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This is, by far, the most popular itinerary requested for travellers who want to discover the main attractions of Italy.  Enjoy 16 days to immerse yourself in everything Italian - the food, the history, fashion, culture the list goes on and on! 

Day 1: Rome

Benvenuti in Italia!   Arriving at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, you'll be happy to find that your private driver is waiting for you in the arrivals area and is ready to bring you comfortably to your hotel in central Rome.  Check in to your hotel and enjoy a few hours to relax or stroll the ancient street of the 'Eternal City' and then prepare for tonight's treat - a Twilight Stroll with a Gelato Tasting!  This intimate Rome walking tour will help you to get your bearings at the start of your trip to the Eternal City. You’ll visit the top sights and enjoy a gelato tasting. You’ll visit the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and even see some Ancient Roman ruins along the way. Travelling in intimate groups of 15 people or fewer with an expert local tour guide you can ask questions, get recommendations and really get a feel for the city. This twilight stroll isn’t just about the sights though – it’s about giving you everything you need to enjoy a perfect vacation here. Throughout your tour, you’ll get all of your questions answered, from where to find great pizza to whether you should tip your cab driver. It’s your chance to mine an insider for knowledge so be sure to take full advantage!

Day 2: Rome | Skip the Line Vatican Museums & St Peters Basilica Elite

After breakfast at your hotel, join us on a small-group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, and skip the line by booking ahead!  You will be picked up from your hotel to discover 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be lead by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. You will marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world. Ordered in the late 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name “Sistine” Chapel), it is the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel... along with the tour, our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica**. Its dome was designed by Michelangelo who also designed the plan of the Renaissance church. Inside this church, we will experience the beauty of the world-famous sculpture La Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist). And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. After a duration of around 3 hours, the tour ends in St. Peter’s Square and you can then decide to stay in Vatican city for the remainder of the day or pass it as you please. (B)

Day 3: Rome | Skip the Line Imperial Rome Elite Tour

Enjoy the morning to pass as you choose and then this afternoon you'll enjoy an Imperial Rome Elite Tour. You will find that this tour will meet the needs of the most demanding clients including the full visit of the three world-famous symbols of Ancient Rome: Coliseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Tour starts at the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the best-preserved triumphal arches in Rome. From here our guide will take you inside the Coliseum (skip the line entrance tickets), the most famous monument in the world and a main symbol of Rome. Our guide will explain the cruel events that took place there and answer all your questions. After exiting the Coliseum, you will visit its surrounding monuments and the Palatine Hill with the Roman Forum Archeological Area (skip the line entrance tickets) undoubtedly the most important and attractive one in the world, thanks to unique historical, monumental, archaeological values, as well as for its sublime beauty. Just the views from the Palatine over the Forums or the Circus Maximus would be worth a trip to Italy. You will discover also the House of the Vestals, the various Temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches. The tour which has a duration of 3 hours ends inside the Roman Forum where you can remain if you choose to. (B) 

Day 4: Rome | Sorrento

Today, at a time to suit your departing train, make your way to Rome's Termini Railway Station to board a high-speed train to Naples.   At the end of this comfortable journey of just over 1 hour and 10 minutes, you'll find your driver waiting in the railway station to bring you to your hotel in Sorrento.  The remainder of today is yours to relax and enjoy as you choose. (B) 

Day 5: Sorrento | Amalfi Drive

Today enjoy a Small Group Excursion to discover one of Europe's most scenic drives travelling along the winding coastal road with breathtaking panoramic views at every bend. Revisit the glorious past of Amalfi, one of four Maritime Republics, discover the picturesque village of Positano and enchanting town of Ravello. Light lunch is included today and an optional visit of Villa Ruffolo in Ravello is available (entrance fee not included). This tour has a duration of approximately 8 hours. (B)

Day 6: Sorrento | Capri & Anacapri

.No vacation on the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a trip to the evocative island of Capri! Depart by steamer for a pleasant sail to Capri. During the crossing, a breathtaking sight of our Coast from Amalfi to Campanella Cape and of the Sorrento Coast will disclose before your eyes. Land in Capri and start of the guided tour of the island. Stop at Anacapri for a walking tour with free time to visit the famous Villa St Michele, built by the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe on the remains of Roman ruins, offering a wonderful view of the island from its beautiful shady garden. From the Chapel St Michele's terrace, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. You will also have the opportunity to take the chair-lift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. Continue by mini-coach to Capri where you'll have a guided walking tour of the town and the famous ‘Piazzetta’ of Capri, also called "sitting room of the world'. Enjoy free time to stroll along the exclusive shopping streets of Via Camerelle & Via Le Botteghe, visit the breathtaking Augustus' Gardens or just relax at one of the many cafes sipping your favourite drink & enjoying lunch, on your own. You will then return to the port where time and weather permitting, you can take an optional boat ride around the island or to the famous Blue Grotto. In the afternoon return to your hotel in Sorrento. (B) 

Day 7: Sorrento | Florence

Travel today by high-speed train from Naples to Florence.   Your private driver will collect you from your hotel in Sorrento and bring you to the railway station of Naples to begin this journey.  Arriving in Florence, you'll find that your hotel is within easy walking distance of the railway station and of Florence's most important sites. (B)

Day 8: Florence | City Tour & Accademia Gallery

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a Florence City Tour which includes a visit to the famed Accademia Gallery. The Florence discovery begins with a relaxing and scenic bus tour, that offers panoramic views of the unparalleled beauty of Florence and the surrounding countryside, taking first to Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin set on a hill overlooking Florence and then, after a drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo, a stop to admire the amazing panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. The tour will proceed through the historic centre with the guided visit of the renowned Accademia Gallery which hosts the famous David by Michelangelo and other masterpieces by the great artist, then we proceed with the exterior guided visit of San Lorenzo Church and the stunning Duomo complex: San Giovanni Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and the elegant Giotto’s bell tower.   The afternoon is free to spend as you will (B) 

Day 9: Florence

Today is yours to pass as you choose to enjoy Florence at your own pace. (B)

Day 10: Florence | Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni & Chianti Wines

Today you'll enjoy a unique and authentic experience of Tuscany. Along the way that will lead us to Siena, we will stop at San Gimignano, a small hilltop town renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes & many other valuable works of art where you'll have time at your disposal to explore the historical centre o your own. Upon arrival in Siena, after free time for lunch (not included), meet the local guide for a comprehensive guided tour of the historic centre, including the beautiful Piazza del Campo square with the Palazzo Pubblico, a walk through the narrow medieval streets flanked by splendid palaces & historic shops, a visit of the Museum and Oratory of a Palio’s Contrada where we can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town and the spectacular 12-century Cathedral. We then proceed to the charming hamlet of Monteriggioni, a small medieval village enclosed by walls which remained standing to this day. Free time for an independent visit. Then crossing the gently rolling Chianti hills, we arrive at a local winery to taste four fantastic wines and sample balsamic vinegar along with “zero food miles” products, ending this memorable day in the heart of Tuscany with delicious Tuscan flavours. (B)

Day 11: Florence | Monterosso

Monterosso, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre is your next stop.   Travel by train from Florence and find your hotel located within walking distance of the railway station.  Check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day.  While in Cinque Terre we suggest the purchase of a Cinque Terre Card.   These convenient & economical passes can be purchased from any railway station and offer several services such as shuttle buses and usage of the trekking trails in the national park. (B)

Day 12: Monterosso

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel while planning how to pass your day.   Should you follow one of the many hiking trails or simply relax on Monterosso's beach - the choice is yours! (B) 

Day 13: Monterosso

Another day to enjoy all that the Cinque Terre has to offer (B) 

Day 14: Monterosso | Venice

Last stop on your One & Only Italy Tour is Venice and you'll travel there today by train.   On arrival make your way to your hotel and then spend the remainder of the day getting lost in the many lanes, alleyway, canals & bridges that make up the city of Venice. (B) 

Day 15: Venice | Discover Venice & Gondola Ride

Spend this morning finding your way around Venice and then in the afternoon you can cross a Gondola Ride off your Bucket List.  This afternoon you can discover Venice’s most unusual and characteristic corners during this combination city tour consisting of a charming walking tour and a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and minor canals, where you will see the city from the water. First, experience a lesser-known Venice, wandering through its back streets and small hidden squares starting in Saint Mark's Square and reaching Rialto Bridge; then board a gondola and learn a little about what it's like living in this unique city. This two-hour tour ends in Saint Moisè Square, just a short walk from Saint Mark's Square. (B)

Day 16: Venice

Today marks the end of your wonderful One & Only Italy Tour.  At a time to suit your departing flight, make your way to the airport to begin your journey home. Arrivederci! (B) 

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This One & Only Italy Tour can be customised to suit your ideal Italy vacation.