Sicily and Southern Italy Tours - Globus® Italy Tours

Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy (LM)

14 Day Tour from Rome to Palermo

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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!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • 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
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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Day 2 Rome

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 Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–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 Breakfast

Day 4 Sorrento. 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 Breakfast

Day 5 Sorrento. 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 Breakfast

Day 6 Sorrento–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.

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Day 7 At 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 Breakfast

Day 8 Alberobello–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.

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Day 9 Reggio 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 Breakfast

Days 10-11 At 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 Breakfast daily

Day 12 Taormina 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 Breakfast

Day 13 Palermo

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 Breakfast
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Day 14 Palermo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

LINO NEFANDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My life is a journey... Born in Southern Italy, my passion is history and rediscovering the traditions and the most refined art of this country. I love to share with my customers on the Globus tours moments of the breathtaking coastlines, the monuments and the unbelievable recipes of Italy. Follow me, I am going to make you live the Italian experience as if you were a part of this never-ending show.

Tour Director - LINO NEFANDO

 Accommodations

Rome
Sorrento
Alberobello
Reggio Calabria
Giardini Naxos
Palermo

Rome

Della Conciliazione

First-Class

Della Conciliazione Via Borgo Pio  164, Roma,  Italy

Via Borgo Pio 164
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This elegant 67 room hotel is just a few minutes walk away from St. Peter's Basilica and offers modern comforts within the charming atmosphere of a historic building. A hearty breakfast buffet is served in the c hic breakfast room and drinks can be enjoyed at the lobby bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls

Sorrento

Conca Park

Conca Park Via Capo, 8, Sorrento,   Italy

Via Capo, 8
Sorrento, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This spacious 200 room property is a relaxing oasis from which to explore the beautiful Sorrento Peninsula. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Sorrentine specialties can be sampled in the restaurant and there is also a bar and coffee lounge. For relaxation there is a refreshing large outdoor swimming pool, a terraced Mediterranean garden and wellness center complete with hydromassage pool and fitness area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite

Alberobello

Victor Country

First-Class

Victor Country C.Da Albero Della Croce   S.P. 78  Alberobello-Mottola Km.2,7, Alberobello,  Italy

C.Da Albero Della Croce S.P. 78 Alberobello-Mottola Km.2,7
Alberobello, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Set within a beautifully converted 16th century farmhouse, this small country 38 room hotel is immersed in over 42-hectares of natural countryside surrounded by unspoilt scenery, ranging from oak and olive groves to verdant grasslands. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and the hotel has a restaurant, bar and seasonal outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens

Reggio Calabria

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Superior First-Class

Grand Hotel Excelsior Via Vittorio Veneto 66, Reggio Calabria,  Italy

Via Vittorio Veneto 66
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Refined and elegant, equipped with a large Convention Centre and a rooftop garden that hosts the exclusive restaurant Gala, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is the ideal solution both for a business trip or a romantic weekend in the beautiful city of Calabria.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Giardini Naxos

Hilton Giardini Naxos

Hilton Giardini Naxos Via Jannuzzo 47, Taormina Riviera,  Italy

Via Jannuzzo 47
Taormina Riviera, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This luxurious 296 room hotel is set in a fantastic location with superb facilities. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in the guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). The hotel has two beautiful private sandy beaches with a seasonal beach bar, an inviting seafront outdoor pool as well as a spa, wellness and 24 hour fitness center. Homemade Sicilian pastries and evening cocktails can be enjoyed in the lobby bar, dinner in the hotel's elegant speciality restaurant and classic Mediterranean style lunch in the main restasurant with outdoor terrace dining options at both venues.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer

Palermo

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Superior First-Class

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa Via Dei Cartari 18, Palermo,  Italy

Via Dei Cartari 18
Palermo, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Set in 3 historical buildings, including a beautiful 16th-century cloister, this upscale hotel has retained many original architectural details. There is a restaurant with a seasonal outdoor terrace, two bars and a fitness room, Free WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and Free wired internet access is available in the guest rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rome
Sorrento
Alberobello
Taormina Riviera
Palermo

Rome

Hidden Treasures of Rome
Hidden Treasures of Rome

Hidden Treasures of Rome

Discover unexpected art treasures and secrets of the eternal city far from the crowds. Accompanied by a professional local guide, following the bends of the Tiber river, meander through narrow picturesque alleyways where layers of history are revealed before your eyes. See the old Roman market behind the Marcellus theatre and the old Jewish ghetto, pass the very spot where Caesar was assassinated, learn about Rome's oldest and most beautiful domes, wonder at the baroque optical illusions of St. Ignatius and finally soak up the atmosphere in the most elegant square of this historical city.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Sorrento

Amalfi Drive & Positano
Amalfi Drive & Positano

Amalfi Drive & Positano

Enjoy a scenic drive up to the Madonnina, a breathtaking viewpoint over the Amalfi Coast. Free time to visit and shop in the quaint terraced village of Positano, a prosperous port of the former Amalfi Republic. See the Byzantine church of Santa Maria Assunta and its famous majolica tile dome.

Approximate value: €36 EUR per person

Neapolitan Experience
Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

This is the land of the oldest and best pasta factories in the world, surrounded by golden lemons, tasty tomatoes and soft mozzarella cheese...The fertile volcanic lands around mount Vesuvius and the quality of their products were already treasured by the earliest travelers. A scenic dinner with view, an inside quaint fruit garden restaurant or a local old style authentic farm your Tour Director will choose for you according to the season how to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of the bay of Naples, sanctuary of the Italian recipes known around the world.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

Sorrento Flavors
Sorrento Flavors

Sorrento Flavors

Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and excellent service. Wine, soft drinks, and mineral water are included.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Alberobello

Apulian Dinner with Folklore in a Traditional Masseria
Apulian Dinner with Folklore in a Traditional Masseria

Apulian Dinner with Folklore in a Traditional Masseria

Enjoy a lovely meal in a traditional masseria. The building that was once a stable has been turned into a picturesque dining room using ancient materials. You will have the chance to taste delicious gastronomic specialities in a 4 course dinner which includes drinks, coffee and the famous homemade liqueur. This wonderful dinner is prepared using the finest farm- made ingredients. The Alberobello folk group will also perform during your dinner in their traditional costumes with live music. A real treat for you and your fellow diners!

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Excursion to Ostuni
Excursion to Ostuni

Excursion to Ostuni

Visit the striking hilltop village of Ostuni, situated within touching distance of the seashore and known as "La Città Bianca" (The White City) due to its fortress of white washed buildings clustered together on the hillside and which give it a very exotic feel, more Greek or Middle Eastern than Italian. The brightness of its whitewashed houses, set against the pink-tinged brown of its principal monument, makes the town stand out in the green of the surrounding area. Your local expert will guide you through a series of small roads, alleys and arches where hints of the Middle Ages are at hand everywhere from the portal of a palace, to the walls of a convent or the front of a church.

Approximate value: €29 EUR per person

Taormina Riviera

Excursion to Etna Volcano
Excursion to Etna Volcano

Excursion to Etna Volcano

Enjoy a scenic drive with a Local Guide through orchards, vineyards, and forests up to the Europe's highest active volcano. From your vantage point at 6,500 feet, observe the unusual landscape of extinct craters and rivers of solidified lava.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia
Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Travel to Syracuse, once a powerful Greek port and the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, which has attracted visitors such as philosopher Plato and, later, Apostle Paul, who converted its citizens to Christianity. Enter the archaeological site with a Local Guide to see the 5th-century BC Greek Theater, Garden of Paradise, Ear of Dionysus, Altar of Hieron II, Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmakers' Cave.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Sicilian Dinner
Sicilian Dinner

Sicilian Dinner

Sicily  has more than 3 millenniums of history. An ancient philosopher once said "Sicilians eat as if they were to die and build as if they were to live forever". Local produce, smell and flavors interact together creating genuine cuisine and great wines. Tonight why not enjoy a typical Sicilian gastronomic dinner including drinks in beautiful surroundings with spectacular views?

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Palermo

Dinner By The Sea in Sferracavallo
Dinner By The Sea in Sferracavallo

Dinner By The Sea in Sferracavallo

Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner, including choice of wine or soft drinks, at a typical Sicilian restaurant in Sferracavallo, a fishing village just a few miles from Palermo. Fine seafood and fish dining, Sicilian style!

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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