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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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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More
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Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

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The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More
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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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The crown jewel of Venice, St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is an ornate cathedral which blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture. Topped by soaring domes and replete with astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church.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
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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

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The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fist—justice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most well-known attractions in Italy.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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Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

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The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the spiky spires and towers of Milan's Duomo (Duomo di Milano) dominate Piazza del Duomo, the city's beating heart. One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof, where you can scope out Milan from the highest terrace surrounded by statues. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Alps.More
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Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.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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Top activities in Italy

Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
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Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum Express: Small Group Tour Skip-the-Line Pass
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group
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Recent reviews from experiences in Italy

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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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Go with a Guide!
Lori_H, Jul 2021
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
Simon also answered all of our questions for activities following the tour.
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Amazing experience! We will be back!
HeatherChavez, Jul 2021
Rome For Kids: Small Group Pizza Making Class
Our chef was so amazing and great with kids.
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Highly recommended
Yosef_B, Jul 2021
Pompeii Day Trip with Option for Mount Vesuvius or Amalfi Coast and Positano
There are a couple need to see spots in Pompeii, and we never would have gone to them without him.
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Authentic cooking in Florence home
Stan_Tillman, Jul 2021
Fresh Pasta, Gnocchi & Italian Sauces by Francy'sPasta
It was one of the best activities we did in Italy.
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Beautiful Performance
Monique_Z, Jul 2021
I Musici Veneziani Concert: Baroque and Opera
My daughter is an orchestra major and she requested to see an opera while in Venice.
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Do yourself a favor and take this tour!
Nancy_B, Jul 2021
Rome Golf Cart Tour
We took the tour on our first day and we really got to see more of Rome than if we had planned it ourselves.
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Spectacular Day trip
Rory_G, Jul 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
The sights and Glass/Lace demos were so incredible to see up close.
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Excellent and efficient tour of Chianti
Natalia_B, Jul 2021
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
This fit well into our schedules, and we still felt like we got to see two very different vineyards at a relaxed pace.
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Lifetime tour
Greta_V, Jun 2021
Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi Day Trip from Naples
On top of that, we were offered by our tour guide to have a boat trip by the Amalfi town, such boat tour allowed us to see the most beautiful scenery from another side.
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Best live interactive tour with Linda
Lisa, May 2021
Virtual Walking Tour of Florence
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Florence live and be guided by a personable and experienced guide.
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Virtual Vatican
Christine_N, Jan 2021
The secrets of Vatican museums, virtual tour
It's incredible that these virtual tours are offered, people who want to visit Italy or for those who cannot travel are given the opportunity to see the beauty of the Vatican.
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A great tour combining history and the Island of Capri
Jane_C, Sep 2020
Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip
As we were only here for a long weekend it was great to find a tour that enabled us to see Pompeii and Capri!
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Pretty
Diane_H, Mar 2020
Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
Our guide Marco Marco did a great job have shown us around the island period we were very disappointed that we did not get to see the blue grotto or do a boat trip around the island as that was a large priority in our trip to Italy
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Wonderful day in the countryside
Kath_C, Jan 2020
Private tour from Florence THE BEST OF TUSCANY
He obviously knew the area well and we got to see some wonderful places that would not have been possible otherwise as we only had very limited time in Italy.
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Frederick_K, Jan 2020
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.
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Worth the money
Elizabeth_M, Dec 2019
Private Tour: Cinque Terre from La Spezia
I got to see so much of Cinque Terre because I had a guide.
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Private tour to Lake Garda
drmkhwaja85, Dec 2019
City Escape: East Lake Garda Private Day Trip
I enjoyed Lake Garda and getting to see a scenic part of Italy.
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Wonderful experience
Christina L, Nov 2019
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking
You get to see a different side of Cinque Terre than just taking the train through the towns.
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Best tour in Italy!
Arbella_J, Nov 2019
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Florence is a wonderful city, but to really appreciate Italy you need to visit all of Tuscany!

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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