Southern Italy & Sicily Tour - XITS
Number of Days: 10
Discover the magic of southern Italy with The Travel Warehouse! One of the most visited destinations in the world, Italy serves up centuries of incredible history, rich culture and, of course, fantastic food! Over 10 days you will visit all the highlights of southern Italy and the island of Sicily, with plenty of free time to explore, and accompanied for the duration of the holiday by a passionate and experienced tour leader.
Starting your Italian adventure in Rome, you will experience amazing destinations including the ancient city of Pompeii and the Sorrento peninsula, followed by the famous 'trulli' houses of Alberobello in the Apulia region. We'll then head west through the beautiful Reggio Calabria region, from where we'll take a ferry across to Sicily. Our first base is Taormina, which offers incredible views of Mount Etna. We'll then spend the next three days exploring Sicily in-depth, including a free day to explore the islands capital, Palermo.
DAY 1: RomeMeet up with your tour guide at our hotel in the afternoon, then this evening enjoy a ‘Rome by night’ driving tour, where you’ll see the many historical sights of Ancient Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and Pantheon. Tonight we have an (included) welcome dinner.Included experiences: Evening driving tour of Rome - see the capital in all it's glory, including views of the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Castle d'Angelo, the Tiber river and more. Try classic Roman cuisine and get to know your tour leader and fellow travellers tonight at dinner. DTypical local dishes of Rome include penne carbonara, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, as well as a range of meat dishes, including roast chicken and beef.
Accommodation: Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, American Palace, or similar
DAY 2: Rome, SorrentoLeaving Rome, we’ll head to the Sorrento peninsula, stopping off along the way to see Mount Vesuvius and to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed in 79AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Upon arrival on the Sorrento peninsula we have a two night stay. This area is famous for limoncello (a sweet lemon liqueur), the perfect way to finish off your included dinner this evening.Included experiences: See Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii - preserved since ancient times under meters of ash and pumice, it offers superb insights into life (and death) in the ancient Roman Empire. A local guide will introduce you to the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.In Sorrento you will be treated to a Neapolitan dinner. As it’s a Mediterranean coastal city, seafood features in the local cuisine. You can expect to enjoy dishes such as fish, margherita pizza - which was created in this region and meatballs. After the meal, why not opt for a glass of limoncello; this sweet lemon liqueur is a speciality of the area and commonly taken as a digestif after a meal. B,DAccommodation: Giosue A Mare Hotel Oriente, or similar
DAY 3: SorrentoYour Italy tour continues with a free day in Sorrento. A gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, the Sorrento peninsula is our base for the day. Explore the towns in your own time, or alternatively choose our optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri, where you can spend some free time exploring the rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas. BAccommodation: Giosue A Mare Hotel Oriente, or similar
DAY 4: Sorrento, Matera, AlberobelloToday we’ll head east and explore the southern Italian region of Apulia, taking a comfort stop along the way in the ancient cave city of Matera. Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), it is famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the ‘sassi’. Later we'll arrive in Alberobello, and enjoy an orientation tour of the region's famous ‘trullo’ houses. These beautiful 14th century white-washed stone huts have iconic conical roofs, and are specific to the Itria Valley. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Alberobello; check out the trullo church of St Antony and trulli museum.Included experiences: Comfort stop in the ancient cave city Matera. Remains from 7,000 BC were found here, and the historical centre and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the 14th century trulli stone houses, the Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova church, and the Trullo Sovrano museum. Originally constructed as temporary shelters and storehouses by farm labourers, the trulli are now permanent features of Alberobello. Puglia - the ‘spur’ and ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, is a great agricultural area, producing much of Italy’s durum wheat, so this is the perfect place for you to try the best fresh pasta in the world. BAccommodation: Giosue A Mare Hotel Oriente, or similar
DAY 5: Alberobello – TaorminaThis morning we’ll make our way to the ‘football’ of Italy, taking a drive through the beautiful Reggio Calabria region before enjoying a ferry crossing to the island of Sicily. Prepare for a stunning view of Mount Etna as we make our way to Taormina, where we’ll enjoy an evening walking tour and dinner.Included experiences: Walking tour of Taormina Sicily. One of the most popular parts of Sicily, the city was founded by the Greek's who built the hilltop amphitheatre overlooking Mount Etna. B,DRegional foods to try: Why not try, pasta alla Norma, it is among Sicily's most historic and iconic dishes. It's made with tomatoes, fried aubergine, grated ricotta salata cheese and basil.Accommodation: Hotel Albatros, or similar.
DAY 6: TaorminaEnjoy a free day to relax on Sicily's beautiful beaches, or explore the island's quaint towns. The town of Taormina itself is one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations, perched on the side of a mountain and offering medieval churches, a castle and Greek amphitheatre. For those looking to explore further afield, you can choose our optional excursion to Syracuse. The Sicilian town of Syracuse is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is notable for its rich Greek history, culture and amphitheatres. Here, you will have time explore the town as well as ancient Greek and Roman ruins including the Theatre of Syracuse and the Ear of Dionysius. B
DAY 7: Taormina, Catania, AgrigentoToday we’ll drive to through the heart of Sicily, along the way taking a comfort stop in Catania. With a UNESCO-listed historic centre boasting many beautiful baroque buildings. This afternoon, get your cameras ready as stopping at the ‘Valle dei Templi’ (Valley of the Temples), one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture.Regional foods to try: For dessert why not try Cassatelle alla Trapanese, these are small soft crescents of dough filled with cream, ricotta, chocolate chips and with icing sugar and served hot.Included experiences: Comfort stop in Catania, a vibrant and energetic city, with a UNESCO-listed historic centre, where palazzi (grand residences) tower over baroque-style squares. Explore the Valley of the Temples, a national monument of Italy and archaeological site in Agrigento. The Valley includes the remains of seven temples built in the Doric style. BAccommodation: Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace, Hotel Akrabello, or similar.
DAY 8: Agrigento, Marsala, PalermoEnjoy a beautiful drive this morning as we make our way round the western tip of Sicily to the island's capital, Palermo. Along the way we'll make a comfort stop in Marsala, a city built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaion, and famous for it's Marsala wine. Arriving early afternoon in Palermo, you’ll enjoy a walking tour to introduce you to the city’s highlights. Founded more than 2,700 years ago by the Phoenicians, Palermo is noted for its history, culture, architecture and food. Sights you'll see on you walking tour include the San Giovanni degli Eremiti church, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova (The New Gate) and the Cathedral of Palermo.Regional foods to try: Arancini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with breadcrumbs and then deep fried. They are usually filled with meat and tomato sauce, mozzarella, and peas.Included experiences: Drive along the western coast of Sicily, with stunning views of the Med’ and Tyrrhenian Seas. Take a comfort stop in Marsala, a historic city famous for its sweet dessert wines, marble-paved streets and stately baroque architecture. A walking tour of Palermo including highlights of this historic city, a melting pot of cultures over the centuries. Take a note of the places you want to explore on your free day tomorrow. Farewell dinner (included) tonight. B,DAccommodation; Hotel Athenaeum, or similar.
DAY 9: PalermoEnjoy a full day to further explore Sicily’s capital. Over the centuries Palermo has been colonized by many different rulers over the centuries, including the Greeks, Romans and Normans. This melting pot has resulted in a variety of architectural styles for you to explore in the historic old town. This evening, we’ll take an overnight ferry back to the Italian mainland. BOPTION: You may prefer to conclude your tour in Palermo – if so, tonight's accommodation (twin share) is included.
DAY 10: RomeThis morning we arrive back on the Italian mainland and make our way back to Rome, to explore the capital and northern Italy. Arriving early afternoon, you'll have the rest of the day to explore before enjoying an included dinner this evening. Typical local dishes include penne carbonara, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, as well as a range of meat dishes, including roasted chicken and beef. BOPTION: You may prefer to conclude your tour at Naples port.Please note: all options must be pre-booked at the time of booking your tour.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Sorrento - Isle of Capri
- Pompeii - Amalfi Coast
- Taormina - Taormina Sunset Cruise | Mount Etna day trip
- Palermo -Monreale Cathedral and lunch at local farmhouse
- 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- Services of your leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.
- 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet.
- 11 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- From $2,460 per person