Escape the hordes descending on the tourist hotspots and head to the secret gems of Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche on this seven-night escorted tour, accompanied by a private art collector.

Staying in the beautiful hill town of Assisi, enjoy daily guided excursions with highlights such as Assisi’s Basilica of St. Francis, the magnificent 13th century bridge aqueduct in Spoleto, Marmore Waterfall (the highest in Europe), the Byzantine mosaiced churches of Ravenna, a city tour of Orvieto, and more.

Secret Italy costs from £1,495 pp (two sharing), including flights (Stansted), transfers, B&B, three dinners, excursions, guide and local representatives. Departs 26 June.

Call Jules Verne on 020 3553 3722 (