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$4,635: 17-Day Rome, Sorrento, Orvieto, Perugia, Chianti, Lucca, Parma, Venice

This comprehensive tour of Italy travels from Rome to Venice. Along the way, you’ll discover Italy’s country roads and off-the-beaten-path gems. Indulge in Italy’s lesser known destinations like Assisi, Orvieto and Perugia in the Umbria region.  And in Tuscany visit Chianti and Lucca. The tour also includes the classy and refined northern Italian town Parma. This Italy trip itinerary includes Tuscan hill towns, Etruscan tombs, a Benedictine abbey and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. The driving days are not too long, with convenient stops at Italy’s sightseeing highlights. To book your vacation and for more information including the price of your Italy tour with airfare from your home airport submit the form or contact today 800-227-1577.


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Comprehensive Italy Tour Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rome: Tour the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with special VIP access to the Bramante Staircase.
  • Rome: Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Rome: Walking tour of the historic center and backstreets around the piazzas.
  • Pompeii: A local tour guide will escort you through the ancient Roman city, which was frozen in time in 69AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise across Bay of Naples to visit the beautiful island.
  • Sorrento: Enjoy an in-laid wood ‘Intarsio’ demonstration.
  • Positano: Drive down the Amalfi Coast to visit the chic resort town Positano.
  • Orvieto: Visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the Cathedral.
  • Assisi: Visit the Basilica of Francis to view Giotto’s frescoes and learn why they are so important to both medieval and Renaissance Europe.
  • Assisi: Visit St. Mary of the Angels.
  • San Gimignano: Tour the tower town and enjoy a gelato tasting.
  • Perugia: Visit a workshop to learn about the art of hand-weaving textiles.
  • Florence: Enjoy a tour of the historic center including the Duomo, the belltower, ‘Gates of Paradise’ and Signoria Square.
  • Florence: Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Cinque Terre: Travel by train and boat to enjoy time in one of the five charming fishing villages.
  • Maranello: A mecca for car enthusiasts, visit the Ferrari Museum.
  • Parma: See how authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano is made.
  • Verona: See the ancient Roman Arena and visit the courtyard of the Capulet home to see Juliet’s balcony.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Venice: Witness hand-made Venetian glass-blowing


Comprehensive Italy Tour Accommodations

Veneto Palace, Rome

The elegant 4 star Veneto Palace hotel, is located on the Via Veneto, one of the most elegant parts of Rome’s center.

Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento

Surrounded by trees and a 5-minute walk from the nearest Gulf of Naples beach, this elegant hotel is 9 minutes on foot from Sant’Agnello train station and 2 km from the historic center of Sorrento.

Aquila Bianca, Orvieto

Set in the historic town center, this relaxed hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Pozzo della Cava well and a 7-minute walk from the 14th-century Duomo di Orvieto.

Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia

This classically decorated hotel is located in Perugia’s historic center.

Compagnie Des Hotels – Radda in Chianti

This elegant hillside hotel in a Sienna brick property overlooking the Chianti countryside is 8 km from the Compagnia di Volpaia Winery and 9 km from the Capannelle Winery.

Villa La Principessa, Lucca

Set in a private park, the 4-star Villa La Principessa is an elegant hotel with warmly-decorated interiors and offers a relaxed atmosphere.

Starhotels Du Parc, Parma

Overlooking Parco Ducale, this elegant, glass-fronted hotel is a 12-minute walk from the 16th-century Palazzo della Pilotta palace complex, a 13-minute walk from Galleria Nazionale di Parma museum and 1.5 km from the Cattedrale di Parma.

Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice

The hotel is located in a magnificently restored 19th-century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by boat. Amenities include a rooftop pool, spa and wellness center and five different restaurants and bars. Excellent views from the roof bar. Wi-Fi – FOC public areas.

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Comprehensive Italy Tour Daily Itinerary

DAY 1 – Depart for Italy

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DAY 2 – Comprehensive Italy Tour Begins in Rome

This morning you’ll arrive in Rome. Known as the “Eternal City” because of long and important history. After check-in to your hotel get out and stroll around. This evening you’ll you’re your tour director and fellow travelers at the welcome reception, which includes dinner with wine.

Hotel: Veneto Palace, Rome
Meals: Welcome Reception and Dinner

DAY 3 – Vatican Tour

This morning you’ll visit Vatican City to tour the Vatican Museum. A local expert guide will escort you through the massive collection of priceless art and artifacts. The Vatican Museum tour ends in the Sistine Chapel where you’ll see Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. The tour also includes the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the public. Then you have free time to explore Rome independently. Later this afternoon the tour continues with an escorted walk through Rome’s historic center cobblestoned streets. The tour includes the beautiful piazzas including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. This evening you’ll be on your own to enjoy dinner and an evening stroll around Rome.

Hotel: Veneto Palace, Rome
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4 – Travel from Rome to Sorrento and Tour Pompeii

This morning your tour departs Rome for the colorful and lively Campania region. Your destination is Sorrento located on a cliff above the Bay of Naples with views of Capri and Mt. Vesuvius. Along the way, you’ll stop in Pompeii, where you’ll be escorted through this ancient Roman city with a local expert guide.

Hotel: Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5 – Visit Capri

This morning you’ll travel by high-speed ferry across the Bay of Naples to reach the Isle of Capri. Jutting straight out of the Mediterranean Sea, the beauty of this rock island has attracted tourists for over 2,000 years. From Ancient Roman Emperors to modern day superstars. Upon arriving you’ll take the funicular to the main piazza. You’ll have time to browse the boutiques full of Made in Italy fashions and designs. You may also want to relax, enjoy an espresso, and enjoy the views. After time in Capri, you’ll return to Sorrento, where you see an inlaid wood demonstration. Known as ‘intarsio’ or marquetry wood inlaying, this artistic craft is native to Sorrento.

Hotel: Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6 – Tour the Amalfi Coast

Today the tour gets started a little later than normal so you’ll have time to relax. The day includes a drive down the Amalfi Coast to Positano. There you’ll have time to stroll around and enjoy this world-famous town built into the cliff along the Amalfi Coast.

Hotel: Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7 – Travel from Campania to Umbria and town of Orvieto

Today your trip through Italy travels north from Sorrento to Orvieto. This town located atop a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard covered plain is located in the region of Umbria, known as Italy’s green heart and known for its culinary tradition. Upon arrival, you’ll be introduced to this classic Italian medieval town. This evening you’ll be introduced to Umbrian cooking and its local ingredients at a live cooking demonstration, followed by dinner accompanies by local Orvieto wine.

Hotel: Aquila Bianca, Orvieto
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Signature Evening

DAY 8 – Umbria Sightseeing: Assisi and Perugia

This morning the tour starts later than normal to provide a relaxed start. The day’s itinerary includes a visit to Assisi, the peaceful Umbrian town where St. Francis lived and died. The tour includes a visit to St. Mary of the Angels Church, where under the dome is a small medieval chapel and the spot where St. Francis died. Then the tour continues up the hill to the basilica. There you’ll be joined by a local expert art historian for a walking tour down the Via San Francesco to St. Clare’s Church and see the cathedral. The tour then continues to another beautiful Umbrian hill town, Perugia.

Hotel: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9 – Perugia Tour

This morning enjoy time at leisure before your guided tour of Perugia begins in the historic center. Perugia is full of medieval architecture, including the finely sculptured Great Fountain, which is considered one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy. This afternoon you’ll visit a craftsman to learn about the art of hand-weaving textiles. Then you’ll have free time to enjoy this beautiful town. Art lovers may want to visit the town’s art museum which is full of masterpieces.

Hotel: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10 – Umbria to Tuscany: Siena and Chianti

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then the tour continues north from Umbria to Tuscany. You’ll drive past Lake Trasimeno, considered Italy’s midpoint, on route to Siena. There a local art historian will guide you through Siena’s streets to the circular Piazza del Campo. There you’ll learn about its town hall and tower before ascending to the hill top cathedral decorated with stripes of black and white marble. After your time in Siena, the tour continues over the rolling hills of Tuscany to your hotel located in Radda in the famous wine-making Chianti region. On arrival, enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany’s red wines, their robust flavors, and history.

Hotel: Compagnie Des Hotels – Radda in Chianti
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine

DAY 11 – San Gimignano

Today you’ll visit San Gimignano, the medieval Tuscany hill town sometimes called the Medieval Manhattan because of its tower house. There you’ll have time to explore and even climb the tower and savor the view over the Tuscany vineyards. You’ll also be treated to a gelato tasting in the town’s center. Later you’ll return to your hotel for leisure time.

Hotel: Compagnie Des Hotels – Radda in Chianti
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12 – Florence tour and Lucca

This morning you’ll travel from the Chianti region to Florence, Tuscany’s capital city where the Renaissance was born. There you’ll tour the historic center. You’ll also have free time to stroll around Florence. Then the tour continues to Lucca, located on the Tuscan coast. There you’ll be accompanied by a local tour guide to visit Lucca’s churches, squares and palaces perfectly preserved within encircling medieval ramparts. Pause a while and taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca’s sweet raisin anise bread, said to be a favorite of the ancient Roman army.

Hotel: Villa La Principessa, Lucca
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine

DAY 13 – Cinque Terre Tour

Today you’ll visit one of Italy’s most picturesque areas, the Cinque Terre, or ‘five villages’, that for years, were only accessible by donkey. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be escorted by a local guide. The day includes a cruise along the coast where you’ll enjoy views of the rugged coast and villages set into the cliffs. After free time to enjoy the area you’ll return to Lucca where you’ll have the evening at leisure to enjoy a Tuscan meal at a local trattoria.

Hotel: Villa La Principessa, Lucca
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14 – Modena and Parma

Today you’ll travel across the Italic peninsula from Tuscany to Italy’s fertile plain Emilia-Romagna region. The first destination is Modena, where you’ll visit an authentic traditional artisan balsamic vinegar and take a master class to understand what makes this vinegar as expensive as top-rate wines. After the tour continues to another of the Emilia Romagna’s world-famous authentic products, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. After the tour continues to yet another world-famous authentic Emilia-Romagna product, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese where you’ll learn the whole process of making Parmigiano-Reggiano at one of the local producers.

Hotel: Starhotels Du Parc, Parma
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 15 – Lake Garda, Verona, and Venice

This morning the trip continues across the Italia peninsula to the Veneto region. The first destination is the charming northern Italian town, Verona. There you’ll see the ancient Roman buildings including the Arena where opera still happens under the stars. And you’ll visit the balcony where Juliet stood in Shakespeare’s story. After Verona, the tour continues to Venice. There you’ll be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and rococo palaces. As evening descends, enjoy a perfect Venetian evening with fine food, wine, and company in the most magical settings.

Hotel: Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

DAY 16 – Venice Tour

(Relaxed Start) Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Witness the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts center. Then only minutes away by private launch is St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power are evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire also the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 17 – Comprehensive Italy Tour Ends in Venice

Today your Italian Holiday ends in Venice. After two weeks traveling from Rome to Southern Italy, Tuscany, Umbria, Emili-Romagna, and northern Italy’s Veneto region you’ll depart with fond memories and newfound friends. Your departure transfer arrives Venice Airport at 08:00 or 09:30.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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