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Insider's Roman Italy (3/10/18 - 3/18/18)


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Posted on 11/29/16


Tour Details:

Departure City: Denver
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Sorrento 3, Rome 4

Cultural Connections:

Tarantella Dance Lesson
Pizza Making Lesson and Dinner
Mastering Mozzarella

Field Trips & Extensions:

Tarantella Dance Lesson
Pizza Making Lesson and Dinner
Mastering Mozzarella
Also Available
Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica with guide

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn what life was like during the height of the Roman Empire through experiences in the Colosseum and Pompeii.
  • Students will imagine what life was like in ancient Rome and consider how, without modern technology, the Colosseum and other ancient engineering marvels were built.
  • Students will gain a better understanding of the history and current governance of the Catholic religion by visiting the Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica.


This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Mar 10, 2018 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Mar 11, 2018 Sorrento
Arrive in Rome, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and drive south to the delightful seaside town of Sorrento. Orange and lemon groves abound. (D)
Mar 12, 2018 Sorrento
Board a high-speed hydrofoil to cross the Bay of Naples to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Upon arriving on the island, take the funicular past subtropical gardens to the main square. There is time to wander through the narrow lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. Entrance to the Roman ruins of Emperor Tiberius’ Villa Jovis is included. Then return to Sorrento where a dance lesson with local experts will teach you the steps of the Tarantella, a southern Italian folk dance. (B,D)
Mar 13, 2018 Sorrento
Today's adventure starts by exploring a working mozzarella farm and learning first-hand about how this creamy cheese is made, from ingredients to production to taste. A scenic drive then takes you along breathtaking coastline to Pompeii where a local guide provides commentary via personal headsets as you explore this town that was preserved under 23 feet of volcanic ash by the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Return to Sorrento and enjoy an evening stroll around the charming Piazza Tasso after dinner. (B,D)
Mar 14, 2018 Rome
We head first to Naples today and make a stop at the National Archaeological Museum where we will explore, with audio guides, the trove of Italy's ancient treasures housed at this fine museum. Then dive into the many layers of history beneath our feet with a guided Naples Underground tour before heading north to Rome. (B,D)
Mar 15, 2018 Rome
Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Morning sightseeing introduces you to this ancient city. With a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets, go 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 we’ll provide restaurant vouchers and suggestions for our favorite trattorias so you can dine like (and with) the locals. We also introduce you to the fine Italian art of the passeggiata with an evening stroll around the Piazza Navona. (B,D)
Mar 16, 2018 Rome
Today's panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. 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. This afternoon you may choose an optional guided excursion to Ostia Antica to see its 4th century BC Roman ruins, previously buried under mud and sand until excavations at the beginning of the last century. In the evening try your hand in the Italian culinary arts with a pizza making lesson and dinner. Pay close attention to the chef's presentation on how to lay out the dough of a perfect pie, top it with ingredients in the Roman style and finish it off in the oven. You’ll work in teams to assemble and cook your own authentic, brick oven pizza. Finally, we’ll say goodbye to Rome (and a fantastic week in Italy) with an evening passeggiata to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. (B,D)
Mar 17, 2018 Rome
Today why not visit the tranquil Borghese Gardens or the shops of Via Condotti? Climb each of the seven hills, or visit some of the majestic churches such as Santa Maria Maggiore. Be sure to sample the gelato. One of the best spots for that is Piazza Navona. (B,D)
Mar 18, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. Optional Extensions and Extra Nights: Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of la dolce vita with an extra night in Rome, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager, at the beginning of your tour. Enhance your Italian experience with a two-night extension to Florence by high-speed train—discover the Renaissance city's rich heritage, art and architecture with included sightseeing and entrance to the Accademia.
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,941


Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,041
Early Registration Discount: -$100
Total Group Fees 1:
1 Valid through 8/1/17 with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $665
Double Room Supplement: $315
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225
Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica with guide: $65

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/17

What to See


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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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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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.

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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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
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • High-Speed Hydrofoil to Capri
  • Capri Funicular Round-Trip Ticket
  • Villa Jovis
  • Tarantella Dance Lesson
  • Mozzarella Farm Demonstration and Tasting
  • Pompeii Tour with Guide and Personal Headsets
  • Naples National Archaeological Museum
  • Naples Underground Tour with Guide
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum with Guide and Reservation
  • Rome Dinner Voucher
  • Rome Tour with Guide and Personal Headsets
  • Vatican Museums with Reservation
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Pizza Making Lesson and Dinner

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