Experience the best of Italy without feeling rushed. Enjoy the perfect mix of first-class train rides and private car rides, while our dedicated expert tour guides tailor your experience to be everything you’ve always dreamed of. This is THE TOUR.
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Experience the best of Italy without feeling rushed with a perfect mix of transportation – from train rides to private cars and drivers. Learn from our expert and local private guides who will lead you through archaeological sites, small towns and cities of art. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Assisi, I Sassi di Matera, Alberobello, Venice and its Lagoon. Relax and savour the Italian dolce vita by letting us worry about reservations and scheduling.
- Tour Category: Small Group Tour
- Duration: 21 Days, 20 Nights
- Max. No. of Participants: 12
- Tour pick up location: Rome airport
- Tour drop off location: Pisa airport
- Departure Dates:
April 26 – May 16, 2020
August 30 – September 19, 2020
Monthly departures available. Please contact us for alternate dates.
The price indicated is for the itinerary as shown. We can further customize this tour just for you: any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
All prices are in US dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplement: $950.
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ARRIVAL IN ROME AIRPORTArrival at Rome airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will discover the magnificentcenter of the Eternal city on an amazing 3 hour walking tour. Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. The Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which houses masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
ROMEBreakfast at your hotel. Today is a full day dedicated to the discovery of Rome with an expert guide and entrance / visit to at least 3 of the main attractions / sights (to be defined based on availability). Afternoon: Time to explore Rome on your own: enjoy a walk through small streets, watch locals interact, visit one of the hundred churches (you can literally find one at every corner!).
FROM ROME TO FLORENCEBreakfast at your hotel. In the morning you will transfer to Florence. Afternoon: In the afternoon you will meet with an expert guide and spend 3 hours discovering and learning about the magnificent center of the City, cradle of the Renaissance. Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
FLORENCEBreakfast at your hotel. Today is a full day dedicated to the discovery of Florence with an expert guide and entrance to at least 3 of the main museums: Galleria dell'Accademia, Uffizi Gallery; Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace Afternoon: Time to explore Florence on your own! The Galleria dell’Accademia – or Accademia Gallery – in Florence, Italy, is without a doubt most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His Prisoners (or Slaves), his St. Matthew and, above all, the magnificent statue of David within the Tribune are what first draw most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the museum welcomes every year. The main halls at the Accademia also offers visitors works by great Italian artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Allessando Allori and Orcagna, to name just a few of the painters.
FROM FLORENCE TO VENICEBreakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Venice. Afternoon: In the afternoon you will meet with an expert guide and spend 3 hours discovering and learning about the magnificent the lagoon city. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
VENICEBreakfast at your hotel. Today is a full day dedicated to the discovery of Venice with an expert guide and entrance / visit to at least 3 of the main attractions / sights. Afternoon at leisure (possibility to take a boat trip to visit the islands and see the famous production of artistic glass – at an extra cost)
VENICE TO CINQUE TERREBreakfast at your hotel. Departure for the amazing Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas. UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1997. Afternoon: arrival at the hotel in Riomaggiore. In Riomaggiore begins the famous Via dell'Amore, a path carved into the rock that leads to Manarola. The path is really wonderful: you will walk in close contact with nature and you will be able to distinctly hear the sound of the waves that hit the rocks.
CINQUE TERREBreakfast at your hotel. Morning: Visit of the Cinque Terre by boat with an expert local guide. Afternoon: Time to explore Cinque Terre on your own!
CINQUE TERRE TO NAPLESDeparture to Naples. Stop on the Lazio coast for lunch. Arrival in Naples in the late afternoon. Blessed with rich volcanic soils, a bountiful sea, and countless generations of culinary know-how, the Naples region is one of Italy's epicurean heavyweights. It's here that you'll find the country's best pizza, pasta and espresso, its most appetising street markets, not to mention some of its most celebrated dishes. From garlicky spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) to sultry ragù (meat and tomato sauce) and silky parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana), the food on these streets is all about intensity and pleasure. After all, life is too short for diets, so follow the locals' lead and succumb to your gluttonous whims.
NAPLESBreakfast at your hotel Enjoy a full day with an expert local guide to discover this beautiful city. We will visit via dei presepi, Angioino male, Umberto 1 gallery, San Carlo Theater, Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal palace, Naples underground, veiled christ.
ISLAND OF CAPRIBreakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a full day in Capri that you will reach by boat. Lunch is included. Capri's fabled beauty and refined hedonism has charmed them all, from Roman rulers and Russian revolutionaries to Hollywood legends. It’s the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal, a fusion of glittering grottoes and coves, Roman ruins and chichi piazzas. Already inhabited in the Palaeolithic period, the island was briefly occupied by the Greeks before Emperor Augustus made it his private playground and Tiberius retired here in AD 27. Its modern incarnation as a tourist centre dates from the early 20th century.
POMPEIIBreakfast at your hotel. Check out and depart for Pompei for a visit of the archeological grounds. Pompeii is a vast archaeological site located south of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Near the coast of the Bay of Naples, the well-preserved site features excavated ruins that visitors can freely explore.
NAPLES TO MATERABreakfast at your hotel. Departure for Matera & arrive in time for the lunch at the hotel. Afternoon: Half day guided tour of Matera with local expert.
SASSI DE MATERABreakfast at your hotel. Full day to yourself to explore the famous Sassi of Matera. Fodor’s described Matera as the only place in the world where people lived in the same houses as their ancestors did some 9000 years ago. This is truly a city lost in time. The homes are known as Sassi, or houses of stone and were excavated by hand into the side of the gorge, one built one on top of the other and connected by an elaborate system of staircases and alleyways. From a distance, it looks like a beehive of caves! Keeping in mind that Matera is a very dry place, the ancient inhabitants had a sophisticated water capture system whereby rain water was funneled into homes and main cisterns. It was true community living, people were self-sufficient, and their animals lived in the sassi with them to help generate heat a well as protect them. It was explained the sad history of this city as the government condemned it in 1952 and evacuated all the inhabitants due to sanitation and health reasons. As a result the city became a ghost town and was left to ruin.
ALBEROBELLOBreakfast at your hotel. Departure for Alberobello. Enjoy a lunch in a Trulli and afternoon dedicated to the free visit of the city. Alberobello, the hotbed of the Trulli. Trulli can only be described as magical fairy tale-like structures with stone walls and conical rooves. Declared a UNESCO site in 1996, Trulli can be found elsewhere in Puglia but Alberobello boasts the largest concentration of them with some 400 within its confines. Upon arrival you may think you are on the set of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves! These crazy structures were initially built to be temporary as they were homes built on feudal land. Any home on feudal land was subject to taxation so when the inhabitants caught wind that an inspector was on the way, they were able to quickly deconstruct the Trulli into a pile of rubble as they were built drywall style (without mortar). Some Trulli date back as far as 1350, however most were built in the 15th century.
ASSISIBreakfast at your hotel. Depart for Assisi with a stop in the area of Pescara (Time permitting).
DISCOVER ASSISIBreakfast at your hotel. Full day guided tour of the town of Assisi. As if cupped in celestial hands, with the plains spreading picturesquely below and Monte Subasio rearing steep and wooded above, the mere sight of Assisi in the rosy glow of dusk is enough to send pilgrims' souls spiraling to heaven. It is at this hour, when the pitter-patter of day tripper footsteps have faded and the town is shrouded in saintly silence, that the true spirit of St Francis of Assisi, born here in 1181, can be felt most keenly. Though certainly at its heart a religious destination, Assisi's striking beauty and pristinely preserved medieval centro storico and UNESCO-listed Franciscan structures are a fabled haven that will compel and electrify visitors of any nature.
PERUGIABreakfast at your hotel. Depart for Perugia, the famous city of chocolate. Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the River Tiber runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria's petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centro storico (historic centre) rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi (mansions). History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel. Back in the 21st century, Perugia is a party-loving, pleasure-seeking university city, with students pepping up the nightlife and filling cafe terraces. The hopping summer event line-up includes one of Europe's best jazz festivals.
PISABreakfast at the hotel. Depart for Pisa with a stop in the famous gold-city of Arezzo. Time at leisure in the town, followed by a departure for Pisa. Afternoon at your leisure.
DISCOVER PISABreakfast at the hotel. Full day guided tour of the city of Pisa. Pisa is a city in Italy's Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistery, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily, and the Caposanto Monumentale cemetery.
DEPARTURE DAYBreakfast at the hotel. Departure to the airport (Pisa).
INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
Hand-picked select 4-star hotels located in the historical city centres of Rome, Florence and Venice.
All breakfasts. Start your day with delicious hot and cold buffets featuring both international and traditional Italian items.
30 meals – including all breakfasts and a mix of lunches/dinners
1 tour leader with board and lodging as the group.
Baggage service on arrival and departure in the hotels
Plenty of leisure time at each destination.
All private car transfers from/to airports, train stations, and hotels with a professional local driver.
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
Air fare, gratuities, hotel city taxes, any item or service of personal nature, as well as travel, cancellation and medical insurance.
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