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Tour Details:

Departure City: New York
Duration: 11 Days
Overnights: Taormina 2, Overnight Ferry 1, Sorrento 2, Florence 2, Rome 2

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Apr 12, 2019 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Apr 12, 2019 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Apr 13, 2019 Taormina
Arrive in Catania, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and transfer to Taormina, a hilly coastal town on the Ionian Sea. (D)
Apr 13, 2019 Taormina
Arrive in Catania, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and transfer to Taormina, a hilly coastal town on the Ionian Sea. (D)
Apr 14, 2019 Taormina
In the morning see the sights that attracted many artists and writers over the years, including D. H. Lawrence. See the town center, which is accessible by funicular, the famous beaches and enjoy a visit to the remarkably preserved Greek Amphitheater. This afternoon drive to 6,000 feet to see one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Europe, Mount Etna. Taking in the spectacular views from the mountainside, it is easy to see why the ancient Greeks believed the volcano was the work of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire. Take an excursion to the summit of Mount Etna by cable car. Please note: dinner isn't included this evening. (B)
Apr 14, 2019 Taormina
In the morning see the sights that attracted many artists and writers over the years, including D. H. Lawrence. See the town center, which is accessible by funicular, the famous beaches and enjoy a visit to the remarkably preserved Greek Amphitheater. This afternoon drive to 6,000 feet to see one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Europe, Mount Etna. Taking in the spectacular views from the mountainside, it is easy to see why the ancient Greeks believed the volcano was the work of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire. Take an excursion to the summit of Mount Etna by cable car. Please note: dinner isn't included this evening. (B)
Apr 15, 2019 Overnight Ferry
Today is free to explore Taormina on your own. Tonight board the overnight ferry to Naples. (B,D)
Apr 15, 2019 Overnight Ferry
Today is free to explore Taormina on your own. Tonight board the overnight ferry to Naples. (B,D)
Apr 16, 2019 Sorrento
Awaken in Naples, and enjoy breakfast at a local coffee shop before traveling through the olive groves of the southern region to Pompeii. With a local guide giving commentary via personal headsets, explore the ancient city left perfectly preserved after Mount Vesuvius' eruption engulfed it in ash in 79 AD. Continue to Sorrento for the night. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 16, 2019 Sorrento
Awaken in Naples, and enjoy breakfast at a local coffee shop before traveling through the olive groves of the southern region to Pompeii. With a local guide giving commentary via personal headsets, explore the ancient city left perfectly preserved after Mount Vesuvius' eruption engulfed it in ash in 79 AD. Continue to Sorrento for the night. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 17, 2019 Sorrento
Today's excursion brings you by high-speed hydrofoil to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Arriving on the island, take the funicular past sub-tropical gardens to the main piazza. There is time to wander through the twisting lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. (B,D)
Apr 17, 2019 Sorrento
Today's excursion brings you by high-speed hydrofoil to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Arriving on the island, take the funicular past sub-tropical gardens to the main piazza. There is time to wander through the twisting lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. (B,D)
Apr 18, 2019 Florence
Journey to Orvieto. Once a major center of the Etruscan civilization, the city is perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone and is known for its gothic Duomo, whose dramatic outline is visible for miles around. Visit the Duomo and continue to Florence for the overnight. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 18, 2019 Florence
Journey to Orvieto. Once a major center of the Etruscan civilization, the city is perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone and is known for its gothic Duomo, whose dramatic outline is visible for miles around. Visit the Duomo and continue to Florence for the overnight. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 19, 2019 Florence
Today's sightseeing tour with a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets shows you the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of this Renaissance city. Then breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. Please note: dinner is on your own this evening. Later enjoy a visit to a disco with your Tour Manager. (B)
Apr 19, 2019 Florence
Today's sightseeing tour with a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets shows you the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of this Renaissance city. Then breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. Please note: dinner is on your own this evening. Later enjoy a visit to a disco with your Tour Manager. (B)
Apr 20, 2019 Rome
This morning depart for Rome. Upon arrival, your panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Next, our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, giving commentary via personal headsets. The best part is that these are timed entrances, meaning you’ll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. We also introduce you to the fine Italian art of the passeggiata with an evening stroll around the Piazza Navona. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 20, 2019 Rome
This morning depart for Rome. Upon arrival, your panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Next, our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, giving commentary via personal headsets. The best part is that these are timed entrances, meaning you’ll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. We also introduce you to the fine Italian art of the passeggiata with an evening stroll around the Piazza Navona. Please note: dinner is not included this evening. (B)
Apr 21, 2019 Rome
This morning is free to attend Mass or to visit St Peter's before your upgraded Easter Lunch. This afternoon a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets, takes you inside the iconic and historic Colosseum (your timed reservation ensures no waiting in line) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that’s considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. Then continue with your guide to the adjoining Roman Forum, the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. We'll also visit the Pantheon and see the obelisk-topped fountain in Piazza della Rotonda. Tonight visit Campo di Fiori. (B,L)
Apr 21, 2019 Rome
This morning is free to attend Mass or to visit St Peter's before your upgraded Easter Lunch. This afternoon a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets, takes you inside the iconic and historic Colosseum (your timed reservation ensures no waiting in line) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that’s considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. Then continue with your guide to the adjoining Roman Forum, the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. We'll also visit the Pantheon and see the obelisk-topped fountain in Piazza della Rotonda. Tonight visit Campo di Fiori. (B,L)
Apr 22, 2019 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
Apr 22, 2019 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,679

$780/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,879
Saver Date Incentive: -$200
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,679
1 Valid through 11/1/18 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $795
Double Room Supplement: $395
Ultimate Protection Plan: $330
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $275

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/18


What to See

Shopping
FLORENCE

Shopping
Florence is a great place to shop for fine leather goods, jewelry, and clothing. Ponte Vecchio is where some of the best deals on gold can be found. Other nice shopping locations are Via Tornabuoni for high quality (and high fashion) leather goods, Via della Vigna Nuova, around the Duomo, the Flea Market near Santa Croce and San Lorenzo, where the open-air market is popular with visitors.

ROME

Campo de' Fiori
This piazza becomes one of Rome's liveliest outdoor food markets in the mornings. After dark however, crowds spill out of the restaurants into the square. The statue in the center is of Giordano Bruno; it’s up to you to find out why he became famous.

Borghetto Flaminio, Piazza della Marina 32
Open only on Sundays, this partly covered flea market has plenty of knick-knacks, antiques, and designer clothing. Travelers have the opportunity to rummage amongst the goods with Rome's upper class and international celebrities.

Archeoart, Via del Teatro Marcelo 12
Across the road from the Campidoglio is this workshop that sells incredible archeological reproductions of artifacts. Here you can find items from all eras of Roman history, from 10,000 BC to the times of the Roman Empire.

Chocolate & Praline Cioccolateria, Vicolo della Torretta 18
This shop has a charming interior with elegantly painted walls, but the sweetest thing is of course the chocolates. With traditional recipies and natural ingredients, this shop is an excellent place to stop for a treat after a long day of shopping.

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Museums
FLORENCE

Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi
Allow plenty of time to admire the greatest collection of Florentine Renaissance art in the world. Highlights include paintings by Da Vinci (Adoration of the Magi), Botticelli (Primavera), Raphael (Madonna of the Goldfinch), and Michelangelo (Holy Family), but worth admiring also is the building itself. Inside, frescoes that are artistic enough to match the paintings hanging on the walls adorn the ceilings. Outside, the inner courtyard is filled with sculptures of famous people from Italy’s literary past. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Bargello, Via del Proconsolo 4
The Bargello houses some of the greatest Renaissance sculptures, including masterworks by Michelangelo, Donatello, and Cellini, wonderfully displayed in what was once a prison in medieval Florence. Upstairs in the lavish General Council Hall, you can admire the panels by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi that were submitted in competition for the assignment to design the Baptistry doors, as well as a youthful David by Donatello. Open daily.

Galleria dell'Accademia, Via Ricasoli 58-60
The Accademia is the place to see one of Michelangelo’s most recognized works—the towering, spectacular, white marble David, which became the symbol of Renaissance Florence. Just like David who took on the giant Goliath and defeated him, Florence saw itself as being capable of taking on any challenge. Also of interest are the Four Slaves; being left in a rough, unfinished state, Michelangelo’s figures seem to be struggling to break free from the stone. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

ROME

Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50
Just down Via della Conciliazione from St. Peter's, the massive fortress known as Castel Sant'Angelo, first built by Emperor Hadrian and later used as a papal residence, holds an interesting artillery and arms museum where you can see old battle garb. The papal rooms are ornately decorated, and the views of Rome, especially of St. Peter's, from the top of the castle are breathtaking. Outside, stroll past Bernini’s angels on Ponte Sant’Angelo as you cross the Tiber towards the historic center. Open daily, closed Monday.

The National Museum of Rome
The massive collection of the Museum of Rome is truly unparalleled, for this institution holds some of the most important artifacts of Western History in the world. The collection is contained in three separate facilities: the Baths of Diocletian, which include the Octagonal Hall, the Palazzo Massimo, and the Palazzo Altemps.

The Museums of the Vatican
Within the Vatican there are dozens of museums to be explored. Some of the higlights include: The Egyptian Museum, The Gallery of the Maps, and the Chiaramonti Museum.

 

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Outdoors
FLORENCE

Cappelle Medicee, Piazza San Lorenzo
The tomb within these chapels that Michelangelo designed for Cardinal Giulio de Medici, a member of Florence’s most powerful family, houses a magnificent sculpture group by the artist featuring Day and Night on one side, and on the other, Dawn and Dusk. The chapels themselves were constructed in honor of four members of the Medici family. The Cappelle Medicee is located within the San Lorenzo Church complex but has a separate entrance. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Duomo, Piazza Duomo
Brunelleschi’s dome is as awe-inspiring today as when his revolutionary feat of engineering was built in 1420. Brush up on the history of the cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, and the cupola, its characteristic feature, then see it up close and personal by climbing the stairs to the top of the dome for a 360 degree view of Florence and the countryside. Bring an extra roll of film! Open daily.

Boboli Gardens, Piazza Pitti 1
Located behind Palazzo Pitti across the River Arno, wandering the Boboli Gardens is a relaxing way to spend an hour or two in the afternoon after a morning of visiting museums. Laid out by the Medici family, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the Tuscan hills, as well as many statues, grottoes and fountains. Open daily.

ROME

Spanish Steps & Piazza di Spagna, Metro: Spagna
Spend an afternoon wandering the shopping area around the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, or watch the local artists paint the surrounding scenes. The church at the top of these magnificent steps is the Trinita' de' Monti.

Trastevere
Originally where Rome's working class congregated, this area has become one of the more fashionable places to live and to visit. Wide, cobble-stoned Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere forms the heart of this vibrant area, where locals and tourists come out in the evening to stroll beneath the facade of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. The church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is also one of Rome's more interesting churches and Piazza Sonnino provides a variety of restaurants to try.

St. Peter’s Square, Metro: Ottaviano
Although your tour manager will take you to St. Peter's Square and Basilica, another visit to ascend the dome's spiraling stairs to the top will afford one of the greatest views of Rome. Be forewarned: the stairs are not for the claustrophobic! Basilica and Dome are open daily.

The Pantheon
Another feat by Emperor Hadrian, the Pantheon stands in its glory much as it did in the ancient days. This was the largest dome ever until the creation of Brunelleschi's dome at the Florence Cathedral of 1420-36, and it's still the largest masonary dome in the world! Take time to also explore Piazza Minerva around the left side of the Pantheon and the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.  This beautiful church boasts Michelangelo's Risen Christ. Pantheon: Open daily. Free admission.

Villa Borghese, Metro: Flaminia
The largest public park in Rome is the perfect place to wander or enjoy a picnic away from the bustle and noise of the city streets. Don't miss the Galleria Borghese, newly restored, filled with famous works and some of Bernini's early sculptures, such as Apollo and Daphne. The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, full of modern European art, is also in this area. Afterwards, exit by Via Veneto walk down one of Rome's most famous streets. Keep your eyes out for the American Embassy, which resides in a beautiful palazzo surrounded by palm trees. Galleria Borghese: Open daily, closed Monday.

Piazza Navona & Campo de' Fiori
The long oval shape of Piazza Navona is due to its original use as Emperor Domitian's race track 1,900 years ago! As the centuries went by, Romans used the bricks that made up the sides of the track to build homes and shops right along the edges, and today it is filled with street artists, famous cafes, and people from around the world enjoying an afternoon espresso or evening gelato. Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers graces the center of the piazza.
 

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Restaurants
FLORENCE

Il Porcospino, Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 11/12 R
This wine bar and trattoria, situated in the S.Lorenzo neighborhood in front of Cappelle Medicee, is a perfect place to sample delicious and traditional Tuscan cuisine.

Il Gelato Vivoli, 7, via isole delle stinche
One of the most popular and delicious spots for gelato in Florence.

ROME

Insalata Ricca, near the Piazza Navona
Meaning "rich salad," this restaurant serves moderately priced, specialized salads, as well as other traditional Italian food. Like many of restaurants in the city, the hours of operation extend later into the afternoon, making a 3 p.m. lunch possible.

Giolitti's, Uffici del Vicario, 40
The oldest gelateria in Rome!

Pastarito Pizzarito, Via Veneto, 13
A refined but informal setting for true lovers of pasta and pizza. What's unique about this restaurant is that you can choose between a classical Italian pizza, or pick your own ingredients. There are numerous locations around Rome, as well as the rest of Italy!

La Pigna (Piazza della Pigna)
A real, family-run trattoria located in a quiet square just behind the Pantheon.

Da Giggetto (Jewish Ghetto)
This restaurant serves typical Jewish Italian food and has been known to have the best fried artichokes in the area.  It's recommended that you make reservations early, before it fills up!

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Taormina
  • Mount Etna by Cable Car
  • Overnight Ferry
  • Pompeii Tour with Guide and Personal Headsets
  • Capri
  • Orvieto
  • Florence Tour with Guide and Personal Headsets
  • Accademia with Reservation
  • Rome Sightseeing with Headsets
  • Vatican Museums with Reservation
  • Colosseum


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