Day 1: Rome
Arrive in Rome & transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day on your own to explore. Evening reception & dinner to meet your tour escort.
Day 2: Rome & Sorrento
This morning, you'll visit some of the major Roman sites, including: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi fountain & other ancient sites. After lunch, transfer to the Sorrentine peninsula & your home for the next four nights.
Day 3: Sorrento & Amalfi Coast
Enjoy an exhilarating ride along the Amalfi coast this morning with time for a visit to the cathedral in Amalfi & lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Vietri, the ceramics capitol of Southern Italy. See the famous pottery being made.
Day 4: Sorrento, Pompeii, & Naples
Take a guided tour of Pompeii. See homes, shops & public baths that provide a glimpse into life before the eruption of 79 AD. In Naples, enjoy a drive with an incredible panoramic view followed by a brief walking tour.
Day 5: Sorrento
This is no typical tourist day in Italy. Visit a local farmhouse & learn about life in southern Italy. After a tour of the farm, learn to make pizza the Italian way & enjoy your own creation for lunch! Free time in the afternoon for shopping in Sorrento.
Day 6: Naples & Chianciano
This morning, we have an early departure for Tuscany. We'll stop for a visit to the Duomo (cathedral) in Orvieto with its beautiful Gothic façade. Later, we'll arrive in Chianciano Terme in time for a welcome reception & dinner.
Day 7: Chianciano
Today, you visit the lovely little hilltop village of Pienza & then Montalcino for a food & wine tasting at one of Italy's most famous wineries.
Day 8: Florence
Early departure for a guided tour of Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop or visit the famous statue of David.
Day 9: Siena
A guided tour in the heart of Tuscany to Siena. Visit the Duomo & see the square where they hold the Palio horse races. Visit a famous Tuscan hilltop town, San Gimignano, where at one time almost 100 towers dotted the landscape.
Day 10: Rome
Depart early for Rome and a guided tour of the Vatican museums & Sistine Chapel. You will have free time during which you can visit St. Peter's Square & the Bascilica. After lunch on your own, check into our hotel in Rome.
Day 11: Rome
Depart for the US