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Secrets of Southern Italy

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
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Spend an unforgettable two weeks exploring the highlights of Southern Italy, from the majesty of ancient Rome to the shores of Sicily. Along the way, enjoy glorious gems such as Capri and Sorrento, and uncover hidden treasures like the cave town of Matera and the trulli houses of Alberobello. Combine it all with a culinary adventure encompassing Napolitan pizza, Pugliese orrechiette and Sicilian street treats, and even try your hand at making gelato on the Amalfi coast.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 24
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    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Secrets of Southern Italy tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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You can holiday to Italy without having to quarantine either on your arrival in the country or on your return to the UK. There are also no travel advisories in place against travel from the FCDO meaning you can book with complete peace of mind.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Rome
    Day 1: Arrival in Rome

    Fly to Rome. You will be met at Fiumicino Airport and transferred to your hotel, where you will be met by your Local Guide or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Later this evening, join your group for a briefing and welcome dinner.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Ancient Rome
    Day 2: Ancient Rome

    Discover the vestiges of the powerful Roman Empire with a walking tour of Rome's historic centre. Begin at the field of the Circus Maximus and nearby Colosseum before moving on to the Roman Forum. Here stand the impressive remains of the monuments that once formed the beating heart of the Roman world; from the iconic senate house to the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temples of Saturn, Caesar and Romulus, among others. Continue to the fountain-lined Piazza Navona, passing by Trajan's Column and Agrippa's Pantheon en route.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Vatican City & Palazzo Massimo
    Day 3: Vatican City & Palazzo Massimo

    Our day begins at the incomparable Vatican City, one of the grandest collections of Western art in the world. Sit down to a refreshing lunch before returning to central Rome to visit Palazzo Massimo, one of the most charming museums in the city. With excellent bronzes, impressive frescoes and enchanting animal mosaics.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este
    Day 4: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este

    Less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tivoli is a peaceful rural town that has been the escape of Rome's elite for centuries. Here, visit two magnificent, contrasting villas; the idyllic ancient ruins of the Emperor Hadrian's Villa, and the Renaissance-era Villa d'Este. The latter is considered one of the most outstanding examples of Renaissance culture. From here, drive through the beautiful Lazio countryside to Naples, where we spend the night.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Pompeii & Herculaneum
    Day 5: Pompeii & Herculaneum

    Depart Naples and travel to Pompeii, and its lesser-visited cousin, Herculaneum. Both towns were impressively well-preserved following the eruption of Vesuvius; Herculaneum is much smaller, but home to many impressive gems such as the Neptune mosaic, which remains in situ. Transfer to scenic Sorrento, our home for the next two nights.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Amalfi & Capri
    Day 6: Amalfi & Capri

    Today, we explore the delights and delicacies of the Amalfi coast, the picture-perfect playground of the Campania region. Begin with an morning hydrofoil to Capri, where we enjoy the town and (weather permitting) the famous Blue Grotto, an astonishing sea cave 60 metres long and 25 metres wide. Enjoy lunch on Capri before returning to Sorrento for more sightseeing around the peninsula.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    The Cave Town of Matera
    Day 7: The Cave Town of Matera

    Enjoy a scenic drive along the famously beautiful Amalfi Coast, known for its clifftop views and the pastel-painted towns that line the route. Our destination is Matera, a unique and extraordinary town comprised of cave houses and homes carved directly out of the rocky landscape of the Basilicata region. Enjoy an orientation tour of the town, which you may recognise from such films as the recent Bond film 'No Time to Die'. Overnight in Matera.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    The Trulli Houses of Alberobello
    Day 8: The Trulli Houses of Alberobello

    Transfer to another unique town – Alberobello, in Puglia (anglicised as Apulia). This town is characterised by its abundance of whitewashed trulli roundhouses with their conical slate roofs. Enjoy a cooking class in Puglian cuisine, known for its use of fresh local produce, before settling down to enjoy your creations for lunch. This afternoon, drive out into the countryside to learn about the revival of Puglian winemaking. Tonight, we'll stay in a trulli hotel in Alberobello.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Bari & Sicily
    Day 9: Bari & Sicily

    Drive north to Castel del Monte, a 12th century octagonal castle built for Holy Roman Emperor King Frederick II. Stop for lunch in Bari before boarding an afternoon flight to Palermo in Sicily. Check into the hotel and freshen up before heading out for a special 'dinner on foot' an evening food market tour including a range of Sicilian street food specialities such as arancini and sfincione.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Glories of Palermo
    Day 10: Glories of Palermo

    Discover the wonders of Palermo, a city that has flourished under many rulers across the past two millenia. Sicily and especially Palermo has been a true melting-pot of influential cultures; admire the results in the Norman Cathedral and Palatine Chapel with its breathtaking art and decoration. The latter, begun in 1132, is particularly celebrated for its fusion of eastern and western styles: Norman architecture meets Arabic arches and ceilings, topped with a Byzantine dome encrusted in golden mosaics.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Erice & Marsala
    Day 11: Erice & Marsala

    Head west along the coast to the town of Erice, where we visit the famous pasticceria of Maria Gramattico, who has been selling her treats here for decades. Your guide will treat you to some of Maria's pastries before a light lunch in Erice. This afternoon, continue to Marsala to visit the Florio Wine Cellars, founded in 1833. Enjoy a cellar tour and tasting of three wines with small food pairings as you learn about the heritage of fortified Marsala wine, famous since the Roman era. Continue to our hotel in Agrigento on the south coast.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Valle dei Templi
    Day 12: Valle dei Templi

    No visit to Sicily is complete without visiting the splendid Valley of the Temples. Enjoy a tour of these spectacularly well-preserved Greek temples and take in dazzling views of the Mediterranean before lunch. This afternoon, drive to Mount Etna, where we visit the impressive Silvestri craters on the slopes of the volcano. These craters are inactive, but incredibly scenic; at a height of 1900 metres above sea level, they offer incredible views along the Sicilian coast. This evening, we arrive in Catania and check in at our hotel, our home for the next two nights.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Day 13: Taormina

    Today, enjoy a day trip to Taormina, one of Sicily's prettiest towns. With its beautiful views over the Mediterranean, and Etna rising high on the horizon, it is a wonderful place to end our tour. Visit the well-preserved Greek theatre and enjoy lunch in town before returning to Catania in the late afternoon. This evening, sit down to a farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Catania Airport for your onward flight.

    • Breakfast
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Places Visited: Rome – Naples – Sorrento – Matera – Alberobello – Palermo – Catania

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