Italy Escorted Tours

From gladiatorial amphitheatres to gargantuan lakes, serene landscapes to cosmopolitan cities. Italy is the epitome of la dolce vita, and you can experience a slice of this endless pleasure and luxury on one of our escorted tours of Italy.

Visitors have been flocking to this picturesque country for centuries and our Italy guided tours are the perfect way for you to explore this vibrant slice of Europe. From its Renaissance and Baroque architecture to delicious cuisine and fine wine, from cultural cities to sun-kissed coastlines, Italy has something for everyone – and we have a guided tour of Italy to suit all tastes too.

Where do escorted tours of Italy go?

This warm and welcoming country is a treasure trove for travellers, revealing gems in every port, town and city. From historic rolling vineyards to characterful coastlines, there is an array of charming sights to discover during our escorted tours to Italy.

The lakes hold a great deal of allure – attracting and inspiring poets, painters and botanists for many centuries. Explore pastel pink and yellow houses set against a backdrop of the Alps during our magical Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes tour. If you’re looking to discover the lakes in greater depth then you should consider our Grand Hotel on Lake Como tour. With cruises along the deep waters, you can explore the region by boat, bus, and train. And our Secret Lake Como takes you to the lesser-known ‘three corners’, where dramatic snow-capped mountains provide the backdrop to Roman settlements, and ancient olive groves.

Italy’s cities offer a vibrant character that is truly unique. During our Italy tours to Venice & the Ducal Cities, you can do so much – float down the canals in Venice, meander narrow cobbled streets in Vicenza, as well as discover the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony in Verona. Our Venice from the Water cruise meanders through the labyrinth-like lagoon on board the MS Michelangelo.

Our escorted touring holidays to Italy feature the preserved towns of Pompeii and its neighbour Herculaneum, as well as the stunning and untamed landscape of Sardinia. Furthermore, you’ll find elegant spa towns, rolling green hills and secret streets filled with history on our Trulli and Sassi tour. For some old-world glamour, our Amalfi, Pompeii & Sorrento escape provides the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern life, whilst Secret Naples and Ravello showcases Italy’s most beautiful coastline. 

Spend a few days enjoying a Roman holiday with guided tours to Italy’s capital with our In the Company of Angels tour. Our expert guides will reveal the tops sites of the Vatican and the eternal city as each morning you’re invited to a private half-day walking tour.

For art connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, Treasures of Florence provides the perfect getaway, with priority entrances to great Florentine collections and palaces included, whilst our guided tours to Italy’s Sicily allow you to soak up the fusion of Arabic and European cultures. You can even follow in the footsteps of the famous TV detective Inspector Montalbano on our Secret Sicily escape.

When to book your escorted touring holidays to Italy

Italy has a Mediterranean climate, which varies greatly across the country. The south usually has hot, sun-drenched summers, while northern areas experience slightly milder temperatures. The best time of year to visit the country really depends on which of our escorted tours to Italy you choose.

Between April and June, you can witness the spectacular bloom of the gardens and olive groves surrounding the northern lakes. Pleasant temperatures in the mid-20s mean you can explore the beautiful villages, mountains, and water in comfort.

If you’re planning on embarking on one of our Italy guided tours to the Amalfi coast, the summer months are the best time to visit. Warm weather, long sun-filled days and luscious green vegetation make for a wonderful experience.

Or, if you’d like to meander around the cobbled streets of Italy’s cities, they can be enjoyed all year round. Spring and summer months are perfect for those seeking warm sunshine, and the autumn months are ideal for travellers who prefer cooler temperatures as they explore.

No matter when you choose to visit, our guided tours to Italy have been created by our experts to ensure you have a comfortable holiday. By travelling in a small group, you can experience the true character of each destination in a relaxed and informal manner. Browse our Italy guided tours below to start your journey to the holiday of a lifetime.

Why go on escorted tours to Italy with Jules Verne?

Here at Jules Verne we have over 40 years of experience in creating some of the most awe-inspiring holidays. And we guarantee when you choose one of our guided tours of Italy, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Whether you’re looking to travel solo, as a couple, or with a group of friends, our escorted tours to Italy will open your eyes to the wonderous architecture, cuisine, and culture this beautiful country has to offer.

Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today and embark on your next holiday with Jules Verne.

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Weather & Climate in Italy

The weather in Italy varies considerably from north to south. Summer lingers longer in city centres. In the south, summers are far hotter and drier and temperatures more akin to those in North Africa prevail, often reaching above 30°C. 

When to go to Italy

Around the northern Italian lakes a mild microclimate prevails, benefiting the olive groves and tropical gardens that surround the lake, most of which come into spectacular bloom between April and June. Depending on your Italy holidays, tour and and trip plans, there are a number of ways to make the most of the gentler Italian climate.

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