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Rome & Tuscany

Perillo Tours
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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: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
10 days
From: $ 2,395 $ 240 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina  and the Circus Maximus.
  • Enjoy the  tiny cobblestone streets and music-filled trattorias
  • Visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art
  • Visit the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.

Short Description

This is a brand new tour for 2016 and highlights two of our favorite places in Italy: Rome and Tuscany.  See all of the sites of the Eternal City and Florence and then venture out into the Tuscan countryside.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • Great Hotels. Centrallylocated, First-Class & Deluxe hotels, exclusively.
  • Smaller Groups. 20 to 40 guests per tour.
  • More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
  • Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy. (see conditions)
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
  • 5 Dinners & 1 Lunch. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
  • Wine Tasting. Vineyard tour and wine tasting with light dinner in Tuscany.
  • Gourmet Ice Cream Tasting at Florence Hotel.
  • Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
  • Travel Wallet, baggage tags and travel documents included.
  • Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag! (except at airports)
  • Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
  • Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
  • We now offer complimentary Wi-Fi on our buses.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday - Depart USA
Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2 - Tuesday - Arrive in Rome, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.

There will be time to relax or take a stroll this afternoon before a dinner at our hotel. D

Day 3 - Wednesday - Rome, Colosseum, Dinner Out
Hail Caesar! All aboard our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina (where Caesar was stabbed by Brutus) and the Circus Maximus.

Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.

Tonight, we enjoy a fun dinner. You’ll get a taste of Italian cuisine in a family-style restaurant in the characteristic district of Trastevere, one of the centers of Rome’s nightlife, including wines fit for the Roman Gods! This lively area is just what one imagines Italy to be like, with tiny cobblestone streets and music-filled trattorias on every corner. BB, D

Day 4 - Thursday - Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica*
This morning, it’s a ten-minute drive to another country—Vatican City. With our expert local guide we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings.

Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. This room, which attracts more than five-million visitors each year, is also where the Pope is elected.

Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica*, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy above the main altar.

Tonight, we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for a nearby recommendation, or venture out and explore the lively restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try Pasta casino e pepe—pasta in a creamy olive oil, pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce— a specialty of Rome. BB

* Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned for the Jubilee 2016.

Day 5 - Friday- Rome's Trastevere District, Jewish Ghetto, Lunch
This morning we get away from the hub of the main tourist attractions and we visit some of the oldest areas of Rome. A walking tour around the ancient area of Campo de’ Fiori with its colorful fruit and vegetable markets will give you a chance to take a look at real Roman life. We’ll visit the site of Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, which is located near the Tiber River.

There’s been a Jewish community in Rome since the 2nd Century BC. But it was Pope Paul IV who ordered them into a walled-off section of town in 1555. At night, the gates were locked on three sides, while the Tiber River blocked off the fourth side.

But in 1870, the Papal States lost control, Italy became unified, and the Jews were free to leave the Ghetto!

All this walking will make us hungry… So we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the best restaurants in the Ghetto and, hopefully, we get to enjoy Carciofi alla giuda, Jewish style artichokes, one of the signature dishes of Roman Jewish cooking (seasonal).

Tonight, you get to enjoy dinner on your own. Be sure to try another specialty of Rome: Bucatini all’Amatriciana. Bucatini, thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center, are arguably the most Roman of all pasta shapes; with amatriciana sauce made of tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), peperoncino and grated Pecorino Romano. My mouth is watering right now! BB, L

Day 6 - Saturday - Rome, Florence
This morning, it’s an enjoyable ride through the Tuscan countryside on our way to Florence. Our deluxe motorcoach navigates the rolling hills, scenic vineyards and postcard-perfect vistas of Tuscany.

Your tour leader will give you some useful information on this beautiful region while you relax and enjoy the scenery. Tonight, enjoy a Florentine dinner with local wines at our hotel. BB, D

Day 7 - Sunday - Florence City Tour
Florence—the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits our inspection! Our day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.

We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza Della Signoria, home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo’s final resting place.

“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man—full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. All with just a hammer and chisel!

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at a local Florentine restaurant. Be sure to try Ribollita, one of Florence’s most delicious specialties. This hearty soup is made from cannellini beans, vegetables, red cabbage and chunks of pane (bread). BB

Day 8 - Monday - Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Florence
This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Lucca, also known as “the city of 100 churches.” These churches can be found inside the famous walls that surround the city, which were fortified to protect the city from attacks in the Middle Ages. We will visit the famous Duomo, the Amphitheater and the impressive Church of San Frediano.

This afternoon we travel to Pisa, known for its famous leaning tower. The Piazza del Duomo, also known as Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. It features four great religious edifices: the Cathedral, the Campanile (the Leaning Tower), the Baptistery and the Camposanto.

I'll enter the Cathedral which is dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption. Inside the Cathedral is a big candelabrum near the altar. It’s said that Galileo Galilei tested his laws of the pendulum using this candelabrum!

Next we enter the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy, made entirely of marble. This building, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, took 211 years to construct! It is famous for its perfect acoustics.

Tonight, we enjoy dinner out with a typical Tuscan meal including delicious Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine steak)! BB, D

Day 9 - Tuesday - Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Florence
Today we travel back in time to the middle ages: Siena, a beautiful city with a historical center that has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage site.

We visit the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares and the site of Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio di Siena. We visit Siena’s town hall, Palazzo Pubblico, a beautiful gothic building which sits on Piazza del Campo by the bell tower, and the enchanting Duomo featuring the most ornate mosaic floor in all Italy.

Next, we drive through the beautiful Chianti landscape with its rolling hills, then proceed to San Gimignano with its 13 towers that dominate the skyline of this medieval town.

Finally, you’ll get to visit a local winery and meet our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi, the world’s most entertaining sommelier. You’ll enjoy an early light dinner and wine tasting at the Tenuta Torciano! Salute! BB, D

Day 10 - Wednesday - Flight Home to USA
This morning you board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say “arrivederci” to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us.

Thanks for traveling with the Perillo family, and please return soon. BB

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Just returned from my 2 week classic north tour. It was a wonderful trip and our tour guide,
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Good tour operators and you don't have to wait in long lines with other tourists. Hotel in Rome was magnificent.

Trip was a masterpiece of experiences!

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Also had Raffael and he was the BEST tour guide I've ever had. Trip was a masterpiece of experiences and logistical planning. Plus, for the first time in many trips to Italy, in addition to the art and architecture which I love, I began to get a real understanding of the artisan crafts that are the proud work of the people and their small companies of Italy in today's world- parmesan reggiano cheese making, prosciutto farm companies, gelato making. True about the shoes - take good sturdy walking shoes.
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I recommened it to anyone who wants a true touring experience

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I did the 14 day Classic Northern Italian and Perillo did not miss a beat we started in Rome and ended in Milan and we seen everything in between, They are run like a well oiled drum they have a tight schedule in order for you to see and spend the time you need at each location I recommened it to anyone who wants a true touring experience.
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We returned a week ago from a Perillo Italian tour. We had a wonderful time, met many great people, enjoyed all the sites, information presented by the guides, food, wine, and the ease by which they make this so enjoyable!
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One of our best journeys ever!

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Big pluses: Organization, knowledgeable guides, fine hotels, good mix of tour time and personal time. The Rome/Amalfi Coast mix was excellent - one of our best journeys ever!

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Only ground transport

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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