Italy Travel Experiences | Beyond the Guidebook

Italy is full of amazing experiences but if you can't decide on the best things to see and do in the country - why not take five minutes and get the inside scoop from three members of the Travelsphere team.

Hidden Surprises

Any grand tour of Italy will yield unforgettable highlights – St Mark’s Square in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the myriad treasures of Rome, for example. But you can bolster these impressive sights with the beauty of the Amalfi coast and a visit to glamorous Capri, or view the spectacular sight of shimmering marble being quarried in Carrara, while in Lucca, you’ll find the famous Volto Santo sculpture of Christ.

Classic Italy is encapsulated in the Cinque Terre area – five villages which perch on cliffs high above the Mediterranean. Explore the ‘Gulf of Poets’ – once popular with Byron and Shelley – with a visit to the village of Portovenere, or stroll through designer boutiques in chic Portofino. Then there’s Genoa, with its twisting, narrow streets and a fascinating maritime history.

Uncover Sicily’s Secrets

Unforgettable Sicily is packed with ancient marvels and gastronomic delights. Be sure to visit the Greek

theatre at Syracuse archaeological park, and call in at Modica to try its famous chocolate. Fans of Inspector Montalbano will want to visit Puntasecca, the fictional ‘Marinella’ in the TV series. A visit to the Museum of Mozia is a must, where you can marvel at the marble statue known as the Young Man of Mozia. A tour of the little-visited towns of Segesta and Erice will yield an ancient amphitheatre and a magnificent castle respectively, while back in Modica, Gagliardi’s masterpiece Church of San Giorgio awaits.

Extraordinary Floating City

Cruise the Venetian lagoon and you’ll uncover cultural highlights such as the island of Murano, famous for its glassmaking, and Burano island, where intricate lace is produced. Visit the charming coastal city of Chioggia, then journey inland to Padua, famous for the pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Tuscany’s Gems

Tuscany is a must for any Italophile – and what better place to begin than in Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci? Learn about his fascinating life at the town’s museum. Try Brunello di Montalcino wine in Montalcino and marvel at the perfectly-preserved medieval town centre in Siena. Greve is the gateway to the famous Chianti wine region, while the beautiful hilltop town of San Gimignano is renowned for its many towers. See Volterra’s craftsmen at work making gold jewellery at the Etruscan Museum, before turning your attention to Florence, with its magnificent Duomo cathedral.

 

Feeling inspired? Why not take a learn more about our guided holidays to Italy

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  1. Grand Tour of Italy

    Explore Italy from top to toe on an incredible journey that takes in the iconic cities of Venice, Florence and Rome and discovers the wonders of Pompeii, Sicily and more.

    • Return flights
    • 14 nights in 4-star hotels
    • 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners

    15 days from
    £2,574
    was £2,849
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  2. The Italian Riviera, Portofino & the Cinque Terre

    Revel in the glamour and scenic highlights of the Italian Riviera as you explore by road, rail and boat.

    • Return flights
    • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
    • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink

    8 days from
    £1,524
    was £1,699
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  3. The Best of Sicily

    Brooding Mount Etna forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries as you revel in Greek and Roman history and uncover medieval treasures.

    • Return flights
    • 7 nights half-board in 4-star hotels
    • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners

    8 days from
    £1,574
    was £1,649
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  4. The Best of Sicily with Aeolian Islands Add-on

    Brooding Mount Etna forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries as you revel in Roman history in Sicily followed by a relaxing four days on the UNESCO-protected Aeolian island of Lipari.

    • Return flights
    • 12 nights in 4-star hotels
    • 20 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink

    13 days from
    £2,523
    was £2,648
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  5. Secret Lakes of Italy

    Discover the scenic beauty of northern Italy’s secret lakes, where tranquil waters, unspoiled nature and delicious cuisine await.

    • Return flights
    • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels
    • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

    8 days from
    £1,274
    was £1,349
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