The Sweet Life: Rome & Sorrento
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The Sweet Life: Rome & Sorrento

Starting at $3,990


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Tauck Bridges’ family trip to Italy serves up a multi-course feast of history, art, scenery and culinary treats…it’s an unforgettable journey from Rome to the Amalfi Coast to savor together. 

When in Rome… go to gladiator school! Our family-friendly tour of Italy brings Roman history into focus as you visit ancient ruins, learn gladiator skills and wander underground catacombs. You’ll also tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after hours. Pompeii reveals its mysteries as you walk its ancient streets and excavated buildings. And how sweet it is to see Sorrento, where you’ll take a pizza-making class on a family farm… hop aboard a high-speed ferry to the enchanting Isle of Capri for further exploration via convertible and funicular… and break for gelato!

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Destination & Sightseeing

Tauck Bridges’ family trip to Italy serves up a multi-course feast of history, art, scenery and culinary treats…it’s an unforgettable journey from Rome to the Amalfi Coast to savor together. 

When in Rome… go to gladiator school! Our family-friendly tour of Italy brings Roman history into focus as you visit ancient ruins, learn gladiator skills and wander underground catacombs. You’ll also tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after hours. Pompeii reveals its mysteries as you walk its ancient streets and excavated buildings. And how sweet it is to see Sorrento, where you’ll take a pizza-making class on a family farm… hop aboard a high-speed ferry to the enchanting Isle of Capri for further exploration via convertible and funicular… and break for gelato!



Highlights
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – unhurried viewing, fewer crowds
All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers
Guided visits to the treasures of Imperial Rome, the Catacombs and Gladiator School
Evening at an agriturismo near Sorrento – see how cheese is made and olive oil is pressed; get tips on making your own pizza & learn to dance the tarantella
Take a high-speed ferry to the Isle of Capri; travel up to Anacapri in a private convertible & take in the views on a chairlift ride

ITINERARY

Ciao Bella Roma
Tour begins: 3:00 PM, Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa. Your family adventure in Italy begins with an included transfer from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino, Ciampino Airport or Roma Termini train station to Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa. You'll feel like royalty at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa, a deluxe hotel overlooking the Villa Borghese park. A brief city tour shows you some of Rome’s most famous sights – with your local guide, view the Circus Maximus, the Caracalla Baths, the Colosseum and other features of Imperial Rome. We invite you to join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

Gladiators, Catacombs & The Vatican
Experience a close-up look at ancient Rome as you head out along the Appian Way. Your first stop is gladiator school, where your family gets a fun introduction to ancient Roman history. Next up is a guided visit to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus where you’ll learn all about the “secret language” of the early Christian symbols found throughout the underground tunnels of the Catacombs. Have lunch at a restaurant on the Appian Way, then enjoy some free time. Tonight – a special family experience – a Tauck Bridges Exclusive after-hours, guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (subject to availability, day of visit may vary). You won’t be rushed, you won’t have to maneuver through masses of people blocking your views, and you’ll be able to take your time to contemplate the inspirational and artistic treasures.

Vatican City and Piazza Navona
Today you'll visit one of the world's most recognizable places of worship, St. Peter's Basilica, and famous St. Peter's Square. Take a walking tour to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona with its beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini. After lunch at a local restaurant near Piazza Navona, spend the rest of the day as you please with your family in remarkable Roma.

Pompeii & a Slice of Local Italian Life
Travel first-class from Rome to Naples through the Italian countryside via high-speed train, then on to Pompeii – totally buried by tons of pumice and hot ash when volcanic Mount Vesuvius blew its top on August 24th in 79 AD. Today, its streets are much like they were before the volcano erupted, offering a glimpse of what daily life was like in 1st century AD. After your visit, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Sorrento, nestled between the mountains and the sea, with great views of Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. Visit a family farm – or agriturismo – to find out how cheese, olive oil and other tasty treats are made. Then, try your hand at using that cheese as a professional chef shows you how to make your own pizza for dinner; your evening includes traditional Neapolitan music. Enjoy Executive Level Sea View rooms during your stay at Hilton Sorrento Palace.

The Isle of Capri
Head across the Gulf of Naples by high-speed ferry to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Just like a jet-setter, take a fabulous ride in a private convertible along the cliffs of the road to Anacapri, ending in the town. A funicular (chairlift) takes you to the highest point of the island to get a good look at the beautiful Gulf and the town below. After lunch in the town of Capri, and some free time, take the funicular down to the pier to catch your high-speed ferry back to Sorrento. From your Executive Room at the Hilton Sorrento Palace you'll be able to look out at the Gulf of Naples and, in the distance, the infamous Mount Vesuvius. Spend the rest of the day and evening with your family as you please.

The Amalfi Coast, a Cruise & More
If you like roller coasters, you’ll love the drive along the Amalfi Coast today! The road seems to sometimes go straight up, sometimes straight down and careens around sharp corners at the edge of the cliffs. Take a walking tour in Positano, a cool town that seems to be holding on to its cliff-side perch for dear life, before climbing aboard a private boat bound for Amalfi to view the amazing cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, now above you. In the town of Amalfi, you’ll have time to check out the sights along the maze of lovely winding streets. Your adventure concludes back in Sorrento tonight with a barbecue farewell dinner, where you can share some favorite moments of your family's unforgettable trip to Italy!

Journey home
Trip ends: Sorrento. Fly home anytime. Your family's Italy adventure ends with an included transfer from the Hilton Sorrento Palace to Naples International Airport or Naples train station. Please allow 3 hours for airport check-in formalities. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. Arrivederci!

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