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Italy Classes

Coastal Italy & Hill Towns

Enjoy a trip from the lush coasts of Italy into its heart of medieval hill-top towns. We'll visit the cliff-hugging villages along the Cinque Terre, Amalfi, and Sicilian coasts. Then, heading inland, we'll explore the charming hill top villages in Tuscany and Umbria.


Florence invented the art of civilized living back when the rest of Europe was mired in medievalism. We'll trace the birth and flowering of the artistic Renaissance at the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David, as well as other examples of good living — then and now — in this remarkable city.


You'll almost be able to smell the linguini and taste the vino rosso as we explore enchanting Italy. We'll travel from north to south, discovering cosmopolitan Milan, time-tripping Venice, serene lakes, the Alpine Dolomites, Renaissance Florence, the quaint hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria, the Cinque Terre's rocky coastlines and tiny villages, and the eternal city of Rome.

Italy Q & A

Planning a trip to Italy? Ask questions like you would during a private travel consultation, but for free. Learn about when and where to go and how long to stay, money-saving tips, transportation options, and more to help you plan your Italy adventure.

Naples & the Amalfi Coast

We'll take a look at the lively, untamed energy of today's Napoli, where Italy's opera tradition first thrived yet poverty still abounds. Pizza is king and life is lived out on the street. Along the nearby Amalfi coast, we'll explore Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, and the thrills and chills of the cliff-hugging drive along the coast.


We'll peel away the layers of 3,000 years of Roman history through the sights of this great city, from the Colosseum, Forum, and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to the bubbling Bernini fountains, coffee shops, and fashion boutiques of modern Rome.

Rome Q & A

Planning a trip to Rome? Ask questions like you would during a private travel consultation, but for free. Find out when to go and how long to stay while also getting transportation tips, sightseeing advice, and more to help you plan your adventure in Rome.

Rome Beyond the Basics: Art & History

With nearly 3,000 years of history, Rome can be overwhelming and exhausting. Join us as we identify key ideas and concepts that will help you navigate the artistic splendors of the Eternal City with ease and pleasure.


Enjoy a trip around Italy's most colorful island, Sicily, as we discuss its distinctive culture, crafts, and history. From Taormina to Palermo, this class will introduce you to the steamy power of Mount Etna, Italy's brightest pottery and boldest wines, amazing Ancient Greek ruins, and picture-perfect seaside villages.

Southern Italy & Sicily

Experience la dolce vita as we journey through a region rich with culture and contrasts: the vibrant chaos of Naples, cliff-hugging Amalfi coast villages, the cave-dwelling city of Matera — and the colorful island of Sicily.


We'll cruise the canals of this maritime city that was once the richest in the Western world. From Titian and Tintoretto masterpieces to sun-dappled palaces and exotic churches, to tiny cichetti bars and evening gondola rides, learn why this romantic city is famous for more than its glass-blowing tradition.

Venice, Florence & Rome

Visit the must-see sights of Italy's most famous cities and learn about their roles in shaping the Western world. Along the way we'll wander through 3,000 years of great art and history, from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance in Florence and the Golden Age of Venice.

Village Italy

We'll explore Italy's countryside charms with visits to Juliet's Verona, Byzantine Ravenna, St Francis' Assisi, Tuscany and Umbria, and the storybook islands of Lake Maggiore, enjoying a rich blend of wine-cellared villages, pastoral vistas, artisan visits, and button-popping home-cooked meals along the way.

Walking Italy's Way of St. Francis (Assisi to Rome)

The pilgrimage from Assisi to Rome follows in the footsteps of St. Francis. This 150-mile route takes you through central Italy's forested hills, valleys of olive orchards, and scenic medieval villages. Learn what to pack, when to go and places to stay along the way. Training insights will be provided for this physically demanding adventure, so that you don't just survive your journey, you thrive.

Rick Steves' Tours: Italy, France & Spain

Considering a Rick Steves tour to Italy, France, or Spain? Our experienced tour guides give a preview of these destinations, then answer your questions about some of our most popular itineraries.