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With ancient relics, Renaissance masterpieces and the romantic cities of Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy has something to entice every kind of traveller. Discover the best this beautiful country has to offer on this extensive Ultimate Italy tour, from the incredible ruins of Pompeii to the Vatican's amazing Sistine Chapel, and from cruising Lake Garda to exploring the picture-perfect towns of the Amalfi Coast.
- Just You tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
- Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
- A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
- 12 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
- 19 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners including welcome drinks
- Discover citrus groves & home-grown produce at a Sorrento farmhouse
- Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
- Stay in centrally located hotels
- Guided tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
- Sightseeing around Pompeii
- Farmhouse dinner experience in Sorrento
- Visit to the Monte Cassino World War II cemetery
- Discovery tour of Assisi with dinner
- Wine-tasting & lunch at the Cantina Celli winery
- Venice ferry day pass
- Tour of Verona hosted by a Local Guide
- Cruise around Lake Garda
- Walking tour of Florence
- Trip to Siena
- Secrets of Rome guided walking tour
- Visit to the enchanting island of Capri
- Secrets & mysteries of Venice walking tour
- Boat trip to the Cinque Terre
- 'Skip-the-line' entry to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
- Tuscan dinner at a farmhouse in Chianti
Day 1: UK - Rome
Your Italian adventure begins! Fly into Rome, then transfer straight to your first hotel, where you'll have plenty of time to relax and settle in before beginning your Italian adventure.
Day 2: Rome
Soak up iconic monuments and ancient ruins on a sightseeing tour of Rome. We'll see extraordinary sites, like the world-famous Colosseum and the dramatic Imperial Roman Forum, before taking a guided tour with 'skip-the-line' entrance, of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's stunningly decorated Sistine Chapel.
Day 3: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento
Today, we'll leave Rome behind and head south towards the spectacular Sorrento Peninsula. Swot up on your ancient Roman history with a guided tour of Pompeii, the city smothered by hot ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. As we wander through the streets we'll see villas decorated with frescoes and brightly coloured mosaics, the remarkable Roman baths and spectacular amphitheatre. Our journey continues to Sorrento where you will have some leisure time at your hotel.
Day 4: Sorrento at Leisure
Have a day to delve into the delights of Sorrento or explore other picture-perfect towns along the Amalfi Coast. You'll also have the chance to join our optional excursion to idyllic Capri. We'll journey to all four corners of the island, soaking up the sights and sounds of Marina Grande, Anacapri and the town of Capri.
In the evening, the group will reconvene for an incredible foodie tour at the Garden of Vigliano, a local Sorrento farmhouse surrounded by fragrant citrus groves. Our host Peppino and his family will give you an exclusive tour and explain the traditional farming methods they use.
Day 5: Sorrento - Assisi
On our way to the lush and verdant region of Umbria, we'll take a break to view the historic cemetery at Monte Cassino. Located high up on a hill, the area is known for its ancient abbey that was partially destroyed (but, fortunately, later rebuilt) in the infamous 'Battle of Cassino' during World War II.
Day 6: Assisi - Venice
Say goodbye to Umbria and continue north to the renowned Cantina Celli winery in the centre of the ancient Romagna winemaking region. Sample the vineyard's wealth of fine wines and snack on a smorgasbord of delicious local produce, including rich cheeses, homemade jams and distinctive regional breads.
Day 7: Venice at Leisure
Today is yours to explore the wonderful waterways and architectural masterpieces of Venice at your own pace – making the most of your included day ferry ticket. If you'd like some expert local insight, why not join our Secrets & Mysteries of Venice walking tour? Beginning at St Mark's Square, we'll meander around the lagoon city and spot iconic landmarks like Rialto Bridge, as well as a host of hidden treasures.
Day 8: Venice - Verona
Prepare yourself for the day ahead with a tasty breakfast at your hotel. After this, the next stop on our comprehensive tour of Italy is Verona, a city famed for its links to Shakespeare's doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. A Local Guide will show us around the historic centre, pointing out important sites like the 1st century Verona Arena (a Roman amphitheatre) and the central square, Piazza dei Signori.
Day 9: Verona - Florence
Serene Lake Garda sits just 30 minutes' drive from Verona. Soak up its picturesque mountain scenery on a private cruise beginning at the vineyard-enveloped town of Bardolino. We'll then glide past the pretty waterfront town of Punta San Vigilio and make a stop in Gardone, where you can stroll along the lakeside promenade or take a walk up the hill to the pretty Old Town. Your cruise then continues to the historic town of Sirmone and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy lunch here if you wish.
Day 10: Florence
There's plenty to discover in beautiful Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. See highlights like the terracotta-tiled Duomo and charming Ponte Vecchio on a morning walking tour around its historic heart.
Day 11: Florence at Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely day in Florence or head out of the city towards the coast on our optional excursion to the magical Cinque Terre. Made up of five charming coastal villages, we'll visit two by boat (or train depending on the weather). There's also the opportunity to indulge in a traditional Tuscan dinner at a local farmhouse in the legendary Chianti wine region.
Day 12: Florence - Rome
Today, we'll bring the trip back to Rome with a pitstop at spectacular Siena. The memorable medieval city is renowned for its eye-catching central square, Piazza del Campo, and historic Gothic style palace, both of which you'll explore on a guided tour.
Day 13: Rome - UK
Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Days 1-2: Park Hotel Dei Massimi
Park Hotel Dei Massimi is set in a quiet, residential area of Rome. It offers a free scheduled shuttle to the Vatican 3 times in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The rooms come with air conditioning, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities. Some rooms have a private balcony. Sony Playstations are available on request. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.
Days 3-4: Hotel La Residenza
The hotel La Residenza is in a beautiful location set amongst trees and just a short stroll from the sea front. Although the hotel doesn't have a pool directly on site, guests can take full advantage of the pool, sun loungers and beach at the nearby Parco dei Principi. Also located in the Parco dei Principi where the hotel is located is the Gio Ponti restaurant which has wonderful telescopic views over the sea. Rooms are spacious with fresh rattan and come equipped with air conditioning, a safe, minibar, telephone, TV and WIFI.
Day 5: Grand Hotel Assisi
Strategically located right in the heart of Umbria, the Grand Hotel Assisi welcomes you to Assisi, one of Italy’s uniquely magical towns brimming with history, art and with a strong religious significance for believers across the globe. The Grand Hotel Assisi overlooks the magnificent Valle Umbra from its exceptional vantage point at the feet of Mount Subasio. From the hotel it is possible to see as far as the dome of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Santuario of Rivotortowhereas the roof garden commands views to the Rocca Maggiore, the bell tower of the Basilica of St Claire’s, the Basilica of St Francis’ and the Sacred Convent. Facilities include a relaxing breakfast room, a restaurant which serves a range of ancient flavours, indoor pool and a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a glass of quality Umbrian wine.
Days 6-7:Riviera Hotel, Venice
In a magnificent scenic location, the elegant 3-star superior Hotel Riviera in Lido di Venezia offers a view of the enchanting Venice Lagoon, just a ten minute ferry ride from St. Mark’s Square and just 700 meters from the Lido Beach for when you wish to relax. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace, solarium and concierge service. Rooms are modern and tastefully furnished with quality upholsteries and delicate lighting to make a relaxing environment. All rooms are equipped with a tv, safe, air conditioning, wifi and a hairdryer.
Day 8: Hotel Saccardi & Spa
Featuring free access to the on-site spa, wellness centre and seasonal outdoor pool, Hotel Saccardi & SPA is located 8.5 km from Verona city centre making it an ideal place to explore Verona and the Garda parks. The on site Salgari Restaurant serves a selection of the best seasonal dishes of the Verona area and Italian cuisine. Rooms are equipped with a safe, air conditioning, hairdryer, tv and wifi.
Days 9-11: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is set on the banks of River Arno, 0.6 miles from Piazza Santa Croce. Rooms offer free WiFi, and there is an à-la-carte restaurant serving Tuscan dishes and special diet menus. Air conditioned and en suite, rooms include a satellite TV and minibar. The Mediterraneo FH Grand Hotel features a cocktail bar and a lounge where guests can relax.
Day 12: Hotel Isola Sacra
Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport is a large property with a garden and a summer outdoor pool, and free WiFi throughout. This hotel is located a 5-minute drive from Fiumicino centre and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. Rooms at the Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport have wood furniture, air conditioning and an interactive LCD TV with internet access, plus satellite channels. The restaurant specialises in ancient Roman recipes based on fresh fish. Meals are served in the elegant dining room or on the patio during summer.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 1 person in their own room. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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