Grand Tour of Italy
from Venice to Sicily16 days from £2,399 per person
Savour every flavour of Italy on our all-encompassing two-week tour, 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:
10 excursions and visits
- Tour of Venice
- Visits to Ferrara & Bologna; Siena (with wine tasting); Royal Palace of Caserta; Paestum (with mozzarella tasting); and Acireale
- Excursions to Florence; Pisa & Lucca; Rome (with Colosseum entrance); and Pompeii & Sorrento
- 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) 2020 departures also include dinner on days 2, 3 and 5
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Venice - Bassano del Grappa/Treviso
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 (2021) or Treviso (2020).
Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa (4-star) (2021) or Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese, Treviso (4-star) (2020)
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, or you may have pre-booked an optional visit to the Doge’s Palace. Please note: 2020 departures will transfer into Venice by coach instead of the train.
Bassano del Grappa/Treviso
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, including a guided tour, entrance to the grappa museum and a grappa tasting. Please note: In 2020 the optional excursion is to Padua and Vicenza, without the grappa museum.
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).
Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme (4-star)
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).
A local train whisks us to Florence from our base in Montecatini Terme. 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.
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.
Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome (4-star)
Our introduction to Rome includes a guided walk, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and entrance to the Colosseum, Rome’s ancient icon.
Spend today 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, or an afternoon excursion to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
Today we journey to Caserta for a tour of the 18th century baroque Royal Palace. We’ll stay in Caserta for two nights.
Hotel dei Cavalieri, Caserta (4-star)
Pompeii - Sorrento
Our tour today takes us to Pompeii. This wealthy town was buried in AD 79 by a massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius and was frozen in time. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Sorrento, a pretty town on the Gulf of Naples.
Paestum - Giardini Naxos, Sicily
Sicily. We’ll make our way south from Naples through Calabria - the ‘toe’ of Italy - right down to Sicily. Enjoy a stop at the wonderful Greek temples in Paestum en route. 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. 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)
Relax and spend today at leisure.
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.
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.