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On this Best of Italy tour, visit some of Italy’s most popular cities, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Capri, and Assisi. Visit the must-see sights, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice; Michelangelo’s David in Florence; and the church where St. Francis is buried—St. Francis’ Basilica—in Assisi. In Orvieto, situated high atop a volcanic rock, visit the gothic cathedral, dating to the 13th century and home to one of the best examples of Italian Renaissance painting.
One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago; this preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. Admire the paintings still on the walls, and look for the early fast-food restaurants beloved by ancient Romans. Another highlight on this Italy tour is the picturesque Isle of Capri, where during your two-night stay you’ll ride the funicular to Capri village and have time to shop at its designer boutiques, savor the sumptuous cuisine at a bistro, and enjoy the amazing views of the breathtaking azure sea. Globus has even arranged a special Capri experience that includes a relaxing boat cruise around the island (weather permitting) and an open-taxi ride to Anacapri to visit the famous Villa San Michele, a villa with works of art from Antiquity to the early 20th century.
Italy can satisfy even the most discerning traveler, and this tour allows you to experience its stunning beauty, ancient ruins, amazing sculptures, exquisite art, tasty cuisine, fine wines, and so much more. So grab your camera and leave all the details to Globus, so you can just enjoy yourself on this memorable vacation!
Please note: Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
ORVIETO Visit the cathedral
FLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; enjoy a gelato
PISA Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
VENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
ASSISI Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
POMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavations
NAPLES–CAPRI–SORRENTO By jetfoil
CAPRI Funicular ride; guided visit, open-taxi ride to Anacapri, visit Villa San Michele; boat cruise around the island of Capri (weather permitting)
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Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum and visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites.
Following the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Time to browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo and to visit the gothic CATHEDRAL with its San Brizio Chapel. Enter Tuscany, Italy’s most famous and popular region, and drive through the Chianti wine area to the spa resort of Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
Look forward to a full day in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce, and LF enjoy a traditional gelato. For art lovers, an optional excursion to the Uffizi Gallery is available.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km
Drive towards the Mediterranean coast following the valley of the Arno to Pisa. Take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and at least 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Next is Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the world. This evening you may wish to join a optional gondola serenade.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km
Board your PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour. Visit Byzantine ST. MARK’S BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to wander through narrow streets and explore the various shops, or to join a relaxing optional excursion to the island of Burano.
Sit back for a scenic drive through the Apennine Mountains to peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide accompanies you on a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA built above the Saint’s grave—the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
South along the Highway of the Sun to fascinating POMPEII. Join your Local Guide for a highlight visit of this Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. See a patrician home, public baths, and shops that give a striking picture of what day-to-day life was like in Rome at its apex of power. In Naples, cross the blue bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri for your two-night stay, and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes LF an OPEN-TAXI RIDE to Anacapri to visit famous VILLA SAN MICHELE. Later, enjoy LF a BOAT CRUISE (weather permitting) around the island. Balance of the day is at leisure, to immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of this beautiful island, or to just relax.
Speed across the glittering bay to the charming resort of Sorrento. Enjoy time to stroll around and check out the local shops before returning to Rome. This evening, farewell dinner at a local restaurant has been prepared to say arrivederci Italia.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers located a short walk to St. Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.
Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the Hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.
Residential-style Hotel, with comfortable surroundings and a great location, restaurants and shopping centers nearby.
Located in the heart of Montecatini Terme, this 136 room property has excellent facilities including a seasonal outdoor pool, indoor pool and spa area, a lounge bar and restaurant serving local dishes.
The historic Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore awaits you to make you live the nobility of the old days, in a tranquil atmosphere flavored with traditional tastes, intoxicated by the charm and elegance that only a few Grand Hotels can still reserve in Italy, allowing you to live unforgettable moments between past and present.
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
Hotel Cenacolo Assisi is a structure created from the accurate and careful renovation of an old Franciscan convent, located in Santa Maria degli Angeli, a short distance from the Porziuncola of St. Francis. The wonderful atmosphere of the place, a beautiful view of Assisi, the wide green spaces that call for reflection and the functionality and efficiency of the Hotel Cenacolo guarantee a perfect stay.
Picturesque 3-story Hotel with white-plaster facade situated in center of Capri Village, 50 feet from the Piazzetta.
The Hotel La Residenza is in the center of Capri with the charming view of the famous Faraglioni rocks, near the most important fashionable shops. They have a very pretty Swimming pool.
In an exclusive location, hotel Weber Ambassador overlooks the bay of Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni rocks on the island of Capri. It offers a free shuttle to/from the town center and free access to its three swimming pools, two hot tubs, and fitness center. All of the spacious Capri-style (ceramic tiles floors and wooden furniture) guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature an LCD TV with international channels, kettle kit, safe, and minibar. Most guestrooms come with a balcony or terrace, or alternatively offer a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Wi-Fi is available. The property is complete with three bars and an international restaurant specializing in fresh fish dishes. The hotel also features an in-house hair salon. Via a picturesque stone stairway, it is also possible to reach the adjacent private beach.
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