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Escorted tours and holidays to Italy

Tours to Italy offer a feast for the senses; flavours from one of the world’s best-loved cuisines; scents of mountain air and coastal breezes; warmth on your skin from the Mediterranean sun, and the sights and sounds of a country radiating history and charm at every corner.

Explore the picturesque lakes and majestic mountains of Northern Italy, from Lombardy to Trentino-Alto Adige and the Veneto region. Here, elegant resorts, opulent villas, and fragrant gardens fringe the shores of Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore, creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable Italy tour. Combine your lakeside retreat with visits to iconic Italian cities such as Milan, Turin, Verona, and Venice, each offering its own unique allure and captivating beauty. With so much to see and experience, consider embarking on an Italy multi-centre holiday to fully indulge in the country's rich diversity.

Head south, into the plain of Emilia-Romagna, to find renowned centres of gastronomy like Modena and Bologna – ‘the Fat’ – and other small Italian cities, such as Mantova and Ferrara, bursting with colour and romance. Continue into Tuscany, the thrilling heart of Renaissance Italy, where jewels like Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and peerless Florence stud a landscape of rolling hills, cypress trees and vineyards. Take time to discover each city’s delights, revel in great art and wonder at some of Europe’s most striking buildings and monuments.  

No Italy tour would be complete without a visit to Rome, set between the prosperous north and the rugged, largely agrarian south. The Italian capital's 3,000-year history, reflected in its awe-inspiring ruins and monuments, combines with its irrepressible zest for la dolce vita to ensure that the city ranks well against any on the world stage. Wander past ancient sights astonished by their preserved glory, shop in some of the world’s most stylish streets, throw coins in a fountain, dine wonderfully – and not always expensively – on dishes drawn from throughout the country, and simply sit and watch the Roman world go by.

Southern Italy

Italy’s south begins in Campania, where one of the country’s most enthralling cities – noisy, independent, pizza-loving Naples – and one of its most striking natural sights – brooding, conical Vesuvius – and some of its most alluring coastlines – the stunning bays of Naples and Salerno – draw the eye and flood the senses of delighted visitors. Don’t miss Naples’ verve and vigour, lemon-scented Sorrento’s colourful charms, the dizzying Amalfi Drive, and gorgeous resorts like Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Salerno, all awash with Southern Italian colour and crumbling charm. Offshore, Capri epitomises island idylls and expensive chic – a must-do, must-see bucket-list favourite.

Further south still, in the dusty provinces of Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, another Italy awaits. These regions have been shaped as much by successive invaders as by the hardy inhabitants, and Spanish, Greek and even Arab influences are evident in the towns and cities, culture and cuisine of Italy’s sun-baked foot. Discover Bari’s souks, Alberobello’s iconic, conical trulli, Lecce’s Baroque treasures, the barren beauty of Le Murge's hills and some of the Adriatic’s bluest, most inviting waters on the gorgeous, verdant Gargano peninsula – all part of Puglia’s increasingly popular attraction.  

Completing the mainland south, known as the mezzogiorno – literally midday, but flowing to the region’s sun-filled days – the provinces of Basilicata and Calabria are the country’s least populated and most rugged of all. Here, Matera’s famed Sassi caves, some recently inhabited by some of the country’s poorest souls others much renovated and sought after, draw increasing numbers from across the globe. Calabria, Italy’s toe, faces west to the Tyrrhenian Sea and east towards the Ionian Sea, across which its Greek colonisers once sailed. Largely ignored by all but the most intrepid traveller, places like pretty cliff-top Tropea, on Calabria’s west coast, university seat Cosenza, the wild, protected Sila National Park and the ancient Greek relics at Locri on the Ionian coast, all await discovery and exploration.

 

Our top holidays to Italy

Check out our top holidays and tours to Italy

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Lake Garda

Italy
  • 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 11 Airports
  • 10 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 5 Airports
  • 31 Dates - Aug 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 9 Airports
  • 6 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
Popular
  • 4 Excursions Included, 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 11 Airports
  • 10 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
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Lake Como

Italy
  • 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 5 Airports
  • 5 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 7 Airports
  • 27 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 5 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
Popular No single supplement
  • 5 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 21 Dates - Jun 2024 - Nov 2025
Popular

Classic Sardinia

Italy, France
  • 8 Excursions Included, 8 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 3 Airports
  • 9 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 2 Airports
  • 2 Dates - Aug 2024 - Oct 2024
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 10 Airports
  • 3 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2024
  • 3 Excursions Included, 11 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 22 December 2024
No single supplement
  • 2 Excursions Included, 11 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 22 December 2024
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 3 Airports
  • 10 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2025
Exclusively solos No single supplement
  • 5 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 2 Airports
  • 15 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2025
  • 17 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 4 Airports
  • 3 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2024

Things to see on a tour to Italy

Italy tour highlights

Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Italy

Italy by region

With the sun-drenched, volcanic landscape of the south boasting historic ruins and the lake resorts and wine regions of the north offering miles of sensational scenery to be explored, a holiday in Italy is ideal for travellers seeking more than just relaxation. Where will your Italian journey take you?

Italy FAQs

First trip to Italy? Here are a few questions you might have.

Time Zone
GMT +2
Avg. Flight Time
2.5 hours (Rome)
Visa Required
Not required
Currency
Euro
  • Some of our favourite tours to Italy include:

    Check out our full list of Italy tours on our website.

  • We travel to a wide range of regions in Italy on our tours. Many of our Italy holidays combine different cities, giving you the chance to experience a variety of cuisine, sights and locations. Alternatively, choose one of our best-selling Lake Garda or Lake Como holidays - where you can choose to stay relaxing at the resort or venture to popular cities like Milan or Venice on an optional excursion. We also have popular tours to Sicily - one for solo travellers and another holiday which is part of our escorted tour range. 

  • Yes! All of our Italy tours have a dedicated page on our website which outlines their itinerary and what is included. 

  • Italy is famous for its renaissance art and distinct cuisine. The Mediterranean nation was the birthplace of artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli and is responsible for originating and perfecting foods such as gelato, mozzarella, pizza, risotto, pasta and lasagne. Italy is also known for its iconic landmarks including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Leaning Tower of Pisa.

  • Italy is a fantastic holiday destination year-round. During the warmer months of May to August, temperatures reach 23°C in the north and 26–28°C in the south. This is peak season, so you can expect larger crowds at beaches, restaurants and popular attractions.

    During off-peak, temperatures drop to 6°C in northern areas and 11–14°C in the southern areas. The cities are much quieter during these times.

  • Italians generally speak English in major cities including Rome, Venice and Florence. However, it’s always a nice idea to pick up a few local phrases before you head to Italy. Here are five to get you started:

    Hello - Buongiorno or Ciao

    Goodbye - Arrivederci or Ciao

    Please - Per favore

    Thank you - Grazie

    Do you speak English? - Parla Inglese?

  • Of course! You won't be going hungry in Italy. While the country is famous for its traditional gluten-rich meals like Margherita pizza and gnocchi, these days, you’ll find many Italian restaurants offering gluten-free versions of these dishes. There are also plenty of Italian dishes that don’t include gluten, such as risotto, stracciatella soup, Caprese salad, chickpea flour flatbread, and certain meat and fish dishes.

  • Yes! Many of our tours in Italy include popular excursions in the tour price whilst also offering a range of optional excursions which are mentioned on the tour page of the website. Some of these can be booked online or via our sales team before you travel. 

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