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History, culture and Italian style
Combine three nights in Rome with four nights in Sorrento on this excellent two-centre Italian holiday. Explore Italy's rich history as we visit the Vatican, the monastery at Monte Cassino and the ancient streets of Pompeii, then relax into the gentle rhythms of everyday life alongside the Bay of Naples.
Rome and Sorrento Holiday Itinerary
Fly to Rome, or Naples, meet your Tour Manager and relax on our coach as you transfer to your hotel.
Day One: Fly from the UK to Italy
Join your Tour Manager for a guided tour of Rome's best known sights, this morning. See the ancient Forum and the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the imposing sculptures of the Trevi Fountain and much much more. Afterwards you're free to explore the museums on the Capitoline Hill, gaze up at the Pantheon from the world-famous Piazza Navona, shop, explore or just enjoy "la dolce vita".
Day Two: Included Rome guided tour
On today's optional excursion we'll cross the Tiber to Castel St Angelo and the Vatican City, where St Peter's Square is dominated by the majestic dome of the Basilica. Step inside to see Bernini's baldacchino and Michelangelo's Pieta before completing your visit by viewing Michelangelo's unparalleled frescoes and ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
Day Three: Optional Vatican City tour
Leaving Rome behind, we'll travel through rolling hills to Monte Cassino, which has been the site of one of Italy's most important monasteries for nearly 1500 years. Almost destroyed during one of the last great battles of the Second World War, it was faithfully rebuilt and stands, today, as a working monastery and monument to the 4000-plus soldiers who lost their lives there.
Day Four: Included day trip to Monte Cassino
Moving on, we'll head to the Bay of Naples and stop at Pompeii for a guided tour. Buried by ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D.79, the city was rediscovered in the 18th Century and now offers visitors an astonishing glimpse of everyday life in Early Imperial Rome.
From Pompeii we'll head to our final destination, and our second hotel, in Sorrento, in time for dinner.
Spend today relaxing. Window-shop your way along the Corso Italia to the Piazza Tasso, then head down to the seafront to watch the boats in the town's Piccola and Grande marinas.
Day Five: Day at leisure
On today's included excursion we'll follow the Amalfi Drive as it winds its way past sheer rock faces and gleaming blue waters. See Positano's cliff-side cluster of houses and hotels, Amalfi's cathedral and main square, and Ravello. Expect a day of astonishing views and unforgettable Italian scenery.
Day Six: Included journey along the Amalfi Drive
Today on our optional excursion, we cross to Capri, the magical Isle of Dreams. Enjoy the spectacular views from Villa San Michele in Anacapri or as you ride the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro (payable locally), and perhaps take a boat trip to the famous 'Blue Grotto' or wander the streets of chic, cosmopolitan Capri Town.
Day Seven: Optional excursion to Capri
Board our coach as head back to the airport in time to check in for your flight home.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK