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Southern Gems of Italy | 11 Day Self-Drive Tour

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Automatic or manual rental car 
  • Train transport from Naples to Rome 

 Other Inclusions

  • Deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.

Optional Extras

  • Airport Transfers
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Train Upgrades
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours 
  • Travel Protection

 

11 Days / 10 Nights 

 

Starts in Palermo / Ends in Rome 

 

 

 

Highlights

Valley of the Temples

Mount Etna

Amalfi Coast

Seaside Villages

Pompeii & Mount Vesuvuis

Rome City Attractions

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Palermo and Explore

Once you land in Palermo on the South Island of Sicily, pick up your rental car. Palermo is the capital of Sicily known for the Palazzo dei Normanni, Byzantine mosaics and Cathedral houses. Explore some of the busy street markets, museums and churches. Get some Sicilian pizza for lunch and continue walking the streets of Palermo before finding a traditional Italian restaurant for some wine and dinner for a relaxing evening.

 

Day 2: Explore west Sicily

Spend day two getting to know the West of Sicily including Monreale overlooking the La Conca d’oro valley. This hillside town is considered one of Italy’s greatest cultural treasures and definitely worth the trip. Erice is also a historic town with castles and temples to explore. Learn the legends of this small town before heading on to Trapani. Trapani is the western most tip of Sicily with a crescent coastline offering views across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your last stop of the day is the Valley of the Temples. Valle dei Templi is an archaeological site in Agrigento with Greek art and architecture. Make your way back to your hotel for a night of rest.

 

Day 3: Palermo to Taormina

Get an early start this morning for the journey to Taormina. The drive is about three hours but make a day of the drive by making stops along the way. First, drive up to Catania. Catania is a port city on the east coast of Sicily at the base of Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. After exploring the city move on to Taormina where you can enjoy the coastline, Bay of Spisone and the Bay of Mazzaro. Take a boat ride into the Blue Grotto of Taormina or visit Isola Bella. This is a small island also known as “The Pearl of the Ionian Sea” that is a protected natural site.

 

Day 4: Explore East Sicily

This morning you’ll have the chance to make it to the summit of Mount Etna. This active volcano is the highest in Europe and overlooks the whole region. Take one of the nature-trails up to the lunar landscape of the summit to explore what this volcano has to offer. This afternoon you can take the opportunity to visit one (or a few) of the vineyards Taormina has to offer. Take a food and wine tour at the foot of the volcano you climbed this morning.

 

Day 5: Taormina to Cosenza

Today you’ll have a three hour drive up to Cosenza but not without a stop in Messina first. Messina is a harbor city known for the Norman Messina Cathedral and marble fountains. After exploring the city and grabbing some lunch, make the rest of the way to Cosenza. Spend the evening getting to know another Italian city known for its rich culture.

 

Day 6: Cosenza to Sorrento

Get an early start this morning to make the three-and-a-half-hour ride to Sorrento. Take your time making your way up, stopping along the way when desired. Once you arrive and check into your hotel explore the city of Sorrento looking out on the bay of Naples. Find a café or restaurant in Piazza Tasso and walk along the busy marinas on the water for the evening.

 

Day 7: Explore Amalfi Coast

Spend the morning finding a café for a cappuccino and pastry before taking a boat ride over to the island of Capri and Anacapri. Once you get to the island, explore the shops and taste test some limoncello before heading up to Anacapri. Take the chairlift up to the highest point in Capri and take in the scenic views of the rugged landscape around you. Make your way back to Sorrento for a night out on the town or a night of rest for the beach tomorrow.

 

Day 8: Explore Amalfi Day Two

Today you’ll have a more relaxed day of exploring. There are multiple coastal villages to see in Amalfi, Positano being the most famous. Known for its colorful stacked houses and steep, narrow roads, make your way to the little village to explore the shops and sit on the beach. Ravello is another seaside village known for its cliffside gardens and Villa Cimbrone surrounded by more gardens. You can also visit Salerno with more sea-side views and the Salerno Cathedral built on roman temple ruins.

 

Day 9: Sorrento to Rome

This morning you will be leaving Sorrento, destination: Rome. You’ll start with an hour drive up to Naples where you will stop in Pompei on the way. Climb Mount Vesuvius and visit the Pompei ruins buried in the 79 A.D. eruption. Once you are done exploring Pompei, drive up to Naples, drop off your rental car and catch the train from Naples to Rome. The ride is only about an hour so once you get to Rome, find your hotel and check in. Spend the night getting to know Rome a little bit before the day tomorrow.

 

Day 10: Explore Rome

Today you can walk around or use the open top bus tour to make your way around this bustling cosmopolitan city. This hop-on hop-off tour allows you to see all the main sights in the city on your own time including the Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Circo Massimo, Piazza Venezia and more. Spend the evening enjoying one last authentic Italian meal before your journey home tomorrow.

 

Day 11: Return Home

Today you will make your way to the airport to catch your flight home.

 

 

 

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