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 agritourismo.
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
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Italy, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marvel at Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper in Milan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summit Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna, and enjoy lunch and wine tasting on its slopes.
Hike the Path of the Gods for a new perspective of the Amalfi Coast.
Take a cooking class at a local family home and gain an introduction into Sicilian cuisine.
Explore the light-filled grottoes of Capri on a private boat.
Visit the remarkable city of Pompeii, simultaneously destroyed and preserved by Mount Vesuvius’ 79 AD eruption.
Uncover the secrets of the Doge's Palace on a private tour in Venice.
Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Florence.
Go truffle hunting in the Tuscan countryside with a guide and his truffle dog.
Discover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Take a guided Vespa tour around Rome and enjoy some spectacular views of the city.
See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence and visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Sample local wines on a visits to Barolo and Barbaresco wine producers.
Meet a local hazelnut producer, cheesemaker and visit a family run winery in Piedmont.
Taste products of local producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar.
Take a walking food tour around Rome’s Campo de' Fiori and Jewish ghetto.
Explore the vineyards of Tuscany on a private wine tasting tour with your own driver.
Enjoy private cooking classes with expert local chefs both in Tuscany and Sorrento.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Sorrentine local life and cheese farming by e-bike.
Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his truffle dog.
Learn how Italy’s famous limoncello is made on a sampling tour.
Watch the sunset over the water from a private catamaran in Santorini.
Experience sweeping views of the Amalfi Coast while hiking the Path of the Gods.
Sample local wines with views over Santorini’s caldera.
Explore the best of Roman culinary traditions on a food-based walking tour of Rome.
Visit Italy's ancient sites from the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the ruins of Pompeii.
Learn about the Renaissance as you explore Florence.
Attend Gladiator School in Rome and learn the skills to fight like a gladiator.
Learn to make pasta from scratch in a medieval Tuscan monastery.
Catch your own dinner from a traditional fishing boat in Sorrento.
Explore the island of Capri on a private boat tour from your hotel on the Amalfi Coast.
Enjoy a private cooking class in Florence.
Discover the hidden secrets of Rome on a Vespa tour of the city.
Relax in the heart of the romantic Tuscan countryside.
Experience the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican on privately guided tours.
Hike the Zingaro Nature Reserve, one of Sicily’s most picturesque sections of coastline.
Enjoy a street-food tour through the bustling streets of Palermo and wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Visit key filming location from The Godfather, nestled among Sicily’s rugged hillsides.
Visit Sicily’s most important classical sites from the temples at Segesta and Agrigento, to the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.
Explore the glittering gold mosaics of the Norman cathedrals at Monreale and Cefalù.
Learn to make Italian cuisine with a professional chef during a private cooking class in Florence.
Cruise the waters of the Amalfi Coast on a private boat tour to the glamorous island of Capri.
Explore Venice on a private panoramic boat tour.
Watch traditional glass blowing on the historic island of Murano.
Visit the picturesque towns of Siena and San Gimignano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Visit the Sistine Chapel and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Take in the dramatic scenery of Lake Como by private boat.
Enjoy the wines of Chianti on a day of wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside.
Explore hidden corners of the Doge’s Palace on a private tour in Venice.
Relax on a private boat on a day exploring the island of Capri..
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