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$3,039+: Rome, Southern Italy, and Sicily Escorted Italy Tour - Two Week Southern Italy & Sicily Vacation

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Enjoy spectacular natural scenery combined with fascinating architectural remnants from ancient history on the Rome, Southern Italy, and Sicily tour.  The all-inclusive southern Italy vacation itinerary includes free days in Southern Italy’s Alberobello and in Sicily’s famous resort town Taormina.

Begin your all inclusive Rome to Sicily escorted tour in Rome. Escorted tours of Rome’s sightseeing highlights include the Vatican Museum and Colosseum. Then your Italy trip continues with escorted tours of Southern Italy’s sightseeing highlights.  In Campania your Italy trip includes visits to Capri, Caserta, Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento. The southern Italy tours include the southern Italian regions of Calabria, Puglia and Basilicata. In Matera you’ll tour Southern Italy’s highlight the Sassi prehistoric cave houses built into rock. In Sicily you’ll step back in history to the Magna Grecia. Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento and Palermo will take you on a tour through Western Civilization. The Rome, Southern Italy, and Sicily tour concludes in Palermo.

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Highlights

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Rome, Southern Italy and Sicily Tour Highlights:

  • Breakfast included daily and 3 dinners included
  • Rome guided tour of Ancient Roman Forum and Colosseum
  • Rome guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the Bourbon’s Royal Palace of Caseta in Campania
  • Naples guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum
  • Excursion to Capri
  • Pompeii Tour with local expert guide
  • Matera guided walking tour of the cave houses in Matera
  • Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum in Reggio Calabria
  • Siracusa guided walking tour of the ancient Greek archaeological site
  • Agrigento guided tour of the Valley of Temples
  • Excursion to the Dorian Temples and Acropolis in Selinunte
  • Guided Palermo sightseeing includes the cathedral, the Royal Palace’s Palatine Chapel
  • Excursion to Monreale to visit the Norman Cathedral
  • 6 nights in Sicily first class accommodations

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Accommodations

Rome, Southern Italy and Sicily Tour Accommodations:

  • 2 Nights Rome – NH Leonardo Da Vinci
  • 2 Nights Sorrento – La Residenza
  • 2 Nights Matera – Hilton Garden Inn
  • 1 Night Reggio Calabria – Grand Hotel Excelsior
  • 2 Nights Taormina – Hilton Giardini Naxos
  • 2 Nights Palermo – NH Palermo

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15-Day Southern Italy Tour and Sicily Tour

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Rome, Southern Italy and Sicily Tour Daily Trip Itinerary

The southern Italy and Sicily tour from Rome has it all. Tour highlights include the pre-historic cave houses in Sassi. Escorted tours include the important ancient Roman and ancient Greek archaeology sites in southern Italy and Sicily. Along the way you’ll enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty along the Amalfi Coast, southern Italy, and Sicily.

DAY 1 Depart the United States for Rome

Day 2 Arrive in Rome

Benvenuti a Roma. The Eternal City welcomes all visitors. Upon arrival in Rome you will transfer to your hotel. Then you have some time to get your legs back with a stroll around the “Eternal City.” Get ready for its majesty, beauty, and history. This evening you’ll meet your tour director who will be your Italy tour escort from Rome through southern Italy and Sicily. This evening you’ll be welcomed to Italy and Rome with an authentic Roman dinner with local wines while enjoying the company among like-minded travelers. (Dinner)

DAY 3 – Guided Tours of Rome’s Highlights

Today’s Rome sightseeing includes an escorted tour of the Vatican Museums. You’ll visit all the important halls and the Sistine Chapel.  Then you’ll travel from Vatican City across Rome’s historic center to the Ancient Roman Forum.  Here you’ll tour the Forum and Colosseum. This afternoon you’ll have free time to stroll around Rome. You may also join an optional walking tour of Rome’s historic center. Visit the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, and other Rome sightseeing highlights. (Breakfast)

DAY 4 – Rome to Southern Italy with Pompeii Tourcapri-harbor-sicily-southern-italy-tours

Today you’ll travel to southern Italy from Rome. Your first stop in southern Italy is Pompeii. Pompeii is located across the Bay of Naples from Naples, and a few miles from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. It was covered in ash when the volcano Mt Vesuvius exploded 2000 years ago. Today Pompeii provides a picture of life during the ancient Roman period. During your guided tour of Pomepii you’ll visit the patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts that were simultaneously destroyed and preserved by the volcanic ash. After your tour of Pompeii continue to Sorrento. This resort town is located right on the cliffs of the Bay of Naples with views of Capri and Naples. This evening you’ll have some free time to enjoy Sorrento. For dinner enjoy a southern Italian classic meal; the pizza margherita with french fries. The pizza includes fresh tomatoes grown in the soil of Mt Vesuvius, local basil, and authentic mozzarella di bufala from Paestum. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 – Sorrento to Capri Tour

Today you’ll cross the Bay of Naples to the world famous jetsetters paradise Capri. A fabulous beach side resort since the Ancient Greeks and Roman Emperors build their summer homes on this lovely island. Upon arrival in the port you’ll take the funicular up the rock to the charming pizza to begin your tour of this picturesque village. After your guided tour you’ll also have free time to stroll around the shops and quaint alley ways. After your day in Capri you’ll return to Sorrrento for a free evening. (Breakfast)

Day 6 – Naples Tour including Naples Archaeology Museum Tour. Royal Palace Caserta Tour

caserta-royal-palace-garden-viewToday we journey around the Bay of Naples to the vibrant city of Naples. Naples is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Since the ancient Greeks inhabited the area during the Magna Grecia, to the ancient Romans, and through successive invaders, Naples is layer upon layer of history. You’ll peel back the layers with a guided tour of the most important museum in Western Civilization the Naples Archaeological Museum. Here you’ll see the world’s greatest collection of Greco-Roman treasures. And you’ll learn about them from your local guide who will focus on many of the objects preserved in Pompeii. After you’ll continue on to see some of Naples’ highlights including the Royal Palace, the indoor mall Galleria Umberto, the Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, and the enormous semicircular Piazza Plebiscito, located across from one of the world’s great opera houses. After Naples you’ll continue on to the Bourbon King of Naples 18th Century opulent castle the Reggia di Caserta. Dubbed the “Italian Versailles,” this estate includes an impressive residence of 1,200 rooms and gardens with fountains that are two miles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 – Southern Italy tour continues to Alberobello

Today your southern Italy tour continues from the Mediterranean region of Campania to the Adriatic region of Puglia. Along the way you’ll visit Trani, where you’ll enjoy an authentic southern Italian lunch at a seaside restaurant. After your delicious fresh southern Italian meal you’ll continue on the Alberobello. Everyone falls in love with the local culture and whitewashed dry stone circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Here you’ll stay for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 – Full day to enjoy leisure time in Alberobello

After your first week in Italy you’ll be sure to enjoy this full day at leisure. Explore the local Puglia culture, people, and authentic southern Italian customs while strolling around Alberobello. You may wish to join our optional excursion to Ostuni. (Breakfast)

DAY 9  – Southern Italy Tour of Sassi Matera in Basilicata and Calabria

Today we’ll cross Southern Italy’s boot traveling from Puglia to Basilicata and then Calabria. In Matera you’ll enjoy asassi-cae-houses-southern-italy guided tour of the Sassi houses. These ancient cave houses date back to the earliest human inhabitants on the Italian peninsula during prehistoric times. You’ll also see 13th century rupestrian churches carved from the soft volcanic rock of the region. This unique destination is the location of many Hollywood movies including the Last Temptation of Christ. After the tour of Matera you’ll drive south along the Gulf of Taranto before heading inland to Reggio Calabria. Here you’ll visit the museum that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace, with a Local Guide. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 – Sicily tour to Taormina
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This morning the Southern Italy tour continues by ferry across the Strait of Messina to the beautiful island of Sicily. Sicily’s location in the Mediterranean made it the melting pot of the Mediterranean world: Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish all left their marks and contributed to Sicily’s culture and heritage. From Messina your Sicily tour travels to Taormina. This 4000 year old resort town is located on hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mt Vesuvius. The ancient Greek’s amphitetheater located here is one of the best preserved from the Magna Grecia period. Upon arrival you’ll have tome to stroll around this charming town and shop along Corso Umberto I. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian Granita (a treat similar to sorbet). (Breakfast)

DAY 11 and 12 – Taormina Area. Excursion to Syracuse and Mt Etna

Here you have two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions: to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, and to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, an included dinner with wine at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea view has been organized. On Wednesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner daily)

DAY 13 – Sicily Tour from Taormina to the Valley of the Temples and Palermo

Today you’ll travel around the island of Sicily from Taormina to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples.  There you’ll tour one of the finest ancient Greek archaeology sites in the world. The massive Temples have stood here for 2500 years.  You’ll also visit the Dorian Temples and Acropolis at Selinunte.  This site with its vast sea views is a favorite Sicily tour destination. Later this afternoon you’ll arrive in Sicily’s capital Palermo.

DAY 14 – Palermo and Monreale Escorted Tours

This morning your local expert tour guide will escort you around Palermo’s sightseeing highlights. Your Palermo escorted tour includes the Palermo Cathedral, Piazza Bellini, and the Arab-Norman Palatine Chapel in Palermo’s Royal Palace. After touring Palermo your Sicily tour will continue to Monreale. There you will visit the Norman Cathedral, famous for its byzantine mosaics. This afternoon visit a local farm and meet the casaro to see how he prepares a fresh ricotta. Then, enjoy your exclusive farewell dinner with local specialties and wine, the perfect way to celebrate your Italian vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 – Rome, Southern Italy and Sicily Tour Concludes

After two weeks your escorted tour of Rome, Southern Italy and Sicily ends this morning with breakfast. The transfer to Palermo airport is included. You are sure to be flying home with lovely memories.

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