The Best of Italy


  • 11 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

tour : LB

Save 10% on 2021

Was from

£2,439pp

Now from

£2,195pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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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.

Highlights

ROME
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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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.

Day
1

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

ROME

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME–ORVIETO–TUSCANY

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TUSCANY. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TUSCANY–PISA–VENICE ISLAND

Day
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE ISLAND

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE ISLAND–ASSISI

Day
7

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ASSISI–POMPEII–NAPLES–CAPRI

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CAPRI

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAPRI–SORRENTO–ROME

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ROME.

Day
11

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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