Rome & the South of Italy

Rome & the South of Italy
Uncover the relics of ancient history in Rome. Take a journey across time through the legendary Colosseum, Sistine chapel, Forum Romanum and more influential landmarks, while enjoying the vibrant city culture and delicious Italian fare. Then explore the Campania region of Italy, famous for its beautiful beaches, the islands of Capri, and buffalo mozzarella.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Ciao Rome
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Rome city walk
Spanish StepsTrevi FountainPantheonPiazza Navona
Details: Rome city walk
Baroque-en hearted? Revive your spirits with a walk past Rome's most beautiful and unusual Baroque fountains. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, elegant cafes once favored by visiting Brits and Americans surround the central fountain. The water pressure here was so low that the artist had to sink the fountain into the ground to get any water going through it, so he went ahead and designed the fountain to look like a sinking ship. There's no shortage of water pressure at the nearby Trevi Fountain, a Baroque extravagance designed by master sculptor Bernini. At the Pantheon, you'll see the largest concrete dome ever constructed. An oculus, or hole, in the dome lets sunlight into the beautiful temple, dedicated to all the gods.
Day 3 Rome landmarks
Rome guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visitSt. Peter’s Basilica visitColosseum visitPiazza VeneziaForum Romanum visit
Details: Rome guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
Gods and gladiators, glory and gore. Ancient Rome lives on in its spectacular monuments, flavoring the frenetic present with tastes of the past. Don a space-age Whisper headset to get the inside scoop on the most spectacular, the Colosseum, a grisly battle arena that seated more than 45,000. An enormous retractable roof awning system kept spectators cool on sunny days. The nearby Forum provides a glimpse into everyday ancient life, with markets, meeting places, and temples all combined into one vast space. Move into Christian Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica, the triumphal Renaissance church flanked by rows of columns radiating outward like welcoming arms. Within the church Michelangelo’s masterpieces are on display, the “Pietà” in the main church and the recently restored ceiling frescoes and “Last Judgment” in the Sistine Chapel. Continue your trek through time at Piazza Venezia, site of the enormous monument to Victor Emmanuel II, Italy’s first king, and of the Palazzo Venezia, where Mussolini set up his headquarters and from whose porch his mother was said to eavesdrop on citizens below. (The Sistine Chapel is closed on most religious holidays and Sundays, except for the last Sunday in each month).
Day 4 Rome--Alberobello
Travel to Alberobello
Details: Castel del Monte visit
Imagine the centuries of history at Castel del Monte, as it is believed to have been used as a hunting lodge, a citadel, a refuge during a plague, a prison, and many other things since it was erected in the 1240’s by the Emperor Frederick II, and dubbed his “most fascinating castle.” Castel del Monte’s octagonal shape makes it unique and unusual, unlike any other castle in the region.
Day 5 Alberobello
Details: Alberobello and Castellana Caves visit
Located in the heart of the “Trulli Valley,” this quaint and beautiful town of Alberobello is comprised of approximately 400 traditional dwellings with unique and distinctive conical stone roofs, known as trulli. Nearby, you will visit the most famous caves in Italy, The Caves of Castellana. Here, you will marvel at the spectacular multicoloured stalagmites, stalactites, lakes and underground caverns. You will never forget the impressive White Grotto, which consists exclusively of pure white crystals.
Day 6 Alberobello--Sorrento
Matera cave residence visit
Details: Travel to Sorrento via Matera
You will make a stop in the city of Matera for a walking tour of one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Since most tourists have yet to discover this most unusual cave-dwelling district, you will be one of the lucky few who get to enjoy the old world nuances of Matera’s picturesque streets overlooking impressive cave filled cliffs.
Day 7 Sorrento--Rome
Travel to Rome
Details: Capri & Blue Grotto excursion
From the Bay of Naples the island of Capri is less than an hour away by boat. Weather permitting, you will take a boat to the Blue Grotto, where sunlight reflected from beneath the water bathes the cave in a silver-blue light.
Day 8 End tour

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  • Day 8 Start extension to Florence
    Travel to Florence
    Florence guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
    Palazzo VecchioPiazza della SignoriaChiesa di Santa CrocePonte VecchioDuomo visitleather workshopGates of ParadiseGiotto’s Bell TowerDante's House
    Details: Florence guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
    Immerse yourself in the charms of old-world Firenze, a red-brick splendor set in the rolling green hills of Tuscany. The birthplace and focal point of the Italian Renaissance, Florence still has the masterpieces to prove it. Brunelleschi’s elegant Duomo (dome) dominates the skyline, and around every corner is an architectural triumph filled with wall after wall of incomparable art. Your local licensed guide will take you to Giotto's Bell Tower and the aptly named Gates of Paradise, the bronze east doors of the Baptistery that spurred the burgeoning Renaissance. The boy guarding the Palazzo Vecchio with his slingshot is just a copy of Michelangelo’s David; the real statue is over at the Accademia. Don’t overlook the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli at the Chiesa di Santa Croce, and definitely don’t overlook Florence’s amazing leather goods. Check them out when you visit one of the area’s famed workshops.
    Day 9 Florence--Milan
    Travel to Milan via Bologna
    Details: Milan tour director-led sightseeing
    Your tour director will lead your adventure in Milan, Italy's capital of fashion and finance. See the renowned La Scala opera house, with Europe's largest stage. The city's marble Duomo took almost 450 years to complete, and is the world's largest Gothic cathedral. On clear days, its 135 spires can be seen from the Alps.
    Day 10 End tour
    Map of Rome and the South of Italy educational tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Guided sightseeing tours with high-tech headset as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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