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Overview

The Best of Italy

Layered like a slice of decadent tiramisu, Italy’s classic coffee and cocoa dessert, this satisfying tour of Italy is filled with its sweetest cities for a rich and rewarding vacation. How do you top the history, wonder, and charisma of Rome? With the world-class art of Florence, the alluring romance of Venice, the quiet serenity of Assisi, the historical fascination of Pompeii, and the pure indulgence of Capri. The satiating fun continues as you enter the vine-clad Tuscan hills famous for its signature Chianti wine—and speed across the glittering Bay of Naples to the citrus-scented town of Sorrento renowned for its locally produced Limoncello liqueur. You’ll have the opportunity to snap creative photos at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and devour more magnificent architecture—and artful cuisine—throughout this multi-tiered tour of Italy.

Highlights of The Best of Italy

Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

* For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $2,563*
18 guests in a party: $713*

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

The Best of Italy

UNESCO Sites

Assisi (the Basilica of San Francesco)|Historic Centre of Florence|Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City|Piazza del Duomo Pisa|The great Spa Towns of Europe - Montecatini|Vatican City|Venice and its Lagoon

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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Day 2

ROME When in Rome ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Colosseum and see the Roman Forum. Free time this afternoon and evening.* (B)

* For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES Stand in awe and wonder amid one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements in the Sistine Chapel. Hear how in 1508, a young Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the chapel’s ceiling – a request not welcomed by the 33-year-old sculptor. Michelangelo’s 4-year project was indeed one of physical pain and psychological distress, while painting from scaffolds high above the sanctuary floor. Nevertheless, he created what is considered the most famous ceiling in the world, depicting the Creation of Adam in striking fresco style.


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Day 3

ROME–ORVIETO–MONTECATINI Miracles and Men of the Cloth ROME Scenic drive en route to Orvieto.*
ORVIETO An orientation tour includes the cathedral with free time to visit San Brizio Chapel. Enjoy free time for lunch before departing for Montecatini. (B)
199 mi / 320 km

* For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & MYSTERY Orvieto’s Cathedral is perched atop a volcanic hill in stunning style that features a large rose window, golden mosaics, and massive bronze doors. Inside, its frescoed chapels are adorned with spectacular works such as the Judgement Day, the coronation of Mary, the Pietà created by the great artist Scalza, and a spectacular organ with 5,585 pipes. Here, a blood-stained relic cloth is stored in the Chapel of the Corporal, remembrance of the 1263 miracle of Bolsena – when a priest who doubted his faith witnessed the Communion Host begin to bleed onto the altar cloth.


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Day 4

MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE Italian Beauties FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and Signoria Square. [LF] Taste a traditional gelato. Free time this afternoon. (B,D)
81 mi / 130 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES After seeing some of the world’s most magnificent architecture and Rennaissance masterpieces in Florence, your day gets even sweeter with a mouth-watering masterpiece in the birthplace of Italian gelato. We can thank the actual Renaissance man - designer and architect Bernardo Buontalenti - who invented gelato in 16th-century Florence. Created with less fat and less air than commercial ice cream, gelato is a dense, creamy, frozen confection served in a multitude of tastes. Not an easy decision in how you’ll fill your cup or cone!


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Day 5

MONTECATINI–PISA–VENICE ISLAND The Tilted Tower PISA See the Leaning Tower en route to Venice. Free time for dinner. (B)
249 mi / 400 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE See architecture gone askew from the viewpoint of the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. Take the ultimate selfie in front of the Leaning Tower with a tilt of the head or other popular poses to commemorate your visit to this hub of European medieval art in Pisa’s beautiful piazza.


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Day 6

VENICE ISLAND Benvenuti a Venezia VENICE ISLAND Take a private boat ride on the canals. Guided walking tour to see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs followed by a glassblowing demonstration. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Locals simply call Piazza San Marco “la piazza.” As paired with the smaller Piazzetta, it forms the social, religious, and political hub of Venice, which Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.” St. Mark’s Basilica dominates the square, offering visitors a spectacular view of the great arches, marble embellishments, and the Romanesque carvings of its façade. Also gracing the square is Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. The enclosed Bridge of Sighs, connecting the palace with the prison, is named for the prisoners breathing in their last view of the Rio di Palazzo on their walk to the prison’s interrogation rooms.


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Day 7

VENICE ISLAND–ASSISI Medieval Marvels Scenic drive through the Apennine Mountains en route to Assisi.
ASSISI Guided walking tour includes St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica. (B,D)
267 mi / 430 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi with a visit to the Basilica named after the deacon, friar, and mystic, who became one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity. Revered for his love of the Eucharist and the Earth, Francis found communion with God through nature here in this Italian village where he lived and died. Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by Italian master Giotto that adorn the Basilica where the Saint is buried.


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Day 8

ASSISI–POMPEII–NAPLES–CAPRI Time Standing Still in Pompeii POMPEII Join a guided walking tour of the excavations followed by free time for lunch.
NAPLES Embark on a jetfoil ride to the island of Capri.
CAPRI Take a funicular ride from the harbor to Capri village. (B,D)
292 mi / 470 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE The fascinating archaeological site of Pompeii is a treasured glimpse into Roman life near the Bay of Naples. This once thriving and sophisticated Roman city was consumed by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., with its residents and structures buried beneath inescapable ash and stone. See the preserved site of excavated ruins that reveal remarkable frescoes, artwork, and artifacts within its streets and the dwellings of the people who perished here.


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Day 9

CAPRI Coves & Cliffs on the Clear Blue Sea CAPRI Guided sightseeing includes [LF] a visit famous Villa San Michele. [LF] Take a scenic cruise (weather permitting) around the island. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

LOCAL FAVORITE
PICTURE PERFECT Visit stunning Villa San Michele perched high above the breathtaking Bay of Naples. Swedish physician Axel Munthe dedicated much of his life to the construction of the villa and surrounding gardens. His masterpiece, the Story of San Michele, recounts of his wish for a “house open to the sun and wind and the voice of the sea, like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!” Follow your visit to the villa with a spectacular cruise around the isle of Capri.


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Day 10

CAPRI–SORRENTO–ROME Arrivederci, Roma CAPRI Embark on a jetfoil ride to Sorrento.
SORRENTO Enjoy free time.
ROME Join a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
174 mi / 280 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS Just as the sirens of Greek mythology lured sailors to the rocky shores of Sorrento, we are drawn to its alluring panoramas, bistros, and boutiques. Take a seat in a sidewalk cafe to peruse the picturesque panoramas on the Bay of Naples.


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Day 11

ROME Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departures

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Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Degli Aranci Overlooking Villa Borghese, hotel Degli Aranci is housed in a 19th-century Art Nouveau building surrounded by a lush orange tree garden. This boutique hotel offers a fitness center with sauna and hot tub, a restaurant with outdoor dining area where to enjoy delicious Italian specialties, and a bar serving snacks and cocktails throughout the day. All 58 air-conditioned guest rooms are elegantly furnished in a classic style with oriental influences, and are equipped with soundproofed windows, minibar, in-room safe, flat screen TV with international channels, and free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel is located in the elegant district of Parioli, a quiet residential area perfect for a relaxing stay in the capital. Restaurants and shops are within easy access. Roma Via Barnaba Oriani 11
2 Croce Di Malta Located in the heart of Montecatini Terme, this 136 room property has excellent facilities including a seasonal outdoor pool, indoor pool and spa area, a lounge bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Montecatini Viale 4 Novembre, 18 First-Class
3 Carlton on the Grand Canal A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities. Venezia Santa Croce, 578 First-Class
4 Grand Hotel Assisi Set in a charming place of peace, between the green of the olive trees of the surrounding hills, the Ròseo Hotel Assisi enhances the nuances, aromas and flavors of this earth uniting with the best hospitality and courtesy taste, refinement and elegance to the attention for every little detail. Assisi Via Giovanni Renzi,2 First-Class
5 San Michele Hotel San Michele is a famous 4 star hotel in Anacapri with a special spirit for hospitality. It is a perfect peaceful hideaway with a marvelous view of the Gulf of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula. Very nice swimming pool. Anacapri Via G.Orlandi 1/3 Superior Tourist-Class
6 Weber Ambassador In an exclusive location, hotel Weber Ambassador overlooks the bay of Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni rocks on the island of Capri. It offers a free shuttle to/from the town center and free access to its three swimming pools, two hot tubs, and fitness center. All of the spacious Capri-style (ceramic tiles floors and wooden furniture) guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature an LCD TV with international channels, kettle kit, safe, and minibar. Most guestrooms come with a balcony or terrace, or alternatively offer a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Wi-Fi is available. The property is complete with three bars and an international restaurant specializing in fresh fish dishes. The hotel also features an in-house hair salon. Via a picturesque stone stairway, it is also possible to reach the adjacent private beach. Capri Via Marina Piccola 118 First-Class
7 Albani Located in a quiet residential area, this 154-room colorful hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, a Mediterranean restaurant featuring an original crystal chandelier and an American bar serving snacks and late night drinks. Roma Via Adda 45 First-Class
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