Italy's Great Cities with Sicily (LJE) - 2015 / 2014

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11 Day Tour from Rome to Sicily


Italys Great Cities with Sicily
The Vatican City in Italy
The Vatican City in Italy
St. Marks Square
Visit the great Colosseum in Rome
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Leaning Tower of Pisa
La Piazza Della Signoria
Vatican City in Italy
The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio

Vacation Overview

This trip will show you the highlight cities of Italy, covering all the notable features from St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome to Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square in Florence, plus St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and Doges’ Palace with the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Local Guides in these cities will answer all your questions. Also included are: special welcome and farewell dinners with wine at lively Roman restaurants; a stop in Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower; a break in Romeo & Juliet’s Verona to see Juliet’s balcony and the Arena, as well as a tortellini lunch at Rubiani restaurant on lively Piazza Bra; and a traditional gelato in Florence! Scenic rides will show you the Tyrrhenian coast, the Lombardian plains, the flat Po area, the wooded Apennine mountain range, and Tuscany’s Chianti wine country. Transfer by air to Sicily; enjoy three nights, a guided walking tour of picturesque Taormina, and a visit to the Greek Amphitheater. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

     

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Receive a $500 per person Vacation Credit on all 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacations on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $500 per person Vacation Credit on all 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacations on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacation of six nights or more on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $500 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel between January 1 and October 31, 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with an Italy vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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ROME
Special 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite evening walk and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste a traditional gelato

VERONA
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tortellini lunch at Rubiani restaurant

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

FERRARA
Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral

ROME-SICILY
by air

SICILY
Guided sightseeing including a walking tour of Taormina. Visit the Greek-Roman Amphitheater

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 at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Saint Peter 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. To make the most of your stay, join our optional walking tour, and see the Spanish Steps, and other sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (Breakfast)

The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City Visit the great Colosseum in Rome The Baroque inspired Spanish Steps connect the Trinita dei Monti church to the square below 
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–Florence

Follow the Aurelian Way along the Tyrrhenian coast and enter Tuscany. In Pisa, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, then continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out local specialties on an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant. (Breakfast)

Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy See the vineyard covered hillsides of Tuscany The Ponte Vecchio at night Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio 
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 4Florence

Guided sightseeing features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste a gelato artigianale (traditional ice cream). (Breakfast)

Admire the detailed craftsmanship of Michelangelos David Florence 
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 5Florence–Verona–Venice Island

A special visit to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a tortellini lunch at Rubiani restaurant on lively Piazza Bra. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world 
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DAY 6Venice Island

Start the day in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano. (Breakfast)

St. Marks Square 
Venice

Venice


"It is no accident that one of history’s greatest explorers, Marco Polo, came from Venice. His hometown had been Europe’s gateway to the East long before he set sail in 1271; the influence of the Orient could be seen in its art, its fashion and its architecture, creating, in the words of one historian, “the most colorful, sumptuous, and sensually bewitching civilization that history has ever known.” Thanks to Venetian conquests in the eastern Mediterranean, the 17-year-old Marco had the first leg of his travel route mapped out for him – he was able to island-hop through friendly territory as far as Constantinople, from there he was seduced by China for more than 20 years. When Polo returned to Venice in 1295 as a bearded and vaguely Eastern middle aged man, even his relatives did not believe he had been in China the entire time."
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 7Venice Island–Ferrara–Rome

A scenic drive today through the lush plains of the mighty Po River to Ferrara. Stroll past imposing Este Castle to the marble cathedral before continuing to Rome across the wooded Apennine mountain range, past the vine- and olive-clad Tuscan Hills, home of the popular Chianti wine. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a nice walk to a local restaurant for a special farewell dinner with wine is the best way to say “Arrivederci, Roma.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Rome–Taormina Riviera

Transfer by AIR and coach to your hotel in Giardini Naxos. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Taormina Riviera

Morning guided sightseeing includes a walking tour of picturesque Taormina and a visit to the GREEK-ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Taormina Riviera

Full day at leisure. Ask your Local Host for suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Taormina Riviera

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Catania). (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; boat ride in Venice; internal flight Rome-Sicily. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch in Verona; 2 three-course dinners with wine: special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome


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Receive a $500 per person Vacation Credit on all 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacations on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $500 per person Vacation Credit on all 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacations on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Italy vacation of six nights or more on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $500 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel between January 1 and October 31, 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with an Italy vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Italy's Great Cities with Sicily:

  • Vatican City
  • City of Verona
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon