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Italy Intro Page


Rome, Vatican, Naples, Capri, & Pompeii

Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna, & Alberobello

Sistine Chapel, Coliseum, Cathedrals, & Temples

Archaeological Sites, Picturesque Towns, & Majestic Caves

Vatican

Vatican in Rome.

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Southern Italy pages: Rome to Rome

We were on a Globus escorted tour that included Rome and Southern Italy. This page is an Introduction to the tour. The tour started in Rome where visits included the Coliseum, Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. We then went south to Naples, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. The sights seen are described in the page for Southern Italy (mainland). We also toured Pompeii. Although Pompeii is part of Southern Italy, it is important enough to deserve a separate page. From Naples we took an overnight boat to Sicily where sights visited included Palermo, Taormina, and Mount Etna. From Sicily we went back to Southern Italy (mainland) where we saw the Caves of Castellana and Alberobello. The tour ended in Rome. Contact Us for more information.

Additional tour details are found in the web pages for: Introduction, Pompeii, Rome, Sicily, and Southern Italy (mainland).

 

Italy

Roman coliseum with guide.

Guide telling group about the Roman Coliseum.


Capri.

Capri.

The history of Ancient Italy is really the history of Ancient Rome, and it is summarized in the page for Rome.

Italy is one of the most popular destinations of worldwide travelers. To see all of Italy takes at least a month. Most people choose to see Rome and the great cities in the north. These cities include Pisa, Florence, Verona, and Venice. Everyone should see these cities and the surrounding regions. However, often overlooked is the southern part of Italy including Sicily. This area is rich with history and contains magnificent ruins, beautiful scenery, attractive cathedrals, charming towns, important volcanoes, and impressive caves. Rome and Southern Italy are the subjects of these pages.


Escorted tour versus independent tour

Globus motor coach.

The Globus motor coach.

Most of what we did on this tour of Italy could have been done as an independent tour on our own. Instead we chose to do an escorted tour for the following reasons:

  1. Everything is planned to make sure that you have time to see the important sights. Even so, there is free time for you to do some things on your own.
  2. You are met at the airport upon arrival and taken to your hotel where you meet your tour director. At the end of the tour you are taken to the airport to make your flight back home.
  3. The tour is a very relaxing way to travel. When traveling on the comfortable motor coach you just sit back and enjoy the scenery. There are frequent stops for snacks, the bathroom, or photo opportunities.
  4. The tour director stays with you on the entire trip to coordinate everything and also tells you about the history of the countries and places you visit. It is a great way to learn.
  5. In cities, museums, archaeological sites, and other important places you visit you have the services of knowledgeable local guides. They can show you things that individuals are not allowed to see on their own.
  6. The tour director and all guides speak fluent English as well as the languages of the countries you are visiting. Not knowing the languages of the countries you visit is simply not a problem on these tours.
  7. You stay in nice hotels and the luggage is moved to your room and back to the motor coach for you.
  8. You meet very interesting and nice people in your group, and it is not unusual for friendships to continue after your tour ends. It is possible that you will have people in your group from English speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, England, and others in addition to the USA. We find this adds another dimension to the tours and makes them more fun.
  9. Most importantly, you get much more for your money as nearly everything is included in the escorted tour price. For an individual to pay for everything separately the total price would be much more.

Exploring Pompeii.

Exploring the streets of Pompeii.

Tour summary

We chose to do a Globus escorted tour. Globus has been around for more than seventy-five years, has a great reputation, quality tour conductors, and uses first class hotels. We spent two nights in Rome and Naples, one night on a ferry from Naples to Sicily, two nights in Palermo, Taormina, and Alberobello (in the boot of Italy), and one final night in Rome. Some pictures of the places we visited are seen on this page, and many more pictures with reviews for the different parts of Italy we visited are found on pages linked to from this page.

Pompeii guide.

Guide discussing life in Pompeii with group.

Highlights of the tour include the very popular Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, the Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Forum in Rome. The 1,200 rooms of the Reggia of Caserta and the Archaeological Museum in Naples are impressive. The Isle of Capri is beautiful. Pompeii is a large with magnificent ruins. Sicily is a fascinating place, and four nights were spent there. Highlights in Sicily are the Valley of Temples, the Dorian Temples and Acropolis, the Archaeological Site at Syracuse, and the excursion to Mount Etna. Alberobello is a delightful and fascinating city with its unique whitewashed dry stone circular houses called trulli. Nearby are the extremely impressive Caves of Castellana. Riding on the comfortable motor coach from place to place we saw many examples of beautiful landscapes as well as gorgeous beaches on the Mediterranean Sea such as at Sorrento.

Greek theater with guide.

Guide describing the Greek Theater at Syracuse.


Temple Juno.

Temple of Juno in the Valley of Temples.

Dinners

Musician at dinner.

Musician performing before group at dinner in Rome.

The dinners were in attractive and charming restaurants. Musicians performed at many of the dinners. It was a great way to relax with our new friends and discuss the fascinating places that we had been to and things that we had seen during the day.

Globus dinner.

Ready for another great dinner in elegant surroundings in Alberobello.

Tour conductor, driver, & local guides

Tour director Carmine.

Tour Director Carmine introducing folk dancers seen below.

Our tour conductor, Carmine Aliperti, was with us throughout the entire tour, and he was outstanding. Everything was organized to perfection, and he had extensive knowledge of every place that we went to and all of the sights that we saw. We learned a lot. There were many different local guides in the cities, museums, and at the archeological sites. They were all outstanding, and a number of them are seen in pictures above. The driver of the motor coach was also great as he had to negotiate many narrow streets in many of the cities.

Folk dancers.

Folk dancers performing before group in Alberobello before dinner.


Southern Italy pages: Rome to Rome

We were on a Globus escorted tour that included Rome and Southern Italy. This page is an Introduction to the tour. The tour started in Rome where visits included the Coliseum, Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. We then went south to Naples, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. The sights seen are described in the page for Southern Italy (mainland). We also toured Pompeii. Although Pompeii is part of Southern Italy, it is important enough to deserve a separate page. From Naples we took an overnight boat to Sicily where sights visited included Palermo, Taormina, and Mount Etna. From Sicily we went back to Southern Italy (mainland) where we saw the Caves of Castellana and Alberobello. The tour ended in Rome.

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