9 days South Italy
1: Flight and arrival in Palermo.
Visit the small town of Monreale, which lies south of Palermo. This is probably the most impressive cathedral of Sicily. It is the masterpiece of Norman architecture in Sicily, which combines the unique style of the Normans, the Arabs and Byzantium in one building. Also worth seeing is the same at the Cathedral adjacent Benedictine Abbey, which, like the cathedral, commissioned by the Norman King William I (was founded in the year 12 AD). Overnight at hotel in Palermo
Day 2: Drive to Agrigento
One, founded by the Greek city, which became an important center of the island. Retrieved from the heyday of this city bear witness even today the temple, which you can visit the Valley of the Temples. The buildings were mostly built 500-400 BC, Temple of the di Concordia is one of the three best preserved temples of the Greek world. Among the ruins in the Valley of the Temples to walk and to lose the spirit of forgotten time, is a unique experience. Continue to Syracuse. Related Hotel for 2 nights in / near Syracuse.
One of the most beautiful cities of the island. In the ancient buildings with richly stocked archaeological park one finds the Greek Theatre, which hosts summer productions of plays and concerts. We also discover the altar of Hiero and the famous Ear of Dionysius. On the peninsula Ortigia we visit the Temple of Apollo and Athena and the Kathedrahle Santa Maria delle Colonne, which was built around the Athens Temple Of particular interest to us, however, the crypt of St Marcian, the first bishop of Syracuse, the mid-3rd century died a martyr, and the catacombs of St. John. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Aetna.
In the morning drive through Mediterranean forests and lava fields, with variedrich vegetation zones to Etna (3300 m). Bus ride to the Silvestri craters at 1900 m altitude. Depending on weather conditions and volcanic activity continued with a special cable-car driveway and vehicles accompanied by a guide to the south-eastern crater at 2900 m altitude. Next to Catania, the second largest city in Sicily. In the evening ferry to Naples. Dinner and overnight on the ferry
Day 5: Naples.
In the morning arrival in Naples, Campania's capital, an experience very special way, old and new intermingle with the unmistakable profile of Mount
Vesuvius. Guided tour along the waterfront and also to Castell Nuovo with the famous triumphal arch of Alfonso I., the Palazzo Reale, the Teatro San Carlo,
the Santa Chiara and the Duomo. Continue to Pompeii. The size of the ruins and the landscape give a sense of how this city might have looked in Roman
Empire. Visit the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius buried by the city, one of the most important archaeological sites, making the everyday lives of Romans is
understandable. Tour of selected points of the city: the Vettii House, House of the Faun, forum, baths and theaters. The Vesuvius cone-shaped silhouette
appears and determines the image of the Neapolitan landscape. Check-in for two nights in / near Naples.
Day 6: Excursion to Capri.
There, visit the Blue Grotto, "one of the symbols of the island, known for its intense and seductive shades of blue of the water, the garden of the Emperor Augustus, the impressive ruins of the once built by Emperor Tiberius, Villa Jovis and the Certosa of San Giacomo. Return to the hotel in / near Naples.
Day 7: Montecassino / Rome.
First trip to Monte Cassino. Visit to the Benedict of Nursia in the year 529 founded the monastery complex. Continue to Subiaco, one of the most historic
towns of Latium. Here lived in the 6th Century of Saint Benedict as a hermit. Visit the monastery of S. Scholastica, since 10 C. main monastery of the
Benedictines at Subiaco. Continue to Rome. Afternoon at leisure. Related Hotel for 2 nights in / near Rome.
Day 8: Rome
Sightseeing in Rome with papal audience in St. Peter's Square .. After visiting the Basilica di San Pietro, the most famous and most important Catholic pilgrimage church and the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), home to one of the largest art collections in the world with countless paintings, frescoes, sculptures and other works of art. The highlights are the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Museo Pio Clementino with the world's largest library of antiquity. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Departure.
According to flight, time at leisure. Transfer to Rome airport and return flight
Contact us to book Special rates will be offered for groups and individuals.
The price will include
4 nights on B&B basis in a 3 star hotel at the Adriatic coast, 4 dinners in
hotel, English speaking escort
during all excursions, boat trip in the Po delta with fish lunch on board, shuttle bus to San Leo fortress, visit
to a fabric workshop in Santarcangelo, wine tasting in a castle, typical dinner in the hills around San Marino
Price does not include
Coach transfers and entrance taxes to the cities, beverage during meals and
entrance to monuments unless
Other option suggestions to extend your stay
Visit of Pesaro, birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini. During the summer months the city hosts the annual Rossini Opera festival in honour of its celebrated townsman. Pesaro boasts a number of medieval and Renaissance monuments, and comprises an historic centre complemented by a modern quarter which extends out towards the sea.
Rimini has more than just the sea to offer visitors; its history starts from its foundation in Roman days and then moves into the memorable era of the powerful Malatesta dynasty. The Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius’ Bridge, the Malatestiana Temple with the wonderful frescoes by Piero della Francesca and the Sigismondo Castle are all important monuments worth seeing in this surprising city.
Visit of Ferrara, where the whole historical centre has been declared Unesco World Heritage. Ferrara is also known as “the bicycle town” and is best visited with a bicycle tour through the small middle age alleys and beautiful Renaissance streets. The past and the present come together in this town, where the pace of life is pleasant, calm yet lively at the same time.
The Conca valley is a land of beautiful rolling hills with the Apennine range as a striking backdrop. Many fortresses and fortified towns lie behind these hills, and the entire Valconca is a constant delight for the beauty of its countryside and its vistas, which always include the sea. The walls and fortified gates, the monumental fortress and the old town itself are witness of the fascinating history of Mondaino, which has a unique circular central square known as the “Piazza della Padella,” or frying-pan square. Tasting of local specialities in an old mill which dates back to the 14th century, including the famous “formaggio di fossa” cheese, matured in three large pits which are dug into the local sandstone rock.