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Italy - Touring Holidays

An escorted tour to Italy is the best way to discover this charming country which is packed with attractions from top to toe. From Venice in the north to the island of Sicily in the south, it is famed for its iconic landmarks, elegant cities, historical treasures and exceptional cuisine.

From Venice to Florence

One of the most famous cities in the world, and a place on every travellers’ wish list, Venice is simply exceptional. Architectural treasures abound in St Mark’s Square, from the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica to the lavish Doge’s Palace, and the sight of the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal is unforgettable.

So many Italian painters and sculptures have made a significant impact to the world of art over the centuries, and there’s nowhere better to view incredible works than in Florence. Masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and Raphael are displayed in this ‘cradle of the Renaissance’. The city’s entire centre is UNESCO-listed, and this is also the perfect place from which to venture into the glorious Tuscan countryside.

Ruins of Pompeii

Then there’s Rome – no visit to Italy is complete without a view of the immense Colosseum, where gladiators, criminals and animals fought to the death to entertain the masses. The Sistine Chapel’s frescoed ceiling and the exquisite Trevi Fountain follow close behind. Another must-visit destination is Naples – a city which gives easy access to the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. Views of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed this once affluent city, are another highlight.

Move closer to Italy’s heel to discover striking views of the glittering Mediterranean from the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast. Hidden gem Calabria offers a backdrop of ancient castles, rugged mountains and secluded beaches, while Puglia is famed for its charismatic Trulli houses topped with conical roofs.

Exceptional cuisine

Across the country a verdant landscape is peppered with medieval hilltop villages, olive and citrus groves. And sun-drenched vineyards yield wines which complement exceptional cuisine from succulent seafood and rich game to sweet tomatoes and nutty olive oil. A holiday to Italy is always a sublime experience and one which also offers a delicious taste of la dolce vita. 

Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.

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Customer Testimonials

Open quoteA wonderful holiday on a beautiful island with friendly people, this was made all the better by having a truly excellent Tour Manager, also a special mention for the first rate coach driver.Close quote
Mr Everton - Lowestoft

Classic Sicily - Sep 2015

Open quoteExcellent tour to get a strong sense of Italy, its people, culture and food... Wonderful tour and excellent manager. Had a great time.Close quote
Mrs Moore - Antrim

Top to toe of Italy - Jun 2015

Open quoteI cannot speak too highly of our Tour Manager. Not only very knowledgeable but so kind and thoughtful and entertaining. A lovely lady. The local guides were also very good. And the food - I must have put on pounds.Close quote
Mrs Burden - Braintree

Pompeii, Paestum & Herculaneum - Oct 2015

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