Best of Italy - Leisure Holidays

Best of Italy Italy

From RM57,571 / per person for 12 nights
The best of Italy's cities, lakes and coastlines are uncovered during this Country Explorer trip.

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Summary

Add a dash of 'issimo' to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavours that have inspired its residents to coin the phrase: "First we eat, then we do everything else..." Your Italian discovery made ever more delectable amidst the lemon scents of Sorrento, Renaissance romance in Florence and imposing Rome.


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Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own way to hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Hotel Una/ Victoria

Day 3 & 4: Hotel La Residenza/ Johanna Park

Day 5: Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Grand Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

Day 8 & 9: Hotel Simplon

Day 10 & 11: Hotel Grand Mediterraneo / Adler Cavalieri

Day 12: Hotel Sheraton Parco de' Medici

Day 13: Depart Rome 

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
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 you. (WR)


Day 2: Rome Sightseeing
The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the fascinating Vatican Museums. Witness first-hand the masterpieces of Bramante and Michelangelo in a Cultural Insight, admiring the smooth, step-less staircase created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel Experience and the marble masterpiece of Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica. We venture across the Tiber and into Ancient Rome to visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city streets of Rome on your terms. Indulge in an espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona, clamber up the Spanish Steps, or wander through the colourful food market of Campo de' Fiori soaking up the enthusiasm of its lively vendors.(BB)


Day 3: Rome - Cassino - Pompeii - Sorrento (2 Nights)
Today we pay tribute to the brave souls of the World War II Italian Campaign whose last resting place is the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino. We view the Benedictine Abbey, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading 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 Vesuvius in AD 79 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 village of Sorrento where we will dine tonight. (BB,DW)


Day 4: Isle of Capri Excursion
We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri where we will 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 on your own terms. Later, we return to the mainland and enjoy a Cultural Insight into the intricate art of inlaid woodwork for which Sorrento is famous. (BB)


Day 5: Sorrento - Assisi
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 on a walking tour along the cobblestone streets towards the Basilica of St. Francis, which we will have a unique opportunity to visit before spending the rest of the day exploring the town on our own terms. See the remnants of Roman heritage at the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the Lion Fountain in the central piazza. Shop on Corza Mazzini or admire the beautiful façade of San Rufino Cathedral before dining at your hotel this evening. (BB,DW)


Day 6: Assisi - Verona - Venice (2 Nights)
Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture and delicious flavours of Emiglia Romagna - indulging every sense on this journey through its glorious region that yields the much-loved Italian ingredients of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. The story of star-crossed lovers is celebrated during our stop in the exquisite city of Verona, where we will admire Juliet's Balcony, and the Roman arena, before arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic. (BB,DW)


Day 7: Venice Orientation
Wind your way through Venice by private launch along the city's charming canals to soak up the unique sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. We venture to the island of Giudecca where talented tradesmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions in a Cultural Insight, before meandering through the domain of St. Mark to view the impressive square and Basilica that still bear his name. Our journey through Venice takes us past the opulent Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, before an afternoon at leisure to wander across the ornate bridges that connect this island city. See the colourful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or perhaps stumble across a cosy bacaro for some tasty Venetian treats. (BB)


Day 8: Venice - Milan - Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)
Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria, before we dinner served tonight at our hotel. (BB,DW)


Day 9: Lake Como Excursion
The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today, with free time to enjoy the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery that has enchanted visitors for millennia. Spend the day exploring the picturesque little towns, indulge in the delicious gelato of the area or take the funiculare for spectacular views of the late. This evening we venture by private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner experience. (BB, BG)


Day 10: lake Maggiore - Pisa - Florence (2 Nights)
The charm of Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past Genoa 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, where you will have an evening at leisure to indulge in the extraordinary tastes of Tuscany. (BB)


Day 11: Florence Sightseeing
Delve into the extravagant legacy of the Medici and the glory of a city whose exquisite art and architecture is 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 the beautiful skyline of Florence and the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo, perhaps stopping for a taste of the rich hot chocolate for which the city is so famous. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through the picture-perfect streets of this Renaissance capital, viewing its masterpieces or shopping for high-quality leather and gold. (BB)


Day 12: Florence - San Gimignano - Rome
This morning we visit the charming Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano, within whose colourful city walls are extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by thousand-year-old towers and ramble along the town's 13th century city walls. We head back to Rome this evening for a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director. (BB,FD)


Day 13: Depart Rome
Our discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

19 Meals as per itinerary - 12 buffet breakfast & 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

Local Specialist

Local Specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Connect with Locals

Join Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre Island. (Day 9)

Stay with Stories

Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli. (Day 5)

Dive into Culture

Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the spirit staircase designed by architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 2)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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