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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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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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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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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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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Italy

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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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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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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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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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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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Highlight of my trip to Italy!
Claire_T, Nov 2021
Pasta Making with Wine Tasting and Dinner in Frascati
We then got to see an old celler/bomb shelter in the basement, which had a big historical significance.
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Do this tour! You won’t be disappointed!
melissanelson3, Nov 2021
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking
We want to go back during the summer and hike between each village.
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Fabulous history lesson on Florence!
melissanelson3, Nov 2021
Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Accademia & Michelangelo’s ‘David’
The tour ended with tickets to see the David.
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Relaxing way to see Tuscany!
Joyce_A, Nov 2021
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
For the first time visiting to Italy, I guess you have to see Pisa, just to see the leaning tower of Pisa.

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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