Southern Italy Vacation: From Rome to Sicily

12 days – EUR 1,415.00 pp in dbl-room1
Roma, Sorrento, Cilento-Paestum, Tropea, Etna-Taormina

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: Roma

A downtown suite with views of St. Peter
A downtown suite with views of St. Peter
Eternal city: Forum Romanum
Eternal city: Forum Romanum
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 Rome

2 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!

Details: Roma
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.
Map: 1st day: Roma

3rd day: Sorrento

Unforgettable: The view from a casa in Positano
Unforgettable: The view from a casa in Positano
Positano at Amalficoast
Positano at Amalficoast
Rental car pick-up
Type: Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT or similar
Pick-up location: Rome Via Sardegna

Distance: 250 km Travel time: 3:30 h

Near Frascati, a famous wine growing city, you will cross the invisible border to Mezzogiorno, or Southern Italy. This pre-modern region is vastly different from the efficient North. In Montecassino you can stop at the oldest monastery in the Occident.

Accommodation: A 17th century villa

2 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.

Details: Amalfi Coast
South of Naples the Sorrentine Peninsula extends about 50 km into the Tyrrhenian Sea pointing towards Capri. The rugged cliffs on the southern side of the peninsula are known as the Amalfi Coast, which is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. The region was only accessible by sea until the 19th century, when a road was carved into the side of the cliffs. The picturesque villages therefore appear to be clinging to the cliffs below the road. The area was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 due to its great physical beauty and the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures.
Map: 3rd day: Sorrento

5th day: Cilento-Paestum

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
Into the Cilento region
Distance: 130 km Travel time: 2:30 h

This short stretch follows the Amalfi Coast and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. At Paestum, the site of the most important Greek temples in Italy, you will enter the Cliento region.

An ancient fortress in Giungano

2 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.

Details: Cilento
The Cilento region is a varied landscape of mountains, cliffs and coastline south of Salerno. Most of the area is a national park (Cilento e Valle di Diano) that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The long beaches are a popular tourist destination in the summer months. One of the beaches, Castellabate, was a favorite resort of Hemmingway's. The interior with its rolling hills is also ideal for hiking.
Map: 5th day: Cilento-Paestum

7th day: Tropea

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
Southwest Italy
Distance: 370 km Travel time: 4:00 h

At Lagonegro you will leave Campania and enter Calabria. Near Cosenza the route passes along the foot of the Sila Mountains.

Accommodation: A modern hotel overlooking the sea

2 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.

Details: Tropea
This town of 7,000 is the most scenic city on the west coast of Calabria. The old city centre lies high above the sea. The main street ends with a view of the cliffs on which the S. Maria dell' Isola church was built in the 11th century. This Norman church with its extraordinary black crucifix is worth a visit. South of Tropea is the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Calabria, the Capo Vaticano, featuring spectacular beaches and clear blue waters. Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, lies just off the coast.
Map: 7th day: Tropea

9th day: Etna-Taormina

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
To Sicily
Distance: 160 km Travel time: 2:30 h

The route follows the Tyrrhenian Sea to Villa San Giovanni. You will travel by ferry from there to Sicily. From the port city of Messina you will continue to Taormina in the shadow of Mount Etna. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes and the trip takes 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Villa with Seaviews

3 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.

Details: Taormina
Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Taormina remains one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily. The once tranquil village was "discovered" by German artist Otto von Geleng, who was overwhelmed by the image of a Greek amphitheatre on a cliff high above the sea against the majestic background of a snow-topped volcano. In the spring the landscape was enhanced by an abundance of flowers never before experienced by the northern European. His romantic paintings in the second half of the 20th century drew the attention of sun-starved northerners to the "tip of paradise" in Sicily. It wasn't long before a direct train connection was established from London to Taormina via Paris. The first hotels soon opened their doors to such illustrious guests as the Rothschilds and King George V. Today the town centre, which was only accessible by mule 150 years ago, is a vibrant pedestrian zone. Most of the historical hotels are situated below the Old Town, where the views that made Taormina famous can still be enjoyed. A cable car leads down to the pebble beach along the bay.
Map: 9th day: Etna-Taormina

12th day:

Leaving Mount Etna
Distance: 50 km Travel time: 1:00 h

The route will lead you through the "garden of Sicily" high above the sea around the base of the vulcano.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Catania, Airport

Rental car

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

Equipment: Air-conditioning, power-steering, radio
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,569.001
(EUR 1,415.00)1

The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
March – October

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» the names, addresses and telephone numbers of each accommodation
» vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

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