This Southern Italy tour package travels from Sicily to Rome. Explore Sicily, Southern Italy, and Rome on this all-inclusive trip through Southern Italy.
The Southern Italy vacation explores all the southern Italy and Sicily sightseeing highlights. While exploring Southern Italy you’ll find an alluring mixture of architecture, culinary traditions, and culture. After touring Sicily’s highlights your Southern Italy vacation crosses the straits of Messina traveling through the Southern Italian Peninsula. Known as the Caribbean of Europe, you’ll travel far off the beaten path through the unspoiled Southern Italian regions of Calabria, Basilicata, and Puglia. Then enjoy the breathtaking views and stunning scenery along the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento in the region of Campania. For the 2016 & 2017 Southern Italy tour package day-by-day itinerary click here. For the price of the Southern Italy tour from your preferred departure city submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us today 800.227.1577.
Sicily and Southern Italy Tour Highlights:
- Breakfast included daily. 7 dinners in Italy are also included.
- In Sicily discover Ancient Greek culture with a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
- In Sicily enjoy a leisurely day enjoying the Sicilian resort town Taormina.
- In Basilicata visit the “Sassi of Matera” and experience how people lived in their cave dwellings.
- In Basilicata visit a local winery and agriturismo for a tasting and regional dinner.
- In Campania tour Pompeii, where 2000 years ago Mt Vesuvius captured ancient Roman life in time.
- In Puglia visit Alberobello, where the trulli structures are one of the most unique sights in Southern Italy.
- 4-star accommodations in all destinations – click here for more Southern Italy tour hotel information.
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Sicily and Southern Italy Tour Package Accommodations:
- Palermo 2 nights – Grand Hotel Federico Li
- Giardini-Naxos 3 nights – Hellenia Yachting Hotel
- Basilicata 2 nights – Hilton Garden Inn Matera
- Sorrentine Peninsula 2 nights – Crowne Plaza Stabiae
- Rome 1 night – Donna Laura Palace Hotel
Visit Cefalu and a Local Farm – $91
Palermo – Duration: 6 Hours
This afternoon, set off for the stunning seaside town of Cefalù on Sicily’s northern coast. Stroll the charming medieval streets with a local guide and visit its magnificent cathedrals that showcase popular Norman architecture. Next, journey to a family-owned farm picturesquely set in the mountains. Meet the owners and discover what a typical day on a Sicilian farm is like during a private tour of the property, where you learn about its traditional products. Later, sit back and relax as a chef prepares local specialties for you featuring the farm’s own products and secret recipes. Then, sit down to a hearty dinner – Italian-style, complete with wine of course!
A Walk in Old World Sicily – $46
Giardini-Naxos – Duration: 2 Hours
The movies come to life before your eyes in charming Savoca, Sicily. This historic hill-top village was one of the filming locations for the classic 1972 movie “The Godfather.” It is where Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone fell in love with a young Sicilian girl. This remarkable village was founded in 1134 and even today, remains untouched. Your tour will take you through its quaint alleyways to the historic Bar Vitelli, where Michael asks for Apollonia’s hand in marriage from her father. You will also see the church built in the 14th century where the wedding of Michael and Apollonia was filmed, the Chiesa di Santa Lucia or Chiesa di San Nicolò. Savoca is considered to be one of the most beautiful “borgos” (small villages) in Italy. This journey through the past is sure to give you the feeling of being in old-world Sicily and should not be missed.
The Flavors of Sicily – $85
Giardini-Naxos Duration: 2.5 Hours
Linger over an exquisite four-course meal while traditional Sicilian melodies fill the air. Join us on your free evening for an unforgettable dinner at a popular local restaurant. Your evening begins with a typical Italian antipasto and continues with a variety of local specialties and fine Sicilian wines. Delight in the lively music performed by talented local musicians who are sure to have you clapping and singing along. Sit back and savor the flavors of Sicily during a fun-filled evening with true Italian ambiance and local cuisine. Gratuities are included.
Sicily to Rome Southern Italy Tour Package Daily Itinerary
This Southern Italy vacation package from Sicily to Rome tours Southern Italy’s sightseeing highlights. Sicily tour destinations include Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Catania, Mt. Etna, Siracusa and Taormina. In Sicily you’ll experience a mix of Arab and Moorish influences set among ancient Greek and Roman ruins. You’ll also have time to enjoy Sicily’s beaches in Giardini Naxos. From Sicily you’ll cross the Strait of Messina to the Boot of Italy. In Southern Italy you’ll visit Taranto, Alberobello, Matera, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Pompeii, where you will experience authentic southern Italian culture, cuisine, and hospitality. Southern Italy’s and Sicily’s unspoiled natural beauty, fabulous food, culinary traditions and culture are all unique. To book your Sicily to Rome Southern Italy tour package submit the form or call ItalianToursm.us 800.227.1577.
Day 1: Depart USA for your Sicily to Rome Southern Italy tours
Day 2: Arrive in Palermo, Sicily
Arrive in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, to begin your Southern Italy vacation. After arrival you may have some time to rest or stroll around Palermo. Then freshen up for this evenings welcome dinner. You’ll visit a local restaurant in Palermo. There you’ll enjoy an authentic Sicilian dinner with local Sicilian wines.
Day 3: Guided tours of Palermo and Monreale
An inclusive tour of Palermo’s sightseeing highlights begins the day. The tour includes a guided walking tour through Palermo’s piazzas including the Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini, and Quattro Canti. Palermo is located at the crossroads of the Arab and European civilizations. This is evident in the city’s architecture. The mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles makes Palermo unique among all cities. You’ll also tour the nearby town of Monreale. There you’ll visit the famous the Cathedral of Monreale. It is considered by many to be the finest example in the world today of Norman architecture. The 12th century cathedral’s interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, an mosaics. This afternoon enjoy some leisure time strolling Palermo’s streets or visiting other nearby Sicily sightseeing highlights.
Day 4: Travel to Agrigento to tour the Valley of the Temples
Start your day crossing Sicily to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This is the archaeology park where you will find the world’s best preserved ancient Greek Temples. You will be inspired by the overwhelming beauty and peacefulness of the sites. You’ll experience first hand why Homer, and a long list of subsequent artists, traveled to Sicily to work their crafts. Learn all about the ancient Greek Gods and their Roman counterparts in the Temples of Concordia, Hercules, Juno, and Jupiter. Learn about the Magna Grecia and ancient Greek cultures when you visit the Archaeological Museum. Here you will walk among the world’s finest collection of Greek vases and statues. Continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your three-night stay.
Day 5: Sicily tours include Taormina from Giardini Naxos
Today you will discover why emperors, nobles, aristocrats, and royalty come to Taormina. This charming town is built in the hills above Giardini Naxos. The ancient Greeks built the famous amphitheater here. Since then for 2500 years this Sicilian resort town has hosted those coming to relax, rejuvenate, and be inspired. This afternoon is totally at leisure so you too may enjoy an espresso or gelato while strolling, shopping and people watching in Taormina.
Day 6: Giardini Naxos to Catania and Mt Etna
This morning you’ll travel down Sicily’s coast enjoying great views and passing quaint towns along the way to Mt Etna and Catania. In Catania, you have the choice between two activities. First you may choose to join a locally guided tour of Catania to see the main sites of this historic Baroque city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, you will spend time at the local market. Your other option is a guided tour of the Museo dello Sbarco ( Allied Landing Museum) to explore the history of the Allied landing on the southern coast of Sicily in 1943, including the bomb shelter that brings the experience of the war to life. After Catania you’ll continue to Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. This active volcano presents landscapes sculpted by the lava flows. This afternoon return to Giardini Naxos.
Day 7: From Sicily tour the Southern Italian “Boot of Italy.”
This morning you’ll leave Taormina to begin the Southern Italy tours. We’ll cross the strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria by ferry. You’ll then travel by luxury motor coach through Calabria and Basilicata. This organic natural beauty of Southern Italy will be on full display. This afternoon you will arrive in Scanzano Jonico along Basilicata’s coast. Freshen up before a late afternoon agriturismo tasting and dinner. You’ll visit a local vineyard to taste the Southern Italian wines. You’ll also visit the agriturismo’s wine cellars. Before dinner walk among the vineyards. Then a local authentic Southern Italian dinner will be served.
Day 8: Basilicata visit Sassi di Matera and Alberobello in Southern Italy’s Puglia region
Today, explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings, both modern and ancient. A local guide will help you learn the history of this site and why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Afterwards, stop at a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy some free time in Matera to browse the shops or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. See some of the most unusually built homes, known as “trulli,” that have cone-shaped roofs. Surprisingly, no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Day 9: Basilicata to the Amalfi Coast enjoy southern Italy tours highlighting culture, history, and beauty.
Today you will travel from Basilicata to the Amalfi Coast, where you will enjoy 2 nights on the Sorrentine Peninsula. As you travel through Southern Italy today’s tours include a visit to Salerno. Later this afternoon you will arrive in Stabiae on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Campania is world famous for its culinary traditions. Tonight you’ll taste why at an included authentic Campanian dinner.
Day 10: Tour Sorrento and cruise around the Amalfi Coast
Today the Southern Italy tour being s in Sorrento. This town is perched above the Bay of Naples. Here enjoy views of Naples, Capri, and Mt Vesuvius. In town check out the local artisans. Inlaid wood making is a local art. You may watch the artisans practice their craft. This afternoon you have time to explore this lovely town on your own. Then return to Stabiae. In the hills around Stabiae is where the ancient Roman plutocrats built their villas overlooking the Bay of Naples. Here Roman Senators and plutocrats made deals during the day and spent their nights celebrating Bacchus. Whereas Pompeii was the urban center, Stabiae was ancient Rome’s Malibu.
Day 11: Guided tour of Pompeii and travel from Southern Italy to Rome
This morning you will travel back in time on your tour of Pompeii. Located in the foothills of Mt Vesuvius, the town was captured in time 2000 years ago. Here you will experience a typical ancient Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local Pompeii tour guide will take you through this ancient Roman archeological sight. After Pompeii you will travel from Southern Italy to Rome. Your luxury motor coach will arrive in Rome in time to enjoy your last Southern Italy tours evening in Rome. You’ll visit a local Roman restaurant to enjoy local Roman specialties and local wines in an evening full of cheer. This included authentic Roman dinner celebration will mark the end of the Sicily to Rome vacation.
Day 12: Sicily to Rome Southern Italy Tours Ends in Rome
Today the Southern Italy tours ends leaving you with fabulous memories of a wonderful Southern Italy vacation. You may also wish to extend your Southern Italy vacation by continuing in Rome. Or check out the Northern Italy and Tuscany vacation packages.
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