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Itinerary

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Italy

Tour Itinerary

Explore the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, Gaze at the Renaissance treasures in iconic Venice and Florence, Hike the famous "Walk of the Gods" in Amalfi, Opt to visit the Colosseum in Rome.

Connect with some of the world's greatest cultural highlights on a two-week exploration of Italy. Get in touch with the ancient past alongside an archaeologist amid the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, marvel at Renaissance treasures in iconic Venice and enchanting Florence, and stop and smell the lemons in the quaint cliff-side villages of the Amalfi Coast. La dolce vita is sweet indeed.

Day 1: Venice
Arrive at any time.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal (or similar)

Day 2: Venice
Take an orientation walk through the local markets and neighbourhoods of Venice. Opt to visit museums, churches, the Doge's Palace, or take a gondola ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time: Admire great Renaissance works of art at the Accademia or the Scuola di San Rocco, or visit the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery for more contemporary pieces.
Accommodation: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Venice/Cinque Terre
Head to Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Visit Monterosso al Mare, a charming village nestled in the hillside. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the villages along the crystal clear Ligurian Sea.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore this stunning area on foot or by train.
Accommodation: Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Cinque Terre/Florence
Travel to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Take an orientation walk with our CEO through the lively yet ancient streets and enjoy an included aperitivo (pre-dinner alcoholic beverage) experience at a local bar.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Activity: Take a break: sip a pre-dinner drink and snack on some Italian specialties at a local bar.
Accommodation: Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Florence
Enjoy a free day with a multitude of options including a day trip to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca, a visit to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the Medici Chapels, or take an excursion to Pisa.
Free Time: There is still so much more of Florence to explore - its famous pontes, cathedrals, and shops. To see a side of the city that many miss, take the city bus to the town of Fiesole for breathtaking views over Florence.
Accommodation: Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Florence
Enjoy a free day with a multitude of options including a day trip to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca, a visit to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the Medici Chapels, or take an excursion to Pisa.
Free Time: There is still so much more of Florence to explore - its famous pontes, cathedrals, and shops. To see a side of the city that many miss, take the city bus to the town of Fiesole for breathtaking views over Florence.
Accommodation: Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Florence/Naples
Catch the train to Naples with the option to enjoy a fantastic meal in the birthplace of pizza. Opt to visit the National Archaeological Museum.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: "See Naples and die," the saying goes, and it's true. The tight roads, honking cars, busy restaurants, museums, three castles, and its waterfront bring it alive. Don't forget the infamous volcano, Mount Vesuvius. You can't say you went to Naples - the birthplace of pizza - until you have eaten some, so buon appetito!
Accommodation: Hotel Rex Naples (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Naples/Sorrento
The day begins with an excursion to the ruins of ancient Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue by private bus to Sorrento, where you're welcomed to the south by panoramic views of the sea before settling in for the night.
Activity: Walk through the ruins of Pompeii, the city buried under ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The forum, the baths and many houses remain well preserved and provide us with a glimpse of what life was like in the first century. Explore with an archaeologist, what is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and is unparallelled in its preservation of an ancient city.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel La Residenza (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Sorrento
Enjoy a free day in Sorrento. Opt to visit the nearby islands of Capri or Ischia.
Free Time: Stay in Sorrento and relax or visit the islands of Capri or Ischia.
Accommodation: Hotel La Residenza (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Sorrento/Amalfi
Visit an organic lemon farm to see how limoncello is made from beginning to end. Stroll through fragrant lemon groves and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. Travel to the stunning Amalfi coast for lunch at a local agriturismo that specializes in home grown, delicious produce. Meet the family and tour the property — a converted 17th-century monastery. Head into the fields and gardens to learn about local produce and herbs, then sit down to a wonderful meal of local fare surrounded by lush greenery, open terraces, and groves overlooking the Mediterranean. Continue to the hotel, which offers spectacular views of the coastline.
Activity: Visit an organic lemon farm and get an in-depth look at one of Italy's best-loved beverages, limoncello, from a local producer. Take in panoramic views of the sea as you stroll through the fragrant lemon groves and learn about the history of the agriturismo. See how limoncello is made from beginning to end and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. Salute!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy lunch at a charming agriturismo that specializes in homegrown, delicious produce. Meet the family and tour the historic property, a converted 17th-century monastery. Explore the farm with one of our hosts, learning about local crops, herbs and vegetables that are the key ingredients in regional cuisine; then sit down to a wonderful meal of local fare surrounded by gardens, open terraces and groves, overlooking the Mediterranean.
Free Time: Walk the coast or drive along its famous curves; you'll have to catch your breath as you go from one stunning village to another: Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello.
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Romana Minori (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Enjoy a typical meal at a local agriturismo that specializes in home grown, delicious produce.)

Day 11: Amalfi
Hike the famous "Walk of the Gods," following ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches, and monasteries.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Set off from the small town of Bomerano and follow the path along the Amalfi Coast with sensational views of lemon groves, gorges, deep valleys, woodland, abandoned farmhouses, and the sea below. Stop in the towns of Montepertuso and Positano, where there is more to explore. Note that hikes are accessible for all travellers, but there can be sections that are more strenuous and challenging due to terrain. Please ensure you have proper hiking footwear.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Romana Minori (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Amalfi/Rome
Travel to Rome and take an orientation walk with the CEO.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Atlante Star Hotel Rome (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Rome
Enjoy a free day to explore Rome. Opt to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican, or just wander the streets and palazzi, taking time for a caffè or gelato.
Free Time: There are endless places to explore in the Eternal City; monuments, churches, fountains, and squares. Shop along Via Veneto, climb the Spanish Steps, or take a walk in Trastevere.
Accommodation: Atlante Star Hotel Rome (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Rome
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport
Train, private minivan/bus, boat, walking.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Pompeii with an Archaeologist, Pompeii Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sorrento Lemon Farm and Limoncello Tasting, Sorrento Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Amalfi Agriturismo Experience, Amalfi Your Discover Moment: Florence Your Discover Moment: Rome. Orientation walks in Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome. Amalfi "Walk of the Gods" hike (weather permitting). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (13 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

National Geographic Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.9

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