"Italy has always been at the centre of European history, from the glories of Ancient Rome to the cultural flowering of the Renaissance, and it’s easy to forget that a unified Italian nation has only existed since the late 19th century."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Italy

Italy has always been at the centre of European history, from the glories of Ancient Rome to the cultural flowering of the Renaissance, and it’s easy to forget that a unified Italian nation has only existed since the late 19th century. The peninsula’s history as a fractious collection of rival city states is reflected in a patchwork of regional dialects and traditions, and there is still a deeply felt divide between the wealthy, urbanised North and the rural South. The sights of Rome alone could take up the entirety of your holiday, and yet Italy’s majestic capital is just one amongst a whole constellation of magnificent cities rich in culture, architecture and history.

Marvel at the Renaissance treasures of Florence, get lost amongst the impossibly romantic canals of Venice, and shop till you drop in Milan’s upscale fashion district. The glittering Amalfi Coast and the pastel-hued villages of the Cinque Terre add a dash of glamour, while the islands of Sardinia and Sicily are an entirely different proposition, each with its own distinct culture and history. When it comes to natural beauty Italy delivers in spades, from the spectacular peaks of the Italian Alps and the stunning Lakes to the fiery volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands. And all of this comes with a side order of the most mouthwatering cuisine on the planet, served up by some of the friendliest and most engaging people you’re ever likely to meet.

 

Touring Highlights of Italy

  • Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, is one of the world’s great capitals. The traffic may be crazy, the Colosseum may be crumbling, but nowhere on earth can match Rome for sheer historical resonance and grandeur.
  • The charms of St Mark’s and the Grand Canal are well known, but the real joy of Venice is getting lost amongst the quiet backstreets of this incomparably romantic city.
  • Milan is Europe’s fashion capital and Italy’s richest city, home to cultural treasures including La Scala opera house, the Pinacoteca di Brera gallery and the striking Duomo cathedral.
  • The Amalfi Coast is not just about glitz and glamour; it’s also within easy reach of Naples and the fascinating ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • The beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Florence spills over with handsome palazzi, medieval churches and museums filled with treasures from the masters of the Renaissance.
  • Sicily is a world apart from mainland Italy, moulded by countless invaders and occupiers over the centuries. Highlights include smouldering Mount Etna, the ancient ruins of Siracusa and Agrigento, and the crumbling streets of gritty Palermo.
  • The Italian Lakes have been attracting discerning holidaymakers for centuries, lured here by the elegant waterfront towns, invigorating spas and beautiful Alpine scenery.
  • The central region of Emilia-Romagna is a real culinary hotspot, the home of Parmesan cheese, Modena’s famous balsamic vinegar and the foodie-friendly town of Bologna.
  • Puglia is the ‘heel’ of Italy, a sun-drenched region where attractions include the unique trullo houses of Alberobello and the beautiful baroque city of Lecce.
  • Most visitors to Sardinia are attracted by the gorgeous white beaches, but it’s also a rugged and largely unspoilt island where you’ll find dense forests, mysterious prehistoric ruins and some of the best food in Italy.

Tour Types in Italy


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7 Nights

Amalfi Coast Walking

A relaxed walking holiday exploring the spectacular Amalfi Coast.

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Starts:Naples Airport
Ends:Naples Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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A Taste of Puglia

Discover the superb cuisine and wines of Puglia and enjoy easy walks with wide panoramas of gently rolling landscapes.

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Starts:Altamura
Ends:Monopoli
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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Highlights of Puglia

This trip offers the perfect balance of culture, food and the Adriatic coastline.

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Starts:Bari
Ends:Lecce
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Hiking in the Dolomites

Based in the town of Dobbiaco we explore the strikingly beautiful rock towers and limestone cliffs of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Starts:Venice Airport
Ends:Venice Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Lake Como Walking

A relaxed walking holiday that is based in the charming town of Gravedona on Lake Como.

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Starts:Milan Malpensa Airport
Ends:Milan Malpensa Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Wine Trails of Classic Tuscany

A walking holiday that takes in the splendours of southern Tuscany.

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Starts:Pisa Airport
Ends:Florence
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Sicilian Volcano Hike with Luca Cosma

Exciting trekking to the summit of three active volcanoes in the company of specialist volcanology guide Luca Cosma.

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Starts:near to Linguaglossa
Ends:Giardini Naxos
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:Moderate to Challenging
Operator:Explore!

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Classical Sicily

See the highlights of Sicily as we travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean.

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Starts:Syracusa
Ends:Giardini Naxos
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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Winter Activities in the Dolomites

Enjoy the stunning snow-covered jagged mountains of the Dolomites with downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and more.

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Starts:Armentarola, San Cassiano
Ends:Armentarola, San Cassiano
Group Size:2- 30
Difficulty:Multi-Level
Operator:Exodus

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7 Nights

Family Tuscan Active Adventure

This energetic family trip explores one of Tuscany's hidden gems, the stunning Garfagnana Valley.

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Starts:Lucca
Ends:Pisa Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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14 Nights

Ancient Sicily

A two-week tour of the islands ancient highlights.

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Starts:Syracusa
Ends:Giardini Naxos
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

A Taste of Emilia Romagna

Discover and enjoy the exceptional food and wine of Emilia Romagna.

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Starts:Bologna airport
Ends:Bologna airport
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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Sicilian Trails

Enjoy a week of walking in a diverse variety of scenic landscapes in the seaside town of Giardini Naxos.

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Starts:Catania airport
Ends:Catania airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Walking in Sardinia

Rugged limestone mountains, deep gorges, Bronze Age villages and idyllic coastal trails are the locations for scenic and exciting hikes on this Sardinian walking holiday.

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Starts: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
Ends: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Walks of the Cinque Terre and Portofino

Walks on Italy's stunning Ligurian riviera and enjoy on this tour.

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Starts:Moneglia
Ends:Moneglia
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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Highlights of the Dolomites

Moderate and challenging walks in the heart of the Western Dolomites

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Starts:Campitello
Ends:Campitello
Group Size:4- 20
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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14 Nights

Malta & Gozo Discovery + Sicily Discovery

Explore some of the most impressive and best preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean on the diverse islands of Malta, Gozo and Sicily.

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Starts:Malta International airport
Ends:Giardini Naxos
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Cycling in the Dolomites

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Dolomites by bike and enjoy on this tour.

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Starts:Dobbiaco
Ends:Dobbiaco
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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7 Nights

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Discover one of the world's most fascinating and romantic destinations

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Starts:Agerola
Ends:Agerola
Group Size:5- 18
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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8 Nights

Treasures of Sicily

Discover Baroque towns and Greek ruins framed by unforgettable scenery .

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Starts:Acireale
Ends:Taormina
Group Size:6- 18
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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