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Escorted touring 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.

Discover the stunning lakes and mountains of Northern Italy, in Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and the Veneto, where the elegant resorts, sumptuous villas and fragrant gardens that fringe the shores of Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore provide the framework for a memorable Italy tour, especially when combined with a tour of great Italian cities like Milan, Turin, Verona and Venice, the last justifiably among the world’s most popular wish-list destinations. There is simply so much to see in this gorgeous country, that an Italy multi centre holiday might just be what you need.

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.

 

Lake Garda
  • 4.13 (1769 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 7 meals included
  • Relax and unwind beside the blue waters of Lake Garda
  • Enjoy an optional Grand Circular Tour of Lake Garda
  • Partake in an optional full-day tour of Venice
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £477pp
  • Was: £530pp
  • 15 airports
  • 26 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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Venice, Verona & Lake Garda
  • 4.34 (1056 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 4 excursions included
  • 7 meals included
  • Enjoy a full-day visit to incomparable Venice, La Serenissima
  • Explore Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s exquisite city
  • Journey through the dramatic Dolomites
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £711pp
  • Was: £789pp
  • 15 airports
  • 26 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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  • 7 meals included
  • See the splendours of Lake Iseo and set off on a boat ride during an optional excursion
  • Discover the shoreside sights of Lake Como on an optional excursion
  • Venture on an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Bergamo
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £720pp
  • Was: £800pp
  • 5 airports
  • 2 dates available
  • Sep 2022
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Lake Como
  • 3.7 (10 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 14 meals included
  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Enjoy peaceful lake-shore strolls
  • Choose from six pre-bookable optional excursions
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £815pp
  • Was: £905pp
  • 5 airports
  • 18 dates available
  • Oct 2022 - Oct 2023
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The Italian Dolomites
  • 3.82 (90 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
  • Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £855pp
  • Was: £949pp
  • 9 airports
  • 18 dates available
  • May 2023 - Oct 2023
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Capri, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
  • 4.01 (930 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend a week in the blissful surroundings of the Neapolitan Riviera
  • Embrace time to meander around delightful Sorento
  • Visit the extraordinary ruins of Roman Pompeii
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £877pp
  • Was: £1096pp
  • 7 airports
  • 28 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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Portofino, Florence & Tuscany
  • 3.92 (798 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Visit Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive corners
  • Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca
  • Spend a day in breathtaking Florence
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £878pp
  • Was: £975pp
  • 11 airports
  • 21 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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Little Trains of the Dolomites
  • 3.82 (90 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
  • Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £909pp
  • Was: £1010pp
  • 11 airports
  • 4 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Sep 2022
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Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
  • 3.73 (227 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover Bellagio, "Italy's most beautiful town"
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como
  • Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £954pp
  • Was: £1060pp
  • 5 airports
  • 19 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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Puglia & the South - Undiscovered Italy
  • 4.19 (243 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend seven nights beside the brilliant blue Adriatic Sea
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Matera's Sassi cave-dwellings
  • Witness hilltop Ostuni’s white walls gleaming in the Italian sun
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  • 8 days from: £965pp
  • Was: £1135pp
  • 2 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Oct 2022 - Oct 2023
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Classic Sicily, Etna & Taormina
  • 3.73 (470 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 5 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Visit Monreale’s Benedictine monastery
  • Experience a walking tour of Sicily’s capital Palermo
  • Explore medieval Piazza Armerina and Casale’s Roman villa
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  • 8 days from: £1059pp
  • Was: £1245pp
  • 5 airports
  • 11 dates available
  • Oct 2022 - Oct 2023
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Lake Maggiore, Piedmont & the Matterhorn
  • 3.92 (21 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Tour Lake Maggiore's exquisite Borromean Isles
  • Have the chance to visit beautiful Lake Como
  • Embrace the delights of Belgirate or Stresa
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1122pp
  • Was: £1246pp
  • 5 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 28 September 2022
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Sardinia & Corsica
  • 3.22 (204 reviews)
  • Italy, France
  • 5 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend time in the Costa Smeralda - a glitzy playground for the wealthy since the 1960s
  • Enjoy ancient Alghero and the views across to the Capo Caccia
  • Explore the hill-top town of Bonifacio, including a train ride
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  • 8 days from: £1182pp
  • Was: £1575pp
  • 4 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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Italian Dolomites Christmas Markets
  • 4.15 (117 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 2 excursions included
  • 8 meals included
  • Spend a wonderful few days in the Dolomites
  • Included visits to Bolzano and Trento Christmas markets
  • Welcome drink at the hotel on the first night
    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £626pp
  • Was: £695pp
  • 5 airports
  • 3 dates available
  • Nov 2022 - Dec 2022
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Tuscany
  • 3.97 (198 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 14 meals included
  • The chance to stroll around Montecatini
  • Take advantage of excellent shopping, a fine array of restaurants and a host of wellness therapies and treatments
  • Ride one of the world's oldest funicular railways up to Montecatini Alto
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  • 8 days from: £734pp
  • Was: £815pp
  • 9 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover the exquisite, cliff-top Tropea, its dazzling beaches and island church
  • Wander down to the water’s edge in delightful Chianalea di Scilla
  • Explore pretty, fortified Gerace and Locri’s ancient ruins
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £876pp
  • Was: £1095pp
  • 1 airport
  • 2 dates available
  • Sep 2022
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Christmas in Verona & Lake Garda
  • 4.32 (93 reviews)
  • Italy
  • Embark on a guided tour of Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s exquisite city
  • Soak up the scenery on a cruise and tour of Lake Garda and its surroundings
  • Journey on an optional train ride to enchanting Venice
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £887pp
  • Was: £985pp
  • 4 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2022
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Lake Maggiore
  • 4 (19 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 7 meals included
  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Stroll along the picturesque lake-shore
  • Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £969pp
  • Was: £1076pp
  • 4 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 28 September 2022
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New Year on Lake Como
  • 3.93 (7 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 18 meals included
  • Enjoy the New Year magic of Italy's romantic lake
  • Cross Lake Como by boat to discover idyllic Bellagio
  • Como Town's Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 7 days from: £1035pp
  • Was: £1149pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 27 December 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 11 meals included
  • Spend a wonderful Christmas in the Italian Dolomites
  • Included excursion to Trento and Riva del Garda
  • Christmas Eve visit to Merano and Bolzano, followed by a special dinner at the hotel
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £1085pp
  • Was: £1205pp
  • 2 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2022
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New Year in Verona & Lake Garda
  • 4.32 (93 reviews)
  • Italy
  • Set off on a guided tour of Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s exquisite city
  • Enjoy a cruise and exploration of Lake Garda and its surroundings
  • Travel on an optional train ride to enchanting Venice
    • Flights Included
  • 7 days from: £1220pp
  • Was: £1355pp
  • 5 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 27 December 2022
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Things to see on a tour to 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 tour highlights

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

Things to do in Italy

As with so many countries, seeing everything that Italy has to offer could take months, or even years. Even getting around some of the major sites of interest can be quite a job; taking in Rome’s ancient streets, the lakes of the north, Capri and Milan alone could take the better part of a week or two. And so, we’ve narrowed down the must-see, must-do things for your Italian holiday.

Italy food & drink

There is probably no better way to understand modern-day Italy than through its food. Food and a pride in the nation's favourite dishes is nothing less than a source of national unity.

Each region in Italy produces and protects its share of the world’s favourite dishes and some of its most revered produce, which means that a trip through the country is a culinary event unlike any other.

Popular local dishes include pizza and pasta. While in Lake Garda, try yota – a stew made with beans, ham and garlic – or "pike and polenta". Pike is one of the species fished straight from the lake and is delicious served traditionally with a Gardesana sauce and creamy polenta.

Don’t forget to round off your meal with an ice-cream from one of the many gelatarie – we recommend stracciatella – milk-based ice-cream with fine, irregular shavings of chocolate.

Italy tours for solo travellers

Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.

Italy FAQs

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

  • Some of our favourite tours to Italy include:

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

  • 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.

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