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11 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

11 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Umbria, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius

16 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Explore the best of Italy on this 11-day guided tour. In Rome, enjoy a VIP Vatican tour. As your travels continue along the Bay of Naples, stop on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius for lunch at a local farm still growing traditional produce unique to the region. In Florence, learn the secrets of leather making from a local leatherworker. Fall in love with Venice as you see churches and palaces from a private boat, and cruise its canals on a romantic gondola ride. Sail to Capri, where craggy mountains cascade into the Tyrrhenian Sea; a Local Expert will help you navigate its narrow alleys. Before you say arrivederci to Italy, enjoy one last experience: a private opera during a four-course meal that features local wine.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Settle in before joining your Travel Director for a private visit for Insight Vacations guests to the Basilica of Saint Praxedes, welcomed by the Rector of the basilica. Gaze in awe at the world's best-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illuminated for this evening's experience, and see the first sculpture by Bernini. End the day getting to know your fellow travelers over Roman specialties during dinner at a local restaurant.

The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy
Hotel Mediterraneo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hotel Mediterraneo

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Hotel Mediterraneo is ideally located in the heart of Rome, with easy access to all the major sights. Its elevated position atop Esquilino Hill, the highest of Rome's Seven Hills, allows panoramic views from the roof terrace. The hotel was designed by architect Mario Loreti in 1936 and its art deco interiors create an ambiance of style and elegance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Welcome Dinner Rome, Italy
Rome Welcome Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a uniquely Roman restaurant, the perfect exploration of Lazio's typical flavors. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Insight Experiences After Hours Visit to the Basilica Saint Praxedes, Rome, Italy
Basilica of Saint Praxedes Visit

Enjoy exclusive access to the Basilica of Saint Praxedes during an after-hours visit. This 9th-century basilica’s simple facade guards the world's ...

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Day 2

Vatican City and Rome with a Local

The day is devoted to The Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus. Admire the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure. Later, perhaps continue your exploration of Rome to see the Pantheon, the stunning piazzas and fountains of Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Hotel Mediterraneo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Mediterraneo

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Hotel Mediterraneo is ideally located in the heart of Rome, with easy access to all the major sights. Its elevated position atop Esquilino Hill, the highest of Rome's Seven Hills, allows panoramic views from the roof terrace. The hotel was designed by architect Mario Loreti in 1936 and its art deco interiors create an ambiance of style and elegance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Colosseum, Rome
Rome City Tour

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

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Top Rated Highlights

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

Enjoy a guided passeggiata with a Local Expert through the cobblestoned streets of Rome. Visit the spectacular Trevi Fountain, toss a coin to secur...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

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Optional Experiences Piazzas Fountains & Walking Tour, Rome, Italy
Rome of the Ancient Christians

Outside the ancient Roman city walls we visit the early Christian Catacombs, underground cemeteries carved out of soft Tufa Stone. Nearby, we also ...

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Day 3

The Chianti Hills to Florence

Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. On arrival, you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork and see a gold demonstration. This evening, indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Vineyards, Italy
NH Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located near to the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence, NH Firenze offers modern rooms within walking distance to the city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the historic neighborhood of the Santa Croce Basilica and witness local craftspersons at work during a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo’s David. After, continue on foot to admire the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Continue into the Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and Hercules and Cacus along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Alternatively, take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local caffè, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica, indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines and pamper yourself shopping for luxury goods like gold and leather. In the afternoon, perhaps visit medieval San Gimignano?

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
NH Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located near to the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence, NH Firenze offers modern rooms within walking distance to the city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Ice cream in Florence, Italy
Enjoy a Local Treat

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce and immerse yourself in the essence of la dolce vita of Florence while you enjoy a ty...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy
Florence Accademia Museum Visit

Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Top Rated Highlights Piazza Della Signoria Florence, Italy
Florence Orientation

Enjoy a stroll through Renaissance Florence and admire the medieval buildings that gave birth to this new style of architecture.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion with our Local Expert to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to it...

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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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demo, Florence, Italy
Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part o...

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Day 5

Pisa to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic

Journey to the coastal town of Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, as well as the baptistery and colonnaded bell tower behind the cathedral. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia-Romagna region - one of Europe's most intensely farmed and fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice. As evening falls, day-trippers desert the city to return to the mainland. Appreciate the peace and tranquility of Venice from your centrally located hotel.
This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy
NH Venezia Santa Lucia View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Venezia Santa Lucia

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Situated in the Cannareggio Quarter and overlooking the Grand Canal, NH Collection Venezia Santa Lucia was converted from an 18th century palazzo to a luxury hotel. Indulge in its classic Venetian décor and enjoy free WiFi throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Duomo and the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Pisa Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurches behi...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Magical Venice

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go...

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Day 6

Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

Cruise by private boat past historic churches and 13th-century palaces to arrive close to St Mark's Square. Stroll along the waterfront past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. It was from here Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner into St Mark's Square and admire the basilica. Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to the island of Murano. See how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills.

Gondola arts centre​, Venice, Italy
NH Venezia Santa Lucia View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Venezia Santa Lucia

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Situated in the Cannareggio Quarter and overlooking the Grand Canal, NH Collection Venezia Santa Lucia was converted from an 18th century palazzo to a luxury hotel. Indulge in its classic Venetian décor and enjoy free WiFi throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Glassblowing demonstration​, Venice, Italy​
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Gondola under The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride

Delight in the magic of this charming city as you glide along the canals by gondola.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through s...

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Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

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Day 7

Assisi

Journey to the peaceful town of Assisi, dotted with medieval churches, colorful frescoes and shady courtyards. In the valley, see the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century. The frescoes painted by Giotto here heralded a new era in Italian art. Arrive at your hotel, located in the heart of the medieval Old Town. Enjoy the tranquility of the historic old town during free time.

Townscape, Assisi, Italy
Hotel Giotto Assisi View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Giotto Assisi

About the Hotel

Assisi, Italy

Hotel Giotto Assisi is located in the center of the medieval village of Assisi with beautiful views over the Umbrian countryside. Guest rooms are decorated in local Umbrian style.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Narrow medieval street in the hill town of Assisi, Italy
Assisi City Tour

See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Traditional street and the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy
Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit

With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Sorrento on the coast

Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples in Sorrento, Italy
Hotel Isabella View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Isabella

About the Hotel

Sorrento, Italy

Hotel Isabella is a newly refurbished Hotel in a great location with modern furnishings. Guest can relax by the pool or head into the beautiful town of Sorrento which is 1 mile from the Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Sorrento Dinner & Local Restaurant, Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento Evening

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experie...

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Day 9

Capri, the Isle of Dreams

Cross the Bay of Naples to reach the beautiful Isle of Capri, a rock rising sheer from the Mediterranean! For 2,000 years, Capri has beckoned visitors from Tiberius to Gracie Fields. Arriving at the Marina Grande by boat, ascend to Capri town. A Local Expert joins you for an exploration of the narrow alleyways. Browse in deluxe boutiques and wonder at the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day. Perhaps head to Positano for an exploration of the colorful Amalfi Coast?

Isle of Capri, Italy
Hotel Isabella View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Isabella

About the Hotel

Sorrento, Italy

Hotel Isabella is a newly refurbished Hotel in a great location with modern furnishings. Guest can relax by the pool or head into the beautiful town of Sorrento which is 1 mile from the Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sorrento Capri Day Trip Jetfoil
Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri

Cruise by jetfoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Statue of Tiberius Isle of Capri, Italy
Isle of Capri City Tour

Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Open Top Taxi Capri, Italy
Isle of Capri Open-top Taxi Ride

Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Island Tour 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 Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano Visit

Drive along the clear blue waters and picturesque resorts of the Amalfi Coast, arguably the most glamorous and scenic stretch of coast in Europe. M...

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Day 10

Pompeii, frozen in time and on to Rome

Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilization. Visit the Forum and peer into shops and patrician villas, decorated with colorful wall paintings. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Vesuvius National Park and visit Casa Barone. This small family-run farm on the slopes of the volcano is one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes, an endangered fruit that only thrives in the fertile volcanic soil. Each harvest is sustainably farmed and cared for by the extended Barone family, who all work here. Be sure to savor the unique flavors of this rare tomato during a truly unique Farm-to-Table lunch. Your journey continues to Rome. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration Dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, enjoy a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.

Temple of Apollo Pompeii, Italy
Kolbe Hotel Rome View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

Kolbe Hotel Rome

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The magnificent Kolbe Hotel Rome traces its origins to a 15th century convent. After a skillful restoration, today it is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Make Travel Matter Casa Barone Sorrento, Italy
Enjoy a Farm-to-Table lunch at a Family-Run Farm in Vesuvius

Visit Casa Barone, a small family-run farm on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius and one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes. Learn about th...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Ruins of Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii City Tour

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant
Rome Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 11

Arrivederci Roma

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Insight Experiences
Basilica of Saint Praxedes Visit

Enjoy exclusive access to the Basilica of Saint Praxedes during an after-hours visit. This 9th-century basilica’s simple facade guards the world's ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rome City Tour

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

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the historic neighborhood of the Santa Croce Basilica and witness local craftspersons at work during a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Enjoy a Local Treat

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce and immerse yourself in the essence of la dolce vita of Florence while you enjoy a ty...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Florence Accademia Museum Visit

Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Florence Orientation

Enjoy a stroll through Renaissance Florence and admire the medieval buildings that gave birth to this new style of architecture.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pisa Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurches behi...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Gondola Ride

Delight in the magic of this charming city as you glide along the canals by gondola.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Assisi City Tour

See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit

With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri

Cruise by jetfoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Isle of Capri City Tour

Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Isle of Capri Open-top Taxi Ride

Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Enjoy a Farm-to-Table lunch at a Family-Run Farm in Vesuvius

Visit Casa Barone, a small family-run farm on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius and one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes. Learn about th...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pompeii City Tour

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

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Rome Welcome Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a uniquely Roman restaurant, the perfect exploration of Lazio's typical flavors. 

Rome Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel Mediterraneo
NH Firenze
Hotel Giotto Assisi
Hotel Isabella
Kolbe Hotel Rome

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

Enjoy a guided passeggiata with a Local Expert through the cobblestoned streets of Rome. Visit the spectacular Trevi Fountain, toss a coin to secur...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rome of the Ancient Christians

Outside the ancient Roman city walls we visit the early Christian Catacombs, underground cemeteries carved out of soft Tufa Stone. Nearby, we also ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion with our Local Expert to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to it...

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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
Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Magical Venice

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Evening

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experie...

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Additional Cost Applies
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Island Tour of Capri

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Italy

  • 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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Service
Very thorough and clear. Have pricing early on and worked with me as a solo traveller.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We appreciate your comments and will be sure to share them with the operator.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Vacation
Everything we saw and learned was simply amazing. However, I wish we would have been made aware of how fast paced this tour is. Kind of difficult for Sr citizens.
Victor Gruppie Jr
Review date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
Service
It was all good, Barbara Tagliavento was informative!
Vacation
It was all good, Barbara Tagliavento was very informative.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 7, 2022
Service
Always available on the phone with very little wait if any. Booking the flights with them was also extremely valuable and saved us a lot of money.
Vacation
Included group meals were mostly good, but a couple were not so great. the additional excursion meals were similar, most good, some not great.
Loretta Gall
Review date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Service
It was difficult to get to talk to a travel specialist. Most of the time when we called for information on our 2 year delayed trip, we didn't get any further than an "operator" who only referred us to the website that gave no specific information. Also, the information/record for the 3 of us was combined into a group under one person's name.
Vacation
Insight did a great job; they communicated with each of us as individuals, not a group. The trip was well planned and very inclusive.
Kenneth Odom
Review date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Service
Very helpful in planning and preparing for our trip to Italy! Always available via phone. Good suggestions on packing and the amount of foreign currency to carry.
Vacation
Especially enjoyed the lunches and dinners. Memorable and unique locations. Loved excursions to small towns and backroads.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Rob was very knowledgeable and very responsive to every question in a very carrying way.
Vacation
The Italian tour was the greatest with a very knowledgeable and attentive guide to all facets of the tour. She increased my joyful memories when she added my birthday celebration! I would give the tour 5 stars, but I lowered my rating for my travel plans arranged by GET. I missed flight connections both directions thru Heathrow with too-short connections. but the tour was the best!
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Thank you for letting us play a small part in making that happen for you. We do apologize for the trouble with your flights, but are so happy that you enjoyed Italy.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Service
Caroline Pugsley, our Tour Operator, is superb. She kept everything very well organized, kept it all moving, adapted as needed and was a delight with clear communication, wit and humor beginning to end. She put together a great itinerary and delivered it flawlessly.
Vacation
The Best of Italy (Premium) trip is fast-paced, filled with variety, hits all the highlights and leaves one knowing that there is more to be explored in the future. I especially enjoyed the overnight in Assisi.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Service
I think the service is excellent. It was our second trip with you this year. Margaret is a wonderful tour guide with a great sense of humor. Barbara G
Vacation
This was a wonderful tour at a discounted winter price. The weather was fine throughout the trip.
Kathi Schneider
Review date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Service
Our tour guide Margaret was awesome. Very knowledgeable and great personality. Also was impressed with the local experts, really enjoyed all the history they shared with us
Vacation
Enjoyed going to all the locations.
John Foster
Review date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Service
The Insight tour guide was not very personable. She was always walking way ahead of the group and I had a hard time keeping with her.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear this. Every destination and every trip we sell is unique but we do strive to provide a great experience for all. We do apologize that we fell short with you on this trip.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Too many extra costs not spelled out in the advertisement.
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