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Best of Italy
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type AWS Europe and Britain 24 25

Discover the Best of Italy, from the ancient treasures of Rome to Renaissance Florence and everything in between. Imagine staying overnight in a renovated Franciscan monastery in Assisi, lapping up the chic lifestyle on Capri, and taking a private guided visit to Pompeii to see a Roman city frozen in time.

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 Be My Guest buffet, explore the cellars, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting.
Dining Summary
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
Iconic Experience
  • Florence See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.
  • Florence Stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Framed by wooded hills, view the memorial marked by symmetrical rows of 4, 392 headstones and towering pylon monument.
  • Modena Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.
  • San Gimignano Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed center of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers.
  • Como Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.
  • 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.
  • Rome Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.
  • Discover Rome on a driving orientation and after-hours visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Get up close to the legendary Mouth of Truth, an ancient Roman marble mask said to bite any liar who places their hand in the mask's mouth. Dare to
  • Assisi With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.
  • Pisa During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Pompeii Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Rome During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.
  • Capri Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.
  • Milan See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.
  • 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.
  • 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.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Venice Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.
Must-see Highlights
  • Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Cruise Ferry to the Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Visit Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a glassblowing factory in Venice, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • See the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey on Monte Cassino
  • View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
  • Discover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • Fast-Track to the Vatican Museums
Trafalgar Difference
  • Assisi Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Whats Included
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Details
Tour OperatorTrafalgar Tours
OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
13 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
Itinerary
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1RomeWelcome to Rome: Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your Travel Director for an introduction to the 'Eternal City' on an orientation drive. Arrive at Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin for a private after-hours visit to the Mouth of Truth. See the church, crypt and relics of the famous saint of love, Valentine, and learn about the legend of the Mouth of Truth. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your travel companions.

Accommodations: Grand Tiberio
Day 2RomeDiscover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City Dive Into Culture: The Holy See takes center stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in the Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. We then 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. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

Accommodations: Grand Tiberio
Day 3SorrentoExplore the Ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento: We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop town of Sorrento where we'll dine tonight.

Accommodations: Johanna Park
Day 4SorrentoCruise to the Isle of Capri: We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafes in Capri town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

Accommodations: Johanna Park
Day 5AssisiOnwards to Assisi Stays With Stories: Marvel at the beauty of the Bay of Naples and mighty Vesuvius as you leave the Sorrento coastline. Glimpse the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino perched high on the mountain peak and featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944 before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio. We arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist for a visit of Basilica of St. Francis, before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

Accommodations: Cenacolo
Day 6VeniceDiscover Verona and on to Venice: Journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the ancient Roman arena and Piazza Brà. Arrive later into beautiful Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic' to spend time admiring this unique city.

Accommodations: Principe
Day 7VeniceSt. Mark's and More in Venice Make Travel Matter: Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience with the master craftsmen of Venice follows. Watch as they share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Your visit helps to preserve this delicate craft for which Venice is justifiably famous and you'll want to remember your visit by purchasing a souvenir or two to display at home. From there, continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace to St. Mark's Square where we will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colorful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cozy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats, starting with that refreshing Venetian Spritz which is the local drink of choice.

Accommodations: Principe
Day 8VARESEStroll around Milan: Cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion is our destination. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive in the glorious Italian Lakes region.

Accommodations: Metropole Suisse Como
Day 9VARESEOn to Como and Scenic Varese: The glistening blue waters of Lake Como beckon this morning. We'll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Explore Como's historical quarter, indulge in the area's delicious gelato, or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where we'll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience. Join the Cinque family and hear all about the intriguing history of Villa Toscanini situated on a tiny romantic island which was the hideaway of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century.

Accommodations: Metropole Suisse Como
Day 10FlorenceAdmire Pisa and on to Florence: Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'.

Accommodations: Grand Mediterraneo
Day 11FlorenceExperience Art and Architecture in Florence Connect with Locals: Delve into the extravagant history of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. We visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Florence, dominated by the elegant Duomo and the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio, from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. This evening we'll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience.

Accommodations: Grand Mediterraneo
Day 12RomeTreasures of San Gimignano and Return to Rome: This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, with its extraordinary medieval architecture and rich history. Venture to the center of town to view the Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and 13th century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

Accommodations: Shangri-La
Day 13RomeFarewell Rome: Bid a fond ciao to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your discovery of the best of Italy comes to an end.

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