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Italy is such a treasure chest if we talk about art, culture and history. The destinations for a cultural tour in Italy are endless and it’s not only about the traditional destinations such as Florence, Rome or Venice. Every corner of Italy offers history and art and sometimes you can get much more from visiting uncommon and little known destinations than crowded touristic places. Our tours cover non-traditional destinations to visit Italy with a local and sustainable tourism.

Where are the best destinations in Italy for an art tour?

If you are interested in art cities, a destination rich of surprises is Umbria. It is called the “green heart of Italy”, thanks to the perfect green of the landscapes, and although it is one of the smallest regions in Italy, it is home of extraordinary art and architectural cities, such as Perugia with its university, historical palaces and squares and its ancient tradition of ceramic manifacturing. Extremely important historically and artistically, Assisi is the city of St. Francis, patron of Italy, and home of the magnificent Giotto frescos. Gubbio, an enchanting medieval town, has a lot of history and food&wine traditions, just to mention one, the king of the table, the famous white truffle.

In Lombardy archaeology lovers will find a paradise: Valcamonica is a little known destination but with a huge richness of archaeological sites. Valcamonica stone drawings and rock carving are a UNESCO cultural heritage and they constitute one of the largest collections of rock carving, most of them dating back to the Iron Age.

Sabina territory is another area in Lazio full of archaeological sites with a great tradition of olive oil production. Sabina is about 60 km outside Rome and it is mainly a hilly area with a lot of olive tree groves and natural parks, where you can enjoy nature, good food and wine and discover the origins of Rome. You can visit archaeological museums or less known cities, like Rieti and its dungeons, or enjoy a one-day boat trip along the Tevere river.

Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the North-East of Italy, is a borderland and it has been affected by the cultural influences of Slavic, Germanic and Latin peoples. You can visit amazing art cities in a very varied landscape: you can find the Alps, hilly areas and the Adriatic sea, all in one region. Collio and art cities is a tour that we have selected to show you the best of this region.

Abruzzo is another central region in Italy where you can visit the numerous “borgos“, little medieval towns and remote villages surrounded by nature both in the mountains, natural parks and along the coast of “trabucchi”, the ancient fishing machines now turned into restaurants on the sea. As well as the very characteristic borgos, you can visit art cities in Abruzzo by bike, riding through the main art cities of the regions or on the cycle lane along the Adriatic coast.

Basilicata is quite a small but incredibly charming region in the South of Italy. Still not affected by mass tourism, it is a real hidden treasure chest and the ideal destination for a cultural tour in the South of Italy. Matera is a marvel of architecture and history, perched on the top of a hill and its main characteristics are the ancient casa grotta (cave-houses). You can plan guided tours to Sassi di Matera, two districts of the city enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage list. Matera is so incredible, that has been awarded European capital of culture for 2019.

If you want to visit Apulia, there is an area that is not very well known but that can offer so much history and culture: Salento. Salento is the southern part of the “heel”, starting from Lecce going downwards to the southest point of the peninsula, Santa Maria di Leuca. With an incredible bike tour you can visit Lecce, the city of Baroque, Otranto, UNESCO site, and Gallipoli, also known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.

Below you can find some of our proposals for single guided tours in Italian art cities and package tours for an art holiday in Italy.

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Guided tours in Italy and Cultural experiences

Package tours for art holidays in Italy

Our package tours can be personalized according to your needs. Plan your holidays in Italy and decide the duration, the services and the experiences included.
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Main activity: Biking
Destination: Southern Italy, Apulia
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Guided: Yes


Main activity: Culture&art
Destination: Central Italy, Lazio
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Guided: Yes