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Southern Italy Vacation: From Rome to Sicily

12 days – EUR 1,415.00 pp in dbl-room*

This tour moves from Rome to Naples, then heads down the coast before concluding in the shadow of Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. An ideal route for travellers who enjoy a mixture of city life and relaxation on the beach.


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1st day: Rome

Transfer to/from the Airport
organised Transfer by The Inn at the Roman Forum
EUR52.00 per car for max 3 persons
EUR70.00 per minivan for max 4 persons

Bookings on request through Umfulana

Accommodation: A hotel in the heart of Old Rome2 Nights | bed & breakfast

This centuries-old building is located in the city centre, between the Spanish steps and the Via Veneto. Marco and Guilia, the enterprising proprietors who have roots in the hotel business, have completely restored the property and now offer modern, comfortable accommodation in a historical building. Marco can suggest the best sites to see - he is an accredited Rome tour guide. The building offers many practical conveniences. An elevator takes guests to the air-conditioned rooms on the three upper stories. The upstairs suites have a view extending over the roofs of the old city to the dome of St Peters. You're guaranteed a good night's rest here (a valuable commodity in Rome), as the guesthouse is next door to a convent!

A downtown suite with views of St. Peter
A downtown suite with views of St. Peter

Rome

The western world was ruled from the city built on the legendary seven hills for 1,500 years. Rome was the stage for many historic events of worldwide significance during that era. After the collapse of the Roman Empire the city became the seat of the Catholic Church. During the zenith of its power (the second century A.D.) Rome's population numbered more than a million, making it the world's first metropolis. However, only 25,000 people lived among the city's ruins at the close of the Roman Empire. Regrowth didn't begin until the return of the Pope from Avignon in the fifteenth century. Today the Italian capital ranks amongst the premiere cities of Europe with regard to art, culture and a fast-paced lifestyle. Millions of tourists visit Rome annually to take in the sights, shop and enjoy the cuisine.

Eternal city: Forum Romanum
Eternal city: Forum Romanum

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3rd day: Sorrento

Rental car pick-up
Type: Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT or similar
Pick-up location: Rome Via Sardegna

From Rom to Positano275 km | 4 hours

Attractions:
  • Montecassino: Oldest monastery in the Occident
  • Napoli: Abundance of life in arachaic old town
  • Capri: Nostalgic island paradise in the Gulf of Naples

Accommodation: A 17th century villa2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The historical villa is situated in upper Positano, high above the clear blue waters of the Amalfi Coast. All 20 rooms are well-equipped with an en-suite bathroom, private terrace with magnificent seaviews, telephone, air-conditioning and mini-bar. Guests can also soak up the Positano sun on two large panoramic-view terraces during the spring and summer seasons. During the winter months the hotel is fully heated. The hotel staff will gladly help organize excursions. Ferries leave for Capri and Napes every 60 minutes during the high season.

Attractions:

  • Sorrento: Immortalized by writers, musicians and painters
  • Amalfi Coast: Fishing villages along a heavenly coastline

Unforgettable: The view from a casa in Positano
Unforgettable: The view from a casa in Positano
Sorrento: Immortalized by writers, musicians and painters
Sorrento: Immortalized by writers, musicians and painters

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5th day: Cilento

From Positano to Giungano99 km | 3 hours

An ancient fortress in Giungano2 Nights | bed & breakfast

Originally founded as a fortress 1,000 years ago by Saracen pirates, today Giungano is a peaceful town located in a national park at the foot of the Alburni Mountains. The old fortress, which has been turned into an original guesthouse, crowns the centre of town with its old towers and battlements. The estate is surrounded by terraced gardens with grapevines and fruit trees. The rooms are decorated with pieces of antique furniture. The surrounding area offers plenty of destinations for excursions: the Greek ruins in Paestum are close by, as are several medieval castles. Or guests can relax in the hotelswimming pool with Jacuzzi.

Attractions:

  • Cilento: World Natural Heritage between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennines

Over 1,000 years old: A fortress in Giungano
Over 1,000 years old: A fortress in Giungano
Cilento Coast: Idyllic Lagoons
Cilento Coast: Idyllic Lagoons

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7th day: Tropea

From Giungano to Tropea383 km | 5 hours 30 minutes

Accommodation: A modern hotel overlooking the sea2 Nights | bed & breakfast

Newly opened in April 2010, the 4-star hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Aeolian Sea. A stone stairway leads straight down to the beach. One of the hotel's most popular features is the rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi. The spectacular views extend across the sea to the volcanic island of Stromboli. This is also where the excellent breakfast (for Italian standards) is served. Many of the individually decorated rooms have sea views. The bright colors and bold patterns serve as a reminder that Africa is not far away. The friendly staff speak fluent English.

Attractions:

  • Tropea: Sandy beaches, turquoise sea and Stromboli views

Endless seaviews: A modern hotel in Tropea
Endless seaviews: A modern hotel in Tropea
Sandy beaches, clear blue waters: Capo Vaticano
Sandy beaches, clear blue waters: Capo Vaticano

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9th day: Taormina

From Tropea to Taormina156 km | 3 hours 30 minutes (including ferry crossing)

Attractions:
  • Milazzo: Gateway to the Aeolian Islands
  • Etna: Active volcano with 300 craters
  • Mt. Etna Funicular: In the summit area of the volcano

Accommodation: Villa with Seaviews3 Nights | bed & breakfast

The hotel commands one of the best views on the island, taking in the lush, almost subtropical hotel garden, then the botanical park of Taormina and finally the deep blue Ionian Sea, which gradually merges with the blue sky. The location is a paradise for photographers and anyone in need of sunshine and relaxation. The hosts are a French-Italian couple who are helpful yet unobtrusive. Simple meals can be taken at the hotel. A wide selection of restaurants is available in the vicinity.

Attractions:

  • Taormina: The "tip of paradise"

Panoramic view from the pool: A villa above Taormina
Panoramic view from the pool: A villa above Taormina
Famous image: Mt. Etna behind Greek amphitheatre
Famous image: Mt. Etna behind Greek amphitheatre

12th day: Catania

From Taormina to Catania68 km | 53 minutes

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Catania, Airport


Rental car:

AVIS

Rental car company: AVIS (Italy)
Type: Fiat Punto evo 1.3 or similar (Group C)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, power-steering, radio

Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT
Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT

Services


The cost is per person based on two people sharing a double room and includes accommodation and meals per itinerary.

USD 1,549.00*
(EUR 1,415.00)*




You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time:
March–Oct.

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» Your vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

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