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Venice Florence Rome Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast

TREASURES OF ITALY

13 DAY ITALY ITINERARY

Discovering Italy's Treasures

Italy is truly a country which will take your breath away as you visit the sites, listen to the sounds, imbibe the food and drinks, and engage in the experiences which makes Italy so very special and unique.  For many seasoned travelers, Italy continues to be their favorite country in all of Europe.  Most travelers want to return to Italy many times because it is not possible to experience and enjoy all that Italy has to offer in a single visit to this amazing country.  

Amazing Italy: Venice to the Amalfi Coast.

SAVVY's Treasures of Italy features Venice, Florence, Rome, amazing Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast with Pompeii. Beginning in the timeless Piazza San Marco (known to us as St. Mark's Square), with sightseeing tours in our small group. Venice also boasts the amazing Basilica San Marco and an included Gondola ride.

Then we're on to Florence home of Michelangelo's David, and the Galleria dell' Accademia (and don't forget about the Uffizi Gallery).

A visit to Italy is not complete without Rome and our visit to the ancient Foro Romano (the old heart of the Empire), the Colosseum, the amazing Pantheon, and of course a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are indeed a treasure.

Then we're off to the Amalfi Coast with Sorrento Peninsula. A visit to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast await. True Italian treasures! 

You'll also enjoy guided walking tours, select delicious Italian dinners, and full-bodied Italian wine varietals.

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TREASURES OF ITALY - 13 DAYS

Daily Departures — Year Round

This itinerary is available for departure any day of the week to fit perfectly with your schedule. 

Trip Styles

Daily

Departures

Group Touring
Small Group Sightseeing – Shared guide  sightseeing.

Jan - Feb                       $3,219                          $2,869

March                              $3,819                          $3,269

April                                 $3,919                          $3,395

May - June           from $3,919                 from $3,395

July - Aug                      $3,319                          $2,969

Sep                                   $3,919                          $3,395

Oct                           from $3,819                from $3,395

Nov - Dec                       $3,219                          $2,869

Private
Your Own Private Guide – exclusive guide just for you.

Rates are in US dollars and are per person, based on two guests per room. A Solo Supplement will be applied for rooms requiring double occupancy for solo use. Airfare is separate. 

13 Day Adventure Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi

Duration: 13 Days Roundtrip
Trip Style: Privately Guided or Small Group Sightseeing

Your tour package includes:

 

• SAVVY Adventure Leader
• Daily Continental Breakfast
• Economy Train Tickets Venice-Florence, Florence-Rome, Rome-Naples with onward transfer to Sorrento
• Included Dinner in Venice with Premium Beverage: beer, wine or soda

• Gondola Ride in Venice
• Based on your selection of Privately Guided or Small Group Guided: 

• Guided Tour of Venice with Admission to Basilica San Marco & Doges' Palace
• Guided Tour of Florence with Admission to Galleria dell'Accademia
• Guided Tour of Imperial Rome with Admission to Colosseum & Roman Forum

• Guided Tour of Pompeii

• Small Group Guided Tour of Amalfi Coast Highway, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

• Consider our optional excursion to the Tuscan Countryside with your extra day in Florence

• Consider our optional excursion to the Isle of Capri on the Amalfi Coast

11 Nights in handpicked 3+ to 4-Star Centrally located Hotels:

Venice, 2 Nights
Florence, 3 Nights
Rome, 3 Nights

Sorrento, 3 Nights

Is this the right Journey for You?

A Travel Style to fit your budget and your dreams.

Most of the local tours you will experience when traveling with SAVVY will provide you, and at no additional cost, an upgrade to an ideal small-group tour. Enjoy Your Own Private Guide or our Small Group Sightseeing. 

ITINERARY QUICK VIEW

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International Flight Day



Arrival Venice: The Grand Canal Greets You. Enjoy two nights with tours of Doges Palace, San Marco Basilica. 
2 Nights

Arrival Florence: Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence, Michelangelo's Marvel: "the David", Galleria dell'Accademia, and a day at leisure.
3 Nights

 

Arrival Rome: Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome, Ancient Rome Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica.
3 Nights

Arrival Pompeii: Morning: High-speed Train journey from Rome to Naples, Tour of Ancient Pompeii Small-Group Guided Tour, onward transfer to Sorrento. Full-day Small-Group Guided Tour of Amalfi Coast with Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Departure Day: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay to Sicily or Tuscany

ITINERARY: DAY-BY-DAY DETAILED

Day 1: International Flight Day


Flight Departure

Today you will board your selected international transatlantic flight. Onboard most transatlantic flights, you will be provided with your choice of selected drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), followed by your choice of a hot entree and a delicious dessert.

 

Prior to your arrival, most flights will serve breakfast with your choice of juice, coffee, tea, etc.

 

Note:  Airfare rates and booking can and will be provided by SAVVY Adventures if you wish to have us book your flight itinerary. Airfare is additional and is not included in our land tour rate.

 italY'S TREASURES await

Your SAVVY hotel in Venice is located on the island of San Marco, where you want to be!

 

Day 2: The Adventure begins in Venice
Your flight will arrive into Venice, the City of Canals, today. For our guests who wish to add more time in Venice to overcome jet lag or just to enjoy Venice for an additional day and night, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Venice to this tour package - $155/person supplement. ​


Arrive Venice Marco Polo Airport

Arrival Transfer to San Marco and the Islands: Staying on San Marco island? Choose from our:

 

Shared Water Taxi Transfer
$88 per person
or
Private Water Taxi Transfer
$159 per person from the Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) to your hotel in Venice on San Marco or one of the islands.

After you have checked into your hotel, enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

• Enjoy independently exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world.

Dinner: Included Welcome to Venice Dinner

This evening, SAVVY Adventures has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.
 

Following dinner, may we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights

Hotel Casa Pisani Canal or similar

Consider upgrading your hotel in Venice

Classic Hotel: Hotel Saturnia or similar 

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati or similar

Day 3: Venice

Full Day to enjoy and explore VENICE 

"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." —  Truman Capote


Included with Savvy's experience in Venice: 

•  Gondola Ride with Serenade 
•  Welcome to Venice Dinner

Morning: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace

 

Daily Breakfast Included on SAVVY Adventures: You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. 

Basilica San Marco – St. Mark's Basilica
Your included walking tour of Venice will feature the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica.  Your expert English-speaking guide will provide you with special fast-track Skip-the-Line access so that you will easily enter the Basilica and not have to wait in a long line outside.  Your professional guide will point out the details of the church which are important as well as explain the history behind the 1000-year-old stunning gold mosaics and the precious artifacts which are on display here.  Yes, even the bones of St. Mark are contained here within St. Mark’s Basilica.  

 

Your guide will provide you with an audio headset for your entire morning tour which will help to ensure that you won’t miss anything which is being shared by your professional guide.   Having the headset also allows you to take photographs while listening to your outstanding guide’s commentary at each site as well.

 

SAVVY will provide you with special inclusions in each major city which most other tour operators do not provide their guests.  

 

SAVVY SPECIAL INCLUSION IN VENICE

When on your tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, SAVVY provides their guests with special access to the terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica, which will allow you to step out onto a balcony overlooking the vast and picturesque St. Mark’s Square. You’ll no doubt want to take photographs from the balcony of St. Mark’s Basilica, which provides amazing views over St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, and the Venice Lagoon, all from a special balcony which most other visitors to Venice will never visit. 

After visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and seeing the interior of the Doge’s Palace, as well as the Campanile (Clock Tower), all located at St. Mark’s Square, your guide will then lead you on a delightful stroll through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover the lanes, alleys, canals, and piazzas of the city. Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well.  In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice’s lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city --- all in a small-group which will have no more than 25 guests.  

 

Marco Polo's House

Your guided tour will not only include a visit to the major sites at St. Mark’s Square, but your tour will also include a visit to see Marco Polo’s house, where you’ll hear all about the sailor who set sail for China and came back with stories of a land no one could comprehend at the time.  In addition, you’ll learn about how the water supplies and structures keep the city of Venice afloat.  Your expert guide will be eager to answer your questions about this beloved Italian city.  

Rialto Bridge 

You’ll enjoy your guided walking tour through Venice, as you’ll have the opportunity to cross several of Venice’s lovely smaller, less well-known, bridges before reaching the world-famous, picturesque  Rialto Bridge which expands the Grand Canal.  The Rialto Bridge is the large white-marble bridge, which is so impressive, but ran far beyond its budget at the time of its construction.  When the sunlight dances on its smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, you will surely agree that this beautiful bridge was truly worth the cost.

Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll on-your-own to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

SAVVY TIP
Afternoon: Time at Leisure

We believe you will enjoy having an independent free afternoon in Venice to see and explore the sites which are of the greatest interest to you.  Your choices of what to see-and-do in Venice are endless. 

Perhaps you’ll want to independently plan a visit this afternoon to view the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe’s foremost museums focusing on Modern European and American Art of the first half of the 20th century. The personal collection of masterpieces of Peggy Guggenheim are displayed in this, the former residence of Peggy Guggenheim, located on the Grand Canal in Venice.  


You may choose to independently hop on one of the vaporetti (people ferries), sit back, relax, and cruise through the canals of Venice --- being sure to take special photos of this incredible Italian city --- one of the most beautiful and most photographed cities in all the world.   Or, you may wish to just independently stroll and wander through the streets, lanes, and alleys set among the lovely canals to see-and-experience the real Venice in a true, authentic, and leisurely way.  

Or, perhaps you’ll plan ahead and choose to do it all on your free afternoon in Venice.   The afternoon is all yours to experience all that which will provide you the greatest interest and enjoyment.

 

Evening: Included Gondola Ride with Serenade

SAVVY, unlike most other low-cost tour operators, believes that our guests should not visit Venice without having a gondola ride included in their tour package. SAVVY has made arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests onboard.
 

About the Gondola Experience in Venice

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with SAVVY is truly extra special.  You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

 

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride accompanied with singing and music is a dream come true. You’ll enjoy leisurely passing such famous Venice landmarks as the Rialto Bridge, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and centuries-old palaces.

Your gondola ride will include the Grand Canal as well.   Yes, you’ll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals. (Space is limited on the EVENING gondola ride, so this included activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis!  If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride.  Book your tour package NOW!)

Dining Recommendations Tonight: We recommend Ristorante da Rafaelle on San Marco


 

Day 4: Adventure Continues to Bella Florence
We make our way to Florence today. 

Venice to Florence, Home to the Renaissance 

🚄 Morning: Included High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence

Following your included breakfast and leisurely morning at your hotel, you will enjoy your included transfer to the Santa Lucia train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout of the City: 
After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

 

Recommended Dining Tonight: Florence is known for its cuisine and vino, so enjoy exploring this amazing city. May we recommend Osteria da Baroncelli?

Our Hotels in Florence, 3 Nights
 

Consider upgrading your hotel in Florence

Classic Hotel: Hotel Grand Cavour Classic Rooms or similar 

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Grand Cavour Deluxe Rooms or similar


 

 

Day 5: Florence

Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

 

Morning: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of FLORENCE 

Morning: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of Florence

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning with a fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery, where you'll have the wonderful opportunity to stand in awe at Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves". Then it's time to stop and gaze at Michelangelo's 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David."

Your guide will then continue your walking tour to the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. You'll be glad once again that you are part of our tour group, which has access to the Skip-the-Line entrance to enter the large, impressive Florence Cathedral.

 

Throughout your morning walking tour, you will be provided with interesting insight and information from your professional English-speaking guide about the wonderful city of Florence. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of Florence as you walk towards the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center. You'll have the opportunity to view the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio on your morning tour. Our tour will continue toward the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio. Also, on our tour you'll have the opportunity to rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino," to ensure your return to Florence. You'll visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

 

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner."

 

Day 6: Florence at Leisure

Independent Free Day: Enjoying Florence at Leisure or opt for an excursion.

 

Today you can see-and-experience more of Florence or...

• select one of our optional Full-day or Half-day tours in Florence...

• an optional tour to visit enchanted Tuscany or...
• an optional tour to visit the amazing Cinque Terre...

There are so many options available for our guests to select on their Independent Free Day in Florence. Most low-cost tour operators do not provide one full independent free day in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, to provide their guests the opportunity to choose from several options regarding what to see-and-do.  The travel professionals at SAVVY Adventures felt that each of our guests should be provided one free independent day to engage in one of several optional experiences.  


 

Day 7: Florence to Rome

High Speed Train to Rome, where all roads lead!

🚄 Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome. Meet our representative for your included transfer to your city center hotel.

Orientation Walkabout: 

After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

Late Afternoon Option: Optional Excursion Small-Group Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains - $99 per person

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. This tour begins mid to late afternoon, allowing you time to get relaxed and refreshed beforehand.

 

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

 

Your expert guide will then lead you on your walking tour to one of Rome's most important sites --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.
 

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

 

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Following your guided tour, we suggest that you walk to Via Condotti (Condotti Street), which is only one short block from the Spanish Steps, where your guided tour will end. Via Condotti is the top fashion street in Rome, which has most all of the upscale Italian fashion retail stores and shops --- e.g., Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bally, Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Bulgari, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Valentino, Montblanc, and many others. Perhaps you'll want to "break your piggy bank" and return home with a genuine Italian leather item to remember your memorable vacation trip to Italy!

Tonight, join in an optional dinner with your Savvy Tour Captain or explore at leisure. 

Our Hotels in Rome, 3 Nights

Hotel Marco Polo or similar

Consider upgrading your hotel in Rome

Classic Hotel: Hotel Albergo Abruzzi or similar 

Deluxe Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Minerve or similar


Day 8: Exploring Rome

Amazing sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Your guided tour of Ancient Rome --- the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill --- is guaranteed to be, once again, in a small group with a professional English-speaking guide included in your tour package.  Remember that most other low-cost tour operators will have 35 - 55 participants in their tour groups.  

Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

We begin your guided tour with a wonderful panoramic view of the Colosseum atop Colle Oppio ("Opium Hill"). The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in 2007. The Colosseum is the most recognizable landmark in all of Rome, and you will be provided with a tour of not only the exterior, but also the highly-sought-after and preferred Skip-the-Line entrance tickets so you can see and experience the interior of this famous, recognizable structure without waiting in a long line (often 2- 3 hours). Your expert guide will point out all the important facts and history which you should know, provide you some of the interesting tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions which took place here, as well as answer your questions. A guided tour of the Colosseum with your professional guide will be a tour which you shall never forget!

Next your tour guide will lead you to the Arch of Constantine before we arrive at Palatine Hill, which is the most-famous of the "7 hills of Rome". From here you will have the opportunity to absorb the incredible panorama and take special personal photos of the Roman Forum, as well as Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held.

Then your guided tour will provide you, once again, with Skip-the-Line ticket entrance tickets to the famous Roman Forum. Your guided tour of the Roman Forum will include a walk along the "Via Sacra" ("Sacred Way"), which is the most-important path through the Roman Forum. The most-important facts and history of the Roman Forum will be shared with you during your tour of this vast and impressive historical archaeological site. Your tour will include a visit to the Temple where Julius Caesar was cremated. Your morning guided tour of Ancient Rome will end at the end of the "Via Sacra" near the Senate House. You are free to stay at the Roman Forum and independently explore even more on-your-own following your guided tour.

 

Day 9: Rome

Vatican CIty: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of ROME
 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Vatican (included)

Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

For many travelers, a guided tour of Vatican City is a "dream-come-true" experience. Did you realize that a visit to Vatican City is actually a visit to another country, separate and distinct from Italy? The Pope serves as the official head of state of this, the smallest country in the world. Geographically, however, the city of Rome and Vatican City are connected and appear to be inseparable.

Your visit to Rome would not be complete without providing you a fascinating and comprehensive guided tour of Vatican City, led by a professional Vatican expert guide who will point out the most-significant historical artifacts which are housed here. Your guide will provide you with invaluable insight and information, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of all that is a part of Vatican City.

If you want immediate access to the Vatican Museum, rather than waiting in what is almost always a very long two-to-three-hour queue, then this Skip-the-Line tour of Vatican City with your English-speaking guide is exactly what you want and need. With the exclusive access which is provided for your private tour, you can enter the Vatican Museum with your expert guide at 10:00 am and immediately begin admiring and learning about the world's most extensive private collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, etc. which are housed in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Yes, the special no-wait access option will allow you to skip-the-line and avoid two to three hours of waiting. To be sure that you hear all the commentary your guide will provide each guest with a personal headset so that no one will miss a thing during this incredible tour.

Your English-speaking, Vatican-expert tour guide will personally cater to your needs, answer your questions, and make your visit to Vatican City truly unforgettable. The Vatican Museums occupies over 2,000 rooms and an incredible nine (9) miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Obviously, you will be so grateful that your outstanding guide at the Vatican will escort you to the most-important rooms in the Vatican Museums, so that you see the most-significant works which are on display here. Your guide will include all the following on your guided walking tour: the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. In addition, you'll visit Raphael's Rooms and marvel at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the true artistic genius of Raphael.

One of the highlights of your walking tour will be your included visit to the Sistine Chapel. Here the vast beautiful, brightly-colored frescoes will cause you to stand in awe, along with other visitors, of this world-renowned site. The late 15th-century frescoes depict the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. If you are like most visitors, you'll enter the Sistine Chapel and truly be awe-struck by the incredible frescoes which were painted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel about 500 years ago.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Michelangelo spent four years of his life and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel --- a masterpiece which is without precedent. Years later (between 1535 A.D. and 1541 A.D.) Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel and spent six years of his life painting The Last Judgment. Yes, you'll have the opportunity to personally gaze upon these world-famous masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. You should know that the Sistine Chapel is also the special important site in the Vatican where the College of Cardinals elect each successive Pope, whenever the reigning Pope dies or resigns.

Your next stop on your full-morning tour will be at the vast and imposing St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church building in all the world --- with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. The interior of St. Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. Housed and on public display for all to see in St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and beautiful white-marble sculptures to have ever been crafted --- Michelangelo's beloved masterpiece the Pieta, depicting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holding the body of Jesus as He has been taken down from the cross. The baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, claims to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, and it was designed by Bernini. The sanctuary culminates in a sculptural ensemble, also crafted by Bernini, containing the symbolic Chair of St. Peter.

As the tour draws to a close, your guide will escort you outside to admire magnificent St. Peter's Square. From here, you will be able to personally see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. You are free to stroll St. Peter's Square on-your-own at the conclusion of this tour.


 

Day 10: To Pompeii


Morning: Train Journey Rome to Naples, where you will be met and driven to the Ruins of Pompeii, followed by an early-afternoon drive to Sorrento

You will enjoy your included breakfast at your hotel in Rome. Meet our representative in the lobby for your included transfer to the train station. You will board your 80-minute train journey to Naples.


Private Guided Walking Tour and Admission to Pompeii 

Upon arrival at the Naples train station, you will be met by our Italian representative and driven to the Ruins of Pompeii to visit this historic site with included entrance and professional English speaking guide.

Pompeii was destroyed and its inhabitants killed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in the year 79 A.D.  The ancient city was “lost” for more than 1,500 years, buried under 13 - 20 feet of ash and pumice.   In 1997 the Ruins of Pompeii was designated an official UNESCO World Heritage site, and holds an intense fascination for travelers from around the world.

 

On to Sorrento:

Following your tour of the Ruins of Pompeii, you will be driven to your hotel in Sorrento, a distance of about 20 miles. Sorrento is a lovely Italian resort town, overlooking the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. Sorrento's spectacular sea cliffs and lovely hotels attract top celebrities from around the world. Also, the popular and well-known Italian drink, "Limoncello", is produced in Sorrento.

After you check-in to your hotel in Sorrento, the balance of the afternoon and evening you'll be free to enjoy and explore independently the sights and ambiance of this beloved Italian resort town. With its cliff-top position overlooking the sparkling sea, the bustling port, and picturesque bays, the panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding hills have made Sorrento a favorite resort with visitors since Roman times. You'll appreciate the opportunity to have an independent free afternoon and evening here to savor the special atmosphere, attractions, and ambiance which make Sorrento so "extra-special". Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the streets and alleys of Sorrento, and the amazing vistas all around will surely be etched in your memory forever!

 

Our Hotels in Sorrento, 3 Nights

Hotel Ulisse Deluxe or similar

Consider upgrading your hotel in Sorrento

Classic Hotel: Hotel Minerva Sorrento 

Deluxe Hotel: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Day 11: Touring the Amalfi Coast

 

Full-Day Amalfi Coast Highway Guided Small-Group Tour Included with visits to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Sorrento, which is included with your tour package. Following breakfast, you will be met and picked up at your hotel about 8:30 am to enjoy what most travelers have stated is "the most beautiful drive in all the world" --- a drive along Italy's fabled Amalfi Coast Highway. The famed coastline highway offers breathtaking scenery from beginning to end. Your professional driver/guide will drive you to the three most popular and picturesque towns and villages along the world-famous Amalfi Coast Highway. You'll likely always remember the real "charm" and "colorful architecture" of each of these three towns you visit on today's tour. There is even an opportunity to enjoy the beach or a boat trip (at your own expense) on today's full-day tour.

Savvy Adventures does NOT use a large motorcoach seating 50 - 55 travelers on this full-day tour. Instead, you will experience a wonderful small-group tour of the Amalfi Coast Highway, with visits to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello in an air-conditioned mini-coach or van, which we believe is the "ideal" vehicle for experiencing the spectacular scenery along the breath-taking Amalfi Coast Highway. What makes this tour really "special" is that you experience the spectacular Amalfi Coast Highway "roundtrip" --- not just one-way --- as most other tours offer. This full-day experience provides our SAVVY guests what is, undoubtedly, some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, spectacular scenery in all the world! Get your camera ready!!!

Your first stop today will be the perfect picture-postcard town of Positano --- just a leisurely 35-minute drive from Sorrento. Positano is world-renowned for its spectacular setting and panoramic position and is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Amalfi Coast". Positano's unique tiered cliff-side setting on the Mediterranean Sea, its precariously-perched pastel-colored houses cascading down to the Sea, as well as its church's gleaming dome have all made Positano a favorite with visitors from around the world for many decades. Positano is truly a sight to behold and one you will always remember!

After your visit to Positano, you will continue your drive along the Amalfi Coast Highway and pass the lovely villages of Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini. We then will arrive in the town of Amalfi, where you will enjoy a two-hour visit at this picturesque town. Amalfi is an ideal spot to enjoy lunch on your own overlooking the spectacular-blue Mediterranean vistas.

Then, you'll be enthralled as your mini-van ascends the stunningly-beautiful winding road to Ravello, where you'll enjoy the amazing viewpoint of the Villa Rufolo. Ravello is situated on a more elevated position than the other towns along the Amalfi Coast Highway, so that you have truly exceptional vistas of not only the Sea, but also the lovely villas and gardens along the Amalfi Coast Highway as well.

After your visit and time in Ravello, you will have one final opportunity to absorb and savor the beautiful exquisite coastal landscapes on your one-hour return drive along the Amalfi Coast Highway.

 

Expect to arrive back in Sorrento between 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

The balance of your afternoon and evening is at your leisure. Might we suggest a great restaurant for dining tonight? 

Day 12: Day at Leisure on the Coast


Enjoy a complete day at leisure. 

OPTION: Opt for our Full-Day Cruise and Guided Tour of Capri from Sorrento - $249 per person

If opting for the cruise, you will enjoy a full-day trip to the magical, fascinating isle of Capri. You'll begin your morning with an included breakfast at your hotel. You will walk or transfer independently by taxi to the Sorrento port, where at 8:00 am you will board your jet boat for your included trip with SAVVY to the fabled and beautiful Mediterranean island of Capri.

You’ll cruise from Sorrento, arriving on the island of Capri in just about 30 minutes.  The isle of Capri is well-renowned for its colorful harbors, white-washed streets, lanes, and alleys, chic boutiques, as well as spectacular hilltop views across the Gulf of Naples.  The isle of Capri has been and continues today to be a popular resort, visited by tourists from all around the world --- including celebrities, as well as other of the “rich-and-famous”.

Your expert English-speaking guide will ensure you experience the best of this stunning Mediterranean island.  Your outstanding expert guide will share with you information about the important sites on the isle of Capri, as well as provide you with guided walking tours of the two major towns/villages on the island.   In addition, you’ll appreciate having plenty of independent free time throughout the day at different times to enjoy and explore those sites on this island which are of the greatest interest and value to you.    

The isle of Capri is an impressive, large, limestone and sandstone rock.  The sides of the island are amazing, impressive perpendicular cliffs, and the surface of the island is composed of more cliffs.  Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius, who ruled the Roman Empire about two-thousand years ago, actually developed this island for their own use as a personal retreat.

On the island of Capri is the main town, whose name is Capri, which obviously shares the same name as the island.  Historically, Capri has long been a resort --- going all the way back to Roman times.  One of the special and unique features of the town of Capri is that, even today, there are no cars allowed in the main part of the town.  The other main town on the island, Anacapri (when literally translated, means, “above Capri”), is a small populated village located at a higher elevation than the town of Capri.   Anacapri also provides excellent ambiance and vistas all around.

One of the special sites you may wish to visit independently on the isle of Capri is Villa San Michele, built around the turn of the 20th Century and located between Capri and Anacapri.   From the villa’s gardens, you have awesome panoramic views of the town of Capri and its harbor, the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Mount Vesuvius.   San Michele’s gardens are adorned with many relics and works of art dating from ancient Egypt and other periods of classical antiquity.   

Your included full-day tour visit to the isle of Capri includes your round-trip jet boat cruise from Sorrento to the isle of Capri. Upon arrival and docking at the port of Capri, you will then transfer to a small minibus (which is the ideal vehicle to provide our guests with the best vistas), along with your English-speaking guide, and you'll enjoy the vistas on the 20-minute scenic drive all the way up to Anacapri, the picturesque village which is the highest populated community on the island.

Your guide will provide you an informative walking tour which will introduce you to the lovely, quaint village of Anacapri. You then will be provided with independent free time to enjoy and explore this part of the island on-your-own. During this time you may wish to independently visit Villa San Michele, which is one of Capri's most-popular attractions (at your own expense). You'll want to enjoy impressive vistas from the lovely gardens at beautiful Villa San Michele if you visit this site.

Following your free time here, you'll reconvene with your guide and board your minibus for a scenic drive down to the chic town of Capri, which is well-known for its designer shops, elegant hotels, and lanes which wind between traditional white-washed buildings. Here in the town of Capri, your expert guide will provide you a one-hour walking tour to discover some of Capri's charming "nooks and crannies". Following your guided tour of Capri, you'll then be provided with free time to do what is of greatest interest to you in this area. You may wish to take some time to enjoy lunch at one of the lovely restaurants (at your own expense), or you may wish to explore and/or shop at some of the wonderful boutiques here in the main town on the island.

OPTION: You may also choose to book a cruise in a small boat around the island (at your own expense) to see up-close at sea level the Faraglioni rock formations and/or the dazzling Blue Grotto. Know that you may view the Faraglioni rock formations out in the azure sea without booking an optional boat ride to see them at sea level. If the weather conditions permit (please understand that, unfortunately, there are no guarantees that the Blue Grotto will be open), you may wish to see and experience the famous Blue Grotto, which can only be provided by booking an optional row-boat tour to enter and explore this beautiful, unique sea cave.

About 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm, you will reconvene once again with your guide at the port on the island of Capri, where you’ll board your jet boat for the cruise back to Sorrento, arriving about 4:00 pm.  

 

Please Note:  Any optional tours, experiences, and/or entrance fees which are not already included in this full-day tour, which you choose to independently book upon arrival on the isle of Capri, would be at your own expense.

Day 13: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay


Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an affordable EXTENSION TOUR to most any European city of your choice.

Following your breakfast you may opt for our departure transfer to the Naples Airport (or Train Station if your flight is returning from Rome). Or perhaps you wish to select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures will provide you, hassle-free, a special affordable itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!

Also check out our other Escorted Tours through Italy with SAVVY: 

Best of Italy 15 Days

Splendors of Italy 12 Days

Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

I can't believe the amazing sites we experienced on our Savvy tour. I'm in awe and I want to thank you all at Savvy Story for your hard work in preparing our trip. Grazie!

Meg, Philadelphia

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