Italian Getaway

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Discover the tastes, culture, and the iconic architecture of Italy. Visit the playground of the Gladiators and explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the scenic Tuscan countryside. Learn the art of talking with your hands, experience the delight of perfectly cooked pasta and live the passion of Renaissance Art in the home of one of history's most renowned empires. Then head south to Italy’s #1 beach destination. Boat around the Island of Capri, sip limoncello, and show off your new handmade sandals before breaking out your best dance moves in bustling downtown Sorrento. Bronze in Positano on the black sand beach and cruise along the coast. Finally, explore the ruins of Pompeii while admiring Mt. Vesuvius.

Included:

  • Round trip transport
  • 3-Star City Center Hotel and top rated Hostel accommodation with your friends
  • Breakfast
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Walking tours
  • Cathedral tour of Rome
  • Entrance ticket to the Vatican
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Private ferry to island of Capri with a private guided boat tour of the island (with a stop at the Blue Grotto)
  • Private transfer to Positano
  • Private transport to Pompeii
  • Exclusive Bus2alps discounts everywhere
  • Bus2alps Trip Leader

Please note: Flights are not included in this trip. This tour meets at 9:00 directly at the accommodation detailed by your Tour Leader on Sunday.  Please plan your return flight to leave anytime after 19:00 on the following Sunday.

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Detailed Itinerary

For accurate departure times, travel times, prices of activities, and suggestions on how much extra money you will need, please contact info@bus2alps.com.

Day 1

Your trip leader will meet you at the accommodation on Sunday.  Plan flights to arrive in Florence in the late morning.  After check in, your trip leader will give you a walking tour of Florence. We will see the Duomo, the historic Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Signoria, and more! We will finish the tour in Piazza Signoria and your trip leader will direct you to some delicious lunch spots.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Florence. Friday night there will be an optional family-style dinner at our favorite restaurant Il Gatto e la Volpe. The dinner includes several courses of Tuscan specialties and pastas. Afterwards we will head to one of Florence’s best bars and show you the local nightlife.

 

Day 2

You will have all day Monday free to explore more of Florence’s endless beauty. Today you will be able to check out Florence’s great museums and galleries, like the Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia (home of the David), Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and more. Refer to your trip leader for recommendations and how to visit. You can also head to Tuscany to visit the medieval city of Siena, San Gimignano (the medieval New York City), go wine tasting in the Chianti region, push over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or other beautiful cities in the region.

On Monday evening your trip leader will take you to Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset, which offers the best view of the city, and great gelato.   

Day 3

In the morning we will depart Florence for Rome.  After check-in, we will spend the afternoon on an entertaining walking tour of the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and Colosseum. Entrance to the Colosseum will be an optional cost.

We will start Tuesday evening with a ‘Welcome to Rome’ dinner at Miscellanea, located right near The Pantheon. Afterwards we will head to Trastevere and Campo de Fiori, two of Rome’s most popular areas for nightlife.

Day 4

We will start Wednesday at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. We will depart from our accommodation for the tour.  Afterwards you will have time to further explore Rome, the capital of history’s most influential empire. Consult your Bus2alps trip leader for suggestions as to where to go and how to see it. Other sights in Rome include The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, and Piazza Navona.

That night you are free to explore the culinary treats Rome has to offer. Ask your Bus2alps Trip Leader for the best recommendations for food and nightlife depending on your taste!

Day 5

Thursday we will check out of the accommodation and store our luggage. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the city, visit museums, and for last minute souvenir shopping.  Be sure to ask your trip leader for restaurant suggestions for the best place to grab lunch.  Thursday evening we will be departing Rome and we will head to Sorrento. We will check in at Hotel Florida upon our arrival later on that night.  

Day 6

Friday morning we depart by private bus to Positano (included). This spectacular, scenic drive hugs the coastline before depositing us high above Positano. After some photo opportunities, we will walk to the black sand beaches through this remarkable cliff-hanging coastal village. Once in Positano, your Bus2alps trip leader will point out Vini e Panini for sandwiches, snacks, and drinks, in addition to other good places to eat. You will then have the entire day to relax on the beach, swim in the sparkling blue waters, and browse the many shops of Positano, known for ceramics and lace! It is also possible to rent a boat, kayaks, or stand-up paddle boards while there. From Positano you can venture further along the coast to the town of Amalfi. Our private bus will take you directly back to our accommodation.
Friday night we organize an optional dinner in Sorrento city center at Il Leone Rosso, an excellent restaurant with an extensive menu of local specialties at great prices. Afterwards we can head down to the English Inn, an outdoor beer garden with drinks specials for Bus2alps members.


Day 7

We depart for the port where we board the ferry and set sail for Capri. Upon arrival, we begin our private island tour. First stop is the Blue Grotto, where you will be transferred directly from our boat into small row boats that will bring you into the grotto (weather permitting). We will then continue around the island to check out more sights finishing at Marina Grande. Your trip leader will then walk you up to Capri Town. Our private transport will then bring us further up to Anacapri, the highest part of the island, where we will be welcomed with a free chocolate and limoncello tasting. You will have the remainder of the afternoon free. We suggest riding the chairlift to the top of Mt. Solaro to get a breathtaking 360 degree view of the island, grabbing a unique pair of custom made sandals, and having a scrumptious lunch at Bus2alps’ favorite place in Anacapri, Le Arcate. You also have the option of checking out the rest of the island or hanging out on the beach down by Marina Grande. The ferry departs from Marina Grande.
Saturday night you have free to yourself to either kick back at one of the scenic viewpoints at your accommodation or head into Sorrento.

Day 8

Sunday morning we depart for Pompeii. Bus2alps has an optional 1.5 hour guided tour of the ruins. The guides do an amazing job of painting an excellent picture of life in Pompeii during the Roman era in a fun and relatable way. The guided tour is highly recommended. You can also enter without a guide and see the ruins on your own. There will also be enough time for lunch. We suggest eating at our favorite spot, Pompeii Pizza, for a delicious brick oven cooked pizza at a great price. We depart Pompeii to return to Rome Fiumicino Airport.  Please Email info@bus2alps.com for more information the times you should book your flight. 

Included Activities

Cathedral Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket: See the gems of the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country, and the head of the Catholic Church. Learn about the popes, the history of the Church, and visit the incredible art that the Vatican has collected.

Walking Tours: The Roman Forum and historical centers of Florence and Milan are easily accessible on foot. Your walking tour will cover all major sites in these locations.

Welcome to Rome Dinner: Kick off your time in Rome with a traditional chow down of fine Italian specialties.

Capri Ferry and Island Tour: We take a ferry to the island of Capri. Once we arrive to Capri, our private boats take us on tour around the island, stopping at the Blue Grotto (entrance not included), and other sites, including Marina Grande, Faraglione, White Grotto and Green Grotto.

Limoncello Tasting & Sandal Shop: There are two shops in Anacapri that produce amazing custom sandals and make their own Limoncello and lemon chocolates. Custom sandals start at 40€.

Positano Transport: Our private bus transports you to Positano, a beautiful drive winding along the ocean.

Positano Beach Day!

Pompeii Transport: Pompeii is the most preserved ancient Roman civilization. You will be transported there by our private bus.

Optional Activities

Florence Family Style Dinner: Sit down in an old Tuscan building and feast on traditional Tuscan appetizers, several different pasta dishes, and unlimited wine and water.

Tours, Museums, Day Trip: Italy is known for its Renaissance Art, Ancient History, and amazing sights. Consult your trip leader or informational guide for information on how to join any optional tours and day trips. Museum, gallery, and day trip prices vary.

Blue Grotto: Entrance into the site includes row boat ride into one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Europe to experience the fluorescent cave.

Positano Water Activities: It is possible to rent a boat, go sea kayaking, rent stand-up paddle boards, purchase floaties, and more while on Positano's beaches. Availability based on the season & weather.

Pompeii Guided Tour: Bus2alps has been using the same guides for years now. They give a fantastic account of the city and make it relatable.

Mt. Solaro: From Anacapri you can take a chairlift to the top of the island for the best views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius.

Highlights

Highlights include:

  • The Colosseum in Rome
  • The Vatican
  • Leather Markets
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • The Duomo
  • Private Boat Tour of Capri
  • Limoncello Samples
  • Chairlift Views in Anacapri
  • Boating in the Blue Grotto
  • Downtown Sorrento
  • Colorful Town of Positano
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Ruins of Pompeii
  • & More!

Route

  1. Florence
  2. Rome
  3. Amalfi Coast