To describe the beauty of Italy’s basilicas, the magnificence of her frescos and the power of her charm would be to fail. But every year, dozens of tourists collapse at the sight of their glory.

Many of Italy’s icons are imprinted on the mind of popular culture. There’s the enormous Colosseum, where Romans once leered at their brutal entertainment. There’s the town of Cinque Terre, with its colourful houses soaring above a Mediterranean coast. And then there’s the Vatican City, with its paintings by Michelangelo and Botticelli. But the Italians know that no replica of these things even comes close the originals. 

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Explore Italy's famous Amalfi Coast, taking in beautiful Mediterranean towns, including...

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Explore the beautiful Italian Lakes region – the likes of Como and Garda – on foot,...

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Travel to Venice, Florence, Rome and the Cinque Terre, and spend time in the very heart...

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Stretch your legs along the spectacular Italian coast of the Cinque Terre, from Levanto...

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Encounter the picturesque hills and olive groves of Tuscany on this walking adventure...

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Discover the culinary traditions and regional specialties of northern Italy. Sample...

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A 22-day tour through the Western Balkans, starting in Venice and passing through...

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All aboard for a picturesque railway journey through the Alpine scenery of Milan,...

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Peregrine's 8-day adventure cruise up Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

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Peregrine's 8-day adventure cruise down Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

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Transport in Italy

                                 

Canal boat in Venice Italy

We adapt our transportation based on the destination – without compromising on comfort. In Italy, you might find yourself in a gondola in Venice’s canals, on a local bus between villages of the Cinque Terra or on foot as you stroll around the Italian Lakes. We don’t use big coaches and any private vehicles we use are small, air-conditioned and comfortable.

Accommodation in Italy

               

A woman in a hotel at Italy

Travelling in small groups means we aren’t restricted to staying in big chain hotels or resorts. We stay in centrally-located, boutique accommodation that gives you an insight into the local culture. We want to ensure that you spend less time checking in and more time enjoying the local area – perhaps with a glass of Italian wine in hand.

Most of our Italy tours include at least one night in a Feature Stay – a stand out property that offers a deeper level of cultural immersion or unique perspective on Italy. For example, a restored 15th century villa in the heart of the Old Town of Sycaruse, or a wellness hotel in Levanto where you’ll be treated to a luxurious spa nestled within the hillside.
 

Italy travel FAQs

  • Australia: No - Not required
  • Belgium: No - Not required
  • Canada: No - Not required
  • Germany: No - Not required
  • Ireland: No - Not required
  • Netherlands: No - Not required
  • New Zealand: No - Not required
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: No - Not required
  • UK: No - Not required
  • USA: No - Not required

Tipping is uncommon in Italy. Some restaurants include a surcharge but there’s no need to tip in cases when there isn’t.         

You’ll have good internet access in Italian cities and towns however service may be unreliable in remote places. 

Mobile coverage is good in cities and towns but unreliable in remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Italy has western-style toilets. Many public toilets require a small fee to use. 

  • Cup of coffee = 2 Euro (less if you forego the table and stand up)
  • A glass of beer = 5 Euro 
  • Bottle of wine in a restaurant = 16 Euro
  • Small gelato cone = 3 Euro

Drinking tap water is safe in Italy unless otherwise stated. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you. 

Credit cards are accepted in hotels, and major shops and restaurants, however you’ll require cash to make purchases from some small businesses. 

Italy has plenty of ATMs in its cities and towns. 

Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays in Italy go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/italy/public-holidays

Homosexuality is legal in Italy, however, Italians tend to have reasonably conservative views compared to other European countries. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy, and couples should be conservative in regard to open displays of public affection. 

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.