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An Italian Adventure - Shakespeare's Verona to Sicily's Shores

From $7,599
Duration 16 Days
Departures from: Oct 2025 - Oct 2025
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From $7,599
Duration 16 Days
Departures from: Oct 2025 - Oct 2025

Tour Overview

Start this incredible journey with a walking tour of Verona to see some of the glorious city’s finest attractions including Juliet’s Balcony before heading to the floating city of Venice. Discover highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge before heading to Bologna. Travel through Tuscany's beautiful countryside to the spa town of Montecatini Terme, and from here discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Head to the Lazio region, and the ancient city of Rome to discover iconic landmarks such as Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Spanish steps. Your next destination is the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where a guided tour of Pompeii, buried beneath hot ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted, brings this well-preserved ruined city to life. You'll also have the chance to admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and cruise to the island of Capri, before ending this epic tour on the island of Sicily for views of Mount Etna.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 15 nights in 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 25 meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners and welcome drink
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Welcome dinner with buffet of local specialities
  • Tour the floating city of Venice
  • Evening in the charming town of Treviso
  • Visit the historical city of Bologna
  • Taste delicious ice cream from a famous ice cream parlour
  • View the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Italy's 'art city' Florence
  • A night at the Montecatini Opera Festival
  • Visit the fortress town of Orvieto
  • Rome and its historical sites
  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Rome
  • Enter Montecassino Abbey
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii
  • Typical lunch at the seaside town of Pizzo Calabro
  • Visit Taormina for views of Mount Etna

Itinerary

Day 1 Verona

Make your own way to the hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting this evening.

Day 2 Verona - Venice

This morning we will start with a guided tour of Verona to see some of the glorious city’s finest attractions including Juliet’s Balcony and the Roman arena. This afternoon we will transfer to Treviso. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Venice

Today's the day you'll get to explore Venice, with famous highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. In the evening we'll head to a local restaurant in Treviso for an authentic dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Bologna - Montecatini

This morning we'll head off into northern Italy and Tuscany's glorious countryside. Our journey takes us through Bologna, where we'll stretch our legs on a sightseeing tour ending with a taste of delicious ice-cream at the famous Sorbetteria Castiglione.

Meals included: B

Day 5 Pisa

From our base in Montecatini Terme, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is within reach. After your visit, the rest of the day is all yours or you may want to join an optional excursion to Lucca this afternoon.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Florence

Today, you'll visit the 'art city' of Florence for a tour. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to the Uffizi gallery with 'skip-the-line' admission and guide.
This evening, you'll get to enjoy an open-air performance at the renowned Montecatini Opera Festival.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Orvieto - Rome

We're heading south today, to the region of Lazio and Rome. The impressive fortress town of Orvieto is ours to explore on the way to our hotel in Rome.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Rome

Let's set off and explore the magnificent sights of Rome on a guided tour. Highlights include the beautiful Spanish Steps and the ornate Trevi Fountain. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in Rome.

Meals included: B

Day 9 Rome - at Leisure

Today you'll get to explore the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel on an exclusive skip-the-line two-hour guided visit.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula

A full day of exploration begins with a visit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we'll arrive in the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where our hotel is centrally located.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion. It's just a short boat journey across the Bay of Naples to Capri, so if you want to add this glamorous island to your sightseeing list, today's optional excursion is a must.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion and discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Pizzo Calabro - Sicily

We're leaving mainland Italy now, and heading to Sicily. On the way we'll stop at a seaside resort in Calabria for lunch. A short ferry ride takes us to Messina, with an onward drive to Taormina.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 14 Taormina

Taormina sits on a sheer cliff, perched above beautiful beaches and close to Mount Etna, so just imagine the views you'll see on today's tour. There's plenty of free time too, so spend the afternoon making your own discoveries.

Meals included: B,D

Day 15 Giardini Naxos - at Leisure

You've seen Mount Etna from afar, so maybe now's the time to see Europe's highest volcano close up on our optional excursion. Once here head off on a 16-seater jeep adventure with an Alpine Guide for amazing views of this majestic mountain. Later we'll gather together to enjoy some wine tasting and a dinner at a restaurant close to Mt Etna.

Meals included: B,D

Day 16 Catania

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Meals included: B

Accommodation

Hotel San Marco

This popular hotel is perfectly located within easy walking distance of Verona's historic centre. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, tea room, indoor swimming pool, gym and spa with sauna and Turkish bath. Guest rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-fi and mini-bar.

This popular hotel is perfectly located within easy walking distance of Verona's historic centre. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, tea room, indoor swimming pool, gym and spa with sauna and Turkish bath. Guest rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-fi and mini-bar.

Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese

Villa Pace Park Bolognese is set in a historic 19th-century building in the middle of rich parkland. The hotel features a new renovated wing, which is connected to the main building, next to panoramic corridors overlooking the park. The spacious rooms feature parquet floors, classical or modern furnishings and a satellite TV.

Villa Pace Park Bolognese is set in a historic 19th-century building in the middle of rich parkland. The hotel features a new renovated wing, which is connected to the main building, next to panoramic corridors overlooking the park. The spacious rooms feature parquet floors, classical or modern furnishings and a satellite TV.

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe is in the heart of the spa town of Montecatini Terme, close to parks, thermal spas and shops. Distinguished by elegant furnishing the family-run hotel has a big hall with different seating arrangements, a garden terrace with a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant serving a mix of Italian and international cuisine. The hotel has a Wellness Centre (payable locally), including the Myricae SPA with sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers with chromo-therapy, a hot tub with mini-pool, a relaxation area and Tearoom.

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe is in the heart of the spa town of Montecatini Terme, close to parks, thermal spas and shops. Distinguished by elegant furnishing the family-run hotel has a big hall with different seating arrangements, a garden terrace with a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant serving a mix of Italian and international cuisine. The hotel has a Wellness Centre (payable locally), including the Myricae SPA with sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers with chromo-therapy, a hot tub with mini-pool, a relaxation area and Tearoom.

The Palladium

The Palladium Hotel features a panoramic rooftop bar, free Wi-Fi throughout and rooms with classic-style décor. This centrally located hotel is a short walk away from many famous attractions, such as Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, The Colosseum, Rome's Opera House and many more. Hotel rooms feature classic wood furniture, satellite TV, air conditioning and grès porcelain or parquet floors. The bathroom includes hairdryer and toiletries.

The Palladium Hotel features a panoramic rooftop bar, free Wi-Fi throughout and rooms with classic-style décor. This centrally located hotel is a short walk away from many famous attractions, such as Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, The Colosseum, Rome's Opera House and many more. Hotel rooms feature classic wood furniture, satellite TV, air conditioning and grès porcelain or parquet floors. The bathroom includes hairdryer and toiletries.

Hotel Sporting

Hotel Sporting, perched on a cliff in Vico Equense, is overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a panoramic restaurant and a private beach equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. Each air conditioned room comes with decorated tiled floors, simple light wood furniture, and a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

Hotel Sporting, perched on a cliff in Vico Equense, is overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a panoramic restaurant and a private beach equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. Each air conditioned room comes with decorated tiled floors, simple light wood furniture, and a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa

The Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa is located in the heart the Giardini Naxos, just a few steps from the sea on the east coast of the Ionian Sea. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, a bar, a freshwater outdoor swimming pool and private beach. Hotel rooms are furnished in modern style and have private facilities, TV, air-conditioning, phone and Wi-Fi.

The Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa is located in the heart the Giardini Naxos, just a few steps from the sea on the east coast of the Ionian Sea. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, a bar, a freshwater outdoor swimming pool and private beach. Hotel rooms are furnished in modern style and have private facilities, TV, air-conditioning, phone and Wi-Fi.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Guided "Skip the Line" entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence

Guided "Skip the Line" entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence

You've seen the delights of Florence so why not now immerse yourself further and get skip the line entrance and a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery Museum. Constructed in the 1500's and originally designed as offices for the magistrates, your expert guide will take you round this now museum which contains one of the most famous and oldest art collections in the world. As you venture through the 50 rooms your guide will talk you through the history and significance of the paintings ranging from the 13th to the 18th Century including the famous 'Madonna di Ognissanti' and the works of Leonardo and Michelangelo. After admiring the beautiful artwork in the form of paintings, you will then move through the halls to see the galleries hosting ancient Roman and Greek sculptures and statues. For art lovers or anyone looking to get a deeper understanding of the history of this wonderful city this is something you do not want to miss.

Please note we recommend to pre-book this excursion.
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Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by cable car. Past lava flows have left behind a pockmarked surface and you’ll see impressive craters. From the Piccolo Rifugio area at around 2,500 metres, those feeling adventurous can, at additional cost, continue their journey up the volcano by Jeep for an even more thrilling experience.
Please note: even on a sunny day, it can be cold and windy at the summit. You should wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, although these can be hired at Mount Etna.

Half-day – Spectacular views/must-see – Choice of strenuous walking at the higher level, around 2,700 metres, or moderate walking at the coach park level, around 1,800 metres.
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Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

This journey takes you on a spectacular drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. From the comfort of your seat, you’ll see pastel-coloured villages cut into hillsides and enjoy panoramic views of turquoise waters and verdant mountains. Upon reaching your destination, the pretty town of Amalfi, there’s plenty of time to explore. Head to the Piazza del Duomo to see its impressive 9th century cathedral then maybe relax in a café or enjoy a spot of shopping.

Full-day tour – Beautiful scenery – Minimal walking

This journey takes you on a spectacular drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. From the comfort of your seat, you’...

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Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been a haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time.
On this tour, you’ll see the Faraglioni rocks and visit the wonderful Gardens of Augustus, where colourful terraces are filled with flowers and the picturesque historic centre of Anacapri. At an additional cost, there may also be time to take the chairlift from Anacapri to the highest point of the island.

Full-day tour – Moderate walking – Not-to-be missed
Sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been a haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time.
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Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and off road vehicle

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and off road vehicle

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by cable car. Past lava flows have left behind a pockmarked surface and you’ll see impressive craters. From the Piccolo Rifugio area at around 2,500 metres, you’ll head off in an off-road vehicle for even more incredible views of the mountain.

Please note: even on a sunny day, it can be cold and windy at the summit. You should wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, although these can be hired at Mount Etna.

Half-day tour – Spectacular views/Must-see – Strenuous walking at the higher level, around 2,700 metres.

You will travel to a height of 2,500 metres by cable car and up to 2,920 metres by off-road vehicle. The duration of this will be approximately two hours.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by...

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Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Lucca is always a popular excursion and this trip will give you ample time to explore the delights of this walled town. You’ll discover perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower as you stroll through its historic centre. Further must-see highlights include the Piazza Anfiteatro, built on the site of an original Roman amphitheatre, and the Duomo di San Martino. This beautiful marble cathedral houses the Volto Santo – a large crucifix of the Holy Face carved into cedar wood. Lucca is also the birthplace of composer Puccini, and his former home is now a museum.

Half-day tour – Moderate walking
Lucca is always a popular excursion and this trip will give you ample time to explore the delights of this walled town. You’ll discover perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance...

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