Experience Southern Italy and Sicily’s stunning landscapes, historical landmarks, and mouthwatering cuisine with this unforgettable 9-day family vacation. The history and culture of each destination will come to life through private tours and exclusive experiences. Immerse yourself in the beautiful lifestyle of Southern Italy and Sicily, climb Mt. Vesuvius, indulge in a cannoli-making course, and visit the gorgeous island of Capri.
Naples – Pizza-Making Class
Southern Italy and Sicily are filled with intriguing cities, famous landmarks, and delicious food, making them the perfect destination for a memorable family vacation. Your 9-day journey will begin when you land at Naples International Airport. A quick transfer will lead you to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. After having some time to settle in, you can have a couple of hours to spend at your leisure before transferring to an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, where you will partake in a private pizza-making class.
Naples – Discover Mt. Vesuvius
After breakfast this morning, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area around your hotel for some handmade goods. By late morning, your guide will greet you back at the hotel to lead you on an unforgettable visit to Mt. Vesuvius. Excitement will mount as your guide leads you on a hike up an active volcano. With every step, stunning landscapes will surround you. Once at the top of Mt. Vesuvius at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, you can gaze out at the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. After your tour, you will return to your hotel in Naples for one more enjoyable night in the city.
Sorrento – Capri and the Blue Grotto
The rising sun over Naples will be a beautiful sight as another glorious day begins in the city. Your journey through southern Italy will continue, and in the morning, you will board a private transfer for the scenic ride to Sorrento. The winding roads will be filled with picturesque sights, and you will soon arrive at your waterfront hotel in this gorgeous town. Upon your arrival, a guide will greet you and lead you on a private tour. Afterward, you will board a small boat to enter the Blue Grotto. After your tour concludes, you will return to Sorrento, where you can dine on a delicious dinner before the day comes to a close.
Salerno – Visit Mozzarella Factory
The scent of freshly brewed coffee may waft into your hotel room as another fantastic day begins. After a relaxing start to the morning, you will transfer to Salerno. Along the way, you will stop at an authentic mozzarella factory, where you will enjoy a private tour. You will be greeted by the proud owners of the cheese factory as you arrive and begin to take in all the mouthwatering scents. During your private tour, you will explore all the steps to making the perfect mozzarella in addition to having a tasting. After your final bite, you will continue your journey along the coast and will arrive in beautiful Salerno by evening.
Palermo – Picturesque Ferry Ride
It will be a wonderful start to the day as you discover some of the charming roads of Salerno while you sip on a warm cappuccino. Once you return to your hotel, you will be led to the port, where you will board a ferry for the journey to the island of Sicily. From the private room to activities for your whole family, it will be an enjoyable ride. With the sunset on the horizon, you will enjoy a typical Italian dinner on board before you arrive later in the evening on the gorgeous island of Sicily. The city dates back thousands of years, and you will quickly begin to become captivated with its history and beauty.
Palermo – Sicilian Puppet Theater
Today’s activities will immerse you in the history and culture of Sicily. In the morning, your guide will greet you to begin your private tour of the Palermo Cathedral. The 12th-century cathedral is a fantastic example of multiple architectural styles, and the numerous rulers over Sicily all left their mark during the course of centuries. After the cathedral, your tour will continue to the International Museum of Marionettes Antonio Pasqualino. Puppet theater and marionettes have a rich Sicilian tradition and have been a part of Sicilian culture and entertainment for hundreds of years. It will be an enjoyable experience for your entire family.
Agrigento – Cannoli-Making Class
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Agrigento. Upon your arrival, you will be led to your luxurious accommodation, where you will have some time to relax before your guide leads you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. The Valley of the Temples is full of ruins from various ancient temples and is considered the premier archeological site in all of Sicily. After your tour concludes, you will head to a local bakery for a private cannoli-making class. The famous Italian dessert was created in Sicily and continues to be savored throughout Italy and around the world.
Taormina – Visit the Greek Theatre
In the morning, you will transfer to your final destination of Taormina. Taormina is located on the eastern coast and is known for its gorgeous landscapes. Your transfer will lead you directly to your lavish hotel for some time to relax. A short time later, you and your family will set out for an engaging afternoon to explore the culture and beauty of the town. Your first stop will be the Greek Theatre. Also called the Ancient Theatre, the age-old amphitheater dates back to the third century BC. The next part of your tour will feature a private boat ride and visit to the nearby island of Isola Bella. After your tour, you will return to Taormina for one more night.
Taormina – Departure
You will have time for one more family stroll around Taormina this final morning of your trip. A visit to one more bakery will allow you to indulge in more local specialties before you explore a few of the shops and boutiques with handmade goods and souvenirs. Once back at your hotel, a private transfer will transfer you to Catania Fontanarossa Airport for your flight home.
- Discover your inner chef through an exclusive family pizza-making class in Naples
- Climb Mount Vesuvius, which is one of Italy’s most famous volcanoes
- Visit the gorgeous island of Capri and unrivaled Blue Grotto during an excursion from Sorrento
- Explore an authentic mozzarella factory and indulge in delicious tastings
- Enjoy one night in Salerno with wonderful views and landscapes
- Witness iconic sites and delight in delicious cuisine during your ferry ride from Salerno to Palermo
- Tour the Palermo Cathedral, which is full of intricate details and known for its multiple architectural styles
- Indulge in a cannoli-making class that will have you learning from an authentic Sicilian baker
- Discover the ancient Greek Theatre and stunning Isola Bella during your stay in the town of Taormina
Southern Italy and Sicily are home to some of Italy’s most beautiful cities and famous landmarks, making them the ideal destination for an unforgettable family vacation. Your 9-day journey will begin when you land at Naples International Airport. A memorable afternoon will be in store, and you will head to an authentic pizzeria to learn how to make traditional Neapolitan pizza before enjoying your delicious creation for dinner. The next day will feature a private tour of one of Italy’s most famous volcanoes, Mt. Vesuvius. The climb up the volcano will be exhilarating, and the views from the top will be incredible. After your final night in Naples, you will head to your next destination of Sorrento. Later in the afternoon, you will embark on a short ride to the beautiful island of Capri for a private tour of the island and a visit to the unrivaled Blue Grotto.
As the sun rises over Sorrento the next morning, you will continue to Salerno. Along the way, a visit to an authentic mozzarella factory will allow you to discover a delicious specialty of the area. After one wonderful night in Salerno, you will transfer to Sicily. The next day, you will discover the culture of Palermo with a private tour of the Palermo Cathedral. You and your family will also discover the Sicilian tradition of puppet theater as you visit a local museum and enjoy a live marionette performance before another fantastic day comes to a close.
The next morning, your private transfer will lead you to the historic city of Agrigento. After arriving at your hotel, your expert guide will lead you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples, where you will discover your inner archeologist and explore the many fascinating ruins. Next, you will head to an authentic bakery to learn how to make a traditional Sicilian cannoli. The opportunity to indulge in this sweet confection will be the perfect way to end the day. The next day, you will journey to your final destination of Taormina. Your final full day in Sicily will lead you to the ancient Greek Theatre and serene island of Isola Bella for private tours.
$2,470 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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