MAP - The Best of Italy & Sicily 2017

The Best of Italy & Sicily (LL)

15 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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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 Italy’s and Sicily’s most popular cities and historic sights, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento coast, and Taormina. You’ll also enjoy an overnight ferry cruise from Naples to Sicily.

Tour highlights include Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! And in Taormina, you’ll visit the 3rd-century BC Greek Theater, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! Your time on Sorrento coast includes a visit to the Isle of Capri with a jetfoil ride across the Bay of Naples and a funicular ride to Capri village.

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; 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 mosaics; and more.

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 and a private water-taxi ride in Venice—and focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country.
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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, and the Colosseum
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
TAORMINA
Visit the ancient Greek Theater
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:

  • Vatican City
  • Archaeological Site of Agrigento
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • 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 with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

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Day 2 Rome

Globus’ unique 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 visit 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 lower BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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–Taormina Riviera

This morning, enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Taormina, where you will visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC and the second-largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mount Etna.

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 charming town of Sorrento.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Sorrento Coast–Rome

Back to Rome, 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 Breakfast
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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

Rome

Universo

First-Class

Universo Via Principe Amedeo 5, Roma,  Italy

Via Principe Amedeo 5
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

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

Starhotel Tuscany

Superior First-Class

Starhotel Tuscany Via Di Novoli, 59, Florence,   Italy

Via Di Novoli, 59
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This 102 room modern property offers authentic Italian charm and contemporary comforts with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. The restaurant specialises in authentic Tuscan dishes, served in warm, welcoming surroundings and the bar is a delightful spot for a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. While, in the evenings, its open fires and leather armchairs make it the perfect place for a romantic drink or late night digestif. There's also a fitness center, relaxation area and a library, perfect for unwinding after a day in the city.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Venice

MGallery LaGare at Murano

First-Class

MGallery LaGare at Murano Riva Longa 27 - Isola Di Murano, Venezia,  Italy

Riva Longa 27 - Isola Di Murano
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Enjoying a more peaceful location on the island of Murano, famous for its glass works, this sleek 118-room boutique property is actually housed in the restored antique walls of an old glass furnace and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. The elegant dining room serves a plentiful breakfast buffet and a selection of Venetian dishes with a contemporary twist, the relaxing bar area has an outdoor courtyard with shaded gazebo and there is also a library, a wellness area and fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning

Assisi

San Francesco

Tourist Class

San Francesco Via S. Francesco, 48, Assisi,   Italy

Via S. Francesco, 48
Assisi, Italy

Modern Hotel in old-world building with natural stone facade facing Basilica of St Francis in pedestrian center of old town.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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

Agrigento

Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

First-Class

Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace Lungomare Falcone Borsellino,1, Agrigento,  Italy

Lungomare Falcone Borsellino,1
Agrigento, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Overlooking the enchanting San Leone Bay, this pleasant seaside hotel has 102 guestrooms and a Free Wi-Fi system covering all areas. The Mediterranean restaurant serves fresh seasonal dishes and the American Bar and patio is the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail or two. For relaxation there is a large seasonal outdoor pool and spacious terrace with shady palm trees looking out over the sparkling sea.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Taormina Riviera

Atahotel Naxos Beach Resort

First-Class

Atahotel Naxos Beach Resort Via Recanati 26, Giardini Naxos,  Italy

Via Recanati 26
Giardini Naxos, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern Resort Complex situated on private beach in historical Naxos Gardens, 3 km from town center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone

Sorrento

Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast

Superior First-Class

Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast S.S.145 Sorrentina Km.11, Sorrento,   Italy

S.S.145 Sorrentina Km.11
Sorrento, Italy

 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

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido.

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

Taste of Sorrento

Taste of Sorrento

Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and excellent service.

Price Range: $

Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the picturesque bay of Naples.

Price Range: $$

Amalfi Drive & Positano

Amalfi Drive & Positano

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

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

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