Greek theater of Taormina and smoking Etna in the background
Greek theater of Taormina and smoking Etna in the background Image


Southern Italy Vacation: From Rome to Sicily

Rome – Sorrento – Cilento-Paestum – Tropea – Mount Etna – Taormina

12 days – EUR 1,681.00 pp in dbl-room*

Travelers looking for a mixture of city life and relaxation will enjoy this tour of southern Italy. It moves from Rome to Naples, then heads down the coast before concluding in the shadow of Mount Etna on the island of Sicily.

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Day 1 to 3: Rome

Inn at the Roman Forum2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The Forum Romanum, the epicentre of the Roman Empire, is not just one of the main attractions in modern Rome – it is one of the most important monuments in the world. If you walk up the hill for a better view of the site you will pass a small luxury inn standing directly above the Forum. This exquisite hotel, nestled among ancient ruins, offers every modern convenience for 21st century travellers.


  • Rome: Contemporary life in the Eternal City
  • A stroll through Rome: Discover the old city on your own


Day 3 to 5: Sorrento

Rental car pick-up
Company: AVIS Italy
Vehicle: Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT or similar (EDMR)
Location: Rome Via Sardegna

From Rom to Positano275 km | 4 hours


  • Montecassino: Oldest monastery in the Occident
  • Naples National Archaeological Museum: Erotic art from Pompeii
  • Vomero: Wealthy suburb with a view of the Gulf of Naples
  • Napoli: Abundance of life in arachaic old town
  • Capri: Nostalgic island paradise in the Gulf of Naples

a Villa in Positano2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The villa is set halfway between the highway and the beach, right on the only road through the town. A small yet beautiful house, outside with lots of flowers, inside attractively furnished and decorated. The rooms are spacious and have fantastic views of the town and the sea. The continental breakfast is sumptous for Italian standards. Im hotel's restaurant you can eat inside or outside, in any case, with great views .


  • Sorrento: Immortalized by writers, musicians and painters
  • Sentiero degli Dei: On the heavenly “path of the gods” along the Amalfi Coast
  • Amalfi Coast: Fishing villages along a heavenly coastline
  • Pompei: Legendary Roman town on Vesuvius
  • Santuario dell'Avvocata: Pilgrimage route with a view
  • Marina di Ieranto: Beach along the cobalt-blue sea
  • Punta Campanella: A place for lovers and romantics
  • Palazzo di Tiberio: Loop trail with grottoes and gardens to a scenic palace
  • Mount Vesuvius: Hiking trip to Europe's most dangerous volcano
  • Monte Solaro: High above the Gulf of Naples
  • Grotta Azzura: Mystical atmosphere in an ancient marine temple


Day 5 to 7: Cilento

From Positano to Maratea200 km | 4 hours


  • Grotta di Pertosa: Roman place of worship and stalactite cave

Overlooking the sea2 Nights | bed & breakfast

A great location overlooking the sea, a Mediterranean garden and a terrace with stunning views. These are just some of the highlights of the magnificent Art Nouveau villa on the outskirts of Acquafredda. In addition, a distinctive southern Italian flair, attentive staff and a restaurant where dinner with regional specialties and fine wines is an enjoyable experience. Nearby there are small and large beaches with clean water. The old villages in the mountains of the hinterland worth a visit. 


  • Cilento: World Natural Heritage between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennines
  • The Cave of Busento: Visit to the Cave of Busento
  • Monte Pollino: Owls, vultures and wolves
  • Elea: Ancient port city


Day 7 to 9: Tropea

From Maratea to Tropea210 km | 4 hours

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.


  • Tropea: Sandy beaches, turquoise sea and Stromboli views
  • Santa Maria dell'Isola: Marvelous views and a cactus garden
  • Capo Vaticano: View above the streets of messina


Day 9 to 12: Taormina

From Tropea to Taormina158 km | 3 hours 30 minutes (including ferry crossing)


  • Scilla: Where Scylla would devour careless seamen
  • Sentiero Girasi: Nature trail with a great view

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.


  • Taormina: The “tip of paradise”
  • Teatro Greco: Most beautiful theater in the Mediterranean world
  • Isola Bella: Exotic plants and lizards in the Ionian Sea
  • Monte Veneretta: Fantastic view of Mount Etna and Calabria
  • Savoca
  • Grotta del Gelo: Eternal ice in thick lava
  • Randazzo: Historical small town at the foot of Mount Etna
  • Mt. Etna Funicular: In the summit area of the volcano

Day 12: Catania

From Taormina to Catania68 km | 54 minutes

Rental car drop-off
Location: Catania, Airport


Company: AVIS Italy
Type: Fiat Punto evo 1.3 or similar (Group C)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, power-steering, radio


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

USD 1,879.00*
(EUR 1,681.00)*

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