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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.

Sample Itineraries

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


Pleasures of Piedmont Tour: Wine, Truffles & Celebration

8 Day Custom Tour

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 you around Piedmont, filling each day with the sumptuous flavors of the region, from food to history. The eclectic aromas of the Truffle Festival mix with the enthusiastic calls of the crowd, each person aching to taste the unique concoctions created simply for the event. A sea of vineyards traipses over the hillside and the pleasurable flavors of the countryside can be as rich or delicate as an award-winning restaurant in the city.

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Secrets of Mediterranean Islands: Sardinia and Corsica Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From$4,945

The Mediterranean gems of Corsica and Sardinia are yours to explore on this 10-day island-hopping tour of all that is best of this region. A world apart, the islands of Corsica and Sardinia enjoy a secluded status when compared to the hustle and bustle of mainland Italy or France. From the port of Pula to Ile de Cavallo, visitors cannot help but fall in love with this stunning setting.

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Italy Food & Culture Tour for Seniors: Turin to Bologna

10 Day Custom Tour

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 of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. Savor the distinct taste of white truffles, craft the elegant stuffed shells of tortellini pasta, and experience the excitement of driving a Ferrari on a search for authentic heritage spanning more than two millennia. From forested countryside to magnificent medieval towers and charming city skylines, travel from Turin to Bologna for an immersive tour at your pace indulging in passionate history, flavorful cuisine, and captivating tradition.

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Italy Vacation for Seniors: Rome to Venice

12 Day Custom Tour

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, and countryside during your personalized senior tour of Italy. The charm spreads from Rome to Venice, Florence to Verona accentuating the restored marvels of ancient life and the majesty of Renaissance works propelling Western Europe from the Middle Ages. Treasures glow in the sunlight revealing works by Giotto and Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini. Discover traditional flavors and enjoy the local flare of Italy’s most fascinating destinations.

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Puglia Discovery Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,195

This 8-day tour of Puglia is a great way to venture off the beaten path in one of Europe's most visited tourist destinations. This tour is an immersive exploration of the Italian region that time forgot, from the rural countryside to the scenic seaside. A blend of active and leisure time on this tour makes sure that you are able to fully enjoy this unforgettable journey in one of the most idyllic vacation destinations on the planet.

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10-Day UNESCO World Heritage Italy Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

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 canals of Venice to the excavated streets of Pompeii. With 51 designated cultural and natural landmarks, Italy will enchant you with a breathtaking heritage that is represented in its mouthwatering cuisine, prestigious, marble palaces, staggering ancient artistry, and alluring Renaissance masterworks. Your luxury tour will reveal a treasure-trove of history that is unlike anywhere else in the world, bringing the marvels of the past to the forefront.

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Italian Vacation of a Lifetime: Venice, Milan, Florence & Rome

12 Day Custom Tour

From$3,295

Italy is for lovers and historians, foodies and hikers, art enthusiasts and fashionistas. In other words, Italy is for everyone. This Italian vacation of a lifetime will take you on 12-day journey through the most famous Italian cities as you will be wined and dined, and ultimately swept off your feet, immersing yourself in the wonders of Roman history and the romance of Venetian canals. Discover the iconic fashions of Milan and the graceful artistry of Florence. You set the pace and revel in the beauty of Italian splendor.

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Unique Exploration of Italy: Rome, Matera, Monopoli Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From$3,595

Explore ancient Rome, lose yourself in the charming hilltop city of Matera, and discover the distinguished character of Monopoli on this tailored 12-day tour through Italy. From basking in breathtaking views of the emerald countryside to basking in the pronounced flavors of Italian cuisine, every step of this journey showcases the fascinating culture and deep-rooted heritage that remains an integral part of the country today. Book your dream Italian vacation today.

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Italy's West Coast Tour: Cinque Terre to the Amalfi Coast

10 Day Custom Tour

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 heritage that dates back thousands of years. Whether settling into the luxuries of elite palaces or traversing terraced gardens on a rugged cliff, you will be immersed in the cultures by the sea and the opulence of the past as you stroll along seaside promenades, indulge in the aromas of an iconic cafe, and witness the works of master artists for yourself.

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Northern Italy to Sicily: Italy Tour for Second Timers

14 Day Custom Tour

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 that will immerse you in the marvels of discovery. Savor the authentic beauty of medieval towns and Baroque cities preserved in time and steeped in tradition. Greek theaters decorate the landscape of Sicily and caves pockmark the soft tufa limestone of Basilicata. Travel from the Adriatic’s turquoise waters to the Tyrrhenian’s azure hues and the Ionian’s sapphire glow uncovering whitewashed homes, pastel-colored cathedrals, and an endless inviting ambiance.

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Italy Tour for Food Lovers

12 Day Custom Tour

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, authenticity of regional cuisine, and splendor of traditional culture. From the canals of Venice to the maritime cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and the charming hills of Tuscany to the dramatic walls of Rome’s Colosseum, you will travel between illustrious cities and across the enchanting countryside. You will also transform cuisine into artistic pleasures, which derive from a black truffle pasta that is coated with guanciale wine that also emits aromas of sweet tobacco and gelato, erupting with fresh strawberries.

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Romantic Italy Getaway: Art, Food, Gondolas & More

7 Day Custom Tour

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 and immerses you in the treasured culture. Sample incredible cuisine that captures the essence of passion, and cruise down candlelit canals. Delight in delicious wines that have been produced on scenic, coastal cliffs, and stroll along remarkable medieval fortifications. Whether discovering ancient foundations in Florence or sophisticated, Renaissance villas in Venice, you will enjoy the pleasures of Italy that can be found in the endless romance that is highlighted through Italy’s classic ambiance.

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Italy for Chocoholics! A Unique Tour of Umbria

8 Day Custom Tour

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 of church bells and chirping birds. Wander traffic-free ancient streets and enjoy leisurely gourmet meals. This special Italy for chocoholics vacation includes the highlights of Umbria: charming medieval hilltop villages, magnificent historic cathedrals, authentic Italian cooking classes, even a truffle hunt with sniffer dog! The unique tour of Umbria culminates with the EuroChocolate Festival of Perugia October 19th-28th, where you’ll enjoy two days in chocolate paradise.

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Romantic Italy Tour to Cinque Terre, Tuscany & Lazio

8 Day Custom Tour

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, you will find passion punctuated with history and majesty embodied all around. The Mediterranean Sea splashes against the rugged coastline as fountains erupt with elegant water ballets and vineyards and olive groves add layers of greenery to the hills and cliffs of the landscape. Your Italy tour will encompass the secluded villages and old castles, Renaissance art and Baroque palaces to shape your view of romance through the ages.

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Best of Rome, Florence, and Venice Vacation

10 Day Custom Tour

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 that have inspired epic poems, lavish songs, and enchanting stories. From the myth of Romulus and Remus to the legend of Murano glass, the glories of the Tuscan countryside to the historic streets of Rome, the picturesque piazzas of Florence, and the opulent canals of Venice, you will enjoy a collection of highlights that you will savor.

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Rustic Italy Vacation: Tuscany & Emilia Romagna

8 Day Custom Tour

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: Venice to Rome in 10 Days

10 Day Custom Tour

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

12 Day Custom Tour

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

9 Day Custom Tour

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

10 Day Custom Tour

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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Getaway Vacation to Italy’s Adriatic Coast

7 Day Custom Tour

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

9 Day Custom Tour

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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Exploring the Italian Peninsula Tour for Families

21 Day Custom Tour

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

10 Day Custom Tour

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

14 Day Custom Tour

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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14-Day Ultimate Italy Highlights Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

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

10 Day Custom Tour

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.

EXPLORING FURTHER

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

8 Day Custom Tour

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

10 Day Custom Tour

From$5,995

Sicily & Malta Vacation Tour: A Mediterranean Getaway

10 Day Custom Tour

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

9 Day Custom Tour

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

10 Day Custom Tour

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

9 Day Custom Tour

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

8 Day Custom Tour

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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Italy Travel Post Covid-19

Italy is a destination loved by travelers around the globe, and the news for Italy is improving as stores, restaurants, markets, museums and sites are opening. Robert, a travel expert with Zicasso, shares that Italy is ready to do what it takes to welcome back their travelers, ”Italy depends on tourism for a huge portion of its economy, and the local governments and businesses have vowed to do whatever is necessary to welcome travelers throughout the summer and into the fall.”

As trips from 2020 are pushed into 2021, we are beginning to see issues of supply and demand for popular destinations such as the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast and Venice. To get the best rates, it is a good idea to secure your trip as early as 12-14 months in advance. Putting your plans for a trip to Italy in motion now is an excellent way to ensure options later. As country borders open and plans to reopen shops, restaurants, and popular sites evolve, your Zicasso travel specialist can let you know when confirming your trip is recommended.

Planning a trip can happen anytime. It costs nothing to fill out a Trip Request with Zicasso and learn more. Booking your trip can happen when you are comfortable to do so, as our Zicasso team can offer flexibility based on real-time global events. A customized trip with Zicasso has many advantages, as your local specialist is positioned to ensure your health and safety while you enjoy an itinerary designed specifically for you. Local knowledge and connections matter, as does the agility of a travel specialist to shift your plans for any reason.

Zicasso is here to help you.  Please contact us at 1-888-878-5442, and we are ready to connect you to a local Italy travel planner today.

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):

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

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

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):

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

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

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):

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

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

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's travel partners can arrange private visits to vineyards that are 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 that has been 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

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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