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Welcome to Italy

Well-known for its boot shape, Italy boasts a staggering number of renowned pieces of art, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and welcomes visitors with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Let a private or small-group tour with an expert guide show you how to walk in Caesar's footsteps through the Forum in Rome. Take a gondola tour of Venice to glide by the city's classic architecture. Stare in awe at the colorful frescoes in the Vatican Museums’ Sistine Chapel one day, and hike the Path of the Gods along the Amalfi Coast on another. Italy is an art lover's paradise, where masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael await. Learn about the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, and admire the Botticellis in the Uffizi Gallery. Then switch gears to explore hilltop villages in remote parts of Tuscany, or browse for the latest fashions in Milan. Foodies flock to Italy to taste pizza in its hometown of Naples. You can also take a cooking class to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine, like gnocchi and tiramisu in Sorrento, or risotto with prawns in Venice. And then there's the wine—book a wine tour to the Frascati region of Rome for reds and dessert wines, or head to Florence for Chianti. Meanwhile, other tours let you take in a Venetian concert or drift in a boat on Lake Como.

Top 10 attractions in Italy

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Colosseum

Colosseum

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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More
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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is one of the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More
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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

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The enormous St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) dominates Vatican City, and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it’s the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. The lavishly adorned basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular Pietà and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More
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Venice Islands

Venice Islands

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Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, but generally “the Venice islands” refers to the three most famous outlying islands in the Venetian lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano, just north of Venice proper, has been the center of Venice’s famous glass-making industry since 1291, and the island’s expert glassblowers still handcraft stunning pieces of Murano glass today. Farther north, Burano has quiet canals lined with brightly painted fishermen’s houses and is home to Venice’s traditional lace artisans. Its neighboring island of Torcello, first settled in 452, is believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon.More
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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More
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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

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Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) is among Europe’s tallest (and the world’s most active) volcanoes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the volcano has shaped Sicilian history and continues to impact life on the island today. Visitors can explore the mountain’s smoldering volcanic craters and lava fields.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

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Each day, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) draws hundreds of art-loving visitors to the unassuming refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for just 15 minutes with the painting. Arguably Milan's most famous 15th-century wall mural, you must book entrance tickets in advance or sign up for a guided Milan city tour to see it up close.More
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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) may be the smallest sovereign nation-state in the world, but it's a religious and cultural superpower. Home to some of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels—namely St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums—it's located wholly within the confines of Rome, covers 110 acres (44 hectares), and has an official population of about 800.More
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Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More

Top activities in Italy

Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

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Recent reviews from experiences in Italy

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Great tour!
Carlina_M, Jan 2022
Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena
Our guide was great - she was from Ireland and could speak English very good.
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Great introduction to a fantastic city
Andre_W, Nov 2021
Private Walking Tour in Florence
Our guide Pam (English but living in Italy for a long time) provided a great introduction with a lot of background and historical details.
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Great tour and even better tour guide
Lilit_S, Oct 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Expect to walk a lot of steps but worth it to see these beautiful places!
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A great tour to see the...
Rhona_s, Oct 2021
Pompeii Small Group tour with an Archaeologist
A great tour to see the highlights of pompeii.
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Great experience
Chung_K, Sep 2021
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Recommend to anyone who want to see the best of Tuscany region
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Tour was very interesting...
Ugis_K, Sep 2021
UNESCO's Alberobello and Matera from Bari
I highly recommend this tour to see two Unesco places in one day.
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Take this tour!
Shae_P, Sep 2021
Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch & Wine Tasting
John also gave us great tips for things to do, places to go, things to eat, etc.
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Beautiful views and great tour guides
Sherry_L, Aug 2021
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking
This is a stunning part of Italy to visit.
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Peaceful walk
David_J, Aug 2021
Secret walks of Piano di Sorrento
We took this tour to see other areas of Italy away from the more touristy areas Hugo did an excellent job showing us the area and the stop with the local farmer was awesome the lemon ice was nothing but awesome and delicious we even bought some marmalade I hope we can take it back home The Canoli was the best that my wife ever tasted
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Best tour!
Jennilee_G, Aug 2021
A day between the Ampezzo Dolomites and Cortina
I couldn’t wait for him to see it!
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Our tour guide she was awesome
Julio_F, Aug 2021
Semi-Private Excursion to Florence and Pisa from Rome
Make sure to wear sunblock if you are traveling mid summer.
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Perfect
Joseph_M, Aug 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
She is a knowledgeable art historian, speaks excellent English, and was fun and friendly.
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Long, but a very fun trip.
Robert_M, Aug 2021
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
The places we visited were really cool to see and captured what my wife and I thought Italy was like.
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Worth every penny
Mathias_R, Aug 2021
A sparkling day in the Prosecco Hills
The trip provided the opportunity to see parts of Italy we might not have seen otherwise.
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Highly recommend!
Sydney_W, Jul 2021
Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
Luigi, Max, and Luca made this one of our favorite activities we did in all of Italy!
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Not just eating good food, making it too!
Michael_F, Jan 2022
Pasta Class - Fettuccine Making in Rome
Number one, the restaurant in is Piazza de Navone, a great place to visit whether or not you are taking the class.
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Can't Miss!!!! Excellent!!!!
Kelsey_W, Dec 2021
A day between the Ampezzo Dolomites and Cortina
Steph had great recommendations for what to see and do in the towns and on the lakes and we are so glad we listened.
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Highlight of our holiday in Italy
Monica_D, Dec 2021
Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip
I cannot recommend this tour enough-it’s the perfect way to see the beautiful towns of Amalfi.
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Great food, amazing guide!
Sandy_M, Dec 2021
Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District
She taught us about food and Italian culture, and had great recommendations for restaurants and non tourist things to do around Rome.
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Beautiful scenery, delicious wines and meats, amazing guide.
Sandy_M, Dec 2021
Small Group Chianti at Sunset Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
Giovanni also shared many recommendations of things to do in and around Firenze, which was nice since we did this on our first day in town.

All about Italy

When to visit

Italian summers are best spent at the beaches of Sardinia and Sicily, but festivals like La Tomatina, Rock in Roma, and the Palio horse races offer good reasons to head inland. The sun shines through fall, making it ideal for city sightseeing—or truffle hunting and wine tasting in Tuscany—while Venice’s legendary Carnival is worth braving the cold for.

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