trotter travel

Days 1

Benvenuti in Italy!

Arrive at Rome International airport and private transfer to your downtown hotel. After check in the rest of the day is free.

Rome - 1° Overnight

Day 2

This morning you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rome, to admire many of the city's major places. You might visit the Trevi Fountain and Marcus Agrippa's Pantheon, originally a pagan temple. Then head to Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of our Republic, to finally get to the gorgeous Piazza Navona.

Later you can cross the River Tiber to reach Ancient Rome but first pause in Venice square where you take pictures of the "Wedding cake" or monument to Vicotr Emmanuel, the first king of a Unified Italy. You continue along the Via Sacra to the Roman Forum and the breathtaking Colosseum, the most famous monument of Ancient Rome.

> Rome - 2° Overnight

Day 3

After your breakfast at the hotel, we suggest you to visit the Vatican City and it's breathtaking Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Square and Basilica.

This evening why not try one of the many trattorias for dinner around the famous Spanish Steps, before going back to your hotel.

Rome - 3° Overnight

Day 4

After breakfast in your hotel pick up your rental car and have a smooth drive past the Chianti hills takes you to Florence, capitol of Tuscany and home of the Renaissance.

Follow your local guide to the Accademy of Fine arts with Michelangelo's celebrated David and magnificent Cathedral. Admire Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery's heavy bronze Gate of Paradise and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Time afterwords to shop for Florence leather goods and gold jewelry.

Florence - 4° Overnight

Day 5

Full day is free to explore some of the important landmarks including the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, where you can browse shops on both sides of the bridge or simply people-watch as you sample tasty gelato.

Tonight, join an optional dinner at the historic trattoria-style restaurant in the heart of Florence's old town.

Florence - 5° Overnight

Day 6

This morning is dedicated to visit Pisa where you can take yours pictures of the amazing Leaning Tower before you head across the wooded Appenine Mountains to the northen tip of tha Adriatic Sea. Tonight is your change to sample Venetian fare. Drop off your rental car in Piazzale Roma.

Venice - 6° Overnight

Day 7

Full day is yours to fill however you wish - you can enjoy completely at your own pace, or take advanage of the many optional excursions offered throughout your stay. The historic centre is divided in six sestieri (quarters): San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Paolo, Santa Croce, Cannareggio and Castello. Cruise the Grand Canal (Venice's main street) and see the white-domed Santa Maria della Salute baroque church before heading to the Galleria dell'Accademia, considered the city's greatest art gallery.

Several optional excursions will also be offered during your stay, including a gondola ride with dinner, a half day ecursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Venice - 7° Overnight

Day 8

Drive along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea to Ravenna. Here see the famous mosaics in the 6th century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe.

In the afternoon arrive in Assisi and visit the massive 13th century lower Basilica of St. Francis built above the Saint's grave. Time afterwords to enjoy the peaceful town at your one pace.

Assisi - 8° Overnight

Day 9

Today you will depart from Assisi and drive towards Naples. Stop in Caserta to visit its splendid Reggia, an impressive residence of 1.200 rooms with elegant gardens stretching two miles, reminiscent of the French Palace of Versailles.

Next, enter lively and colorful Naples. Before check in at your central hotel in Naples, we suggest to drive up to Posillipo Hill for a sweeping view of the Bay of Naples.

Naples - 9° Overnight

Day 10

There's never been a better time to appreciate the vibrant beauty and rich culture of Naples. Boasting an amazing history that dates back to 800 BC, Naples is currently experiencing it's own modern-day renaissance.

Being your morning to discovery this vivacious city in Piazza Municipio. See the marvelous 13th century fortess of Castel Nuovo, the opulent Teatro San Carlo, the 15th century Palazzo Reale and the vast square of Piazza del Plebiscito. Stroll chic boulevards and browse elegant shops.

Naples - 10° Overnight

Day 11

After breakfast in your hotel, drive to Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.d. See patrician houses, public baths and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of its power.

Overnight cruise on ferry boat from Naples to Palermo - 11° Overnight

Day 12

After disembarkation you will reach your central hotel and check in.

Then we suggest you a optional sightseeing with a local guide and visit the ornate Piazza Bellini, the Cathedral and the Arab-Norman Palatine Chapel in the Royal Palace. After lunch drive up to Monreale Cathedral (on sunday inside guided visit not permitted), famous for its 50.000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Your first day in Sicily ends with a visit to the typical and picturesque village of Mondello before returning to Palermo.

Palermo - 12° Overnight

Day 13

This morning drive along the western coast of Sicily all the way down to the salt beds, famous since Roman times. Near Marsala, stop to visit a Salt Mill.

Then continue to Agrigento, where you can choose to get a local guide who will take you for a spectacular walk through the Valley of Temples. Even travellers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures which miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.

Agrigento - 13° Overnight

Day 14

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for the Baroque town of Piazza Armerina where you will view the famous mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale - a well-preserved Roman emporer's country house.

Then drive to Caltagirone, famous for its majolica ware since the arab occupation (9th century). Continue enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island's heart on your way to Taormina area.

Taormina - 14° Overnight

Day 15

Today continue to explore Taormina on your own. Magnificent beach and cliff walks are among the natural attractions. Or take a optional excursion to Mt. Etna where, weather and condictions permitting, you can climb to the top of the smoldering volcano. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to shop for hand-made lace on the Corso.

Taormina - 15° Overnight

Day 16 - 17

Today board a ferry boat and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Tonight you are in the charming resort of Cetraro where you will relax for the next two days or will can visit the amazing Tropea the pearl of this southern italian region.

Cetraro - 16° - 17° Overnights

Day 18

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Sorrento.

The rest of the day is completely free for you to explore Sorrento. Mythological home of the Sirens, the sea nymphs with voices of such sweetness that sailors were lured to their deaths on the rocks. Sorrento's lure today, is primarily to the international traveller. Perched on 150 foot cliffs at the southern end of the Bay of Naples and opposite the pretty and romantic isle of Capri, Sorrento is a lively resort that recalls the days of the Belle Epoque.

During high season, some parts of the town can seem like there is a permanent carnival taking place, whilst the semitropical gardens of the cliff-top hotels offer peace, quiet and magnificent views across tha bay to Naples and Vesuvius beyond. Take an elevator down to the narrow volcanic sand beach with its bathing pavilions built out into the sea, or stroll to the fishing harbour of Marina Grande for lunch. Later perhaps, explore the fashionable boutique of Via San Cesaero, probably the best shopping area on the coast.

Sorrento - 18° Overnight

Day 19

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the port where you'll embark on a short voyage to the fabled Isle of Capri. A visit to the Blue Grotto is planned (weather and sea conditions permitting) followed by a tour of Capri and Anacapri. Lunched will be in a local restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour including a stroll in the gardens and view of the Faraglioni Rocks.

Sorrento - 19° Overnight

Day 20

After breakfast in your hotel drive along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) one of Europe's most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; sherbet-hued villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon.

The pearl of the Amalfi Coast is Positano, the coast's most photogenic and expensive town. Its steeply stacked houses are a medley of peaches, pinks and terracottas, and its nearvertical streets (many of which are, in fact, staircases) are lined with voguish shop displays, jewellery stalls, elegant hotels and smart restaurants. Look closely, though, and you'll find reassuring signs of everyday reality - crumbling stucco, streaked paintwork and even, on occasion, a faint whiff of drains.

One day don't miss to visit Amalfi. It was founded (according to legend) when the girlfriend of Hercules was buried here. Its heyday was the 10th and 11th centuries, when it was a powerful maritime republic. In 1343. this little village was destroyed by a freak tidal wave caused by an undersea earthquake.

Sorrento - 20° Overnight

Day 21

After breakfast in your hotel on your way to Rome visit the Abbey of Montecassino, rebuilt to medieval plans after near total destruction by Allied bombers.

An optional festive dinner at one of Rome's fine restaurants may be just the way to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation.

Rome - 21° Overnight

Day 22 - End of your Tour