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$3,699: 15-Day Rome to Sicily Tour

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This leisurely paced Southern Italy Rome to Sicily tour gives you two weeks to explore all of Southern Italy’s sightseeing highlights. The all-inclusive Rome to Sicily tour begins in Rome. There you’ll by guided by expert guides through the treasures of the Vatican and Roman Empire. Then you’ll be escorted from Rome through Southern Italy visiting the sightseeing highlights in the southern Italian regions of Puglia, Campania, and Sicily.  Enjoy the food, history, and natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast in the region of Campania. Visit the ‘trulli’ cone houses of Alberobello in the region of Puglia. Tour the cave houses in Basilicata’s Sassi di Matera. Here you’ll discover the authentic mix of cultural influences that makes Southern Italy unique. After touring these southern Italian mainland points of interest you’ll travel out the marvelous Mediterranean island of Sicily. Among the many historical and cultural influences you’ll find in Sicily are Greek, Roman and Norman. Your escorted Southern Italy tour from Rome to Sicily includes two-night stays in Rome, Sorrento, and Palermo, plus three-nights in Alberobello and Sicily’s resort town Taormina. All hotels are first class luxury hotels.Enjoy a relaxing slow paced comprehensive Southern Italy tour from Rome to Sicily. To book your Southern Italy tour from Rome to Sicily vacation package or for more information submit form or call 800-227-1577.

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Highlights

15-Day Rome to Sicily Tour Map

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Southern Italy Rome to Sicily Tour Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Vatican Museum VIP tour with access to the Bramante Staircase.
  • Alberobello learn why the Trulli buildings were designed with collapsing roofs.
  • Sassi di Matera tour the ancient cave houses built into solid rock.
  • Taormina visit the ancient Greek Theater and enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful resort town.
  • Agrigento your local tour guide will escort you through the Valley of the Temples.
  • Palermo walking tour to discover the architectural mix including the Quattro Canti Square, Cathedral and the mosaics in the Palatine Chapel.
  • Cefalu excursion to tour the cathedral. Then enjoy time to stroll this authentic Sicilian fishing town.
  • Pompeii walking tour takes you back 2000 years to life in ancient.
  • Sorrento: Cruise to the isle of Capri, ride into Capri town by open top taxi and return by funicular railway.
  • Rome: Visit St Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and see the Forum
  • Scenic Drives: Apennines, Calabria mountains, Sorrento cliff top road, Capri corniche.
  • 13 nights first class accommodations
    • 2 nights Rome
    • 2 nights Sorrento
    • 3 nights Alberobello
    • 1 Night Maratera
    • 3 nights Taormina
    • 2 nights Palermo

Accommodations

Southern Italy Rome to Sicily Tour Accommodations:

  • 2 nights Rome – Romanico Palace
  • 2 nights Sorrento – Grand Hotel Vesuvio
  • 3 nights Alberobello – Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri
  • 1 Night Maratera – Pianeta Maratea Resort
  • 3 nights Taormina – Hilton Giardini Naxos
  • 2 nights Palermo – Best Westin Al Cavalieri

Optional Tours

The following optional tours are not included in the price of the Rome to Sicily Italy vacation package price. These are examples of optional tours. Optional tours are subject to change.

Rome by Night

Join your Travel Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!

Rome of Ancient Christians and the Catacombs

Outside the ancient Roman city walls we visit the early Christian Catacombs, underground cemeteries carved out of soft Tufa Stone. Nearby we also visit one of the major basilicas of Rome, St Paul’s Outside the Walls. The burial place of St Paul the Apostle, famous for its Byzantine Mosaics. On some departures the Christian Catacombs are offered with a visit to St Peter in Chains to view the magnificent ‘Moses’ sculpture by Michelangelo, (instead of St Paul’s).

Discovering Medieval Roman Neighborhood – Trastevere

Get off the beaten track and explore Rome’s most untouched medieval neighborhood, Trastevere. One of Rome’s most consistently unchanged medieval neighborhood, Trastevere is dotted with ancient and dimly lit churches, crumbling buildings and streets barely wide enough for a Fiat. With our local expert, we’ll explore the medieval labyrinth of alleyways and pause from time to time to take in this very atmospheric area. A maze of food shops, art galleries, cafes, apartment buildings and pretty squares, this district was once rather run-down and working-class, but has now become one of the city’s liveliest and most popular neighborhoods!

Sorrento to Capri

Spectacular cliffs and the famous turquoise colored waters are best experienced with a relaxing cruise around the island to view the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline. Our cruise ends in Capri town at the Augustus Gardens with picture postcard views. Enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. This optional is weather dependent and will be replaced by a mini bus tour of the Island to Anacapri, the highest village and will include a visit to Villa San Michele.

Sorrento drive down Amalfi Coast to Positano

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.

Alberobello to Ostuni

Optional Ostuni Tour: 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.

Alberobello visit to Caves of Castellana

The Grotte di Castellana are one of the most amazing natural wonders of Puglia. Formed about 90 million years ago, the caves are an incredible vision of stalactites, stalagmites and canyons formed by a miracle of nature. The eccentric stalactites here defy the law of gravity by growing horizontally. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of the most amazing natural visions of Puglia and Italy!

Taormina to Siracusa

Siracusa, one of the oldest ancient Greek cities dating back to the Magna Grecia. There you will see the Italian master Caravaggio’s famous painting the ‘Burial of Saint Lucy located in the church of Santa Lucia.

Taormina to Mt Etna

Enter the rustic village life of Sicily with our local guide as we visit Savoca, the town also chosen by Frances F Coppola for his movie “The Godfather”. Enjoy the stunning views and visit Vitelli’s bar, used in one of the scenes of the film, famous for its tasty, ice cold, “granite di limone”. Then up Mt. Etna, the famous active volcano – the highest in Europe. You will have time to photograph the spectacular scenery before our return to Taormina.

Palermo – Insider Walking Tour

Walk the ancient streets of the historical center and learn, through the eyes of a local, how the Palermitani live. You’ll discover hidden treasures of this fascinating city that most visitors don’t get to see, like a private visit to the palace of the family of the Counts of Palermo, whom we’ll meet and who will share their amazing experiences with us. This unique tour also includes a drink and light snacks.

15-Day Southern Italy Rome to Sicily Tour

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Southern Italy Rome to Sicily Tour Day-by-Day Itinerary

The Southern Italy Rome to Sicily tour day-by-day itinerary includes escorted tours of all the important destinations from Rome to Sicily and points between. This Southern Italy all-encompassing vacation package brings you an authentic southern Italian experience, mixed with history and culture.

DAY 1, Depart USA to meet your Southern Italy Tour from Rome to Sicily.

Flights to Italy depart in the evening. Enjoy your overnight flight.

DAY 2, Arrive in Rome and have the day at your leisure

Upon arrival in Rome you will transfer to your hotel.  You may have time to stroll around before this evening’s reception and Roman dinner.

Day 3 Rome Local Tour

Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas. The walking exploration with a Local Expert has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved ancient Roman building, and later enjoy free time to do as the Romans do. Perhaps join a tour to discover more of Rome.

DAY 4, Rome tour Vatican Museum and tour Pompeii

Today you visit Vatican City for a special tour of the Vatican Museum.  The tour includes the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo’s famous frescoes adorn the ceiling and front wall.  Your VIP Vatican tour includes the Bramante Stairs, which are typically closed to the public. The Vatican Museum tour takes you through the world’s finest art collection. After you will drive from Rome south through the Southern Italian region of Campania to Sorrento.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5, Day on the Island of Capri

Today you travel by high speed hydrofoil across the Bay of Naples from Sorrento to Capri. With Mt Vesuvius towering over the Bay you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of this area, as visitors have for thousands of years. You’ll have free time to enjoy Capri boutiques and its natural beauty. Then you’ll travel back to Sorrento for a free evening.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Explore Pompeii and then visit Matera and Alberobello

Start your day exploring the ancient Roman city Pompeii. After your tour with a local expert Pompeii guide you’ll venture along country roads to Matera for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary ‘Sassi’ – troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock, the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mel Gibson chose Matera as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Continue from Basilicata to the Puglia region to the town of Alberovello, known for its white Trulli buildings.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 The Trulli of Alberobello

This morning you have time to admire the Trulli of Alberobello. The circular structures with conical roofs and domed within, built with local limestone and stacked without using mortar.  Alberobello is a unique town that you are sure to love. This afternoon is free to enjoy. This evening dinner is included and will include cooking demonstration.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 – Free day in Alberobello and Optional Tour to Ostuni

Enjoy a relaxing day around Alberobello. Optional Ostuni Tour: 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9, From Puglia to Calabria: The Caribbean of the Mediterranean

The local roads take you south to the coastal town of Maratea. Known as ‘the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian’, its beautiful and peaceful location has offered an idyllic hideaway for many of the rich and famous over the years, including Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. You may wish to spend it climbing to the top of Monte San Biagio to see Maratea’s own Christ the Redeemer Statue, relaxing on one of its many pocket-sized beaches, or sipping cocktails with the jet-set at the stylish harbour.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Di Maratea Pianeta Maratea, Maratea
Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 Depart Southern Italy for Sicily Tour and Taormina

This morning your tour of southern Italy takes you from the tow of Italy’s boot across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. Then just down Sicily’s coast your destination is the oldest resort destination in history, Taormina. Find out why summer vacationers choose Taormina for their resort of choice. On arrival in Taormina, you’ll join a local expert for a visit to the Greek Theater, with its spectacular Mt Etna backdrop, you’ll be transported back in time. Then stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building. Further along elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. Continue to your hotel for three lovely and relaxing nights in Sicily’s resort town enjoyed by all for thousands of years.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11, Relaxing Day in Taormina – Optional Tour to Siracusa

Taormina’s old town clings to the side of Mount Tauro. There from the town there are gorgeous views of Mt Etna and the Mediterranean sea. Enjoy a day in this charming and relaxing town.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12, Sicily Escorted Tour Leisure Day in Taormina

A full day to enjoy the beautiful Sicilian beaches. Start the day with the views over the Bay of Mazzarò. Then walk through the scented gardens and historic monuments of the old town. You may also enjoy an afternoon on the beach or an optional tour to Mt Etna. For dinner this evening enjoy a local trattoria serving authentic Sicilian specialties.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13, Sicily Escorted Tour from Taormina to Agrigento and Palermo

This morning the Southern Italy tour continues on Sicily with a drive to Agrigento. Here you will tour the Valley of the Temples. Walk with your Sicily tour guide to see the main temples. You’ll visit multiple ancient Greek Temples while your local expert Agrigento tour guide explains their significance to Hellenic and then ancient Roman culture. After touring the Valley of the Temples you will continue on to the the vibrant Sicilian capital of Palermo.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14, Sicily Tour Sightseeing in Palermo

A local Sicily tour guide shows you the highlights of the city. Pass the huge Teatro Massimo to the baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the ‘fountain of shame’. Visit Palermo Cathedral and admire the golden mosaics in the Palatine Chapel of the Palace of the Normans. In the afternoon there is free time to explore or shop in Palermo or continue sightseeing.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 15, Ciao! to Italian Tourism’s Rome to Sicily Tour and Southern Italy Tour

Arrivederci! Your fabulous Rome to Sicily Tour and Southern Italy tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport and Naples airport. Or take transfer to Rome hotel to continue your Italy vacation.

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