Explore the best of Italy on this 11-day guided tour. In Rome, skip the lines for a VIP Vatican tour that includes access to the Bramante Staircase — a spiraling Renaissance masterpiece normally off-limits to visitors. As your travels continue along the Bay of Naples, stop on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius for lunch at a local farm still growing traditional produce unique to the region. In Florence, learn the secrets of leather making from a local leatherworker. Fall in love with Venice as you see churches and palaces from a private boat, and cruise its canals on a romantic gondola ride. Sail to Capri, where craggy mountains cascade into the Tyrrhenian Sea; a Local Expert will help you navigate its narrow alleys. But before you say arrivederci to Italy, enjoy one last experience: a private opera during a four-course meal that features local wine.

Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practiced by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices. The workshop’s master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.

The workshop advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

UNIQUE INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Explore destinations with engaging Local Experts, gain special access to iconic sites and enjoy fun activities with our Unique Insight Experiences.

Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 5 Dinners with Wine
    • Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you’ll enjoy on this tour.
    • Rome Welcome Dinner

      Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.

    • Rome Celebration Dinner

      Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs

STYLISH HAND-PICKED HOTELS

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
    • Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

      • Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.
        Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
      • Hotel Romanico Palace
      • Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

  • DAY 2
    • Vatican City and Rome with a Local

      • The day is devoted to The Eternal City.
        Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged special priority entry and gain behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death.
        Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus. Come up close and personal with the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure. Later, perhaps continue your exploration of Rome to see the Pantheon, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and enjoy free time around Piazza Navona?
      • Hotel Romanico Palace
      • Included Meals: Breakfast

  • DAY 3
    • The Chianti Hills to Florence

      • Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. On arrival, you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork and see a gold demonstration.  This evening, indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
      • Hotel Adler Cavalieri
      • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  • DAY 4
    • Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance

      • Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo’s David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour, enjoying all the Italian treats and finery on offer.
        Walk on to the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. In the afternoon, perhaps visit medieval San Gimignano?
      • Hotel Adler Cavalieri
      • Included Meals: Breakfast

  • DAY 5
    • Pisa to Venice, The Queen of the Adriatic

      • Journey to the coastal town of Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, as well as the baptistery and colonnaded bell tower behind the cathedral. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia-Romagna region – one of Europe’s most intensely farmed and fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice. As evening falls, day-trippers desert the city to return to the mainland. Appreciate the peace and tranquility of Venice from your centrally located hotel.
        This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
      • Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
      • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  • DAY 6
    • Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

      • Stroll past historic churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark’s Square. The first sight is the glided regalia of St. Mark’s Basilica. Turn the corner, and view the pink marble of the Doge’s Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape.
        Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals.
      • Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts center. See how beautiful, handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills.
        • Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
        • Included Meals: Breakfast

  • DAY 7
    • Assisi

      • Journey to the peaceful town of Assisi, dotted with medieval churches, colorful frescoes and shady courtyards.
        In the valley, see the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis’ death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town.

      • With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century. The frescoes painted by Giotto here heralded a new era in Italian art.

      • Arrive at your hotel, located in the heart of the medieval Old Town. Enjoy the tranquility of the historic old town during free time.

      • Hotel Giotto Assisi
      • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  • DAY 8
    • Sorrento on the coast

      • Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
      • Hotel Regina
      • Included Meals: Breakfast

  • DAY 9
    • Capri, the Isle of Dreams

      • Cross the Bay of Naples to reach the beautiful Isle of Capri, a rock rising sheer from the Mediterranean! For 2,000 years, Capri has beckoned visitors from Tiberius Caesar to Gracie Fields. Arriving at the Marina Grande by boat, ascend to Capri town by one of the island’s iconic open-top taxis. A Local Expert joins you for an exploration of the narrow alleyways. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day. Perhaps head to Positano for an exploration of the colorful Amalfi Coast?
      • Hotel Regina
      • Included Meals: Breakfast

  • DAY 10
    • Pompeii, frozen in time and on to Rome

      • Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilization. Visit the Forum and peer into shops and patrician villas, decorated with colorful wall paintings.
      • Pompeii, frozen in time and on to Rome

      •  Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilization. Visit the Forum and peer into shops and patrician villas, decorated with colorful wall paintings. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Vesuvius National Park and visit Casa Barone. This small family run farm on the slopes of the volcano is one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes, an endangered fruit that only thrives in the fertile volcanic soil. Each harvest is sustainably farmed and cared for by the extended Barone family, who all work here.
        Be sure to savor the unique flavors of this rare tomato during a truly unique Farm-to-Table lunch.
        Your journey continues to Rome. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration Dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, enjoy a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy’s best-loved operas. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration Dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, enjoy a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy’s best-loved operas.

      • Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date: NH Roma Centro or Kolbe Hotel Rome

      • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

  • DAY 11
    • Arrivederci Roma

      • Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.
      • Included Meals: Breakfast