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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. 

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
Relax and unwind beside the blue waters of Lake Garda - Enjoy an optional Grand Circular Tour of Lake Garda - Enjoy an optional full-day tour of Venice
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  • 8 days from: £529.00pp
  • 14 airports
  • 19 dates available
  • Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
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Sicily
Enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel - Discover Cefalu's old town - Relax on the beach
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  • 8 days from: £629.00pp
  • 4 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Lake Como
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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  • 8 days from: £785.00pp
  • 13 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Venice, Verona & Lake Garda
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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  • 8 days from: £789.00pp
  • 14 airports
  • 19 dates available
  • Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
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Little Trains of the Dolomites
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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  • 8 days from: £810.00pp
  • 13 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Portofino, Florence & Tuscany
Visit Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive corners - Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca - Spend a day in breath-taking Florence
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  • 8 days from: £839.00pp
  • 11 airports
  • 14 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Capri, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
Spend a week in the blissful surroundings of the Neapolitan Riviera - Visit the extraordinary ruins of Roman Pompeii - Discover and explore colourful, historic Naples
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  • 8 days from: £849.00pp
  • 5 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
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Lake Maggiore, Piedmont & the Matterhorn
Tour Lake Maggiore's exquisite Borromean Isles - Cross into Switzerland to stop at the foot of the Matterhorn - Visit Verbania’s stunning Villa Taranto gardens
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  • 8 days from: £855.00pp
  • 13 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Puglia & the South - Undiscovered Italy
Relaxing in a comfortable hotel beside the Adriatic Sea - A visit to the medieval village of Cisternino - Alberobello's traditional, conical trulli houses
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  • 8 days from: £919.00pp
  • 3 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily
Discover Mount Etna, Europe's most celebrated active volcano - Visit Syracuse, one of Sicily’s most important ancient sites - Spend a day exploring the beautiful Aeolian Islands
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  • 8 days from: £999.00pp
  • 3 airports
  • 7 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Sardinia & Corsica
Ancient Alghero and the views across to the Capo Caccia - The hill-top town of Bonifacio, including a train ride - The amazing rock formations of the Calanques de Piana
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  • 8 days from: £1269.00pp
  • 4 airports
  • 14 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Venice Carnival & Verona
Enjoy four nights in beautiful Verona, in an elegant hotel base - Discover the exquisite city of Romeo and Juliet - Journey by train to glorious Venice, La Serenissima, to soak up the atmosphere of Carnevale
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  • 5 days from: £615.00pp
  • 6 airports
  • 2 dates available
  • Feb 2021 - Feb 2022
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Tuscany
The chance to stroll around Montecatini - Excellent shopping and a fine array of restaurants - Enjoy a host of wellness therapies and treatments
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  • 8 days from: £649.00pp
  • 11 airports
  • 14 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Lake Maggiore
Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel - Stroll along the picturesque lake-shore - Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
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  • 8 days from: £685.00pp
  • 12 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Calabria - Italy's Southern Jewel
Seven nights on the shores of the blue Tyrrhenian Sea - Exquisite, cliff-top Tropea, its dazzling beaches and island church - Wander down to the water’s edge in delightful Chianalea di Scilla
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  • 8 days from: £859.00pp
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  • 8 dates available
  • May 2021 - Sep 2021
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Food & Wines of Northern Italy - a Gourmet Tour
Enjoy five nights in elegant Riva del Garda - Cook with a professional chef and enjoy a gourmet dinner with paired wines - Learn the art of tortellini-making
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  • 6 days from: £869.00pp
  • 6 airports
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  • Jun 2021 - Sep 2021
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Ravenna, Umbria & Beautiful Le Marche
History, Culture & Charm - UNESCO-listed Ravenna and its famous mosaics - Tiny San Marino, one of the world’s smallest Republics
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  • 8 days from: £889.00pp
  • 5 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • May 2021 - Sep 2021
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Sicily - Palermo, Agrigento & the Aeolian Islands
Spend seven nights in a wonderful beachside hotel - Explore historic Palermo's Quattro Canti - Visit the volcanic Aeolian Islands
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  • 8 days from: £909.00pp
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  • May 2021 - Oct 2021
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Tuscan Food & Wines - A Gourmet Tour
Learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine from an Italian chef - A guided walking tour around the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence - Tasting regional specialities in Pisa and Lucca on a full-day tour
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  • 6 days from: £949.00pp
  • 5 airports
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  • 13 May 2021
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Undiscovered Southern Sardinia & the Little Green Train
Discover some of Europe’s most stunning beaches - Explore historic island capital, Cagliari, once a Roman stronghold - Riding the Little Green Train through the mountainous interior
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  • 8 days from: £1075.00pp
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  • 7 dates available
  • May 2021 - Sep 2021
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THINGS TO SEE ON A TOUR TO ITALY

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.

FOOD & DRINK IN ITALY

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 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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