italy - south and sicily
Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento - Lecce - Capri - Taormina - Palermo
October 9 - 22, 2022
Explore Italy on this exclusive Uniglobe adventure of a lifetime with visits to Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Lecce and Capri as well as Taormina and Palermo including tours of Vatican City, the Royal Palace, view of Mt. Etna and more!
Motor coach to the Pittsburgh airport and overnight flights to Rome.
Benvenuti a Roma, the eternal city! Transfer to your hotel and welcome dinner.
Bus to Vatican City and tour the Vatican Museums – a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings. Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Lunch and afternoon on your own to explore plus a full day free tomorrow.
Continue to explore with a drive south to Pompeii – a city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained down from Mt. Vesuvius. Enjoy a pizza lunch and continue to Sorrento, a popular seaside resort for a panoramic tour before checking into the hotel and dinner this evening.
Board a speedy jetfoil to the world’s most enchanting island – Capri. Enjoy a private boat tour around the island cruising by the magnificent Faraglioni and the beautiful sea caves of the Grotta Bianca. Free time to explore the island. Drive through the Region of Basilicata and stop in Matera (the Subterranean City) – what once began as natural caves and grottoes has been adapted as homes. Continue to Lecce for dinner and overnight stay.
Travel to Alberobello, famous for fairytale like white-washed houses. Visit a local Masseria, an ancient, fortified farmhouse for lunch. Tour of Lecce with 300-year-old cobblestone streets.
All aboard the ferry across the Straits of Messina to Sicily! In Taormina, our hotel will be one that boasts stunning views of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos. Dinner here this evening.
Enjoy a tour of Taormina, the “Jewel of Italy” with its winding streets and secluded gardens. Afternoon at your leisure before dinner at a local restaurant. Visit Mt. Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in the world. We’ll visit a local winery for tour, tasting, and lunch.
Stop in Cefalu, a coastal town in Northern Sicily. Enjoy a guided visit of the famous Norman Cathedral. Free time to walk around the town, shop, and have lunch on your own before heading to Palermo. In Palermo, visit the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral of Palermo and Monreale, and other highlights. Farewell dinner.
Transfer to the Palermo airport for flights home and motor coach from Pittsburgh airport.
Includes: Roundtrip transfers to/from Pittsburgh airport, transportation in Italy, accommodations in Rome - Sorrento - Lecce - Taormina - Palermo, baggage service in/out of hotels, breakfast daily + 10 meals, listed tours and entrance fees, and city taxes.
*Airfare not yet included*
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