The Best of Italy
15 Days: Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano, Matera, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Siena, Chianti & Cinque Terre
SITA brings you the Best of Italy in 15 days: from the “Heel of Italy”, Puglia to the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Chianti. You will have guided tours in these areas including exclusive skip the line access to the Sistine Chapel and to see Michelangelo’s David. The highlight is the Food & Wine Experiences: Olive oil, cheese, limoncello, and wine tastings to name a few.
Day 01: Friday – Arrival
Arrival at Bari airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome briefing and overnight in Alberobello.
Day 02: Saturday – Alberobello, Locorotondo & Cisternino (B)
After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria. You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino and pass along beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, the town itself is the main sight. It’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town – the centro storico – is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details. The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by humans who reached the area from the north and the south of Puglia. These populations left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools that they used like spears spikes, blades, scrapers and chisels to engrave bones. Cisternino is today a small charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, little churches and elegant central piazza with a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can appreciate the around countryside, dotted with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and Trulli roofs piercing the green fields. Cisternino is nice to visit at any time of day, though the magical moments are the summer’s evening when the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening stroll. We will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria, from where you will see the green of olives and the blue of the Adriatic sea. Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own. Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region.Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek “tholos” (“dome”), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without an lime or cement, and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome shaped inside, and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms. Overnight in Alberobello
Day 03: Sunday – Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli (B)
Today, visit Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli. Ostuni, perched on three hills 218 meters above sea level, is better known as the “White Town”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic center, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on. The Fifteenth century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dominates the town, with a façade sporting a 24-rays rose window of rare beauty. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where there are the two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. The small town of Polignano enjoys a spectacular position. Placed approximately 50 miles south of Bari is erected on the edge of a rocky gorge. The town is considered one of the most ancient establishments in Puglia and was populated by serial invaders ranging from the Huns to the Normans. People come here to view the crashing waves, visit the caves and crowd out the panifici (bakery) in the atmospheric historical center. In Monopoli you will experience the “Paese vecchio” as the locals usually call the heart of the town, where you will find an unusual concentration of cultural heritage and Churches, positioned literally one next to another. You will find small and charming homes, once inhabited by heroic fishermen and expert farmers, whose children are still dedicated to producing great wines and unpassed wines. Walking among the narrow streets ,between arches and alleys, you will feel sea air and fragrances of freshly hanging laundry or tomato sauce cooked for hours. Overnight in Alberobello.
Day 04: Monday – Matera (B)
Meet your driver and transfer to Sorrento with en route stop in Matera where you will have free time to explore the city. Matera is an ancient city that seems to have existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history. From natural cavities carved by wind and rain of the past to the first man-made caves we can discover how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock. Hence real underground dwellings, in the belly of Mother Earth, which will leave you speechless. A woven structure that has intrigued experts has also discovered how it had been possible to live with the absence of running water. There is still a lot to tell about the water systems created to collect water, one of the elements that has helped to give in Matera the title of a World Heritage Site. You can visit the most beautiful churches, starting from the Duomo on the Civita; walk through the beautiful streets and traffic-free squares, populated with people; you can enjoy the most picturesque alleys, and you will continue your visit in the heart of the two Sassi’s. You will have free time for lunch before continuing to Sorrento, where you will arrive late afternoon. Overnight in Sorrento Coast.
Day 05: Tuesday – Amalfi Drive (B)
The beauty of Amalfi Coast is legendary and has inspired artists, writers, and musicians over the century, widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, deemed by UNESCO “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”. These delicate fishing villages embrace the hillsides or stretch in deep green valleys, along a dramatic coastline, challenging the force of gravity. Your driver guide will lead you first to the town of Amalfi where you will have free time to explore the medieval part of the city with the imposing Dome of St.Andrew and ancient buildings dated from the times when Amalfi was one of the maritime power in the Mediterranean Sea. You will stop in Minori for a sweet tasting at Sal de Riso, one of the most celebrated pastry chef in Italy. Later, you will ascend to Ravello, considered the most romantic and beautiful small towns in southern Italy. Perched on severe, terraced slopes, the French novelist André Gide was used to saying Ravello was closer to the sky than the sea. Covered with luxuriant gardens, peaceful and somnolent roads, you will find corners providing unforgettable views over the sky-blue coast below. Return to Sorrento late afternoon and overnight
Day 06: Wednesday – Pompeii (B)
Today we will visit the ancient Pompeii. Pompeii is not a time machine but the closest thing you can find to learn about everyday life in an ancient Roman city. Once a vibrant town, Pompeii’s fate was sealed with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 7.9 A.D. Today, Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most visited archaeological sites in all the world. Pompeii was a major port town for the Roman empire, which dominated the whole Mediterranean Sea. As a classic port, the town was filled with sailor’s hotels, bars, public baths, taverns, and brothels. The archeological site and continuous excavations give visitors the best look there is on ancient Roman days. Visit the Roman Forum; the theatre, whose acoustics are so good you don’t need microphones to be heard from the stage; the public baths with towering columns. Built-in 70 A.D., the Anfiteatro is the oldest-known Roman amphitheater in existence. Now covered in grass, it originally held up to 20,000 spectators. Return to Sorrento for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of relax or continue your exploration of the city. Tonight enjoy a candle light dinner in Sorrento with sea view. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 07: Thursday – Optional Discovery (B)
Today is a perfect day to relax or take the opportunity to continue the visit of the magnificent region. We suggest an half day visit of Pompeii Archeological Park, a combination of Pompeii with Mt Vesuvio, a day tour to Capri or a boat tour to explore Capri or the Amalfi Coast from the sea. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 08: Friday – Rome (BD)
Transfer to Railways Station in Naples to catch the high speed train to Rome. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome.
Day 09: Saturday – Vatican & Heart of Rome (B)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a unique visit to Vatican Museum. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and Pinecone Courtyard. At the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral. You will return to your hotel to relax after a challenging morning. Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to hotel with your tour leader or enjoy a dinner in the very heart of the eternal city. Overnight in Rome.
Day 10: Sunday – Rome (B)
Today will be free at leisure. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with some free time to customise your travel experience as well as take your time to relax. There are many available experiences. Among these, we like to suggest to explore the Imperial Rome with Colosseum and Forum, to visit one of the most beautiful are collection in Europe at Palazzo Borghese or the near Tivoli with the astonishing Villa Hadriana, built by the Emperor Hadrian and Villa d’Este, masterpiece of Italian gardening. Alternatively, you may want visit Capri or Pompeii taking advantage of the new high speed train connecting Naples and Rome in just 1 hr or enjoy a wine tour in Viterbo area. Overnight in Rome.
Day 11: Monday – Experience True Tuscany (B)
Today we will continue to Tuscany our tour. Meet your tour guide at hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by coach with an en route stop in Siena. The ride itself is a magnificent opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Tuscan hills, the view of small enchanting villages as well as the vineyards and castles the pointed the region. Upon arrival in Siena, enjoy a wine & food experience in the heart of the old town. In the ancient times, there was only one city that competed against Florence for power, wealth and artistic beauties: Siena. Here you will enjoy a walking tour to discover Piazza del Campo, the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year, as well as exploring quieter backstreets and learning everything about the Contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio. Continue to Florence where you will arrive later afternoon. Time permitting, en route stop in Monteriggioni. Overnight in Florence.
Day 12: Tuesday – Magnificent Florence between Food & Arts (B)
Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetable, and breads. If you”re still hungry, there’s free time for lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo with Giotto’s bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Our walk through Florence will end with a visit to the Accademia to admire, among the many masterpieces, the jewel of Michelangelo: the statue of David. Overnight in Florence.
Day 13: Wednesday – Cinqueterre (B)
Today discover a spectacular corner of Italy, famous for its panorama, its wine, its food, beautiful sea and hiking opportunities. Leave Florence early morning with your guide driving to North West Riviera with a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. During the ride, you will enjoy the view of Tuscan Hills till the moment you will see the Southern part of Alps, that divide Tuscany from Liguria. Once in Cinque Terre National Park enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as we stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking fabulous trails on the cliff. Your experience include a delicious full lunch with wine tasting in a local restaurant on the sea where you will enjoy incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by some great white wines typical of this region. Return to Florence late afternoon. Overnight in Florence.
Day 14: Thursday – Wine & Oil Experience with dinner in Chianti (B)
Today your morning is free at leisure, the day to Cinque Terre was a long one and this morning you will have some additional time to relax. In the afternoon, meet your tour guide and start your Chianti experience. With a 25 minute ride, a comfortable van will shuttle you to the rolling hills of the Chianti Wine Region till you reach a noble Villa with a Boutique Winery on top of a hill. The landscapes is marvellous with beautiful vineyards and olive groves that surround you. Once there, a wine expert will welcome you and take you for the 500-year-old cellar visit, still used today for a very small, selected wine production and ageing, listed in the top 100 on Wine Spectator’s. You will taste all the different product of this boutique winery while you will learn the sophisticated techniques of winemaking and teach you to distinguish the different and various scents and flavors that each wine presents. At the end, you will enjoy a fine dinner. The dinner will be served in a charming restaurant, where you will also learn how to pair different wines with specific dishes. You will enjoy 4 different wines, including the world renowned Supertuscan of the estate. Plus, a sweet typical dessert wine. You will also taste the region’s finest olive oil with typical unsalted Tuscan bread. The fine dining includes local charcuterie and a cheese selection, paired with different jams and balsamic vinegar, a selection of two pasta dishes and a main course made of a traditional meat dish. A Tuscan dessert is then served with local sweet wine. Coming back to Florence, you will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo belvedere, for a breathtaking view of Florence, admiring all the lights of the city.
Day 15: Friday – Departure (B)
Transfer to Florence Airport or Station
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|* Minimum 2 passengers|
|* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.|
|* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.|
|Palazzo Scotto, Le Alcove|
|Astoria / Majestic / Carlton / La Residenza|
|Londra & Cargill / della Conciliazione|
- 3 nights in Alberobello, Apulia
- 4 nights in Sorrento Coast
- 3 nights in Rome
- 3 nights in Florence
- Daily Breakfast
- Arrival transfer
- Tour Escort service
- Welcome briefing followed by Welcome dinner
- Excursion to Lecce and Ostuni
- Excursion to Alberobello & Locorotondo
- Wine tasting in Locorotondo
- Olive oil & Cheese tasting in Cisternino
- Farmer lunch near Cisternino
- Transfer from Alberobello to Sorrento with en route stop in Matera
- Free time in Matera
- Driver guided tour of Amalfi & Ravello
- Lemon delicacies in Minori, a little village near Amalfi
- Half Day guided visit of Pompeii
- Farewell candlelight dinner in Sorrento on a sea view terrace
- Transfer from Sorrento to Rome
- Welcome dinner in Rome
- Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
- Walking along the heart of Rome
- Transfer from Rome to Florence via Siena by private luxury motor-coach
- Wine & Food experience in Siena
- Walking along the heart of Siena
- Fresh market’s tour of Florence
- Guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia with Michelangelo’s David, including skip the line
- Departure Transfer to Florence Airport or Station
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Drinks on meals
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