Italy Bellissimo 2014

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Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, ItalyPonte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyThe Leaning Tower of Pisa, ItalyThe ruins of Pompeii near Naples, ItalyThe Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, Italy
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The ruins of Pompeii near Naples, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
    Italy 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colours, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri. It's Insider moments like… waking in Capri to wander the sun-dappled streets, gelato in hand, as you discover the hidden highlights of this celebrity hideaway. Swimming in crystal-clear waters and lazing in the sunshine of a perfect island day. Days later, the lemony scent of Capri is recalled at 'Il Borgo della Limonaia', the Tuscan home of Daniella Callistri and her family. They welcome you to their home, the scent of lemons lingering as you taste the family olive oil and wine, before a meal of traditional Tuscan delicacies at the Callistri table.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica - the perfect introduction to your holiday.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel on your return to Rome.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your Local Expert. In Sorrento, see fine craftsmanship at an inlaid wood factory, during a Local Speciality demonstration. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Regina Cristina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the centre of local life! Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques, or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Sail back across the Mediterranean to 'Bella Napoli'. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your Local Expert shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died. Visit the Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Cenacolo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    This morning after breakfast, travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Spend two nights on picturesque Lido island.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Principie/Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Venice is a remarkable Byzantine city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which is evident during your cruise to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a boat trip around the islands in the lagoon!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9


    This morning travel to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Later arrive in the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Minerva Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your Local Expert shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo, magnificent Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 11


    Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the annual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a pavement café. Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your holiday with a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici/Grand Hotel Tiberio

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12

    ROME - USA

    After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit an 'Agriturismo' farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils.
  • Local Expert in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Speciality Visit an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento.
  • Authentic Accommodation Cenacolo, Assisi - An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, we often choose Hotel Cenacolo when in this scenic part of Italy. Sensitively restored, the stone walls of this Authentic Accommodation hold slick modern decor.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice - When we stay on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, we often plump for Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria. Rich in romantic history, this Authentic Accommodation is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence.
  • Orientations in Venice, Montecatini and Siena.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • View the Roman Forum, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Palladian Villas, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo.


  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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