Large and small groups are guaranteed to find the right destination in Italy. Culture-packed cities like Rome, Florence or Venice for joint sightseeing with colleagues can be on the agenda, as well as winter sports with club members. Or unwind with your friends on the most beautiful beaches along the Amalfi Coast or the Italian Riviera. For activities in the shimmering turquoise waters, Sicily and Sardinia are ideal. And with wine tastings, Tuscany, Puglia or Lombardy entice you. Hikes lead through picturesque countryside or up volcanoes. The country’s lakes also welcome group travelers. Here are the best tips.
- Cinque Terre
- Wine tour in Tuscany
- Climbing volcanoes
- Diving in Sardinia
- Water sports in Sicily
- Active on the Upper Italian Lakes
Soaking up Italy’s dolce vita together – where better than along the 12km stretch of coastline known as Cinque Terre. The five colorful villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore nestle picturesquely on the cliffs of Liguria and are rightly protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Stroll together through the charming old towns, savoring the moment over espresso and cappuccino while your gaze wanders over the sea where small fishing boats bob.
Ideal for “hiking” together: Cinque Terre – here a view of Manarola
The Tuscan island provides variety for groups with different interests with an abundance of possible activities. Combine long days of swimming at beaches like Spiaggia di Capo Bianco or Spiaggia di Sansone with hikes through the lush Mediterranean scrub with picturesque olive groves, fig trees and lavender fields. A special flair prevails in the harbor towns like Portoferraio, Rio Marina or also Porto Azzurro. Common boat trips remain by the impressions of the dreamlike Tuscan archipelago surely still for a long time in memory of all Mitreisenden.
Wine tour in Tuscany
Beautiful cities like Pisa, Siena or Florence make Tuscany a sought-after destination. The historical places are an ideal base for joint wine tours, because the region produces some of the best wines in the world. Near the town of San Gimignano, you can join your like-minded fellow travelers on a guided tour of a wine-growing area and, of course, taste some of the local Chianti specialties. Experience wine with tradition at the historic estate Castello dei Rampolla.
Explore the vineyards of Tuscany together
Venice is considered an absolute dream destination. Couples or friends traveling together can enjoy the classic gondola ride through the canals and admire famous buildings such as the white Rialto Bridge. At St. Mark’s Square with its legendary Duomo, sip an espresso overlooking the famous flocks of doves and savor the moment. An unforgettable experience for groups is the stay when the legendary carnival is raging in the city. Be sure to pack your costumes, wigs and masks and mingle with the revelers.
Lava spewing mountains have always fascinated people. In Italy, you and your fellow travelers can climb several of them at once. Among the two most famous, Mount Vesuvius in the Gulf of Naples is a challenge not only for trained vacationers. From the parking lot to 1.000 m above sea level, an easy hiking trail leads through a natural park to the crater, which is 300 m deep. Combine the adventure with a visit to the ruins of Pompeii. The largest active volcano on the continent welcomes you to Sicily. Observe the natural spectacle of Etna from a viewing platform or let a local guide take you to the almost 1.000 m high crater, where lava is hurled again and again into the height.
On the way to the summit of Etna in Sicily
The Eternal City is one of the absolute must-sees of the country – also for groups! Get an overview of the Italian capital on a sightseeing tour or book an exclusive group tour, which will tell you exciting things about the former spectacles in the Colosseum, for example. Throw coins into the legendary Trevi Fountain, climb the Spanish Steps or visit the world-class cultural highlights in the Vatican: The Sistine Chapel with the fascinating ceiling painting by the artist Michelangelo, St. Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums with their Renaissance treasures will definitely remain in your memory.
Diving near Sardinia
Diving lovers or clubs will find around Sardinia one of the most beautiful underwater paradises of the continent. Not without reason the island is also called the “Seychelles of Europe” denotes. With a little luck you will meet bamboo sharks, eagle rays, tunas and many other sea creatures in the kingdom of Poseidon. Exciting is the diving area Capo Carbonara, where impressive cave systems and also a diving wreck are waiting to be discovered. In the Gulf of Aranci, the Tavolara Marine Reserve beckons and in the Gulf of Orosei, with its underwater gardens, the vegetation is particularly lush and breathtaking.
“Madonna del Naufrago” at Capo Carbonara
Water sports in Sicily
With his 1.000 kilometers of coastline, Sicily is considered an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts. Those who come with friends to surf will find excellent wind conditions for their hobby on the southeast and north coasts between the towns of Milazzo and Cefalu. But also Capo Boeo on the western tip of the island is famous for its winds. Sailors flock to the west and north coasts, where the winds are perfect for a cruise around midday. Or rent a bigger boat for all together and sail over the waves. You may catch a glimpse of friendly dolphins along the way.
Active on the Upper Italian Lakes
Especially nature-loving active vacationers will find a great terrain at the Upper Italian Lakes, because the clear waters are not only ideal for relaxing bathing days and water sports like canoeing or windsurfing. The surrounding landscapes and mountains are also ideal for hiking and climbing. On Lake Como, the Dorsale del Triangolo Lariano trail is considered one of the most beautiful in the region. At Lake Garda you have to follow the over 2.000 m high Monte Cadria to climb. And around Lake Maggiore there are quite a few well-maintained bike paths for group activities.
Lake Garda – ideal for swimming, hiking and mountain biking
Winter sports fans have quite a few areas open in Italy for their hobby. And thanks to apres-ski, groups can end the active days together with parties and good humor. Famous among skiers are the UNESCO-protected Dolomites with the huge Dolomiti Superski, which includes 12 ski resorts such as Plan de Corones and Val Gardena and a whopping 1.200 kilometers of slopes united. From beginners to professionals, everyone gets their money’s worth. On the border with France, the Via Lattea, with 400 km of downhill skiing, is very popular, and on the border with Switzerland, the “Matterhorn Ski Paradise” is a great place to ski the highest ski area in Europe.