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From the canals of Venice to the hills of Tuscany, explore the land of la dolce vita on a guided tour. Italy has something for everyone, relaxing days by the ocean on the Isle of Capri, shopping for Armani in the fashion mecca of Milan, the romantic canals and rose-hued light of Venice, Juliet’s balcony in Verona, the faith and museums of Vatican City, Rome’s cafes and the famous Trevi Fountain, the history of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. And then there are the fantastic cuisines, wines, and traditions you’ll encounter across the different regions of Italy. With so many things to do in Italy, it’s no wonder it’s the most popular travel destination in the world. Whether it's your first time traveling to Italy, or your fifth, there's always something new and wonderful to experience.
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Begin your Italy vacation in the eternal city of Rome. With iconic sites like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, plus Vatican City right next door, Rome is the perfect first stop on a tour of Italy.
Discover the artistic hub that is Florence. Some of the best things to do in Florence are to see Michelangelo’s David statue, among other Renaissance masterpieces, cross the Ponte Vecchio, relax in the Piazza Della Signoria, and climb the Duomo di Firenze. Elsewhere in Tuscany, you can savor Chianti wine, visit Siena and the famous Piazza del Campo, and pose in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Relax in the beautiful Italian Lakes District, cruising Lake Como to see the famous white peacocks of Isola Bella. Head to Cinque Terre to see the gorgeous multicolored, cliff-hugging houses overlooking the blue sea below. In the fashion capital, Milan, admire La Scala Opera House, the Milan Cathedral, and Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” before perusing the boutiques of Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. And don’t miss out on a chance to see Juliet’s famous balcony in Shakespeare’s Verona.
Cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic,’ and visit St. Mark’s Square, the stunning Doge’s Palace, and Bridge of Sighs. And don’t miss a traditional glass-blowing demonstration in Murano! Travel southeast to the orange and olive groves of the region of Puglia and its most spectacular town, Alberobello, to explore the small, white-washed stone houses known as Trulli. Visit Matera, the biblical backdrop for the film ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ for exploration of the Sassi — a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases, and arches, hewn out of solid rock.
Take your Italy tours south to Pompeii, a city frozen in time. Journey on to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for sunshine, alluring turquoise waters, and cliffside lemon groves. Or, take a boat ride to stylish Capri, the Isle of Dreams. Delve into the rich history of Sicily in Taormina, Palermo, and Syracuse while watching the sunrise over Mount Etna.
It’s essential to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after you’re planning to return to the states and that you have any visas you’ll need to travel. Planning earlier allows you plenty of time to renew your passport or apply for a visa if required. Travel rules are changing daily. If unsure, ask your Travel Specialist or find out more with our simple destination guide.
The reasons to travel to Italy are unending. With such a rich history, amazing landmarks, captivating scenery, traditional cuisine, and hospitality, you can’t go wrong planning to visit Italy.
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