Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy 2020 - 14 Day Tour from Rome to Palermo
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Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy 2020

14 Day Tour from Rome to Palermo

Starting at $3,099

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals

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Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and archaeological sites—all of this awaits you on this fabulous “off the beaten path” vacation through Southern Italy and Sicily. If you’re interested in ancient history, this tour is certainly for you. Stop in Matera, to enjoy a panoramic view of the sassi houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. A guided visit of Reggio Calabria’s Bronzi di Riace museum to see the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures will leave a lasting impression. Once in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage, visit the Greek Theater at Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC. Also, visit the amazing Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento’s Valley of Temples; and the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy 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. A unique highlight is the guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo where lunch has been arranged for you. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Other special treats include a taste of the traditional tartufo desert in Pizzo Calabro, and local pastries (pasticciotto) with almond iced coffee in Lecce.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. Visit the Sorrento coast and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities.

History, amazing scenery, tasty cuisine, and so much more is waiting for you on this Italy tour. So pack your bag and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

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Destination & Sightseeing

ROME Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
[LF] Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens, lunch at Villa Barberini
By jetfoil
CAPRI Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride and a visit to Augustus Gardens
Guided walking tour of the excavations
NAPLES Guided visit; [LF] pizza tasting
BARIGuided sightseeing, walk through the Old Town and visit San Nicola's Church
LECCEGuided walking tour, visit Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica; taste [LF] local pasticciotto and almond coffee
ALBEROBELLOGuided walking tour; visit a trullo
MATERAPanoramic view of the Sassi houses
PIZZO CALABRO[LF] Taste the traditional tartufo ice cream
Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum
Ferry crossing
TAORMINAVisit the ancient Greek Theater; dinner at a local restaurant
AGRIGENTOGuided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
PALERMOGuided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Motorcoach; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing.


Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Villa Barberini; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Rome, Taormina and Palermo


Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants
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Look forward to a unique experience: [LF] enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible, followed by lunch at Villa Barberini. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to the Sorrento Coast. Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
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Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit. Walk through the splendid AUGUSTUS GARDENS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view. Time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel
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Explore fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Follow your Local Guide for a walk past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Next is Naples, a city steeped in volcanic history, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches to rival Rome! A Local Guide will show you the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous PIAZZA PLEBISCITO and [LF] savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km
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A morning at leisure allows you to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast and Positano. Later, drive to Bari, capital of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot,” for your overnight stay. Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km
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Discover BARI VECCHIA, the city’s oldest district, during a pleasant stroll with a Local Guide and visit stunning SAN NICOLA'S CHURCH. In Lecce, your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the “Florence of the South.” Visit the DUOMO, a masterpiece of baroque art, SANTA CROCE BASILICA, and [LF] taste the local pasticciotto with almond-flavored iced coffee. Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km
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Enjoy a guided walking tour of Alberobello and visit one of its unique trulli—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian masseria
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In Matera, enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque sassi houses, followed by a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto to Pizzo Calabro, where you can taste [LF] the traditional tartufo ice cream. Arrive in Reggio Calabria for a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace. Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
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Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I at your own pace. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian granita (a treat similar to sorbet). Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km
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Enjoy two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port with a fleet feared throughout the Mediterranean. On day 10, dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views. On Day 11, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B,D daily)

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo. Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
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Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate your Italian journey
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. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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