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Simply Italy (Winter)

  • Simply Italy (From April 2020)

Contiki tours are for the 18-35 age group only

Welcome to 12 days of pure Italian travel immersion. Covering Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and beyond, this one brings you the blissful best of this soul-stirring country. Explore Rome's historical highlights, travel through the streets of Michelangelo's Florence, enjoy some antipasto and chianti in a 16th Century Tuscan winery and drop by the cove-studded Isle of Capri...and that's just an aperitivo. Beauty, romance and all the pasta you can fit in; the good life just got even better. That's amore! Contiki Tours » code: WWSYA15 » id: 38317

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Travelling to...

 

  • Italy
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Sorrento
  • Capri
  • Pompeii
  • Florence
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Milan
  • Cinque Terre
  • Pisa
  • Europe
  • Western Europe
 
Day 1

Arrive Rome

 

Italy - you have our attention! These are the 12-days we've been dreaming of since the day we booked. Our group of globe-roamers will meet up at 4pm at our Rome digs before hitting the streets for our first dinner and a taste of the city. La perfezione!

 

Day 2

Rome to Sorrento via Vatican City

 

What better way to spend our last day in Rome than by swinging by the Pope's house? It would be rude not to. We'll head to Vatican City, a.k.a. the smallest country in the world, and take a locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, gawping at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling, St Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums"So so so so in love with Sorrento" are about the only words you'll muster up tonight as you sit seaside watching the sunset in this famous town of beauty.

 

Day 3

Capri

 

There's nothing quite like the gorgeous island of Capri and today it's soon to be yours. You've seen the pictures, now it's time to get some of your own. The isle of Capri is famous the world over, with travellers drawn to its endless appeal and glamorous lifestyle.Take a walk around the island, or you could opt for a glamorous boat trip to see grottos glowing in blue, green and white, ocean caves & dramatic rock formations on a private wooden motorboat. Tonight, full of Italian love, you could opt for a feast overlooking the Bay of Naples, where you'll indulge in local food and wine and toast the trip.

 

Day 4

Sorrento to Florence via Chianti Region

 

See you, Sorrento! Thanks for making our Instagram feeds look like shoots for Italian Vogue!Once a totally vibing hang-out of the Romans, Pompeii is now an archaeological site showing remains of what was destroyed by a mountain eruption in the year ... wait for it...79AD. The saying "stepping back in time" is about to take on a whole new meaning.The famous dome of the Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two.

 

Day 5

Florence

 

Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda.Tonight, you have the chance to sign up for a traditional Tuscan evening with dinner full of Italian flavours. Top off your night with an optional Space Electronic Disco at one of Florence's hippest nightclubs.

 

Day 6

Florence to Venice via Verona

 

From one romantic city to the next, today we're venturing on to Verona and Venice to find Shakespearean vibes and a city that floats.In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture, we'll absorb it over a stroll past the Roman Arena and find a spot to eat before our next destination.Already in the spirit of Italian history and romance, tonight we'll land in the nest of Venice, which rivals the beauty of any other body of canals in the world, it's immensely charming thanks to drifting gondolas. You'll get the chance to explore this city tomorrow with a full free day on the agenda, but tonight, you have the chance to head out onto the lamplit streets and get your bearings with an optional evening walking tour.

 

Day 7

Venice

 

Day 8

Venice to Milan via Lake Como

 

Now that Venice has charmed us, it's time to strut our way to Milan for all things fashion & good taste.En route, we'll stop at Lake Como to gaze upon lakeside villas, dramatic scenery, a funicular, and even a fable-like Italian castle. For those keen to get snaps at the foothills of the Alps & suss out celebrity lake life, this is the place to be.Here we are in the Capital of Cool. Spend your free afternoon faking fabulous at the glam shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You'll also need to put La Scala Opera House and Duomo Cathedral on your Milan must-do list. Tonight you have the chance to treat yourself to an extra special Italian meal with our optional EatWith experience, where you'll get to meet Milan locals and dine with them in their home.

 

Day 9

Milan to Italian Riviera via Cinque Terre

 

This morning we make an exit from Milan with coastal villages on the mind. Get your camera at the ready and on max charge; this will be a day of pretty.Today is truly one for the bucket list, as we arrive in the glamorous Cinque Terre. You’ll get your included one day Cinque Terre one day travelcard, allowing you to take the train or access hiking trails between the ‘5 lands’, each with their own unique culture and charisma.We'll train hop our way back to our base, La Spezia, in time for an optional Pesto Making class and dinner tonight. We say optional - but learning how to make pesto in its spiritual home of Italy is one experience you're not going to want to miss.

 

Day 10

Italian Riviera to Rome via Pisa

 

Walk away from the Italian Riviera with plans to come back here for a few weeks or months, why not?It's our last leg before we loop back to Rome, and we plan to make the most of it. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, no less.Endless lines of olive trees & the golden Tuscan sun will have us in a stupor of happiness. And that's before we've pulled up at a 16th century Tuscan winery to explore an old cellar & try a local drop paired with delicious antipasto.Now that you're 10-days deep in your Italian odyssey, you will set your eyes upon Rome with heightened love and appreciation for the great country she's nested in. Get a glimpse of the greats, maybe down some pizza and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites.

 

Day 11

Rome

 

The end might be near, but we're in no great hurry to start winding down the adventure. As it's our last night on our trip, an optional dinner has been organised in a Roman restaurant complete with an opera singer, live music and pasta. We like to end things on a high note - no opera pun intended.

 

Day 12

Depart Rome

 

That's a wrap! Our Italian love affair has officially come to a close but will carry on filling our thoughts way into the future. Particularly when we're back in the real world dreaming of the good life on tour.

Accommodation

 

  • For 11 nights, you'll be snoozing in twin or triple-share rooms in homely Italian hotels. If you prefer to sleep alone (or your loud snores mean no one wants to sleep with you), you can splash a bit more cash on a single-share upgrade.

 

Food

 

  • Delight your taste buds with delicious, traditional fare from the food capital of the world. Wake up to a continental breakfast each day and enjoy 3 regional dinners on us.

 

Staff

 

  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Arrive Rome

 

  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

 

Rome to Sorrento

 

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

 

Florence

 

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

 

Venice to Milan

 

  • See the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II & La Scala Opera House in Milan
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