Italy Tours from Australia

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Italy really is that good. An Italian tour will fill your mind and heart with wonder – from the lavish architecture to the simplicity of a plate of delicious food.

 

Italy has a grand history of regional domination and political trailblazing. It is the birthplace of our world's finest artists, architects, and masterpieces. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. St Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, the Pantheon. A tour of Italy is an awe-inspiring adventure – and you can travel to Italy again and again and see new things every time. Live La Dolce Vita as often as you can.

 

At My Adventure Travel, we have put together a huge range of Italy tours from Australia that showcase the best of this beautiful country. Explore our range of Italy tours below and get in touch with one of our experienced consultants to start planning your perfect Italian adventure tour.

Things to do in Italy

  • 1Be overwhelmed by history in the Roman Forum
  • 2Walk the Pathway of the Gods high above the Amalfi Coast
  • 3Chow down on pizza-as-it-should-be in Naples
  • 4Snap yourself holding up the leaning tower of Pisa
  • 5Rake a boat into the spectacular Blue Grotto of Capri

Italy Must See

  • Throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
  • Walk the rugged and beautiful coastline of the Cinque Terre.
  • Get sophisticated in Milan and the glamorous Italian Lakes region.
  • Climb a volcano in Sicily – and then sit by the waterfront with a sumptuous bowl of fresh seafood.
  • Sip local vino in the hilltowns of Tuscany and the piazzas of Florence and Siena.

Experiences in Italy

Any Italian tour is surely going to involve food, art and beautiful landscapes. But beyond that, the choice is all yours – the best Italy tours will have an itinerary designed to suit your interests.

If you want to get active, take a hiking tour of Italy through dramatic mountain scenery staying in alpine huts. For a more leisurely pace, walk the pathways that wind between villages in the Cinque Terre or the Amalfi coast – a walking tour of Italy will allow plenty of time for long lunches in the sun. A food tour of Italy might see you learning how to cook a traditional risotto or making an authentic Italian salami. Take a bike tour of Italy and cycle through vineyards, stopping at rural villages for lunch. If it's culture you are after, city hop between the cosmopolitan cities of Milan, Venice, Rome, and Florence or take a local Italian tour, exploring a region in-depth. Whatever your style of adventure, a tour of Italy will be magical.

Walking Tours

A walking tour of Italy is timeless – wander along Lover's Walk in the Cinque Terre, stroll between wineries in Chianti, or walk along the rocky tracks of Sicily.

Food and Wine Tours

A visit to Italy is always about the food, but an Italian tour focusing on regional cuisine and wine will enrich your soul and your belly.

Regional Tours

Discover the Trulli houses of Alberobello, the villages of the Italian Lakes region or the spectacular coastal town of Portofino. There are so many fascinating regions to discover on an Italian tour.

Hiking Tours

Trek through the rugged peaks of the Dolomites or hike up the volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands near Sicily – lace up your boots and get hiking on an active Italy tour.

Family Tours

The ruins of Rome, the leaning tower of Pisa, the volcanic remains of Pompeii and the gelato of Florence – there's plenty of fascinating stuff for the kids on an Italian tour with the family.

Cycling Tours

Wind along Tuscan backroads, pedal through Puglia or cycle through Sicily. Italy tours and bike riding go together like tomatoes and basil.

Cruising

Sail along the Amalfi coast, visiting local villages and islands – swim, wander on shore, then kick back on deck with a Campari. A sailing tour of Italy is pretty close to paradise.

Cultural Tours

Visit the vast remains at Pompeii, wander through the ancient ruins of Rome, take to the streets of Naples and explore the galleries of Florence – there are so many highlights on a cultural tour of Italy.

Skiing Tours

Ski the Dolomites, go snowshoeing, try winter walking, or head off on cross-country skis along world-class trails. A skiing tour of Italy gets you right out amongst the white wonderland.

Multi-country tours

Package up your Italy tour with a regional exploration – travel through France, Spain, Croatia or Germany for a complete European vacation.

 

Traverse through the winding canals of Venice, Italy.

Before you travel to Italy

Before embarking on an overseas adventure to Italy, brushing up on your general knowledge will make your Italy tour a whole lot easier. From knowing what currency is used and what timezone you’re in, to the local customs and weather to expect, we’ve got you sorted below:

Italy facts for travellers

Currency

The Euro

Money Exchange

Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in larger establishments. Cash is favoured in small businesses. ATMs for cash withdrawal are available in the cities.

Language

Italian. There are also several regional languages spoken. Italian tour leaders and many people involved in the tourism industry speak English.

Time Zone

GMT/UTC +1

Electricity

Sockets are mostly 220 or 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. Sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins (the three pin version is grounded and has the three pins in a straight line arrangement, not a triangle arrangement).

Travel Immunisations

Check that your immunisations are up to date before travel. Check with your doctor or travellers' medical centre for specific advice for your Italy tour.

Weather in Italy

Italy has a seasonal climate with fairly moderate weather year round. It's a long country with extensive coast and mountain ranges so weather will be different depending on where you go – Sicily can be hot at the same time as the Dolomites will be cool.

The best time to visit Italy

The best time to visit Italy is in the Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November). Of course, it is a large country and weather does depend on where you want to travel in Italy, but in Spring and Autumn, temperatures are generally mild and rainfall is low. Weather doesn't get too extreme, so you can comfortably travel to most areas of Italy through most of the year.

Weather in Rome – Average Temperature and Rainfall

Summer – June to August – hot and dry

  • Daily high temperature: between 29 and 32 degrees
  • Days with rain per month: between 0 and 4 days

Autumn – September to November – becoming cooler

  • Daily high temperature: between 18 and 27 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 6 and 8 days.

Winter – December to February – mild

  • Daily high temperature: between 13 and 15 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 6 and 9 days.

Spring – March to May – becoming warmer

  • Daily high temperature: between 17 and 24 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 7 and 9 days.

Italian Food and Drinks

Italian food is popular the world over and dishes such as pizza and pasta have been adapted to suit just about every country in the world. Much Italian cuisine is based on the staples of bread and pasta. Regional dishes are seasonal, based around fresh produce and flavourful herbs.

If food is your thing, a food tour of Italy is a must-do. Visit produce markets, find out about local ingredients and learn to cook traditional dishes. Classic Italian dishes that you will no doubt sample on any tour of Italy include:

  • Pizza – head to Naples for an authentic version.
  • Pasta – eating fresh home-made pasta in Italy is a sublime food experience.
  • Risotto – a delicious rice dish often flavoured with parmesan cheese.
  • Gelato – incredible fresh flavours are on display, particularly in Florence and the warmer regions.

Shopping in Italy

Italy has a long history of fine craftsmanship, from the intricate handblown glassware of Murano to the colourful pottery of Deruta. In some areas, it can be hard to find authentic handcrafts – you need to shop around if you are looking for Italian-made high-quality goods. Ask your Italian tour guide for local recommendations.

Popular Italian travel souvenirs and local handicrafts include:

  • Leather goods and jewellery in Tuscany.
  • Hand-painted ceramics in Umbria, Tuscany and Sicily.
  • Colourful handmade glassware in Murano and Venice.
  • Designer fashion in outlets in Milan.
  • Colourful marbled paper in Florence.
  • Ceramics and woollen goods in Abruzzo.

Italian Customs and Etiquette

When travelling to any country, it is important to respect local customs. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not sure what is appropriate, observe what locals are doing and modify your behaviour to suit.

The impression you make is considered important in Italy. You will find many Italians are very well presented at any time of day. You will be better received if your appearance and dress is tidy and your manners are respectful and courteous. Making a little effort with the Italian language will also be appreciated. Use 'buongiorno' (good day) or 'buonasera' (good evening) as a greeting and 'per favore' (please) and 'grazie' (thank you).

You may visit churches to see art and architecture on a tour of Italy. Remember that these are important places of worship:

  • Dress conservatively when visiting churches, with knees and shoulders covered.
  • Don't take food or drinks into a church.
  • Don't use your mobile phone or speak loudly in a church.

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