This colourful and affordable Italy tour showcases a combination of famous cities of the mainland with the highlights of Sicily – the largest island in the Mediterranean.
You’ve heard about Italy’s magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient history, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés. Now it is your turn to experience it with this value-minded Italy tour to explore its most iconic cities and discover its spectacular sights.
This Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine what life was like during the classical Greek period when you visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, an archeological jewel. See the Acropolis in Selinunte, a city at the apex of its power before 409 BC.
Immerse yourself in the Roman Empire’s era of gladiators as you see Rome’s Colosseum; and see the Roman Forum – the site of the political, social, and commercial center of the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit the Renaissance gem of Florence for a walking tour featuring on the city’s highlights, including the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.
On this budget travel to Italy tour, you’ll discover its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterpieces St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a masterpiece and a great example of gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose three revered structures—the Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery—have been considered central to religious life. In Palermo, you will visit the Cappella Palatina, with its exquisite Byzantine mosaics.
You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to the popular St. Mark’s Square. Watch Venetian glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries, and spend free time admiring Venice’s crisscrossing canals, lovely gondolas passing under the arched bridges, palaces, and quaint piazzas. In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to charming Erice, a fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.
Breathtaking landscapes, including Tuscany’s rolling hills, the emerald-blue strait of Messina, and lush orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna – Europe’s tallest active volcano, will create fond memories of this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.