Get Ready for a Dream Trip to Italy
It’s easy to fall in love with Italy. Its unique regions offer colorful cultures of their own, and there are countless ways to discover them. From a cliffside hike in the picturesque Cinque Terra villages on the Italian Riviera to a stroll through crumbling ruins in Pompeii to a gondola ride on the canals of Venice, you’ll discover a dazzling array of destinations for unique adventures.
There are more than 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites in this boot-shaped European country. Many date back to the golden days of the Roman empire, where Western civilization took root.
And then there is Italy’s famous cuisine! Italians will tell you that food is more than just spaghetti and pizza—it’s a work of art, a proud craft that emphasizes elegant simplicity and quality ingredients. Regional differences contribute to Italy’s culinary personality. Exceptional wines, cheeses, and sauces have earned superstar status for their hometowns, attracting food enthusiasts from around the world.
Imagine the taste of Italy’s finest wines from the Veneto and Chianti Classico wine regions, parmesan cheese from Parma and Reggio Emilia, green pesto sauce from Liguria, olive oils from Puglia, and limoncello liqueur from the Amalfi Coast. And that’s just the beginning. Explore some of Italy’s most popular destinations below!
What People Say
“Thank you, Cindy, for planning a trip of a lifetime!! Every detail from the beginning to end allowed us to relax and enjoy and not worry about anything! From our ‘James Bond’ ride [on a jet boat] into Venice to our stay in Barcelona was perfect. The hotels, the cruise, and transfers were fantastic!”
— Vin and Kathy Salvucci
“My wife and I always dreamed of a vacation in Tuscany…and Cindy Baldwin put it together for us perfectly. We had everything we wanted, the art of Florence, the countryside of Tuscany, and the incredible food and wine. We can’t thank her enough.”
— Bob & Leslie
This southern coastal destination is best known for its panoramic views, quaint, colorful villages perched above the iconic, blue sea, and spine-tingling serpentine roads on the edge of sheer seaside cliffs. The Amalfi Coast is known for its cultural treasures like the medieval Arechi Castle and Museum in Salerno, the gardens and villas of Ravello, and the historic cathedrals in Salerno and Amalfi Town. There’s plenty to do and see for everyone.
The capital city of Rome is viewed as a global center, with a history dating back thousands of years to the Roman empire. The city’s historic center bustles with fantastic museums and monuments, spectacular palaces, grand squares, shops, renowned restaurants and charming cafes. The Vatican City and the Colosseum are two of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. “All roads lead to Rome” was true during the planning of ancient Rome, and with tourism growing every year, all roads continue to lead to modern-day Rome.
The Tuscan countryside beckons with magical, rolling landscapes. Historic hilltop towns showcase medieval and Renaissance architecture, art, and cultural treasures. Tuscany’s jewels include magnificent Florence, the heart of Tuscany, and majestic towns like Siena, Pisa, and Lucca. Tuscany welcomes hungry travelers with platters of exceptional country foods, olive oils, and wines from the famous Chianti Classico wine region.
One of the world’s most enchanting cities, Venice is a network of islands in a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Laced with canals, the ancient city dates back about 1,500 years. The most iconic way to experience Venice is by gondola while marveling at Renaissance and Gothic palaces on the Grand Canal and gliding by crayon-colored buildings lining narrow canals. On land, visitors explore the city’s finest art and architectural treasures like the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica and Square.
From Roman emperors to modern-day celebrities like George Clooney, the rich and famous have always claimed Lake Como as their own. Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, the upscale resort area is just an hour from Milan in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. Lakeside towns feature stunning Renaissance architecture, a Gothic cathedral and 5th century church, a 17th-century Spanish fortress, museums, and awe-inspiring villas like the 16th-century Villa del Balbianello. Enjoy the panoramic beauty of Lake Como on a taxi-boat ride from Varrena.
The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily is situated just 10 miles off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” It is an island rich in history, ringed with beautiful, white beaches and home of Mount Etna, one of the highest and most active volcanoes in Europe. Sicily is filled with the echoes and footprints of ancient civilizations—from the stunning ruins of Doric-style Greek temples to an 11th century medieval cathedral. Palermo, Sicily’s capital, is known for its 2,700-year history, culture, architecture, and cuisine.
Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world, attracting nearly 50-million international tourists annually.
Italy has 53 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than any other country in the world.
Known as the Eternal City, Rome has over 900 churches and 280 fountains.
Every day, locals and tourists make a wish and throw coins into Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain. Every night, about 3,000 Euros (U.S. $3,480) are swept up from the fountain and donated to a Catholic Charity to provide services for needy families in Rome.
Even though Venice has 26 miles of canals, the average Venetian doesn’t own a boat and uses Venice’s public water-bus system instead.
Overnight first-class flight to Rome.
Day 2: Welcome to Rome!
Upon arriving into Rome, a private car service will transport you to your hotel for early check-in. Three nights’ luxury accommodations with breakfast daily.
Day 3: Rome
An English-speaking guide will take you on an exclusive Ancient Rome Walking Tour featuring the famous landmarks, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona.
Day 4: Rome
Exclusive guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Raphael’s Rooms.
Day 5: Train to Florence
A private car service will transfer you to the train station for a first-class, express train to Florence. Upon arrival, a private car will take you to your hotel where you will enjoy 3 nights in luxury accommodations with breakfast daily.
Day 6: Tuscany
An afternoon “Chianti Authentic Experience.” A wine country tour in the famous Chianti Classico region. A private English-speaking tour guide will drive you around the scenic Chianti hills, stopping for wine tastings at two family-run wineries, and two charming, hilltop villages—the picturesque, medieval village of Greve and the fortified Etruscan hilltop village of Castellina.
Day 7: Florence
Explore Florence on your time. Sample the city’s famous cuisine and amazing attractions like the famous Gothic cathedral known as Duomo, the city’s 14th-century open-air museum, the intricate frescoes and architecture of the 11th-century Battistero—the city’s oldest building, and the sweeping views from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Day 8: Train to Venice
A private car service will transfer you to the train station for a first-class express train to Venice. Upon arrival, a private water taxi will take you to your hotel where you will enjoy two nights in luxury accommodations with full breakfast daily.
Day 9: Venice
An English-speaking local expert will take you on an Original Venice Walking Tour to St. Mark’s Basilica, the city’s iconic cathedral. Learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and cultural center. Explore other highlights of St. Mark’s Square, take side trips to the attractions on quieter backstreets, and experience the sights of hidden Venice.
Prepare for departure aboard a private water taxi and private car service to the airport.