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The Best of Italy & Sicily tour
Agrigento Florence The Best of Italy & Sicily Trip

The Best of Italy & Sicily

Globus
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
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Short Description

Italy is a country with so much to offer—amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this Best of Italy & Sicily tour, you’ll experience some of the most popular cities and historic sights of Italy and Sicily, including overnights in Milan, Venice Island, Florence, Rome, Naples, Capri, Pizzo Calabro, Palermo, Agrigento, and Taormina Riviera.

If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence and his ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In Monteriggioni, visit the medieval town and walk on the ramparts

Tour highlights also include the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the excavations in Pompeii, and Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! You’ll also visit the impressive Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! And from Naples you’ll cross the Bay of Naples by jetfoil to the Isle of Capri for an overnight stay, a funicular ride, and a guided visit to the Gardens of Augustus!

These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily tour. So if you want to see Italy, let Globus handle the details—including special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala, a granita tasting in Cefalù, plus various dinners at local restaurants to try the regional specialties—and all you need to do is focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City ARRIVE IN MILAN
End City TAORMINA RIVIERA

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Cultural 50 plus

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Italy

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Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY. Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

MILAN–VENICE ISLAND. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit PIAZZA DUOMO with its magnificent gothic cathedral, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Leave Milan and drive through the flat Po area to Venice, a favorite destination for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. (B)

Day 3

VENICE ISLAND. Meet your Local Guide and walk to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the world-famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to explore Venice at your own pace or join an exciting optional lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano. (B)

Day 4

VENICE ISLAND–FLORENCE. A scenic drive across the flat Apennines brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” With your Local Guide visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and the sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Later, [LF] dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 5

FLORENCE–MONTERIGGIONI–ROME. Look forward to an exciting experience: a WALK ON THE RAMPARTS of the medieval town of Monteriggioni with beautiful views of the surrounding Chianti region before continuing to Rome. (B)

Day 6

ROME. Guided sightseeing of the “Eternal City” starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available. (B)

Day 7

ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–NAPLES. Look forward to a unique experience: [LF] a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to arrive in the busy port city of Naples. (B,D)

Day 8

NAPLES. EXCURSION TO POMPEII. In nearby POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, join your Local Guide for an exciting visit to the excavations. See a patrician home, public baths, and shops that give a striking picture of what day-to-day life was like in Rome at its apex of power. Return to Naples, where guided sightseeing features the main sights, and visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, where many of the treasures that were recuperated from Pompeii are on display. (B)

Day 9

NAPLES–CAPRI. Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri for your overnight stay. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri Village, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS offering spectacular panoramic views. Spend the rest of the day to further explore this wonderful island at your own pace. (B,D)

Day 10

CAPRI–SORRENTO–PIZZO CALABRO. Return to the mainland and spend time in the charming seaside resort of Sorrento. Drive south to Calabria for your resort overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 11

PIZZO CALABRO–CEFALÙ–PALERMO. Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land in Sicily. Follow the northern coastline and arrive in spectacular Cefalù, where you [LF] taste a traditional granita. Time to explore the old town with its medieval lanes and seafront promenade. Next is Palermo, the capital of Sicily. (B)

Day 12

PALERMO. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. (B)

Day 13

PALERMO–MARSALA–AGRIGENTO. After a visit to a traditional SALT MILL in Marsala, look forward to a [LF] WINE TASTING at the famous Florio wine cellar to sample and learn about Marsala wines. Your next destination is Agrigento, where a Local Guide takes you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. (B,D)

Day 14

AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–TAORMINA RIVIERA. Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Piazza Armerina, where a guided visit features the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE with its mosaics. In Taormina, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk along Corso Umberto before arriving at your comfortable hotel. (B)

Day 15

TAORMINA RIVIERA. A full day at leisure gives you a chance to join the exciting optional excursion to Mount Etna. Spend the afternoon to relax or for individual activities. This evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)

Day 16

TAORMINA RIVIERA.Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Starhotels E.c.h.o

Cutting-edge style meets ethical substance in this Eco friendly hotel bringing eco-chic to Italy's fashion capital. A calming space with warm, sustainable wood interiors and plenty of natural light, this 143-room property is a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city and features an organic green food & mood restaurant as well as a chic bar serving cocktails with ingedients that highlight historic Italian liqueurs. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.


Milan
Italy
Viale Andrea Doria, 4

Gabrielli

The Hotel Gabrielli is a traditional family run Grand Hotel since 1856. The hotel in Venice is arranged with historical Venetian furniture.


Venice
Italy
Riva Schiavoni, 4110

Adler Cavalieri

This elegant 60-room hotel in the center of Florence provides stylish accommodation in a quiet atmosphere with preserved original features adding to the historical charm such as rich wood panelling, Tuscan marble and frescos. Facilities include Free Wi-Fi access, a wellness center with a small gym, an elegant breakfast room and a cozy bar with a tranquil veranda garden where drinks and snacks can be enjoyed during the summer months.


Florence
Italy
Via Della Scala 40

Romanico Palace

Set in a 19th-century building with a lavish baroque designed interior, this luxurious 121-room hotel boasts a roof top restaurant and terrace offering grand views of Rome's skyline. There is an American-style bar in the extravagantly decorated lobby and a Roman inspired wellness area and gym. Free WIFI internet access is available in all guestrooms and public areas.


Roma
Italy
Via Boncompagni 37

NH Ambassador Napoli

The NH Ambassador the tallest hotel in Italy. Situated in the heart of the city, 500 meters from the historical center, the hotel is 700 meters from the port, 10 minutes from the Central railway station and next to Piazza Municipio. A few meters from the hotel there are banks, important offices and the commercial centre.


Naples
Italy
Via Medina, 70

La Residenza

The Hotel La Residenza is in the center of Capri with the charming view of the famous Faraglioni rocks, near the most important fashionable shops. They have a very pretty Swimming pool.


Capri
Italy
Via F.Serena 22

Popilia Country Resort

Boasting a wonderful hillside location in a rolling Calabrian valley between Pizzo Calabro and Vibo Valentia, the name of this 74-room hotel was inspired by an ancient Roman Street called Annia Popilia which in Roman Times linked Rome to the south of Italy. Facilities include a modern wellness center with Finnish sauna, steam bath, an ice waterfall and fitness room, an outdoor seasonal swimming pool and nature trails. Traditional dishes are served in the charming restaurant and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.


Maierato (Vibo Valentia)
Italy
Località Cutà

NH Palermo

Located in the the prettiest part of the city between the botanical gardens and the castle overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Palermo, this 237-room modern property offers great facilities including a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and Free Wi-Fi access thoughout. The restaurant serves a variety of Sicilian, Italian and international dishes and the lobby bar serves a comprehensive selection of drinks which can also be enjoyed on the outside terrace during the summer months.


Palermo
Italy
Via Foro Italico, 22 B

Grand Hotel Mose

Grand Hotel Mosè is an elegant 2-floor building entirely made of tuff stone, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with swimming pool and located not far from the Valley of the Temples. The hotel opened in 1993 but it underwent a series of upgrades through the years, until a total refurbishment and expansion of its facilities in 2013. Its rooms are spacious and most of them come with a terrace. La Mimosa restaurant offers menus of local and international cuisine and during Summer meals are served by the pool. A bar for a quick snack or just an espresso is also available. Free Wi-Fi internet access available thoughtout the hotel.


Agrigento
Italy
Viale Leonardo Sciascia

Atahotel Naxos Beach Resort

Modern Resort Complex situated on private beach in historical Naxos Gardens, 3 km from town center.


Giardini Naxos
Italy
Via Recanati 26

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