Fantasia All Italy - 2020

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Fantasia All Italy – 17 Days/16 Nights – 2020

Our comprehensive tour of Italy, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved cities (including Rome, Florence and Venice), historic sites and scenic wonders.

Itinerary: Rome • Assisi • Siena • Florence • Bologna • Padua • Venice • Tuscany Wine Region (Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano) • Roma • Naples • Pompeii • Sorrento • Capri • Palermo • Monreale • Erice • Saline della Laguna • Agrigento • Piazza Armerina • Ragusa Ibla • Noto • Siracusa • Taormina

Features 

  • Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano!
  • Visit also Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Tuscany Wine Region
  • Visit St. Mark’s Basilica with “Skip the Line”
  • Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (with our exclusive “Skip the Line”)
  • Tour of Pompeii with “Skip the Line” and a lunch with an authentic Neapolitan pizza and 1 drink included
  • Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri (weather permitting)
  • Entrance tickets to all archaeological sites included!
  • Saline della Laguna boat trip* & Lunch
  • Baroque Sicily!

High Season 

April                6 • 27

May                 11 • 25

June                8 • 22

July                  6

August             10 • 24

September       7 • 21

October            5 • 26

March 2021      15

Tourist Category 

Single      $6674.00AUD

Double     $5225.00AUD per person.

1st Category – Venice Island 

Single       $7270.00AUD

Double     $5789.00AUD per person

Hotel Tourist Category 

Florence                       Raffaello 4*

Venice                          Delfino (Mestre) 4*

Rome                           Rome Garden 3* – Santa Costanza 4*

Sorrento                       Central 4* – Cristina 4*

Palermo                       Mercure 4*

Agrigento                     DellaValle 4*

Ragusa                        Poggio del Sole 4*

Area Taormina             Antares 4*

Hotel 1st Category – Venice Island 

Florence                      Raffaello 4*

Venice                         Santa Chiara 4*

Rome                           Bettoja Hotels 4*

Sorrento                       Michelangelo 4* – Grand Hotel Vesuvio 4*

Palermo                       Mercure 4*

Agrigento                     Della Valle 4*

Ragusa                        Poggio del Sole 4*

Area Taormina             Antares 4*

The Tour includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe coach
  • Monolingual tour-escort in English
  • Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
  • Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary

The Tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”

*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended. 

**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages; at your own leisure. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and then have free time for lunch (not included). Board the bus to Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world renowned for the Palio; the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.

After breakfast in Florence, travel to Bologna. In Bologna, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so much more. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a real foodie heaven…you have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at one of the many local restaurants, are your own leisure. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrive in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities in the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.

 

After breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, fabled for its landscapes, its churches and castles and delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a Medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, available for purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant (included). Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check into your hotel.

Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, after breakfast, depart from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access. This means there are no queue’s for you to enter the area and upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most revered art collections in the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken through a privileged door to St. Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square: enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Overnight stay.

Enjoy an energy-fueled  breakfast at your hotel before spending the day exploring Rome on your own or by selecting one of our regular tours in the city or its surroundings. Return to the hotel for your last overnight in Rome.

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 7:00 am. Depart by coach heading South crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Once you arrive in Naples, you will take a short walk up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city of Naples below; this is a great opportunity to take some photographs. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel South towards Mount Vesuvius and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will a real Neapolitan pizza for lunch. After lunch, you will enter one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, traveling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallized and frozen in time. You’ll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” of the time, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before the dreadful day. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and an overnight in your new hotel.

After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations of the Mediterranean. Depending on the weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto via a small rowboat. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. Once back on the mainland, return to your hotel for dinner and your last overnight in Sorrento.

Breakfast at your hotel, then spend a leisurely morning exploring Sorrento. In the afternoon, you will reach the port of Naples, where you will board on the Tirrenia/Snav ferry to Palermo. Let the waves rock you to sleep. Dinner and breakfast are not included on the ferry.

Arrive in Palermo and transfer to your hotel. That night, have dinner in the hotel and rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Visit the elaborate Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy some visiting some local delicatessens and souvenir shops. Head back to Palermo and continue with a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight.

Early breakfast and depart for Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble.Continue to visit the Saline, an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature and archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow the visitor to try different, unique and charming experiences. Enjoy a boat trip to the islands, located nearby. The tour of the natural reserve of the “Stagnone di Marsala” is a one of a kind archaeological and naturalistic experience. Board special boats, designed to be able to navigate in the lagoon bottoms that at low tide reach only 25 cm. With a helpful audioguide, you will admire all the islands of the lagoon of the Stagnone up close, remaining comfortably seated in the boat, sailing at a speed of 4 knots. You will pass from the Island of Mozia, Isola Lunga, Isola di Schola, from the Ancient Via Punica Sommersa. After this wonderful experience enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the lagoon. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, your final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and learn about archaeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and travel to Piazza Armerina, a pretty and historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. Visit Villa Romana del Casale and admire the largest, richest and most complex Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy (since 1997). The mosaics spread over 3,500 sqm show mythological scenes and portrayals of daily life. Depart to Ragusa and visit  the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, with its stunning Baroque palaces and churches; together with another seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then walk to Piazza Pola where we will visit the church of San Giuseppe: a little gem. Be enchanted by the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini Palace, one of the most interesting Late Baroque palaces in Sicily! Arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit the Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after an earthquake, and then enjoy a lovely in the town’s center. Continue along the South coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s Southeastern tip. Visit “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis”, Syracuse’s famous archaeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia – the most ancient part of Syracuse – home to a wealth of Baroque churches and Medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then travel to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you will have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). Subsequently, you will return to Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Return to Taormina in the afternoon and spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.

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