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Italy Escorted Tours 2019/2020

From rolling hills dotted with vineyards and olive groves to fascinating ancient architecture and breathtaking coastal views, Italy has it all.

Italy is one of the most popular countries for Travelsphere travellers, and it’s easy to see why. As specialists in our field we carefully research and plan our tours to Italy which are packed with world-famous landmarks, iconic sights, remarkable landscapes and historical treasures.

Drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit pretty Positano
Explore Calabria, Italy’s hidden south
Travel from top to toe of Italy and see its iconic sights
Check out some of its islands in the sun and discover the secrets of Sicily and deluxe Sardinia
Join one of the biggest opera festivals in Italy at the amphitheatre of Verona
Enjoy the tastes and flavours of Italy, from bolognaise in Bologna to parma ham and parmesan in Parma

Italian adventures

‘Treasures of Italy’ is a 10-day whirlwind of cultural icons, grand palazzos and Roman ruins. As well as exploring the ‘Big Three’ (Venice, Florence and Rome), you’ll marvel at Verona’s amphitheatre, step inside the frescoed Basilica of St Francis in Assisi and stroll around Lucca’s ancient ramparts.

Or you might like ‘Sicily – Jewel of the Mediterranean’, which circles this diverse island. Over 10 days, you’ll see Norman churches and Greek temples, sample Sicilian wines and walk across cooled lava on the slopes of Mount Etna.

For something a little more laid-back, look to our stay and explore holidays. ‘Charm of the Dolomites’ introduces you to quaint mountain towns and delicious regional cuisine, while ‘Scenic Lake Orta’ includes a rail journey to Switzerland, a tour of little-visited Aosta and plenty of free time to relax beside one of the country’s prettiest lakes.

 

Featured Italy Escorted Tours

Venice and the Venetian Lagoon

5 days from £1184

Admire Venice's unique highlights, from St Mark's Cathedral to the Doge's Palace, and venture beyond this iconic floating city to discover a host of lesser-known gems, including historic Padua and the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano.

Treasures of Tuscany

8 days From £749

Amalfi Coast

8 days From £939

Top to Toe of Italy

15 days From £1699


Few other countries can compare with the magic of Italy. Whether you're looking for a two-week holiday, a tour or a short city break, Italy combines a stunning blend of all the very best ingredients to make your break a success. Book now for as little as £599 per person.

The hidden villages of Italy you need to visit

Ancient streets, prestigious wineries and dizzying views; we'll let you in on one of Italy's little secrets. Off the beaten track, a singular 'borgho' is a small and charming village with a captivating history. This is where you can get a taste of the real Italy. We know some wonderful hotels just a drive away, and have created these hot new offers so you can head out and explore one of Italy's hidden gems. Intrigued? Take a look at some of our favourites.

Monte Isola, Lake Iseo

To the west of its illustrious neighbour, Lake Garda, you'll find the smaller Lake Iseo where the island of Monte Isola sits. Think stone houses, olive groves and chestnut woods. For the best lake views, hike to the top of The Sanctuary of Madonna della Ceriola – a monastery at the isle's highest point.

4.5* Lake Garda
Five nights, including breakfast
FROM £749
per person

Around a 90-minute drive from Monte Isola; this refined hotel once hosted Winston Churchill, among other famous guests. Stay in a Classic Balcony Lakeview Room and enjoy a free bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

Furore, Campania

You can reach the fairytale fishing borgho of Furore in just 20 minutes from Amalfi, via the region's winding coastal roads. Hidden in a fjord, this village really stands out with its cliff-clinging houses and ancient staircases that lead to the sea. You can even go diving under its iconic bridge.

5* Amalfi
Five nights, including breakfast
FROM £999
per person

This world-class 13th century hotel is set halfway up a cliff, just 400 metres from the heart of Amalfi. The cliffside infinity pool is mind-blowing and its Japanese-fusion restaurant has unbelievable ocean views.

Castelmola, Sicily

The real pull to the medieval borgho of Castelmola is its intoxicating views – whether that's of Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, or the electric-blue waters of the Ionian coast. For a sweet treat, head down the main street and try a glass of local almond wine.

4* Sicily
Five nights, including breakfast
FROM £899
per person

This affordable heritage hotel overlooks the dramatic Mount Etna and is just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Taormina. It's a fantastic base for a day trip to Castelmola, as the hotel's only around an 18-minute drive away.

Bites and sights

Italy is the kind of place where you can combine cuisine and culture effortlessly.
Finish off a day in Milan with a classic risotto alla Milanese. In Rome, fit in a snack of crispy deep-fried artichokes in between the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Or perhaps share a bottle of Sicilian white after a trip to Monreale’s Norman cathedral.
And, of course, you can’t forget the pasta – it is World Pasta Day, after all. Each region has its own speciality, from Apulian orecchiette (‘little ears’) to Tuscan pici (a bit like thick spaghetti) to trofie up in Liguria (which goes perfectly with the local Genoese pesto).
Not sure which region will tickle your fancy (and your taste buds) the most?

Eat your way around Italy
Here are just a few of our favourite regional specialities…

Arancini
These moreish rice balls hail from Sicily. They’re coated in crispy breadcrumbs and stuffed with all sorts of tasty fillings.

Nduja sausage
This spicy salumi comes courtesy of Calabria, the sun-drenched region that forms the toe of Italy’s boot. Enjoy it on pizza or bruschetta.

Parma ham
Prosciutto di Parma is produced in Emilia-Romagna. It’s salted and cured for at least a year, giving it its distinctive (and delicious) flavour.

Veneto wines
Veneto (home to Venice, Verona and parts of Lake Garda) turns out some of Italy’s finest wines. Our favourites? Easy-to-drink reds from Bardolino and Valpolicella.

Margherita pizza
If you’re ordering pizza in Naples, it has to be a margherita. Invented locally, its toppings (mozzarella, basil and tomato) represent the colours of the Italian flag.

Limoncello
There’s only one way to round of a meal in Sorrento: limoncello. This super-sweet liqueur is made using the area’s supersized lemons.


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