Italy Bellissimo Guided Tour

Price From

$4,150

11 days

If toasting epic Tuscan sunsets, soaking up the sun-kissed sophistication of Italy's most popular cities and olive oil tasting in a real Italian borgo with new friends sound like your idea of perfection, this is one of those bellissimo Italy trips that would seduce even the sirens of Capri.
Locations Visited Rome, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Montecatini, Rome
Countries Visited Italy
Travel Style Country Explorer
Accomodations 10 Nights
Age Requirements Minimum age 5

Itinerary

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.
AccomodationGrand Tiberio
MealsWelcome Reception
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.
AccomodationGrand Tiberio
MealsBreakfast
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.
AccomodationRegina Cristina
MealsBreakfast
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.
AccomodationRegina Cristina
MealsBreakfast, Dinner
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.
AccomodationCenacolo
MealsBreakfast
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.
AccomodationAlbergo Quattro Fontane Lido
MealsBreakfast, Dinner
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.
AccomodationAlbergo Quattro Fontane Lido
MealsBreakfast
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.
AccomodationMinerva Palace
MealsBreakfast
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.
AccomodationMinerva Palace
MealsBreakfast, Be My Guest
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.
AccomodationBarceló Aran Mantegna
MealsBreakfast, Farewell Dinner
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.
MealsBreakfast

Highlights

  • BE MY GUEST to Limonaia in the rolling hills of Tuscany where you'll meet your hosts, the Calistri family in their borgo (small Italian village), surrounded by olive groves and lemon orchards.
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE with after hours access to the Vatican Museums so you can admire the Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities without the crowds.
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE on your tour to Venice as the master craftsmen of Murano roll the glowing embers of glass paste into incredible works of art, learning all about this celebrated centuries-old Venetian art during your visit to one of the city’s last remaining glassblowing studios on the island of Murano.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER by meeting the extraordinary Marta Cuccia, a fourth-generation Renaissance weaver and owner of the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Established inside the Church of San Francesco delle Donne, the school has been teaching weavers for four generations, using original antique looms and the same traditional techniques that have survived since medieval times.

What's Included

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (Be My Guest)
  • Tour Manager & Driver
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Quality hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Terms & Conditions

Please note that airfares are not included in price.

Updated on 17Aug2021 and may be subject to change. Full terms and conditions apply. Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available upon booking. Deposit must be paid within 7 days of booking. Valid on new bookings made between 03Aug2021-31Dec2021. GrownUps members offer may not be combinable with all offers. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. If your booking departs within 45 days, final payment is due at time of booking. Pricing is in New Zealand dollars. Discount applies to land portion of your trip price. Trips and departures are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply; for full terms and conditions contact GrownUps Holidays on 0800 842 685.