The best tour to visit all of Italy in 17 days
The journey starts passing through the Autostrada del Sole, that leads you to the first stop: Assisi. We suggest you to visit the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Basilica of Saint Clare where some Cimabue and Giotto’s frescos are conserved. The second stop of this journey will be Siena. Free time is to discover this medieval city which was built over three hills in the heart of Tuscany, and it is well-known for the enormous Piazza del Campo where the Palio of Siena is celebrated annually. The third and final stop of the tour is Florence. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Half board in the hotel. Florence is considered the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. It is important to make a tour inside the Cathedral or Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, which has a Florentine medieval decoration: white, green and pink marbled on the outside walls. The Duomo represented a symbol of richness and power during the XIII and XIV centuries. The dome was designed by Brunelleschi, the Campanile by Giotto and the Baptistery is popular for its bronze gates built by Ghiberti, specially the Gate of Paradise (so-named by Michelangelo). The tour includes also the visit of Piazza della Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio, an old Gothic building with an austere decoration and, finally, the Basilica of Santa Croce, placed in one of the oldest squares of the city.
After breakfast the first stop will be Pisa. It is possible to visit the world-wide known Piazza dei Miracoli where you will find the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Leaning Tower. After enjoying some free time, the next stop is Padua where it is possible to make an inside tour of the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua. The last stop is Venice, the attractive city of gondolas and numerous masterpieces born because of the union between Orient and Occident. Dinner and accommodation.
Half board accommodation. Tour around this unique and mysterious city sited on a group of 117 small islands. This city is famous for its 150 canals and 400 bridges. You will make a boat ride through the Grand Canal to reach St Mark’s Square. Once you arrive there, you will be guided in a sightseeing tour through the city center: Ducal Palace, which represents the symbol of glory and power of Venice and is connected to Palazzo delle Prigioni through the Bridge of Sighs. Tour inside a crystal factory. Free time.
After breakfast the first stop of the journey will be San Marino, one of the smallest republics of the world. Free time is to explore this tiny and beautiful medieval city. In the evening dinner and accommodation in Rome.
After breakfast and throughout the whole day, you will enjoy a tour over the most touristic places of the eternal city: Piazza della Repubblica; Via Veneto; Piazza Navona; Fontana di Trevi; St. Peter’s Basilica, etc. In the evening, the tour will continue over the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls; Colosseum; the Imperial fora, etc. Accommodation in the hotel after finishing the tour.
After breakfast, the first city to visit is Naples. Upon arrival a sightseeing tour is scheduled in order to discover the most beautiful places of this city, including the sea promenade, one of the most attractive of Italy, where Castel Dell’Ovo; Mergellina seaport and the aquarium are placed. The next stop is Pompeii, the city that remained buried under the ashes of Vesuvius Vulcan in 79 B.C. Free time to lunch. Next and last stop: Sorrento. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Half board accommodation. You will be transferred to the port in order to take a boat to Capri. Upon arrival, and weather permitting, you will discover the city and the beautiful Blue Grotto. In the evening you will come back to Sorrento.
After breakfast, free time is on your own. In the evening you will be transferred to the Naples seaport in order to board and ship across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Accommodation in double standard cabins.
Upon arrival at 6:30 in the morning you will be transferred to the hotel. Free time to discover the city. Dinner in the hotel.
After breakfast the first thing to do is to explore the city and its attractive places. There are so many interesting places to see such as: Palazzo dei Normanni with its Cappella Palatina which has golden tiles from Byzantine decoration; the Cathedral, Piazza della Vergogna (Square of Shame) so-called because of the naked statues that can be seen in there. The next stop is Monreale. The most attractive monument is the Byzantine Cathedral whose cloister has a colored marble decoration and golden tiles. Return to Palermo in order to visit the Capuchin Catacombs where you can find more than 1500 embalmed bodies with an un- revealed technique. Among these bodies there are some nobles, cardinals and rich families. The last embalmed body is one of a 7-year-old girl who seems to sleep. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
After breakfast the first stop will be Selinunte where the archeological area is located. After lunch, you will continue to Agrigento. Upon arrival, a visit to the Valley of the Temples is organized, including the Temple of Zeus, Jupiter, Diana and Concordia. Dinner in the hotel and finally, you will enjoy a night tour over the Templi Illuminati.
After breakfast the first place to visit will be Piazza Armerina, placed in the heart of Sicily. A visit to Villa Romana is scheduled. This Villa is dated from IV century and there are some magnificent tiles that tell us about how the life was back then. The next stop is Ragusa. Here you will have lunch in a typical restaurant and discover the city through the unique sceneries it brings to us. The next place to visit is Noto, the most Baroque city of Sicily whose palaces have both baroque and rococo styles. The last stop is Syracuse. Dinner and accommodation.
After breakfast there is a visit through this enchanting city founded by the Greek civilization between 733 and 734 B.C. It is possible to visit the archeological park where the Greek-roman amphitheatre was found. The Ear of Dionysius is also a must-see. The tour will continue in the Cathedral whose columns has a Greek style; the Fountain of Arethusa, etc. Lunch in the hotel. Free time is on your own to enjoy the rest of the day. Dinner and accommodation.
After breakfast the first place to visit is the highest mountain of Sicily, that is, the Mount Etna (3345 meters/ 10,991 ft). It is possible to ascend in order to see some inactive craters. After some free time to enjoy the scenery, the next stop will be Taormina which is placed in Mount Tauro. Upon arrival there will be some spare time to explore and visit the Greek theatre from which it is possible to see an amazing landscape: the Mount Etna next to Taormina and Naxos beach. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
After breakfast the first stop is Messina, the second capital of Sicily where a sightseeing visit is scheduled, including the Cathedral. Then a typical Sicilian lunch is organized. The next stop is Cefalù a tiny fishing town that can be freely visited. Way back to Palermo. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. End of the itinerary.
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