Home to the Vatican and the former Roman Empire, the city of Rome is the site of thousands of years of world-shaping history. But even centuries after the empire’s collapse, the city continues to be an international centre of culture, art, and religion. Tourists can visit Vatican City for its spiritual significance or purely for the beauty of its medieval and renaissance architecture. Either at you’re their own pace or by one of the many tour groups available, visitors can experience the wonder of ancient Rome, as much of the city’s historical development has been preserved and is open to the public. But as the capital city of Italy, Rome also features many modern shopping and fashion outlets. Regardless of what draws tourists to this beautiful city, it’s guaranteed to leave them with a lasting impression.
Tuscany Gourmet & Cinque Terre
FLORENCE , MONTECATINI, SAN GIMIGNANO,
SIENA, LUCCA, PISA , CINQUE TERRE
Slow food certified Guaranteed tour
7 DAYS • 6 NIGHTS
FROM $2599 per person
Guaranteed departures May 20th, June 10th, Sept. 5th, Oct. 7th, 2019
• 6 nights in charming 4* hotels with buffet breakfast
• 4 meals based on traditional regional dishes ( Slow Food welcome dinner, one lunch after the cooking lesson, one lunch with cooking show , one farewell dinner)
• 3 tastings of a selection of wines and/or typical products from the Tuscany region
• 1 Cooking lesson • Half day guided visit of Florence (no entrance fees included)
• Transportation by motor coaches
• Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour
Rome & Sorrento Escape
Experience the sights and bites of delicious Rome, Sorrento, and more with an off-season escape to Italy—without the higher prices and crowds of the busy season.
Begin in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and see the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Visit Capua’s Amphitheater and hear of Spartacus’ gladiator training here. In lovely Sorrento, see St. Antonino’s church, named for the city’s patron saint, and enjoy a free day to relax in this beautiful setting. En route back to Rome, explore legendary Pompeii—the excavated Roman city that was destroyed in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and preserved by ash. Conclude your Italian escape in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
8 days – Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2020 $1519 Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 2020 $1319
COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY (SUMMER 2019)
Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
Vatican City: Gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel before venturing inside St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, and the splendid dome.
14 days – Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
April 27 $5075 May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 15 Sept 28, Oct 5, 12 $5125
July 27, Sept 21 $5225 Aug 25 $5150 Sept 7, 14 $5250
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
Isle of Capri: Wander through the narrow streets led by your Local Expert and see all the boutiques as you enjoy captivating sea views.
Isle of Capri: In unique style, ascend by open-top taxi and return to the port by funicular.
Matera: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
Matera: With your Local Expert explore this town that Mel Gibson chose as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’
Alberobello: With your Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
Maratea: Wander through the rugged streets with your Travel Director to see why this peaceful little coastal town has been named the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea.
Straits of Messina: Cross to Sicily by ferry.
Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
Palermo: With a local historian, see the Teatro Massimo en route to Quattro Canti Square to glimpse the Fountain of Shame.
Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Scenic Drives: Admire the beauty of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri cornich.