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  • Take a Gondola Ride while on your Italy vacation
  • Be sure to include dining out at an Italian restaurant  when booking one of our Italy tours.
  • Be sure to take a photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on your next trip to Italy
  • Make a wish at Trevi Fountain - a popular thing to do on all Italy vacations.
  • See the famous Colosseum - a must inclusion on all Italy vacation packages

If there is one country that offers a multitude of reasons to travel to Europe, it is Italy. The list is long and varied. On an Italiy vacation, one can start with the natural geographical beauty of this destination. There are remarkable mountains such as the Apennines which run through the heart of the country, the Dolomites which offer amazing skiing and several active volcanoes such as Vesuvius, Stromboli and Etna. There is the beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery in places such as the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre Coast. 

One can add to these, the many coastal resorts such as those found on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. The unique Italian Lakes have their own brand of beauty in the north of Italy.  Want to visit an island on a trip to Italy? Consider Capri, Ischia or even Sardinia on a trip to Italy.  

The many charming Italian cities that have outstanding architecture and a long history are to be found everywhere. It is hard to find any town or city that does not have an attractive old centre and probably an incredible church or cathedral. Culture abounds musically in the form of opera, ballet and musical concerts, both classical and traditional. Italy’s museums and art galleries are outstanding and world-famous. There are colourful festivals taking place annually all over the country. 

The Famous Trevi Fountain Rome

Then there are some of the world’s best-known wines to be enjoyed on Italy vacations which are produced in several Italian provinces. Italian wine is exported all over the world, and names like Barolo, Brunello and Chianti are well-known. On a trip to Italy, wine goes with good food and there is absolutely no doubt, Italy excels in this regard with not just its mouthwatering pasta and pizza but also its many regional dishes. Italian cuisine is truly one of the most diverse in the world, and in any region, or even city and village you visit, there are different specialities. And what can beat having a meal at an alfresco restaurant, available most times of the year, as Italy has, for the most part, a temperate climate. Oh, and don’t forget to try delicious Italian ice cream (or as it is known, gelato). 

On an Italy vacation, you can indulge in some of the best shopping in the world. Italian merchandise is renowned for its style and quality specially its leather goods. In Italy, fine craftsmanship is available everywhere. Consider also items such as perfume and ceramics. And to conclude the list, there are the Italians themselves with their zest for life which is reflected in their friendly and sunny smiles.

One fact about a trip to Italy is that is not difficult to get around the country from one place to the next. There is an excellent rail network and the Autostradas make driving easy.  So the big problem is how much time do you have available to spend here and what destinations to choose. To a degree, it depends on your interests and inclinations.

The Ancient Colosseum in Rome

On an Italy vacation, you should start with Rome, the eternal city. The numerous Roman sites are a must to visit such as the Colosseum and the Forum filled with a vast collection of Roman ruins consisting of temples, triumphal arches and many other remains.  The Vatican offers the opportunity to visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, the latter which feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. You can stroll along the sophisticated Via Veneto with its sophisticated cafes and restaurants eventually reaching the wonderful leafy green park, the Villa Borghese. You can shop until you drop on the Via del Corso or the Via Condotti. You can dine in the special atmospheric neighbourhood of Trastevere with its plethora of excellent restaurants and you can easily stumble across one of the many beautiful and charming piazzas where you can soak up the ambience and take in the architectural magnificence while sitting at an outdoor café drinking your espresso.

Florence is known as the Cradle of Civilization due to its riches to be found in its art galleries and museums, such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Galleria dell’Accademia. The Duomo or cathedral is an outstanding structure which dominates the centre of the city. The Arno River runs through the middle of the city and its most famous bridge is the Ponte Vecchio, home to a number of gold and silver shops.   

Florence Cathedral - The Duomo

Legendary Venice is well-known for its canals and gondolas, certainly but there is much more to enjoy here on an Italy vacation package. St. Mark’s Square is the site of St. Mark’s Cathedral with its bell tower. Explore the backstreets of Venice to unlock its m any charms and perhaps take a trip to a neighbouring island such as Venice
Lido or Merano and Burano, famous for their glassware. 

Milan is a vibrant city and is known for its magnificent cathedral, its opera house, La Scala and its shopping arcade, the Galleria. But also, there are pleasant neighbourhoods, excellent shopping areas and outstanding art galleries and museums. It is also, the gateway to some of Italy’s major lakes.

Tuscany is very well-known for its wine productivity certainly but it is also a region to get to know medieval hill towns such as San Gimignano, Volterra and Montepulciano. Take time to explore the impressive medieval cities of Siena with its annual pageant, Il Palio, Lucca, an old walled city and Pisa, with its famous leaning tower.  For exotic and dramatic coastal scenery, head to the Cinque Terre while on an Italy vacation.

Siena - Home of Il Palio 

Nearby in Umbria are the equally attractive hill towns of Assisi and Perugia. In Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is known as the gastronomic heart of Italy and Ravenna has its world-renowned amazing frescoes. Further north is the wonderful city of Verona, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with its open air arena offering world-class opera performances in the summer.

The Italian Lakes are stiff competition for Switzerland’s lakes on Italy vacations. Lake Como is a beautiful and enchanting lake with a number of attractive lakeside towns such as Menaggio, Bellagio and Tremezzo. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and possibly most beautiful lake and sits at the foot of the mountains to the north. Lake Maggiore has its picturesque villages and attractive town, Stresa. For skiers, the Dolomites are Italy’s answer for world-class skiing with International class ski resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio.

In the south of Italy, you can visit the Ancient Roman site of Pompeii overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius, take in the attractive resort of Sorrento, drive along the outstandingly beautiful Amalfi Coast and take a ferry to romantic Capri and Ischia. Even further south is the island of Sicily with its many individual charms which include the active volcano, Mount Etna and picturesque, old cities such as Taormina and Catania. There is also a good selection of beach resorts to stay at on Italy vacations.  

The Magical Island of Capri

For sun worshippers, there are many choices on a trip to Italy. On the Italian Mediterranean coast are resorts such as San Remo, Alassio and Bordighera. Along the Tuscany coastline is the resort of Viareggio and on the Adriatic coast are Rimini and Riccione.

Spoilt for choice no doubt on an Italy vacation but what a choice. Italy totally delights the eyes, the senses and the soul.

 


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 Italy Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to an Italy vacation. 

Learn about the history and culture of Italy, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Italy's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Italy for yourself. Start exploring...book your Italy vacation today!


Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Italy vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Italy.

 

 

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    Bridge your time in two of Europe’s most exciting cities with this Norwegian Epic cruise, or enjoy it as a short break on its own. Explore the spectacular architecture of Barcelona, and the splendid history of Rome, with a day in Naples to link your adventures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Italy See Trip Details
  • 6 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise: Rome to Barcelona

    Embark on a 7-day Norwegian Epic Western Mediterranean voyage for the vacation of a lifetime. Cruise to Florence, the first stop on a series of remarkable European cities. Stroll the sandy beaches of Cannes, marvel at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde in Provence, then gaze up at the awe-inspiring spires of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 1,142
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • 7 Night Adriatic & Greece Cruise: Venice to Venice

    Enjoy a Europe cruise filled with culture and adventure on board Norwegian Star. When you arrive in Dubrovnik, be sure to spend some time on the famous, limestone-paved main street – the Stradun – in the historic Old Town. Make colossal memories by hiking to the top of the Acropolis in Athens. In Santorini, savour the breathtaking views and a traditional Greek meal complete with authentic food, wine, music and dancing.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • 7 Night Western Mediterranean: Rome to Rome

    Depart the Eternal City and discover the Mediterranean’s most exciting ports on this weeklong trip aboard the Norwegian Epic. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Italy, Sardinia, and Spain.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Italy See Trip Details
  • 9 Night Greek Isles from Venice

    Island-hop your way through the romantic Greek Isles and explore the shimmering waterways around the Mediterranean. On the Norwegian Star, cruise passengers can immerse themselves in the charms of Venice, explore the islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos and meet up with the amazing mosaics in Ravenna, Italy. On board, nestle in your cabin for a nice nap or lounge poolside with a cocktail.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Greece See Trip Details
  • Active Amalfi

    The best way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Amalfi Coast is to walk along it. The scenery is breathtaking; the resorts, towns and villages charming. Everywhere are panoramic views of the coast and the sea. Also enjoy time in Naples, Pompeii and Capri.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,700
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • Alpine Railway Journey (Small Group): Milan to Munich

    Travel by train and discover not only the dramatic scenery of the Alps but also the iconic cities of Milan and Munich. Also have stays in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Zermatt located under the Matterhorn and beautiful Lucerne with its medieval centre and mountain backdrop.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,660
    Trip Type:
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  • Bravo Italia for 18 to 39: Rome to Rome

    This two-week Italy tour sets out from Rome to immerse you in the history and beauty of this unique country. Wander Roman ruins, admire the genius of the Renaissance, and get lost exploring romantic Venice.
    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,951
    Trip Type:
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    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,488
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Exploring Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento to Naples

    This Italy tour takes you to the country’s most romantic cities. Cruise the canals in Venice, step back into the Renaissance in Florence, and marvel at Rome’s ancient splendour, all in between magnificent meals and charming local discoveries.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 4,663
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Italian Highlights: Rome to Florence to Venice

    Discover the beauty and charm of three of Italy's iconic cities - Rome, Florence and Venice. Visit historic Rome with it's ancient ruins and Vatican City, enjoy wine tasting and the magnificent art and architecture of Florence. As a grand finale, spend time in Venice, city of canals.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 1,983
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Northern Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence

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    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,096
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Southern Italy: Rome, Sorrento & Capri

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    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,634
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Enchanting Southern Italy: Back Roads experience: Ex Naples

    From Naples, head immediately south. History, culture and awe-inspiring scenery are yours to discover. Colourful Naples, historical Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are just the beginning of your journey followed by the magical island of Capri and a stay in the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,148
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Tours
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  • Florence: Stopover, City Break

    Something different and unusual during your stay in Florence? Enjoy a guided bike tour into the Florentine countryside of Tuscany with its villas and vineyards including a wine tasting. Another day learn how to prepare pizza and gelato the true Italian way with expert chefs.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 796
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Highlights of Italy: Coach Tour Rome to Milan

    Spend a full week taking in Italy’s most beloved cities, as well as its peerless capital on this Italy tour. Ideal for first-timers, it covers all the key sights from Rome to Venice and beyond.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,022
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
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  • Ideal Classic Italy Coach Tour: Rome to Rome

    Fitting the best of Italy into a short length of time, this affordable Italy tour is the perfect introduction to this complex country, still taking in its best cities for art, architecture, food, and romance.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 1,508
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
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  • Italian Back Roads Indulgence, Rome to Venice

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    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 4,921
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours
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  • Italian Lakes Discovery: Small Group Walking & Trekking

    Discover the delightful scenery of Italy’s Lake Como and Lake Garda on foot, by ferry and by bus. Spend time in cosmopolitan Milan and enjoy a day in nearby Switzerland. You will walk through magnificent mountain scenery and along the shores of beautiful lakes.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • La Bella Vita Northern Italy Barge Cruise: ex Venice

    Enjoy a unique cruise itinerary featuring Venice, the home of canals, bridges and beautiful architecture, Chioggia, a picturesque town, Adria, a typical Etruscan town, Ferrara, a Renaissance city with a wonderful cathedral and palace and Mantua, a lakeside town with attractive Baroque architecture.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 4,925
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Locally Escorted Tours, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Lake Como: Stopover, Getaway

    Succumb to the exceptional beauty of Lake Como just north of Milan with a 3 night stay in the charming picturesque town of Como. Your stay includes private car tours, a private helicopter ride and a ferry ride to absorb all attractions of this lake.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Italy See Trip Details
  • Lakes & Mediterranean Harmony Escorted Tour: Venice to Split

    This southern Europe tour takes you through some of the continent’s less visited, yet most beautiful areas. Explore the picturesque surrounds of Lake Bled, and journey down the sparkling Dalmatian Coast.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,651
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours
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  • Mediterranean Horizons for 18 to 39: Rome to Rome

    This combines the esthetic beauty of well known iconic cities like Rome, Florence and Venice with attractions of up and coming destinations offering history, culture and charm. Add to the mix, beautiful coastal landscapes and stays in two resorts, this is a well balanced tour.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,977
    Trip Type:
    18 to 30 Somethings, Active & Adventurous, Motorcoach Tours
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  • Milan Getaway

    All roads lead to Rome? Please! Let this Milan city break take you beyond the dull stereotypes of the world’s fashion capital and discover the real Milano from fashion to football.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 1,227
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Milan: Escape to the Lakes

    This trip through the lakes of Northern Italy unlocks a beautiful corner of Europe characterised by Alpine tranquility, before returning each night to the sophistication and culture of Milan.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 1,286
    Trip Type:
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