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Italy Bellissimo

11 Days 1 Country 14 Cities

Experience a kaleidoscope of colours, fragrances and tastes on this Country Explorer trip.

"Loved the dinners in Tuscany"

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About this trip

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. Stay in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi. The convent was originally built for pilgrims to this peaceful hillside town, but its stone walls now hold slick modern décor.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ITBE

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

Capri, Campania, Italy

Day 3

Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento – Isle of Capri (2 Nights)

Piazetta, Capri, Italy

Day 4

Capri Orientation

Assissi, Italy

Day 5

Isle of Capri – Naples – Perugia – Assisi

Day 6

Assisi Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 7

Venice Orientation

Day 8

Venice – Pisa – Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights)

Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Day 9

Florence Excursion

Day 10

Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) – Siena – Rome

Day 11

Depart Rome

Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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. Enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica - the perfect introduction to your holiday.

Hotel

Grand Tiberio

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Later visit St. Peter's Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento – Isle of Capri (2 Nights)

Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Cassino in the valley below the 6th century Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your Local Specialist. In Sorrento enjoy a Cultural Insight into fine local craftsmanship at an inlaid wood 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.

Hotel

Regina Cristina

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.

Adult Price: €44.00

Day 3

Day 4

Capri Orientation

Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola with a Local Specialist. 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

The Highlights Of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at Anacapri at the top of the island. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

Adult Price: €58.00

Day 4

Day 5

Isle of Capri – Naples – Perugia – Assisi

Sail back across the Mediterranean to 'Bella Napoli'. Drive through Naples and north via Latium to Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region. Here experience a Cultural Insight involving Italian weaving history at TreadRight and Join Trafalgar Heritage Initiative project Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. This is one of the few remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in Italy. Later arrive in Assisi and dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 5

Day 6

Assisi Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

This morning after breakfast your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour which includes a visit to the Basilica of St Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Tonight you might want to join an Optional Experience to start discovering this unique place.

Hotel

Grande Albergo Ausonia and Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 6

Day 7

Venice Orientation

Savour the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this unique city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon for a delicious meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

Adult Price: €36.00

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price:

Day 7

Day 8

Venice – Pisa – Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Minerva Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Day 8

Day 9

Florence Excursion

Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible. Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo and magnificent Baptistery and visit 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 countryside.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 9

Day 10

Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) – Siena – Rome

Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the biannual 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Parco De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Rome

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli. Enjoy a stay at the romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria which opened in 1907 on the exclusive Lido di Venezia

  • Be My Guest
    Join the Callistri family at their 'borgo' in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian meal, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards

  • Cultural Insights
    Witness the exquisite crafts of inlaid wood in Sorrento glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

  • Join Trafalgar
    Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - Meet the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Perugia. Discover the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration, and see how your visit helps preserve this traditional art form.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

    • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

    • Orientation of Venice and Siena

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Santa Croce Basilica, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 178 Reviews

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    Service rating : Trip was amazing. Well planned, they took care of everything. Hotels were very nice. Tour Director was knowledgeable and fun.Product : Itinerary was perfect. We saw a lot of places and learned thing we wouldn't have had we traveled on our own.

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    Service rating : the bus was great.the busdriver was great.the tour guide wea great too .the hotels were good except for one hotel in Venice, they shut the ad down and we opened the window and weint to supper and whe we got back the room had about an inch of water on the floor .Product : hotels

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    Service rating : Excellent tour and wonderful tour director Rosella ! The local experts were all that and more! We saw all the things we had hoped to and are now thinking of another tour next year!Product : All the places mentioned were visited and explained!

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    Service rating : Our guide was wonderful!! Muris was so informative,, and really went out of his way to make everyone's experience memorable! Hotels for the most part were nice. (Food was great)Product : Itinerary was good. We definitely saw a lot. We felt some options should have been included

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    Great tour guide, great driver, awesome experence

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