Greek, Byzantine, and Christian Influences of Southern Italy Tour

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Total Trip:

14 Days
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Countries Visited:

Italy, Vatican City
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Places Visited:

Rome, Vatican City, Capri, Ravello, Naples, Palermo, Sciacca, Taormina, Pompeii, Catania
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Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
The indelible effects of Greek, Byzantine, and Christian traditions permeate culture and customs during your customizable Italy tour. Follow the dramatic influence that shaped civilization south of Rome. Wander through the antiquated ruins of former Greek settlements in Sicily. Stroll along the unearthed roads of Pompeii to find mosaics depicting epic tales. Indulge in the beauty of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Sip Sicilian wine on family-owned vineyards. Immerse yourself in the golden glow of

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Day 1

Rome – Arrive in Rome with a Fascinating Walking Tour of the Eternal City

Rome has shined across its Seven Hills for more than two millennia, intertwining faith, art, and politics that continue to draw people from around the world. The dramatic walls of the Colosseum continue to stand majestically. The statue of Oceanus proudly watches over the water trickling into the Trevi Fountain. The dome of the historic Pantheon has inspired architects from its inception, including Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. Your flight lands at Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and escorts you to a grand hotel located in the heart of the historic city with terraces overlooking the obelisk of Piazza del Popolo and gardens of the Villa Borghese.

Restaurants hide amongst the hidden cobblestone alleys and fill the air with the aromas of fresh pasta and delectable pizzas. Gelateries offer colorful mixtures of creamy sweet treats along the roadside, accompanied by the subtle scent of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and coffee. Your guide greets you in the hotel lobby, eager to lead you on an exceptional tour of the churches of Rome, tracing the lineage of Christianity across the city center. Before reaching the crowning dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, you find the remarkable church of St. John Lateran.

The structure acted as the Papal residence before the existence of the Vatican. Your guide points to an inscription on the façade that reads in Latin, “Mother and Head of all the churches of the city and the world.” The captivating 16th and 17th-century architectural styles were built over the 4th-century foundations of an earlier church. The bronze doors decorating the façade were taken from the ancient Curia located in the Roman Forum. Copies of the original Christian mosaics decorate the apse. The sweet spice of frankincense drifts beneath the timber ceiling.

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Day 2

Capri – Transfer to the Famous Island of Capri with the Day at Leisure
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Day 3

Ravello – Tour Stunning Capri before Transferring to Ravello
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Day 4

Ravello – Explore the Charm of the Amalfi Coast with a Private Driver
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Day 5

Ravello – Travel to the Greek Ruins of Paestum and Visit a Dairy Farm
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Day 6

Naples – Visit Ancient Pompeii and Tour Naples’s Archaeological Museum
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Day 7

Palermo – Fly to Palermo, Sicily and Enjoy the Remaining Day at Leisure
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Day 8

Palermo – Traverse the Layers of Palermo and Cathedral of Monreale
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Day 9

Sciacca – Wander Ancient Segesta and Medieval Erice en route to Sciacca
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Day 10

Sciacca – Delight in a Half-Day Wine Tour and Tasting around Sciacca
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Day 11

Taormina – Discover the Ruins of Agrigento and Architecture of Taormina
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Day 12

Taormina – Stroll through the Layers of History and Culture in Syracuse
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Day 13

Catania – Enjoy an Expedition to Mt. Etna and Culture in Catania
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Day 14

Catania – Depart for Home
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