Italy Travel Tours & Trips

Portofino Peninsula walk
UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval Siena
Historical Spoleto
Umbria - Italy's 'Green Heart'
Venice - the 'City in the Sea'
The old Roman town of Spello
The five villages of the Cinque Terre
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Naples
Bellagio - 'The Pearl of Lake Como'
Limone on Lake Garda
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    It seems a little impossible that a place like Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills) could still exist as it does in the 21st century. One of the lesser travelled walks of the Amalfi Coast, you start your ramble by walking through someone’s front gate. And as you pass through, it can feel as if you’re leaving one world behind and entering another.

    The watermills that give the valley its name were paper mills that were built almost a thousand years ago. Amalfi was the centre of Italian papermaking, but now the buildings lie as unguarded and outrageously picturesque ruins. What strikes you most, however, are the local people you’ll see and meet, gathering wild mushrooms, herding animals or carrying great loads of lemons bound for the local limoncello presses. Though the tourism machine that is the Amalfi Coast lies just a few miles away, here you’ll seldom see other foreigners and life seemingly continues as it always has, undisturbed.

    Though the walk through the Valle dei Mulini is just one of many you can take on a Peregrine trip, it perhaps sums up the Italy we work hard to show you. Our small groups and local leaders mean we can go to places like Valle dei Mulini without upsetting the local, and unmistakeably Italian, balance.

    Trips & tours in Italy

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    Alpine Railway Journey - 10 days

    Think you’ve seen spectacular scenery? Think again. With snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills, deep gorges, tunnels through sheer mountains,...
    Countries visited: Germany, Italy, Switzerland
    From US $1610

    Amalfi Coast Experience - Independent - 4 days

    The Amalfi Cathedral is not your typical Italian basilica. The stripes and contrasting tones of the marble and stone exterior are reminiscent of a palace in...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1275

    Cinque Terre Experience - Independent - 4 days

    The clusters of houses nestled into the cliffs of Cinque Terre are as chaotic as they are colourful. Built over a period of centuries, these eye-catching...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1497

    Tuscan Experience - Independent - 4 days

    The green, pink and white marble facade is but one of Florence Cathedral’s many stunning attributes. Its 15th century bell tower was one of the most...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1562

    Venice Experience - Independent - 4 days

    Even in a town as spectacular as Venice, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is quite a sight. Perched on its namesake island just south of Venice’s...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1382

    Rome Experience - Independent - 4 days

      Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoyed a Roman Holiday here in 1953 – enjoy your own Spanish Steps moment in the City of Seven Hills, but don...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $4977

    Secrets of Italy - Independent Journey - 10 days

    With cars banned over a decade ago, the Cinque Terre is best explored on foot (or, for the foot-weary, by train) and with an empty belly. Seafood is plentiful...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $3540

    Secrets of Italy - 10 days

    It has been said that the first Margherita pizza was created in Naples in 1889 and named after the visiting Queen Margherita of Savoy. Chef Raffaele Esposito...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1435

    Pathways of the Amalfi Coast (self-guided) - 8 days

    "The great thing about a self-guided trip is that you never really know what’s around the corner. The supplied 'roadbook’ covers...
    Countries visited: Italy
    From US $1300

    Jewels of the Cinque Terre & Portovenere (self-guided) - 7 days

      Though not officially part of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, which sits on the Gulf of Poets, is arguably just as beautiful. The area was loved dearly...
    Countries visited: Italy
  • Why we love Italy

    • It seems a little impossible that a place like Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills) could still exist as it does in the 21st century. One of the lesser travelled walks of the Amalfi Coast, you start your ramble by walking through someone’s front gate. And as you pass through, it can feel as if you’re leaving one world behind and entering another.
    • We roll into the beautiful fishing town of Camogli by local train and alight at the station in the heart of town. We can stay in agriturismos (local farmstays), visit vineyards owned by families not companies and, in short, see Italy as the Italians do
    • Even when we do visit the ‘highlights’ like the Colosseum or Pompeii, we can do so at a pace and in a style that suits you, not a corporate timetable.
    • Truth be told, there are countless companies that can show you the sights and landscapes of Umbria, Tuscany and Rome. But at Peregrine, we try to take you to the Italy that others can’t. The Italy that we know and have fallen in love with.
    • Naples is the ONLY place in the world to get pizza. The Neapolitans invented the things, and while simpler than the ones you get at home, they taste better than any pizza you’ve ever had. You’ll also develop a serious espresso habit!
    • And while it sounds a bit daggy, the local bus in Naples has to be one of the best legs of public transport in the world; villas, terraces, beaches. Breathtaking!

    Safety information

    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Peregrine and Geckos, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

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    The Cinque Terre: the most charming towns in the world?

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