The Best of Italy & Sicily (LD)

16 Day Tour from Milan to Taormina Riviera

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Italy is a country with so much to offer—amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this Best of Italy & Sicily tour, you’ll experience some of the most popular cities and historic sights of Italy and Sicily, including overnights in Milan, Venice Island, Florence, Rome, Naples, Capri, Pizzo Calabro, Palermo, Agrigento, and Taormina Riviera.

If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence and his ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In Monteriggioni, visit the medieval town and walk on the ramparts

Tour highlights also include the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the excavations in Pompeii, and Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! You’ll also visit the impressive Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! And from Naples you’ll cross the Bay of Naples by jetfoil to the Isle of Capri for an overnight stay, a funicular ride, and a guided visit to the Gardens of Augustus!

These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily tour. So if you want to see Italy, let Globus handle the details—including special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala, a granita tasting in Cefalù, plus various dinners at local restaurants to try the regional specialties—and all you need to do is focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MILAN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sforzesco Castle grounds and the museum
VENICE ISLAND
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local restaurant
MONTERIGGIONI
Visit the medieval town and walk on its ramparts
ROME
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
CASTEL GANDOLFO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided visit of the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens
POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations
NAPLES
Guided sightseeing, visit the Archaeological Museum
NAPLES–CAPRI–SORRENTO
By jetfoil
CAPRI
Funicular ride, guided sightseeing, visit the Gardens of Augustus
STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing
CEFALÙ
Visit the seaside town; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite granita tasting
PALERMO
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and 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
PIAZZA ARMERINA
Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale
TAORMINA
Enjoy a walk along Corso Umberto; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; 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; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Florence and Taormina

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY

Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 MILAN–VENICE ISLAND

Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit PIAZZA DUOMO with its magnificent gothic cathedral, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Leave Milan and drive through the flat Po area to Venice, a favorite destination for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT.

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Day 3 VENICE ISLAND

Meet your Local Guide and walk to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the world-famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to explore Venice at your own pace or join an exciting optional lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano.

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Day 4 VENICE ISLAND–FLORENCE

A scenic drive across the flat Apennines brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” With your Local Guide visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and the sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

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Day 5 FLORENCE–MONTERIGGIONI–ROME

Look forward to an exciting experience: a WALK ON THE RAMPARTS of the medieval town of Monteriggioni with beautiful views of the surrounding Chianti region before continuing to Rome.

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Day 6 ROME

Guided sightseeing of the “Eternal City” starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available.

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Day 7 ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–NAPLES

Look forward to a unique experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to arrive in the busy port city of Naples.

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Day 8 NAPLES. EXCURSION TO POMPEII

In nearby POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, join your Local Guide for an exciting visit to the excavations. See a patrician home, public baths, and shops that give a striking picture of what day-to-day life was like in Rome at its apex of power. Return to Naples, where guided sightseeing features the main sights, and visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, where many of the treasures that were recuperated from Pompeii are on display.

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Day 9 NAPLES–CAPRI

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri for your overnight stay. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri Village, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS offering spectacular panoramic views. Spend the rest of the day to further explore this wonderful island at your own pace.

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Day 10 CAPRI–SORRENTO–PIZZO CALABRO

Return to the mainland and spend time in the charming seaside resort of Sorrento. Drive south to Calabria for your resort overnight stay.

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Day 11 PIZZO CALABRO–CEFALÙ–PALERMO

Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land in Sicily. Follow the northern coastline and arrive in spectacular Cefalù, where you Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste a traditional granita. Time to explore the old town with its medieval lanes and seafront promenade. Next is Palermo, the capital of Sicily.

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Day 12 PALERMO

Sightseeing with a Local Guide 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.

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Day 13 PALERMO–MARSALA–AGRIGENTO

After a visit to a traditional SALT MILL in Marsala, look forward to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING at the famous Florio wine cellar to sample and learn about Marsala wines. Your next destination is Agrigento, where a Local Guide takes 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.

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Day 14 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Piazza Armerina, where a guided visit features the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE with its mosaics. In Taormina, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk along Corso Umberto before arriving at your comfortable hotel.

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Day 15 TAORMINA RIVIERA

A full day at leisure gives you a chance to join the exciting optional excursion to Mount Etna. Spend the afternoon to relax or for individual activities. This evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits.

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Day 16 TAORMINA RIVIERA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

Milan
Venice
Florence
Rome
Naples
Capri
Pizzo Calabro
Palermo
Agrigento
Taormina Riviera

 Optional Excursions

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).

Price Ranges

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


Venice
Rome
Palermo
Taormina Riviera

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for a delicious four-course meal and time to explore.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Rome

Roman Drive and Dinner

Roman Drive and Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through the "Eternal City" followed by a 4-course dinner at a popular Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

Join your Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the citys authentic jewels. A life-time experience!

Price Range: $

Palermo

Dinner by the Sea in Sferracavallo

Dinner by the Sea in Sferracavallo

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

Price Range: $$

Hidden Gems of Palermo

Hidden Gems of Palermo

Sightseeing along the sea, walk through the picturesque narrow streets. Finish your tour enjoying a visit in a private historical Palazzo and be welcomed by the owner.

Price Range: $$

Taormina Riviera

Sicilian Dinner

Sicilian Dinner

Why not enjoy a typical Sicilian gastronomic dinner in beautiful surroundings with spectacular views?

Price Range: $$

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.

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 guest in a party: $3,417*
12 guest in a party: $1,580*

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 both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. 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.

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