Given Italy’s history, world-class art collection and extraordinary architecture, culture is a major feature of any trip here. But for dedicated culture enthusiasts, here are five of our favourite cultural tours in Italy.
1. Highlights of Puglia
The ‘heel of Italy’, Puglia is characterised by its rolling farmland and olive groves, the whitewashed trulli of Alberobello and some of Italy’s most delicious food and drink. Referred to as the ‘Florence of the south’, Lecce is known for its beautiful baroque architecture, including the magnificent cathedral square. On this trip, you’ll also cross into Basilicata and walk the winding streets of Matera’s UNESCO-listed sassi.
2. Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast
Wander the narrow characterful streets of Naples and explore Napoli Sotterranea where, 40 metres below the city’s historic centre, lies a network of fascinating underground passageways. Visit the ruins of ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii, and discover the breathtaking Walk of the Gods and glamorous Positano.
3. Cycle Tuscany – Pisa to Florence
Get on your bike and discover Tuscany’s varied cultural highlights on two wheels. Follow the Serchio River from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the charming walled town of Lucca before travelling to the Renaissance city of Florence. Enjoy easy to moderate cycling through classic Tuscan countryside of vineyards and peaceful olive groves, and visit Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace.
4. Classical Sicily
Discover the cultural highlights of the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily. You’ll explore the world’s largest archaeological site at Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples; stroll through the walled, medieval hilltop town of Erice and see some of the world’s best-preserved mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale. All washed down with exceptional local food and wine.
5. Cycle via Francigena to Rome - Self-guided
Take to two wheels and follow the historic pilgrimage route between Siena and Rome under your own steam. This self-guided trip takes you through traditional Tuscan landscapes of ancient fortresses and pretty historic towns. Spend a day exploring historic Siena, including its beautiful Duomo.
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