If toasting epic Tuscan sunsets, soaking up the sun-kissed sophistication of Italy's most popular cities and olive oil tasting in a real Italian borgo with new friends sound like your idea of perfection, this is one of those bellissimo Italy trips that would seduce even the sirens of Capri.
VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
Discover Venice and Siena
View the ancient sites of Rome, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice
Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
Connect with Locals Join the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian Be My Guest dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards. (Day 9)
Stays with Stories Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli. (Day 5) Romantic poet Robert Browning loved this 'gracious country home' and you will too when you stay in this beautiful and eclectic hotel built in the 19th-century on Lido Island. (Day 6)
Dive into Culture Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)
Make Travel Matter Meet the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Perugia. Discover the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration, and see how your visit helps preserve this traditional art form. (Day 5)
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Welcome to Rome
Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.
Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City
Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to Dive Into Culture and admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via del Corso on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums. Please note: On certain departures the Vatican Museums will be visited upon return to Rome.
Admire Pompeii and on to Capri
Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, we arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we'll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings.
A Day on the Isle of Capri
Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary Piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an Optional Experience and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.
Onwards to Assisi
We sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we'll Make Travel Matter and discover Italy's weaving tradition during a visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.
Journey to Venice
Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto's exquisite frescoes and 13th-century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. Enjoy a free evening watching the sun set over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning.
Cruise the Canals of Venice
The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as your cruise by private launch to Dive Into Culture and witness the delicate Venetian tradition of glassmaking that harks back to the 13th century before continuing to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, named for the sound made by prisoners taking one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo.
Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills
This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.
Off to Renaissance Florence
Explore one of the world's most cultural cities today - the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi then view the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll around the city and embrace this Renaissance gem. This evening, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience with the Callistri family at their 'borgo' in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards.
Venture to Siena and Rome
We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio horse race, and dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia. See the hilltop town's extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.