Best of Italy

Best of Italy

Start: Rome Finish: Rome

Visiting: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Baveno, Milan, Como, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano


Duration: 12 Nights

Tour code: SITBOFN17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

Discover the Best of Italy, from the ancient treasures of Rome to Renaissance Florence and everything in between. Imagine staying overnight in a renovated Franciscan monastery in Assisi and lapping up chic Capri, as well as a private guided visit to Pompeii to see a Roman city frozen in time.

Highlights

  • iconVisit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a glassblowing factory in Venice, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • iconDive into Culture Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the spiral staircase designed by architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)
  • iconDiscover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • iconVIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • iconConnect with Locals Join Signor Telli for a Be My Guest dinner at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island. (Day 9)
  • iconExplore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • iconView Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Duomo in Florence
  • iconScenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • iconSee the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • iconStays with Stories Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in Santa Maria deli Angeli. (Day 5)

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Cicerone/Una

Meals: Welcome Reception

Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Our introduction to the 'Eternal City' is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await tomorrow.

icon Day 2: Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast

The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. Dive Into Culture and admire the Bramante staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

icon Day 3: Explore the Ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento

Location: Pompeii, Sorrento

Accommodation: Johanna Park/La Residenza

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop town of Sorrento where we'll dine tonight.

icon Day 4: A Day on the Isle of Capri

Location: Capri

Meals: Breakfast

We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

icon Day 5: Onwards to Assisi

Location: Assisi

Accommodation: Cenacolo

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio. We arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist for a visit of the Basilica of St. Francis before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

icon Day 6: Discover Verona and Venice

Location: Venice, Verona

Accommodation: Biasutti/Viktoria Palace Lido

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

We journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic', where we'll enjoy a Regional Dinner.

icon Day 7: St. Mark's and More in Venice

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. Dive Into Culture and watch talented craftsmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace to St. Mark's Square where we will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats.

icon Day 8: On to Milan and Scenic Lake Maggiore

Location: Baveno, Milan

Accommodation: Simplon/Grand Dino

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive at Lake Maggiore where we'll enjoy dinner served tonight at our hotel.

icon Day 9: Stroll around Lake Como

Location: Baveno, Como

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. We'll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring Como's historical quarter, indulge in the area's delicious gelato, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where we'll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience. Join Signor Telli for colourful stories of pirates and princes and a delicious local fare in this family run restaurant.

icon Day 10: Admire Pisa and on to Florence

Location: Florence, Pisa

Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo

Meals: Breakfast

Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'.

icon Day 11: Experience Art and Architecture in Florence

Location: Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Delve into the extravagant history of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence and almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.

icon Day 12: Treasures of San Gimignano and Return to Rome

Location: Rome, San Gimignano

Accommodation: Barceló Aran Mantegna

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, where one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and the town's 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

icon Day 13: Farewell Rome

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast

Our discovery of the best of Italy has come to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    12 breakfasts

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    Return ferry to the Isle of Capri

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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