Activity holidays – a different way to see Italy
From the exciting romance of Venice to the beautiful hills of Tuscany, the country is brimming with attractions and activities. Take a look at this list of different activity holidays on offer:
Walking in the Dolomites
The beautiful limestone peaks of the Dolomites dotted with hamlets and churches are really best enjoyed on foot. You can enjoy seven, ten and fourteen night breaks in the very heart of the Dolomites on various daily guided walks that are both easy and hard.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and this activity holiday is a wonderfully different way to see Italy. The capital of Palermo can get extremely busy. So, if you are a newcomer, why not take an escorted coach tour. You can enjoy a comprehensive 10-day tour that covers the main highlights such as the Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina, and beautiful Norman buldings such as Monreale cathedral, and Etna.
Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour
This activity holiday is another different way to see Italy and to really appreciate the amazing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, you really need an expert guide. On a Pompeii, Herculaneum tour, all the guides specialise in Roman archaeology or ancient history and many have actually excavated at Pompeii. As well as enjoying a full day in Pompeii, the seven-night holiday takes you to less-known places such as the Piscina Mirabilis.
Undiscovered Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche
Why not take a trip exploring different areas, towns and sights. There are so many hidden corners in Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche, such as Arezzo, Urbino, Gubbio and Pienza. Trips are on a daily basis from Assisi, and a local art professional will host the seven-night tour.
Piedmont and Parma Food Adventure
This fabulous eight-day Piedmont and Parma Food Adventure gives you insights in to the gastronomy of two regions that you would not see if you were travelling independently. In Piedmont, you will join the famous truffle hunt with foragers and their dogs through hazelnut and chestnut forests, and have a cookery lesson and dinner in a family-run winery.
Italian Lakes and Gardens
Set against the snow-capped Alps is this seven night holiday to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and the amazing Borromean Islands. The itinerary also includes visits to the stunning gardens (not open to the public) and the well-known British garden designer Andy Sturgeon will provide information on two of the days.
Italy by Train
Probably the best activity holiday and an exciting way to see Italy is by taking a look at the various holidays offered that only stick to train travel. You can take a 14-day tour of Italy whereby a high-speed rail service will swish you off from London via Paris to Milan, then on to Rome, Florence, Venice, Turin and back to London again. From Florence there is a day excursion train taking you to Pisa and Lucca. Almost all the train travel is in first class, with guided tours are included in all the cities.
The Grand Italian Tour
This is a 17-day fabulous Italian Experience tour which visits the famous three cities of Florence, Venice and Rome. However, the tour also covers – Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Verona, Milan, the Lakes, Liguria, Siena and much more. There is time for a meal at a traditional farmhouse in Puglia, and tours of the Missionary Ethnological Museum (after hours).