Choosing Your Italy Journey


 

As Italy is so large and diverse, it is impossible to see everything on one trip. Richard Everist, Lucrezia Migliore and two of their children lived in Italy for six months and have travelled to Italy many times. They still have a long list of places they want to see!

 

If you haven’t spent a lot of time in Italy it can make sense to do some sort of introductory Grand Tour (see Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine) however, many people decide that to really enjoy and get the most from an Italian holiday it is best to focus on a region, or perhaps two, like the Cinque Terre and Tuscany (see The Cinque Terre & Italian Riviera in Delux Trip and the Enchanting Tuscany Trip, which can be linked).

For Australians, for whom holiday and beach are synonymous, Italian beaches have to be on the bucket list. It’s true that Australian surf beaches are hard to beat – for surf – but if what you want is crystal-clear, warm (but not too warm!) water, spectacular coastal scenery, amazing food and brilliant people-watching – the Italian coast is hard to beat. And the best time to go? In June and September the crowds dissipate and you still get 25 to 30 degrees every day!

In order to paint a brief picture of the range of opportunities a traveller has in Italy, it is possible to divide the country into The North (including Genoa & The Cinque Terre; The Lakes Mountains & Milan; Venice & Trieste); The Centre (including Umbria, Tuscany and the great Renaissance cities); Rome; The South (including Naples and the Amalfi Coast); Sicily; and Sardinia.

Not surprisingly, the north of Italy has closer links to Western Europe, while the further south you travel the closer you get to the Middle East and North Africa. The centre is perhaps the region most easily identified by foreigners as the Italian heart – and certainly it was the heart of the Italian Renaissance which has so crucially shaped Western civilisation. Around The Sun believes you cannot truly experience the real breadth and depth of Italy if you only see the postcard, iconic spots in the north and the centre.

Once you journey south of Rome you enter a completely different country that owes much of its identity to the sea roads of the Mediterranean which brought waves of invaders – along with their genes, food and culture - from Greece, the Middle East, North Africa, Scandinavia, and Spain.

For all its problems, the south has glories that more than match those in the north. Tourism is less overwhelming in most parts, so the people are warm and welcoming – to match the weather, which from April to November is superb. Life, in general, is simultaneously more relaxed and more intense. Everything closes for the lunch siesta from 1 to 4 pm. But every bar and restaurant is full from 8 pm to midnight. The colours are brighter. The food is sensational.

If you’re returning to Italy, chances are you’ll have some firm ideas about what you want to do. Around The Sun – and all our experts - will be pleased to talk to talk to you if you want to bounce around some ideas. 

For general information about Italian destinations you still can’t go past www.lonelyplanet.com, Richard’s alma mater, although the company is now owned by a US millionaire!

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently (self-guided). See Create Your Own Journey

Italy Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Amalfi Coast - Self Guided Walking Tour

This self-guided walking tour takes you through picturesque villages on ancient paths along the world's most dramatic coast. We carry your luggage and look after the logistics. Detailed maps and trail descriptions are provided, accommodation and breakfasts are included - as well as our brilliant local operator's recommendations for the best bars and restaurants.


Days:8 days/7nights
Luxury:medium to high
Type of Tour:self-guided
Experience: walking
Challenge: Easy to Moderate
Cost:
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Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine

Lucrezia’s signature tour includes her all-time favourite Italian destinations: Umbria (including Perugia & Assisi), The Cinque Terre, Tuscany (including Florence), Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and the little-known Cilento Coast. The tour includes many of Italy’s must-sees, but still succeeds in taking you off the beaten track. The three-day Rome itinerary can be excluded on request if you have already been there.


Days:16
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Culture
Challenge: Medium
Cost: on request
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Highlights of Sicily - History, Food & Wine

Sicily today is the distillation of 3000 years of history, multi layered culture and traditions set against a stunning backdrop of outstanding natural beauty.

This trip is a more in depth tour of many facets of this rich and diverse region.


Days:10
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Culture by car
Challenge: Easy
Cost: Contact ATS
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Explore Sicily Trip

Sicily is a distillation of three thousand years of history, a blend of zestful traditions, ancient cultures, outstanding natural beauty and exuberant people. This trip allows you to savour the best of the Mediterranean's most captivating destination!


Days:7
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring
Challenge: Easy
Cost: Contact ATS
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Enchanting Tuscany Trip

This trip combines fascinating traditional walking paths with the classic pleasures of Tuscany: beautiful landscapes, living history, sunshine, food and wine. Explore the timeless countryside along perfumed olive groves, fields of brilliant sunflowers and pastel coloured farmhouses framed by rows of cypress trees.

 


Days:7
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Walking / Car Touring
Challenge: Easy (one medium day)
Cost: Contact ATS
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Cycling in Puglia - Off the beaten track in Southern Italy

Journey - at a perfect speed - through unexplored landscapes, past old stone churches, dramatic coastlines, quaint farms, trulli and oil mills still in use today just as they were centuries ago. The ravines and ancient ruins of Puglia tell the story of the many civlisations that have passed through this little known region - the Messapians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Aragonese rulers. Featuring the extreme south-east of Italy, this is Around The Sun's only tour in this little known region. And it's a gem!


Days:8 days/7nights
Luxury:
Type of Tour:Cycling
Experience: Cycling
Challenge: Easy to moderate
Cost: POA
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Cinque Terre & Italian Riviera Deluxe Trip

A walk in the Cinque Terre - an area encompassing five medieval towns perched on a spectacular coastline - offers the most magic travel ingredients: splendid scenery; varied landscape; great food and wine; warm, turquoise water, and a sense of discovery…. Then, to cap it all, the trip finishes on the gorgeous Portofino Peninsula.


Days:6
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Walking
Challenge: Medium
Cost: Contact ATS
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Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.

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