Italian Mosaic with Taormina Riviera (LIE)

16 Day Tour from Rome to Taormina Riviera

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On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, and Assisi—you’ll also get to enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You’ll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire.

You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You’ll also have time in beautiful Capri, where celebrities go to “get away from it all.”

On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a cappuccino at a popular, historical café in Padua and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you’ll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens.

From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. Then, at the end of your tour, transfer by air to Sicily for three nights. Enjoy a guided walking tour of picturesque Taormina and a visit to the Greek-Roman Amphitheater, built in the 3rd century BC. All services in Sicily, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. There’s no better way to end your amazing Italy vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
A welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum; farewell dinner with opera entertainment
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; see Ponte Vecchio
MILAN
Orientation, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the La Scala Opera House museum; see the Galleria and the Duomo
LAKE MAGGIORE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at La Pescheria restaurant
LUGANO (SWITZERLAND)
Visit
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
PADUA
Walking tour to the Piazza delle Erbe; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cappuccino at the Pedrocchi Café
ASSISI
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
SORRENTO-CAPRI
By jetfoil
CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride;Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste Granita
POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations
ROME-SICILY
By air
SICILY
Guided sightseeing including a walking tour of Taormina. Visit the Greek-Roman Amphitheater
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Departures January 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13, and January 17, February 14 (2017) overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore. Dinner on Day 5 not included. Lugano and Lake Maggiore replaced with Verona visit on Day 7. Overnight at Starhotels Ritz (SF) at Milan
  • December 13 Departure–Christmas Eve in Rome

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

  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 22-October 11 & March 21-April 4, 2017) and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; internal flight Rome-Sicily. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore (except departures January 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13 and January 17-February 14, 2017 that have 4 three-course dinners included)

 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 for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Dinner

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. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Pisa–Florence

Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties.

Breakfast

Day 4 Florence

Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, an optional excursion is available to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town.

Breakfast

Day 5 Florence–Milan–Lake Maggiore, Italy

North across the Apennine hills and through the flat Po area to Milan, the commercial capital of Italy. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the MUSEUM of La Scala Opera House, then, enjoy a walk to the glass-domed GALLERIA and the gothic Duomo. Continue to elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Lake Maggiore. Boat Trip to Isola Dei Pescatori

A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join an exciting Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT CRUISE to ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties at La Pescheria awaits you.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 7 Lake Maggiore–Lugano, Switzerland–Venice Island

Cross the Swiss border and stop in Lugano. Time to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back to Italy, arrive in romantic Venice, and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Maybe an optional gondola ride tonight?

Breakfast

Day 8 Venice Island

Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island.

Breakfast

Day 9 Venice Island–Padua–Assisi

In Padua, walk to the PIAZZA DELLE ERBE and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cappuccino at the popular Pedrocchi Café. Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, built on top of his tomb.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 10 Assisi–Sorrento

Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano.

Breakfast

Day 11 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, visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a Granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast

Day 12 Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome

Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the “Eternal City,” a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at La Carovana restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 13 Rome–Taormina Riviera

Travel by AIR on selected flights to Catania. Then, transfer to your hotel in beautiful Giardini Naxos on the Taormina Riviera. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

Breakfast

Day 14 Taormina Riviera

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

Breakfast

Day 15 Taormina Riviera

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast

Day 16 Taormina Riviera

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

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.

ANNE PALMER PUCCINI

Years of Experience: 38

As a veteran Tour Director, I find no other destination as stimulating and exhilarating as Italy. Here we have something for everyone--ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, amazing art, and more. Join me so you can absorb and understand the multi-faceted nature of this country without any of the difficulties, pitfalls, and time-wasting often encountered by individual travelers. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you to my beautiful country.

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Stresa
Venice
Assisi
Sorrento
Giardini Naxos

Rome

Universo

First-Class

Via Principe Amedeo 5
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the Hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

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

Florence

Kraft

First-Class

Via Solferino 2
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Refined Traditional Five-story Hotel located downtown near Arno River; 600 meters from Santa Maria Novella train station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning

Florence

Mediterraneo

First-Class

Lungarno Del Tempio, 44
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center - Duomo and Palazzo Pitti nearby.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Stresa

Grand Hotel Bristol

Corso Umberto I, 73
Stresa, Italy

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Venice

Albergo Rist.All'angelo

First-Class

San Marco, 403
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

Small hotel with restaurants serving Venetian cuisine; situated 50 meters from Saint Mark's Square without crossing bridges.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer

Assisi

Windsor Savoia

First-Class

Viale Marconi 1
Assisi, Italy

Free Wifi

Historic hotel in Assisi, opened in 1908 by the English lady Fanny Morgan, is now a modern three star hotel with all the comforts of the category, and is still run by his descendants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms

Sorrento

Michelangelo

First-Class

Corso Italia 275
Sorrento, Italy

Contemporary Six-story Hotel set amid gardens, in central location.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access

Rome

Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia

First-Class

Via Aurelia KM8,400
Rome, Italy

Motor Hotel with restaurant and bar, interior corridors, outdoor pool, fitness facility; located 15 km from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms

Giardini Naxos

Hilton Giardini Naxos

Via Jannuzzo 47
Taormina Riviera, Italy

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

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