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Italy Bellissimo

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,903 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Gondola ride on Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Perugia, Venice, Montecatini Terme, Pieve a Nievole, Florence ...more Rome, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Perugia, Venice, Montecatini Terme, Pieve a Nievole, Florence
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

    Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  2. Day 2 Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to Dive Into Culture and admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via del Corso on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums. Please note: On certain departures the Vatican Museums will be visited upon return to Rome.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Admire Pompeii and on to Capri

    Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, we arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we'll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Regina Cristina
  4. Day 4 A Day on the Isle of Capri

    Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary Piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an Optional Experience and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Assisi

    We sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we'll Make Travel Matter and discover Italy's weaving tradition during a visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cenacolo
  6. Day 6 Journey to Venice

    Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto's exquisite frescoes and 13th-century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. Enjoy a free evening watching the sun set over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido
  7. Day 7 Cruise the Canals of Venice

    The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as your cruise by private launch to Dive Into Culture and witness the delicate Venetian tradition of glassmaking that harks back to the 13th century before continuing to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, named for the sound made by prisoners taking one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills

    This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Minerva Palace
  9. Day 9 Off to Renaissance Florence

    Explore one of the world's most cultural cities today - the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi then view the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll around the city and embrace this Renaissance gem. This evening, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience with the Callistri family at their 'borgo' in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  10. Day 10 Venture to Siena and Rome

    We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio horse race, and dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia. See the hilltop town's extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Barceló Aran Mantegna
  11. Day 11 Arrivederci Rome

    After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Italy Bellissimo
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice and Siena
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect with Locals Join the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian Be My Guest dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards. (Day 9)
  • Stays with Stories Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli. (Day 5) Romantic poet Robert Browning loved this 'gracious country home' and you will too when you stay in this beautiful and eclectic hotel built in the 19th-century on Lido Island. (Day 6)
  • Dive into Culture Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)
  • Make Travel Matter Meet the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Perugia. Discover the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration, and see how your visit helps preserve this traditional art form. (Day 5)

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.

Rome

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

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

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

Sorrento

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, ancient 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 tonight is informal, as the family is welcoming you into their home.
Adult Price: € 51

Capri

Best of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. Experience spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. Visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe in Anacapri, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. In the event of inclement weather and the boat is unable to run, there will be a reduction in price.
Adult Price: € 65

Assisi

Umbrian Dinner

A short drive through the Umbrian Valley will take us to our favorite local restaurant, situated in the center of the village of Spello, a true gem of the region. This is your chance to savor a selection of traditional local delicacies for which Umbria is renowned. The noble truffle and highly-regarded olive oil ensure this relaxing evening will be a most memorable experience.
Adult Price: € 58

Venice

Gondolas and 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 catching 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: € 70

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: € 36

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 fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Montecatini

Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among pines and cypress trees. Here a feast of gastronomic specialties awaits, accompanied by wines from nearby vineyards and wonderful music.
Adult Price: € 64

Florence

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. This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Michael Kononchik
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
GET offers very easy booking. Representatives are very knowledgeable.
Vacation
Italy Bellissimo was one of the best vacations we have experienced. Everything (that means everything) was excellent. 5 stars plus.
Thomas Kowalski
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
Answered my pre-trip questions either through mailed into package or online chat service. Michelle was very helpful throughout booking process.
Vacation
Well organized. Tour director Marco was excellent. However, disappointed that some of the activities included in the tour description was not entirely what I thought they would be. Also, Lido hotel was cramped with mold on the bathroom wall and a bed too short for me (6'1"). Finally, "not to be missed" activities (e.g., Venice canal excursion and Murano tour) should be included in the base package even though the tour price may be somewhat higher. Seemed like highlights were only available for an extra, optional cost.
Kenneth Windt
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Service
Excellent service and planning
Vacation
Our trip was wonderful. Our tour guide was terrific. The meals were great .
Katherine Sarver
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
Booking the trip went well. Yes I would recommend GET!
Vacation
Some of the hotel rooms were too small. A few of the local specialists could have done a better job. We had hoped to see the David statue on the extra experience but did not as tickets were not available. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry for that disappointment and will share your comments with Trafalgar. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Lawrence Pohja
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Service
Randy Fay was avaiable to answer all questions ask of him. He answered them in a time;y manner.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience, we'll be sure to pass the positive review on to Randy. Hope you had a wonderful time on your Italy vacation. Happy travels!
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Vacation
Good price for what we received
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 14, 2018
Service
Great tour director she took good care of all our needs
Vacation
Great tour director she took excellent care of all of us
Michele Devine
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Service
Great trip and wonderful hotels and tour director.We will book again very soon
Vacation
Great itinerary and customer service
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Service
Trafalagar was priced reasonably and provided a truly lovely travel experience.
Vacation
Experienced travel director and associated personnel. Top of the line bus transportation. Being given travel converters and binder for passport and paperwork was a nice touch. Hotels were clean and centrally located. Breakfast buffets were enjoyable and satisfying while the majority of the dinners were fair at best. Everything was done in a timely manner. I thought "Be my Guest" while staying in Montecatini was a huge waste of time as food was terrible and would have preferred to explore the lovely town and shops. Personnel and waiters at Regina Cristina in Capri were miserable and dinner disappointing. Accomadations were acceptable. Loved the hotel in Venice. Perfect location near the Adriatic Sea. Inlaid wood factory was interesting but extremely expensive for the average consumer. The weaving factory was a pleasure to go to, but not a great selection of wares. Pino was excellent, caring and very organized. The bus driver was very professional. I would consider another tour with Grand European Travel.
Donna Artis
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Service
Our tour was well organized and fast paced. We had a wonderful tour guide who made us feel welcome and part of her "family". I have traveled several times with GET/Trafalgar and have not been disappointed yet. I will continue to book and travel through these sister companies.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much.  We greatly appreciate the repeat business.   Thank you for the terrific photo as well!
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Vacation
Great people, great sights and great tour guide.
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