Experience the best of Italy's countryside and its famed cities—Rome, Florence, and Venice—on this grand journey from the Amalfi Coast to the Adriatic. Acquire a comprehensive insight into Italy's ancient sites, priceless art, traditional cuisine, and unique lodgings. 

Starting at: $6,274 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Roman Forum  Michelangelo's early <i>Pieta</i> in St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican  Village of Positano, along the Amalfi Coast  Remarkable Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background  Painted wall found in Pompeii  The Colosseum of Rome  Florence with its iconic Duomo  View of Rome from St. Peter's Basilica, with Bernini's colonnade  St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City  Interior of St. Peter's Basilica with Bernini's Baldacchino   Michelangelo's ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel  The Etruscan town of Orvieto, sitting high above the Umbrian plain  The dramatic facade of Orvieto's cathedral   The Campo, or main square, in Siena  The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi  Panoramic view of Florence  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, at the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Visitors outside the renowned Uffizi Gallery. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  The quintessential Tuscan countryside, replete with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses  Enjoy private food and wine tastings. Credit: Steve Bly/Alamy  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers  Venice  View of the Doge's Palace and Campanile from the canal in Venice

Highlights of Italy

16 days from $6,274 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience the best of Italy's countryside and its famed cities—Rome, Florence, and Venice—on this grand journey from the Amalfi Coast to the Adriatic. Acquire a comprehensive insight into Italy's ancient sites, priceless art, traditional cuisine, and unique lodgings. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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I had always traveled independently so this was my first experience with a group tour. I picked well! This was a great experience with a wonderful group of people. I loved the combination of being "guided" and opportunities to go on my own at times. 

- Sharon W.

The Highlights of Italy tour met all of my expectations. We thoroughly explored the abundant art and architecture of the regions we visited. The Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour director were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly, and the other members of the tour were as inquisitive as I am.

- Michael Z.

It is because of exceptional customer service consistently provided by your company and your guides that we choose Smithsonian Journeys as our #1 tour operator. We’ve had the pleasure of traveling with you multiple times and haven’t been disappointed yet. So thank you for the fantastic tour and thank you for the excellent service you provide!! We always speak of Smithsonian Journeys with pride!

- Gary M. & Nina B.


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Marmorata Hotel

Amalfi, Italy

A former paper mill owned by the Camera d'Afflitto family, the Marmorata has been converted into a 37-room hotel overlooking the romantic Amalfi Coast. It boasts a tranquil, secluded atmosphere just 1½ miles from the town of Amalfi. Still owned and personally run by the d'Afflitto family, the hotel features a restaurant, bar, Internet access, laundry services, fitness center with Jacuzzi, outdoor swimming pool, and access to the sea. Each air-conditioned room comes decorated with a navy theme and fully equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Please note that you will need to negotiate a steep driveway down to the hotel.

Number of nights: 3

Monti Palace Hotel

Rome, Italy

A 19th-centiury patrician building, the Monti Palace Hotel opened in August 2016.  It is a stylish, contemporary hotel and a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum.  Along with two bars/lounges, this smoke-free hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and a snack bar/deli. Free Wi-Fi in public areas also provided. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace, coffee/tea in the common area and concierge services. All 55 soundproofed rooms feature free Wi-Fi.  Rooms feature minibars and laptop-compatible safes.   46-inch LCD televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.

Number of nights: 3

Grand Hotel Italia

Orvieto (Umbria), Italy

Located in Orvieto's medieval town center, this refurbished 19th-century building with hanging gardens is close to some of Orvieto's key points of interest, including the Palazzo del Popolo, Moro Tower, and the Duomo. The intimate 46-room hotel also features a bar, rooftop terrace, library, Internet access, and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda

Florence (Tuscany), Italy

The Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda enjoys a spectacular location in the heart of Tuscany, with sweeping vineyard views from the hotel’s garden-filled grounds. Amenities of this classic Italian villa include a restaurant and bar, spa, sauna, outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hairdryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 4

Carnival Palace Hotel

Venice, Italy

Opened in August 2012, the contemporary Carnival Palace overlooks the Cannaregio Canal in the heart of historic downtown Venice. Along with a garden and waterfront terrace bar, the 67-room hotel offers Internet access and laundry service. Guest rooms have Venetian furnishings, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2