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Best of Italy

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,525 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
Italy Venice Gondola Buildings On Canal In Daylight

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City ...more Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Como, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano ...more Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Como, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

    Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Our introduction to the 'Eternal City' is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await tomorrow.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  2. Day 2 Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City Dive Into Culture

    The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. Dive Into Culture and admire the Bramante Staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  3. Day 3 Explore the Ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento

    We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop town of Sorrento where we’ll dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Johanna Park
  4. Day 4 A Day on the Isle of Capri

    We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Johanna Park
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Assisi Stays With Stories

    See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio. We arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist for a visit of Basilica of St. Francis, before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cenacolo
  6. Day 6 Discover Venice

    We journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Arrive later in Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic', where we'll enjoy a dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Principe
  7. Day 7 St. Mark's and More in Venice Make Travel Matter

    Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the master craftsmen of Venice follows. Watch as they share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Your visit helps to preserve this delicate craft for which Venice is justifiably famous and you’ll want to remember your visit by purchasing a souvenir or two to display at home. From there, continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace to St. Mark's Square where we will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats, starting with that refreshing Venetian Spritz which is the local drink of choice.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Principe
  8. Day 8 On to Verona, Milan and the Scenic Italian Lakes

    Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, then cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive in the Italian Lakes where we'll enjoy dinner served tonight at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Metropole Suisse Como
  9. Day 9 Stroll around Lake Como

    The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. We'll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring Como's historical quarter, relax with a cappuccino, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Metropole Suisse Como
  10. Day 10 Admire Pisa and on to Florence

    Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  11. Day 11 Experience Art and Architecture in Florence Connect with Locals

    Delve into the extravagant history of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. We visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Florence, dominated by the elegant Duomo and the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio, from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. This evening, Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  12. Day 12 Treasures of San Gimignano and Return to Rome

    This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, where one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and the 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Shangri-La
  13. Day 13 Farewell Rome

    Our discovery of the best of Italy has come to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Florence: The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan Be My Guest buffet, explore the cellars, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting.

Dive Into Culture

  • Rome: Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.

Iconic Experience

  • Rome: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.
  • Vatican: Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.
  • Rome: Visit the Colosseum, still echoing with the thronging crowds and ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Capri: Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.
  • Monte Cassino: View the abbey on Monte Cassino, founded by Saint Benedict in 529.
  • Assisi: With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.
  • Modena: Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.
  • Milan: See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.
  • Verona: During an exploration of Verona, see Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Como: Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.
  • Pisa: During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.
  • Florence: Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square.
  • Florence: Stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Framed by wooded hills, view the memorial marked by symmetrical rows of 4, 392 headstones and towering pylon monument.
  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed centre of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers.


  • Venice: Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Must-see Highlights

  • : VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • : Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • : Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a glassblowing factory in Venice, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • : View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
  • : See the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • : Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Trafalgar Difference

  • Assisi: Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Available on Day 2

Piazzas and Fountains

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 center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Roman Delights With Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.
Adult Price: € 51

Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal, soaking up The Eternal City's unique atmosphere all the while.
Adult Price: € 62


Available on Day 3

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
Adult Price: € 56

Available on Day 4

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise to the most beautiful part of the island, the southern side. View the beautiful grottoes and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: € 42

Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes all served up with the famous Neapolitan hospitality and zest for life.
Adult Price: € 61

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is made. Afterward, enjoy the authentic flavors of home-produced cold cuts, marinated vegetables, fresh olives and more - all washed down with the local wine. The atmosphere is informal, as the family are welcoming you into their home.
Adult Price: € 53


Available on Day 6

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catch 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: € 76

Available on Day 7

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets that 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 admire magnificent mosaics in one of the most ornate churches in the world.
Adult Price: € 38


Available on Day 8

Treasures Of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous opera house, where Giuseppe Verdi, Maria Callas and others have left their mark. Our wonderful Local Specialist will bring the city’s eventful past to life.
Adult Price: € 45


Available on Day 9

A Taste of Switzerland

Join us for a pleasant drive across the Swiss border to the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano, also known as the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland.' An ever-growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful athletes have residences along the shores of this scenic lake, nestled between the mountains and blue waters. Enjoy free time to walk along its palm and cypress tree-lined promenade, taste some chocolate or do a little shopping for Swiss souvenirs.
Adult Price: € 39

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Adult Price: € 45

Italian Lakes

Available on Day 9

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here, with your Local Specialist, you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.
Adult Price: € 49

Visit Lake Como and Bellagio

On this visit to the shores of Lake Como you’ll witness many beautiful villages and villas that retain true Italian charm. With our Local Specialist, a private boat will take us from the lakeside to visit the gem of the lake, Bellagio. We've also left some time to stroll and shop.
Adult Price: € 45


Available on Day 10

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will delight our senses with regional dishes, made with freshly-bought ingredients from the local farmers' markets. Your delicious meal will be accompanied by excellent wines from the vineyards for which this area is so well known. In short, a Tuscan dream come true in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: € 65

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.' After a welcome drink and a visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa's own vines.
Adult Price: € 68

Available on Day 11

Bargello Museum Visit

Join us today for a visit to the Bargello museum, housed in one of the oldest and most intriguing buildings of Florence. As you'll learn from your Local Specialist, there was rarely a dull moment in this former barracks and prison! Learn how the Bargello has witnessed crucial episodes of history including fires, sieges and political executions. This fascinating building is now home to the National Museum and boasts awe-inspiring works by Donatello, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo to name but a few.
Adult Price: € 42

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit 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: € 47

Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local Specialist, we’ll visit the wonderful "Hall of the Five Hundred," dedicated to the Medici popes. We’ll also visit rooms decorated with masterpieces by famous artists of the Renaissance like Michelangelo and Donatello.
Adult Price: € 42

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Friday, January 6, 2023
Buenos guías locales, buena ubicación de hoteles. Excelente chófer y buen director de viaje. El Director se comunicó antes del viaje.
Las experiencias opcionales bastante buenas. La calidad de las comidas y variedad puede mejorar. El precio debe incluir algunas de las experiencias opcionales
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 7, 2022
Randy was accessible and thorough. Everything went very well from start to finish!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Best of Italy tour. Randy is great to work with, so we are glad you enjoyed your interactions with him. Thank you for letting us help you plan and book this memorable trip. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Very well organized, and very efficient.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 3, 2022
Booking was easy. My questions were answered in a timely manner. Even with all the changes due to the pandemic, someone always got back to me.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You clearly had a fabulous time experiencing the Best of Italy. We are so glad you stuck it out during the pandemic and finally got to travel to this beautiful destination. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
It was a phenomenal trip. Lino our tour director was excellent. The itinerary was great. Hotels better than expected.
Manoj Modi
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Good customer service.
We faced several annoying issues. 1. Coleen, the Health staff, was rude. She had no People Skills or communication skills. She tested people differently based on their race, origin, region. She tarnished Trafalgar image. 2. Vegetarian meals were bad. No prior arrangements were made with restaurants to prepare hot vegetarian meals. It was put together at last minute.with boiled vegetables or cold grilled vegetables. You need to take positive steps to cater vegetarians. 3. Seat rotation unfair. We spent the entire trip in the rear section of the bus except once.
albert g dust
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Giuseppe and his team attended to everyone's needs and graciously accommodated requests throughout our journey. They both entertained and assured complete satisfaction for each individual with a personal touch and sincerity. Their knowledge and insights as well as local contacts were always spot on and with the best of service in mind from tour guides to hotels, dinner accommodations as well as optional experiences. A job well done !
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for such a positive review! It certainly sounds like you had a marvelous time exploring the best Italy has to offer, and we are so happy to hear that. We truly appreciate your business and your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Great views, great food and laughs to numerous to mention.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 26, 2022
My trip was booked for my by a family member, however all reports were good.
Our Tour Guide, Federica, was amazing. I would trust my life to our driver, Antonio. And Massimo, was always there making sure we were all accounted for and safe. My only complaint is that too many of the meals were the same. We ate eggplant at most dinners, had tiramisu for at least four desserts, and breakfast was exactly the same in all but two of the hotels, which had a few extra choices.
Lyle Horner
Sunday, August 21, 2022
They made the process easy despite dealing with uncertainty about covid. The arrangements were flawless and there were no hiccups in flight arrangements, transfers, or the tour itself. Perfect!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your flexibility during the uncertainty that Covid brought to everything travel related. We're glad you were able to finally take your trip and that everything went smoothly. Thank you so much.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
New bus, great tour staff, wonderful meals and accommodations, and a great country to visit.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 1, 2022
Very organized, knowledgeable, fun, and there to help for anything. Kept us well informed and entertained. Went above and beyond expectations
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time on your Best of Italy tour. That's fantastic! We are so excited to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Every experience was excellent. Hotels were great. One was exceptional! So we’ll planned out. Loved VIP treatment truly The Best of Italy!!
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 24, 2022
The tour was an awesome and amazing experience. The driver and tour director did a n excellent job . Well organized and schedule according to plan .
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Best of Italy tour. It sounds like you made memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Wow location! Learned the history of each place visited
Beth Klein
Monday, May 30, 2022
Very good customer service once I could get a real person on the phone
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that our hold times were longer than normal. Demand for our trips has been very high causing our phone lines to be very busy. However, we are happy to see that our agents were helpful and that everything went smoothly with your trip.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Wonderful tour! Great guide and driver. Unbelievable sites. Delicious food.
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