Bell’Italia: Rome, Sicily, Amalfi & Capri

Detailed Itinerary


Tuesday & Wednesday, September 16 & 17 - Home | Rome, Italy
Depart on an overnight flight to Rome. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, ideally located in central Rome on the piazza next to the Pantheon. Gather for a welcome reception and orientation. Grand Hotel de la Minerve (R)
 
Thursday, September 18 - Rome
Explore the Eternal City on your choice of excursion: (1) Visit the newly reopened Borghese Gallery’s fabulous sculptures and paintings and enjoy a stroll along the exciting Via Veneto, home to the Café de Paris and Harry’s Bar (immortalized in the film La Dolce Vita), the American Embassy, and several of Rome’s finest hotels, or (2) explore Rome’s Jewish ghetto, the Museo Nazionale Romano’s splendid archaeological collections, and the popular Campo dei Fiori, Rome’s oldest market. Enjoy time in the afternoon for independent exploration before a festive welcome dinner in a popular trattoria. Grand Hotel de la Minerve (B,D)
 
Friday, September 19 - Rome | Anzio (Embark)
Depart Rome for the countryside where Emperor Hadrian built his exquisite villa in the 2nd century A.D. as a retreat from the demands of public life in Rome. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the villa was a sprawling complex of thirty buildings, including palaces, temples, baths, and living quarters for court officials, bodyguards, and servants. After lunch, visit the Renaissance gardens of Villa d’Este, famous for its terraced landscapes and magical fountain displays. In the late afternoon, board Variety Voyager in Anzio. Variety Voyager (B,L,D)
 
Saturday, September 20 - At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea en route to Sicily, enjoying tours of the ship and presentations by your study leaders. Tonight, as Variety Voyager cruises past the volcanic island of Stromboli, find a place on deck to watch the night sky lit up by the volcano’s constant activity. Variety Voyager (B,L,D)
 
Sunday, September 21 - Taormina
With its beautifully situated 2nd-century A.D. Greco-Roman theater overlooking the sea, and steaming Mt. Etna in the background, Taormina has long attracted visitors. Enjoy free time to stroll in the village before driving to the flanks of the volcano for a private al fresco lunch in a family-owned vineyard. Variety Voyager (B,L,D)
 
Monday, September 22 - Vulcano | Lipari
The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily. At Vulcano see the steaming fumaroles and, if you wish, immerse yourself in the warm, therapeutic mud baths. Lipari, largest of the Aeolians, was once a major naval port in the Punic Wars and, until the late 19th century, was infested with pirates. Visit the archaeology museum, with its exhibits dating from the Neolithic to the Classical period and one of the most complete collections of miniature Greek theatrical masks in the world. Variety Voyager (B,L,D)
 
Tuesday, September 23 - Erice | Segesta
From the ramparts of the medieval village of Erice, atop 2,500-foot-high Mt. Erice, enjoy a sweeping panorama of western Sicily and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Wend your way down a maze of cobbled streets to the town’s two castles and a collection of more than sixty churches. Then continue to the remarkably well preserved 5th-century B.C. Doric Greek temple at Segesta, which overlooks the beautiful Golfo di Castellammare. Variety Voyager (B,L,D)
 
Wednesday, September 24 -  Amalfi | Ravello
Cruise to the picturesque Amalfi Coast, located south of Sorrento, and anchor in Amalfi Bay. Today’s options include an exploration of Ravello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or an excursion to Naples and Herculaneum. In Ravello, visit the Rufolo Villa, built by a wealthy Ravello patrician, mentioned in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and believed to have inspired Richard Wagner’s stage design of his opera Parsifal. Also admire the famous “Terrace of Infinity” gardens of Villa Cimbrone and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, spend the day in Naples, whose historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and at the Roman ruins of Herculaneum, which was buried, like Pompeii, during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Variety Voyager (B,D)
 
Thursday, September 25 - Capri
Cruise along Capri’s dramatic cliffs for a view of the iconic Faraglioni rock formations, three craggy pillars rising from the sea, before arriving at Marina Grande. Take the funicular up to cosmopolitan Capri town for a guided tour of the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’s Villa Jovis, the largest of the twelve Tiberian villas on Capri and a remarkable example of 1st-century A.D. Roman architecture. Enjoy free time to have lunch on your own, sample the chic boutiques on the piazza, and perhaps visit the gardens of Villa San Michele, created by Swedish physician Axel Munth. This evening enjoy a festive farewell dinner aboard ship. Variety Voyager (B,D)
 
Friday, September 26 - Anzio (Disembark) | Home
This morning, disembark in Anzio and transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for flights home. (B)
 

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