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Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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.

  • Pool, Hotel Cala Caterina

    Hotel Cala Caterina break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,035pp

  • Hotel Romazzino, a Luxury Collection Hotel

    Hotel Romazzino break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,180pp

  • San Montano Resort & Spa, Ischia

    San Montano Resort & Spa break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,650pp

  • Masseria San Domenico

    Masseria San Domenico break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,680pp

  • Masseria Torre Coccaro , Fasano

    Masseria Torre Coccaro break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,780pp

  • Borgo Egnazia, Fasano

    Borgo Egnazia break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £1,995pp

  • Masseria Torre Maizza, Fasano

    Masseria Torre Maizza break

    Italy
    • 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.

    5 days from £2,220pp

  • St Peters Statue at the Vatican, Rome

    Italy Beyond the Summer

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    9 days from £3,155pp

  • Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore, Florence

    Florence & Rome explored

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    8 days from £3,205pp

  • Aerial view over Siena, Tuscany

    Tuscan towns & countryside

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    7 days from £3,230pp

  • Cala Corsara, La Maddalena islands

    Sardinia in-depth

    Italy
    • 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.

    9 days from £3,600pp

  • View of Cinque Torri from path, Dolomites

    Lakes & mountains of Italy

    Italian Lakes
    • 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’.

    10 days from £3,675pp

  • St Mark's Square, Venice

    Italy's art cities: Venice, Florence & Rome

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    10 days from £3,705pp

  • The Matterhorn, Zermatt

    Self-drive tour: France, Switzerland & Italy

    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.

    11 days from £3,720pp

  • Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

    North Italy & the Lakes

    Italian Lakes
    • 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.

    8 days from £3,790pp

  • Positano, Amalfi Coast

    Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast tour

    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.

    8 days from £4,310pp

  • Basel old town, the Rhine and Munster cathedral

    Switzerland & Italy by rail

    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.

    9 days from £4,350pp

  • Pasta making

    Classic Italian family adventure: Venice, Florence & Rome

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    10 days from £4,555pp

  • Trieso, Langhe

    Northern Italy by Rail

    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.

    10 days from £4,620pp

  • Borromean Islands, Lake Maggiore

    Venice & the Lakes

    Italian Lakes
    • 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.

    9 days from £4,625pp

  • Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

    Florence, Tuscany & the Cinque Terre

    Tuscany
    • 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.

    10 days from £4,790pp

  • Spring in Tuscany

    Italy Outdoors

    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.

    10 days from £4,825pp

  • Boats in the Harbor, Riviera

    French & Italian Rivieras by rail

    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.

    10 days from £5,140pp

  • Bridge of Sighs, Venice

    Venice & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    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.

    6 days from £5,415pp

  • Mountain scenery, Venice Simplon Orient-Express

    Italy by train: Milan, Verona, Venice & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    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.

    9 days from £5,745pp

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