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13 Day Italy Tour of Rome, Lake Como, Sorrento

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13 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

14 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Verona, Venice, Milan, Varese, Lake Como, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Discover the Best of Italy, from the ancient treasures of Rome to Renaissance Florence and everything in between. Imagine staying overnight in a renovated Franciscan monastery in Assisi, lapping up the chic lifestyle on Capri, and taking a private guided visit to Pompeii to see a Roman city frozen in time.

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Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your Travel Director for an introduction to the 'Eternal City' on an orientation drive. Arrive at Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin for a private after-hours visit to the Mouth of Truth. See the church, crypt and relics of the famous saint of love, Valentine, and learn about the legend of the Mouth of Truth. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your travel companions. 

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Tourist puts hand in mouth of truth, Basilica Santa Maria di Cosmedin, Rome, Italy
Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Visit

Discover Rome on a driving orientation and after-hours visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Get up close to the legendary Mouth of Tru...

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Day 2

Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

The Holy See takes center stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in the Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. We then enjoy a guided in depth walking experience around the walls of the Colosseum, before seeing 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.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Vatican Museums Gallery Maps Vatican City Italy
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

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.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
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'...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
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 Itali...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Rome, Italy
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.

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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.

Apollo Temple in Pompeii, Italy
Accommodation Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ruins in Pompeii, Italy
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
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 magnifi...

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Day 4

Cruise to 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.

Marina Grande in Capri Island, Italy
Accommodation Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of boats in the Isle of Capri, Italy
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Neapolitan dinner and dance in Florence, Italy
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 Ne...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit a mozarella farm and enjoy a meal in Sorrento, ItalySorrento
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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Assisi

Marvel at the beauty of the Bay of Naples and mighty Vesuvius as you leave the Sorrento coastline. Glimpse the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino perched high on the mountain peak and 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.

Cathedral and Basilica Saint Clare in Assisi, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Cenacolo Assisi
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at hotel Cenacoloa, a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in Assisi, Italy
Stays with Stories

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

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Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience View of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of 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.

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Discover Verona and on to Venice

Journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the ancient Roman arena and Piazza Brà. Arrive later into beautiful Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic' to spend time admiring this unique city.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Scenic Drive Through Emilia-Romagna

Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
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, catching a glimpse of th...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

St. Mark's and More in Venice

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 colorful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cozy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats, starting with that refreshing Venetian Spritz which is the local drink of choice.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

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

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Stroll around Milan

Cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion is our destination. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive in the glorious Italian Lakes region.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Metropole Suisse Como
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele II Statue in Milan, Italy
Milan Orientation

See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking Tour Milan, Italy
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 ope...

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Day 9

On to Como and Scenic Varese

The glistening blue waters of Lake Como beckon this morning. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Explore Como's historical quarter, indulge in the area’s delicious gelato, or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where we’ll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience. Join the Cinque family and hear all about the intriguing history of Villa Toscanini situated on a tiny romantic island which was the hideaway of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century.

Villa Monastero in Lake Como, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Metropole Suisse Como
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Old town of Lake Como, Italy
Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Lake Como and Bellagio in Italy
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.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoying the view of Canton, Switzerland
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 ev...

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Optional Experiences

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'.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Pisa, Italy
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner 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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
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 ...

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Day 11

Experience Art and Architecture in Florence

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 we’ll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience.

Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Iconic Experience Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Iconic Experience

Be My Guest Visit the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio and enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet with olive oil and wine tasting
Enjoy a Traditional Tuscan Buffet at the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio

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 M...

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Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
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, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

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, with its extraordinary medieval architecture and rich history. Venture to the center of town to view the Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and 13th century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

View of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation Shangri-La Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Italy
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Visit

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.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed center of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers. 

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Day 13

Farewell Rome

Bid a fond ciao to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your discovery of the best of Italy comes to an end. 

Car on a street in Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Visit

Discover Rome on a driving orientation and after-hours visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Get up close to the legendary Mouth of Tru...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of 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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through Emilia-Romagna

Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Milan Orientation

See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional Tuscan Buffet at the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio

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 M...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Visit

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed center of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Fast-Track to the Vatican Museums
Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
Discover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
Visit Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel 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 on Monte Cassino
Scenic Cruise Ferry to the Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Itali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 magnifi...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Ne...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ope...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ev...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner 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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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Review date: Friday, May 17, 2024
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Easy to book my trip & my questions were answered
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It was a trip of a lifetime. 9 regions of Italy & the Vatican City. The tour guide & special tour guides were all very knowledgeable. The bus driver was awesome.n the hotels & food were great.
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Review date: Friday, May 17, 2024
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It was very easy to book and I made monthly payments. We also booked our airline flights through them. If I had any questions, I’d call and get my answers.
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The Best of Italy tour was excellent! My husband and I loved Italy. It’s so beautiful and so much history. The itinerary was great and Poulo our travel director was excellent! Every detail was taken care of for us. The trip was everything I thought it would be plus much more. We would highly recommend this travel experience to everyone.
Monica Metcalf
Review date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Service
They were helpful and pleasant. Everyone explained everything regarding the payment, trip plans, and all questions were answered promptly.
Vacation
I had a wonderful time in Italy, with the best travel director and driver! Trafalgar has a great team. Italy is an incredibly beautiful Country.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, April 5, 2024
Vacation
Fast paced but inclusive. Saw everything we wanted to see and more. Impressed by level of organization and tour guide (Pino). Will book with Trafalgar for next trip abroad.
Howard Beulah
Review date: Friday, March 8, 2024
Service
We had a fantastic time. Just be prepared to walk!!!!! Our travel guide was faced with some unexpected issues, however she came thru like a champ- Frederica was great!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a good amount of walking involved but we are so happy that you enjoyed Italy. Thank you for your business.
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Vacation
Great history lesson for all to see first hand!!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Service
The airplane reservations allowed us (my wife and I) to select seats in Premium Economy. We did so before the trip. But when we arrived at the airport, our seats were different. On the trans-ocean flights (both to and from), our seats were on the back row, where the seats don't recline. On the flight from France to Rome, we pre-selected aisle seats across from one another. Our assigned seats were middle seats, 3 rows apart. Very disappointing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the change in seating for your flights. The airlines ultimately have control over seat assignments and they can change at any time due to schedule or aircraft changes. We recommend reconfirming your seating and flight info 24 hours before your flight.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Vacation
We rated our vacation poor for four principal reasons: 1. We met our guide on the first evening, when he called us out for being a few minutes late for the initial meeting of our group. He embarrassed us and set the tone for the entire tour for everyone, i.e., if you were not on time, he would embarrass you in front of the group. 2. Almost everything was rushed. The schedule was intense. Keep up and stay on time. We walked far more than we anticipated--seven miles on the second day (by my step count)., on cobblestones and uneven pavement. At certain times, the tour was an ordeal and not enjoyable at all. 3. On most days, we stopped for lunch at a highway gas station/rest stop. While this was quaint the first time, the following multiple times were boring and the food mediocre. Unlike a GET tour that we took a few years ago in England-Scotland-Ireland, where we stopped for lunch in a town or village and the tour guide pointed out a few recommended restaurants, we were limited to rest stop fare and little mingling with the locals. While this helped the guide to control us time-wise, we did not like the practice at all. 4. Over-all, the food was mediocre. We expected better in Italy. In retrospect, we had only three meals that we considered above average. 5. Accommodations were adequate or better. The bus driver was exceptional. The guide was average in knowledge but was over-controlling in regard to time management for the group. 6. Our guide should have used the initial meeting to allow us group members to introduce ourselves and to meet one another. For future tours, we recommend that the guide provide paper name tags at the initial meeting to allow group members to associate names with faces. 7. We used GET for our England-Scotland-Ireland trip a few years ago and we enjoyed it very much. We gave that trip a B+ and used GET for this trip expecting the same experience. We recommended GET to our friends. This trip was a disappointment. We give this trip a D+. We will not use GET again and will not recommend it to our friends.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your valuable feedback which we will share with the Tour Operator. While every tour and destination is unique, we are sorry to hear that Italy did not live up to the same expectations that your previous trip did.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 26, 2023
Service
Making our reservations were easy and the people were excellent. This was our first time to use GET and the customer service stepped us through every step.
Vacation
The Tour Guide was terrible! He acted like we were a bother and he didn't want to be there. The places we went were wonderful and the people (52 people) were what made the tour. We even exchanged personal information with several people! We were reminded almost daily that it was the end of the season and that he was working hard for us - if we hadn't already prepaid the gratuities we would not have given Lino a tip! The driver was wonderful. The Tour Guide didn't want to be there - he wanted to be at home in Naples! He was rude, condescending, and only acted "nice" when he wanted something - like a good review. We will never take another tour with that many people and would be hard pressed to take another Trafalgar tour. Other people that had been on Trafalgar tours before said that the tour guides aren't suppose to dine with the guests, but were better at interaction than our Tour Guide. Why does Trafalgar have such a rule?
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear about your experience which is certainly not up to the standards we would expect from Trafalgar. We will be sharing your comments with them and their Quality Control team for immediate review. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, November 3, 2023
Service
We have used GET for a previous trip. Booking, planning and airline arrangements were made easy. Our tour guide and bus driver were wonderful!
Vacation
Saw so many sites with great background information. Good folks on the tour from many places around the world. Made some new acquaintances.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
Service
Left little time for flight connection and border patrol. Was a race.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that you felt rushed both at the airport and during your trip. We do hope that there were some highlights and that you came home with some happy memories.
Friday, October 20, 2023
Vacation
Was supposed to have two days in Florence but was changed, no hotel?? Ended up with 3 hours in Florence. While your felt like a race, meals were poor to average.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Service
It didn’t matter who we spoke with; all the agents were helpful and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thats so amazing to hear. Thank you from the whole team at GET.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
It was well planned, with a good mix of activities. We opted to take all the add on excursions. The only one that wasn’t really worth the time was the ride around Lake Como, the others were all excellent’
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