Rome, Naples, Salerno, Palermo (City), Agrigento
Dates are customizable for private departures.
During this immersive 8-day vacation, you will discover the rich history, lively culture, and delicious cuisine of the area. Picturesque towns and stunning landscapes can be found throughout southern Italy and Sicily. Exclusive tours and private tastings will be enjoyed at every destination as you indulge in la dolce vita during this unforgettable vacation.
Rome – The Legendary Colosseum
Your 8-day trip will begin when you land at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. Upon your arrival, a driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation, where you will have time to settle in and relax. When you are ready, your guide will lead you on an intriguing tour of the Colosseum. The ancient Colosseum is perhaps one of the most admired landmarks of Italy. The age-old amphitheater dates back to the first century, and you may find yourself imagining being a spectator at one of the epic battles of the gladiators. After your tour of the Colosseum concludes, you can explore more of the city at your own pace.
Naples – Pizza-Making Course
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Naples. Along the way, you will stop in Cassino for a tour of the Montecassino Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 529 AD by Saint Benedict and has a storied history. You will then continue to Naples and your luxurious accommodation. When you are ready, you will set out for a private pizza-making course at an authentic pizzeria. Naples is considered the birthplace of pizza, and during this experience, you will learn the steps to crafting traditional Neapolitan pizza from a professional.
Salerno – Explore the Ruins of Pompeii
This morning, you will depart the city and transfer to the city of Salerno, which is ideally located along the coast. The ancient city of Pompeii will be a great place to stop and explore along the way. A private guide will lead you on a tour of this intriguing site. Once a lively city, Pompeii was buried under volcanic ash after an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Once your tour concludes, you will continue to Salerno, where you will have the remainder of the evening to explore at your leisure. Your guide can provide you with excellent recommendations on how to spend the evening based on your interests and moods.
Palermo – Ferry Ride to Sicily
After a relaxing breakfast, you will board a ferry for the scenic ride to the island of Sicily. Once on board, you can indulge in all that the ferry has to offer. Engaging activities, a private room, and gourmet food are just some of the things that you can enjoy during your ride. In the evening, you will dine on a multi-course meal before arriving in the beautiful city of Palermo. Palermo is the capital of Sicily and has a rich history that dates back to 734 BC. The evening will be yours to spend however you see fit.
Palermo – Private Food Tour
After you have had some free time after breakfast, you will embark on a walking food tour of the city with an expert guide. Delectable scents will fill the air as you traverse the winding roads of the city. One of the first stops of your tour will be a local restaurant, where you will sample some of the typical dishes of Sicily. As you continue, you will pass through the thriving Capo Market before your tour concludes at an authentic bakery. Here, you can sample the shop’s sweet cannoli.
Palermo – Historical City Tour
After a leisurely morning, you will explore more of the history of the city on a guided tour of its highlights. As your guide leads you around the ancient roads, you will first come to the grand Palermo Cathedral. Dating back to the 12th century, the stunning Cathedral is known for its multiple architectural styles. The next stop of your tour will be the Royal Palace. After your tour, you will be free to explore more of the history, culture, and lifestyle of Palermo on your own.
Agrigento – The Valley of the Temples
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Agrigento. The gorgeous Sicilian landscape will surround you as you journey around the winding roads. Upon your arrival in Agrigento, you will check in to your accommodation and have some time to relax. Soon, your guide will lead you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. The ancient Valley of the Temples is considered the premier archeological site in all of Sicily and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, you will have the rest of the evening to spend at your leisure.
Agrigento – Departure
Today will be your final day in Italy. You will have some time this morning to enjoy a short stroll through the city or to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. After collecting your belongings, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Discover the famous Colosseum, which will allow you to travel back in time to ancient Rome and bring the gladiator battles to life
- Visit Montecassino Abbey, where you will learn about its intriguing history and marvel at its many preserved details
- Indulge in the world-renowned pizza of Naples during a pizza-making class at an authentic pizzeria
- Explore the city of Pompeii during an engaging walking tour around the remains
- Immerse yourself in the cuisine of Sicily as you discover the delicious flavors of Palermo
- Uncover the historic highlights of Palermo, including the stunning Palermo Cathedral and Palace of the Normans
- Journey around the ruins of the Valley of the Temples as you stroll through the history of Agrigento
An exploration of the food, culture, and history of Southern Italy and Sicily is an immersive experience. Your 8-day journey will begin when you land at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. Your introduction to the city will come when you embark on a private tour of the legendary Colosseum. The next morning, you will transfer to Naples. Along the way, you will stop in Cassino for a guided tour of the Montecassino Abbey, which dates back to the first century. An evening pizza-making class in Naples, which is the birthplace of pizza, will be a memorable and tasty way to explore the cuisine of the city.
The next morning, you will transfer to the coastal city of Salerno. The ancient city of Pompeii will be a great place to stop and explore to break up the journey. The endless excavations and preserved pieces of history will be awe-inspiring, and you will feel as though you have been transported back in time. The next day, you will ride the ferry to the island of Sicily. The ferry will have wonderful accommodations, and you will enjoy dinner onboard before arriving in the capital city of Palermo later that evening.
The following day, you will discover the city’s cuisine during a private food tour. As you stop at various culinary destinations with your guide, you will learn about traditional Sicilian dishes and sample multiple specialties. A discovery of the fascinating history of Palermo will be in store the following day, and you will tour the city’s historic highlights, including the Palermo Cathedral and Palace of the Normans. The next morning you will transfer to your final destination of Agrigento. Upon your arrival, you embark on a private tour of the Valley of the Temples, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After one last night, a private transfer will lead you to Palermo Airport the next morning for the flight home.
$2,195 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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