BEST FIRST TIME Italy Tours
START HERE: Best first time trips to Italy —Often Imitated, never duplicated.
THERE'S A REASON why TripAdvisor® travelers describe STORY the way we do: We're the Leading Small Group Italy Tour Company in the world.
Our 'slow travel,' true small group tours with an average of around 10 to 16 guests immerse you in the local culture, while our small group tour approach means you dine where the locals dine, explore with professional, easy-to-understand local expert guides, and stay in the hearts of the cities and villages in boutique hotels.
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This is the One. Our Best Selling Italy Tour from $5,579. Original
11-Day Italy's Great Cities
Hailed by Arthur Frommer as "the Perfect Way to See Italy," (and we agree). Choose from Classic or Deluxe categories.
Complete North to SouthNorth to South Italian Experience from $6,979.
15-Day Italy's Great Cities
- Bellagio on Lake Como, Venice, Florence, the Tuscan Countryside with San Gimignano and Cortona, Rome and finalé on the Amalfi Coast.
We've taken our successful Original and added to it with this comprehensive tour through Italy.
First-Time BudgetFrom $1,525/person, choose from small group or Your Own Private Guide.
& Italy by Train
RETURN to Italy
RETURN: Our Finest Return Journeys —Delicious Italian Travel Morsels Await.
Starting from $1,871, here are our 5 most popular return journeys to Italy and remember because you're a STORY Alum you have more amenities awaiting you.
Is it the Amalfi Coast for you? Maybe combine that with Sicily? How about Calabria and the 'undiscovered Italy?' There's always our amazing Tuscan Villas — everything for your return trip to Italy is now at your fingertips with our Trip Planners waiting to serve you.
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Our Best Selling "Return Journeys" to beautiful Italy. Wonders of
the Italian Coasts
Featuring the charming Amalfi Coast villages of Positano, Nerano, Ravello and the incredible Isle of Capri, with our finalé on the Sorrento Peninsula on our Perfectly Paced, Small Group, Slow Travel on the Amalfi Coast
Italy's NorthThe North of Italy has always delighted travelers. These two itineraries do not disappoint.
- Italy's Enchanted North Tour: Bologna, Cinque Terre, Lake Como
- : Northern Bella Italy Tour: Venice, Treviso, Asolo, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Garda and Bologna
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Each of these experiences cut off a wonderful slice of experience from Bella's Treviso and Assolare in Asolo, to Enchanted's Cinque Terre adventure.
Italy's SouthSicily is about great cuisine, beautiful landscapes and la famiglia!
- Amazing Sicily Adventure: Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa and Taormina
- Grand Sicily Tour: Palermo, Ragusa, Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina
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Sicily's charm and delcious cuisine is said to be "the best in all of Italy." Amazing's 10-Day and Grand's 12-Day complete the Sicilian circuit.
Budget-FriendlyFrom a week to longer, we've got the trip.
- 8-Day: Best of Rome & the Amalfi Coast, Italy's essentials from $1,871
- 8-Day: Rome & the Amalfi Coast
- 8-Day: 12-Day: Debuts Soon: Best of Venice Florence Siena & Rome
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A Villa in Italy?Make this Your Dream Under the Tuscan Sun.
Hand-picked by Founder+CEO Mark Story, our villas feature infinity pools, in-villa Chef, air-con and more.
PRIVATE Journeys by STORY.Experienced. Affordable. Made for you.
Our team has over 40 years of combined travel experience to provide you with the know-how for exceptional vacation for you, your family, friends and even your company — start with our complimentary consultation with a STORY Trip Planner — and then just complete the simple form below.
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How It Works
- 1. Just Click or Call: We will capture your requirements. Include details on type of hotels, sightseeing, any details you can provide.
- 2. We Create: STORY Private Journeys Trip Planners create an initial Simple Version Itinerary and proposal for your review.
- 3. You Approve: Our services include a $150 non-refundable Trip Planning fee that will be applied to your balance once you approve the initial itinerary.
Take Over an ItineraryFrom our 8-Day Colorado Rocky Mountains Tour to the Land Down Under, we're ready to craft your Private Journey. Here are three of our most popular trips guests like to use as Private Journeys:
Fits Your BudgetOur Trip Planners craft any itinerary including experiences and accommodations to fit your budget and preferences.
Executive Team TravelReward your Executive Team and employees. Smooth execution from beginning to end.
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Why Choose a Small Group Adventure Company?
Imagine a team of creative travel enthusiasts whose goal in life is to create unique experiences for each guest they serve — now imagine this creativity manifests itself in a passionate experience we call, the Story of Travel — this passion is complemented by our adherence to a "True Small Group Tour" approach with an average of 10 to 16 guests on each journey.
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- • Friends & Family: Travel with close friends and/or family.
- • Independence & Assurance: Enjoy peace of mind with your STORY Captain.
- • Easy to Set Up: All the details you prefer taken care of for you.
- • Reward Your Team: Reward your executive team.
Compare Us with the Mainstream
- Side-by-Side: This chart shows some comparisons but we encourage you to read our TripAdvisor® Reviews, study our detailed itineraries and see the real difference with STORY.
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Our Best Selling Italy Tours in 2021 and 2022
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Why travel with STORY Land & Sea® to Italy?
Experience Real Italian Culture. Travel Slowly. Be Inspired.
Our True Small Group travel tours of Italy are hand-crafted for travelers who don't want a traditional big group tour. We feature off-the-beaten-path, un-rushed experiences all in the setting of beautiful Italian cities, villages and landscapes. Our journeys are uniquely designed for those people who didn't think they were tour people. We're ready to change your mind and bring you the best italy tour package all in a true small group.
Seat of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy is a magnet for those travelers who love art, architecture, style, passion and great cuisine. Leave the Herd Behind with Story's true small group tour approach and discover hidden finds like the works of Michelangelo in places you might not expect. Having the benefit of your Story Expert with you throughout your Italy tour allows our knowledge of the country combined with our relationships with hoteliers, restaurateurs, and locals to make for the perfect Italian vacation.
We believe you will find our approach to exploring Italy truly unique in the travel world — so give us a call on 1 (877) 865-6711 or click our contact form (at top of page) and let's start talking about your 'Italy Story of Travel' — Your Italy Story is waiting to get started! Andiamo!
Enjoy from 9 to 15 wonderful days and amazing nights on Italy's Great Cities Tour, a true small group experience averaging around 10 to 16 guests.