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
There are so many reasons to make you smile on a holiday to Italy. From discovering the lesser known 'secret' lakes in the north, to exploring the charming towns and villages in the south and let's not forget the scenery the incredible rolling Tuscan hills have to offer. Rest assured, when you book with Travelsphere, we'll not only take the hassle out of organising your holiday but we'll take you to see the incredible iconic sights and a few hidden gems too.
Italy Escorted Tours
Discover what’s made Puglia one of Italy’s rising stars as we explore hilltop cities, gleaming whitewashed towns and countryside dotted with trulli houses.
8 days from £1,449pp
Relax in the lovely lakeside town of Sirmione, and enjoy guided tours of Venice, Verona and the Dolomites.
8 days from £1,249pp
Discover this lesser-visited southern region, with its sandy beaches, mountainous landscape and fiery cuisine.
9 days from £1,629pp
Explore Greek temples, a Roman villa and a Norman cathedral, and sample wine produced on the slopes of Mount Etna.
10 days from £1,699pp
Journey from Venice to Sicily, stopping off at Florence, Rome, Sorrento and more along the way on the ultimate tour of Italy's favourites.
15 days from £2,499pp
Uncover this island’s highlights and hidden gems, from white-sand beaches to Iberian baroque architecture.
11 days from £1,849pp
Unwind on the shores of this picturesque lake, plus spend a day up in the spectacular Swiss mountains.
8 days from £1,349pp
The scenery is the star of this northern Italy holiday, as you discover Lake Garda, the Dolomites and much more.
8 days from £965
Discover Verona's highlights, including Juliet's Balcony and the historic Roman Arena. You'll return to this grand setting for a night at the opera - a truly memorable evening.
5 days from £629
On this fabulous holiday you'll stay in the village of Minori and spend a week exploring the delights of the Amalfi Coast. Discover picturesque towns and admire picture-postcard scenery.
8 days From £649
From its rugged coastline to its historic towns, Elba is a true delight. Enjoy an island tour that takes you to the colourful harbour and white-sand bay of Marina di Campo.
8 days from £689
Soak up the stunning scenery at six 'secret' beauty spots in northern Italy. You'll also have the chance to sample the wonderful wines and delicious cuisine of each region you visit.
8 days from £799
On this delightful journey, discover evocative landscapes sweeping down to pretty seaside towns, Roman villas overloaded with art treasures and Mount Etna, Europe's most imposing volcano.
8 days from £859
With its mild climate and scenic highlights, the Italian Riviera is the perfect destination for a festive getaway. Your hotel in Alassio has its own private beach, and you'll celebrate Christmas in style.
6 days from £889
Relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Maggiore, flower-filled islands and charming Lake Como.
8 days from £999
Cascading down a steep hillside overlooking the Bay of Naples and mighty Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is the gateway to the delights of the Amalfi Coast. Away from the bustling warren of twisting narrow streets that make up Sorrento’s picturesque old town, we’ll take to the sparkling waters to explore the fabled towns along the iconic Amalfi coast, including Positano and Amalfi. You’ll also have the chance to roam the lemon-tree clad hills and visit the limestone island of Capri.
8 days from £1,299pp
The Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius offer stunning backdrops as you explore a trio of exceptional archaeological sites. From your base in the pretty town of Vico Equense, you'll begin your discoveries in Pozzuoli. At its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre you can follow in the footsteps of the gladiators who would do bloody battle here.
8 days from £1,369
Northern Italy is renowned for its many historic and artistic treasures, which you will uncover on this enlightening holiday. From your base in the resort of Lido degli Estensi, explore Bologna with its beautiful medieval centre and enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed town of Ferrara. You'll also visit Dozza, said to be one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy.
8 days from £1,029
Marvel at ancient walled cities, picturesque hilltop towns and savour the flavours of Italy on this cultural Tuscany tour.
7 NIGHTS | TOUR from £1,995pp
Uncover the traditions, landscapes and cuisine of Tuscany on this wonderful 8-day tour, which is based in the peaceful spa town of Montecatini Terme.
8 days from £749
These two spectacular regions abound with unique sights including traditional Trulli houses and Sassi cave dwellings.
8 days from £959
Join the jet set on this idyllic Mediterranean island, where millionaires' yachts are the norm.
8 days from £1,029
Delve deep into Sicily's history and culinary traditions as this tour reveals the island's hidden side.
8 days from £1,049
Revel in the glamour and scenic highlights of the Italian Riviera as you explore by road, rail and boat. You'll visit Carrara, famed for its beautiful marble, discover the enchanting villages of the Cinque Terre and sail to the exclusive resort of Portofino.
8 days from £1,269
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.
5 days from £1184
Visit the three Borromean Islands, see the beautiful Renaissance city of Turin, explore the alpine village of Macugnaga, journey into Switzerland on the scenic Centovalli narrow-gauge railway and more.
From £749pp | 8 days
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.
So many people fall instantly in love with Italy when they visit. Whether it's the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the incredible Tuscan scenery or the mouth-watering local food, there are so many reasons why Italy makes us smile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
These moreish rice balls hail from Sicily. They’re coated in crispy breadcrumbs and stuffed with all sorts of tasty fillings.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
‘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.
City of canals
Venice. Venezia. La Serenissima. It’s a city unlike any other.
Built over a marshy lagoon, its streets are criss-crossed by canals. The biggest - the aptly named Grand Canal - snakes through the heart of the city, with Venice’s grandest palazzos lining its banks.
Seeing the city from the water (on a gondola, traghetto, water bus or water taxi) is a must. But exploring on foot reveals Venice’s secret sights. Delve into the maze of backstreets and discover hidden churches, serene squares and tucked-away bacari (wine bars).
Finish up at St Mark’s Square, where you’ll find the glorious Basilica di San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and some of the most elegant cafes in the city (with prices to match!).
A phenomenal country that boasts everything from amazing cities and delicious food, to rolling countryside and glorious sandy beaches - Italy truly has it all. What's more with our smaller groups* you're guaranteed to be at the heart of incredible experiences everywhere you go – visit Matera and its ‘Sassi’ houses or make your own bread at an Italian farmhouse.
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