Departure from New York. Evening departure. Meals and refreshment served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Naples (D)
Upon arrival in Naples, you will be met by your English-speaking tour leader. They will then transfer you by motorcoach to your hotel in beautiful Amalfi coast, where you will stay for two nights. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this fascinating region. Welcome dinner.
Day 3: Amalfi Coast ( B, D )
Day at leisure or take an optional tour of the Amalfi coast. After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Amalfi coast. Visit Ravello and the gardens of Villa Rufolo. Stop in Amalfi, with visits to the historical center and Saint Andrea’s Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise and then back to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel and Pizza making class.
Day 4: Amalfi Coast – Pompeii – Rome ( B)
After breakfast board your bus for a couple of hours to ride to Rome. On the way you can stop to have an optional tour of Pompeii. After breakfast, you will be taken inland to explore the excavation of Pompeii, the city that was covered by the volcanic ash of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. After your exploration and lunch on your own, you will be transported to Rome in the evening. Enjoy a walking tour to Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
Lunch will be at your leisure in Pompeii; the guide can suggest you the best place according to your own tastes. After lunch transfer to Rome with your personal English speaking driver and private bus.
Day 5: Rome ( B , D )
After breakfast, meet your English-speaking local Guide for a tour of the ancient ruins of Rome, which features the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Imperial Forum and a visit to the inside of the Coliseum. The rest of the day free to explore Rome on your own. Welcome to Rome dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 6: Rome ( B )
Day at leisure or take an optional tour of the Vatican. After breakfast, meet you English-speaking local guide for a tour of the church of St. Peter in Chain and finally visit the Vatican Museums. The tour highlights the artistic treasures of the Vatican. Visit the vatican Museum and the Art Galleries, the Round Hall, the Hall of the Greek Cross, the tomb of St. Helen and St. Contance, the Gallery of the Tapestries and Geographical Maps. Finally, visit the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s frescoes, recently restored to their original colors. Rest of the day free to explore Rome on your own.
Day 7: Rome – Assisi – Florence ( B )
Early morning departure for Assisi; the mysical town of St. Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Then on to Florence to your hotel for check-in. After the check-in at your hotel you are free to taste one of the many florentine “Osterie” near the hotel in order to enjoy a delicious Tuscan meal.
Day 8: Florence ( B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided walking tour to one of the most famous cities in the world, cradle the Italian Renaissance. The tour includes a visit to the magnificent downtown, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with Brunelleschi’s splendid Duomo and Baptistry with the famous bronze doors, Giotto’s Belfry, Piazza della Signoria, with the Great Loggia, the Museum af the Academy with the statue of David by Michelangelo and the Ponte Vecchio. Afterwards, explore on your own the other charming streets and markets of Florence.
Day 9: Florence – Siena – San Gimignano – Florence ( B,D )
Day at leisure or take an optional tour of the Tuscan countryside. After breakfast at the hotel, board the bus for a drive through the landscape of Chianti which leads to the city of Siena. You will be immersed in the medieval character surrounding this important city. Visit the Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis, the Church of St. Domenico and the Town Hall. After a visit to a Chianty Winery/Castle with wine tasting and lunch, continue on to the town of San Gimignano, perched on a hilltop and noted for its famous towers. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Florence. Farewell dinner at Il Latini.
Day 10: Departure from Florence
Transfer to Florence airport and depart on return flight to the USA.