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Get to know the real Italy in partnership with Marie Claire

The food. The fashion. The fun. We travelled with Marie Claire contributors, Daniela Elser and Julie Bensman, to find out why Italy is a travel icon that never goes out of style.

Re-live each moment of their journey on our blog, experiencing authentic Italy through their eyes - in timeless spots like Rome, Venice, Perugia and Tuscany. Watch the videos, read the stories, follow their journey - and discover why travelling with Trafalgar is a truly unique experience.

From Italy with love…

Discover Europe at its best and fly for $899^ return incl. taxes.

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Colossal sightings

Iconic sights are not hard to come across in Rome, however, there is one that you cannot possibly miss, if only for its gargantuan size; the Colosseum.

Stand in awe, learn about its fascinating history and discover that parts of the Colosseum were used to construct St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Pasta 101

Learn the art of perfect pasta preparation, which not only comes from the hands but also from the heart. Master skills to take home and keep forever; roll the ideal gnocchi and assemble truly authentic ravioli in a fun-filled class.

Savour your culinary creations over a sociable dinner for an ideal end to an insightful day.

Make a wish

Find a penny pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck. When in Rome, however, take your penny to Trevi Fountain and toss it into the pool of this magnificent Baroque sculpture.

Toss one penny to return to Rome, two to find romance and three to get married. What will you wish for?

Sweet treats

Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious scoop of gelato? But why not pair it with a rocket fuel-strength espresso for the ultimate Italian treat, known as affogato.

This classic combo has caused much debate as it remains undecided whether it is in fact a drink or a dessert. Try one and see what you think.

Exclusive Vatican dining

Indulge in an exclusive private dining experience at the Vatican’s Missionary-Ethnological Museum; something few have enjoyed.

Stand in awe of the Sistine Chapel, one of Vatican City’s most wondrous attractions. Within its walls you’ll find incredible frescoes created by some of the world’s most renowned artists; Botticelli and of course, Michelangelo.

Baroque style

Skip from the bottom to the top of the 135 Spanish Steps to not only test your cardio level but to also see the church of Trinità dei Monti in all its glory.

Back at the bottom, the Piazza de Spagna has a buzzing atmosphere where you can soak up the scene, people watching while sipping on a cappuccino. 

A centuries-old castle

Enter the 12th century castle of Castello del Trebbio and discover its hidden treasures. Indulge in wine tasting, admire the surrounding beauty and hear about its fascinating history.

You can also taste exceptional extra virgin olive oil, sample the saffron and try hand-crafted cosmetics. Uncover the delights of Tuscany on our blog


Become a connoisseur of fine Italian wines and learn how to taste the true fullness of flavours. Inside the 12th century Castello del Trebbio, winemaker Alberto reveals a little secret.

Find out why you should 'chew' your wine to really get the flavours flowing. You might look a little silly but you won’t be the only one!

Perugia's ancient craft

Imagine having a workspace in the first Franciscan church of Perugia. That’s where master weaver, Marta brings an ancient craft to life.

Marvel at her skillful hands creating intricate designs on her oldest wooden loom and even get to try it out yourself.

A unique commute

Travelling like a local is something rather special in Venice. There are no boring buses or busy highways. Every journey’s an experience: the buzz of taking the Vaporetto with locals; the decadence of hopping in a teak water taxi; the excitement of gliding along canals in an iconic black gondola – every journey’s a sightseeing opportunity.

Take to the water and join the journey on our blog.

A break in Burano

If the fashion houses and finery of Venice’s heart get too much, a little stopover on the idyllic island of Burano is just the tonic. 

Taking a sleek water taxi past some of the other 117 islands to reach it, you’ll arrive like a VIP before mooring and exploring, with our Travel Director telling you why the canal-side homes are so eye-poppingly colourful.

Step back in time

Stroll across the iconic Ponte Vecchio in Florence, a bridge that straddles the Arno River and is lined with an assortment of shops filled with all kinds of artworks, jewellery and quirky souvenirs.

For a different perspective, pass under the bridge by boat and admire its impressive arches from below, while observing the colourful buildings that jut out from either side.

Take an insider tour of Florence on our blog.

Florence is bursting with flavour

Learn how to cook the Italian way with hand-picked produce bursting with the freshest flavours. Chef Libero will show you the tips & tricks of the trade to create authentic Italian dishes on an exclusive Be My Guest experience. 

You might even pick up some local lingo too, bartering with market sellers over your appetising Italian shopping list. 

Hidden boutiques

Are you a self-confessed shopaholic? Wander off the beaten track and find out where the best-kept shopping secrets can be found in Florence. Think bespoke boutiques handed down through generations where you can grab yourself one-of-a-kind bags, tailor-made outfits or hand-crafted shoes, all at bargain prices. What more could a fashionista want?

Indulge in a trip that takes you to a shopaholic's dream destination. 

Terms and conditions

^Fly from $899 is per person and valid for bookings created from 19 Jan – 1 Feb 2017, for travel on selected 2017 Europe & Britain summer tour departures, until sold out. Valid for new bookings only. Prices are per person and represent adult fares including any applicable taxes and surcharges. The offer is based on fares to and from the nearest European city to the tour’s start and end point. Other destinations are available, however surcharges may apply. The air carriers selected are at the discretion of Trafalgar based on available fare classes at the time of booking and must be purchased in conjunction with one of the specified Trafalgar departures. The airfare cannot be sold in isolation and is subject to availability. Trafalgar reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Airfares are valid for travel in economy class to Europe departing from SYD/MEL/ADL/PER/BNE for travel between 01 Mar 2017 and 30 Nov 2017. A surcharge may apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required. Stopovers are permitted and may be subject to additional costs. A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person, per trip and full payment for the airfare is due within 7 days of booking. Full payment for the tour must be received by 23 Feb 2017 or 45 days prior to departure from Australia (whichever comes first). By paying your deposit and airfare you accept the Terms and Conditions of the Trafalgar Air Offer, and air tickets will be issued. Our partner airlines reserve the right to advise an earlier airfare Ticketing Time Limit date, subject to booking conditions and restrictions. After ticket issuance, fees for date changes and 100% cancellation fees will apply. Fly from $899 is not combinable with the Early Payment Discount. Offer does not apply to CostSaver, Autumn, Winter or indicatively priced departures, trips to Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Special Group Itineraries. Offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Please contact Trafalgar for further details.