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16 Day Tour from Milan to Taormina Riviera

May 30 - June 14, 2020

$5304 CAD pp
Included Savings:
- Save 10% per person ($1180 per couple)
- Exclusive at Maritime Travel - Save $150 per couple 


Italy is a country with so much to offer—amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this Best of Italy & Sicily tour, you’ll experience some of the most popular cities and historic sights of Italy and Sicily, including overnights in Milan, Venice Island, Florence, Rome, Naples, Capri, Pizzo Calabro, Palermo, Agrigento, and Taormina Riviera. 

If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence and his ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In Monteriggioni, visit the medieval town and walk on the ramparts

Tour highlights also include the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the excavations in Pompeii, and Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! You’ll also visit the impressive Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! And from Naples you’ll cross the Bay of Naples by jetfoil to the Isle of Capri for an overnight stay, a funicular ride, and a guided visit to the Gardens of Augustus! 

These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily tour. So if you want to see Italy, let Globus handle the details—including special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala, a granita tasting in Cefalù, plus various dinners at local restaurants to try the regional specialties—and all you need to do is focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country! 

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MEALS

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch at Villa Barberini; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Florence and Taormina

ITINERARY
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY
Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. 

Dinner
DAY 2 MILAN–VENICE ISLAND
Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit PIAZZA DUOMO with its magnificent gothic cathedral, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Leave Milan and drive through the flat Po area to Venice, a favorite destination for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. 

 Breakfast
DAY 3 VENICE ISLAND
Meet your Local Guide and walk to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the world-famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to explore Venice at your own pace or join an exciting optional lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano. 

 Breakfast
DAY 4 VENICE ISLAND–FLORENCE
A scenic drive across the flat Apennines brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” With your Local Guide visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and the sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Later,  dinner will be served at a local restaurant. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 5 FLORENCE–MONTERIGGIONI–ROME
Look forward to an exciting experience: a WALK ON THE RAMPARTS of the medieval town of Monteriggioni with beautiful views of the surrounding Chianti region before continuing to Rome. 

 Breakfast
DAY 6 ROME
Guided sightseeing of the “Eternal City” starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available. 

 Breakfast
DAY 7 ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–NAPLES
Look forward to a unique experience:  a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to arrive in the busy port city of Naples. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 8 NAPLES. EXCURSION TO POMPEII
In nearby POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, join your Local Guide for an exciting visit to the excavations. See a patrician home, public baths, and shops that give a striking picture of what day-to-day life was like in Rome at its apex of power. Return to Naples, where guided sightseeing features the main sights, and visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, where many of the treasures that were recuperated from Pompeii are on display. 

 Breakfast
DAY 9 NAPLES–CAPRI
Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri for your overnight stay. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri Village, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS offering spectacular panoramic views. Spend the rest of the day to further explore this wonderful island at your own pace. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 10 CAPRI–SORRENTO–PIZZO CALABRO
Return to the mainland and spend time in the charming seaside resort of Sorrento. Drive south to Calabria for your resort overnight stay. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 11 PIZZO CALABRO–CEFALÙ–PALERMO
Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land in Sicily. Follow the northern coastline and arrive in spectacular Cefalù, where you  taste a traditional granita. Time to explore the old town with its medieval lanes and seafront promenade. Next is Palermo, the capital of Sicily. 

 Breakfast
DAY 12 PALERMO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. 

 Breakfast
DAY 13 PALERMO–MARSALA–AGRIGENTO
After a visit to a traditional SALT MILL in Marsala, look forward to a  WINE TASTING at the famous Florio wine cellar to sample and learn about Marsala wines. Your next destination is Agrigento, where a Local Guide takes you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 14 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Piazza Armerina, where a guided visit features the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE with its mosaics. In Taormina, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk along Corso Umberto before arriving at your comfortable hotel. 

 Breakfast
DAY 15 TAORMINA RIVIERA
A full day at leisure gives you a chance to join the exciting optional excursion to Mount Etna. Spend the afternoon to relax or for individual activities. This evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits. 

 Breakfast
Dinner
DAY 16 TAORMINA RIVIERA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
 Breakfast


*Terms & Conditions: 

Prices quoted are per person based on double occupancy, are land only, reflect ALL applicable savings, and are in Canadian dollars. Airfare extra. Offers reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions apply. Save $150 per couple on select 2020 Globus Italy Vacations: Book a select 2020 Globus Italy vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus and 2020 Oberammergau) to receive $75 off the land price per person. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between August 19 and September 9, 2020 for 2020 travel. Combinable with any other offer including the Welcome Back Credit, if applicable. Not applicable to groups, custom tours, or TBA space. Offer applies to new 2020 bookings only, and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time. Save 10%: Book and deposit a 2020 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding 2020 Oberammergau and Escapes by Globus) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between February 7, 2018 and December 2, 2019 for travel in 2020. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and any applicable air credits. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2020 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. Available from participating GFOB office only. 20EBD