Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.
Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agriturismo.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Our Italy specialists have put together a number of varied tour ideas to inspire your travels in this culture-rich land. Whether you wish to discover artistic masterpieces in the churches and galleries of Florence, uncover Rome’s iconic sites, relax on the Amalfi Coast, or learn to cook traditional Italian pasta in Tuscany, their first-hand experience will set you on the right track.
These itineraries are simply a starting point: your route will be tailored to your own interests. Our specialists’ in-depth knowledge will enable you to discover the hidden side of Italy as well as the key highlights.
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Our recommended tours in Italy
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Cycle through the vineyards and hill towns of Chianti on a guided E-bike tour.
Learn how to make cheese on a visit to a local pecorino producer’s farm.
Sample Tuscan wines and cuisine at a Michelin starred restaurant in a 12th century abbey complex.
Stay in a medieval borgo located close to the Umbrian capital of Perugia.
Visit the city of Assisi, where St Francis and the Franciscan order were born.
See impressively preserved Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale.
Explore the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Juno as you tour the UNESCO-protected Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
Tour the island of Ortigia in Syracuse and sample food from its covered market over a leisurely lunch.
Summit Mount Etna and follow this with a tasting of wines produced at vineyards on the volcano’s slopes.
Stay overnight in a working farmhouse surrounded by olive groves.
Cycle around the Baroque town of Lecce and taste some local olive oil.
Explore the cave town of Matera, and enjoy some local food tasting.
Visit the town of Alberobello, renowned for its conical trulli houses.
Admire the scenic seaside town of Otranto.
- Set directly on a sandy white beach on the south coast of Sardinia.
- Spacious swimming pool surrounded by leafy palm trees.
- Just ten minutes' drive to the town of Villasimius.
- Sea views out to the blue waters of the Mediterranean throughout the hotel.
- Access to a private white sand beach on a quiet stretch of the Costa Smeralda.
- A variety of spacious villa options with private pools perfect for families.
- Refreshing salt water swimming pool with sea views.
- Wide range of activities including tennis, water sports, fitness and more.
- Dine at a beach-front barbecue restaurant under a shady pergola overlooking the sea.
- Eight different pools offer a variety of vistas, thermal waters and Jacuzzis.
- La Veranda Restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean flavours and tables overlooking the ocean.
- The hotel offers full day boat tours to nearby islands such as Capri and Ischia.
- The resort stands 108 metres above sea level with gorgeous views over the Bay of Naples.
- Historical 15th century watch tower restored to a serene modern hotel.
- A huge outdoor salt water pool is the main feature at Masseria San Domenico.
- The spa offers thalassotherapy, to unlock the health benefits of seawater.
- The hotel offers an extensive programme of sporting activities from aqua gym to cycling and yoga.
- The historical restaurant building dates back to the 18th century and serves freshly caught fish.
- Situated on a historic olive grove with olives still farmed today.
- It has access to two private beach clubs with excellent lounge facilities and restaurants.
- Organic produce grown on site is served in all of the hotel's four restaurants.
- The property offers tours to local villages of Ostuni and Locorotondo in vintage cars.
- The hotel's sommelier, Paolo, will take guests through the range of Italian wines in a private tasting.
- Due Camini restaurant offers traditional Apulian dishes with a fine dining flair.
- Located in the rolling hills of the Itria Valley, Borgo Egnazia feels like a traditional Puglian village.
- Guests can access the hotel's two private beaches during their stay.
- Play a round of golf at the scenic San Domenico Golf Course.
- The magnificent luxury villas offer the ultimate escape with private swimming pools.
- Traditional Puglian style, surrounded by ancient olive groves.
- Guests have access to an exclusive nine hole golf course.
- Stunning rooftop bar with views out to the blue waters of the Adriatic.
- Private beach club available only to guests is a prime spot for relaxation.
- Central Fasano town can be reached in just ten minutes by car.
Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.
Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a food tour of Venetian wine bars called bacari.
Tour Naples Archaeological Museum with a private guide and see original objects from Pompeii.
Visit the Vatican Museums with your private guide and see the Sistine Chapel at its least crowded.
Uncover the secrets of the Colosseum and Roman Forum on a private tour.
Marvel at the majesty of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and St Peter's Basilica.
Visit Siena and San Gimignano and have lunch in a local Tuscan farmhouse.
Visit Michelangelo's iconic 'David' and explore the opulent Pitti Palace in Florence.
Taste rich Chianti wines on visits to two traditional Tuscany vineyards.
Uncover the charming cobbled streets of Lucca on a private walking tour.
Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside.
Admire the most famous works of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Enjoy the freedom of self-driving throughout the trip.
Spend the day aboard a private boat cruising the stunning scenery of La Maddalena archipelago.
Spend time with local shepherds learning about traditional farming practices and Sardinian cheesemaking techniques.
Explore the enigmatic Bronze Age structures of the Nuragic cultures of Sardinia on an archaeology tour.
Enjoy time at leisure to relax at the beach in your hotel which offers direct access to a sandy beach.
Take in the historical sights of Verona with your walking guide.
Sample delicious Italian wine at a family-run winery.
Relax on the shores of Lake Garda.
Visit the impressive Vittoriale degli Italiani.
Hike among the Dolomites in Val di Genova, known as the ‘waterfalls valley’.
Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.
Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum.
Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a private guide.
Experience Baroque art through Caravaggio's most famous works in the Borghese Gallery and Santa Maria del Popolo Church.
Travel Venice's Grand Canal in style by arriving at your hotel via a private boat.
France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle if required.
Sample Swiss wines in the vineyards of the Lavaux region.
View the Matterhorn from the Alpine resort of Zermatt.
Relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
Drive through Alpine landscapes.
Cruise Lake Como in style by private boat past dramatic scenery.
Explore the magnificent gardens of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore.
Lose yourself in the winding medieval streets of Verona.
Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper in Milan.
Amalfi Coast Region
Sample Naples' traditional street food and explore the historic heart of the city.
Climb Mount Vesuvius with a private guide and peer in the volcano's cavernous crater.
Learn to cook like a local at a private cooking class in a traditional family home.
Tour the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum for a glimpse into the ancient past.
Relax on the chic island of Capri and soak up the luxurious atmosphere.
Explore the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
Enjoy the comfort and convenience of high-speed rail travel to and from the UK and throughout the trip.
Explore the charming, historic town of Basel on a privately guided walking tour.
Sample Lugano’s wine and cuisine by taking a private food and wine tour of this lakeside city.
See the elaborate Italian gardens and villas for which the Italian lakes are renowned.
Learn to make pasta from scratch with a local chef in Florence.
Create your own Venetian mask with a master mask maker in Venice.
Cruise on the back of a vintage Vespa to discover the secrets of Rome.
Uncover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Visit the Sistine Chapel on a private tour of the Vatican.
See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence.
France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
Take advantage of train travel to sit back and enjoy the journey.
See Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper on a tour of Milan.
Sample traditional local dishes on a culinary walking tour of Turin.
Meet local producers in Piedmont and visit their farms and wineries.
Explore Italian gardens and villas on Lake Maggiore's Borromean Islands.
Dine like a Venetian visiting hidden bacaros (wine bars) with a local guide.
Experience a classical opera performance at Verona's historic Roman Arena.
Cruise Venice's canals on a private panoramic boat tour.
Visit the magnificent gardens of Lake Maggiore's Borromean Islands by private boat.
Explore the tranquil shores of Lake Orta and picturesque Isola San Giulio.
Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Tuscany.
Cycle around the historic streets of Florence on a private bike tour.
Hike the picturesque trails of the Cinque Terre.
Visit Michelangelo’s 'David' in the Accademia in Florence and tour the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery.
Uncover the delights of Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
Amalfi Coast Region, Tuscany and Italian Lakes
Kayak the caves and secluded beaches from Sorrento.
Hike the famous Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast.
Tour Lake Como by private boat and visit the beautiful Villa Balbianello.
Stroll through the picturesque medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano.
France and Italy
Travel by high-speed rail across the continent and between destinations.
Wander around an expansive antiques market in Paris.
Join a local cooking school for a day of preparing local Mediterranean dishes.
Tour the cliff-hugging villages of the Cinque Terre.
Italy and England
Spend the night onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Visit local Venetian haunts on an evening tour of traditional wine bars.
Venture off the main island and visit the islands of Murano and Burano by private boat.
Go behind the scenes at the Doge’s Palace to see hidden rooms and corridors.
France and Italy
Journey across Europe to Italy by train.
Spend the night onboard the iconic Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on the return journey.
Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned Last Supper in Milan.
Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a tour of Venetian wine bars called bacaros.
Pedal around Verona on a guided cycling food tour.
Spend the evening visiting Parisian highlights on your own.
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