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 archaeological sites—all of this awaits you on this fabulous “off the beaten path” vacation through Southern Italy and Sicily. If you’re interested in ancient history, this tour is certainly for you. Stop in Matera, to enjoy a panoramic view of the sassi houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. A guided visit of Reggio Calabria’s Bronzi di Riace museum to see the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures will leave a lasting impression. Once in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage, visit the Greek Theater at Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC. Also, visit the amazing Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento’s Valley of Temples; 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 some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. A unique highlight is the guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo where lunch has been arranged for you. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Other special treats include a taste of the traditional tartufo desert in Pizzo Calabro, and local pastries (pasticciotto) with almond iced coffee in Lecce.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. Visit the Sorrento coast 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 is waiting for you on this Italy tour. So pack your bag and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy map

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens, lunch at Villa Barberini
By jetfoil
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride and a visit to Augustus Gardens
Guided walking tour of the excavations
Guided visit; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pizza tasting
Guided sightseeing, walk through the Old Town and visit San Nicola's Church
Guided walking tour, visit Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica; taste Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local pasticciotto and almond coffee
Guided walking tour; visit a trullo
Panoramic view of the Sassi houses
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste the traditional tartufo ice cream
Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum
Ferry crossing
Visit the ancient Greek Theater; dinner at a local restaurant
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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

  • Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale
  • Archeological area of Agrigento
  • Archeological Site of Pompeii
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • The Sassi of Matera (See only)
  • The Trulli of Alberobello


Motorcoach; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing.


 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Villa Barberini; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Rome, Taormina and Palermo


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.



Look forward to a unique experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible, followed by lunch at Villa Barberini. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to the Sorrento Coast.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Breakfast Breakfast


Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit. Walk through the splendid AUGUSTUS GARDENS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view. Time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast


Explore fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Follow your Local Guide for a walk past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Next is Naples, a city steeped in volcanic history, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches to rival Rome! A Local Guide will show you the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous PIAZZA PLEBISCITO and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km

Breakfast Breakfast


A morning at leisure allows you to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast and Positano. Later, drive to Bari, capital of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot,” for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Breakfast Breakfast


Discover BARI VECCHIA, the city’s oldest district, during a pleasant stroll with a Local Guide and visit stunning SAN NICOLA'S CHURCH. In Lecce, your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the “Florence of the South.” Visit the DUOMO, a masterpiece of baroque art, SANTA CROCE BASILICA, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the local pasticciotto with almond-flavored iced coffee.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Breakfast Breakfast


Enjoy a guided walking tour of Alberobello and visit one of its unique trulli—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian masseria.

Breakfast Breakfast


In Matera, enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque sassi houses, followed by a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto to Pizzo Calabro, where you can taste Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the traditional tartufo ice cream. Arrive in Reggio Calabria for a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Breakfast Breakfast


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 ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I at your own pace. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian granita (a treat similar to sorbet).
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km

Breakfast Breakfast


Enjoy two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port with a fleet feared throughout the Mediterranean. On day 10, dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views. On Day 11, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast daily


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.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Breakfast Breakfast


Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent 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, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate your Italian journey.

Breakfast Breakfast


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 a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


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


 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Alberobello Area
Taormina Riviera


Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

Enjoy a delicious meal on the picturesque area of Naples.

Price Range: $$

Charming Positano

Charming Positano

The most thrilling drive in Europe awaits as you travel along the famed Amalfi Coast for breathtaking panoramas and a visit to charming Positano!

Price Range: $$


Nonna Lucia's Pasta Workshop and Traditional Dinner

Nonna Lucia's Pasta Workshop and Traditional Dinner

Learn how to make orecchiette pasta from a real Italian grandmother on this fun evening in historic Bari, then dig in to a delicious pasta dinner with unlimited wine!

Price Range: $$

Alberobello Area

Italian Fairytale: Apulian Farm Dinner & Music

Italian Fairytale: Apulian Farm Dinner & Music

Travel into the fairytale landscapes of the Apulian countryside for free time in one of Italy¿s most beautiful villages, followed by dinner and traditional entertainment at a local masseria (farmhouse).

Price Range: $$

Taormina Riviera

A Taste of Sicily Dinner

A Taste of Sicily Dinner

Discover the tastes, aromas, and delectable nuances behind authentic Sicilian cuisine at a traditional dinner with drinks, beautiful surroundings, and spectacular views.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Discover the ancient Greek and Roman heart of Sicily on this exciting half-day guided excursion to unforgettable Syracuse.

Price Range: $$

Journey to Mount Etna, Europe's Tallest Volcano

Journey to Mount Etna, Europe's Tallest Volcano

Come face to face with towering Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, on this mesmerizing half-day guided excursion along the eastern coast of Sicily.

Price Range: $


Dinner by the Sea

Dinner by the Sea

Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at a typical Sicilian restaurant.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,873*
18 guests in a party: $594*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).