The Best of Italy & Sicily (LL) - 2014 / 2015

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15 Day Tour from Rome to Rome


The Best of Italy & Sicily
Vatican City in Italy
Vatican City in Italy
Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
St. Marks Square
Visit the great Colosseum in Rome
The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Capri is an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples
The Ponte Vecchio at night

Vacation Overview

This traditional grand vacation is perfect for those who wish to see all of Italy, including the Isle of Capri and Sicily. Guided sightseeing and highlight visits are included to St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s David in Florence; and in Venice, enjoy a guided walking tour featuring the Rialto Bridge, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, and a visit to St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. Stop in Ravenna, to admire the famous mosaics in the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe; stay overnight in Assisi and admire St. Francis’ Basilica. After a guided walking tour of Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, enjoy a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Grand Café Gambrinus in Naples, before boarding the overnight ferry to Sicily. Here a visit to the Norman Cathedral in Monreale, a wine tasting at the famous Florio wine cellar in Marsala, a guided walk through the spectacular Valley of Temples, and a visit to the Greek Amphitheater in Taormina await you. Board your ferry and cross the Strait of Messina to Calabria. Two nights in Sorrento include a visit to the Isle of Capri by jetfoil across the Bay of Naples and a funicular ride to Capri village. This wonderful vacation ends back in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.


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

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

LUCCA
Orientation

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

VENICE
Private boat ride; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica; glassblower demonstration

RAVENNA
Visit St. Apollinaris in Classe

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations

NAPLES
Enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Grand Café Gambrinus

NAPLES–SICILY
Overnight cruise in two-berth cabins with private facilities

PALERMO
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, the Norman cathedral in Monreale

MARSALA
Visit a salt mill; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wine tasting at the Florio wine cellar

AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

TAORMINA
Visit the Greek Amphitheater

STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing

SORRENTO–CAPRI
By jetfoil

CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride

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)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome Saint Peter 
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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. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (Breakfast)

Visit the great Colosseum in Rome St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City 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–Pisa–Lucca

Enter Tuscany and arrive in Pisa to marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower. Take your pictures “pushing back the tower” before continuing to the picturesque town of Lucca, completely surrounded by the original medieval wall, for your overnight stay. Wander through its quaint little streets and tonight, why not join an optional dinner at a local agriturismo? (Breakfast)

Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy See the vineyard covered hillsides of Tuscany 
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa


"It was the most perfect experiment in the history of science. Holding both a cannon ball and a small musket ball, the 30-something Pisa native Galileo Galilei scaled the steps of his city’s famous Leaning Tower, and held them dramatically over the edge. Eight stories below, the town’s most learned scholars and priests were gathered as observers. They watched as the two balls dropped to the ground at the same speed – disproving, with a single stroke, the ancient idea that objects fall at different rates depending on their weight and size. This archaic concept, which had been espoused by the ancient Greek author Aristotle, had been accepted without question for more than 2,000 years, Galileo’s great innovation was to put it to a practical test of observation. Unfortunately, this famous story is probably not true. Galileo never wrote about it himself – it was recounted in a late biography penned by his secretary, Vincenzo Viviani. Most historians now believe that it was Galileo’s imaginative disciples who invented the Leaning Tower tale in order to make the theory so clear that even a child could understand it. "
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DAY 4Lucca–Florence–Venice Island

This morning, focus on Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Highlight is a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s David. Cross the wooded Apennine Mountains and arrive in Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional dinner outing to try out Venetian specialties. (Breakfast)

Florence Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio The Ponte Vecchio at night 
La Piazza Della Signoria

La Piazza Della Signoria


"What’s the best vantage point to ponder the most illustrious town square in Florence, the Signoria? An outdoor table in the venerable Caffè Rivoire – preferably over a delicious, if not painfully expensive cioccolata con pane, a dark and mud-thick hot chocolate. Late at night, when the crowds have gone, you can search the long shadows and imagine that very little has changed here since the 1400s. The Signoria is the most elegant sculpture garden in Europe. Masterpieces include the splendid Neptune Fountain by Ammannati, Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli and a precise copy of Michelangelo’s David, all strategically poised in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This grand public space has been the centerpiece of Florence since the 15th Century, the golden age when the city was established as the most beautiful in Europe. Eminent merchants in their ostentatious finery met here to discuss business in the midst of Florence’s raucous daily life."
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DAY 5Venice Island

Enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite guided walking tour this morning to RIALTO BRIDGE, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, ST. MARK’S SQUARE, and visit the byzantine BASILICA. Also see lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, and watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Later, you have a chance to join an exciting optional excursions to the colorful island of Burano and a gondola serenade. (Breakfast)

St. Marks Square 
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Bridge of Sighs


"The world’s most poetically-named bridge, Il Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs, was built in 1614 so that prisoners of the Venetian state could be transferred in secret from the Doge’s Palace to the so-called Nuovi Prigioni, or New Prisons. The wistful name was actually conceived by the English poet Lord Byron in the early 1800s that imagined the horror of prisoners taking their last glimpse of Venice before going underground to captivity. "
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DAY 6Venice Island–Ravenna–Assisi

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. In the afternoon, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit the massive 13th-century lower BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

Assisi


"Saint Francis may be Assisi’s most internationally famous son, the charismatic preacher who has been the subject of numerous bio-pics. But his female counterpart, Saint Clare, evokes almost as much devotion amongst Italians. Her life story reads like a medieval inversion of The Sound of Music: A beautiful young woman born into a wealthy family, she was betrothed at an early age to a dashing local noble and seemed destined for a conventional life of luxury and pleasure. But her future was transformed in 1210, when she saw the handsome young Francis, espousing the sacred virtues of poverty in the streets of Assisi. Clare immediately cut off her long golden hair, took a vow of celibacy, gave away all her fine clothes and began to dress in a simple cassock. She soon founded her own religious order for women, the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, which demonstrated a devotion to good works that matches the all-male Franciscan order of monks. In fact, she is often known to Catholics as alter Franciscus, another Francis."
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DAY 7Assisi–Pompeii–Naples

Overnight Cruise To Palermo. Arrive in POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A guided walking tour through the excavations features patrician houses, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. In nearby Naples, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a cappuccino and sfogliatella await you at the famous Grand Café Gambrinus, before boarding your FERRY in Naples for the overnight cruise to Sicily. (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 8Palermo

After disembarkation, start your sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Palermo–Marsala–Agrigento

In Marsala, visit a salt mill, then a true highlight: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a wine tasting at the famous Florio wine cellar to try out and learn about Marsala wines.Next, drive along the western coast to Agrigento. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Agrigento–Taormina Riviera

This morning, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent 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. Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to the Taormina Riviera. Later, focus on the 3rd-century GREEK AMPHITHEATER, the second-largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mount Etna. (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 11At Leisure in Taormina Riviera

This morning is your chance to join the exciting half-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or for individual activities. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Taormina Riviera–Sorrento

Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Tonight, you are in the charming resort of Sorrento, delightfully situated on the Bay of Naples. (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. "
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DAY 13Sorrento. Excursion to Capri

Speed across the Bay of Naples by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri, an ancient retreat for Roman emperors and renowned ever since that time for its beauty. 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 14Sorrento–Rome

Return to Rome. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at La Carovana restaurant and say “Arrivederci” to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 15Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat ride in Venice; overnight cruise; jetfoil; ferry crossing; funicular ride in Capri



Full buffet breakfast; 5 three-course dinners, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome


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