Fantasia Rome to Rome 12 Nights /11 Days – 2019
This tour offers an unrivalled taste of Italy’s most famous destinations, full of rich culture, ancient cities and diverse culinary delights.
Itinerary: Rome • Assisi • Siena • Florence • Bologna • Padua • Venice • Tuscany Wine Region (Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano) • Rome • Naples • Pompeii • Sorrento • Capri • Rome
- New traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano!!
- Also visit Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Tuscany Wine Region
- Visit St. Mark’s Basilica with Skip the Line
- Opportunity to choose Hotel on Venice Island (1st Category)
- 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 the traditional Neapolitan pizza and 1 drink included
- Visit to the Blue Grotto and stay in Capri
- Discover the Jewels of Southern Italy!
- High season:
- Mar: 31
- Apr: 7 • 14 • 21 • 28
- May: 3 • 5 • 10 • 12 • 17 • 19 • 24 • 26 • 31
- June: 2 • 7 • 9 • 14 • 16 • 21 • 23 • 28 • 30
- Jul: 5 • 7 • 12 • 14 • 19 • 21 • 26 • 28
- Aug: 2 • 4 • 9 • 11 • 16 • 18 • 23 • 25 • 30
- Sept: 1 • 6 • 8 •13 • 15 • 20 • 22 • 27 • 29
- Oct: 4 • 6 • 11 • 13 • 18 • 20 • 25 • 27
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out
DAY 1 ROME
Benvenuti a Roma! After your arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. Overnight stay in Rome.
DAY 2 ROME • ASSISI • SIENA • FLORENCE
Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by deluxe coach, you will travel to Assisi. Be ready to explore this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then enjoy some free time for lunch (not included).
Board the coach to travel to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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 to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
DAY 3 FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. With the help of Michelangelo, it was in Florence that Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free Commune 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 traditional 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.
DAY 4 FLORENCE • BOLOGNA • PADUA • VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, depart for 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), right in the heart of the city. You will then visit King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a foodie’s heaven and the gastronomic capital of Italy. Take the opportunity to sample its delicacies at the best markets, most authentic delis or aperitivo spots.
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, you will 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 an overnight stay.
DAY 5 VENICE
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 along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 6 VENICE • MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY WINE REGION) • ROME
After breakfast, you will depart from from Piazzale Roma to travel to Tuscany, renowned for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its 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, (which is available to purchase in local wine houses), Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July.
Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant before spending 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 in into your hotel.
DAY 7 ROME
Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, after your breakfast, depart from your hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica with our exclusive Skip the Line access! Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in the world. You will walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms, followed by the amazing Sistine Chapel.
After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends on St. Peter’s Square.
Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure or take any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or even at night! Spend overnight in your hotel.
DAY 8 ROME • NAPLES • POMPEII • SORRENTO
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel at approximately 7:00 am. You will depart by coach, heading South, crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. The first stop is Naples, one of the most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean. Naples is famous worldwide for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy. Here you will take a short scenic tour, from the comfort of your coach up the Vomero hill, to discover the city’s beauty. The city itself, overlooks the Bay of Naples, which extends from the Sorrento Peninsula to the vulcanic area of Phlegrean fields. The skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano, Vesuvius. From Vomero, you are offered an impressive sight, perfect to take stunning pictures.
Descending towards the Port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel South towards Mount Vesuvius. When you reach Pompeii, you will enjoy traditional Neapolitan pizza for lunch.
Afterwards, you will enter one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: the ruins of Pompeii – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city you will learn how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery, unearthing the objects beneath the city that have been well-preserved for centuries. So you can walk along the ancient streets for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans, discovering ancient houses, bakeries and shops and imagine the everyday life in Roman times.
Leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Amalfi. Check-in to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 SORRENTO
Spend a leisurely day exploring Sorrento, the jewel of the Sorrentine Peninsula that is famous for the cultivation of oranges, lemon and olive trees. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 10 SORRENTO • CAPRI
After breakfast you’ll embark on a tour of Capri Island. Depending on weather conditions, you’ll take a boat ride to the popular and dreamy Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), where sunlight passes into an under-water cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. After returning to the port you’ll board a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 918 feet (280 meters) above sea-level. You’ll see wonderful views of the bay of Naples before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch you can take advantage of some free time to explore Capri at your leisure or to go shopping. In the afternoon, you will check in at your new hotel for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 11 CAPRI • ROME
Set out early to discover the beauty of Capri at your own pace. Explore the many shops and restaurants of this wonderful island or take a swim in the gulf of Naples. You could do some last minute sightseeing or shopping. Between 4:00/4:30pm, you will board the ferry to Naples and from there, you will travel to Rome, where the tour will come to an end (estimated arrival in Rome is 9:00 pm). Check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 12 ROME
Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.
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