A holiday to Italy guarantees understated gems around every corner, from charming piazzas to hidden gardens. Whether you're into historical architecture and art or walking amongst rolling hills and vineyards, we've got a trip for you.
From colourful hilltop houses in Cinque Terre to rolling Tuscan hills scattered with vineyards, Italy is rich in culture and history. And of course it’s famous for its food and drink – there’s no place for diets with stone-baked pizza, fresh pasta and world-class wines on offer.
Whether you’re walking the Amalfi Coast or exploring Roman ruins in Sicily on our small group tours, our local tour leader will show you the must-sees of Italy, as well as the hidden gems we have uncovered. Discover unique Trulli houses and medieval towns by bike in Puglia or hike the village trails around Lake Garda - with so much variety in one country, which Italy tour will you choose?
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We've got a wide range of small group Italy holidays on offer, from walking the Amalfi coast to cycling in the Dolomites, family activity holidays in Tuscany to tours of the historic sites of Sicily.
Our tours offer a huge range of experiences across Italy, but some of the highlights include:
Head to the sun-drenched coast for quintessential Italian landscapes. Popular with hikers, the scenic 'Path of the Gods' trail hugs the picturesque coastline and rewards walkers with breathtaking views out to sea. Our popular small-group Amalfi Coast walking trip includes the 'Path of the Gods' as well as a ridge walk with views to Mount Vesuvius and a trip to the island of Capri.
Another option to explore the area is to cycle to the Amalfi Coast from Cilento National Park, stopping along the way to explore ancient ruins and try local food. And for less walking and more time exploring the cultural sites our Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast trip includes a guided tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum, a visit to the fascinating cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera and a mouth-watering cheese and wine tasting.
Located in the 'heel' of Italy, Puglia is known for it's whitewashed hill towns and unique trulli houses - dry stone huts with conical roofs. It's also one of the best places to visit for delicious traditional Italian food. No matter whether you choose a cultural, walking or cycling trip in Puglia, food and drink will be a focal point in the itinerary. From pasta-making classes and olive oil tasting to cheese and wine experiences, you're guaranteed not to go hungry!
A Mediterranean island just off the coast of Italy, Sicily is home to captivating Ancient Greek ruins and the mighty Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano. If you're into history spend a week exploring the historic sites, including the impressive Valley of the Temples, on the popular Classical Sicily tour. Or our two-week Ancient Sicily trip covers more of the island including the Neapolis Archaeological Zone.
We also offer an exciting volcanic hiking trip with specialist volcanology guide Luca Cosma. You'll hike around the summit crater of Mount Etna and among lava flows and visit the Aeolian Island of Stromboli to see the volcanic activity at night - a sight you'll surely never forget.
For families, our week-long Family Active Sicily tour includes lots of thrilling activities. Hike on the slopes of Mt Etna, stay in a tree tent, sea kayak, climb, snorkel and learn to prepare pasta and gnocchi - there's so much packed into this week-long trip and it's perfect for teenagers.
Head to central Italy for views of rolling hills packed with vineyards and topped with medieval towns. We offer walking trips in Tuscany where you'll get to hike through this peaceful landscape and enjoy the local wine from the vineyards.
Join our Family Activity Adventure Holiday to enjoy kayaking, trekking, zip-lining, canyoning and more with your kids. Plus you'll get to walk along the stunning Cinque Terre coast with its scenic hilltop trails and charming seaside towns.
The Italian Lakes
Discover the scenic Italian Lakes by foot or by bike. We offer small-group trips like our Lake Como walking trip and Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice tour.
All of our Italy holidays are suitable for solo travellers. Around half of our customers travel solo so you certainly won't be the only person travelling on your own. Our small-group tours offer great opportunities to meet like-minded travellers and share your experiences.
From big wows to hidden gems, our tours leave you feeling that you've really explored.
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