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Best of Italy and Sicily 2014

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The ruins of Pompeii near Naples, ItalyVenice, Italy
The ruins of Pompeii near Naples, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Traditional north to passionate south, this odyssey traces the length of Italy, exploring its cultural and geographical diversity by land and sea. It's Insider moments like… the knowledge of your Local Expert casting light on the shadows of Agrigento, one of the greatest ancient cities of the Mediterranean. Walking among the ruins, it's hearing how a Greek settlement on the coast of Sicily helped the tyrant Thero fight for control of the island. And it's seeing the piety of ruthless regimes as you wander between the cool pillars of the Temple of Concord, searching for marks of the enemy fire that scarred its walls more than 2,400 years before.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • ROME

    • + Magnificent Rome With Free Time For Pizza Cameras at the ready for the magnificent sights awaiting us. With our Local Guide we will discover the many delights that Rome has to offer. These can only be truly appreciated by wandering slowly through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over more than 2000 years, creating an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later you will have free time to eat at the Trattoria of your choice in one of the piazzas.

    • + Roman Evening With Dinner A light hearted evening in Rome. We will relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal (drinks included), while live musicians entertain us. To complete our evening, we will drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita' and see how the Romans enjoy their city. A wonderful end to our day.


    • + Florentine Dinner With Entertainment Sample the flavours of medieval Florence, during an evening of good food and music at a distinctive historic venue. (Subject to availability.)

    • + Michelangelos David A guided insight into the world of genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece "David". We enter the Academy of Fine Arts by a preferential reserved entrance and our visit focuses on Michelangelo and his groundbreaking and beautiful sculpture.

    • + Dinner Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feast of gastronomic specialities awaits, accompanied by song and music.


    • + Canals Of Venice An unforgettable introduction to this unique and magical city! We cruise along the Grand Canal by private water taxi, admiring the magnificent and elegant palazzos. We see the Rialto Bridge and then reach 'the most beautiful outdoor drawing room in the world', St Mark's Square. Later during your Gondola Ride, you will glide along the picturesque smaller canals while a duo of musicians entertains.

    • + Majestic Venice Explore hidden parts of the maze of streets which make up this unique city. Your Local Guide will give you fascinating insights into Venice's past and present, through the eyes of a local. A visit to the majestic basilica of St Mark reveals some of its treasures. Behind closed doors we will view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power, or alternatively we will visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas of this remarkable city on water.

    • + Lagoon Cruise With Lunch or Dinner Take some time off the beaten track! We are taken by private boat to the nearby islands in the lagoon of Venice. See the island of Murano where the glass blowers live. Lunch or dinner is taken at the picturesque Island of the fishermen, Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise. Drinks are also included.


    • + Jewels Of Sicily A panoramic drive through verdant forest with spectacular views over the city of Palermo brings us to the summit of Mount Pellegrino. Here we visit the grotto of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint, with its traditional offerings and devotions. Then a drive along the blue coastal highway brings us to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. Here we stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets. Back in Palermo, we visit one of the most famous and colourful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. An opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.

    • + Sferracavallo And Lunch Or Dinner We drive to the coast of Sicily to arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. Here we will be introduced to a superb Fishermens' feast with wine and soft drinks included.


    • + Sicilian Evening With Dinner A fantastic Sicilian evening with a delicious dinner of Southern Italian specialities, with musical entertainment.

    • + Sicilian Highlights Mt Etna Savoca And The Godfather Enter the old rustic village life of Sicily with our Local Guide, as we visit Savoca, the town also chosen by Francis F Coppola for his movie 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views and visit Vitelli's bar used in one of the scenes of the film and famous for its tasty, ice cold, 'granite di limone'. Then up Mt Etna, the famous volcano, the only one active in the whole of Europe. You will have time to photograph the spectacular scenery before our return descent to Taormina.


    • + Traditional Neapolitan Evening Our beautiful drive takes us into the Sorrentino countryside to arrive at an 18th century Olive Oil mill where we enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, the mill and an ancient wine cellar. We will be served a simple meal including the famous pizza and wine. Throughout the evening, there will be a demonstration of how Mozzarella cheese and pizza are made.

    • + Dinner And Entertainment A variety of Neapolitan specialities will be served in this family-run restaurant, with wine, local live entertainment and a demonstration of the famous Tarantella dance.

    • + Glimpse Of Capri Spectacular cliffs and the famous turquoise coloured waters are best experienced with a relaxing cruise around the island to view the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline. Our cruise ends in Capri town, with picture postcard views. Enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. (This optional is weather-dependent, and may be replaced with a mini bus tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit of the Villa of Axel Munthe.)

    • + Positano And The Amalfi Drive Using private mini-buses, we drive along the famous Amalfi Coast in order to visit the exclusive artists' paradise of Positano, magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

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