Destination Guide

Italy

Italy needs no introduction – being one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. A country famous for its incredible food, rich historical sites, highly regarded art, beautiful small towns and equally picturesque cities. The north features stunning lakes with Alpine backdrops while the South offers beautiful sun-drenched beaches and dramatic active volcanoes. There is something in Italy to entice every kind of traveller.

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Local operator with 30 years experience.

Most coach tours guided in English only.

Coach tours stay on Venice Island.

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Italy Highlights & Experiences

Rome

Often referred as the Eternal City, Rome is a wonderful blend of historical sites, charming piazzas, world-class museums and icons of world culture. The city is packed with over 3,000 years of history in the form of ruins, art and architecture. Rome’s main sites include ancient attractions such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Pantheon. The Vatican is well known for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Apostolic Palace and the Sistine Chapel.

Florence

The capital of Tuscany, Florence is often described as a colossal outdoor museum because of its mass of art and architectural treasures. Set either side of the River Arno, its centrepiece is the iconic Duomo, with its elegant Renaissance dome. Located in the region of Tuscany, it is the perfect gateway for exploring Tuscany’s smaller cities and countryside.

Venice

One of Italy’s top travel destinations, Venice is a unique city famous for its beautiful canals, gondolas and footbridges. Besides the canals and the gondolas, St. Mark’s Square with the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace is the true icon of the city and not to be missed. Taking a gondola ride is one of the best ways to see the city. Be sure to include a visit to the smaller islands of Burano, Murano and Lido.

Milan

A global capital of fashion and design, Milan is known for stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants and has a faster pace of life than most Italian cities. It also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage such as its Gothic Duomo, with its beautiful marble façade, Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper and La Scala, one of the worlds most famous opera houses.

Naples

Naples is one of Italy’s most vibrant cities, located on the west coast. The city features one of the world’s largest historic city centres with a high collection of monuments, Baroque churches and Roman ruins. Top attractions in Naples include the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the 13th Century Gothic cathedral and the vibrant Spaccanapoli district. Naples is also a great base for visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum and the famous Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast

Situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania, the Amalfi Coast is known for its extraordinary beauty. It stretches for 50km along the Sorrentine Peninsula with green pastures and lemon groves cascading down to the turqoise sea. Amalfi, the biggest coastal town, features a gorgeous duomo and charming pastel buildings.

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre (Five Lands), is a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region of Liguria. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore make up the five towns of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hiking trails that thread between the villages are some of the world’s most scenic, taking you past vineyards and olive groves, with dramatic seascapes at every turn. While each village has something different to offer, you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the most culturally diverse parts of Italy, influenced by the many different cultures that have settled the island throughout its history. The island has earned seven places on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, three for its ancient sites, two for natural wonders and two for architectural treasures. No trip to the island is complete without a visit to the island’s capital, Palermo, where you can browse the city’s famous market places or explore the fascinatingly diverse architecture before heading to the coast, where you can find archaeological sites, fishing villages, and volcanoes.

Italian Lake District

Italy’s Lake District combines mountain vistas and crystalline lakes with medieval fortresses and beautiful lakeside towns. There are five major lakes  and each one has its own flair and character. This area is popular year-round as you can hit the beach on a sunny day, participate in some exciting adventure sports, or visit in the winter for a ski trip in the Italian Alps.

Tours, Packages and Cruises in Italy

Tours, Packages and Cruises in Italy

Choose from our extensive list of travel options and let Italy captivate your heart on your next trip.

  • Escorted Coach Tours: Take the hard work out of travelling and embark on our fully escorted coach tours. All tours are guaranteed to run and include touring, transportation, meals and entrance fees (as per itinerary).
  • Partially Escorted Package Tours: Enjoy the best of both worlds; a combination of independent and escorted touring. Packages are all guaranteed to run with a choice of either standard or superior class hotels. Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with multi-lingual local guides are also included.
  • Partially Escorted Rail Package Tours: Rail packages are recommended for those who prefer exploring the country independently. The packages are partially escorted and include some transfers, accommodation, train passes between the cities and meals (as per itinerary).
  • Cinque Terre Packages: Consider a non-escorted package of the beloved Cinque Terre. Packages are fully independent a consist of accommodation in either standard or superior class hotels, meals (as per itinerary) and the Cinque Terre train cards.
  • Tailor Made Independent Packages: Let us tailor make your next holiday to Italy with a package that includes transfers, accommodation and day tours of your choice.
  • Day Tours:  Choose from an extensive list of day trips from either Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan or Sorrento. Most tours depart several times a week and are all guaranteed to run. Some tours also include entrance fees and return transfers to your hotel.

Popular Tours, Cruises & Packages

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Artistic Italy

Artistic Italy

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Unforgettable Italy & Croatia

Unforgettable Italy & Croatia

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Wonders of Italy

Wonders of Italy

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Amalfi and Capri

Amalfi and Capri

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Fantasy of Puglia

Fantasy of Puglia

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Sicily Highlights & Aegadian Islands

Sicily Highlights & Aegadian Islands

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Grand Tour of Italy & Sicily

Grand Tour of Italy & Sicily

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Rome to Sicily

Rome to Sicily

7 Days | Rome to Catania

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Italy Tours, Packages & Cruises Selection Tips

Find some of our top tips for choosing the perfect trip for you!

Italy has an excellent rail network to get everywhere from the Alpine north to Sicily in the south. However, if going from Naples to Sorrento, the only rail option is the Circumvesuviana line which is a private rail network operating from Napoli Centrale station.
If you prefer to see as much as possible, we recommend our Escorted Coach Tours, which range from 3-12 days in length.
If coach tours aren’t your thing, join our partially escorted packages, which allow you to base yourself in one centre (for example Rome, Florence or Milan), and embark on day tours in and around the destination without having to pack and unpack your luggage every day.
Enhance your Italian experience with an authentic stay in either a self-contained villa apartment, or for larger groups, rent an entire villa. Our villa apartments can be rented nightly (minimum 3 nights) or weekly. Entire villas can be rented weekly (a minimum 3-night stay applies in lower seasons).
Open your mind to Italy’s relatively little-known gems such as the walled city of Lucca, the jagged coastline of Northern Sardinia, the Roman ruins of Lecce, marketplaces of Bologna and the quaint fishing ports of Calabria.
Travelling between the popular Cinque Terre can be hard. Be sure to book one of our non-escorted packages. Packages consists of a Cinque Terre Train Card which allows visitors second class travel with the regional fast trains (except for the IC/ICN/FB trains) on the Levanto – La Spezia (and vice versa) route, access to the Park area, Poetic Nature Paths at Parco Letterario Eugenio Montale and Pacro delle Cinque Terre, use of the bus services managed by ATC among the villages, WI-FI connection in the Park’s Hot Spots and reduced admission ticket to the Civic Museums in La Spezia.
Italy’s summer travel season is incredibly popular, to avoid the long queues and disappointment pre book some of our day tours so you don’t miss out of Italy’s major attractions.
Italy’s weather is usually hot from June to August and mild to warm during May, September and October making it a perfect destination to visit all year round.

How to Get to Italy

The major airports in Italy include Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, and Venice Marco Polo. Major airlines such as Emirates and Etihad fly from Australia to these airports, as well as Pisa Airport (near Florence) which is serviced by Qatar Airways. Many of the smaller airports have flights to regional European destinations. The closest airport servicing Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast is Naples Airport.

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Reviews for Italy

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Cristina Maletta
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Review for: Classic Tour of Sicily

Recently booked 6 clients on the Sicily mini carousel tour from Catania to Palermo. I have personally done this trip before and loved it. My clients came back absolutely thrilled with their time in Sicily on this tour. Their guide was amazing, the accommodation fantastic and the value of this tour is well worth it.
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Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Cristina, we really appreciate the time you've taken to leave your review. Catania to Palermo is our shortest of 14 Sicily Tours and gives our guests a wonderful snapshot of that amazing island. I'm glad they got in before the crowds, because Sicily is booking! Regards Paul @ Sun Island Tours