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Travel with us in a very small group on an indulgent and all inclusive holiday in Italy!

Authentic Italian experiences and customs, great food and wine, balancing indulgence, sightseeing and relaxation

Ciao Bella Tours is a Melbourne based travel business providing exceptional holiday experiences for the discerning traveller in beautiful Italy. We specialise in holidays for very small groups (each a maximum of eight people) to encourage a convivial atmosphere and a more personalised and authentic Italian experience, at a leisurely pace. Each tour is different, and based in only one or two Regions. Company Director Mardie Whitla has been organising escorted and customised gourmet and discovery tours in Italy for over ten years. 


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Here are our tours and dates for 2016:

 May-June Tours 2016

Tour A: Food for Thought: Wrapping Emilia Romagna (10 days)

May 16 - May 25 2016

Tour B: Big Island Hopping: Sensational Sicily & Sardinia (2 weeks)

May 28 - June 10 2016

Tour C: Following the Medici Family: Friends, Lovers & Enemies (12 days)

June 15 - June 26 2016

September-October  Tours 2016

Tour D: Tuscan Treasures & Tipples: around the Etruscan Coast & Island of Elba (10 days)

September 21 - September 30 2016

Tour E: Taste Travels & Tiny Towns: from Venice to Torino (12 days)

October 5 - October 16 2016


10 Suggestions for a possible  private tour for 6 /7 persons during 2016 include:

1. Food for Thought: Wrapping Emilia Romagna:  2016 (10 days)

2. Piemonte's Palate: Luxury Taste Travels:  2016 (10 days)

3. The Green Heart of Italy: Tasting Tuscany & Umbria:  2016 (10 days)

4. Truly Puglia: Food, Wine, Lecce & Trulli Cones:  2016 (10 days)

5. Discovering Sardegna:  2016 (10 days)

6. Toscana Mare & the Etruscan Coast: Livorno, Isola d'Elba, Montalcino:  2016 (10 days) 

7. With Michelangelo and the Medici in Tuscany:  2016 (10 days). 

 8. Big Island Hopping: Sensational Sicily & Sardinia:  2016 (2 weeks or 10 days)

 9. Captivating Coasts: Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri: 2016 (10 days) 

10. Italian Healthy Indulgence & Slow Food (Tuscany):  2016 (10 days)


Small Group Tours in Italy – relaxed and stress free

Ciao Bella Tours offers enjoyable boutique, fully escorted and all inclusive tours in Italy with a touch of luxury, designed specifically for very small groups and ideally suited for the mature traveller. Whether you are travelling alone, or with friends, spouse or partner you will find our tours encompass authentic Italian experiences and customs, excellent food and wine, balancing sightseeing and relaxation.

Each of our tours concentrates on a single Region or area of Italy.  Our itineraries do include some of the popular Italian tourism sites, but there are also plenty of opportunities to explore more unusual and facinating locations away from the crowds.

We recognise that sometimes you may want to relax: stretch out for a read or a snooze in the shade; stroll around town and soak up the local atmosphere; take a quiet walk in the countryside; or simply read and bask in the sun by the pool, or chat with your travel companions.  We put you under no pressure to do more than you want to do and there is no rush to get on a large tour bus with fifty others at dawn the next day! (We never use tour buses).  Sit back and relax: everything’s included! 

Small Group Tours - 2015 /2016

Our small group tours in 2015  are booked out.  If you are interested in our 2016 tours available from May to June  or September - October  please contact Ciao Bella Tours directly by email.  Discover the sensational islands of Sicily and Sardinia; indulge in Italian local /slow  / fine food; be tempted in Tuscany  with their popular food and wine; or relax and enjoy the captivating coasts around Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri, 12 days in northern Regions from Venice to Torino.

 Please Contact us by email if you would like any details of our 2016 holiday-tours sent to you, or if you have any questions.  Take a look at the booking page to see how easy it is – we arrange everything for you!

Customised  and Private Tours 2016

 If you are looking for something extra special to celebrate a 50th or 60th birthday; a long awaited family reunion in Tuscany; a gourmet golfing tour or perhaps a week of traditional Italian cooking & wine appreciation classes, we can work with you to create a customised tour for six or more people specific to your requirements in 2016. 

Alternatively you may chosse from one or two of 10 Tour Options we have developed over the last 10 years. (see these 10 listings above).   And if choosing one of these tours for your own group of 6/or7 people a discount of 12% applies to our advertised costs, if the group books, pays and travels together.  WE  NO LONGER HAVE ANY PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE  IN 2015.

Please contact us and we’d be happy to work through your ideas to create an exclusive, unique tour IN 2016.

Entrance to the ancient  Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

One of the thousands of ancient Nuraghe buildings, central Sardegna, Italy

One of the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Italy