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Italy In-Depth: Venice, Rome & the Amalfi Coast

October 20, 2022 thru November 1, 2022

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Join Pleasurebent Tours as we are immersed in the Italy, during the best time of the year to travel. Discover the Venice of the Venetians along narrow streets, away from the commotion of the tourists, a city which is full of fascination even in its most hidden corners. Explore Florence, the “cradle of the Renaissance,” which is home to some of the world’s most important Renaissance art and architecture. Guided tour of Pisa. Tuscan countryside, with olive groves, green hills and vineyards that make the Chianti region so stunning. Visit San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, can truly be characterized as an open-air museum. Tour the best highlights of Rome, including Vatican City and the Sistene Chapel. Experience Naples pizza and historic sites. Stay in the historic seaside town of Sorrento, perched over the awe-inspiring Bay of Naples. Plus much much more!


Air

Roundtrip air included

Transportation

Motorcoach / transfers

Duration

13 days, 11 nights

Activity Level 3-4

Moderate-Active

Meals

18 meals

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Livery service to/from your home included


Tour Highlights

  • Historic Venice
  • Florence Walking Tour
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan cooking class
  • San Gimignano
  • Siena Old Town Tour
  • Classic & ancient Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Naples & Sorrento
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Vesuvio & Pompeii

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Italy
  • All transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pickup/livery Service
  • 11 nights lodging
  • 18 meals (10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Services of a Professional Italian Tour Director
  • Baggage handling
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Day 1 – Fly to Venice!

We depart from the Tucson for our overnight flight to Venice, Italy.

Day 2 – Venice

Welcome to Venice! After clearing arrival formalities, you will be met and transferred to St. Mark’s square, while your luggage will be brought to the hotel. This afternoon, we take a gondola ride and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead you through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. We then gather with your travel companions for a special welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (D)

Day 3 – Venice

Visit the romantic lagoon city of Venice! On this tour you will discover the Venice of the Venetians along narrow streets, away from the commotion of the tourists, a city which is full of fascination even in its most hidden corners. Looking out from the Rialto Bridge, the Canale Grande can be admired in its full glory. Inside St. Mark’s Basilica, you’ll marvel at its famous golden mosaics, rare examples of Byzantine art; beautiful marble mosaics covering the floor and marble slabs covering the walls; the “Pala d’Oro” (the Golden Altarpiece) rich in enamels. Following our tour, we will reach the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most important museums of European and American art of the twentieth century in Italy, for an inside visit. The balance of the day is at your own leisure to explore this amazing Island, do some shopping or taste the traditional “Cicchetto” at a local Bacaro. (B)

Day 4 – Venice & Florence

After breakfast this morning we transfer to the train station for the journey to Florence.
Once arrived in Florence, you will reach your hotel, where you will have time to relax and leave your luggage. This afternoon we meet our local guide to take a walking tour of Florence. Learn about influential Florentines like the Medici family and the poet Dante Alighieri. Then stroll around Florence’s historical center. Known as the “cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence is home to some of the world’s most important Renaissance art and architecture. Your guide will show off Florence’s finest examples. Following your walking tour, the balance of the day is at your leisure. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant in the city center tonight. (B,D)

Day 5 – Pisa and Cooking Class

Begin your morning with a hearty breakfast and later you will be transferred to Pisa. As you visit the city, the Leaning Tower will capture your attention with its famous “tilt”. The tower, created in 12th century has a fascinating history including unforgiving subsoil, countless engineering misdirection’s resulting in its tilt of around 3 degrees. Take the moment to draw your pose along the tower. Continue to a farmhouse nearby the city of Lucca, where a cooking class of traditional Tuscan specialties awaits you. The course will conclude with a tasting of our Tuscan wines to pair with dishes cooked previously. (B,L)

Day 6 – Rome & San Gimignano

This morning we drive south through the Tuscan countryside by coach. Gaze out at the olive groves, green hills and vineyards that make the Chianti region so stunning. Look forward to San Gimignano: the family towers can be seen from far away. Each family kept trying to surpass the others with ever higher towers and these impressive structures stand testimony to this competition to this day. The medieval structures of this city have largely remained intact and San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, can truly be characterized as an open-air museum. Before to leave this amazing place we will enjoy an unforgettable ice cream in one of the most ancient gelateria in Italy. Mr. Dondoli produces unique flavors, his gelato is famous world-wide. Taste his saffron & pine nuts, a registered trade mark. We reach than Siena, where a guided tour of the old town awaits you. The highlight is the Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race, the Palio, takes place each year. We will stop for a wine tasting at a local wine cellar while the owner explain us everything regarding his wine. We continue onto Roma and tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 – Classic & Ancient Rome

Today we take in classic and ancient Rome. Admire the Spanish Steps, the widest stairs in Europe. English Romantic Poet John Keats lived and died in one of the villas along the steps. The house is now a museum. We walk to the Trevi Fountain, where images of the lovely Anita Eckberg seem to dance in its waters, as she did in the film “La Dolce Vita.” Today swimming there is strictly prohibited, but we can still toss coins in, following the lead in another great film, “Three coins in the Fountain”. The film demonstrates that if you throw a coin backwards over your left shoulder into the fountain, you will soon return to Rome. Everyday nearly €2,000.00 is collected (the money goes to a local charity that supports the homeless) and everyday tourists toss their coins with the hope that they can quickly come back to the “Eternal City.” We continue to the Pantheon and finish at beautiful Baroque Piazza Navona. The piazza has it all: three glorious fountains, Bernini sculptures, a lovely outdoor café scene and the magnificent Sant’Agnese in Agone church. A journey through antiquity understandably tops a lot of bucket lists. A walk
through the ruins of one of the greatest empires of all time is a humbling experience. The ancients built wonders and influenced the world at a time when surviving much beyond the age of 25 was a feat. Architects of the past aimed to lay the foundation for the following generations; they accepted that man played a part in the process of establishing a greatness that he would never see. The contributions of lives in Rome created an area that at that time must have been phantasmagorical – as even its mere remnants are grand. A walking tour of ancient Rome takes you to: the Colosseum, the world’s most famous arena of entertainment; the Arch of Constantine, the largest and only still existing triumphal arch in Rome; Palatine Hill, the location of the imperial palace complex; the Imperial Forum, famous as the area Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus had built; and Trajan’s Column, which reads like a scroll descending from the sky and depicting the victories of the emperor who commissioned it. (B)

Day 8 - Vatican City: Sistine Chapel & St Peter

The country within a country was built to enclose a single complex: the Vatican. The areas open to the public include the Museums, which houses over 300 galleries with a wealth of art that represents all of the greatest expressions of genius from the Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek and Roman to Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. The contents of the collection are unparalleled, but the real draw are the rooms themselves. With interiors by greats like Raphael and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, no better examples of Italian art exist elsewhere in the world. With the afternoon at leisure, sample some of the great street foods in the charming neighborhood of Trastrevere, or take an optional 3 hour food tour, where you will have the opportunity to try some of the great Roman staples, such as: Roman pizza (usually sold by the weight of each slice, which varies based on the toppings chosen), supplì (the Roman version of the arancini rice balls) and cold cuts and cheeses. The walking tour will conclude with gelato, of course!

Day 9 - Naples to Sorrento

Naples displays the contrasts that make Italy famous. The new interlaced with the old. Breathtaking beauty juxtaposed with the normal. The simple with the complex. The amalgam of sensorial stimulation the city exudes is impressive: piping hot pizzas and sweet sfogliatelle pastries tempt the taste buds; rich history recounted with the unforgettably unique accent that simultaneously seems to start and stop; the friction of cobblestones underfoot; and the scent of espresso as locals undergo their time-tested coffee consumption rituals at cafés. We visit many of its famous sites, including Castel Nuovo, the semi-circular Piazza del Plebiscito square, the Palazzo Reale Royal Palace, the National Archeological Museum and the Naples Underground City. We enjoy a dish from a famous pizzeria before continuing on to Sorrento. The historic seaside town of Sorrento is perched over the awe-inspiring Bay of Naples. Its lovely hotels have welcomed guests since the bygone days of the Grand Tour. Tiny pedestrian streets are filled with local shops to stroll, deliciously inviting restaurants and a coast along which to rest and behold the marvelous views and breathe in the saline air. (B,L)

Day 10 - The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast will take your breath away when you arrive and break your heart when you have to go. Its sunny scenery and welcoming locals make one feel like they have arrived in their dream home town. Its cliffs plunge poetically into the cobalt sea, punctuated only by bursts of verdant vegetation and by the lively little towns that dot its narrow main road as it winds along the southern half of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Its villages rise vertically in colorful bursts, mirrored in the water that kisses its shores. Ancient trails lead further upwards to paths with names like the “Walk of Gods” that offer heavenly views of the marvels of Gulf of Salerno below. Star-studded resort towns like Positano, Amalfi and Ravello have long been sought for their artistic air. Bad weather days on the coast are rare; but when life gives the natives off-days they know just what to do:They take their lemons and make limoncello! (B)

Day 11 - Vesuvio & Pompeii

We visit and tour Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times.Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city of Pompeii, a city south of Rome, in A.D. 79 in about 25 hours, according to History. Because the city was buried so quickly by volcanic ash, the site is a well-preserved snapshot of life in a Roman city. There is also a detailed account of the disaster recorded by Pliny the Younger, who interviewed survivors and recorded events in a letter to his friend Tacitus. (B)

Day 12 - Sorrento

Early morning at leisure to explore the streets of Sorrento on your own At noon we reach a local farmhouse, property of a family of cooks from 3 generations, and learn about the
mozzarella production process. The explanation of the various steps will be followed by an abundant tasting of this delightful cheese and other traditional flavors of this area.
Get local with this typical lunch, everything is homemade! After further touring the area we have a wonderful Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13 - Fly Home

We fly back to Tucson today, with tasty and wonderful memories of Rome and the Amalfi Coast! (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$6,840 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250

$7,830 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Italy
All transfers & motorcoach transportation
Pickup/livery Service
11 nights lodging
18 meals (10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a Professional Italian Tour Director
Baggage handling
Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer – Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$435 covers trip costs $6,001 to $7,000. $498 covers trip costs $7,001 to $8,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Italy. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $TBD fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.