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$4,499: 18-Day Sicily and Italy Tour

Grand Canal Autumn light

The 18-Day Sicily and Italy tour is the King of Italy and Sicily tours. The all-encompassing trip includes tours of all of Italy’s sightseeing highlights. This comprehensive Sicily and Italy tour package travels Italy for over two weeks beginning in Rome in central Italy then to the North, to the South, and finally to the island of Sicily. The Sicily and Italy trip itinerary includes all of Italy and Sicily.  in Italy’s famed art cities Rome, Florence, Venice and Palermo on the island of Sicily you’ll tour the best museums. The quintessentially Italian natural beauty destinations the Italian Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands, the Italian Riviera including Portofino and Cinque Terre, Alberobello in Puglia, Saasi di Matera in Basilicata, the Amalfi Coast, and Taormina. You’ll be immersed in the Italian culture by region. During your Sicily and Italy vacation you’ll enjoy authentic regional Italian cuisine while enjoying accommodations in comfortable 4-star and 5-star luxury Italian hotels. For more information about the Sicily and Italy tour departures and for airfare from your preferred departure city submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us today 800-227-1577.

Highlights

Sicily and Italy Tour Itinerary Map

 

Sicily and Italy Tour Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Vatican Museum: Skip the line entrance to Vatican Museums.
  • Vatican Museum: See the Bramante Staircase
  • Vatican Museum: Expert guide through important rooms including Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Rome: Tour of the Colosseum with a local Rome expert tour guide.
  • Pisa: Visit this architectural jewel to see the famous ‘Leaning Tower’ and enjoy its piazza.
  • Verona: See the Roman Arena and Romeo & Juliet’s balcony.
  • Florence: Walking tour of Florence’s center including Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ghilberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Bell Tower.
  • Cinque Terre: Visit the “five lands” with a local expert tour guide.
  • Portofino: Visit the Italian Riviera hot spot and enjoy a boat cruise to Santa Margherita.
  • Venice: See glassblowing, mask making and gondola making demonstrations by local craftsmen.
  • Venice: Enjoy the canals by private boat and by gondola.
  • Tuscany: Visit a local Chianti vineyard and enter its wine cellar for an authentic Tuscany wine tasting.
  • Florence: With local expert art history tour guide visit Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo’s David.
  • Pompeii: Walk Pompeii’s cobblestone streets with a local tour guide to learn about Ancient Roman life and culture.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise from Sorrento across the Bay of Naples to Capri for an enjoyable and relaxed day.
  • Matera: Visit the ancient Sassi di Matera, the troglodyte cave dwellings, and Rupestral Churches.
  • Taormina: Enjoy ancient resort town and tour the Greek Theater.
  • Palermo: See Quattro Canti Square and Palermo’s Cathedral.
  • Palermo: Visit the world’s finest example of Norman mosaic art.
  • 16-night tour includes first-class Italy and Sicily accommodations

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Accommodations

Sicily and Italy Tour Accommodations

All accommodations are 4-star centrally located. Complimentary wifi is available in the lobby of all hotels. Some hotels also offer wifi in the guest rooms. You’re sure to enjoy your Sicily and Italy tour accommodations.

Rome – 2 Nights – Romanico Palace

This centrally located 4-star hotel will make you feel right at home in Rome. Enjoy the rooftop garden with lovely views of Rome’s seven hills, bell towers, and cupolas.

Santa Margherita Liguria – 2 Nights – Hotel Regina Elena

Located in Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, just a few miles from Portofino and the Cinque Terre, this lovely hotel is located along Ligurian Sea. Enjoy panoramic views of this beautiful Italian region. You may also enjoy the hotel’s private beach, swimming pool, and jacuzzi.

Baveno, Lake Maggiore – 1 Night – Grand Hotel Dino

Overlooking Lake Maggiore this hotel includes a pool and Turkish baths.

Venice – 2 Nights – Hotel Boscolo Bellini

The Venice hotel is located right along the Grand Canal and minutes away from St. Mark’s Square.

Florence – 2 Nights – NH Firenze

Set in a quiet residential area of Florence the rooms are equipped with classical style furnishings.

Sorrento – 2 Nights – Hotel Regina

Located in Sorrento’s Old Town, set on the cliffs above the Bay of Naples. Here you’ll enjoy Southern Italian hospitality. Your accommodation includes a private balcony with garden view. For an extra fee you may want to upgrade your room to a sea view and settle in to a balcony view of the Bay of Naples.

Alberobello – 2 Nights – LPalermo – 1 Nighta Chiusa Di Chietri

This 5-star luxury hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a short distance from the center of Alberobello. Located in the beautiful Puglian countryside. The hotel includes a pool, bar and restaurant.

Taormina – 2 Nights – Villa Diodoro

In the resort town of Taormina you’ll have no problem settling into the luxury Diodoro hotel. You’ll be steps away from Taormina’s center. You may also enjoy the hotel’s pool and its view of Mount Etna.

Palermo – 1 Night – Hotel Garibaldi

Optional Tours

Optional Rome Tours:

Piazza and Fountain Walking Tour
Roman Dinner Party
Evening Tour of Rome’s Monuments

Optional Lake Maggiore Tour:

Isola Bella, Borromean Island Trip

Venice Optional Tours:

Venice Backstage – Join a local Venice expert tour guide to explore Venice’s “back-stage.” Venice is full of small little lanes and small squares, unknown to most tourists. These alleys are full of history and where you’ll find authentic local Venetian life.
An Evening in St Mark’s Square – Head out this evening to St. Mark’s Square to your reserved seat at a an outside Venetian cafe. Here a live orchestra plays for you with illuminated St Mark’s Square the perfect stage backdrop.
Burano Excursion & Lunch – Your destination is the island of Burano. Known for its colorful houses this is where for centuries fine Venetian lace is handmade. Here you’ll have time to explore followed by an authentic Venetian lunch sampling the local specialties and wines. (Schedule may change to late afternoon in which case lunch may be replaced with a dinner.)

Optional Florence Tours:

San Gimignano Excursion – San Gimignano is a classic Tuscan hilltown and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Children and adults love to climb its medieval towers. Often called the “Medieval Manhattan” because the wealthy residents of its day competed with one another to build the tallest tower. You’ll have time to stroll around, shop for the fine ceramics for which San Gimignano is known.
Dinner In The Tuscan Hills – Enjoy a trip out to the Tuscan hills outside Florence for a lively evening of authentic Tuscan cuisine and entertainment. The dinner includes plenty of Chianti wine, music and lots of fun!
Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration – Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. A great cooking class, superb food and wine, with genuine and warm Tuscan hospitality.

Optional Southern Italy Tours:

Island Tour, Isle Of Capri – Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise around the island. View the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town where a local expert walks you to the luxuriant gardens of Caesar Augustus. After time to take in the picture postcard views of the famous Faraglioni rocks, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano Visit – Drive along the clear blue waters and picturesque resorts of the Amalfi Coast, arguably the most glamorous and scenic stretch of coast in Europe. Minibuses wind their way down serpentine roads to the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face, as if about to cascade into the turquoise waters below. Spend time exploring the elegant shops, watching the artists at work, or enjoying an ‘aperitivo’ in a beach side cafe.
Sorrento Evening – A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area’s top local restaurants for an incredible dining experience featuring some of the famous dishes of this region!

Optional Alberobello Tours:

Ostuni – With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways, Ostuni is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Set against three hills ‘The White Town’ is a photographer’s delight.

Masseria Dinner – Puglia is a food lovers paradise, famous for its cucina povera (peasant cooking) – a rich mélange of quintessential Italian dishes, robust wines and signature pastas, all made possible by the abundant local wheat, leafy vineyards and olive groves. Tonight, do as the locals do and break bread with your friends over a delicious dinner, typical of the region.

Optional Sicily Tours:

Mt Etna & The Godfather – Join a local expert to experience the unhurried pace of life in this rustic village chosen by Frances Ford Coppola for scenes in his movie “The Godfather”. Amid stunning mountain views, visit the charming wedding church and Bar Vitelli, where Al Pacino fell in love (famous for its ice cold granita di limone!) Then continue to Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Ascend through the lush fertile foothills to the craters and barren lunar landscapes nearer the top. The views over the eastern Sicilian coast and Ionian Sea are spectacular.
Dinner in the Clouds – With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive in the enchanted village of Castelmollo, high above the sea and a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. After free time for a bit of shopping, you arrive in your terraced gourmet restaurant for a truly educational meal of delicious regional specialties, with the accompanying local wines.

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Sicily and Italy Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Your Sicily and Italy Tour begins with flight to Rome

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Day 2 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

Today begin your Sicily and Italy vacation in Rome the “Eternal City.” The Capital of the World for over 700 years, Rome is full of gorgeous architecture, fabulous food, and of course Made in Italy world class fashion and shopping. While walking Rome’s cobblestone streets you’ll marvel Rome’s status as a true living museum of history. This evening you’ll meet your tour director who will be your Sicily and Italy tour escort. Your expert Italy tour guide will welcome you to Italy and introduce you to your fellow Italy and Sicily vacation travelers. You’ll enjoy an evening of authentic Roman cuisine and fine Italian wine while you mingle with the other Sicily and Italy travelers.
Hotel: Romanico Palace, Rome
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 3 Vatican Museum Tour

Begin the day heading over the Tiber River to Vatican City. Today’s tour includes a local expert Vatican guide who will escort your group through one of the largest collections of priceless art in the entire world – the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum tour includes the Sistine Chapel. Here you’ll have time to enjoy Michelangelo’s famous fresco. The Vatican tour also includes the Bramante Staircase, which is an area closed to the general public but open to you for your Vatican tour. After the Vatican Museum you’ll enter St. Peter’s Basilica where Michelangelo’s Pieta is jsut one of the sightseeing highlights. Bernini’s alter and sculpture are among the other priceless works of art you’ll see on your tour of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. And with the expert guide you’ll learn more about the art and history of this beautiful city. After the Vatican tour you’ll cross back over the Tiber River to the Ancient Roman Forum. Here you’ll have a look at the Forum and Colosseum. From here you’ll have the afternoon to stroll around Rome at leisure.
Hotel: Romanico Palace, Rome
Buffet Breakfast included

Day 4 Rome through Tuscany to Pisa and on to the Italian Riviera

This morning you’ll travel from Rome over the famous rolling hills of Tuscany to the Italian Rivieria in Liguria. Along the way you’ll enjoy classic Italian landscape views: olive trees, cypress trees, and wine vineyards. The first stop today is Pisa. Well-known for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa’s central piazza with its Duomo and Baptistry is an architectural masterpiece. After Pisa you’ll continue traveling up the Tuscan coast past the famous marble quarries of Carrara where Michelangelo found his perfect white marble for his sculptures and on to Santa Margherita Liguria. This seaside resort town is located on the Ligurian coast juat a few miles from Portofino and the Cinque Terre.
Hotel: Best Western Hotel Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Liguria
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Italian Riviera: Cinque Terre and Portofino

This mornings day begins with a journey to the beautiful Cinque Terre. Cinque in Italian means “five” and this area is names because of the five hamlets built right on the cliffs along the Ligurian Sea. These villages are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your tour includes  two of the most picturesque fishing villages. After Cinque Terre you’ll board the train and travel right up the Ligurian coastline to Portofino. Here you’ll have time to stroll around and enjoy this jetsetters resort paradise. Little boutique shops with Made in Italy fashions dot the harbor. After peeking in a few you’ll have time to enjoy one of the outdoor cafes while admiring the harbor and giant yachts. Later, and weather permitting, you’ll return to Santa Margherita by boat from which you’ll have breathtaking vistas of the shoreline.
Hotel: Best Western Hotel Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure
Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Northern Italy and the Italian Lake Maggiore

This morning your tour continues further North to Italy’s gorgeous Italian Lakes region. Your destination is the town of Baveno on Lake Maggiore. The Italian Lakes are world-renown for their natural beauty. The Italian Lakes are Located at the foot of the Italian Alps where the scenery is guaranteed to blow you away while you breathe the fresh air. When you arrive you’ll have time to relax and settle into your hotel. This afternoon you may want to join an optional tour to one of the most beautiful Borromean Islands, Isola Bella, which literally translates to “Beautiful Island.” Here you’ll tour its incredible privately-owned palace and have free-time to enjoy its stunning Botanical Gardens. This evening, take part with other locals on the nightly passeggiata ritual, which means “a stroll”.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Lake Maggiore Tour:

Isola Bella, Borromean Island Trip

Day 7 Cross Northern Italy: Lombardy to Verona and onto Venice

Today you’ll drive across Northern Italy in the region of Lombardy following the southern fringes of the Alps to the Veneto region. Today’s first destination is Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You’ll visit the balcony where this classic tragic love story is set. Verona is also famous for its finely preserved Ancient Roman artifacts. You’ll see the ancient Roman Arena, which gives the Colosseum in Rome a run for its money. The Verona Arena continues to host spectacles today, most notably during summer for opera. After time in Verona the tour continues through the Veneto region for the short trip to Venice. After settling-in to your Venice accommodations you’ll enjoy an authentic Venetian dinner with the group.
Hotel: Boscolo Hotel Bellini, Venice
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Day of Venice Tours and Enjoy the Magical Canal City

This morning you’ll wake up in the magical city Venice. The day begins with a visit to the artistic and talented Venetian glassblowers. You’ll also visit the mask makers and gondola builders. Then enjoy a private cruise of Venice’s canals. From the private boat you’ll wind through Venice’s canals and ornate palaces. Then you’ll tour St Mark’s Square, The Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Later, step aboard your glossy black gondola for a serenade through the beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along in romantic awe. The afternoon is entirely at leisure.
Hotel: Boscolo Hotel Bellini, Venice
Buffet Breakfast

Venice Optional Tours:

Venice Backstage – Join a local Venice expert tour guide to explore Venice’s “back-stage.” Venice is full of small little lanes and small squares, unknown to most tourists. These alleys are full of history and where you’ll find authentic local Venetian life.
An Evening in St Mark’s Square – Head out this evening to St. Mark’s Square to your reserved seat at a an outside Venetian cafe. Here a live orchestra plays for you with illuminated St Mark’s Square the perfect stage backdrop.
Burano Excursion & Lunch – Your destination is the island of Burano. Known for its colorful houses this is where for centuries fine Venetian lace is handmade. Here you’ll have time to explore followed by an authentic Venetian lunch sampling the local specialties and wines. (Schedule may change to late afternoon in which case lunch may be replaced with a dinner.)

Day 9 Northern Italy to Central Italy: Venice to Tuscany with Chianti Wine Tasting

Today you’ll embark on a journey from magical Venice to Renaissance Florence. Both of the cities boast being at one time the wealthiest city in the worlds. On the way to Florence the trip itinerary includes crossing the Emilia Romagna region in to Tuscany. Along the way the tour includes a wine-tasting stop in Tuscany’s famous Chianti area. After you’ll head into Florence to settle into your hotel followed by an included authentic Tuscan dinner.
Hotel: NH Firenze, Florence
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Florence Tours

This morning your day begins with a local expert Florence tour guide who will take you to visit Michelangelo’s David sculpture at the Accademia Museum. Then you’ll walk through central Florence to the Duomo. There your expert Florence guide will tell you more about Giotto and Brunelleschi and their benefactor and Florence’s most important family The Medici. You’ll have time to visit Giotto’s bell tower and Ghilberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ before continuing to Signoria Square. There your walking tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Franciscan Basilica where some of the most illustrious Italians are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell’Itale Glorie). After you’ll be treated to a demonstration of Florence’s native craft leather work. The rest of the day in Florence is for you to enjoy the Renaissance city at leisure.
Hotel: NH Firenze, Florence
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Florence Tours:

San Gimignano Excursion – San Gimignano is a classic Tuscan hilltown and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Children and adults love to climb its medieval towers. Often called the “Medieval Manhattan” because the wealthy residents of its day competed with one another to build the tallest tower. You’ll have time to stroll around, shop for the fine ceramics for which San Gimignano is known.
Dinner In The Tuscan Hills – Enjoy a trip out to the Tuscan hills outside Florence for a lively evening of authentic Tuscan cuisine and entertainment. The dinner includes plenty of Chianti wine, music and lots of fun!
Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration – Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. A great cooking class, superb food and wine, with genuine and warm Tuscan hospitality.

Day 11 Tuscany to Southern Italy: Pompeii Tour and on to Sorrento

From Tuscany to Sorrento you’ll travel right down the “spine of Italy.” Italy’s natural beauty and delicious food begins beneath its fertile soil in its volcanic earth. As you drive from Tuscany to Southern Italy you’ll enter the more volcanic zone of Italy beginning right outside Tuscany in the region of Lazio. As you travel south you’ll pass the famous Monte Cassino Benedictine Monastery and below it the World War II Commonwealth Cemetery, where you’ll stop for a brief visit. Then as you pass Mount Vesuvius the tour continues to Pompeii, which was covered and preserved in 79 A.D by the volcano’s massive eruption. In Pompeii you’ll be escorted by a local expert guide who, while you walk its cobblestone streets and among its ruins, will give you an in-depth look into Ancient Roman and its culture. After your tour of Pompeii you’ll drive along the clifftop road to the resort town Sorrento.
Hotel: Regina, Sorrento
Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Capri and Inlay Wood Artisans

Begin the day in Sorrento seeing the local artisans do ‘intarsio’, which is the art of inlay wood. Then you’ll board a boat for a cruise from Sorrento to the Island of Capri. Mt Vesuvius and its slopes to the city of Naples is yet another gorgeous Italian backdrop as you cruise to Capri. Upon arrival in Capri you’ll be transferred to the main piazza where you may browse the fashionable and exclusive Made in Italy shopping boutiques. After a day in Capri you’ll return to Sorrento by boat, once again enjoying the beautiful southern Italian vistas along the way. This evening you’re treated to a local trattoria of your choice where you are sure to enjoy indulging in authentic southern Italian cuisine.
Hotel: Regina, Sorrento
Buffet Breakfast, Dine Around

Optional Southern Italy Tours:

Island Tour, Isle Of Capri – Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise around the island. View the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town where a local expert walks you to the luxuriant gardens of Caesar Augustus. After time to take in the picture postcard views of the famous Faraglioni rocks, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano Visit – Drive along the clear blue waters and picturesque resorts of the Amalfi Coast, arguably the most glamorous and scenic stretch of coast in Europe. Minibuses wind their way down serpentine roads to the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face, as if about to cascade into the turquoise waters below. Spend time exploring the elegant shops, watching the artists at work, or enjoying an ‘aperitivo’ in a beach side cafe.
Sorrento Evening – A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area’s top local restaurants for an incredible dining experience featuring some of the famous dishes of this region!

Day 13 Southern Italy: Basilicata’s Sassi di Matera and Puglia’s Alberobello

Today your Italy tour takes you to the off-the-beaten track southern Italian regions of Basilicata and Puglia. With Northern Italy and Central Italy covered you’ll notice a distinct difference in the landscape and culture of Southern Italy. First your southern Italy tour travels to the UNESCO Worlds Heritage site Matera for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary ‘Sassi’ – troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. This area is backdrop to many Hollywood films including Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. After touring the Sassi di Matera you’ll continue touring Southern Italy to Alberobello in the region of Puglia, known for its conical houses painted in white.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 Alberobello Sightseeing and Free Time

Today you have time to stroll around Alberobello to explore the Trulli of Alberobello – circular structures with conical roofs and domed within. The architecture arose from the need for locals to be able to drop the roofs quickly in order to avoid devastating taxes levied against citizens. Today they make for one more of Italy’s unique towns fabulous for strolling and enjoying its distinct local culture. After a morning tour you have the day in Alberobello at leisure for you to enjoy in town, relaxing at your 5-star hotel, or to join the optional tour to Ostuni. Ostuni is famous for its whitewashed houses and storied history.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Alberobello Tours:

Ostuni – With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways, Ostuni is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Set against three hills ‘The White Town’ is a photographer’s delight.

Masseria Dinner – Puglia is a food lovers paradise, famous for its cucina povera (peasant cooking) – a rich mélange of quintessential Italian dishes, robust wines and signature pastas, all made possible by the abundant local wheat, leafy vineyards and olive groves. Tonight, do as the locals do and break bread with your friends over a delicious dinner, typical of the region.

Day 15 Southern Italy: Sicily’s Taormina Riviera

Today you travel along Italy’s famous and picturesque southern Italian roads along the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. The tour continues along the Calabrian coast to the toe of Italy where you will board your ferry bound for Sicily. Upon arrival in Messina, Sicily your Sicily tour continues on to the resort town Taormina.
Hotel: Villa Diodoro/Hotel Caparena, Taormina
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 Sicily: Taormina & Greek Theater

Taormina’s old town is set high up clinging to the side of Mount Tauro, overlooking the Ionian Sea and the snowy peak of Mt. Etna. Inhabited for over 3000 years-old, the resort town was first enjoyed by the ancient Greeks. Today you’ll tour the remains of the 3000 year-old Greek Theater. There you’ll be amazed by the ancient architecture and mesmerized by its spectacular Mt. Etna backdrop. After the tour you’ll have time to visit Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building. Then you have the day to enjoy strolling around Taormina’s center the Corso Umberto, where there are elegant Italian boutiques, gelato shops, and cafes to enjoy an espresso. Also you have time to enjoy the magnificent views from the Piazza IX Aprile.
Hotel: Villa Diodoro/Hotel Caparena, Taormina
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Sicily Tours:

Mt Etna & The Godfather – Join a local expert to experience the unhurried pace of life in this rustic village chosen by Frances Ford Coppola for scenes in his movie “The Godfather”. Amid stunning mountain views, visit the charming wedding church and Bar Vitelli, where Al Pacino fell in love (famous for its ice cold granita di limone!) Then continue to Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Ascend through the lush fertile foothills to the craters and barren lunar landscapes nearer the top. The views over the eastern Sicilian coast and Ionian Sea are spectacular.
Dinner in the Clouds – With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive in the enchanted village of Castelmollo, high above the sea and a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. After free time for a bit of shopping, you arrive in your terraced gourmet restaurant for a truly educational meal of delicious regional specialties, with the accompanying local wines.

Day 17 Sicily: Palermo, Capital of Sicily

Begin your final day of the Sicily and Italy tour traveling from Taormina to Palermo. Palermo’s sightseeing highlights include the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and its Teatro Massimo. You’ll have time to explore the Palermo Cathedral. Its architecture encompasses the mix of influences and styles of the various people and cultures who have inhabited Sicily over the centuries. You will also visit the Palace of the Normans. Its interior is completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics. After enjoying a day around Palermo there is one last night to get together with your Italy and Sicily tour director and fellow travelers for a final farewell dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo
Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Day 18 Depart Palermo

Today your Italy and Siicly tour comes to an end in Palermo. You’ll catch an early flight leaving with fantastic memories of more than two weeks touring all of Italy and Sicily. A true Italy and Sicily vacation for the record books. Buon viaggio!
Buffet Breakfast

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