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Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Global TV Morning News.

Global Morning News – Best of Italy Small Group Tour

Posted on: April 9, 2024

Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world – and no wonder! The history of places like Rome, Florence, Venice give the visitor so much to experience. The beauty of Sorrento and let’s not even talk about the food. Who doesn’t like authentic Italian food? And wine??

For your first visit to Italy it is not really a place where you want to go it alone. The city streets are intricate and parking can be a challenge. I have also found that when you do a self drive a lot of the time is spent studying the map and the gps rather than enjoying the scenery. Guided tours have evolved so much over the last 15 – 20 years. No longer 60 people crammed on a bus – up at 6 in the morning and a wrapped sandwich for lunch

Insight Vacations does it beautifully with their 11 day guided tour of Italy. Their small group departures are especially popular with just a max of 24 people in the group and special experiences along the way –

Explore the best of Italy on this 11-day guided tour. In Rome, enjoy a VIP Vatican tour. As your travels continue along the Bay of Naples, stop on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius for lunch at a local farm still growing traditional produce unique to the region. In Florence, learn the secrets of leather making from a local leatherworker. Fall in love with Venice as you see churches and palaces from a private boat, and cruise its canals on a romantic gondola ride. Sail to Capri, where craggy mountains cascade into the Tyrrhenian Sea; a Local Expert will help you navigate its narrow alleys. Before you say arrivederci to Italy, enjoy one last experience: a private opera during a four-course meal that features local wine.

I like the idea of being able to spend a night in Venice so you can really enjoy this gorgeous city after the day trippers have left.

I have two options for you –

Plan ahead for 2025

Best of Italy Small Group Escorted Tour from Rome

Duration: 10 Nights
Departure Date: March 13, 2025
Price from: $6,975 per person


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Duration: 10 Nights
Departure Date: May 23, 2024
Price from: $7,825 per person


  • 11 day guided tour
  • First class hotels
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch with wine
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Small group – max 24
  • Flights not included


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Duration: 7 Nights
Departure Date: May 18, 2025
Price from: $2,428 CAD per person (price and room has been updated from original video post)


  • 7 nights – prime ocean view stateroom
  • Drinks and WiFi included
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Best of Italy Small Group Escorted Tour from Rome

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