Authentic Local Experiences:
- View the amazing art collection at Florence’s Accademia Gallery and marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece of sculpture – David
- See the glorious architecture of Venice as you take a gondola down its famous canals.
- Walk amid the ruins of Pompeii, an entire city where Mount Vesuvius still reigns and ghosts still whisper.
- Take a fast-jet ferry to luxuriate on the Isle of Capri.
- Gondola Ride in Venice
- Michelangelo’s David Sculpture
- Time at Leisure in Bologna
- Local Wine Tasting in Orvieto
- Guided Tour of the Colosseum and Forum in Rome
- Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica subject to occasional closure by the Vatican.)
- A Guided Tour of Pompeii and the City’s Ruins
- Isle of Capri
- 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D) , including a welcome dinner in Venice, traditional Tuscan fare in Florence, an authentic Neapolitan pizza lunch, and a farewell dinner in Sorrento.
- Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice (2 nights)
- Starhotels Tuscany, Florence (2 nights)
- The Tribune Hotel or similar, Rome (2 night)
- Hotel Carlton International, Sorrento (3 nights)
(Please note: Unlike most of our other tours, no hotels on the Taste of Italy tour offer triple rooms.)
Hotel Bonvecchiati Venezia, Venice
Ideally located at Calle Goldoni, 4488, 30100 Venezia VE, and featuring its own water landing for gondolas and water taxis, Hotel Bonvecchiati of Venice is a two-minute walk from Saint Mark‘s Square and the Rialto Bridge. CIE Tours’ guests rooms are individually designed in a classic Venetian or modern style. Each room has free WiFi, air conditioning, satellite TV and a private bathroom; some have views over the canal or the surrounding rooftops. Restaurant La Terrazza offers Venetian, classic Italian and international cuisine, all served on the waterside terrace. Meals are accompanied by a wide selection of wines from the on-site wine cellar.
StarHotels Tuscany Hotel, Florence
Its perfect blend of elegance and comfort and a strategic location in the heart of Florence’s business district, near the Florence Airport, makes the Starhotels Tuscany the ideal choice for CIE Tours’ guests. The hotel’s 102 elegant rooms and suites have all been recently refurbished in a contemporary, refined style. The Assaggi by Eataly restaurant offers the finest examples of traditional local cuisine. The welcoming restaurant bar is the ideal venue for a coffee, a light lunch or a cocktail.
The Tribune Hotel, Rome
The Tribune Hotel awaits you in the heart of Rome, just steps from the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese at Via Campania 45, Rome. For CIE Tours’ guests seeking a refined refuge from the hustle and bustle of the capital to spend moments of absolute relaxation even in the heart of the city, The Tribune Hotel is certainly the perfect answer. From the large king-size beds to the extraordinary terrace overlooking Villa Borghese to the delicious proposals of the exclusive Lounge Bar, every detail of the Tribune is born from the pleasure of surprising guests with services of absolute quality.
Hotel Carlton International, Sorrento
Hotel Carlton International is a 4-star venue set in Sorrento city centre. It contains 76 elegant rooms that strike a perfect balance between comfort and style. This accommodation offers laundry, dry cleaning service and housekeeping as well as a seasonal outdoor pool and a shared lounge. Rooms at this property are decorated with modern furniture and include a heating system, a private safe and coffee/tea making facilities along with an electric kettle, a dishwasher and an ice machine. It boasts a view of the sea with a valley and gardens situated nearby. The venue offers a 24-hour bar and a restaurant serving local cuisine. The large bar is also available. There are various dining options such as Il Buco and Ristorante S.Antonino within about 200 meters away. Sorrento Circumvesuviana train station is nearby, about 550 meters away. An outdoor swimming pool is provided with parasols, a poolside bar and sun loungers.
2020 Taste of Italy with Sorrento – 10 Days / 9 Nights/ 15 Meals
Day 1: Venice & Welcome Dinner
Meet your tour director at 4:00 PM for a welcome drink, and take a one-hour orientation walk around the city known as the ‘Queen of the Adriatic.’ Spend a couple of hours exploring on your own before gathering again for an ample dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: The Sights of Venice & Gondola Ride
Take a guided walking tour of Venice, ‘La Serenissima,’ the most serene of cities, with its glorious architecture, and its charming bridges and canals. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the acclaimed Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. Journey along the canals for a view of the city from a gondola – truly, an unforgettable experience. Delight in an evening of exploring and dinner on your own. (B)
Day 3: Venice & Florence
Take a private water taxi from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey you’ll stop for free time and lunch on your own at the lively historic foodie city of Bologna. Arrive at your hotel outside Florence’s city center. After a short break, depart for a short orientation in this beautiful city, the capital of Tuscany, and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner with your group at a local Florence restaurant.
Day 4: Florence Walking Tour & The Accademia Gallery
Take a guided walking tour of Florence and marvel at the sights of the city center such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Savor a local lunch in the heart of Florence, where the sauce is handcrafted with locally-sourced tomatoes. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this magnificent city at your leisure.
Day 5: Orvieto & Rome
This morning you’re off to the Eternal City with a special and delicious stop in Orvieto for a local wine tasting. They say that all roads lead to Rome, and today yours will certainly do so as you are immersed in Italy’s natural beauty and surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Take a walking tour to the heart of the city to see the towering Trevi Fountain and the picturesque Spanish Steps, then spend the evening exploring and dining as you please. Your hotel tonight is in Rome’s historic center.
Day 6: Rome & The Vatican
Visit the historic Colosseum, the iconic structure of imperial Rome constructed between 72 and 80 AD. This engineering marvel could hold between 50,000 – 80,000 spectators of public spectacles, gladiator battles, and classical dramas. Walk among the ghosts of the Caesars in the ruins of the Forum, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Enjoy some free time for lunch before your visit to the Vatican with a privately guided tour of the Museums with entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.* Then it’s off to your farewell dinner in a charming Roman neighborhood. (*Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica subject to occasional closure by the Vatican.)
Day 7: Pompeii & Sorrento
Depart from Rome for the World Heritage site of Pompeii, a city frozen in time after a volcanic eruption in 79AD. Learn about the city’s rediscovery in 1748 and excavation on a guided tour of this archeological treasure. Savor lunch at an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria before arriving at your hotel in Sorrento, a resort town popular since Roman times, now famous for stunning views of villas dotting the rocky cliffs along the coastline.
Day 8: Isle of Capri
This morning take a fast ferry across the Bay of Naples to the charming island of Capri. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of this picturesque island. Once there, you’ll have time to explore on your own. You may want to take a chair-lift to capture the natural wonder and views of the colorful waters from Anacapri. You may choose to explore the Roman ruins or opt for a spa treatment at a day spa — or just take a leisurely stroll along the winding lanes while enjoying a gelato. The choice is yours.
Day 9 Day at Leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure in Sorrento, a town popular with tourists since the days of the 19th-century Grand Tour. You might also choose to explore the Amalfi Coast, a gorgeous stretch of rugged coastline along the Mediterranean made famous by poets, painters, and writers. You can stop to explore one of the scenic small towns along the Amalfi Drive such as Positano, the town of Amalfi, or Atrani. Or, you may choose to take a culinary class to learn how to make one of the region’s specialties. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.
Day 10: Tour Ends in Sorrento
Your tour ends after breakfast. Nearest international airport is Naples. (B)
Insider tip: You can book pre-nights in Venice or post-nights in Rome if you want to extend your vacation! We’ve negotiated special rates with our hotels to make booking extra nights easy and affordable.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.
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