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See the best of Italy on a comprehensive 10-night tour from Rome to Tuscany, Venice and Sorrento. During these 10 days in Italy, you’ll visit some of the country’s greatest hits, including Siena, Florence, Bologna, Naples, Capri and UNESCO-listed Pompeii. Compare the historical sites and rich cultures of these different areas of Italy while admiring top attractions like the Florence Duomo, St Mark’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Accommodation at 3- or 4-star hotels is included.
  • 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
Your 10-night tour of Italy starts in Rome, where you have free time to explore its famous sights like the Colosseum. Then depart the city by coach for 10 exciting days, traveling through Tuscany, Venice, Campania and Sorrento.

Throughout your tour, soak up the different types of Italian culture as it varies between regions from north to south. Enjoy the stunning Italian coastline, admire the medieval architecture of hilltop villages, take a boat ride to the island of Capri and be wowed by the volcanic ruins of Pompeii, a World Heritage site.

Standard (3- or 4-star hotels with basic facilities) or superior (luxurious 4-star hotels) accommodation is included for one night in Rome, two nights in Florence, two nights in Venice, two more nights back in Rome, two nights in Sorrento and one final night in Rome (make your hotel selection when booking). Some meals are included, and for the rest, your guide will give you plenty of free time to visit local restaurants on your own to enjoy the regional cuisine.

Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes, which you will pay directly to hotels upon arrival or checkout according to the procedures of local city boards; city taxes 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 at another centrally located hotel of the same star rating. During the low season (November 2016 to March 2017) the visit to Capri Island will not take place and so you will be free to enjoy a full day in Sorrento on your own.


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 or 4-star Hotel in Rome

Day 2: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence (B)
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 to check in to your hotel. Spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

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

Day 3: Florence (B, L)
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.

Break for lunch at a traditional restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce, and then finish your tour back at your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your 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.

Overnight: 3-star or 4-star Hotel 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 in Venice or 4-star Hotel in Venice Island

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 in Venice or 4-star Hotel in Venice Island

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 or 4-star Hotel in Rome

Day 7: Rome (B)
After breakfast, start your day with a morning tour of Rome’s highlights. Visiting the Vatican City, get ready to skip the line and start your tour of the Vatican Museums. You will visit the most important art collections and you will also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful Spiral Stairway. The Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical maps will be also visited before arriving to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

Your tour will finish here and you have all the afternoon to explore the Vatican City at your pleasure. Once you decide that you cannot do any more walking, return to your hotel and give your feet some rest!

Overnight: 3-star or 4-star Hotel in Rome

Day 8: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento (B, L, 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, visit its UNESCO-listed archaeological 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 Sorrento Coast. Stop in the picture-perfect town of Sorrento and check in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 3-star or 4-star in Sorrento
Please note: In peak season Hotel could be in the surroundings of 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. During the low season (November 2016 to March 2017) the visit to Capri Island will not take place and so you will be free to enjoy a full day in Sorrento on your own.

Overnight: 3-star or 4-star in Sorrento
Please note: in peak season Hotel could be in the surroundings of Sorrento

Day 10: Sorrento – Rome (B)
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 Sorrento Coast.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then return to Rome by coach.

Overnight: 3-star or 4-star Hotel in Rome

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


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Nov 2017

Sabrina P, our tour guide from Rome, to Florence, to Venice and in all the cities in between was AMAZING! She was INCREDIBLY SKILLED in managing all the details of the trip, she gave us lots of wonderful suggestions on what to see and where to eat locally, and she made the trip so much fun! The tour company is lucky to have found Sabrina! And I LOVE the tour family I made for the northern part of the Italy trip 3. We had the same bus and same bus driver for the northern part of the trip also I felt very safe leaving my personal possessions and any new purchases made on the bus when we were off exploring another new city during the day. Some thoughts for the northern part of the tour:
- it is very go-go-go so be prepared to move hotels every couple of days
- I appreciated the hotels that offered breakfast!
- I liked that we had lunch and/or dinner included on some days, but be prepared that hotel meals are 'ok' and accept it for what it is
- Loved the location of the Hotel Defino in Venice easy off/on when we came back on the bus, there was a store next door to get all types of odds/ends, snacks, wine , etc , and there was a bar a block down that served wine for 2.50 euros!
- The underground metro in Rome is very easy to get around on worked out great to use it to see the sites in Rome that the tour did not cover.
- I took all the optional tours definitely worth it!!! And don't be worried about waiting and booking the optional tours when you get there they only book these once you are there my friend was worried they would not have room but Sabrina books the optional tours after she collects the names of who wants to go.
- Sabrina would share information a couple days at a time this was a good strategy because the amount of information coming at you and the fast pace can be overwhelming. She ALWAYS made sure everything worked out perfectly for everyone so have no fear of that you'll miss out on something just because she has not talked about it yet.

Southern tour Pompeii, Sorrento
In a nutshell, this was a mess compared to the northern part of the trip. We got a new tour rep and changed buses several times. It would have been better if they explained beforehand that they do a day trip to Pompeii so the day trippers and overnighters like myself take a bus from Rome to Pompeii. Overnighters moved their luggage to a different bus which then took us to our hotels. Then we had a couple of bus changes coming back we went back to Pompeii and a couple days later and drove back with the Pompeii day trippers. I must share...Pompeii was amazing! As for the rest of the trip...they put a few of us in a different hotel as was originally planned which 1 would not hold our luggage in a secured area on Day 10 so we missed taking a tour of the Amalfi coast : and 2 the hotel was not anywhere near as nice as the other hotels others on our tour got to stay in. I was prepared from reading other reviews that the southern part of the trip was very unorganized and they were correct. But, after complaining and showing proof of the huge mess on Day 10 the Italy tour company responsible did work hard to resolve my complaints which I appreciated.

Capri. The water was too rough to see the Grotto and it was raining, but Sasha our local guide did an amazing job making it a great day. And the food at the restaurant arranged for lunch was really good!

I WOULD recommend this tour. We saw and did SO MUCH! It truly was a taste of Italy.

, Oct 2017

The tour was good. The northern leg going to Venice has a trip director and was very seamless. The southern portion to Sorrento was slightly disorganised. We arrived at the we love rome offices by transfer organised by tour. There was a large group of tourists and various we love love information people. All of them had different information on the bus to Sorrento. We had to queu on three different queus because the guides would look at our voucher and direct us to a bus but the driver would verify the voucher and say this was the wrong bus. It was pretty frustrating.
Generally the food has to be improved in various areas i.e. Florence lunch. Florence hotel dinner was horrendous, Nepal lunch was dried out like it had been waiting for the whole day yet we were not late this rendered it tasteless.
Food in Sorrento was a dream. We stayed at the ....Villa hotel. Food in Anicapri was terrible also.
The Director for the northern portion of the tour was outstanding.

, Oct 2017

The first part of the excusion with Nicole was excellent ,well organized,she was on top of everything and very kind and informative to all.

I felt the second part of excusion we were more on our own and too much switching of buses and guides.

I think there should be 1 group with same hotels,you waste too much tome pick up different groups from every hotel.

Enjoyed Italy!!

, Aug 2017

Our tour Guide Miriam was amazing for the first five days
she was super caring to all guests on the tour, her English and knowledge was amazing and she ensured we were well looked after

The second part of the Trip from Rome to Sorrento without a Tour guide was a mess
The buses didnt have out booking, we were sent to three different buses and had to carry our luggage everywhere
the Tour to Pompeii was a waste of a day as it took all day to get there as they didnt put people staying overnight on the same bus.
Would have been better to do it that way and not be at Pompeii in the middle of the day at the hottest time
This was the same for the return journey back to Rome

, Aug 2017

We had the best holiday ever. We took the tour in April 2017. All itineraries were well planned and organised. The sceneries and places we visited were all stunning. Our guide, Mirjam, and the driver, Carmelo were excellent. They were very helpful and took care of us very well like their own family.

The accomodation and meals were of very good quality, with the exception of the hotel in Florence. It is worth to upgrade to the superior class option, and for that upgrade we got a very nice hotel in Venice. Mirjam took us to very nice restaurants for the meals not included in the tour.

The whole experience was wonderful. We were with a nice group of people from all over the world.

, Apr 2017

Good experiences

, Oct 2015

well scheduled, good local tour guide, fun and interesting!

, Sep 2015

The part of Rome to Florence was OK and the tour guride Miss Patrizia did a fair job. She was not sure of the schuedule because she was assigned at the last minute by the tour operator. She tried to be nice and helpful as much as she could. Sabattini was the driver and my complements to him for the good job. In Venice we had an older lady that was a local guide with much knowledge and culture. But we had to find out way back to the hotel on our own and that was a more than an hour and half walk experience without a guide. Sorrento was the most caotic expecience with a tour guide was stinky smelling, no knowledge at all, the oposite of on the Pompei ruins that took us for almost 3 hours tours with lots of knowledge and making the experience a beautiful learning one. The lady that took us after Pompei to our hotels, Ornella, was young and very talkative in several languages. Her personal presentation was all sweaty, torned jeans and in dirtly sneakers, totally unprofessional. The tour guide fromSorento to the island of Capri was the worst of the entire tour, changed things at the last minute, did not explain anything about the place, just took us to a very poor restaurant and ordered the most cheapest food and left us on our own until we all complaint to go to the blue grott, so he was forced to take us all there to at least see it from the outside since the water levels were high and we could not get in. His name was Hector. The entire entire experience was with last minutes changes, no proper tour guides, left abandoned in the pouring rain in the Vatican tour for 20 minutes enough time to get us all soaking wet and latter with a cold and sore throught. I am aware that September is the month of high season for Italy, but the tour operator could have been more organized with the customer service!

, Aug 2015

Our group saw all the main sites in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Also we visited many other areas including Sienna, Assisi, Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento. We had an excellent group of visitors from around the world, and Carlos, our tour guide, was a great source of information on the areas we visited. A very enjoyable and worthwhile tour!

, Jul 2015

I absolutely loved everything. Our first tour guide, from Rome to Venice and back, was just wonderful. The hotels were great, the food was great, the bus was great, everything!
The only complaint I have it that I didn't like not having one tour guide from Rome to Sorrento. I felt like I wasn't sure what we were doing sometimes. I couldn't get a hold of her on the phone. It was just a little confusing. And I did NOT like the blue grotto! It was NOT worth waiting in the water, bobbing up and down, in the sun and heat, for an hour and 1/2!! Not at all!! Wish I hadn't wasted my time doing that. :

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