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Holidays to Italy

Holidays to Italy

 

Italian holidays offer such a variety of delights and sensory experiences that it’s no surprise it’s a hugely popular destination for all ages. From the ancient historical monuments and throwbacks to the days of the Roman Empire to the areas of incredible natural beauty and wonder, Italy has all of the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime trip and our Italian tours have been selected to give you a sample of all the best that it has to offer.

Italy travel often means going from the mountains in the north to the hot, arid lands of the South and Sicily, with vast, bustling cities and sleepy small villages to pass through and explore, along with vast, beautiful lakes, pine forests and coastal resorts looking out to the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. With all of this to choose from, the only real difficulty you’ll find with an Italian holiday is deciding what to leave out.

Our Classic Italy tour routes include some of the most famous tourist destinations, as well as some hidden gems that you might otherwise miss out on, and the wide range of sights and scenes offers you the chance to select the kind of holiday that suits you best, as well as giving you so much more you never knew you needed.

Escorted Tours

Our collection of escorted tours in Italy

View from hilltop Ravello | the Bay of Naples | Sorrento holiday
(2268 reviews)
8 days starting from £729pp 
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Ravello | italy | europe | european | escorted tour | Riviera Travel | walk and discover
8 days starting from £1079pp 
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(1824 reviews)
8 days starting from £699pp 
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(1720 reviews)
8 days starting from £799pp 
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(1192 reviews)
8 days starting from £999pp 
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(15 reviews)
8 days starting from £1099pp 
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(1086 reviews)
8 days starting from £919pp 
European Tour
Florence skyline red sky
(818 reviews)
8 days starting from £999pp 
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Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint, Florence
(5 reviews)
8 days starting from £1119pp 
Walk and Discover Tour
Scenic view of Siena town and historical houses
(441 reviews)
8 days starting from £999pp 
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Fountain and Town Hall in Trieste, Italy
6 days starting from £759pp 
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(54 reviews)
8 days starting from £949pp 
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Bonifacio old town on the cliffs Corsica France
(73 reviews)
8 days starting from £979pp 
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Bassano del Grappa bridge over the river before mountains
(95 reviews)
6 days starting from £599pp 
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(1383 reviews)
8 days starting from £974pp 
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(233 reviews)
8 days starting from £979pp 
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(172 reviews)
8 days starting from £1339pp 
European Tour
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
(389 reviews)
5 days starting from £629pp 
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(560 reviews)
5 days starting from £649pp 
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Banzano | Italy | Riviera Travel | walk and discover | escorted tour | europe | european
8 days starting from £1339pp 
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Exclusive Departures for Solo Travellers

Our collection of solo tours and cruises in Italy

Bay of Naples
6 days starting from £1159pp 
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Verona
7 days starting from £1299pp 
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Mantova, Italy
6 days starting from £979pp 
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Colourful old town of Menton
8 days starting from £1229pp 
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Sunlight peeking through the Colosseum in Rome
(43 reviews)
8 days starting from £1119pp 
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View of the Matterhorn.
8 days starting from £1469pp 
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Lake Garda
(26 reviews)
8 days starting from £1269pp 
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Ragusa Ilba Old Town
(18 reviews)
8 days starting from £1399pp 
Solo Traveller

Cruises

Our collection of cruises in Italy

Limone sul Garda
14 days starting from £2999pp 
Brand New Ocean Cruise
(36 reviews)
13 days starting from £3399pp 
Tall Ship Cruise


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The 15 Best Places to Visit in Italy

There are so many beautiful places in Italy to visit. From captivating cities and scenic coasts to iconic landmarks and historic sites, there’s plenty to see and do on Italian city breaks and Italian tours. And no wonder – Italy is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites alongside China and offers an incredible array of places to visit and explore. But where should you go first?

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Tour Manager Christine on Italy

 

 

 

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Places to visit in Italy

 

Classic Italy 

Whether it’s your first trip to Italy or you’re a regular visitor, when it comes to seeing the classic sights and attractions, it doesn’t really matter. The art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food and wine that are a part of Italy’s national identity never grow old and that makes our Classical Italy Tour an enduring favourite. It includes everything you could want to see, from the stunning art and architecture of Florence to the magical atmosphere of Rome, meaning you can see some of the attractions of the most famous Italian city breaks all in one tour without ever feeling like you’ve had to rush through them all.

Lake Garda 

One of the most popular Italy holiday destinations, Lake Garda’s clean mountain air and outstanding beauty has had tourists from all over the world visiting since the 19th Century and our Lake Garda, Venice & Verona for Solo Travellers gives you the chance to find out what the fuss is all about. There’s lots of quaint and lovely villages along the shoreline of the lake to pass through and explore, including Limone and Sirmione, home to some thermal springs that the Romans used to enjoy. This tour also throws in the Dolomites and city breaks in Venice and Verona, if Lake Garda on its own wasn’t reason enough for you to visit Italy.

 

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Things to do in Italy

 

Explore Sicily 

When it comes to finding things to do in Italy that have that authentic feel, Sicily is one of the most unspoilt areas of the country and our Sicily tour captures all of its wonders. From Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe to the medieval and Baroque architecture of Palermo and Monreale Cathedral, you’ll take a real journey back in time to even as far back as the Greek Empire at Siracusa. Across the eight days you’ll spend there, you’ll have the time to see everything Sicily has to offer at the leisurely pace that comes naturally there. 

Tour Bologna

The gastronomic capital of Italy, there’s a lot more to Bologna than spaghetti Bolognese, and you’ll get to sample it all on our Bologna, Parma & Ravenna tour. Of all of its tourist attractions Italy may be best loved for its food and there’s plenty of opportunity to sample local produce here, while enjoying the rest of what the city has to offer, which includes the oldest university in Europe, the Ferrari museum (if you have a need for speed) and even a couple of leaning towers. Also on the tour, you get to explore both Parma and Ravenna, adding lots more beautiful architecture and delicious local foods to try. 

 

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Food and drink in Italy

 

Famous foods

Everyone likes Italian food and you can find it in restaurants around the world, but it never tastes quite as good as when you have the real thing in Italy. From pizzas and pasta dishes to gelato (ice cream), you can find authentic and delicious food on every street in every city and town in the country, no matter where you are. Then there’s the regional delicacies, with every part of Italy having its own gastronomic treasures for you to discover.

Wines

While best known for its food, Italy is also the world’s biggest producer of wines - you need something to drink with all that fine dining after all. It’s home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and vineyards dot the landscape almost anywhere you go, giving you the opportunity to learn more about them and sample the wares to work out what should accompany your next feast. 
 


Lemons at a Sorrento market
Lemons at a Sorrento market
 

Bowl of Italian pasta with sardines
Pasta with sardines
 

 

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