Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy (LM) - 2016

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14 Day Tour from Rome to Palermo


Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Visit the world famous Roman Forum
The Vatican City in Italy
The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings
Visit the great Colosseum in Rome
Vatican City in Italy
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums
Visit the ancient Roman Forum

Vacation Overview

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history—all of this awaits you on this fabulous vacation through Sicily and Southern Italy. If you’re interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You’ll visit Matera, where you’ll visit one of the Sassi Houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. You’ll also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage. Visit the ancient Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC; the ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento; and the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. Of course, you’ll also visit some of the ancient structures in Rome, such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum. In Naples, you’ll visit Reggia di Capodimonte, a grand Bourbon palace that houses the National Museum of Capodimonte. This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You’ll visit Sorrento and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities.

History, amazing scenery, tasty cuisine, and so much more are waiting for you on this Italy tour. So pack your bag and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!


ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations

SORRENTO–CAPRI
By jetfoil

NAPLES
Guided sightseeing, visit the National Archaeological Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Reggia di Capodimonte

SORRENTO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Gelato demonstration and tasting

TRANI
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a special lunch at a seaside restaurant

ALBEROBELLO
Orientation

MATERA
Guided walking tour, visit one of the Sassi houses

REGGIO CALABRIA
Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum

STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing

TAORMINA
Visit the Greek Amphitheater; a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant

AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

PALERMO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a special farewell dinner at a Sicilian farmhouse, the Antica Masseria Barone di Salvo, and learn how ricotta is made

Headsets throughout the tour


DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

Saint Peter Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome 
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DAY 2Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (Breakfast)

Visit the great Colosseum in Rome The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings 
The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum


"Visitors can be a little confused by the Roman Forum; at first glance, it is a rather lifeless array of marble fragments. But we must remember that in ancient times, this space was far more than the temples and monuments whose ruins we can explore today. It was filled with bustling, noisy life as the popular crossroads of the city – the predecessor, in fact, of the modern Italian piazza. Every morning at dawn, average Romans would escape their cramped, dark apartment blocks (called insulae, or “islands”) and spent their days outdoors. "
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums


"In the early 1500s, Rome was full of neglected ruins from the days of the ancient Empire, which still contained artworks buried amongst the rubble. The Renaissance had seen a sudden growth of interest in all things classical, and the popes – cultivated men who were in touch with the intellectual currents of the day – were the richest art collectors in Italy. They began offering substantial cash rewards for any sculptures, until Rome was scoured by freelance treasure hunters on the hunt for pagan masterpieces. The most dramatic discovery occurred in 1506, when a Roman father-and-son team of excavators reported a promising find near the ruined Baths of Titus. The artist Michelangelo himself excitedly hurried over to help with the work, followed by the pope’s official agent, Guiliano da Sangallo. When the excavators brushed away the dirt of 1,000 years, they found an enormous marble sculpture, perfectly intact, of a muscular Trojan hero being attacked by giant snakes. Guilano cried out in amazement, “This is the very Laocoön described by (the ancient Roman author) Pliny!” The sculpture was carted off to the Vatican Museum."
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DAY 3Rome–Pompeii–Sorrento

Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Continue to the charming resort of Sorrento. (Breakfast)

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Sorrento

Sorrento


"Italian movie stars and pop idols are still snapping up real estate around the seaside town of Sorrento – Siren’s Point – unaware that 2,000 years ago it was also the very heart of the ancient Romans’ favorite holiday destination. In fact, the entire sun-drenched coastline from the Bay of Naples south to the precipitous Amalfi Coast has always been lined with sumptuous luxury villas, qualifying it as the Hamptons of Antiquity. Aristocrats would flock here in summer to relax by the beach, swim in marble pools, sail to nearby islands in their silk-canopied yachts and enjoy seafood banquets al fresco beneath the stars. "
Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy

Pompeii


"While wandering the superbly-preserved streets of Pompeii keep an eye out for the cauponae or early fast-food restaurants beloved by the ancient Romans. Located on several corners and looking like open-air bars, these one-room establishments were where busy citizens could grab a quick meal and glass of wine on the run. They were identified by colorful signs over their doors (one place excavated in Pompeii had a Phoenix, another, an elephant and pygmy). And like modern coffee bars in Italy today, customers stood at an L-shaped brick counter to order. There were jars full of hot and cold food, as well as amphorae of wine, which they could consume on the spot or take out to a few wooden seats provided on the street or, in some cases, a small back garden."
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DAY 4Sorrento. Excursion to Capri

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. (Breakfast)

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Capri is an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples

Capri


"Rising like a whale from the ocean, the spectacular island of Capri has held a particular attraction for celebrities trying to “get away from it all” over the centuries. In former times, it lured the writers Goethe, Oscar Wilde and Graham Greene; these days, it attracts American stars like Leonardo di Caprio, Harrison Ford and Mariah Carey. But Capri first became famous in 26 AD, when the Roman Emperor Tiberius “dropped out” here to escape the political in-fighting in Rome. For 16 years, he ruled the Empire from his luxurious cliff-side palace – flashing his orders to the mainland via a lighthouse. Protected by 500 foot cliffs, Capri had only one landing point, and his villa, located on a remote headland offered sweeping 300 degree views of the ocean. B"
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DAY 5Sorrento. Excursion to Naples

Arrive in colorful Naples. A Local Guide takes you first to the NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, housing some of the world’s greatest Greco-Roman treasures; focus on the well-preserved objects found in Pompeii. Then, on to the city center to admire the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit splendid REGGIA DI CAPODIMONTE, a grand Bourbon palace, formerly the summer residence and hunting lodge of the Kings of the Two Sicilies, that now houses the National Museum of Capodimonte. The original Capodimonte Porcelain Factory was founded in the mid-18th-century. Back in Sorrento, look forward to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a gelato demonstration and tasting. (Breakfast)

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Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy

Pompeii


"While wandering the superbly-preserved streets of Pompeii keep an eye out for the cauponae or early fast-food restaurants beloved by the ancient Romans. Located on several corners and looking like open-air bars, these one-room establishments were where busy citizens could grab a quick meal and glass of wine on the run. They were identified by colorful signs over their doors (one place excavated in Pompeii had a Phoenix, another, an elephant and pygmy). And like modern coffee bars in Italy today, customers stood at an L-shaped brick counter to order. There were jars full of hot and cold food, as well as amphorae of wine, which they could consume on the spot or take out to a few wooden seats provided on the street or, in some cases, a small back garden."
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DAY 6Sorrento–Trani–Alberobello

Stop in Trani, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special lunch with local specialties awaits you at a seaside restaurant. Continue to the picturesque town of Alberobello, where you will stay for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 7At Leisure in Alberobello

A whole day at leisure to explore the town, famous for its unique trulli, whitewashed dry stone circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. You may wish to join our optional excursion to Ostuni to make the most of your stay, and later, maybe an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian agriturismo. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Alberobello–Matera–Reggio Calabria

In Matera, a guided walking tour features a visit to one of the picturesque SASSI HOUSES. Afterwards, enjoy a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto before heading inland to Reggio Calabria with a Local Guide. Visit the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Reggio Calabria–Taormina Riviera

Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the GREEK AMPHITHEATER. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian Granita (a treat similar to sorbet). (Breakfast)

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Days 10-11At Leisure in Taormina Riviera

Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions: to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, and to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner with wine at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea view has been organized. (Breakfast, Dinner daily)

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DAY 12Taormina Riviera–Agrigento–Palermo

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo. (Breakfast)

Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth Delphi Ruins Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece 
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DAY 13Palermo

Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and the CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit an original SICILIAN FARM, Antica Masseria Barone di Salvo in Tumminia. Meet the casaro (cheese-maker), see how he prepares a fresh ricotta and enjoy your exclusive farewell dinner with local specialties and wine, the perfect way to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Palermo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch with wine in Trani; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, a special dinner in Taormina, and a special farewell dinner at a Sicilian farmhouse


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SIMONETTA PELLICONI

Years of Experience: 21 years

With its wide variety of scenery, historical background, and famous works of art, Italy is a little world of its own. I enjoy being a Tour Director in Italy, because every day brings a surprise!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy:

  • Vatican City
  • Archaeological Site of Agrigento
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • The Sassi of Matera
  • Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale