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Experience Italy’s Heart and Soul with our tailored Vacation Packages, customized Cruise Shore Excursions and signature Walking Tours. Not ordinary holidays…not typical excursions - tours designed for couples, family & friends with personal attention from Your Own Italy.

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Roman Rhapsody

The Eternal City

Rome Experience the glory of ancient Rome, the treasures of the Baroque, and everything in between! You will enjoy private tours of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel...

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Landscape view of famed Tuscan countryside

Tuscan Treasures

Bask in the luxury of Tuscany

Tuscany Private tours of Florence and its museums, including the Uffizi's unparalleled collection and Michelangelo's David at the Accademia. Wine tasting and cooking...

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The three Faraglioni rocks of Capri jutting out from the sea

Amalfi Coast Adventure

Experience authentic Italy, unchanged, unaltered

Positano - Amalfi - Ravello Discover the gems of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Set sail on a romantic tour of Capri on your private boat with a bottle of prosecco...

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Sunset view of the majestic palaces & villas along the Grand Canal

The Eternal City and the City of Romance

Rome and Venice

Rome - Venice This vacation is your chance to make acquaintance with two of the world’s most memorable cities. You will discover ancient Rome, Christian Rome, and...

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Italy's Heart and Soul

Rome and Florence

Rome - Florence Here is the perfect tale of two cities: Italy's "art" and "soul." Rome, once the capital of the western world, remains the secular capital of Italy and...

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Overview of the bright blue sea from the Amalfi Coast

The Glory of Rome, the Gems of Amalfi

Rome and the Amalfi Coast

Rome - Amalfi Coast If you don't believe Italy runs the gamut of human endeavor, try this week-long adventure! It begins with the glory, pomp, and majesty of Rome,...

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View of the rooftops of Florence with its distinctive Cathedral dome

The Three Cities of Art

Rome, Florence and Venice

Rome - Florence - Venice If everyone weren't all talking Italian, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in three different countries when you visit Rome, Florence,...

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Evening view of Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio Tower in Florence

The Eternal, the Spirit and the Art of Italy

Rome, Amalfi Coast and Florence

Rome - Amalfi Coast - Florence With English-speaking guides throughout your trip, you’ll start right in the middle, in Rome, where you’ll explore history, art,...

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Distance view of Florence from terrace of Forte di Belvedere

Italy's Heart, Soul and Riviera

Rome, Florence and the Cinque Terre

Rome - Florence - Cinque Terre Your family or small group will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, accompanied by English-speaking guides at every step, beginning...

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The History, the Shore and the Romance of Italy

Rome, Amalfi Coast and Venice

Rome - Amalfi Coast - Venice If you are looking for maximum diversity in your Italian vacation, this 11-day trip is the one you want. With the history, religion, art...

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Overlooking Pepoli Castle near Trapani Italy

The Soul of Sicily

Palermo, Trapani, Agrigento, Syracuse, and Taormina

Palermo - Trapani - Agrigento - Syracuse - Taormina This tour of Sicily last almost two weeks and hits all the high spots. From Palermo, Sicily's largest city, to the...

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Ariel view of city of Syracuse Sicily

Sicily and the Amalfi Coast

Sicily - Amalfi Coast This 10-night trip takes you to where the sun always shines! With three nights in Sorrento, three in Syracuse, and three in Taormina, you will...

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View of the terrace at Villa Rufolo, a jewel on the Amalfi Coast

The Culture and Antiquity of Southern Italy

Rome, Vieste, the Gargano Coastline, Alberobello, Matera, the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Naples

Rome - Vieste - Gargano Coastline - Alberobello - Matera - Amalfi Coast - Capri - Naples The south of Italy, "il Mezzogiorno," has long been under-visited by American...

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Summer view of Lake Como with mountains in the background

The Lakes and Villages of Northern Italy

Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Verona and Venice

Milan - Lake Maggiore - Lake Como - Verona - Venice A trip to Northern Italy is a trip to one of Italy’s most beautiful and romantic regions. Milan, Italy's second-...

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Rooftop view of Florence, with Cathedral dome in the background

The Complete Italian Experience

Venice - Cinque Terre - Florence - Tuscany - Amalfi Coast - Rome

Venice - Cinque Terre - Florence - Tuscany - Amalfi Coast - Rome This is it: your Grand Tour of Italy. Seventeen days/sixteen nights touring the major regions of our...

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Design Your Own Vacation

Make Italy Your Own

This is private travel, perfected. Your Own Italy is specially positioned to help you design and live your dream. Would you like to take a culinary tour from the north...

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Pisa and Lucca

Pisa Italy Tours. There is only one Tower, and it's in Pisa, your first stop on this tour of two small Tuscan treasures! Once in Pisa, however...

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Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

Meet Pompeii and the volcano that destroyed it! The world’s most well-preserved ancient town, Pompeii boasts paved streets, vivid frescoes, brilliant mosaics, and in many buildings walls that are...

Detail of cobblestone road along the Appian Way in Rome
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Walk With the Ancient Romans

Italy Rome Tour Packages. Your Own Italy’s shore excursion of ancient Rome is ideal for families and those looking for an in-depth and...

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Amalfi Coast

Prepare for the experience of a lifetime! The winding roads of the Amalfi Peninsula are a cinch for your Italian driver, and all you'll have to do is sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the...

Long view of the Piazza San Marco in Venice
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Venice in a Day Walking Tour

This walking tour of Venice begins with, naturally, a boat ride from your cruise ship through the Grand Canal, where you will learn about the palaces, warehouses, churches, and gardens that line this...

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Florence in a Day

The route from your cruise ship to the city known as the cradle of the Renaissance will take you through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Once in Florence, you will briefly stop at Piazzale...

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Baroque Rome and The Vatican

This tour will take you to all the must-see sights of Rome from the Baroque period. The Baroque period was a time when thanks to political consolidation, wealth from the New World and pressure from...

Bird's eye view of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican
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Basilicas of Rome

Rome Italy Basilicas Tour. Nowhere is the intersection of Western history, religion, art, and architecture as palpable as in the basilicas of Rome...

View of Cinque Terre with the backdrop of the Ligurian Sea
Livorno Port

The Cinque Terre

Built in ancient times by people seeking refuge from barbarian invaders, and lying between the mountains and the sea, the villages of the Cinque Terre have for centuries been isolated from the rest...

Colorful boats and buildings adorn the Port of Cinque Terre at night
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The Cinque Terre

Nestled between sea and mountains and founded in ancient times by natives seeking refuge from barbarian invaders, the towns of the Cinque Terre have been isolated from the rest of Italy for centuries...

Castello Banfi wine cellar with barrels lining the walls
Livorno Port

San Gimignano and the Chianti Region

The medieval gem of San Gimignano, known as "the city of beautiful towers," is your first stop on this enchanting tour of Tuscany. In its heyday, the town boasted 72 towers. Although only 14 remain,...

Horses carrying Neptune in fountain at Piazza della Signoria in Florence
La Spezia Port

Florence in a Day

Florence, known as the "cradle of the Renaissance," is your destination from your cruise ship through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You will begin at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you will enjoy...

Night view exterior walls of the Colosseum in Rome
Rome Port

Rome in a Day for First Timers

Is it possible to see much of Rome in a day? It is with Your Own Italy and our experienced local tour professionals! Beginning with the most important landmarks of the ancient Forum, your local guide...

Basilica San Michele at night in Lucca, Tuscany
La Spezia Port

Pisa and Lucca

Pisa is, of course, the site of the famous Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it would be a remarkable place even if the tower stood perfectly upright. Its baptistery, duomo, and tower that...

View of domed top of Pisa Baptistry in Pisa, Italy
Livorno Port

Florence and Pisa

With the kind of planning and attention to detail that you can expect from Your Own Italy, it's possible to see both Florence and Pisa in one day. You will be picked up directly at your cruise ship...

Walk with lush greenery at Villa d'Este in Tivoli
Rome Port

The Roman Countryside Tour

The tumult of Rome has been something Romans love to leave behind for almost as long as there has been a Rome. This day long guided trip to Tivoli, a historic town lying east of Rome, will introduce...

Night lights shining down on the water of the Grand Canal  in Venice
Venice Port

Venice in a Day by Boat

Boat Tours Venice Italy. This private tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Venice. It departs directly from your cruise ship and features a...

View of Faraglioni cliffs jutting out of the sea at Capri Island in Italy
Naples Port

Capri

Do not forget your bathing suit for this sensuous, sumptuous dalliance with the blue waters of the Mediterranean! Your guide will accompany you from your cruise ship aboard a private boat to Capri...

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Carmen Carbonell

Carmen Carbonell is founder and President of Your Own Italy. Carmen was born in the United States. Following college, she married an Italian and moved to Rome, where she raised 4 sons. She also developed a passionate love for Italy – its art, its architecture, its cities, its countryside, its culture and cuisines, and its people. Now, after nearly 30 years living in Italy, Carmen wants to share her love for Italy with American travelers who...

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May 31, 2018

Ceramics are an Italian art form that's dear to Italians' Identity

For many Italians, ceramic decorations like vases, bowls, plates and even umbrella holders are a part of their identity. Heirloom pieces are handed down across generations, perhaps even for centuries. Outside front doors or driveway gates, especially in the south, and in tiny towns and islands, you...

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Is there something higher than 5? Carmen was our trip planner. She was nothing short of amazing! I had my wedding in Italy and had several guests planning trips in and around Italy. Carmen was able to keep track of all my guests and their trips with ease at the same time she was coordinating our 2 week stent without a single glitch. We love packing our trips with activities and usually get in trouble booking things too close to each other or too much time between activities and become bored, not with Carmen everything was so evenly spaced out to make it from one place to the other without feeling either rushed or bored. I had 40 guests at our wedding and over half of them used Carmen foe their trip planning. Before and after our wedding, our guests raved about Carmen! We loved hearing how she was able to make the impossible possible or how she was able to track down lost cell phones on trains or lost passports left in hotel rooms, or fix things in a moments notice. I dont know how she did it. Simply phenomenal! I was so impressed with her response time, her professionalism and most of all for her incredible sense of organization. She is not just an amazing trip planner who made my and my husband's trip so special but also an amazing person to top it all. We loved talking to her and always felt like she had our backs everywhere we went. We felt like her family or best friends even though we had never met. Every hotel, train ride, every restaurant we went to was so over the top beautiful with the nicest service and people that knew Carmen personally. We felt like we were traveling with a best friend that knew everyone and was introducing us to Italy one place/person at a time. We loved taking her suggestions and developed a sense of trust with her knowing that if we just listened to what she said, we knew it would be great. We had the time of our lives and without her I could not have imagined trying to plan my entire trip so perfectly. International travel can be daunting especially for novice travelers. She made us feel like Italian pros. We had a 2 week long trip in Italy, and had the time of our lives. We would have not enjoyed our time near as much without her. If you are going to Italy, Carmen is just as essential to your trip as the euro. Even if you are an experienced traveler you should let her plan for you. You may see Italy a whole new way. Our memories could have been great but because of her they were incredible. Sounds cliche but the only way I can describe it is TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Will never go to Italy without her again. Carmen you are worth your weight in gold! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever indebted to you. We look forward to our next trip to Italy! June 28, 2017

Joe S.

San Francisco, CA

Carmen was invaluable in helping plan our honeymoon to Italy across Florence, the Tuscan countryside, and Rome. The Uffizi tour in Florence and Vatican evening museum tour in Rome were amazing experiences. The friendly and knowledgeable guides she selected helped us get the most out of our visit in navigating and learning about such rich and dense environments. Most importantly, Carmen's help and feedback was based on our specific needs and goals which in our case varied depending on place and time, a huge advantage over other "one-size-fits-all" sources. She helped us find a perfect balance and variety from day-to-day while still maximizing our sight-seeing goals, and even helped with advice on different neighborhoods/towns and booking accommodations. Overall, I highly recommend reaching out to Carmen and taking advantage of her services for personalized assistance to help maximize whatever kind of trip you are planning. July 17, 2017

Jeffrey L.

San Francisco, CA

Can’t say enough about Your Own Italy! On short notice, they created an outstanding personalized tour of Rome, Florence and Venice with custom-made stop overs in Tuscany, Assisi, and Padua. As a return traveler to Italy, Your Own Italy tailored our trip with great tour guides to take us on specialized tours focused on our preferences. Your Own Italy planned and executed a tremendous vacation experience for our family of eight with beautiful apartments and taking care of every minute detail from the moment we arrived.

From a personalized tour of St. Peter’s (where we saw the Pope speak) and the catacombs in Rome, to an enjoyable tour of Tuscany wine country and seeing the finest art in Florence, to riding on the romantic gondolas in Venice and seeing the islands of Murano and Burano, we did it all in one week! This impossible task was only made possible by the detailed planning and expertise of the Your Own Italy team with excellent chauffeurs and tour guides who created a wonderful experience where everyone had a great time.

The fantastic lunch and dinner plans including dinner with Carmen provided the perfect touch all for a reasonable price compared to other package tour offerings. They get our highest recommendation to make your dream vacation come true!

Josè and Soledad D.

West Chester, PA

We had an amazing experience on our recent trip to Italy booked entirely through Your Own Italy! Carmen was so easy to work with and anticipated our needs and wishes. Our accommodations, located in the perfect location in each city, exceeded our expectations. Loved our guide in Florence, loved our villa in Chianti, loved it all!! Can't wait to go back - and wouldn't do it without Your Own Italy. A true partner.

Janet P.

Basking Ridge, NJ

My 20 year old daughter and her boyfriend travelled to Rome, Venice and Florence in January 2018 with Carmen’s help. She advised and booked all of their apartments, trains, and tours! Her team and her went above and beyond when their international airline (that the couple had booked themselves) lost some of their luggage. They helped track it down and made sure it was delivered to them on their travels! As a parent of young adults travelling overseas for the first time on their own, I can’t express how relieved I felt knowing that Carmen and her company were there and so helpful and attentive to every detail! Thank you! Jan 25, 2017

Joanne S.

Algonquin, IL

giorno magnifico in firenze! Grazie to Lisa! for the walking tour. She was very knowledgeable of the history of Florence . Grazie to Marco! He was able to get us to all the highlights and he was very much able to teach us to appreciate the art we were viewing. His perspective of all that we seen taught me to appreciate the gift of each piece. The whole experience makes me want to return so I can enjoy more of what Florence has to offer.��two thumbs up! Oct 5, 2017

Donna P

Ripon, CA

So we met Carmen at the Santa Clara Travel Show in 2017. We went ahead and booked a few tours with her. AMAZING!!! The guides that she booked for us were so knowledgeable and fun. She planned everything down to the last detail. She even met us at our hotel in Rome to walk us to where we were to meet our private bus driver. I have been to Italy 7 times and was so impressed that she she could still bring tears to my eyes with another amazing experience!! On behalf of the Taylor and Lee Family we will book and future trips with Carmen. She makes you realize why you love Italy �. It truly is the people that make the trip!! �Carmen!! June 24, 2017

Kathi T.

Santa Clara, CA

I've traveled to Italy before but this time was very special with the help of Carmen and YourOwnItaly. I'm a devoted gardener and I asked Carmen to arrange tours of three sites in Italy: Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este and the Vatican Gardens. All three were absolutely perfect but the tour of the Vatican Gardens was extra special because we were apart from the bus tour and on a very personalized walk-around the Vatican's backyard. A memory never to be forgotten. Thank you, Carmen!! Oct 3, 2017

Alex B.

Washington, DC

Without a doubt, this is the best way to explore Italy. My wife and I travelled to different regions during our 15 day stay in Italy and every step of the way, Carmen was always checking up on us to see how we were doing and always told us if we needed anything to let her know. We had some snags in our trip involving the airline (which was completely the airlines fault), and Carmen was right there to help us. She went above and beyond the call of customer care. I've travelled before through various travel agencies and never received this type of exceptional service. Her tour guides were professional and knowledgeable. They took their time through our guided tours, answered any questions we had and recommended local restaurants that served authentic cuisine. This is service you will never receive from those big group travel tours. So if you planning a trip to Italy, definitely give Carmen a call and let her make it your own. Aug 15, 2017

Matthew S.

Frederick, MD

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