Italy is a country with so much to offer—amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this Best of Italy & Sicily tour, you’ll experience some of the most popular cities and historic sights of Italy and Sicily, including overnights in Milan, Venice Island, Florence, Rome, Naples, Capri, Pizzo Calabro, Palermo, Agrigento, and Taormina Riviera. If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence and his ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In Monteriggioni, visit the medieval town and walk on the rampartsTour highlights also include the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the excavations in Pompeii, and Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! You’ll also visit the impressive Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! And from Naples you’ll cross the Bay of Naples by jetfoil to the Isle of Capri for an overnight stay, a funicular ride, and a guided visit to the Gardens of Augustus! These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily tour. So if you want to see Italy, let Globus handle the details—including special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala, a granita tasting in Cefalù, plus various dinners at local restaurants to try the regional specialties—and all you need to do is focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country!
MILAN Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sforzesco Castle grounds and the museumVENICE ISLAND Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstrationFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; [LF] dinner at a local restaurant MONTERIGGIONI Visit the medieval town and walk on its ramparts ROME Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the ColosseumCASTEL GANDOLFO [LF] Guided visit of the Papal Palace and Barberini GardensPOMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavationsNAPLES Guided sightseeing, visit the Archaeological MuseumNAPLES–CAPRI–SORRENTO By jetfoilCAPRI Funicular ride, guided sightseeing, visit the Gardens of AugustusSTRAIT OF MESSINA Ferry crossingCEFALÙ Visit the seaside town; [LF] granita tastingPALERMO Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale MARSALA Visit a salt mill; [LF] wine tasting at the Florio wine cellarAGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of TemplesPIAZZA ARMERINA Guided visit of the Villa Romana del CasaleTAORMINA Enjoy a walk along Corso Umberto; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Florence and Taormina
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing; Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.