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Italy boasts a unique historical heritage, with art and architecture spanning from ancient Egypt to contemporary times, and is famous for its diverse and tasty food, changing wildly from north to south.

Ciao, Welcome to Italy! Our Italy division was formerly known as CIT Holidays, then in 2019 we amalgamated all of our brands under Entire Travel Group. We have been operating for more than 50 years, you can learn more on our About Us page.

Narrow winding alleyways, rolling green hills with olive groves, vineyards, ancient ruins and cultural masterpieces with the sparkling water of the sun-kissed Mediterranean. Italy boasts a unique historical heritage, with art and architecture spanning from ancient Egypt to contemporary times. It has the most diverse and tasty food, changing wildly from north to south.

People traveling to Italy for the first time usually focus on Rome, Florence and Venice. It’s not difficult to see why - these stunning destinations are filled with historical landmarks, authentic restaurants, and old-world hotels. Highlights of Northern Italy include exploring the lakeside towns of Lombardy, hiking the hillside-hugging villages of Cinque Terre and downhill skiing in the Italian Alps.

Central Italy is known for the rolling vineyards of Tuscany and Umbria, as well as Pisa’s iconic leaning tower. Travel further south to find Naples, known for its pizza; the rugged Amalfi Coast, where picturesque towns hang precariously over cliffs; and Pompeii's 2,000-year-old remains. If you want to get off the beaten track, Southern Italy is it. Boasting stunning views, impressive cathedrals, and jawdropping settings, these Italian towns are sure to awe you. Visit Alberobello in Puglia and stay in a trullo, explore Matera,Basilicata's jewel, a town built on carved caves or relax on one of the beautiful white-sandy beaches.

Don’t forget the gorgeous islands of Italy! There are more than 80 picturesque islands within Italy’s borders to explore and enjoy. From the beautiful unspoilt coastline of Sardinia to Sicily, the island in the sun, home to heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and Europe’s greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna.

There’s a myriad of other charming places worth to discover. And hopefully, after your first trip, you will fall in love with Italy. Then, you might come back and decide to visit beautiful towns like Ravenna, Brindisi, Orta San Giulio, Brisighella or discover the breathtaking Dolomites. Whether in search of Italy’s rich past or on the hunt for a beach with powder-soft sand and clear water, Italy has something special to offer every visitor looking for a taste of la dolce vita.
 

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When to visit

Italy is an attractive destination year-round destination and recommended times to visit will vary on interests, budget, and weather preferences. The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy. In the north of the country the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, particularly humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north. In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy.

  • High Season (Jul–Aug): Summer season is considered the peak season with very high temperatures throughout Italy. During this season, the Italian coast, with its countless gulfs, coves and inlets, touristic ports and long, sandy beaches, is truly adapted to the water lover’s every demand.
  • Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct): Spring and Autumn seasons are generally the best time to visit Italy, when there is nice weather, moderate temperatures, and fewer tourists.
  • Low Season (Nov–Mar): Winter season is your time to go to Italy if you want to enjoy the beautiful Dolomites' Ski Slopes or to discover the most renowned Italian cities of Art.
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Official language
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Getting around

Self drive holidays give you the freedom to explore your own way in your own time. No early starts, no crowds or being herded around. And many roads to discover off the beaten tourist track with only you in charge of your dream Italian travel experience. A car in Italy really becomes useful if you want to get away from the main cities and take to the countryside.

With 17,000 kilometres of rail and thousands of trains running daily, travelling by rail is one of the easiest, fastest and most cost effective ways to travel around Italy. Discover Italy’s incredible diversity and consider one of our suggested rail packages, or if you prefer, we can tailor a rail itinerary especially for you.
Travelling by rail is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to travel around Italy.  Relax along the
Frecciarossa and Frecciargento, the famed Trenitalia highspeed trains are a great way to travel across the country from major art cities to the romantic countryside. 

Major cities all have good transport systems, including bus, tram and metro networks. In Venice, the main public transport option are the vaporetti (small passenger ferries) which ply the city's waterways.

Extensive metropolitane (metros) exist in Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin, with smaller metros in Genoa and Catania. The Minimetrò in Perugia connects the train station with the city centre. Cities and towns of any size will have an urbano (urban) and extraurbano (suburban) bus network. Services are generally limited on Sundays and public holidays.

General Advice
  • Planning to hire a car in Italy? Be aware travellers from other countries than EU should obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). 
  •  Visiting the South of Italy? Almost everything shuts up for lunch time and does not reopen till 4 pm in the afternoon. Churches, major monuments and tourist information close at noon, shops sometimes later. 
  •  Cover shoulders, torso and thighs when visiting churches and other religious monuments. 

 

Things to Do in Italy

Italy has a full spectrum of experiences waiting for you to unfold. Planning your itinerary can be overwhelming since Italy has plenty to offer. Make the most of your trip with our exclusive Italy holiday deals. Whether you’re only going to Italy for a few days or a couple of weeks, we’ll curate a holiday that ticks all your boxes. 

Discover spectacular views of quaint villages and open landscapes when hiking along the Cinque Terre. This 12-kilometre stretch consists of five towns with their own unique vibe  and wonderful coastal views.
Shop at Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo, Rome’s largest farmer’s market, open only during the weekends. Sample the freshest fruits, delicious pecorino and prosciutto and mouth-watering bread.

Speaking of food, don’t miss out on learning how to cook authentic Italian cuisine by signing up for cooking classes. These classes are often combined with tours around food markets and shops to broaden your palate and knowledge of Italian cooking. 

Must-visit Attractions in Italy

Italy has a city or town for every traveller. 

Milan is a central entry point for millions of tourists thanks to its three international airports. But you’ll wind up staying a day or two to marvel at its many artistic and architectural attractions. The city embraces the old and new, and this unique energy has inspired renowned artists spanning generations, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Giorgio Armani.

Let the enchanting beauty of Campo Dei Miracoli and the iconic leaning tower of Pisa charm you during your visit. These Romanesque masterpieces are popular destinations for anyone on an Italian holiday trip.

You can also visit Siena and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Its marbled facade and striped bell tower stand out among the red brick buildings in the area. This cathedral also houses some notable works of Donatello, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Lorenzo Ghiberti.
 

Best Time to Visit Italy

Our Italy holiday packages let you book a flight to enjoy the year-round attractions available. Your holiday will depend on the destination, your weather preferences and travel date.

The peak season of travelling to Italy is from July to August. You can expect the gulfs, ports and sandy beaches to be a tourist hotspot during this time. April to June and September to October are generally the best time to visit Italy as there are fewer tourists and the weather is much nicer. If you want a more intimate time in Italy, you can visit the country during the off-peak seasons from November to March.
 

Known Destinations in Italy

Italy boasts art and architectural masterpieces wherever you go. The most iconic structure in Italy is the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre built by the Romans and the largest of their constructions to survive.

Tourists can also bask in one of the finest cathedrals in the world such as the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its extraordinary dome that stands out in the Florence skyline.

While exploring the streets of Venice can be done on foot, nothing beats going through its canals in a gondola ride for a full Italian experience. You can also stop by famous sites like Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Lake Como, the Uffizi Gallery and Vatican City.
 

Best Hotels in Italy

Our Italy holiday packages let you check into Italy's most luxurious hotels. Surround yourself in a shoreline of villas and the Alps by booking a stay at Villa d’Este. You can also enjoy a boat trip around the lake to learn about the estate’s rich history.

Get captivated by the stunning cliffside view of the Amalfi Coast when you check in Santa Caterina. Its interiors will remind you of Catholic churches with luxurious white walls, gold-hued curtains and baroque chairs.

Another remarkable hotel in Italy is situated in the tiny walled town of Norcia. Book a stay at Palazzo Seneca to experience unparalleled service and the most exquisite meals from a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Gritti Palace’s strategic location along the stretch of the Grand Canal has made it a favourite amongst travellers since the late 1800s. You can access different attractions near the Gritti Palace and ride water taxis that can pull up at the hotel’s private jetty.
 

Post Lockdown in Italy

You can visit Italy as long as you are fully vaccinated or have fully recovered from COVID-19. Regardless of your status, you must fill-up a self-declaration form and present your certificate of vaccination or recovery. Travellers must also deliver a negative test result taken within 48 to 72 hours of their departure.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are allowed, provided they quarantine for five days upon arrival. Their stay will be extended if you cannot produce a negative test result after quarantine. Your activities in Italy will depend on your vaccination status. You’ll need proof when going about most everyday activities, such as entering restaurants and taking public transportation. Masks are still mandated to be worn indoors and social distancing is still strictly enforced.
 

Why we love it!

Italy, a land of art and history
Italy, a land of art and history

Italy has been, the centre of history, culture and art for thousands of years. Our museums, collections and archaeological sites reveal countless tokens of the past and the many civilizations that have passed across this country, evidence of which is still inextricably woven into the present day landscape. Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful surprises. Our artistic and cultural heritage is one of the most valuable in the world. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa, and Naples are its most renowned cities of art, but the whole country can boast towns of breathtaking beauty, as these numbers demonstrate: 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles, 30,000 historical residences with 4,000 gardens, 36,000 archives and libraries, 20,000 historical cities and towns, 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, and 1,500 convents.

Outdoor and Wellness
Outdoor and Wellness

Immerse yourself in Italy’s rough and wild environment and you’ll uncover innumerable treasures, and maybe a few well-kept secrets, too. Italy’s lush and diversified environment is best illustrated in its wildlife parks, an ideal setting for those keen to get amongst nature, discover Italy’s flora and fauna, visit its sunny islands and be surrounded by the typical Mediterranean landscape. There are many national parks well worth exploring: the Gran Paradiso, Circeo, Stelvio, Dolomiti Bellunesi, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, Cilento and Vallo di Diano, and Gargano National Parks; the parks of Calabria and Aspromonte; not to mention the Maddalena and Tuscan Archipelagos, the Vesuvius, the Cinque Terre National Parks, and many other protected areas, nature reserves, and marine parks.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Italy counts 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its borders, the most of any country on the World Heritage List. Italy’s World Heritage Sites are well-known. The Dolomites; The City of Verona; Ferrara and the Po River Delta; the Historic Centers of San Gimignano, Florence and Rome; Hadrian's Villa and the Villa D’Este at Tivoli; the archaeological area of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata; the Sassi (rupestrian architecture and churches) of Matera; the Amalfi Coast and the Aeolian Islands are just some among many others. All 55 sites have been, at one time or another, travel destinations for those seeking out history, art and culture in the Bel Paese.

Food and Wine
Food and Wine

Italian is one of the world’s most renowned cuisines. Characterised by its simplicity, Italian food is a celebration of local history and culture, and it is enjoyed with passion and intention. Pizza and pasta are the country’s most famous culinary exports, but there’s nothing quite like the home-soil version, where the freshest ingredients are prepared to perfection. And if you’re still hungry (you won’t be), dessert will never disappoint: think creamy gelato and fresh cannoli. And limoncello to finish? Don’t mind if I do. You’ll find some of the world’s best restaurants in Italy, but expect to be just as impressed by the mouth-watering fare at the casual trattoria down the street. Buon appetito!

The Cities
The Cities

The great artistic legacy of Italy, unequalled anywhere in the world, is not only distributed throughout Italy’s major cities and their famous museums. In fact, there is no Italian city, however modest, that does not contain and cherish some share of this wealth of art. Tuscany alone possesses more artistic treasures than the whole of Spain, which is the second country in the world for cultural heritage. There are more than 3600 museums, art galleries and archaeological sites across Italy. Italy also brims with magnificent architectural achievements, which can be found in all corners of the country, from Rome’s famous Colosseum and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice to the striking Milan Cathedral and the Tower of Pisa.

The Regions
The Regions

Italy is divided into 20 regions, each and every one with its own unique cultural heritage, culinary tradition and most often, its own independent language (also known as a dialect). Tourists travelling from region to region will notice the different points in history showcased by each location, such as Florence uncovering the Renaissance period, Latium the Roman Empire, Veneto the Middle Ages and Sicily the Greek period.

Flying to Italy

Flying to Italy

The mains International Airports in Italy are - Rome: Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) Airport Trains take 30 minutes and run from 6.08am to 11.23pm. Buses take an hour and operate between 6.05am and 12.40am. Transfers take 45 to 60 minutes; Milan: Malpensa Airport Trains take 50 minutes and run every half hour from 5.37am to 12.20am. Buses run half-hourly between 3.45am and 12.15am. Transfers take 50 minutes; Venice: Marco Polo Airport Water shuttles take 45 to 90 minutes from the airport ferry dock. Buses to Piazzale Roma take 25 minutes and run between 5.20am and 12.50am. Naples International (Capodichino) Airport Shuttle buses take 15 to 35 minutes and run between 6am and 11.20pm. Transfers take 20 to 35 minutes.

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FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

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