medieval towns will glimmer in the sunlight during your custom-tailored tour of Italy’s classic coastline. Fascinating grottoes take shape inside soaring limestone cliffs, and private beaches wind around hidden coves. History dates back to ancient Greek settlements, and medieval lanes create photogenic images worthy of a postcard. Embrace the immersive ambiance of Puglia along the southeastern tip of Italy’s famous boot where golden sunshine, long stretches of cozy beach, and lush olive groves create a dynamic combination accentuated by vibrant artistic piazzas and welcoming rustic cuisine. 

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Leonardo da Vinci 500 Year Tribute Tour

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From $4,297

Bring the Renaissance alive and embrace the ingenuity of the world's best artists and innovators with a custom-tailored tour of Italy that celebrates the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death. Renaissance experts will guide you on your private tours of celebratory exhibitions while luxury accommodations will immerse you in the luster of Milan, Florence, Vinci, and Rome as you follow in the footsteps of the renowned master. Trace the origins of Leonardo's genius that characterizes his long, illustrious, and inspiring career with viewings that are only available with this rare opportunity. Experience how elegant architectural marvels and captivating technological inventions combine to illustrate the unforgettable culture and beauty of Italy.

Explore Further: Leonardo's contributions only scratch the surface of what Italy has to offer. View our wide selection of immersive Italy Tours or our featured "Made in Italy" Itinerary for more inspiration.

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"Made in Italy" Tour

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From $3,845

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled Italian mastery of artisanal crafts, fashion, cars, food, and wine. Your personalized 11-day Italy tour celebrates the intricate details of artisan studios specializing in glassblowing, silk, wine-making as well as the handcrafted marvels of world-renowned luxury brands of extravagant cars and couture fashion. Whether sampling Parmesan cheese inside the factory, mixing aromas to create a personalized perfume or hearing the first roars of a Ducati straight off the assembly line, you will have exclusive access to the diverse world of products made in Italy.

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Exploring the Italian Peninsula Tour for Families

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From $5,770

Intrigue and excitement will guide you through your customizable Italy family tour that will immerse you in the majesty of the ancient world and marvels of the Renaissance. Traverse the grandeur of Venice on the canals and explore the distinctive ambiance of Rome. Uncover the fascinating flavors of handmade pasta in Bologna, and then learn the art of crafting homemade pizza in Naples. Family comes first in Italy, and your kid-friendly tour will embrace the fun of discovery with custom-tailored scavenger hunts and picturesque views, the thrill of climbing a leaning tower and the magic of bringing rich history and tangible heritage to life.

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Masterpieces of Italy Tour: From David to The Last Supper

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From $2,745

Italy is like a treasure chest brimming with art, architecture, and innovation. Experience artistic brilliance with insightful guides accompanying you on an Italy tour personalized to your favorite inspirational masterpieces. Medieval villages overtake hillsides. Ancient arenas continue to permeate the skyline. Frescoes and mosaics retain their bright colors and continue to tell stories through the ages. From Rome to Milan, Florence to Venice, the masters of Italy crafted detailed works that have withstood the tests of time, filling every moment of your luxury Italian tour with a wealth of excellence, wonder, charm, and prestige. 

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Two-Week Northern Italy Tour: Food, History & Culture

Customizable trip

From $3,845

The treasures of Italy usually conjure a mixture of delicious cuisine and fabulous art that illustrates the beauty of the peninsula. Step beyond the façade of generalizations for an intimate discovery of regional specialties and captivating histories during your custom-tailored trip to Italy. Whether visiting the northern regions of Italy for the first time or the fifth, the abundance of famous artwork and enchanting artifacts, dishes made with seasonal ingredients and neighborhood specialties reflect true beauty. Byzantine mosaics, Renaissance palaces, historical wines, and Baroque villas embody the majesty and grandeur of your personalized Italy.  

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Amazing 14-Day Italy Itinerary with Capri

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From $3,845

Bask in the authentic charm and the simple wonder of Italy during your custom-tailored tour taking you from Rome to Capri, Lake Maggiore to Assisi. Travel across breathtaking horizons to uncover hidden sagas while gaining cultural insight into more than 3,000 years of history. Engage with the stories of the Medici family and witness the fruits of Michelangelo’s celebrated hands. Wander through lavish galleries showing the wealth of the former aristocracy and sample the treasured flavors of the remarkable wines. Engage with the extraordinary local specialties, travel the historical castles, and bask in the majestic landscapes discovered from the Amalfi Coast to Italian Alps. 

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14-Day Ultimate Italy Highlights Tour

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From $3,845

Discover for yourself the quintessence of Italy as you enjoy pizza in Naples, pasta in Bologna while taking in the cliffside colors and lively cities. Journey through the Venetian canals, the Tuscan vineyards, the Roman plazas, and the Florentine domes, and at no point will you have seen enough. In a country of beautiful regional contrasts, each destination will bring its own authenticity and intimate local appeal. From Amalfi to Venice, it is all so different, and that is the greatest highlight of this customized tour. 

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Italy: The Gold Standard Tour

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From $5,995

Succumb to the beauty and savor the wealth of culture in Italy. As one of Zicasso’s 5 year anniversary signature tours, this Italian journey literally sets the gold standard! From gilded palaces and gold-plated art to the golden rolling hills of Tuscany, this trip offers some of the most authentic and luxurious experiences Italy has to offer. It's a treasure hunt for the the finest Italian travel experiences, especially in food, wine, art, and natural beauty.

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Prestige & Passion of Italy: Celebrating 350 Years of Italian Racing Tradition

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From $4,125

High performance and craftsmanship immaculately blend on this journey through Italy’s "Motor Valley" in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, celebrating 350 collective years of the founding of the world’s most revered motor brands in history: Maserati, Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. A luxury Italian motor purrs to life, as engineers turn into artisan craftsmen, channeling the Italian customs of influential design and inherited techniques. Listen to the engines rev to life in the factories they are made in and fly around the race track at top speeds in a specially crafted Ferrari. On this 10-day tour, experience the unparalleled adventures that Italy has to offer while discovering the regional cuisines of Emilia Romagna.

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The Italians are world renowned to produce some of the most desirable cars in the world that display a superb combination of design, performance, and luxury.  Their northern neighbors in Germany believe that the prestigious title of world's leading auto manufacturer belongs to themselves. Acclaimed German brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche exemplify the "form follows function" principle which the Germans champion, striving for engineering excellence and high-quality functionality. To explore Germany's display of motor brilliance, consider browsing our Germany tours to craft your own unparalleled experience.

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Discover Ancient History and Classic Scenery of Rome & Amalfi Coast Tour

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From $2,195

The Roman spirit lives within the splendid history and breathtaking landscapes of the Eternal City and the Amalfi Coast. Bask in the sea breeze as it sweeps across your boat on the way to see the Emerald Cave, and then linger in the blossoming flowers of a garden that once belonged to Emperor Tiberius before you wander through the vacant halls of the Vatican Museums for a unique perspective of treasured artworks. Your custom tour is tailored to your tastes to include secluded villages, ancient streets, and spectacular views that lead you from Rome to the Mediterranean Sea.

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Shakespeare & Masquerades: A Lovers’ Escape to Venice, Verona and Lake Garda

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From $2,195

Passion will never be sweeter than it is during your personalized tour of Italy that will immerse you in decadent Venetian banquets, lakeside storybook towns, and the star-crossed romance of Juliet Capulet and her Romeo. The bronze statue of Shakespeare’s heroine will shine in the sunlight amongst handwritten letters as you get lost in the celebrated story. Move next to join the gondoliers that drift along the serene canals of the lagoon city, and then enjoy the medieval towns with the vibrant, dramatic castles that overlook the tranquil waters of Lake Garda. Stroll hand-in-hand through the beautiful gardens and lavish villas as you share delightful meals and unforgettable moments together. Travel to the mountaintops and relax on pebbled beaches while indulging in the pleasures of Italy.  For more inspiration as you consider touring Italy, browse our other Italian itineraries to create your ideal immersion in Italian culture. 

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Best of Southern Italy Tour

Customizable trip

From $3,570

Your 
best of Southern Italy tour is tailored to show you the splendor of the seaside, countryside, and charming towns set across the historic landscape. From the quiet streets of Pompeii, you can still see the zenith of Mount Vesuvius lingering in the distance. The Blue Grotto in Capri glows with a distinctive light shining beneath the water. The ancient glories of Rome emanate from the Colosseum, and the villas decorate the countryside that once belonged to celebrated emperors. A remodeled restaurant hides in an ancient cave, where locals have resided for thousands of years.

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Flavors of Italy: From Private Truffle Hunting to Cooking Class Itinerary

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From $5,995

Luxuries of Milan and the Lakes District Tour

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From $4,795

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Sicily & Malta Vacation Tour: A Mediterranean Getaway

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From $2,745

The islands of the Mediterranean bring the history of Western Europe and North Africa alive while accentuated with gorgeous beaches and bustling daily life. Embrace the beauty of the past while you engage with contemporary culture during your custom tailored Italy tour. Ancient Greek temples decorate the valleys, and fortress walls protect antique harbors from invasion while Roman villas and grand Basilicas display contrasting traditional mosaic techniques. Marvelous coastlines lead to hilltop strongholds as enchanting cafes overlook grand palaces while the golden Mediterranean light washes over outdoor markets and ivory beaches during your fabulous time away in Sicily and Malta.  For other ideas as you handcraft your itinerary, consider browsing our Italian vacation tour ideas for all of Italy.

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Unbeaten Path of Italy Tour: Discovering Cinque Terre, Lake Garda & Venice

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From $2,470

Escape from the crowd and see a different side of Italy during your custom tailored tour of Cinque Terre, Lake Garda, and Venice. The trails of the Italian Riviera hide beneath lush oak and fern forest as medieval castles rise out of rocky promontories that overlook the cobalt water of the lake. Historical neighborhoods of Venice remain frozen in time and from the secluded beaches to the hidden local wine bars, the fresh pasta to the impressive panoramas; you will travel the shorelines, lakeshores, and canal banks for a one-of-a-kind luxurious Italian experience. 

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Family Vacation Tour in Italy’s Adriatic Coast: Venice, Brindisi & Rome

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From $2,745

Italy’s splendor goes beyond its museums; it also emanates from the Adriatic coast and rolling rugged mountains, the quiet canals, and hidden passageways. A long network of natural grottos burrows into the earth. Ancient homes resembling structures fit for fantastical creatures decorate the Mediterranean landscape. White sand beaches contain preserved Roman kilns. A medieval town hides centuries-old caves once used as housing by local residents. Your custom tailored family vacation tour in Italy introduces the family to the wonders of Italy in and out of the museums, providing the beauty and history for which the country is known, along with immersing the family in endless fun.  

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Italy in Vogue: Exclusive Access to Milan Fashion Week & Italian Style

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From $9,895

Blend high fashion and exclusivity on this 10-day Italy tour that includes insider access to Milan Fashion Week. Showcasing some of the most iconic works of Italian fashion houses specializing in everything from haute couture to fine jewelry, this tour explores the fashion realms of Armani, Fendi, Ferragamo, Prada and the famed jeweler Bulgari in Milan, Florence, Tuscany, and Rome. Go behind the scenes of the world of Italian fashion and style, and get unparalleled access to world-renowned luxury couturiers and their private collections on this exclusive Zicasso experience.

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Cultural & Culinary Treasures of Emilia Romagna Tour

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From $3,199

Emilia Romagna brims with cultural riches that satiate music lovers, car fanatics, and culinary enthusiasts alike. Your custom-tailored Italy itinerary will immerse you in the wealth of enchanting history and captivating flavors embodied in the restaurants of Bologna, dairy farms of Parma, artisan studios of Cremona, elegant race cars of Ferrari, and the lingering notes of the master composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Experience a modern take on traditional Bolognese cuisine at the Michelin three-star restaurant Osteria Francescana. Enter forbidden studies in the protected fairytale castle of the Este family and then sample delicate homemade tortelloni during a private cooking class. Embrace an enthusiasm for life in the beauty of food, music, cars, and history of Emilia Romagna throughout your vacation.

For more ideas, consider browsing our collection of Italy tours including some of our culinary-inspired food and wine itineraries.

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Exploring Italian Wonders from Venice to Florence Tour

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From $2,195

The beauty of nature and the opulence of Italian culture will guide you from the canals of Venice to the Renaissance palaces of Florence. Travel alongside the cobalt Adriatic Sea and wind down the Tuscan hillsides blanketed with vineyards. Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets of villages hidden in the mountains, and then discover medieval mosaics that decorate the ancient churches. Flamingoes and spoonbills graze in the waters of the Po Delta, and olive groves rustle in the breeze that sweep over the valleys. Your custom tailored active tour will immerse you in the unforgettable culture, the picturesque villages, and in the natural splendor that has inspired artists and architects alike. 

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A Perfect Week in the Italian Riviera Tour

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From $1,920

A week in Italy will take your breath away as you are immersed in village charm and city glitz along the pristine Ligurian shores. Dive into the refreshing Mediterranean Sea in view of the soaring cliffs and then wander through medieval squares, vineyards, and olive groves. Witness opulent palaces adorned with the noble crests while the aroma of fresh seafood emanates from the open grills. From the colorful towns of Cinque Terre to the serene streets of the Gulf of Poets, you will find inspiration in the incredible beauty found in and around the Italian Riviera with a custom tailored tour that promises perfection. 

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An Immersive Italian Tour to Florence, Cinque Terre & Sardinia

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From $2,470

Indulge in ancient history and inspiring art, breathtaking landscape and embracing culture on your custom tailored Italy tour. Graceful statues decorate the marble halls of the Uffizi Gallery. The traditional cuisine of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, seamlessly blends Italian and Spanish influence. Dramatic mountains rise and fall against the bordering Mediterranean Sea. The splendors of Florence, Cinque Terre, and Sardinia take you beyond the preconceived images of Italy and into a unique world where Renaissance beauty, fascinating prehistoric tribes, and friendly Italian culture combine for a treasured discovery. 

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Hidden Culinary Treasures of Puglia Tour

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From $2,195

The different regions of Italy are defined by their landscape and their food, and you will have insight into both history and tradition as you experience both. Your custom tailored tour of Italy will introduce you to the authentic gastronomy of Puglia as you uncover the flavors that burst from the heel of Italy’s iconic boot shape. Olive orchards thrive bringing abundant oil cultivation, and vineyards yield distinctive tastes from the arid plains, rugged mountains, and the Adriatic Sea. Fishers display their fresh caught seafood at market situated on historic streets. Castles and fairytale homes provide a storybook ambiance, accentuating the unforgettable flavors of Puglia during your unique culinary discovery tour of Italy. Want to explore other regions of Italy?  Click here for more culinary tours and adventures to curate your ideal Italian vacation.

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Best of Tuscany in a Week Itinerary: Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena & Florence

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From $2,195

The treasured hills of Tuscany are filled with verdant grasses and vast vineyards. Sprouting out of the hillsides, you can find exceptional medieval towns practically frozen in time. Walls encircle the historic city centers, and Renaissance statues remain in public squares to inspire locals and visitors alike. Marble cathedrals exemplify grandeur on the exterior and interior. Your custom tailored one week Tuscany tour itinerary to Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence guides you through the picturesque cities and famous landscape of the Tuscan countryside, where the cobbled lanes are as historic and gripping as the artifacts in the museums. 

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Luxuries of Puglia to Amalfi Coast Tour

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From $5,995

Idyllic seaside villages, incredible traditional heritage, and opulent palaces highlight the mixture of luxury and style that stretches from Puglia to the Amalfi Coast during your personalized tour of Southern Italy. Gargoyles and cherubs adorn the lavish Baroque façade of Lecce’s unforgettable basilica while circular homes with conical rooftops overtake Alberobello’s hills and resemble a storybook village. Turquoise waters splash against white, gold, and black sand beaches found beneath the colorful antique homes. Taste the citrus of homemade limoncello, delight in the perfect texture of olive oil and bask in the wonders of the seaside while you explore labyrinthine streets and revel in luxuries.  To best plan your ideal vacation and tour Italy, consider browsing our other Italian itineraries.

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Falling in Love in Italy Tour: Seaside Resorts, Charming Florence and Tuscan Villas

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From $2,745

Gastronomic Traditions of Italy Tour: Cheese Making, Olive Oil Pressing & More

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From $2,195

Encounter a side of unseen Italy in the undisturbed region of Abruzzo. Medieval castles remain strong, overlooking a valley of lush vines. The Apennine Mountains form extraordinary backdrops to historic hillside towns. Fishermen continue using ancient fishing techniques along the coastline. Shepherds traverse the undulating landscape, faithfully following their flock. Farms produce an abundance of flavorful cheeses, and vineyards make inspiring wines. Your custom tailored Italy tour immerses you in historical culture set in a divine landscape where the mountains meet the eastern shore. 

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High-End Fashion Shopping Tour of Rome, Florence, and Milan

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From $5,995

Hidden Trails of Italy Tour: An Escape to the Road Less Traveled

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From $2,745

The paths outside of Venice wind along the region of Italy rich with Renaissance art, succulent cuisine, and vibrant culture. Your custom tailored tour will take you from the Venetian Lagoon to the foothills of the Italian Alps to enjoy the splendors of the impressive architecture and the captivating landscape. Marvel at the lush cherry orchards and vineyards around Vicenza, and then delight in the aromas of sage and pumpkin near Soave. Follow the trails that connect the Venetian islands for a unique view of fishermen’s homes as well as marble palaces as you actively pursue grandeur while discovering around the region of Veneto.  

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Basil & Chocolate: Indulging in Italian Riviera and Umbrian Countryside Tour

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From $2,195

The charm of the Italian Riviera emanates from contemporary luxuries hidden within the serene seaside villages. The enchantment of Umbria rises from the medieval streets, bucolic hills, and overlooked towns that burst out of iconic vineyards. Your custom tailored tour combines the majesty of land and sea to take you on a remarkable journey through ancient city walls and continued traditions, tranquil hiking trails and opulent marinas. A statue of Neptune adorns the cliff that overlooks the Mediterranean as a powerful waterfall erupts from an emerald forest. Unwrap the wonder of the Riviera and Umbrian regions to enjoy pebbled beaches and perfect panoramas. 

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Splendors of Northeast Italy Tour: Veneto & Friuli Regions

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From $2,195

Discover the world where medieval meets the Renaissance. Quiet villages offer panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and emerald valleys. Gondolas glide across the tranquil waters of hidden narrow canals. Your custom tailored Northeast Italy tour consists of the splendors of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli regions, home to Venice’s Grand Canal and the dramatic foothills of the Dolomites. Delicate lacework decorates historical workshops. The secret influence of Venice’s Republic emerges from the shadows. Paintings that brought the human form into the light decorate church walls. Find a world of imagination, treasured cuisine, and inspiring history in Italy’s northern landscape. 

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Charm of San Marino & Italy Tour: Pompeii Ruins, Leaning Tower of Pisa & Capri Island

Customizable trip

From $2,745

A vacation in Italy is not just a getaway, but a journey into antique splendor, historic opulence, and how the modern world can fit like a puzzle piece into the past. Your 10-day San Marino and Italy tour to Pompeii ruins, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Capri Island is an exploration of Italy showing you the ineffable charm of medieval towns and the mesmeric shimmer of ancient Roman ruins. You will find Renaissance statues decorating a public square and opulent palaces lining the central streets of the cities. Your time in Italy ensures that every moment takes you beyond great and into the unforgettable.

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Highlights and Hidden Treasures of Italy Tour: Rome, Florence & Venice

Customizable trip

From $2,745

In Italy you find that one person’s daily landscape is another person’s cherished experience. Cathedral cupolas create the Roman skyline, and opulent marble statues decorate a public square in Florence, available for everyone’s viewing. The Gothic Doge’s Palace stands beside St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice creating a powerful, historic ambiance. Your custom tailored Italy tour to Rome, Florence, and Venice embraces the wonderment of these three iconic Italian cities and their magnificent surroundings. From lavish gardens to the impressive museums, romantic cafes to private family corridors, you have the key to the picturesque treasures of Italy.

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Highlights of Italy Tour 2020-2021

Customizable trip

From $3,570

The endless variety of Italy is highlighted on this custom tailored 2020-2021 tour along the country’s best sites, within marvelous cities and magnificent landscapes. Witness the intricate detail of Michelangelo’s David. Wander through the antiquity of Rome, where the sensational Colosseum continues to tower over the columns of the Forum. From the romantic canals of Venice to the astounding remains of Pompeii, you will wander along Italy at its best, immersing yourself in exceptional coastline and breathtaking cliff sides, and a different world of which many have only dreamed.

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Enticing Flavors of Italy Tour: Private Cooking Courses, Wine & Olive Oil Tasting

Customizable trip

From $4,795

Your custom tailored Italy tour of private cooking courses, wine, and olive oil tasting takes you through the sites and flavors of Italy, exploring illustrious dishes every step of the way. The enticing aroma of fresh pasta emanates from a small restaurant in an antique building. Wander a medieval town with a chef as your guide, stepping into historic cheese and butcher shops to find the perfect ingredients to use for cooking. Michelangelo’s David stares down at you from a stunning perch etched in brilliant marble and eternalized in a gallant pose. The Colosseum lights up the night with powerful arches standing as a reminder of Rome’s continuous history.

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Seven Wonders of Italy Vacation Package

Customizable trip

From $2,470

One for the marvels of ancient Rome, and one for the glories of Vatican City. One for the history and mystery that fill the streets of Pompeii, and one for the art that explodes in every corner of Florence. One for the towns by the shores of the Mediterranean, one for the cliffs of the Italian Riviera, and one for the romantic canals of Venice. These are the seven wonders of Italy, and each one is sure to steal your heart away.

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Private Northern Italy Vacation Package 2020

Customizable trip

From $8,995

This is the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici, the Italy of Dante and the Dolomites. It’s the Italy of hearty food and rich wines, unmatched art and incomparable style, the height of culture and the pinnacle of natural splendor. It’s the Italy of opulent duomos and luxurious villas, the canals of Venice and the cliffs of Cinque Terre. This private Northern Italy vacation package will show you areas unlike anywhere else on Earth.

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Italy Tour of the Most Beautiful Towns & Villages

Customizable trip

From $3,845

The sensations of Italy come from traditions ingrained within the soil of the countryside and rising up through the towns and villages. On this 14-day tour through the north and south of the country you will find the most beautiful scenery displayed in Italy’s natural majesty. Climb through medieval villages and find the hidden waterfalls of Umbria, revel in the Tuscan hills and visit the marvelous art of the Renaissance. From natural magnificence to humanity’s endless striving for beatific perfection, you will find, wander, and wonder through it all. 

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8 Day Luxury Tour of Sicily Highlights: Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento, Palermo

Customizable trip

From $4,795

A marble balcony overlooks the azure water of the Mediterranean Sea. Snow caps the conical summit of Mount Etna. Baroque churches create an elegant and lavish atmosphere along the streets of hillside towns. Gold-trimmed walls reflect endlessly into the collection of mirrors hanging in the dining hall of a lavish palace. Your luxury tour of Sicily highlights takes you through the majesty of the island’s past in the comforts of contemporary five-star hotels. Take in Greek ruins and stunning panoramas, ancient markets, and private tours, showing you how plush history can be.

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The Best of Italy Tour: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri and Tuscany

Customizable trip

From $3,295

Italy is ready to embrace you. Immerse yourself in its beauty and allow it to change you. Soak up the sun at outdoor cafés and stroll through piazzas in Rome while sampling gelato. Admire the view as you wind around the dramatic Amalfi Coast. Dive into a cooking class taught at a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Sail away to the glamorous island of Capri and take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Sample fine wines at scenic vineyards amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany. 

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VIP Tour of Italy: A Signature Experience

Customizable trip

From $9,595

This is Italy with no-holds barred, an excursion of such incomparable luxury that it beggars description. Private tours of the Vatican Museum and after-hours visits to Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica. Exclusive cruises along the famed Amalfi Coast and once-in-a-lifetime excursions to Bologna and St. Moritz. The biggest suites in five-star hotels and dinner at restaurants with multiple Michelin stars. Whatever your inclinations, this tour comes down to five words: Go big or go home.

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Italy Cooking Tour: Parco Fiorito & Villa Pitiana

Customizable trip

From $1,920

Mangia Bene (Eat Well)!  Tuscany and Umbria will win both your heart and stomach with regional delicacies, warm hospitality and celestial landscapes. Journey outside the kitchen, and through the Italian countryside, on a once and a lifetime culinary adventure that will inspire your palette and refresh your mood.  A tour that blends tradition and history with gastronomic experiences, it will introduce you to a deeper, truer understanding of the art of Italian life. 

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Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence Tour in Seven Days

Customizable trip

From $1,920

There is beauty in the wind as it rushes over the Mediterranean Sea. It settles on the villages of the Amalfi Coast before picking up history and grandeur on the banks of the Tiber. It moves over the graceful and fertile fields of Tuscany, suffused with the scent of grapes and filled with the myths and legends of this timeless terra before filling Florence with artistic inspiration. It is the wind that will carry you across Italy… and into the vacation of your dreams. 

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Exclusive Christmas in Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Milan

Customizable trip

From $5,995

From a graceful Christmas tree contrasting the powerful Colosseum walls to the vibrant display of lights accentuating Nativity scenes decorating the streets of Florence, Italy provides a holiday season brimming with welcoming, cheerful ambiance for all to enjoy. Discover the beauty of Pisa in December as seen from the top of the Leaning Tower and absorb the splendor of a New Year’s Eve performance at the famous La Scala Theater in Milan. Your customizable tour immerses you in Italian culture and illuminates the deep-rooted connection between ancient tradition and Christian heritage embodied in Italy’s art, architecture, cuisine, and customs.

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Tuscany Tour of Charming Villages, Ancient Towns & Unforgettable Landscapes

Customizable trip

From $2,195

There are few greater moments than sitting on a hillside at a quiet café with a view overlooking the red-tiled roofs of a historic city. You can hear the bells of the cathedral chime at dusk. The aromas of freshly cooked pasta and rich locally grown wine add to the unforgettable ambiance. Images of Renaissance statues and oil paintings decorate the fantasy. Your custom tailored Tuscany tour to Florence, Sienna, Arezzo and Florence turns dreams into realities, taking you through the treasured hills and medieval towns of, where every moment is luxurious, illuminating, and unforgettable.

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5 Stars Sicily Tour Package

Customizable trip

From $5,995

The beauty of Sicily is seductive on your 10-day 5 star Sicily tour package of the island, taking you from Norman cathedrals to Greek theaters. Enjoy panoramic views stretching from the seaside to the summit of Mount Etna, in complete luxury. The water shimmer azure in the Mediterranean sunlight and houses have a creamy sheen against the rugged rolling hills. Greek temples stand watch over the antique landscape protecting ancient civilizations and inspiring modern towns. Baroque palaces offer insight into elegant architectural design adorned with delicate neoclassical statues.

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Luxury Italy Family Vacation

Customizable trip

From $9,595

From the pleasures of high culture to the joys of adventure, this is an Italian excursion that offers something for all ages. Taste buds will revel in the joys of Bologna, eyes will feast upon the immaculate detail of the Sistine Chapel, and your skin will glory in the soft sun and gentle breeze on the shores of the Med. Be you father or daughter, brother or mother, sister or husband or wife, there is something in Italy just for you.

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Customized Italy Vacation Package: 13 Days in Italy

Customizable trip

From $3,570

Italy is for romantics! You can't help but feel giddy in a place where people-watching is a sport and sampling gelato is an art form. You can only take life lightly in a country where food matters more than politics and traffic rules are just suggestions. Every day is a surprise. You never know if a spaghetti or a sunset will be the highlight!

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Discover Tuscany Tour 2020-2021

Customizable trip

From $2,195

Tuscany overflows with extraordinary vistas, flavors, and artwork that you will discover, explore, and experience on this 8-day vacation, redesigned for 2020-2021, in the most famous region of Italy. From renowned Renaissance artists to charming seaside towns and medieval villages, you will be guided through the vineyards and the museums filled with masterworks. You will stroll through ancient streets and delight on local cuisine. From fabulous wines to marvelous accommodation, you will find the picturesque landscapes in the charm of Tuscany are endlessly present.

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Historic Cities to Treasured Coastline of Italy Tour: Rome, Naples & Sorrento

Customizable trip

From $2,745

The sea charms you with layers of indigo and azure colors brushing against the small stretch of beach. Mountains encircle the enchanting and secluded coastal town. You can sit on the balcony and watch fishing boats roll into the marina, hold your partner’s hand, and indulge in the scenery with a glass of wine. Your Italy tour to Rome, Naples, and Sorrento is handmade to offer the romance of antiquity and amorousness of the coastline, ensuring that you can relax in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy with the one you love.

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A Gourmet's Sojourn Through Northern Italy Tour

Customizable trip

From $3,020

From the garnet hue of a rich red wine to the delicious aromas of garlic and onion sizzling in olive oil, Italy’s food scene is characterized by a richness unlike any other. If you can’t get enough of your local trattoria’s ravioli or always push for pizza from the neighborhood parlor; if you drink Chianti by the liter or revel in the summertime pleasure of a fresh Bellini; if you’ve ever longed to experience food in a truly one-in- a-kind way, this trip is for you.

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Italy Luxury Travel: Custom Vacation Package

Customizable trip

From $5,995

This is an Italy tour for those who love fine food, from southern Italian specialties to the seafood of the Adriatic. It’s a vacation for those who stay only in the best hotels, from a lakeside resort that was the home of royalty to a hotel that houses a Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s a trip for those who want to experience Italy at its best, and it’s sure to be a trip you remember forever.

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Italy

How to Book a Tour
Must-See Destinations
Essential Experiences
Special Interests & Activities
Cost of an Italy Tour
Best Time to Visit
Modes of Transportation
Travel Considerations
Best Flights & Airports
Recommendations for the Return Traveler
Related Italy Tours

How to Book an Italy Tour

Italy is rich in architectural, artistic, and culinary masterpieces and possesses more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country on the planet. Gorgeous lakes, dramatic mountains, and a stunning coastline also add to Italy’s indelible charm. Planning the right combination of destinations for your perfect trip can be complex and even overwhelming, but Zicasso is here to help.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Italy

Alongside our Italy travel specialists, we have identified the most important highlights of Italy. Depending on how much time you have, we have recommendations on where you should go. With a custom Zicasso tour, we can organize your days however you would like, but the below provides a framework from which to launch your plans:

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have a week or so to travel in Italy, we recommend that you visit the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice. Organizing your days as recommended below will give you time to see the essential highlights:

7 Days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-5: Florence/Tuscany

Days 6-7: Venice

8 Days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-6: Florence/Tuscany

Days 7-8: Venice

9 Days

Days 1-4: Rome

Days 5-7: Florence/Tuscany

Days 8-9: Venice

If you have more time (10-16 Days), We Recommend:

If you can spend closer to two weeks in Italy, we suggest you divide your time between Tuscany, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, and the Lakes Region. All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend spending your time:

10 Days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-6: Amalfi Coast or Sorrento

Days 7-8: Florence/Tuscany

Days 9-10: Venice

12 Days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-7: Amalfi Coast or Sorrento

Days 7-10: Florence/Tuscany

Days 11-12: Venice

14 Days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-7: Amalfi Coast or Sorrento

Days 7-10: Florence/Tuscany

Days 11-12: Cinque Terre

Days 13-14: Venice

15 Days

Days 1-4: Rome

Days 5-8: Amalfi Coast or Sorrento

Days 9-11: Florence/Tuscany

Days 12-13: Cinque Terre

Days 14-15: Venice

16 days

Days 1-3: Rome

Days 4-6: Amalfi Coast or Sorrento

Days 7-9: Florence/Tuscany

Days 10-11: Cinque Terre

Days 12-14: Lake District (Como, Maggiore, or Garda)

Days 15-16: Venice

How many days is enough to see Italy?

Two weeks is an ideal length for a trip to Italy. This will allow you enough time to spend at least two days in Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Venice, and then your choice of Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast. A 14-day trip offers options for both guided exploration and time on your own to discover the culture, food, and wine at a casual, enjoyable pace.

Essential Experiences for the Best Italy Vacation

During your Italy tour, you can visit more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. You can also enjoy some of the world’s finest art, delicious cuisine, and stunning architecture. The following list offers our recommendations on the range of quintessential experiences you must see on your trip to Italy:

Best Way to Experience Rome

Rome is an enchanting city with a unique history, heritage, and culture, providing an extraordinary list of monuments, museums, and restaurants. During your Italy tour, the following are essential experiences that you must indulge in when first visiting Rome:

What to See & Do

Three Must-Do Tours in Rome (3-4 days depending on pace):

1. Imperial Rome - Discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and other Roman ruins.

2. Vatican City - Experience the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, museums, and historical works of art.

3. Classic Rome (Piazzas of Rome) - Witness the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon.

Best Way to Experience Florence & Tuscany

Florence is a captivating city known as the Cradle of the Renaissance and offers an exquisite collection of museums, artwork, and access to Tuscany. We label the following experiences as essential when in Florence during your Italy vacation:

What to See & Do

Private Tours in Florence and Tuscany (2-3 Days depending on pace):

1. Renaissance Florence - Visit the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore), Piazza Santa Croce, and Museo dell’Opera dell Duomo.

2. Artistic Florence - Discover the Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, Bargello National Museum, and Casa Buonarroti.

3. Tuscany Tours - Enjoy an Olive Oil Tour and Tasting, Wine Tour (Chianti), and the towns of Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and Lucca.

Best Way to Experience Venice

Venice is a romantic city famous for its canals and the bulbous domes of St. Mark’s Cathedral. The city also offers an exceptional view of the history, romance, and grandeur of the former Republic. We recommend the following experiences when visiting Venice:

What to See & Do

Must-Do Experiences in Venice (2 Days depending on pace):

1. Venice City Tour - Visit Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Grand Canal.

2. Private gondola ride - Enjoy a scenic ride through the canals with a gondolier.

3. Venetian Lagoon Tour - Visit Murano Island for glass artifacts & a glassblowing demonstration in addition to Burano Island for colorful houses, a lacemaking tradition, and charming canals.

Special Interests & Activities in Italy

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests:

Best Food & Wine Destinations

Italy is one of the world’s top culinary destinations. Indeed, great food is everywhere in Italy. When you travel with Zicasso, you’ll get personalized recommendations on where to eat. The following recommendations highlight some of the best Italian regions for food and wine:

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is known as Italy’s culinary heart with unique food and wine experiences. Focused on both refined and bold flavors, you will enjoy everything from homemade pasta stuffed with herbs to famous Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano cheese and customary ragù. All will be accompanied by traditional wines.

Florence & Tuscany

Florence and the region of Tuscany are incredible destinations for essential food and wine experiences due to the excellent history of regional gastronomy and for turning simple ingredients, classic dishes, and delicious wines into renowned traditions similar to preserved art.

Piemonte

Piemonte is a fundamental destination for food and wine in Italy. It specializes in producing fine Barolo, which is considered to be the best of the best Italian wines. This region houses the headquarters of the Slow Food movement and hosts the world’s most distinguished food exhibition, the Salone del Gusto.

Rome & Lazio

Rome and the region of Lazio are fantastic destinations for essential food and wine experiences due to the long heritage of winemaking around the hills and in the vicinity of famous cultural sites that date back more than two millennia.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Italy’s Best Wine

Zicasso travel partners can arrange private visits to vineyards not open to the public for exclusive tastings and meetings with the vintners. You can also learn more about Italy’s more than 1,000 grape varietals from a sommelier.

Olive Oil

Tours in Lazio, Tuscany, and Puglia allow you to pick olives, visit a factory, witness the production, and sample the delicious flavors.

Truffle Hunting

This activity in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna leads you into forests with specialized truffle-hunting dogs. The flavor and potency of truffles degrade every day, so this is your chance to sample the freshest truffles with a homemade meal made onsite.

Art & History

Italy is one of the world’s foremost destinations for paintings, architecture, mosaics, and sculptures, making art an essential experience during your Italy tour. Italy’s art accounts for some of Europe’s most iconic images.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Vatican Museums, featuring the Sistine Chapel – Vatican City
  • Uffizi Gallery, featuring The Birth of Venus by Botticelli  – Florence
  • Galleria dell’Accademia, featuring Michelangelo’s David – Florence

Zicasso’s Italy partners can get skip-the-line tickets for you. Depending on when you visit, your budget, and a number of other factors, they may also be able to arrange after-hours visits with specialized guides so that you can appreciate these treasures without the crowds.

Lesser-Known, Less-Crowded Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Castel Buonarroti – Michelangelo’s home in Florence
  • Capitoline Museum – the oldest museum in Rome and often overlooked
  • Bargello Museum – former barracks and prison transformed into a museum in Florence
  • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj – one of the best-known collections for Raphael works

History

Italy is a history lover’s paradise. Witnessing the history of the Italian peninsula is an inherent experience due to its ruins, palaces, museums, and architecture that span from the ancient Roman Empire to today’s modern nation. In particular, the entire cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice are living museums with some of the most significant historical developments in Western civilization. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can arrange private tours with specialized history guides, such as a former archaeologist with a PhD or a history professor. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

An active tour offers the splendor of the countryside or charms of villages and distinctive neighborhoods around the country at your preferred pace and from a unique perspective. Recommendations for some of the best active tours in Italy:

  • Bike Tours
  • Sunset bike tour from Fiesole to Florence
  • Hiking
  • Cinque Terre
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Dolomites
  • Mt. Etna
  • Skiing
  • Dolomites

Private Excursions & Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have insider access to exclusive experiences that you cannot get any other way. These experiences, customized to your specific interests, can often be your most memorable, turning your trip into the experience of a lifetime. Here are some examples, but the possibilities are endless:

How much is a tour to Italy?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Italy trip is approximately $250 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be half of that or $125 per person, per day.

The cost of an Italy vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert Italy travel specialist to plan a customized Italy tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all the logistics (including skip-the-line tickets) and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Italy tour typically starts at $2,500 per person for a 10-day trip, i.e., at $250 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation in Italy, such as airport transfers and trains from city to city

A 5-star, tailor-made Italy tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $6,000 per person for a 10-day trip, or $600 per person, per day.

An escorted Italy group tour with scheduled departure dates delivers excellent value. With comparable inclusions, such as class of hotel, guided activities, and transportation, a group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent tailor-made tour. Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert Italy trip planner, who will help you customize your dream trip or help you to select the right Italy group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Italy

Updated: January 29, 2020

The best time to visit Italy is during the first half of May, the second half of August, or the last half of October. Visiting Italy in the summer months has changed in the past decade because the second half of August has become a great time to visit due to smaller crowds and the waning summer heat.  Many websites recommend September to visit Italy, but this is outdated information. Italy travel specialists on Zicasso note that travelers in September find higher hotel prices and larger crowds versus the second half of August. Visiting Italy in the first half of May or the latter half of October offers you better weather, fewer crowds, and the welcoming culture of shops, restaurants, and markets in full swing.

Why Italy is Great for Year Round Travel

While the best time to visit Italy is around the first half of May, the second half of August, or the last half of October, there is never a bad time to visit Italy. Each season will give you something different to see or experience. Winter may be cold but you could ski in the Italian Alps. You could also enjoy smaller crowds on the streets of Rome in January and February. Summer may have hot months and larger crowds in June and July but you could relax on the charming beaches spanning Italy’s 4,723 miles of coastline. Spring from March to early May can have inconsistent showers and cloudy days but also offers fantastic opportunities to explore historic cities without the tourist crowds. Fall will bring chillier weather and rainfall but will lose the crowds to offer you a more intimate and authentic experience.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Italy?

You should plan your trip to Italy up to eight months in advance if you wish to visit destinations such as the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre. Due to the demand of visitors that travel to these gorgeous destinations and the limited number of hotels, you must reserve your space ahead of time, depending on the time of year you wish to travel. We recommend planning your Italy tour up to 12 months in advance for the most optimal travel experience.

Modes of Transportation in Italy

The best way to see Italy in 10 days is by train. The high-speed train travels from Venice in the north to Bari in the southeast while also reaching popular cities like Florence, Rome, and Naples. The train system is very comfortable, fast, reliable, and accessible throughout the country. We recommend the first-class seats because they are much nicer than second-class and only slightly more expensive.Domestic flights are possible and convenient when needing to travel long distances or off the mainland peninsula to islands like Sicily or Sardinia.

Car Rental

Renting a car is great in Tuscany or the Lakes Region but can hinder your Italy tour in other destinations due to the quality and size of the roads, traffic, and possible issues of property damage.Zicasso always includes private transfers to and from the airport or between destinations for your best stress-free Italy tour, which circumvents possible taxi service charges or miscommunications.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Italy

Travel considerations during your Italy tour include safety, ease of logistics, and accessibility. The following information offers our recommendations on what to consider:

Is Italy Safe for Travel?

Italy is very safe. During your Italy tour, you will find the people and country welcoming and eager to share their culture. As anywhere, pickpocketing can be a concern, especially in larger tourist destinations like Rome, Florence, or Venice. Healthwise, there are no concerns regarding the general safety of eating and drinking throughout Italy.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Why We Don’t Recommend Short-Term Rental Apartments

The short-term rental market (such as those available through Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) is not a regulated business in Italy, meaning that, if you book such an apartment today for travel in six months, by the time you reach Italy, the rental may have shut down and may no longer be available. For this reason, it is much better to stay in a regulated hotel or in an apartment that is professionally owned and managed (especially if it’s personally inspected by a travel specialist).

For Families

Having a family-friendly guide can help maximize your time and enhance your experience for every member of your family.

For Seniors

Having a guide knowledgeable in touring with seniors will offer more accessible tours, activities, and transfers to maximize how much you can see and experience. If traveling by train, arrangements can be made for drivers to carry your luggage to and from the train carriage.

For Couples

Having a travel specialist knowledgeable in planning romantic experiences throughout Italy will provide unique perspectives, advice, and opportunities to experience true intimacy during your couples Italy tour.

Travelers with Disabilities

Guests with mobility challenges can be well assisted by our Italy travel specialists. Access and alternative arrangements can be made with ease to ensure enjoyment of certain monuments, historical sites, accommodations, and restaurants.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Italy

The best airport to fly in and out of Italy when visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, and many other Italian destinations is Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Flying into Rome can often have the most opportunities based on your schedule and preferred travel timeframe; however, other airports can provide equal opportunities and possibilities depending on your route and schedule.  For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Rome. The second most convenient is Venice. NEW in 2020: Starting June 1, Alitalia, a SkyTeam Alliance partner with Delta, will be offering the first-ever nonstop flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Rome (FCO).

The top active airports in Italy are:

  • Rome – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO)
  • Venice – Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
  • Milan – Malpensa International Airport (MXP)
  • Pisa – Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA)
  • Florence – Florence Peretola Airport (FLR)
  • Naples – Naples International Airport (NAP)

Find the Best Flights

In general, there’s a slight logistical advantage to flying into the first city of your trip and returning from the last city. For example, if your trip travels from Rome to Florence to Venice, then you can fly into Rome and return from Venice. However, it’s sometimes more advantageous to fly in and out of the same city, especially Rome because there is better pricing and availability. It’s fine to do so because it is easy to get around Italy with high-speed trains that allow you to quickly return to the city from which you arrived. With the scale and number of airports in Italy, you can make your flights work around your particular Italy trip.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights are accessible, frequent, and quick, making it very easy to travel long distances across Italy, such as from Venice to Sicily.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24X7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Italy tour, you can venture beyond the essential cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice to discover destinations considered more off-the-beaten-path but equally worthy of your consideration. The following list offers our recommendations for where you can visit during a return trip to Italy:

Sicily

The island of Sicily has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as captivating cultural cities with food and wine representing the rich customs of the Mediterranean island. The incredible views of the city overlook volcanoes, preserved ruins from Greek and Roman civilizations, and approximately 15 islands, seven of which are volcanic.

Lake Garda

This wonderful lake offers visitors the opportunity to actively uncover the beauty of the Lakes Region with hiking, wine tasting in the Valpolicella region, water sports, and the opportunity for a romantic getaway or a family-fun vacation.

Montua

This small town in the Lombardy region is surrounded by lakes and shines with beautiful Renaissance architecture with connections to 400 years of a single ruling family that date back to the 14th century. The town also features fantastic palaces and the graceful piazzas.

Ravenna

Ravenna possesses glistening Cathedrals known for their gilded Byzantine mosaics and preserved Roman heritage. Ravenna is also the resting place of Italy’s best-known poet, Dante Alighieri.

Puglia

Puglia is a region that possesses a stunning array of cities, towns, beaches, and culture. Lecce glows with a Baroque architectural charm, Otranto glints on a hill with white architecture that overlooks the golden countryside, Alberobello boasts a unique, storybook architecture, and olive trees blanket the landscape before the coastline along the Adriatic Sea.

The Dolomites

This mountain range offers visitors a wonderful array of outdoor adventures in the summer with an abundance of hiking trails. In winter, it offers an exceptional number of luxury ski resorts and destinations. In summer, the Dolomites definitely offer visitors who are returning to Italy something different to experience.

Related Italy Tours by Zicasso

Here is our list of other Italy Tours we offer:

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