Day 1: Rome
Reach on your own the hotel in Rome. Enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. Overnight (lunch and dinner not included).
Day 2: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence
Departure to Assisi, an enchanting medieval town in the center if Italy. Explore at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages: we highly suggest to enter San Francis' Basilica, where you can admire masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Free time for lunch (not inclluded). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. The next stop will be Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Florence
After breakfast, you will visit Florence, also known as the cradle of Italian Renaissance. The city center is rich in beautiful attractions, such as Santa Maria del Fiore, the Cathedral and its magnificent cupola by Brunelleschi and also the Palazzo della Signoria or Santa Croce Square. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. Dinner at leisure (not included) and overnight in Florence.
Day 4: Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice (Mestre)*
After breakfast, you will reach Bologna, famous for its "Porticos of Piazza Maggiore", in the heart of the city, Palazzo Podestà and San Petronio Basilica, one of the biggest in the world. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon you will head to Padova, to visit the famous St Anthony's Basilica. At end of the day, you will go to Venice Mestre*. Dinner and overnight.
* On request and with an extra cost, it is possible to overnight in Venice.
Day 5: Venice
After breakfast, you will reach St Mark's Square with a comfortable private transfer by water-taxi. Then you will access the St Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets; in the afternoon you will free time at your leisure to admire the major attractions of the city, such as the legendary Bridge of the Sighs or Rialto Bridge. Then return to the hotel and overnight (dinner not included).
Day 6: Venice, Montepulciano, Rome
After breakfast, the first destination of the day will be Tuscany and its breathtaking landscapes, medieval towns and typical cuisine. You will stop in Montepulciano, a charming town rich in art and history and famous for its red wine. Lunch in a typical restaurant included. Free time in the afternoon before departing to Rome, where you will spend the night in the hotel (dinner not included).
Day 7: Rome
After breakfast in the morning you will join a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets: your guide will take you to discover the major masterpieces hosted in the Gallery, from Raffaello to the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The tour will end in St. Peter's Square; you will then have the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Rome (lunch and dinner not included).
Day 8: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento
After breakfast, you will leave Rome to go to Naples, where you will have a panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below. Time for lunch (included) and then the next stop will be the ancient ruins of Pompeii, to have a detailed guided tour accessing with skip-the-line tickets. After the visit, you will go to the hotel in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and overnight.
Day 9: Sorrento, Capri, Rome
After breakfast, you will have an amazing experience visiting the wonderful Island of Capri.** Depending on the weather, you might get the chance to enter the Blue Grotto. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. Once back on the mainland, return to Rome in the evening for your last overnight.
**Please note that from November 2019 to March 2020, the excursion to Capri is not included, you can add it for an extra cost. Otherwise, the programme is a free day in Sorrento before leaving for Rome.
Day 10: Rome
After breakfast, end of this amazing 10-days escorted tour!
Other tours from Rome
If you still want to visit Italy but do not have much time to do so, choose the 3-Days Escorted Tour to Southern Italy, or the 5-Days Escorted Tour from Rome to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi, and Capri.