September 26 - October 4 2020
9 Day Tour from Venice to Sorrento, Hosted by Tony
$3189 per person, book now and save $320 with our early booking discount. $2869 pp tour price.
A tapestry takes different threads and colors, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That’s what this Italy tour—Italian Tapestry—does. It weaves together Italy’s most famous cities, its must-see attractions, and its marvelous scenery to create a wonderful vacation. You’ll overnight on Venice Island, and in Florence, Siena, Rome, and Sorrento. You’ll visit each city’s well-known landmarks and attractions, such as St. Mark’s Square in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s David in Florence; the Piazza del Campo in Siena, where the Palio medieval-style horse race is held; and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome, where you can imagine what it was like to partake in the deadly gladiatorial fights. Plus, Globus has worked hard behind the scenes to get you front and center at many of these sights with special VIP access.
Other highlights of this Italy tour include a jetfoil ride from Sorrento to the world-famous Isle of Capri, where you’ll ride the funicular to the village for a guided tour and free time to explore. In Pompeii, a guided walking tour introduces you to the excavations of the city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD—an amazingly detailed look into life around 2,000 years ago at the peak of the Roman Empire.
All of this—plus a gondola serenade in Venice, and a balsamic vinegar tasting near Modena, and much more—come together perfectly to create an Italy vacation like no other.
To join any of Tony's escorted groups contact the main office at 918-339-4805 or email the agency owner Joy Crutchfield, Joy@thejoyoftravel.net
Day by Day
DAY 1 ARRIVE ON VENICE ISLAND, ITALY
Welcome to Venice! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 VENICE ISLAND
Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE with its byzantine basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Sit back and relax during a GONDOLA SERENADE, the best way to explore the canals. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the picturesque island of Burano.
DAY 3 VENICE ISLAND–MODENA–FLORENCE
A special treat today is a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING at the renowned Acetaia Leonardi near Modena. Continue through the fertile Po area and the Apennine Mountains into Italy’s most popular province, Tuscany, and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties.
DAY 4 FLORENCE–SIENA
Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Arrive in Siena, the city where the world-famous Palio, the spectacular medieval-style horse race, is held twice a year.
DAY 5 SIENA–PIENZA–ROME
Your guided walking tour takes you inside the historic ramparts to the PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia surround the shell-shaped piazza. Next, drive along Via Cassia, named after the antique road leading to Rome, and stop in Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese. This picturesque town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Tonight, in the “Eternal City,” why not join an optional dinner with local specialties at one of Rome’s famous restaurants.
DAY 6 ROME
Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites.
DAY 7 ROME–POMPEII–SORRENTO
Take a scenic drive southward along the Highway of the Sun. Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Overnight in the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento.
DAY 8 SORRENTO. EXCURSION TO CAPRI
Speed across the glittering bay by JETFOIL to the world-famous Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to beautiful Capri village for a guided visit. Free time to explore the little shops on the pretty piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and this evening, farewell dinner with a taste of Limoncello at O' Parrucchiano restaurant celebrates your Italian vacation.
DAY 9 SORRENTO
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Naples.