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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

10 days, 9 nights

November 2024 to March 2025

US$ 2850.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)

Be My Guest

  • Florence: The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the cellars, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting.

Iconic Experience

  • Vatican: Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.
  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
  • Venice: An introductory orientation of Venice reveals the famed canals and labrinthine streets of this eminent city.
  • Bologna: Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of Bologna. See the medieval squares and red-bricked façades of this historic city.
  • Florence: Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square.
  • Capri: Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Venice: Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. This experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Rome, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Capri and Pompeii
  • : Discover Venice, Sorrento and the Isle of Capri on a one-day excursion, admiring the views over the Bays of Naples and Mount Vesuvius
  • : Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Vatican Museums and a Venetian glassblowing workshop in Venice
  • : View the kissing towers of Bologna, the Duomo in Florence and Monte Cassino
  • : Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri

Whats Included

  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Rome

Your launch pad to an epic Italian tour begins in the Eternal City of Rome. Tread in the footsteps of gods and goddesses, emperors and gladiators as you explore its ancient streets before joining your Travel Director for dinner.


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Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Dinner
Rome

Day 2: Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Unlock local secrets on a tour of the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel before visiting St. Peter's Basilica to see his sorrowful Pietà. Later, cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome and enjoy a guided in depth walking experience around the walls of the Colosseum, before seeing Circus Maximus; once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome on your own or relax in one of the city's piazzas watching the world go by.


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Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Breakfast
Rome, Vatican, Rome

Day 3: Rome to Venice

Pass the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto as you cross the steep Appenine Mountains. Enjoy a refreshing lunch stop before arriving in Venice. Here in the Queen of the Adriatic, enjoy a three-course dinner of pasta followed by main course and decadent dessert.


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Principe
Breakfast, Dinner
Rome, Venice

Day 4: Venice Orientation and Free Time

The culture of Venice springs to life as you watch the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing at a glassblowing workshop on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Take a private cruise to St. Mark's Square, sharing the city's waterways with ferries, gondolas and yachts. Be dazzled by the Byzantine Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doges' Palace before spending the rest of the afternoon on your own exploring the labyrinthine calli or enjoying a refreshing spritz.


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Principe
Breakfast
Venice

Day 5: Journey to Bologna and Florence

The northern Italian city of Bologna’s vibrant, red-tiled houses and the combination of medieval and Renaissance structures take center stage today as your Local Specialist calls out the key features. Tonight, opt for a one-of-a-kind experience in the picturesque Tuscan Hills to dine on delicious food and wine.


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Grand Mediterraneo
Breakfast
Venice, Bologna, Florence

Day 6: Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

Birthplace of the Renaissance, world-class museums and Tuscan cuisine. Florence brings one remarkable sight after the next. Join a Local Specialist ticking off the must-sees of this epic city. See the multi-colored Duomo with its impressive dome engineered by Brunelleschi and the Baptistery’s gilded doors. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore a city that inspired artists, poets and painters to create masterpieces. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, enjoy spectacular views from Piazza Michelangelo or marvel at the Medici legacy at the Palazzo Vecchio. This evening, you'll visit a 12th-century castle for a Be My Guest experience.


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Grand Mediterraneo
Breakfast, Dinner
Florence

Day 7: Journey to the Bay of Naples and Sorrento

Travel through the Campanian plains to the Bay of Naples which lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Your home for the next two nights - and introduction to the Amalfi Coast - is the clifftop town of Sorrento. Admire the pastel rainbow of colorful houses stacked upon one another. Perhaps take a stroll overlooking the warm Mediterranean waters before dinner at your hotel.


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Johanna Park
Breakfast, Dinner
Florence, Sorrento

Day 8: Isle of Capri Excursion and Free Time

This chic island playground is packed with sights you'll discover with a Local Specialist. Even better, you’ll arrive by a scenic ferry ride across the Bay of Naples. Consider an optional experience to Anacapri’s Villa San Michele for beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This villa showcases the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe’s life story and the creation of the villa in The Story of San Michele. View his collection of Roman artifacts and stroll through the stunning garden, recently honored as Italy’s most beautiful private park. Admire Barbarossa Mountain and postcard-worthy views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.


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Johanna Park
Breakfast
Sorrento

Day 9: Discover Sorrento, Pompeii and Rome

There’s no better place to learn about Italy’s ancient history than in Pompeii. Explore the tragic immortalisation of this civilization preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted. Your Local Specialist reveals secrets on a walking tour as you learn about the day-to-day life of the city's former residents. Your Italian tour ends in Rome where you join your Travel Director and fellow traveling companions for dinner celebrating in true Italian style.


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Johanna Park
Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento, Rome

Day 10: Depart Rome

It's time to bid Italy a fond arrivederci. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport.


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Breakfast
Rome

What's included


Whats Included

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
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