Why I love Southern Italy

Southern Italy is like the Slow Food of travel. While much of Europe marches to an increasingly homogenised beat, this raffish corner of the continent dances to its own hypnotic tune. Melancholy folk songs still fill the air, eyeshadow is applied thick and bright, and hearts are proudly worn on sleeves. Many of my fondest travel memories have been formed here: epic Sunday lunches to the sound of Pino Daniele; hot... Read More

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Best of Sicily

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Sicily” is "The Godfather” we’re here to expand your horizons. Sicily is a very different Italian experience, and we're excited to introduce it to you – everything from UNESCO Heritage sites and stunning cathedrals to the majestic Mt Etna. This trip moves at a good pace but still gives you the perfect mix of fun activities and free time – and incredible cuisine, of course. Find out why Sicily is one of Italy’s true hidden gems.

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Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast Winter

Get ready to live like a local on this off-season trip to the hilltop towns and vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, where you'll explore the small towns and trails of this beautiful countryside while experiencing local customs and once-in-a-lifetime moments. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your converted 17th-century monastery homebase at sundown. Since this trip takes place in the off season when it's just a bit cooler out, there are fewer people around the Amalfi Coast—meaning you'll have that much more paradise all to yourself.

$1842.33 Small group tours

7-Day Highlights Tour of Sicily

This small-size tour explores Sicily's highlights in a group of maximum 10 people. Destinations included in this tour: Catania, Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Noto, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Erice, Palermo, Monreale, Cefalù. Arrival Catania - Departure Palermo. The tour includes the following must-see spots : Palatina Chapel (Palermo) – Valley of Temples by night (Agrigento) – Sicilian cookies tasting (Erice), Granita or Cannolo (Noto) – Historical center and Seaview (Cefalù) – Greek ruins with seaview (Selinunte), 3 Dinners with Sicilian specialty

$837.42 Small group tours

7-Day Sailing and Trekking in the Aeolian Islands

Enjoy 7 relaxing and inspiring days in the Aeolian Islands- deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Seven beautiful islands in the middle of the Mediterranean await your discovery. You can admire the spectacle of the "Sciara di Fuoco", where the hot lava reaches the sea from two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano. On a sailboat you will see the bays and villages that many don't get the chance to visit. The colors of sea are unforgettable as you cruise by places like Strombolicchio and Lisca Bianca in Panarea. The wine and the only typical food of the Mediterranean.

$656.54 Small group tours

4-Day Crotone Experience Including Diving Marine Park

Enjoy this 4-day, 3-night private tour of Crotone, complete with a professional guide. See Capo Colonna Archaeological Park and go out to sea aboard a boat for recreational diving. Spend time in Pythagorus and enjoy free time to explore Calabria as you go. A daily breakfast as well as 3 nights stay in a 3 or 4-star hotel will be available as well.

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Local Living Italy—Sorrento

Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week trip to Sorrento, located just around the corner from the Amalfi Coast. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and drink you’d expect, you’ll unwind on an organic lemon farm where a local family will be your hosts, giving you an in-depth look at what life at an Italian agriturismo is like. And of course, there will be food demonstrations, including limoncello- and pizza-making as well as a walk along the stunning coastline, a visit to the elite island of Capri and a stop at Pompeii. Don’t be a tourist in Italy—live the dream.