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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 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 2014


May-June Tours 2014

Tour A : Big Island Hopping: Sensational Sicily and Sardinia: May 17-30, 2014 

Please note this Tour on the 2 big islands is now booked out for 2014.  Wait list only.  A similar Tour is available in 2015, commencing Saturday May 16, 2015.  Please contact Ciao Bella Tours for Booking Form 2015 and Terms & Conditions Form, 2015.

Tour B: Toscana Mare Plus: June 5-14, 2014

Tour C: Italian Healthy Indulgence & Slow Food (Tuscany): June 19-28, 2014

September-October Tours 2014

Tour D: Captivating Coasts: Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri: September 10-19, 2014 

Tour E: Food for Thought: Wrapping Emilia Romagna: September 24-October 3, 2014

Tour F: Piemonte's Palate: Luxury Taste Travels: October 10-19, 2014


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 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, very good 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 - 2014

We are pleased to present six small group tours for 2014 available from May to October: 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; uncover the delights and excellent wine of the northern Region of Piemonte; explore and taste the rich northern region of Emilia Romagna, including Bologna; or relax and enjoy the captivating coasts around Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri,

Information regarding our 2014 tours can be found on the small group Italy tours page, or please Contact us by phone or email if you would like any details of our 2014 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 Tours

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.

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

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