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Cultural Tours in Italy
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Best Cultural Italy Tours

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Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Holidays
8 Days from USD 2,323
USD 2,175

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Discover one of the world's most fascinating destination

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Treasures of Sicily

Cultural Tours in Italy
9 Days from USD 2,848
USD 2,430

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Discover Baroque towns and Greek ruins framed by beautiful scenery

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Sicily Food Adventure

Sicily market stall
8 Days from USD 2,923
USD 2,775

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Enjoy world famous Sicilian food while visiting heritage sites

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Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy – Reverse

Alberobello
8 Days from USD 2,695

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Discover Puglia's traditional farmland, coastline and Baroque cities

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Sicily Grand Tour

Cultural Tours in Italy
15 Days from USD 4,798
USD 4,560

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Comprehensive island tour discovering Sicily's best towns and UNESCO sites

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Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

Alberobello
8 Days from USD 2,545

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Discover Puglia's traditional farmland, coastline and Baroque cities

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Parma to Florence: Italy's Culinary Highlights

Cultural Tours in Italy
7 Days from USD 4,170

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Delve into the heart of Italy's most celebrated foodie destination, Emilia-Romagna.

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Journey through Puglia to Matera

Cultural Tours in Italy
8 Days from USD 2,195

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Journey from the sweeping coastline of Puglia to UNESCO Alberobello and onto the ancient city of Matera.

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Sicily: Vino & Volcanoes

Cultural Tours in Italy
8 Days from USD 3,800

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Uncover the hidden gems and must-see sights of Eastern Sicily.

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Top 5 Cultural Tours of Italy

1. Highlights of the Amalfi Coast
Experience the allure of the Amalfi Coast from the charming village of Bomerano. With Hotel Due Torri as your base, owned by the welcoming Acampora family, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Lattari mountains and unwind in the serene ambiance of vineyards and orchards. Delve into the Mediterranean essence with a journey through Amalfi’s historic streets and the enchanting cliffs of Positano, all while relishing the region’s culinary delights. Explore the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, witness breathtaking coastal panoramas along the divine Path of the Gods, and immerse yourself in the elegance of Ravello’s hilltop vistas. Your journey concludes with memories of a lifetime and a fond farewell from the picturesque village of Bomerano.

2. Treasures of Sicily
Explore Sicily’s captivating landscapes and rich history from the picturesque village of Viagrande. Traverse the dramatic terrain of Mount Etna, indulge in wine tastings, and uncover the ancient secrets of Syracuse and Noto. Wander through the enchanting streets of Ragusa Ibla and Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples before delving into Selinunte’s majestic ruins and the quaint village of Erice. Conclude your journey with leisurely walks in the Zingaro Nature Reserve, a visit to Monreale Cathedral, and the charming towns of Cefalu and Taormina, each offering a glimpse into Sicily’s unparalleled beauty and cultural heritage.

3. Sicily Food Adventure
Delve into Sicily’s culinary delights starting in vibrant Palermo, where the bustling markets and hidden food shops unveil the city’s eclectic gastronomic scene. Indulge in street food favorites like arancini and sfincione while exploring the historic streets and landmarks. Experience hands-on cooking classes in Erice and savor the flavors of Marsala’s renowned wines. From olive oil tastings in Agrigento to produce sampling in Piazza Armerina, each day offers a new gastronomic adventure. Conclude your journey with a visit to Catania’s lively fish market and a wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna, immersing yourself in Sicily’s rich culinary heritage until the very last bite.

4. Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy
Begin your journey in Matera, a city etched into the cliffs, where ancient cave dwellings create a mesmerizing landscape. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the Sassi District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and soak in the unique charm of this historic town. Journey to Alberobello, where traditional trulli houses dot the landscape, offering a glimpse into rural Italian life. Delight in olive oil tastings, pasta-making demonstrations, and coastal explorations as you uncover the rich cultural tapestry of Ostuni and Otranto. Conclude your adventure in Lecce, a baroque masterpiece adorned with intricate architecture and timeless elegance.

5. Parma to Florence: Italy’s Culinary Highlights
Your culinary adventure starts in Roncole Verdi, Parma, where the air is filled with the aroma of traditional Emilia-Romagna cuisine. Indulge in a welcome dinner featuring local delicacies, setting the stage for a journey through the gastronomic treasures of the Po Valley. From the prized culatello ham of Antica Corte Pallavicina to the artisanal wonders of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Modena balsamic vinegar, savor the flavors that define this region’s culinary identity. Delve into the heart of Bologna with a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef, mastering the art of crafting authentic Bolognese dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Explore the hidden gems of Romagna in Faenza and Brisighella, where ceramics and organic wineries await, before ending your epicurean voyage in the Renaissance splendor of Florence.

This is an amazing bit of Italy but this tour is a bit disappointing. The hotels are generally dated and inexpensive ( c £100 per room per night if booked direct). The hotel is Lecce is the hotel Eos and is about Trave lodge standard on a main road in the new town . So many great places and exodus chose this one? Arborebello feels like a mini film set and is full on touristy although good to be there early and late. Our trulli house was cute although a bit dated ( c1975). The breakfasts here are served in a wine cellar down some very steep stairs. It would have been lovely to have eaten outside or looked at the view.
The rooms/ caves at the hotel Sassi in matera was very varied and 6 of our group of 16 complained snd moved rooms after one night. Our cave was damp and not very clean – the damp smell and atmosphere over whelming . The terrace and view was stunning though.
The guided tours in both places were dull , functional and uninspiring. The cookery class was a 10 minute demo on how to make Orchietta pasta ( you could have a go )

Claire Jebson Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy – Reverse

This trip has been running for several years and the itinerary works well. We felt there was a good balance between organized activities and free time to relax/explore on our own. We enjoyed wandering around Ortigia, Erice and Cefalu, but found Taormina underwhelming as, apart from the Amphitheatre, it is basically one long, crowded street of tourist shops and expensive boutiques. The accommodation was generally fine – our favourite was Il Barocco in Ragusa. The agroturismo stay was disappointing; we had expected a meal featuring homegrown produce, which was not in evidence!

P&E Rooke Sicily Grand Tour

Are your Italy cultural tours guided?

Our experienced and knowledgeable guides accompany each of our small group tours in Italy, greatly enriching the overall experience. These guides serve as invaluable resources, offering insights into local culture, history, and traditions and enhancing your understanding and appreciation of each destination. They ensure that your journey is smooth and enjoyable by providing guidance, support, and expert commentary every step of the way. Whether you’re exploring iconic landmarks or discovering hidden gems, their expertise adds depth to your cultural immersion, making your tour an unforgettable and enriching experience.

What are the must-visit destinations in Italy?

From the enchanting Amalfi Coast to the timeless beauty of Tuscany, the historic wonders of Sicily, the stunning Dolomites, and the picturesque Puglia, each region has its unique charm. If it’s your first visit, narrow down the choices by considering what you are looking to experience on this trip. Are you seeking out the Italian fantasy of a relaxing visit to a vineyard villa? Looking to immerse yourself in the rich history? Wanting to soak up the sun on the beaches? Or interested in tasting your way through culinary delights? From wine walks to coastal vacations and from history-focused tours to foodie trips, there is a region that is perfect for you.

FAQs on Cultural Tours in Italy

What can I expect on a cultural tour of Italy?

On our cultural tours of Italy, you can expect to immerse yourself in the rich history, art, architecture, and culinary traditions of this diverse country. Each tour offers a unique itinerary tailored to showcase the highlights of specific regions or cities. You’ll likely visit iconic landmarks, such as ancient ruins, medieval castles, Renaissance palaces, and world-famous museums. Our knowledgeable local experts will provide insights into Italy’s fascinating past and vibrant culture along the way.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to indulge in authentic Italian cuisine, tasting regional specialties and savoring the flavors of fresh ingredients. Culinary experiences may include cooking classes, visits to local markets, wine tastings at vineyards, and dining at traditional trattorias or family-run restaurants. Throughout each tour, you’ll have leisure time to explore charming towns and picturesque landscapes at your own pace. Whether wandering cobblestone streets, relaxing in quaint piazzas, or strolling along scenic coastlines, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak in the atmosphere and create lasting memories of Italy’s beauty and charm.

How many days is ideal for a trip to Italy?

Our guided tours of Italy take place over six to fifteen days, with most of our trips lasting eight days in total. The precise duration varies based on the chosen tour and itinerary, but each of our Italy trips is meticulously crafted to maximize your experience.

In addition to organized activities and sightseeing, your itinerary typically includes free time, allowing you to immerse yourself in the ambiance and leisurely explore or unwind at your pace.

Can I join an Italy cultural tour as a solo traveler?

Solo travelers are welcomed on all of our tours, and many solo travelers find that our small-group tours provide the perfect opportunity to explore Italy’s cultural gems in the company of like-minded individuals from around the world. With small group sizes and experienced tour leaders, Exodus ensures a welcoming and inclusive experience for solo travelers, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich history, art, and traditions of Italy while forging new friendships along the way.

Is it easy to tour Italy on your own?

While Italy is considered a safe and tourist-friendly destination, traveling anywhere on your own comes with its fair share of challenges. Joining small group tours of Italy can be a great way to travel solo but not alone, as you’ll be in the company of like-minded adventurers. With an expert local guide leading the way, you’ll feel safe and at ease throughout your travels. It’s the easiest way to tour Italy without having to take on the tedious planning or any of the risks of traveling alone.

What is the currency in Italy?

The official currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR). While you can change your currency on your trip, you might find it cheaper and easier to exchange your money before you go.