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from Venice to Sicily

16 days from £2,629 per person

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Riding the 120-year-old funicular to medieval Montecatini Alto for a Tuscan sunset to remember.

Summary

Savour every flavour of bella Italia on our two-week Italy tours, from the cultural highlights of the north to the carefree coasts in the south. Starting in the marshland-turned-masterpiece Venice, we’ll sweep through the lyrical landscapes of the Italian countryside. Stopping in ancient Rome and Sicily, sipping a glass of red overlooking beautiful Siena, seeing the ruins of Pompeii - you’ll be indulging in the Italian way of life faster than you can say ‘buongiorno’.

Your holiday includes:

12 excursions and visits

  • Guided tours of Venice; Lucca; Florence (with Basilica di Santa Croce entrance); Pompeii; and Rome (with Colosseum entrance)
  • Visits to Ferrara & Bologna; Pisa (with ticket for two monuments); Siena (with wine tasting); Sorrento; Mozzarella farm with tasting; and Acireale
  • Visit to Vatican and Sistine Chapel

Plus:

  • 14 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 7 dinners (days 1, 4, 7, 10 and 12-14)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound2

    UK - Venice - Bassano del Grappa

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Venice. We transfer to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa.

    Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa (4-star)


  • Grand Canal

    Venice

    We’ll whizz into Venice on a local train, for a guided walk that takes us to the main sights, including the Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.

    Afterwards, you’re free to explore independently. Perhaps take some time to take in the stately arcades that line Piazza San Marco (and indulge in a thick hot chocolate at the famous Café Florian); float along the Grand Canal on a gondola or get lost in the warren of backstreets and canals and discover the ‘local’ Venice.

    • Visit Venice with guided walking tour (all day)

    Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa (4-star)


  • Gondola

    Bassano del Grappa

    On our third day in the area, you’re free to explore on your own. Or, there’s an optional trip to the old university town of Vicenza, filled with charming 16th-century buildings. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and entrance to the grappa museum with a tasting.

    Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa (4-star)


  • Piazza

    Ferrara - Bologna - Montecatini Terme

    Today, we travel into the region of Emilia-Romagna en route to Tuscany. We’ll visit Ferrara, one of the greatest walled cities in Italy. And we’ll stop by the regional capital Bologna, renowned for its food (though the porticoed red-brick buildings and ancient university are also worth a mention).

    • Visit to Ferrara and Bologna (all day)

    Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme (4-star)


  • Pisa Tower

    Pisa - Lucca

    Pisa and Lucca are on the itinerary today, as we head off on a full-day excursion. Pisa’s Miracle Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is where you’ll find the famous Leaning Tower, as well as the shiny white marble cathedral and baptistery.

    In the walled medieval town of Lucca, we take a guided walk to Piazza del Mercato. It’s also known as Piazza dell’Anfiteatro - once upon a time, a Roman amphitheatre stood here (which explains the piazza’s oval shape).

    • Visit Pisa and walking tour in Lucca (all day)

    Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme (4-star)


  • Florence

    Florence

    A local train whisks us to Florence from our base in Montecatini Terme. Quite simply, Florence is utterly enchanting. From its towering frescoed buildings, Gothic churches staggering red-tiled Duomo, you are sure to be charmed by this romantic city.

    A guided walking tour reveals the city’s highlights and includes entrance to the Basilica di Santa Croce, the burial place of some of the most eminent Italians. Brunelleschi and Vasari were involved in the architectural design of the basilica.

    • Excursion to Florence (all day)

    Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme (4-star)


  • Siena

    Siena - Rome

    After a morning exploring the ‘contrade’ (districts) of Siena, one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities, we wind our way south towards Rome. Along the way, we’ll quench our thirst with a wine tasting in one of the best grape-growing areas of Tuscany. We’ll arrive into Rome late afternoon.

    • Visit Siena (morning)
    • Winery visit and tasting (afternoon)

    Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome (4-star)


  • Colosseum

    Rome

    Known as the Eternal City, Rome’s ancient capital will take us back some 3,000 years with icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon dotted among the hustle and bustle of modern life. Our introduction to Rome includes a guided walk, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and entrance to the Colosseum.

    • Walking tour of Rome (all day)

    Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome (4-star)


  • day 9

    Rome

    Spend this morning exploring on your own - perch on the Spanish Steps and throw a euro or two into the Trevi Fountain. Alternatively, join a morning optional excursion to Tivoli, for entrance to the remarkable Villa d’Este. This afternoon we’ll visit the world-renowned Vatican and Sistine Chapel and see iconic artworks, including those of Michelangelo.

    • Visit to Vatican and Sistine Chapel (afternoon)

    Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome (4-star)


  • day 10

    Caserta

    Today we journey to Caserta for a two-night stay.

    Hotel dei Cavalieri, Caserta (4-star)


  • Pompei

    Pompeii - Sorrento

    Our tour today takes us to Pompeii. This wealthy town was buried and frozen in time in AD 79, by a massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This is undoubtedly Europe’s most compelling archaeological site. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Sorrento, a pretty town on the Gulf of Naples.

    • Tour of Pompeii (morning)

    Hotel dei Cavalieri, Caserta (4-star)


  • day 12

    Giardini Naxos, Sicily

    We’ll make our way south from Naples through Calabria - the ‘toe’ of Italy - right down to Sicily. We’ll visit a mozzarella producer for a tasting of this delicious buffalo milk cheese - you may catch a glimpse of some of the buffalo herds as we travel through the countryside. We'll make a stop in Cosenza and then a short sea crossing from Reggio di Calabria takes us across to Messina on Sicily’s north-eastern tip.

    Hotel Sant’Alphio Garden, Giardini Naxos (4-star)


  • Taormina

    Giardini Naxos

    Relax and spend today at leisure.

    Hotel Sant’Alphio Garden, Giardini Naxos (4-star)


  • Taormina

    Giardini Naxos

    Spend another day enjoying your surroundings or join a full-day optional excursion to Mount Etna and then Taormina, where there’ll be a guided walk and entrance to the ancient Greek theatre, in its splendid elevated position with glorious views.

    Hotel Sant’Alphio Garden, Giardini Naxos (4-star)


  • VIP Inbound 2

    Days 15-16 Acireale - Catania - UK

    After free time we’ll depart for the airport, stopping en route in the coastal baroque town of Acireale. Your flight leaves late evening and will arrive into the UK in the early hours of day 16 (subject to schedule changes). Upon arrival in the UK, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    • Visit to Acireale (afternoon)

    Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: • Due to the layout of many towns, access is limited and a certain amount of walking is included, often on uneven ground and steep gradients. • This holiday shows as a 16-day tour, with your flight home arriving into the UK in the early hours of day 16. However, flight schedules are subject to change and if a change means you arrive home before midnight, the duration will be 15 days. • In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.

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