The "Continental" gives you the chance to dine on your own in Italy! Your tour guide will be happy to suggest everything from trattorias to the finest dining experiences.
Call (252) 636-3034 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13732707
- Tour Operator
- Perillo Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 12 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Depart USA||Sunday - Depart USA|
|Day 2||Venice||Benvenuti in Italia! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Venice airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. Venice is breathtaking with its misty lagoon and palaces seemingly floating on water. You can enjoy this afternoon sightseeing and getting lost. No one wants to get lost while visiting a city, but Venice is an exception! A maze of narrow alleys and canals, the best way to discover it is by wandering around with no pre-defined route. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight; nothing beats dining in a cozy Venetian restaurant enjoying local specialties and fine wines. Whichever place you decide to eat at, be sure to try the Squid Ink Risotto or Pasta!|
|Day 3||Venice||This morning, we'll meet our expert local guide for a walking tour of St. Mark's Square, the great Byzantine Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and an inside visit of the Doge's Palace. This afternoon you'll have a chance to get lost in the city's labyrinth of canals, bridges and tiny piazzas. Being a small island, it's impossible to stray very far. But it won't hurt to master the phrase "Dov'e' Piazza San Marco?" Tonight, instead of a traditional dinner, do as the Venetians do! Enjoy cichetti, Venetian -style tapas, served in various pubs all over Venice.|
|Day 4||Florence||We're off to Florence today with an inspiring stop along the way. Visitors to Padua are often surprised by a sense of deep spirituality. St. Anthony (patron Saint of lost objects) is interred here in the serene Basilica which dates back to the 1200s. Next on to Florence! Home of Dante, Boccaccio, Botticelli, Da Vinci, and some say, the best gelato in Italy! Back at the hotel, our tour director is happy to offer this evening's restaurant suggestions. Perhaps, world famous Florentine steak? "Bistecca alla Fiorentina."|
|Day 5||Florence||Our day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo built in 1296, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors. We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo's final resting place. "Breathtaking" is the only word to describe one's first view of Michelangelo's David. Yes, it's quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man-full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. All with just a hammer and a chisel. You'll be sure to find a perfect Florentine dinner spot tonight.|
|Day 6||Florence||The bell tower of Pisa is among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. Architects say it would be world famous even if it were perfectly straight. This morning we'll see for ourselves, along with the beautiful Cathedral and Baptistery. This afternoon, we'll visit a typical Tuscan winery to learn about the grape, the nose, food pairings and, most importantly-which glass to use! We'll enjoy a light Tuscan dinner along with these fine wines. Cin-Cin! We'll return to Florence for some free time. Tonight, ask your tour director for a nearby spot to enjoy fresh Tuscan fare.|
|Day 7||Sorrento||Our journey to Sorrento takes us through the rolling hills, scenic vineyards and postcard perfect vistas of Tuscany and Umbria. Soon we are in Sorrento, high on a beautiful plateau, greeted by the sapphire blue Gulf of Naples and majestic Mount Vesuvius. When most Americans think of Italian food, they're usually thinking of the dishes of Naples and Sorrento-spaghetti with tomato and basil, mozzarella and pizza are from this area.|
|Day 8||Sorrento||This morning you'll be taken to Capri, the world's most enchanting, breathtaking island. Upon arrival, we take a private boat ride for a tour of the island. We cruise around the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri's most iconic sight. These mythical towering rock formations, which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island's coast, were formed over the years by erosion from ocean waves. Next, we visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Once we arrive back on Capri, we have free time to explore the island on our own or take advantage of a special optional excursion with your tour leader. Tonight, still glowing from the sun, it's time to enjoy another fine gastronomic experience.|
|Day 9||Rome||Pompeii-an entire city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day almost 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You'll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs. Later this morning, we continue on to Rome, viewing the Bay of Naples on the way. A few hours later, we enter the gates of Rome and settle into our hotel.|
|Day 10||Rome||This morning we visit Vatican City, headquarters for more than a billion Catholics worldwide. We begin at the Vatican Museum, a massive collection of sculptures, paintings and tapestries. Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the pope is elected. We enter in total silence, not wanting to disturb Michelangelo's famed frescoes, depicting stories from the Bible and the End of Times. You'll be fascinated by which of Michelangelo's contemporaries he assigned to heaven and which to hell. We'll also visit St. Peter's Basilica. We'll see Michelangelo's Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24, and Bernini's seven-story bronze canopy soaring high above the main altar. (Please note that the visit of St. Peter's Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope.) This afternoon, Rome is all yours to explore! Tonight, treat yourself to one of Rome's fine restaurants for a fabulous dinner. May we suggest some Roman specialties Bucatini all'Amatriciana; Spaghetti alla Carbonara; Roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary; stuffed artichokes ...is your appetite whet yet?|
|Day 11||Rome||Hail Caesar! All aboard our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina, the Jewish Ghetto and the Circus Maximus. Then we'll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself. This afternoon, Rome is all yours! Shop, fountain hop, explore to your heart's content. Tonight, treat yourself to one of Rome's fine restaurants for a delizioso dinner!|
|Day 12||Return USA||This morning you board your flight home. No tears. You'll exchange emails with your new friends and make plans for the future. How about we all meet again on a Perillo tour to Hawaii!|
Triple room deduct $100 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $1,000 from the Double Rate.