Essential Italy

10 Days | Discover Tuscany and the Mediterranean coast on this bucket-list exploration of Italy

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18 to 35s
EUR €1,444
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Eat your weight in pasta, spend afternoons lazing in the sun, explore some of the best local hotspots and spot one of the Seven Wonders of the World on this 10-day adventure through Italy’s essentials. From Venice to Rome, you’ll be ticking off bucket list items, and maybe even finding that one hidden gem you recommend to friends for years to come. Beach hop around lakes and the sea, sample Tuscan wine, eat your favourite foods in the cities they were born in and soak in more art, history and culture than you can handle. When your bellies, brains and bags are full at the end of this whirlwind Italian experience, say arrivederci to your new travel besties and the trip of a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of Essential Italy including Italy
Venice, Italy
Rome, Italy
18 to 35s
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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Bucket list destinations

Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences

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Why you'll love this trip
  • Soak up the sun and sea in lakeside towns with plenty of free time to enjoy the beaches. Jump in a boat for a coastal tour, sip on a spritz at a beach bar or just lay out and enjoy the Italian sun.
  • Eat your way through Italy, stopping in at some of the country’s finest food destinations. Whether it’s a real spaghetti carbonara in Rome, a traditional pesto-making demonstration in Cinque Terre or wine windows in Florence, your tastebuds are front and center.
  • There’s no shortage of incredible views and photo ops on this trip! Stopping in some of the most beautiful and iconic cities in Italy, tick off plenty of bucket list items, like finding your own Romeo or Juliet in Verona or looking out over the Mediterranean Sea from the hills of Cinque Terre.
  • Soak up Italian history in some of Italy’s most storied cities. Explore ancient Roman architecture of the Colosseum or wander through 16th century strongholds – on this trip, there’s a little something for the history buff in all of us.
  • Feast your eyes on more art than you can handle! Italy was home to some of the greatest artists to ever paint, sculpt and design. Stopping in the cities that played muse, visit their creations and follow their footsteps in the streets that inspired them.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy.

Is this trip right for you?
  • It’s bunking season! As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender, an excellent opportunity to get to know other like-minded people. A single supplement is unavailable on this trip as space is at a premium in Europe. Travellers on the same booking may be split between rooms due to the single gender dormitories.
  • Summer temperatures reach over 40°C in Italy during summer. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning and consider the time of the year you wish to travel.
  • Less time spent travelling, more time to explore each destination! The primary means of transportation on this trip is train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however, can sometimes be quite busy. You'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find specifics under ‘Packing’ in the ‘Essential trip information’ section.
  • This trip is part of a longer itinerary. You might be joining travellers who have already spent some time together. If you have more time to explore, you might like to check out Epic Europe: Central and Italy.


Map of Essential Italy including Italy



3 breakfasts




Hotel (2 nights), Hostel (multi-share) (5 nights), Guesthouse (multi-share) (2 nights)

  • Verona - Orientation walk & Juliet's Balcony
  • Peschiera del Garda – Orientation walk
  • Parma – Orientation Walk
  • Cinque Terre – Leader-led Hike
  • Cinque Terre – Day Pass
  • Pisa - Half Day Trip
  • Florence – Orientation Walk
  • Florence - Sunset Aperitivo in Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Rome - Orientation Walk
Add on activities
  • Venice - Glass Museum Murano - EUR11
  • Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR11
  • Ca’ D’Oro - Galería Franchetti - EUR15
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Venice - Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR14
  • Venice - Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection - EUR17
  • Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs - EUR30
  • Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR12
  • Peschiera del Garda – Gardaland Park - EUR50
  • Cinque Terre - Coastal Cruise - EUR41
  • Cinque Terre - 'Il Laboratorio del Pesto' Making & Demonstration - EUR25
  • Florence - Foodies Walk Urban Adventure - EUR67
  • Florence - Aperitivo Time! Urban Adventure - EUR77
  • Florence - Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum) - EUR12
  • Florence - Bargello Museum - EUR13
  • Florence - Medici Chapels - EUR15
  • Florence - Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR30
  • Florence - Palazzo Vecchio - EUR12
  • Florence - Accademia - EUR16
  • Vatican City - St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR10
  • Vatican City - Vatican Museum - EUR22
  • Rome - Pantheon - EUR5
  • Rome - Christian Catacombs - EUR10
  • Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR6
  • Rome - Venezia Palace - EUR17
  • Rome - Galleria Borghese - EUR16
  • Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR13
  • Rome - Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - EUR19

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Important notes

A single supplement is not available on this trip.

As of April 2024, Venice will implement a visitor’s fee for all travellers visiting the city between 25 April and 15 July 2024. This fee is not payable by Intrepid customers, however you will need to apply for an exemption before arrival at For further information, please see the “Passports, visas and entry requirements,” section of your Essential Trip Information.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Jack · Traveled June 2024
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024
Essential Italy
EUR €1,444