Hidden Jewels of Italy’s Southern Route Tour

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome,  Orvieto, Deruta, Bevagna...

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Suggested Duration

15 Days

Southern Italy is an open region steeped in history, from ancient Greece to the Ottomans, where the coastlines are as marveled as the landscapes and the people are as diverse as the cities. On this 15-day tour through the south you will find the incredible hidden jewels that go far beyond the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, where you venture down to the heel of Italy’s boot and find precious gems along the coastline and even remnants of Greek history, some hiding within the caves. The magnificence of...

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Trip Highlights

  • Delight in the stunning landscape of Umbria
  • Revel in the grandiose halls of the Palace of Caserta
  • Savor a taste of the black truffles of Umbria
  • Witness the unique homes in the Itria Valley
  • Revel in the baroque architecture of the “Florence of the South” in Lecce
  • Discover the sensational cave dwellings of Sissi of Matera
  • Explore the marveled preservation of ashen city of Pompeii
  • Experience the breathtaking landscape of the famous Amalfi Coast
  • Traverse the opulent Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi

Detailed Description

Southern Italy is brimming with treasures, overflowing from the ancient history and tumbling over the remarkable coastlines. On this custom tailored tour you will find the exceptional scenery and unparalleled towns that are too often overlooked, giving you the chance to collect the hidden gems like coveted riches. You will capture Pompeii, the secrets of Itria Valley, and even the lavish Palace of Caserta, and much more on your journey through Southern Italy. The country will open up to you and allow you to take the luxurious treasures home with you.

Your journey through the southern treasures of Italy begins in Rome where you can stroll through the antiquity of the city. The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain ready you for the trip to come. In Umbria you will visit the cliff town of Orvieto before witnessing the magnificent artisan workshops in Deruta and Bevagna. The Middle Ages are alive in the architecture and relics of Perugia and Assisi, along with the towns’ rivalries. Adventure through the fantastic scenery of Valnerina and visit the unparalleled fortress of Spoleto, towering over the town below. There is so much to be in awe of as you visit the travertine marbled city of Castel Trosino and the surrounding villages of Ascoli Piceno and Offida, set along the coast.

In the region of Puglia you will come to Castel del Monte, a wondrous geometric puzzle, before arriving in Trani, a remarkable crossroads of culture and people. In the Itria Valley you will witness the cone-shaped homes known as trulli, found in Locorotondo, and later you will settle into the beautiful “White City” of Ostuni. Lecce is called the “Florence of the South” due to its baroque architecture and fabulous artistry. Arrive on the Salento Coast, in the heel of Italy, and explore the charming cities of Otranto and Gallipoli; one is home to Greek ancestry, the other faces the Ionian Sea. Once in Matera you can see the ancient stone houses carved along the gorge which continue to sit beneath the rise of the medieval city above.

Paestum is home to the most complete Greek ruins remaining in Italy, filled with stunning temples and artifacts that sparkle like gemstones. Traverse the Amalfi Coast making your way along the famous roadway that hugs the cliff, visiting the towns along the way. In Pompeii you will discover what remains of the ashen city, and how Vesuvius continues to mark the distant sky in dangerous beauty. On your way to Rome you will stop at the Royal Palace of Caserta, the largest palace in the world by sheer volume, where every inch will have you walking through lavishness. When your vacation ends, make the precious journey home taking your treasured memories with you.

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Starting Price

$4,120 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.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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