10 Best Cities to Visit in Italy

No. 10. BOLOGNA:

Nicknamed "La Feta Bologna" (fat Bologna), it is known as one of the most famous culinary cities in Italy. In Medieval time it was one of the arch-rivals of mighty Florence, and to show their might and to distance them self from Florence all houses in Medieval time were built by brick, and not by stone as in Florence. The city is also known as home of the oldest University in Europe.

Mario's pic: try Mortadella Salami sandwich, the pride of Bologna

No. 9. LUCA (Tuscany):

Established by Etruscans, developed by Romans, and forgotten during the Medieval time, it is one of the prettiest towns in Tuscany surrounded by Renaissance walls which are used for jogging and walk.

Mario's pic: visit Piazza Amfiteatro  built on the base of the Roman amphitheatre, and view the circular shape of the houses.

No. 8.  TAORMINA (SICILY)

Located on the Eastern shores of Sicily, it is considered as one of three oldest cities in Italy, built by the Greek settlers in 7th BC. and later developed during the time of Ancient Rome. Visit the Greek Theatre is a must.

Mario's pic: Ride to Mt. Etna, and then a cable car to the slope of the volcano with amazing view over the Eastern shore of Sicily. 

No. 7. ALBEROBELLO: 

A unique small town in Puglia Region in Southern Italy, facing the Adriatic Sea it is known by its Trulli Houses with unique construction of their roofs. It is worth to stay for almost a day following the endless narrow streets filled with white washed houses with traditional souvenir shops.

No. 6.  SAN GIMIGNANO:

Named the most beautiful "small town" in Italy, and known by its 11 towers which could be seen from the distance. Enter the city walls, and enjoy the walk through the labyrinth of narrow streets.

Mario's pic. Wild Boar salami sandwich is a must.

No. 5. VENICE

Known as the "Floating City of Italy", could be discovered on foot or even better with Vaporetto, a kind of water tram. Do not forget to sit at Piazza San Marco and enjoy the view of basilica and Campanile listening the live Baroque music.

Mario's pic: renting a gondola for a ride through the canals is a must

No. 4. CINQUE TERRE (Ligurian Coast)

A group of five small towns (villages) nestled on the water and slopes of Ligurian Sea. Great local cuisine and Pecorino Cheese. Best time to visit from May until October.

Mario's tip: visit the village of Varnazzo is a must

No.3. VERONA: 

Known as Roman Metropolis, nicknamed as "city of love" and best known by Juliet Balcony.Today is is one of the most relaxed cities in Italy and known as the capital of classic music.

Mario's pic: visit Casa di Julietta, to see famous balcony.

No. 2.  SIENA (Tuscany)

Once the arch-rival of mighty Florence, which was the centre of art in 12th and 13th century, surrounded by mighty walls and towers.It is known as the home of Palio horse race which is held on the city's main square where ten Contrades race for the glory of the Tuscany.

Mario's tip: attend a four hours culinary workshop at Cucina di Lela. 

No. 1. FLORENCE:

The World's Capital of Renaissance, the Cultural Capital of Italy, the "cleanest Italian dialect", the Guardian of Tuscany, and the "safest city in Italy". City of: Cosimo Medici, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello, Dante, and Lorenzo de Medici.

Mario's pic: visit Prada House to see which item they created as their first entrance to fashion world

Canadian History

Canadian History

On the footsteps of Canadian heroes in WWI and WWII. Trace the steps of history's soldiers through the sands, the beaches, the fields, and the cities they traveled while winning the freedoms we enjoy today! Paschendale, Vimy Riddge, Juno Landing Beach, Ortona, Montecasino, Agira Cemetery,

Adult Group Tours

Adult Group Tours

Sailing the Adriatic Sea on Private Charter Yacht - Tuscan Towns with cooking workshops, and Parma Prosciuto & Parmigiano Cheese - Greek Islands Cruise - Walls  of Dubrovnik (Game of the Thrones) - Argentinian Patagonia & Cape Horn Cruise - Australian Red Desert & Barrier Reef

England & France

England & France

Our England and France tours include the best  tours that have been put together from years of experience responding to every group's desired itinerary.From medieval Edinburgh and Irish castles to London and from Paris to French Riviera Provence and Dordogne. We have it all.

Central Europe

Central Europe

From Ancient Roman to Medieval Castles, the Vienna Boys choir to the crystal blue water of Adriatic Sea. You can see everything including traces of the Berlin Wall, Auschwitz, and the wonders of the Plitvice Lakes. Tip: Ask for your tour to include the amazing walled town of Dubrovnik.

Mediterranean

Mediterranean

From the sites of "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" to the "Seven New Chosen Wonders of the Ancient World".  Some great sites to explore with Mariden: Masada, Petra, Petra, the Roman city of Jerash. Palace of the Grand Master, Celsius Gate, Temple of Artemis, Palace of Knossos and many others

The Americas

The Americas

From Maya sites in Central Mexico to amazing Inca city of Machu Pichu. From the rain forest in Costa Rica and Panama to Uper Amazon  in Peru and Brazil. From the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio to Boca tango dancers of Buenos Aires. Mariden offer the best selection of Central-South American tours 

Asia - Pacific

Asia - Pacific

Exotic is a word that captures places like China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Visit the panda sanctuaries in Sichuan, fish with cormorants in Guilin, ride an elephant in Chiang Rai, explore the Angkor Wat Temples, visit the Barrier Reef, or taste a Crock BBQ in Ayers Rock.

All Tours

All Tours

See every group tour in our catalog. Whatever your interest, whatever your curious about, whatever you long to visit, we have a tour that goes there. Tell us what you want and it is yours. Use our experience to customize a trip for your memories.

Tours in French

Tours in French

Variety of educational trips to destinations where French language is dominant. Visit some great countries and regions like:France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Martinique, Guadelupe, St. Lucie and the Provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.

Music Tours

Music Tours

March Choir and Orchestra Music Festival in sunny Croatia.March and April performances in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, and Greece.June and July choir festivals in Baltic Countries, and Austria Jazz workshop in Brazil.

Biology & Eco Tours

Biology & Eco Tours

Biology and Eco section cover programs in Central and Sounth America, Australia and South Asia.Tours require reasonably fit travellers