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Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast

11days from
£1,656*per person



Revel in the historical, natural, and culinary riches of Italy’s three most celebrated regions. Tuscany’s bucolic scenes serve as the perfect backdrop to the beginning of your escape with cultural highlights encompassing the Romanesque façades of Arezzo and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. Wine tasting in one of Montalcino’s medieval forts is followed by an interlude in the Imperial city of Rome and an in-depth survey of its notable spectacles. A stop in Pompeii provides enlightenment of the past and a pause on the shores of the Sorrento Peninsula allows for travelling along the idyllic Amalfi Coast and setting sail for the Isle of Capri and its multi-coloured coves.


  • Today you’ll arrive at Pisa Airport, where you’ll be met by your tour manager and transferred for two hours to your hotel in Arezzo, the heart of Tuscany. You’ll have the evening to unpack and get settled before exploring the surrounding area and having dinner at the hotel. 
  • After breakfast, you can embrace a morning at leisure, accompanied by your tour manager. In the afternoon, you’ll set off on a guided city tour of Arezzo, providing an introduction and orientation of this charming city. Points of interest include the Piazza Grande, Corso Italia and the Pieve di Santa Maria, which has a striking Romanesque façade. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to Basilica di San Francesco, a 13th-century complex that encompasses two churches, adorned with colourful frescos and towering over the historic centre. Later that day, you’ll return home to unwind and have dinner at the hotel.
  • The choice today is yours to either take advantage of a full day at leisure or join an optional excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. Your first stop on this excursion will be Siena, famous for its medley of medieval brick buildings positioned around a fan-shaped square, Piazza del Campo. Here, you’ll also get to view the city’s Gothic town hall, Palazzo Pubblico and its 14th-century tower, Torre del Mangia, embellished with a white crown and looking out over the countryside. You’ll then continue to another hill-topped town, San Gimignano, with its 14 fairy-tale-like towers rising amongst the other roofs. A ring of 13th-century walls encloses the old town centre, which is set around a triangular square, dotted with medieval houses. The Duomo di San Gimignano, a 12th-century church is a must-see during your visit given its fascinating assortment of frescos. At the end of the day, you’ll return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest and dinner.
  • Fuel up on breakfast as you have a jam-packed journey around Florence today. The tour will lead you to the centre of the Renaissance movement and showcase the highlights of the city, followed by time to survey the winding streets at your own pace. The imposing Florence Cathedral, Duomo di Firenze, is the starting point of this tour, and you can gaze at it in all its Gothic-style glory from the Piazza del Duomo. This striking structure, dating back to 1296, along with Baptistery and Giotto's Campanil are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site enveloping the historic centre of Florence. You’ll then see the splendour of the Basilica di Santa Croce before meandering across the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, spared by the retreating German forces. This afternoon, there will be time at leisure to seek out Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s fabled statue of David, and the Uffizi, where Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus, as well as the sprawling Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio frieze and Fontana di Nettuno. Your coach will then take you back to the hotel, where you can put your feet up, maybe with an Aperol Spritz in hand before having dinner. 
  • You’ll check out of the hotel today and leave Arezzo for Rome, stopping for wine tasting at Montalcino, a beautiful town balanced on a hilltop in Tuscany. Famous for its production of wine, particularly the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino, Enoteca La Fortezza is the perfect place to sample some local labels. Three tasting will be available, as well as a selection of cured meats and cheeses. The tour will then continue to Rome, Italy’s ancient capital where you’ll check into Romoli Hotel Roma.
  • Following breakfast, you’ll get to tick off more Rome monuments by day on another tour. From the Spanish Steps, dating back to 1723 and the exterior of the Colosseum, the largest standing amphitheatre in the world, to Saint Peter’s Square in front of the Vatican City, you’ll definitely see it all.  With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps take a stroll to the 18th-century Trevi Fountain to toss a coin into the waters and then grab a gelato. Or make your way to the cobbled streets of Trastevere in search of tiny osterias to feast on Italian delicacies amongst the locals. Head back to your hotel once you’ve had your fill of the city’s splendours.
  • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and another day to potter around Rome at your own pace – ideal for fitting in any of the sights that you had missed. You can also choose to join an optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica in the morning.  An independent city-state in Rome and the smallest in the world, the Vatican City is a spiritual and administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. Inside this city, you’ll find the Vatican Museums, a group of art and Christian museums housing a vast assortment of art and historical artefacts collected by the Roman Catholic Church over centuries. During this excursion, you’ll also be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world’s largest and most famous churches, a complex of museums and galleries, manicured gardens, and the Apostolic Palace. This afternoon, you can continue your exploration of Rome on an optional excursion of three of its best ancient treasures (the tickets included in this excursion will offer you 24-hour entrance to all these attractions). The Colosseo, commonly known as the Colosseum, will be the first wish-list sight, and it’s one of the most recognisable ancient Roman monuments. Dating back to the 1st century AD, this engineering marvel is one of the most well-preserved amphitheatres in the world, which was used for various forms of public spectacles and could hold up to 80,000 spectators. Nearby, the Arch of Constantine, dedicated to the emperor Constantine the Great, can be found. Its large three arches are decorated with statues and descriptions commemorating his achievements.   You’ll then view the Fori Imperiali, located to the west of the Colosseum, also known as the Imperial Forums, several monumental public squares, and forums. Built by successive Roman emperors, they originally served as the centre of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. Construction began during the reign of Julius Caesar, and each forum had a different purpose and theme.   Above the Imperial Forums, the flat-topped Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, is situated. This is one of the most ancient parts of Rome and where the emperors constructed their palaces. You can wander the ruins of these ancient buildings amongst the pine trees and take in the views of the city below, as well as visit the Museo Palatino, a small museum displaying information about the grounds. Post-exploring, perhaps partake in the cultural tradition of Italian Aperitivo, opting for a spot on one of the pretty piazzas like Piazza Navona.
  • Have breakfast, check out of the hotel, and then you’ll be driven to Rome, stopping off first at Pompeii. Here, you can see the ruins of Roman Pompeii, which were destroyed and miraculously preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Pompeii, then lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years before being rediscovered in the 18th century. Follow your guide as they point out the villas, temples, and frescoed houses, which offer a vivid insight into Roman life. Upon arriving in Sorrento Peninsula, a coastal haven looking out across the Bay of Naples, you’ll check into your hilltop hotel, where you might want to head straight to the rooftop terrace to take in the vista before dinner.
  • Once you’ve had breakfast, you can discover the delights of Sorrento Peninsula under your own steam or join an optional excursion to Capri. This day trip starts off with boarding a boat and cruising around Capri, set in the Bay of Naples, known for its rugged cliffs and sheltered grottos. The boat will dock amongst the sparkling yachts, and you’ll have a chance to stroll the streets, lined with polished hotels and boutique shops and snorkel in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll also get to see some of the island’s natural wonders like Grotta Bianca (white grotto), the natural arch, Villa Malaparte resting dramatically on a cliff edge, the soaring Faraglioni rocks, Grotto Verde (green grotto), the active lighthouse of Punta Carena, and the villa of Tiberius, the island retreat of the Roman Emperor, Tiberius. If you would like to visit the famous Grotta Azzurra (blue grotto), with its incredible azure reflection, you can do this during your free time on your own account. You'll then return to your, where you can refresh and relax during the evening before having dinner at the hotel.
  • It’s your final day in Italy, and you can enjoy a full day at leisure or really make the most of it with an all-encompassing optional excursion along the arresting Amalfi Coast, passing by colourful towns, clinging to the cliffs with the sea shimmering below the craggy rocks. One of the most scenic coastal roads in Europe forms the backdrop for today's included excursion. Here, the rock faces plunge vertically into the sea and dizzy bridges span deep gorges while, in contrast, gently-contoured hillsides covered in vines, fruit and olive trees roll away inland. Take in the view above the town of Positano, with its Moorish-style pink and white houses, and enjoy a visit to beautiful Amalfi, a thriving holiday resort with houses rising up the hillsides and a main square dominated by the beautiful cathedral. Whilst in Amalfi, you'll be taken by boat to Maiori, a colourful lively town, which boasts the largest beach on the 50 km Amalfi coastline where you'll find a lovely waterfront promenade with restaurants, cafés, and shops.
  • As your Italian escape has come to an end, you’ll check out and be transferred to Naples Airport.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Embark on a city tour of Arezzo with entrance to Basilica di San Francesco
  • Delve into the historical and architectural delights of Florence
  • Partake in an optional day trip to the charming cities of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Sample local labels from an atmospheric winery housed in a medieval fort in Montalcino
  • Marvel at Rome’s medley of historic monuments by day
  • Pay an enlightening visit to the Roman ruins of Pompeii
  • Experience an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basillica
  • Set off on an optional Colosseum, Imperial Forums, and Palatine Hill excursion
  • Join an optional boat tour to the stylish shores of Capri
  • Meander along the Amalfi Coast on an optional excursion

Our Price Includes

  • 10 nights’ mixed-board accommodation at hotels in Arezzo (four nights - half-board), Rome (three nights - bed and breakfast) and Sorrento Peninsula (three nights - half-board)
  • 10 breakfasts and seven dinners
  • City tours of Rome and Florence
  • Wine tasting in Montalcino
  • City tour of Arezzo and entrance to Basilica di San Francesco
  • Return flights from the UK to Italy
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September 2024
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Meals and dining in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour. An authentic dining experience in Italy can often be a bit different to the Italian food that international tourists might be used to, but it’s one of the best ways to truly appreciate the finer cultural differences of this tourist hotspot. From simpler, but more frequent, courses to regional dishes, here are some points to note when dining in Italy.   The first major difference you’re likely to notice is that the dining experience as a whole is much longer; you’ll enjoy a much more social experience than the average dinner back home with multiple smaller courses spread across a longer period of time. While each meal will be prepared to order, you may notice that dishes are served cooler than you might be used to – Italian dishes are rarely served piping hot to preserve the more delicate flavours of each ingredient and to provide a more enjoyable dining experience. The final thing to bear in mind is that it may be tricky to find Italian classics in the same form as they are at home. For instance, while Spaghetti Carbonara is a staple in historic Rome – and made traditionally using egg yolks rather than cream – you’ll often find it replaced with a wild boar ragù in Tuscany.

Travelling to Europe

Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at

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