Enchanting Italy

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12 NIGHT TRIP

A 12 night magical tour of Italy. Explore some of Italy's most famous treasures and enjoy its visual splendor. Your trip is custom designed to ensure an unforgettable vacation including Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, San Gimignano.

Highlights:

  • Ancient Rome and Michelangelo’s masterpieces
  • Capri and the spectacular Amalfi drive
  • Tuscan hilltop villages and wine tasting
  • Florence & the Masters of the Renaissance

DAY 1: ARRIVE ROME
Upon arrival at Rome airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation. After check in, join the Best of Rome tour and discover the Eternal city starting with  the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, and Piazza Colonna. Continue to the Fountain of the Turtles, Teatro Marcello (the “Little Colosseum”) and the Capitoline hill where your guide will take you back to the origin of the city. Finish the tour with a coffee stop at the Caffarelli terrace from where you will enjoy a with a wonderful view over the historic center of Rome. Overnight.

DAY 2:  ANCIENT ROME DISCOVERY
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with the visit of the legendary Colosseum with skip the line access. Discover the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. End the tour at the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Afternoon & evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 3: ENCHANTING AMALFI COAST
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Naples. Upon arrival, meet you private English speaking driver for transfer to Sorrento. Check in at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy sunny Sorrento. Overnight.

DAY 4: POMPEII EXCAVATIONS AND MT. VESUVIUS ADVENTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Pompeii, the city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Free time for lunch.  Continue to Mount Vesuvius where you will reach  up to 3282 feet.  On the journey back optional visit to a cameo and coral factory, or a ceramic shop, typical of this area. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 5:  CAPRI THE PEARL OF THE AMALFI COAST
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day excursion to the jewel of the Amalfi coast: the island of Capri. Stop first at the famous Villa St Michele, built by Axel Munthe followed by the visit of the Church of San Michele.  Continue to the center of Capri, discover the famous Piazzetta and explore the narrow streets and its glamorous boutiques. Lunch on your own and free time for individual discovery. Return transfer by hydrofoil to Amalfi. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 6: ENCHANTING AMALFI COAST
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure for the full day excursion by private motor coach to the spectacular Amalfi drive, a 30 miles of narrow S-curved roadway strung halfway up a cliff . Stop in the village of Positano, a charming village perched on the cliffs, famous for its romantic views and elegant and luxury hotels.  Continue to Ravello for visit at the famous Villa Rufolo, dated back to the 13th century, that inspired Richard Wagner to compose some verses of the Parsifal. Continue with visit of the village of Amalfi. Stop for lunch in a typical restaurant where you’ll taste the best fresh home made pasta and the local wine. Overnight.

DAY 7: FLORENCE THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Naples train station. Train to Florence. Check in at the hotel. Free afternoon to enjoy Florence.

DAY 8: GENIUS OF MICHELANGELO & UFFIZI TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning guided tour of the Accademia museum to admire the famous and worldwide acclaimed sculpture of the David by Michelangelo. Lunch on your own, followed by afternoon city tour of the Uffizi museums where you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Evening at leisure.

DAY 9: TUSCAN ESCAPADE – SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
Breakfast at the hotel. Today join a full day excursion that will take in the heart of the Chianti region and Full day tour of Siena and San Gimignano. First stop will be in Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo. Stroll around the historical center and admire the Town hall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral.  Free time for lunch (not included). Continue to San Gimignano, the Unesco World Heritage site also known as the “Manhattan of Tuscany. The town features 15 of the original 72 towers that once were the symbols of the power and wealth of its noble inhabitants. After the guided visit, free time for personal discovery. Return to Florence and on the way catch a glimpse of the old medieval village of Monteriggioni, surronded by its perfectly preserved famous walls. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 10: CHIANTI DISCOVERY & WINE TASTING
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure for persona discovery. This afternoon join a half day excursion to the Chianti region with included dinner. A journey through the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany famous the world over for its wine and for its unforgettable landscapes. You will visit two historic wineries of the Chianti Region where you will experience excellent tastings of wines, extra-virgin olive oil and local delicacies. The itinerary includes also the visit to three picturesque old villages: Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and San Donato in Poggio. To crown this full day tour you will have a dinner with typical menu accompanied by an excellent Chianti wine, in the magical atmosphere of an old village among the hills. Weather permitting, dinner will be served in the open. Please wear suitable clothing. Return to Florence. Overnight.

DAY 11: ROME – THE ETERNAL CITY
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Rome. Check in at Rome hotel and free afternoon to enjoy the city. Overnight.

DAY 12:  MICHELANGELO’S MASTERPIECE & HOLY SEE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit one of the top rated museum in Rome: The Vatican museum and visiting the world’s greatest art collections. Your English speaking guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, where you will admire Michelagelo’s Pieta’, Raphael’s Rooms, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Saint Peter’s Square. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 13: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Fiumicino airport and departure.

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