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Getty Images / Alexander Spatari The Rundown Best Comprehensive Tour: 10-Night Italy Tour – Buy Tickets at Viator "Excursions include visits to the charming hilltop town of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis." Best Northern Italy Tour: 4-Day Italian Lakes Tour From Milan – Buy Tickets at Viator "A low-key, relaxing tour with plenty to see." Best Short Getaway: 2-Night Cinque Terre Tour From Florence – Buy Tickets at Viator,"A delightful two-night tour that departs from Florence and visits the stunning coast of Liguria." Best One-Day Tour: Small-Group Tour - Tuscany Wine Tour Siena and San Gimignano – Buy Tickets at Viator "This one-day tour zips you out of the city and to the stunning rolling hills of Tuscany." Best Bike Tour: 2-Day Small-Group Tuscany Bike Tour to Siena From Florence – Buy Tickets at Viator "A pleasant bike ride through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world." Best Tour for Young Adults: 4-Day Small-Group Tour - Rome to Amalfi Coast – Buy Tickets at Viator "Specifically for adventurous travelers in their 20s and 30s." Best Comprehensive Tour: 10-Night Italy Tour Viator Buy on Viator.com This extensive tour begins and ends in the bustling city of Rome, and visits many of Italy’s most exciting and vibrant cities over the course of ten days. Combining guided excursions with ample free time, it allows travelers plenty of freedom while taking the guesswork out of planning an itinerary. Excursions include visits to the charming hilltop town of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, a food-focused visit to the beautiful city of Bologna (home of spaghetti bolognese) and the small winemaking town of Montepulciano. It also stops at Vatican City, Pompeii, the island of Capri, and so much more. Overnight stays in three- and four-star hotels in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Sorrento are included in the tour’s price, as is a comfortable transport coach, many meals, and entrance fees to several museums and archaeological sights. Best Northern Italy Tour: 4-Day Italian Lakes Tour From Milan Getty Images Buy on Viator.com If a low-key, relaxing tour with plenty to see but minimal hustle-bustle is your goal, consider this four-day tour of Northern Italy’s Lake District. The tour begins in handsome Milan and, via air-conditioned coach, visits five of the region’s most beautiful lakes—Como, Maggiore, Garda, Iseo, and Orta—and the charming towns that nestle into their shores. You’ll visit the Borromean islands by private boat, visit the medieval town of Bergamo, visit an ancient Roman spa in Sirmione, and stroll the streets of Verona, the fabled home of Shakespeare’s most famous fictional (or were they?) couple. A tour guide will navigate you through several major attractions in each place, but there’s also plenty of free time for strolling. Accommodations and breakfast in centrally-located hotels for three nights are included in the price. Best Short Getaway: 2-Night Cinque Terre Tour From Florence Viator Buy on Viator.com Whether you want to include a short getaway as part of a longer visit, or just get the most out of a quick trip, consider this delightful two-night tour that departs from Florence and visits the stunning coast of Liguria, home to the colorful villages known as the Cinque Terre. Via air-conditioned coach, local train, and boat, you’ll make stops in the towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, La Spezia and gorgeous Santa Margherita, where you’ll stay for two nights in a three- or four-star centrally-located hotel. During your trip, you’ll have opportunities to swim in the crystal blue ocean, stroll around the resort of Portofino, and take in long, leisurely meals featuring local delicacies like pasta with pesto. It’s a quick trip, but a lovely one. Best One-Day Tour: Small-Group Tour - Tuscany Wine Tour Siena and San Gimignano Getty Images Buy on Viator.com Visitors to Rome often want to see the nearby Tuscan countryside and taste some of its famous wines, but the hassle of renting a car and logistics of driving yourself can take some of the fun out of it. Instead, try this one-day tour which zips you out of the city in an air-conditioned minivan to the stunning rolling hills of Tuscany. You’ll take a walking tour through the medieval “city of the hundred towers,” San Gimignano, and enjoy a tour and tasting at a Chianti wine estate there, as well as a lengthy gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Siena, famous for its wine, the medieval town square Piazza del Campo, and its locally-produced sweet treats. At the end of the day, you’ll ride in comfort back to Rome, heart and belly full. Best Bike Tour: 2-Day Small-Group Tuscany Bike Tour to Siena From Florence Getty Images Buy on Viator.com If you love a pleasant bike ride through the countryside, imagine doing so through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world: Tuscany’s Chianti. Gently rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive groves, charming medieval hill towns, and romantic remote villas as far as the eye can see—it’s an unparalleled view and the open air is an amazing way to take it all in. It includes a stop at a vineyard, an olive oil producer, a traditional charcuterie, and a few charming small villages. Use of a bike and helmet are included, as are overnight accommodations at a country villa, and lunch and dinner on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two. Best Tour for Young Adults: 4-Day Small-Group Tour - Rome to Amalfi Coast Getty Images Buy on Viator.com This budget tour is designed specifically for adventurous travelers from 18 to 30-something years old. You’ll be headquartered in a camping village in Sorrento, where you’ll share a basic three-bedroom cabin with other travelers from your small group (maximum number: 16). Meals and drinks are at your own expense, giving you the freedom to budget how you’d like, but lots of things are included: transportation via minibus from Rome to Sorrento and back, a day trip to Pompeii, a guided walking tour of Sorrento, a boat cruise out to the island of Capri, a full-day boat tour with stops along the Amalfi Coast, and a guided tour of Naples. It’s a great, low-cost way to see the region with lots of freedom to explore on your own. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 6 below.