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Country Roads of Southern Italy (insightvacations)

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

9 days, 8 nights

April 2025 to September 2025

US$ 3525.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Country Roads

Europe

Italy, Vatican City


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Highlights


Dining Summary

  • 2 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Capri: Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
  • Capri: Enjoy a tasting of limoncello and learn the history behind this traditional lemon liqueur.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Choice

  • Capri: Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
  • Capri: Enjoy a tasting of limoncello and learn the history behind this traditional lemon liqueur.

Insight Experiences

  • Grottole: Meet Andrea for a light lunch with wine and a tour of the village.

Make Travel Matter

  • Grottole: Participate in the fascinating Wonder Grottole Project. This regeneration initiative works to rehabilitate the abandoned historic center and preserve village life. Your visit advances United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
  • Capri: Cruise by jetfoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters.
  • Alberobello: Led by a 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.
  • Matera: With your Local Expert, visit the famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950 and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the first century.

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Itinerary


Day 1: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Your transfer departs from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travelers over a delicious dinner with wine to soak up La Dolce Vita at a local restaurant.


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Kolbe, Rome
Dinner with Wine
Rome

Day 2: Vatican City and Rome with a Local

Your day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. Cross the Tiber River to enjoy ancient Rome to see the incredible Circus Maximus. Admire the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure. Later, perhaps continue your exploration of Rome to see the Pantheon, the stunning piazzas and fountains of Rome.


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Breakfast
Rome, Vatican

Day 3: Monopoli

Journey into Puglia to explore the heel of Italy. The brilliant blues against the white of the buildings of the classic southern Italian town of Monopoli will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. Get your bearings on an orientation tour led by your Travel Director. In the old town, see the cathedral of Maria Santissima della Madia dedicated to Madonna della Madia, who according to legend arrived here by raft on December 15, 1117. Walk along to the Cala Batteria and Porto Vecchio beach and watch the waves crash upon the seawall. From fishermen reeling in their catch to bars and restaurants filled with locals, Monopoli is a charming waterfront town.


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Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Rome, Monopoli

Day 4: The Trulli of Alberobello

Admire another of Italy's record number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a Local Expert. The Trulli of Alberobello are circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. Get up close learning the insights behind these unique structures. You then have an opportunity to join an Optional Experience to the stunning city of Ostuni lined with dazzling white houses and rich with history. Later, deepen your discoveries joining an optional Masseria dinner.


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Monopoli, Alberobello, Monopoli

Day 5: Discovering Lecce

Italy will enchant the most curious of travelers. Enjoy a visit with your Local Expert to one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy, Lecce. The town is often referred to as the Florence of the South due to its dazzling architectural, beautiful Baroque buildings and monuments dating back to Roman times. Amble along its spider's web of streets offering a kaleidoscope mix of long-range vistas and alluring glimpses. Next is the pretty seaside town of Gallipoli where you’ll view the Greek Fountain and Medieval castle before making your way to a viewpoint looking out over the Ionian Sea.


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Breakfast
Monopoli, Lecce, Monopoli

Day 6: Journey South to Matera

Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sassi — a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. You may recognise Matera as the biblical backdrop for the film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ Continue to the small village of Grottole. Once a thriving community, it has lost most of its activity and population. Meet Andrea, a local striving to bring back the traditional way of living of the area. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience explore the historic old town to learn about the fascinating history of the village. Later, enjoy an aperitif with local snacks helping to preserve the culture.


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Breakfast, Dinner
Matera, Grottole, Matera

Day 7: Pompeii and Sorrento

Buried in A.D. 79 by the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, discover the cobbled streets of Pompeii in the region of Campania. Walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets to see a city frozen in time. Venture on to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking over to Mount Vesuvius.


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Matera, Pompeii, Sorrento

Day 8: Capri, the Isle of Dreams

The impossibly blue sea welcomes you to the sun-drenched island of Capri as you cruise by jetfoil. On arrival, meet your Local Expert for an orientation walk through the narrow alleyways. Explore Capri with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the immaculate Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire the views over the Faraglioni Rocks. Alternatively, enjoy a tasting of limoncello, Capri’s famous lemon liqueur.


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Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento

Day 9: Depart Sorrento

This morning, wave goodbye to your fellow travelers as you depart Sorrento on a coach transfer to Rome airport.


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Breakfast
Sorrento, Rome

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