Small-group tours to special destinations throughout Italy


Upcoming tours:

Fundamental Italy

January 24 to February 1, 2019


A chance to see some of the most iconic sites in Italy--the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters, the ruins of Pompeii and the archeological museum of Naples, when they are all virtually free of other tourists.  On our past four trips in January we have enjoyed moderate temperatures and lots of sunshine.  We believe this is an ideal time to travel in Italy.

Borderlands: Friuli and the Alto Adige

September 19 to 27, 2018

Fully booked


Before there were maps and boundaries, “borderlands” described the indeterminate areas dividing nations.   Hovering between Italy and Austria, Friuli and the Alto Adige with their cultural ambiguites are modern-day borderlands.  German is overheard as often as Italian and strudel appears on most menus.  Art and architecture, similarly, are as much indebted to the northern Longobards as they are to the ancient Romans.  Moreover, in the villages, you can still buy lederhosen.  

The best of both worlds, Friuli and the Alto Adige, nestle amidst rich farmland at the base of the Alps.

The trip starts in Verona and ends in Mira, a short distance from Venice’s Marco Polo airport.

Quattrocento Italy

March 14 to 22, 2019

Two places available

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On this eight-day tour of Rome and Umbria, we  savor what are, for me, some of the most beautiful paintings in all of Italy.  While we do visit a museum or two, most of these artworks are still where they were meant to be: in churches, libraries or palaces.  In other words, this is a chance to see great art in situ.  We will also have the opportunity to connect with Umbria today: its artisan traditions, its agriculture, and its people.  Indeed one of the highlights of this trip, in addition to the surfeit of beautiful and delicious meals, is our program of evening "cocktail conversations" with local Perugini.  

Gardens and Villas of Tuscany

October 14 to 20, 2019

Florence Prologue: October 12 and 13

Limited availability


On this six-day tour of Tuscan villas, we plan not only to explore the history of Italian landscapes, but also to experience firsthand the ideal of country life: a utopian vision first conceived by Ancient Romans and then deliberately revived, fifteen-hundred years later, by Renaissance princes, cardinals, and bankers; and revived yet again in the twentieth century by ex-pats from Britain and the New World.

The tour begins with 3 nights at a palace hotel in the heart of Florence, our base for exploring the city as well as villas in the surrounding hill towns. From there we travel to Siena where again we stay in the center of this deeply medieval city, and visit a handful of beautiful, privately owned villas nearby.

All told, we plan to visit a dozen villas, most of them privately owned, and each with its own particular contribution to the history of garden design. Elegant interiors, beautiful vistas, parterres, topiary, autumn leaves, the patter of water on mossy fountains: it is a feast for the senses, start to finish.

For details on the Florence Prologue, click below.

Venice and the Veneto

April 3 to 12, 2019

Fully booked


Venice and the Veneto:  a city of floating palaces and the adjacent mainland that for centuries served as a kitchen garden and as well as a buffer from invaders, be they barbarians from the north or avaricious Popes from the south.  On this trip, we divide our time between both the mainland, dotted with the architectural wonders of Andrea Palladio, and the islands, where magical moments appear at every bridge and embankment.

Sicily, November 2019

November 5 to 15, 2019

Limited availability

Sicily is our most popular trip.  Conquered or crisscrossed by Ancient Greeks and Romans, Phoenicians, Normans, Aragonese, Spanish Bourbons and even, more recently, Allied troops, this small island offers an astonishingly rich cultural heritage in a setting of spectacular beauty.  

An island we return to each November, Sicily continues to dazzle and amaze us.

Bespoke Tour

Whenever and to wherever you choose

With no templates or fixed itineraries, we prefer to work closely with families, couples or groups of friends to create a trip that exceeds expectations.  One of the joys of designing these "Bespoke Tours" is pairing travelers, be they 8 or 80, trained art historians or wine merchants, seasoned travelers or neophytes, billionaires or graduate students, with trips that suit their interests, budgets and dreams.  

We have travelled with Italian Journeys each year since 2001. These trips have given us the most wonderful travel experience of our lives. Nancy and Libby have a remarkable knack of including both famous sights and not-so-famous sights on their trips, and often the latter are as interesting as or more interesting than the former. Finally, Nancy's extraordinary knowledge of Italy's history and culture gives their trips a dimension that we have particularly appreciated. It simply doesn't get better than Italian Journeys!

Edith and Fred Byron; Amherst, Massachusetts

Many of the beautiful photos on this site are used courtesy of Elizabeth Matheson of Hillsborough, NC, David Cost of Santa Fe, Dani Friebel of Berlin, and David Lubin of Winston Salem.

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