Get acquainted with a new destination or explore one of your favorite Italian cities in a new and exciting way!
Whether you are looking to cover the must-see's, have more hands on experience with a cooking class, or really want to get out into the country with a bike ride, we have a wide selection for you to choose from.
Below are lists by city or category for you to browse while dreaming up your perfect vacation.
Immerse yourself in the flavors and secrets of the Italian Cuisine with a small group hands-on cooking class and discover where Florentines buy their fresh products.
With your professional and passionate Chef, stroll through the old town and visit the historic food shops, Bottegas, in the most authentic district in town – the Oltrarno. You will taste some typical products and buy the ingredients for your cooking class.
Meet your guide and take a quick walk through the city center, then see Florence from the water on a "Florentine Gondola"! This guided, leisurely boat ride down the Arno River lets you see and learn about Florence as you haven't before right before sunset, when Florence is flooded by the most magic light.
Enjoy the most comprehensive visit of Florence Cathedral complex and admire the city from an exclusive and breathtaking point of view - the Duomo terraces (that are not usually open to the public) and Brunelleschi's magnificent Dome.
Take the day to visit the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park (a world-heritage protected by UNESCO) with a small group of max 16 people. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land or sea, as you experience the national park by boat or train, and hike on the fabulous trails on the cliff in a perfect mix for a memorable adventure. A delicious lunch will be served in a local restaurant, based on a regional seafood menu and paired with some great white wines typical of this region.
Meeting point will be at a central location. Details will be provided in final documents.
Take an intimate small group tour through Tuscany and discover the quintessence of Tuscan wines: the world-renowned Supertuscans.
A Supertuscan wine is the utmost expression of quality and winemaking skills of a wine producer and often his signature wine. A precious wine that sometimes is difficult to find outside the latest vintage - or even to get a taste of.
An old mill surrounded by olive groves and vineyards is the perfect setting for a small group cooking class. Grabbing your mortar and pestle, your skillful teacher will reveal the traditional process to making their famous basil-based pesto sauce. Enjoy a wonderful tasting of the Pesto you prepared along with some local specialties and a glass of wine.
If your hotel is not located in Portofino, you can reach Portofino by public boat or by public bus (depending on the weather and sea conditions - tickets not included).
Walk to a private garden terrace overlooking the amazing views of the cove and fishing village of Portofino and meet a local producer that will introduce you to his production of olive oil and the local wine. Taste the precious extra-virgin olive oil no house should be without and discover how to prepare delicious sauces combining olive oil with aromatic herbs (such as basil, rosemary and sage). Then taste some local specialties paired with local wine.
A private boat ride will take you to the famous “Gulf of Poets”. These amazing islands facing Portovenere won the hearts of many famous poets throughout history including Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The cliffs, grottos, and fortresses are so beautiful that Lord Byron would venture to one of them in particular as it drew out his inspiration and meditation, which helped him with his literary works. This grotto is now named after this talented poet as “Byrons Grotto”.
Meeting point at Portovenere harbor.
Take an adventure to the authentic village of Chiavari and learn how to make the pesto sauce in Sestri Levante. As you walk through the maze-like alleyways in Chiavari, you will discover the old city center exclusive shops, and (on Fridays) the bustling market of this medieval town. Have the chance to see an artisan’s workshop who continues to honor the villages’ ancient traditions. The artisan creates handmade wooden stamps that are used to produce the shape of this regions famous Corzetti Pasta.
Walking through the maze-like alleyways of Genoa, you will get lost in the ancient history of this amazing medieval town. Your private guide will transport you back in time through the renaissance streets, squares, monuments, and food shops that are over 100 years old. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful painted facades of the grand Palazzi Dei Rolli (built in XV century by a local aristocracy) that are now protected by UNESCO and other famous monuments in the historical city center.
Take the day to be immersed in the traditions and authentic food culture of Liguria and Italy. What better way is there to do this, than to dine in a Ligurian family home where they will cook their traditional dishes. Become a guest in their home and enjoy a classic Italian meal experience made with local, fresh ingredients using recipes passed down from their grandmothers. You will learn to cook some of the most famous local dishes and then sit together and enjoy the meal prepared, along with some delicious wine.
While on a private motorboat, you will discover the gulf of Portofino and its UNESCO protected area from a different perspective, the sea. You’ll explore the most secluded coves with the possibility to swim in the crystal blue water. Have the chance to admire the impressive cliffs and untouched Mediterranean vegetation of this gorgeous protected area. You will reach the amazing cove of San Fruttuoso, with its medieval abbey, built right on the beach. Then, you will move on to Camogli, one of the most picturesque villages of the Italian Riviera with its rows of tall, colorful houses and
Take a unique and authentic experience in Cinque Terre while on a beautiful 2-hour hike off the beaten path. You’ll meet your private guide for an exciting day of hiking, on a trail through the famous terraced vineyards of Cinque Terre. You will enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Cinque Terre Villages. Then, you will reach the local trattoria where you will taste some famous Ligurian dishes and appetizers such as rice cake, vegetable pie, focaccia, anchovies, and local cheese.
Take a short train ride from Monterosso to La Spezia. Meet your hostess and walk to La Spezia port (about 10/15 minutes).
Visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing Islands on Lake Maggiore on a day trip from Milan.
Set in Italy's beautiful Lake District just 1.5-hour drive from Milan, Lake Maggiore, the second largest Italian lake, is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. After some free time for shopping in Stresa, you will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands: the exotic Isola Madre, the simple Isola dei Pescatori and the luxurious Isola Bella.
In between the rolling hills of Chianti you will discover the rich history from the medieval villages, and taste the local delicacies along with the famous Chianti Classico wine. Chianti is a land known for its small towns, medieval castles and abbeys, and ancient wine making traditions.
There is no better way to discover the true essence of Chianti than to hike through the rolling hills and vineyards, taste its famous wine, and eat traditional Tuscan dishes.
Have the chance to create your own signature wine along with a professional winemaker!
Traveling through the hills of Crete Senesi, just around an hour from Siena, you will discover the ancient cities of Arezzo and Cortona. On this full day tour, you will first stop in Arezzo (a city of ancient Etruscan origins) known for its marvelous works of art by Piero Della Francesca and Cimabue along with their great antiquarian traditions. You will also have the chance to see the sets of the Oscar-winning movie, La Vita e’ Bella by Roberto Benigni including the Basillica of San Francesco and Piazza Grande, and wander through the gorgeous antique shops and boutiques.
Traveling through the hills of Crete Senesi and along the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno, you will discover the ancient cities of Perugia and Assisi. Upon arriving in Perugia, you will cross ancient archaeological finds and the brick vaults of the Rocca Paolina (a fortress constructed in the mid-16th century), then travel up to the Carducci Gardens- located in the heart of the city which houses a beautiful balcony overlooking the entire valley.
Embark on a fascinating hunting experience to the outskirts of Chianti to “dig out” some amazing natural treasures- Tuscan Truffles. The truffle hunt will take place at the site where the famous battle of Monteaperti took place in 1260. Here you will learn all the secrets to the Tuscan Truffles including: their characteristics, properties, differences, and how to store and use them. This hunting experience will take place with an Expert Truffle Hunter and his wonderful dogs. The “Lagotto” (the special dog breed), makes truffle hunting possible.
Take an excursion to a land of ancient wine making traditions, unique landscapes, medieval castles and abbeys, and gorgeous vineyards surrounded by woods, olive groves and cypress trees. A region filled with exceptional beauty – Chianti. First stop along the winding hills of the Chianti Castles Route is the beautiful medieval town enclosed by massive walls, Radda in Chianti. This magnificent town is the perfect place to enjoy good wine and embrace the natural picturesque landscapes that surround you. Next is the ancient village of Vertine, a town rich with history as if time itself has
Castles, unique landscapes, rolling hills, and winding roads are just a few of the magnificent views you will admire along the way to Montalcino from Siena. While crossing the heart of Crete Senesi you will have the chance to stop and take pictures of the dune-like hills which have the appearance of a “lunar” landscape due to the grey coloration of its soil.
Venture to the beautiful countryside of the Orcia Valley to discover ancient, hilltop villages, rows of vineyards, and culinary specialties while surrounded by unique scents and amazing tastes. Crossed by the Orcia River, from which the Valley was named, this amazing region of Tuscany has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, and it is considered to be a rustic treasure with breathtaking views and picturesque landscapes.
Take a traditional Tuscan cooking class in Siena to learn the secrets of this delicious cuisine!
The first stop of the tour is San Gimignano. The town with its characteristic towered skyline is also famous for its wine, Vernaccia, saffron and the precious Santa Fina pottery. The guide will accompany you to every corner of the town.
The day will continue with the tour of Siena where you will be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral and of the Municipal Building in Piazza del Campo, the stage of the famous Palio race.
Exact time will be provided in final documents. Pick up at your hotel.
You will attend a private cooking class in a lovely family run restaurant with a beautiful panoramic terrace just above Monterosso. Your Chef will show you how to make the most famous recipes from this beautiful region including the traditional pesto sauce, the frisceu (fried dough), and hand-made pasta. At the end of the lesson have the pleasure of enjoying this tasty meal, along with some delicious wine from Cinque Terre.
The meeting point is in Monterosso al Mare.
Take a afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Enjoy No Wait Access and small groups for the best Vatican experience.
Meeting point will be at a central location. Details will be provided in final documents.
Driving to western part of Sicily from Palermo, the first stop will be the medieval town of Erice, situated 2600 ft above the sea level and surrounded by ancient walls. Two castles make for a spectacular skyline to this town: Pepoli Castle, with foundations dating from Saracen times, and Venus Castle, dating from the Norman era but built on ruins of the ancient Temple of Venus. The view from the castle towers is breathtaking.
In this private full day tour you will experience the best of the Western coast of Sicily, an area famous for the Marsala wines, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Travel through the Salt Way Road, admiring the gorgeous landscape of the Stagnone Lagoon Nature Reserve, a marine area with salt ponds and white windmills and discover how the salt has been harvested up to now. You will stop at a winery to taste some of the sweet and dry fortified Marsala wines (similar to Port and Sherry) and at an Olive Oil Producer for a light lunch based on cheese, cold cuts, olives and bread.