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June 1, 2017

11 Unique Italy Excursions

Italy is well-known and loved for its world-class food and wine, jaw dropping scenery, and story-ridden ruins. But perhaps our favorite thing about Italy is that there is so much to uncover beyond the major attractions; there is always something new and intriguing to see or do when you visit.

Check out these 11 unique and once-in-a-lifetime Italy excursions you can add to your Monograms vacation package:



Cooking Lesson – Visit a food market with a chef to choose ingredients for your cooking lesson!


Catacombs Tour – The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. See the best of them on this tour… and maybe learn a secret or two about the eternal city!


Angels & Demons Tour – This walking tour will introduce you to the most beautiful piazzas in Rome, as well as the unexplored sites where pagan symbolism and Christianity mingle to reveal a disturbing ancient truth.




Tuscan Cooking Class – Ignite your passion for cooking! Learn to cook traditional Italian dishes from a local chef in a Medieval tower just outside of Florence!


Wine Tasting at Verrazzano Castle – Soak up the legendary Chianti countryside as you drive to the heart of Tuscany, with gentle hills, olive groves, and vineyards. You have time to explore San Gimignano, the most famous of Italy’s medieval towns, and stop at Verrazzano Castle for a wine tasting.


Excursion to Cinque Terre – Explore Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most scenic landscapes, on this day trip from Florence. The Cinque Terre area is a cluster of enchanting medieval fishing villages on the Liguria coast which boasts breathtaking views of the sea.


Create Your Own Pizza – Learn the history of pizza, the art of making the dough, how to choose the best toppings, then make your pizza just like an Italian pizzaiolo!




Ghost Tour – The legends and characters of Venice’s famous canals come to life through this mysterious and thrilling private walking tour.


Classical Concert – An evening of music at the prestigious main hall of the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro will be a night you’ll always remember.


Gondola Ride – Check this one off your bucket list! Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges and past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.


Cruise to Burano Island – Cruise through the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido. Stop in colorful Burano for lunch!