Italy is rich in culture, art and amazing landmarks and ruins. It’s hard to choose exactly which area to visit. Depending on what you want to see, experience and of course eat, here’s a quick guide on Italy itineraries:

Northern Italy

Piedmont (Piemonte)


Turin – Photo By Chensiyuan – Wikimedia Commons

The name means “at the foot of the mountains”, climatically protected and surrounded by the Alps, it has fertile land for wine production such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Well known for its gastronomic tours from Alba, as well as cultural city tours Turin (Torino).

Suggested Itineraries for Piemonte:

oneWalking Tour of Turin Including Skip-the-Line Entry to Palazzo Madama – Uncover the best of Turin on a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour that includes skip-the-line access to Palazzo Madama. Delve into Turin’s rich history by viewing luxurious Royal Savoy Residences and Baroque churches, with a knowledgeable guide by your side.


Piedmont Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour–  Visit Piedmont Wine Region as it has just been awarded Top Ten Wine Travel Destination by the Editors of Wine Enthusiast. Leaving from: Alba, Italy.


Segway Tour Monferrato Hills and Tastings -Guided Segway tour in the heart of the UNESCO hills with views over the entire Piemonte region. Two tastings of traditional products are included. Passito wine produced in a Protected WWF estate and nougat and chocolate sweets in artisan pastry workshop.

Aosta Valley (Val D’Aosta)

well known for its ski resorts and mountainous regions such as Pila, Courmayeur, Bard and Champoluc it’s a paradise for the winter sport enthusiast.

Lombardy (Lombardia)

Lake Como

Milan is the northern capital of finance, fashion and design. Host to the World Expo 2015 it has become a metropolitan destination for the urban tourist. Lombardy is also home to the mid-evil city of Bergamo, the lake regions of Lake Garda and Lake Como. Valtellina is a hidden gem for red wine lovers. It produces rich wines up on the hills above Chiavenna by small independent wineries that export in sparingly qualities so it’s best to taste it from the source.
If you are into winter sports, the ski resorts bordering with Switzerland like Livigno, as well as in Sondrio, Valtellina and Valchiavenna like the Bormio ski and natural thermal spa towns.

Suggested Itineraries for Lombardy:

one5-Day Milan Lake Como and Venice Tour – 5 Days and 4 Nights experience visiting Milan, Lake Como and Venice. Itinerary by train with transfers and excursions. Leaving from: Milan, Italy. Duration: 5 days , Price US: $722.22


3-Day in Northern Italy: Milan’s Latest Fashion Trends and the Stunning Scenery of Lake Como–  This itinerary will take you to Milan, the Global Capital of fashion and design and Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes of Northern Italy. On a 3-hour walking tour you will see Milan’s landmarks including the Gothic cathedral Duomo and the Sforza Castle. The next day your journey will take you to Lake Como. Free time in the elegant lake town of Como to eat and explore. Then head to the romantic town of Bellagio, where you will spend the last 2 nights. On Day 3 a local guide will take you on a scenic lake Como cruise to discover luxury lakeside villas and villages. Leaving from: Milan, Italy.  Price US: $2800.00.


Sacro Monte of Varese Unesco World Heritage site Walking Tour – Guided walking tour discovering Varese’s Sacro Monte. This Unesco World Heritage site is a famous place where history meets art, surrounded by a luxuriant nature. Small groups of visitors will enjoy the visit of the Holy Road and the little village of Santa Maria del Monte. Views are stunning from the top of the mountain and there you can see mountains, lakes and valley. Leaving from: Varese, Italy,Duration: 3 hours,Price US: $11.56


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Best known for its dramatic cliffs,  beach towns and charming coast along the Ligurian sea.  Towns that draw the most attention are Ventimiglia, La Spezia  Portovenere and Portofino, each offering their own special personality and charm. Le Cinque Terre or  “The Five Lands” are the picturesque villages of: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Suggested Itineraries for Liguria:

one3 Days Cinque Terre Amazing Tour: Explore the Enchanted Lands and the Surrounding Areas  With so much to see and experience, this trip to one of the most beautiful areas is sure to take your breath away. Your journey will be based in Monterosso, at the northern end of the Cinque Terre, five fishing villages that have become a World Heritage protected site. From there you’ll take a day trip to the enchanted Cinque Terre and discover villages perched above the sea. Leaving from: Genoa, Italy. Duration: 4 days, Price US: $2200.00

two4-Day Liguria Tour from Milan: Cinque Terre, Genoa, Italian Riviera  Combine rugged coastal scenery with chic seaside towns on a 4-day tour of Liguria in northern Italy! After leaving Milan, head to Genoa – Liguria’s capital – where your 4-star hotel awaits for the duration of the tour. Explore the Ancient Port of Genoa on a walking tour with a local guide, and enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre region as well as the stately towns and in-vogue villages of the Italian Riviera, like San Remo, Portovenere, Portofino and more. Numbers are limited to 25 people. Leaving from: Milan, Italy, Duration: 4 days, Price US: $988.00


Carrara Marble Caves and Colonnata Village Full-day Tour from La Spezia  Ride a Range Rover into the breathtaking Carrara marble quarries and explore the cathedral like caves where Michelangelo sourced his marble. Followed by a visit to the Medieval village of Colonnata famed for its ‘Lardo’. Leaving from: La Spezia, Italy, Duration: 8 hours, Price US: $144.44


Heart of the Romanesque and Renaissance cities such as Modena, Parma and Ferrara and home to the ancient cultural city of Bologna, also known as “the city of music”. If you are into fast cars, you can visit the nearby factories and museums of  Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. Emilia-Romagna offers beach side resort towns like Cervia and Cesenatico, which are best know for family style holidays and a low-key atmosphere. Or for the more activate, club goers Rimini and Riccione.

Suggested Itineraries for Emilia-Romagna:

oneBologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting Explore the province of Bologna in this full-day food tour. Indulge in degustation of Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, wine and traditional balsamic vinegar. At the end of the tour, enjoy a traditional Italian lunch at a local ‘trattoria’ or in a certified organic winery. Leaving from: Bologna, Italy,  – Italy, Duration: 9 hours , Price US: $182.58

twoFerrari Museum in Maranello with Transfer from Bologna  Pick up and drop off at your Hotel in Bologna. Entrance Tickets to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (skip the line) Leaving from: Bologna, Italy, Duration: 4 hours Price US: $142.13


Bologna Food Walking Tour – Explore one of Bologna oldest food markets with an insider and visit the most traditional food shops. Learn about the history, culture, architecture, that make Bologna medieval market so unique. During this tour you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that has secured Bologna’s reputation as being the foodie capital of Italy. Discover the secrets to having the ultimate food and cultural experience off the beaten path! Leaving from: Bologna, Italy,  – Italy , Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes Price US: $91.29

Veneto and  Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The Veneto region is home to the infamous city on the water; Venice. The city of romance and the well know Carnevale festival. Nearby cities of Trieste, Pordenone and Friuli are known for wine production of wines such as  Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Schioppettino, Friulano, Ribolla gialla and Verduzzo.

Suggested Itineraries for Veneto and  Friuli-Venezia Giulia :

one6-Day Italy Trip: Discovering Rome, Milan, Venice and The Alps – This 6-day tour allows you to discover Rome, Milan and Venice. Visit the main sights not to be missed, but also some off the beaten path places, like the Dolomites and Bolzano. Leaving from: Rome, Italy,  – Italy Duration: 6 days Price US: $1409.78

twoDay Tour from Padova: Veneto Villas, Medeival Towns and Grana Padano Production A day tour in northern province of Padua among beautiful Palladian Villas, Medieval walls, Roman roads and with the experience to discover ‘Grana Padano’ cheese production. …Leaving from: Padua, Italy,  – Italy Duration: 6 hours Price US: $520.00

threeSoave Castle Visit and Wine Tasting from Verona Soave is a middle age wine village situated in region Veneto of Italy. You will visit the impressive castle and enjoy the stunning views of all the vineyards around. Wine lovers can’t resist the unmissable chance to visit a typical cellar and taste the most famous wines produced in the region, like Soave and Recioto. A perfect tour to have some rest from the city..while sipping a proper Italian wine! Leaving from: Verona, Italy,  – Italy  Duration: 6 hours  Price US: $406.76

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

The Dolomite Moutains

The Dolomite Mountains

An autonomous region of Italy, they speak Italian and German. This region offers a rich array of Dolomite mountains, lakes (northern shore of Lake Garda), for hiking, canoeing and biking. Castles and museums perfect for a mix of sport and culture.

oneDiscover the Most Beautiful Bike Trails of the Dolomites First class vehicles, including e-bikes and standard bikes, equipped with cutting edge accessories for all, dedicated parking spaces, link and return with bus service provided.  Leaving from: Canazei, Italy,  – Italy  Duration: Flexible  Price US: $30.04


7-Days Italian Lakes and the Dolomites Tour from Milan 7 days and 6 nights leaving from Milan. You’ll have the chance to discover the most important lakes of the northern Italy: the small Lake Orta, the refined Lake Maggiore, the luxurious Lake Como, the amazing Lake Garda, the pictoresque Lake Iseo. Trip by boat on the main lakes and visits of beautiful towns such as Como, Bergamo and Verona. Then, you’ll visit Canazei, Fiemme and Fassa Valleys, Cortina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alpine lakes, mountain passes, Merano, Bolzano and Trento. Hotels located in the heart of the cities. Breakfast included. Leaving from: Milan, Italy,  – Italy Duration: 7 days Price US: $1843.11


Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour Visit the beautiful Dolomite Mountains on a day trip and enjoy an action-packed tour of Venice on an exciting Super Saver, spread over two full days. Combining two top Venice tours at a discount of ten percent, the experience showcases the stunning mountain scenery on Venice’s doorstep as well as the sights of the city. Discover Lake Santa Caterina, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, and then enjoy a skip-the-line tour of St Mark’s Basilica, a walking tour of the city and a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal. Leaving from: Venice, Italy,  – Italy  Duration: 2 days  Price US: $226.49

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Central Italy

Southern Italy and the Islands










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