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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  11 Days / 10 Nights
Explore Italy on a 10-night tour from Rome, with hotel accommodation, transport, city tours and excursions included! With the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento as your bases throughout, the tour also includes excursions to must-visit towns and sites like Naples, Capri and the UNESCO-listed archeological site at Pompeii. Discover the cultural differences between these fascinating areas of Italy, and visit must-see attractions like St Mark’s Basilica in Venice and the Pantheon in Rome.

Highlights

  • 10-night tour of Italy with hotel accommodation included
  • Stay in the exciting cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento
  • Enjoy excursions to Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padova, Montepulciano, Naples, Pompeii and Capri
  • Learn about top Italian attractions like St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Explore Pisa on an optional excursion from Florence
  • Choose from standard or superior hotel accommodation

What You Can Expect

10-Night Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento

Admire the magnificent Florence Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore)

Your 10-night Italy tour visits the regions of Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Campania and the Amalfi Coast: areas that boast sights, scenery, history and impressive culture.

Stay in each of the region’s main towns or cities – Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento – in hotels that are centrally located and close to all the action. Choose from standard accommodation (3-star hotels or 4-star hotels with basic facilities) or superior accommodation (luxurious 4-star hotels).

Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes. City tax will be paid directly at the reception hotel desk at the arrival or at the check out according to the local city board procedure. City tax will change according to hotel category.

Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking. In the rare event that the mentioned hotel is unavailable, you will be accommodated in another centrally located hotel of the same star rating.

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome
Check in to your Rome hotel in the early afternoon and spend the rest of your day at leisure. The city is a sightseers’ paradise with architectural delights to be found around every corner. Perhaps take a stroll around the area known as Ancient Rome to see the iconic Colosseum or check out Vatican City, home of the pope. All entrance fees, attractions and meals are at your own expense.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Santa Costanza or Holiday Inn Express or 4-star Hotel Diana, Beverly Hills in Rome

Day 2: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence (B, D)
Leave the city after breakfast by coach and travel north to the hilltop town of Assisi in Umbria. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Assisi is best known as the birthplace of Italy’s patron saint, St Francis of Assisi. Stop for a walk with your guide, seeing the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, which is dedicated to the saint, as well as Santa Maria degli Angeli Church.

Continue traveling west into Tuscany to visit the city of Siena. Surrounded by ancient walls, the city is best-known as the venue for the Palio, a famous horse race. Stroll around at leisure, exploring Piazza del Campo where the Palio takes place each year, and see other highlights like Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Comunale – the city’s elegant Gothic palace. Return to your coach and travel to Florence in time for dinner.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star Hotel Mediterraneo or Raffaello in Florence

Day 3: Florence (B, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, head out on a morning tour by coach with your guide. Taking in the city’s architectural highlights your tour visits places like Piazza della Signoria – home to the majestic Palazzo Vecchio – and Piazza della Duomo to see Florence Duomo topped by Brunelleschi’s Dome. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and learn about Renaissance art in the city from your guide.

Finish your tour back at your hotel, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll across Florence’s magnificent bridge – the Ponte Vecchio – to visit the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, or relax in the beautiful Boboli Gardens. An optional excursion to the nearby city of Pisa can be also be arranged at your own expense. In the evening, dinner is included at your Florence hotel.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star Hotel Mediterraneo or Raffaello in Florence

Day 4: Florence – Bologna – Padova – Venice (B, D)
Depart from Florence after breakfast and travel north out of Tuscany to Bologna in Emilia Romagna. The birthplace of the widely loved pasta dish – Spaghetti Bolognese – the foodie haven of Bologna has some magnificent monuments, too. Walk around town with your guide, passing through Piazza Nettuno to see the Fountain of Neptune while learning about lavish palaces like Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà.

Leave Bologna after lunch (own expense), and relax on the journey northeast to Padua, the neighboring town to Venice. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city’s handsome streets or visit its most celebrated monument – St Anthony’s Basilica. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then travel to Venice. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Delfino or 4-star Hotel Carlton Gran Canal in Venice

Day 5: Venice (B, D)
Relax over breakfast and then meet your guide at Piazza San Marco for your morning Venice tour of by vaporetto – one of the city’s water buses. Ride around the canals, and hop off at the important sights to get up close to the attractions. Admire Doge's Palace, where the doges of Venice once ruled, and then head inside St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) to see Italian Byzantine architecture at its finest. Dripping with gold and ornate mosaics, the cathedral came to symbolize the wealth and power of 11th-century Venice.

Head back outside and stop for photos by St Mark’s Campanile – the cathedral’s distinctive red bell tower. Your tour then finishes in town, and you can spend the rest of your afternoon and evening sightseeing independently or relaxing.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Delfino or 4-star Hotel Carlton Gran Canal in Venice

Day 6: Venice – Montepulciano – Rome (B)
Leave Venice after breakfast and return south to Tuscany, traveling by luxury coach. Rather than a city stop, your tour’s next visit is to the hilltown of Montepulciano in a picturesque area known as Val d’Orcia. As you explore the town independently, soak up the views of the gently rolling Chianti hills that surround you, and admire the gorgeous Renaissance architecture. The town is best known for its wine production, so make the most of your time here to shop for quality Tuscan wines. After enjoying lunch (own expense), return to your coach and travel south to Rome to check into your hotel.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Rome Garden or Holiday Inn Express or 4-star Hotel Bettoja in Rome

Day 7: Rome (B)
Spend your morning on a tour of Rome’s highlights, visiting Vatican City to see St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica, as well as all the top attractions in Rome’s centro storico – the historical center. By both coach and foot, visit must-see sites like Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon – home to the tombs of several eminent Italians such as the Renaissance painter Raphael.

After your tour finishes, spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Rome Garden or Holiday Inn Express or 4-star Hotel Bettoja in Rome

Day 8: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento (B, D)
Leave central Rome in the morning, and travel by coach to sunny Naples – your first destination of the day! Arrive around late morning, and then set off to explore on a leisurely paced walking tour. Centered on its UNESCO Cultural Heritage site (Naples’ historical center), your tour takes in the top city attractions like Piazza del Plebiscito – home to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale) – and Galleria Umbero I, with its glass-roofed arcade.

Travel inland to Pompeii, and after lunch in town (own expense), visit its UNESCO-listed archeological site to see the ancient Roman ruins with your guide. Hear how Pompeii lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ 79 BC eruption, and marvel at the incredible ruins that are scattered around. Return to your coach and travel to the Amalfi Coast. Stop in the picture-perfect town of Sorrento and check in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 3-star Villa Maria and 4-star Hotel Michelangelo or Grand Hotel Flora or Acampora Hotels in Sorrento

Day 9: Sorrento – Capri – Sorrento (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast, and then travel from Sorrento port to the Island of Capri by hydrofoil boat. Hop aboard a rowing boat at Capri’s Marina Grande harbor, and relax as your guide rows you around the island to see the magical Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), an under-lit cave. Return to Marina Grande and travel by minibus to the village of Anacapri, perched high above its glamorous Capri Town neighbor. Explore at leisure, admiring its romantic wisteria-draped villas and gaze down over the beautiful Bay of Naples.

After a break for lunch in Capri Town, enjoy a walk around the swanky Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) – Capri’s place to see and be seen! Board another hydrofoil boat in the late afternoon and return to Sorrento in time for dinner

Note: Your Blue Grotto trip is subject to good weather conditions. In the event of storms or heavy rain, your tour visits Faraglioni (a rocky inlet) instead.

Overnight: 3-star Villa Maria and 4-star Hotel Michelangelo or Grand Hotel Flora or Acampora Hotels in Sorrento

Day 10: Sorrento – Rome (B, D)
After breakfast, spend your morning in Sorrento at leisure. If you’ve not had much time to discover its charm, then here’s your chance. Perhaps take a stroll along Corso Italia and climb the steps to see atmospheric Piazza Tasso, tucked away in the heart of Sorrento Old Town. Soak up views of the sun-soaked cliffs, where Sorrento’s houses almost seem to be stacked on top of each other, and then shop for any last-minute souvenirs of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast.

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then return to Rome by coach.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Santa Costanza or Holiday Inn Express or 4-star Hotel Diana, Beverly Hills in Rome

Day 11: Rome (B)
Your 10-night Rome tour finishes after breakfast in your hotel.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

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4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

very good: Tour Guide Mario (Carrani) on the Trip Assisi, Florence, Venice + all other local Carrani guides
good: 4*accomodation
to be improved: switching of buses at Pompeij connecting the Naples/Pompeij Excursion to the Sorrento/Capri Excursion; no tour guide waiting coming back from Capri to Sorrent

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