The Best of Italy & Sicily (LL)

15 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

2018 Tour Details

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 escorted tour, you’ll experience some of Italy’s and Sicily’s most popular cities and historic sites, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento coast, and Taormina. You’ll also take an overnight cruise from Naples to Sicily.

Tour highlights include 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. Your time on the Sorrento coast includes a visit to the Isle of Capri with a jetfoil ride across the Bay of Naples, a funicular ride to Capri village, and a boat cruise (weather permitting) around the island.

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; St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, where St. Francis is buried; Ravenna’s 6th-century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its exquisite mosaics.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily guided tour. You’ll enjoy special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala and a private water-taxi ride in Venice as just a few wonderful adventures throughout a marvelous Italy and Sicily escorted tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
VENICE
Private boat rides; glassblower's demonstration; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private water taxi ride by night; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs
RAVENNA
Visit St. Apollinaris in Classe
ASSISI
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica
POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations
NAPLES
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Gran Caffè Gambrinus
NAPLES–SICILY
Overnight cruise in two-berth cabins with private facilities
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
STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing
SORRENTO COAST–CAPRI
By jetfoil
CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite boat cruise around the island

Headsets throughout the tour.

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

  • Archaeological area of Agrigento
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride, and private water-taxi ride in Venice; overnight cruise; ferry crossing; jetfoil; funicular ride and boat cruise in Capri. 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

 Itinerary

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

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 at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

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Day 2 ROME

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and see the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–PISA–FLORENCE

Enter Tuscany and arrive in Pisa to marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower. Take your pictures pushing back the tower before continuing to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” This evening, you may wish to try out Tuscan specialties.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 FLORENCE–VENICE ISLAND

This morning, focus on Florence. A highlight is a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s David. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce, for which the city is famous. Cross the wooded Apennine Mountains and arrive in Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and arrive on the island of Murano. This evening, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a ride by PRIVATE WATER-TAXI to ST. MARK'S SQUARE to discover Venice by night. Exciting optional excursions are available: dinner in one of Venice's excellent restaurants and a gondola ride through its canals.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 VENICE ISLAND

This morning, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, before boarding your PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK'S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the byzantine ST. MARK'S BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an exciting optional lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 VENICE ISLAND–RAVENNA–ASSISI

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. In the afternoon, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit the massive 13th-century BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave.

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Day 7 ASSISI–POMPEII–NAPLES. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PALERMO

Arrive in POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A guided walking tour through the excavations features patrician houses, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. In nearby Naples, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a cappuccino and sfogliatella await you at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus before boarding your FERRY in Naples for the overnight cruise to Sicily.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 PALERMO

After disembarkation, start your sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit 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.

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Day 9 PALERMO–MARSALA–AGRIGENTO

In Marsala, visit a SALT MILL, then a true highlight: a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING at the famous Florio wine cellar to sample and learn about Marsala wines. Next, drive along the western coast to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take 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 10 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Piazza Armerina, where you will visit the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE with its mosaics. Next is Taormina. Enjoy a pleasant walk along the Corso Umberto before arriving at your comfortable hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 AT LEISURE IN TAORMINA RIVIERA

Today is your chance to join the exciting half-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or for individual activities.

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Day 12 TAORMINA RIVIERA–SORRENTO COAST

Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Continue to the delightful coast of Sorrento, and spend time in the town.

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Day 13 SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO CAPRI

Speed across the Bay of Naples by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri, an ancient retreat for Roman emperors and renowned ever since that time for its beauty. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the charming piazzetta. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an exciting BOAT CRUISE (weather permitting) around the island before leaving Capri.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 SORRENTO COAST–ROME

Back to Rome, the “Eternal City.” A special farewell dinner and opera entertainment awaits at La Carovana restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma!

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Day 15 ROME

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.

SIMONETTA PELLICONI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

With its wide variety of scenery, historical background, and famous works of art, Italy is a little world of its own. I enjoy being a Tour Director in Italy, because every day brings a surprise!

Tour Director - SIMONETTA PELLICONI

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Assisi
Palermo
Agrigento
Taormina Riviera
Sorrento Coast
Rome

 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)


Rome
Florence
Venice
Palermo
Taormina Riviera
Sorrento

Rome

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: $

Florence

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

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: $$

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: $

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: $$

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: $$

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: $

Sorrento

Dinner in Sorrento

Dinner in Sorrento

Spend a remarkable evening, enjoying fine food from the Campania region as you bask in the delightful atmosphere at one of Sorrento¿s most beloved historical restaurants.

Price Range: $

Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the picturesque bay of Naples.

Price Range: $$

Charming Positano

Charming Positano

Enjoy a scenic drive of the Amalfi Coast and visit Positano village.

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: $3,043*
12 guests in a party: $1,467*

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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