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Italian Vistas
Sponsored by the Arnold Senior Activity Center
Sept 12-24, 2020
 
Link to Grand Hotel Palatino
Link to Towers Hotel Sorrento
Link to Starshotel Michelangelo
Link to Bellini Hotel
Link to Regina Palace Hotel
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Must-See Inclusions
  • See Michelangelo's David in Florence
  • Stroll through Verona, the site of Romeo & Juliet
  • Enjoy the magic of the Italian Lakes in Stresa
Culinary Inclusions
  • Wine is included with every meal
  • Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery
Cultural Experiences
  • An in-depth tour of the Colosseum
  • Take a relaxing boat ride to the Isle of Capri
  • Enjoy a boat ride to Murano to see a glass-blowing demonstration
$5,399 Per Person, Double Occupancy
$6,399 Single Rate
Includes Collette Tour, Airfare, airport Transfers, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 Dinners
Does not include gratuities, trip insurance, meals not mentioned above, Collette Optional Tours
Deposit $500 Per Person. Final Payment Due July 1, 2020. You make make interim payments.
Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Overnight Flight The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it is here that you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine. 
Day 2: Sunday, October 18, 2020 Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine. (D) 
Day 3: Monday, October 19, 2020 Palermo - Monreale - Palermo Acquaint yourself with Palermo on a tour of its lovely squares - the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini - and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque architecture along the way. See the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit a 12thcentury cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to peruse the city’s shops and museums, or simply take some time to relax. (B) 
Day 4: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos Travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland toward the town of Agrigento. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), where you’ll get an upclose view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 3-night stay. (B, D) 
Day 5: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos Set out for beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, see Corso Umberto, view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore. (B) 
Day 6: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos Journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later, gather to discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening. (B) 
Day 7: Friday, October 23, 2020 Giardini Naxos - Matera Venture to Messina for a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria into the Basilicata region. Make a stop at one of the area’s local wineries where you’ll join an expert on a walk through the cellars and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery’s own agriturismo restaurant. (B, D) 
Day 8: Saturday, October 24, 2020 Matera - Alberobello - Matera Explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Continue to a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy free time in Matera to browse the boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes (UNESCO) known as trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs. (B, D) 
Day 9: Sunday, October 25, 2020 Matera - Vietri Sul Mare - Sorrento Peninsula Stop in Vietri Sul Mare, the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” for time to explore independently. Here, generations of inhabitants have been producing precious majolicas, representing stories of their daily life. Remember to take a moment to admire the 17th century Church of St. John the Baptist with it’s beautiful ceramic dome. (B, D) 
Day 10: Monday, October 26, 2020 Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Amalfi - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula Savor time this morning in the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento. Then begin your adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Stop in the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial beauty before heading to Minori. Use this opportunity to sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Later, sit down for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B) 
Day 11: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome Drive along the Bay of Naples to the excavated ruins of Pompeii, nestled at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. A local guide gives you an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeologic site, where you’ll become immersed in history as you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town. Later, travel to Rome to celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D) 
Day 12: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Rome - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Day 1: Saturday, September 12, 2020 Overnight Flight

Collette will transfer the group by bus from the Arnold Senior Activity Center to Dulles Airport for your overnight flight. The hidden treasures of Italy are yours to explore, for it is here that you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine. 


Day 2: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Rome - Tour Begins

Welcome to Rome. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regisonal delicacies and Italian wines. 

(Dinner) 

Overnight: Grand Hotel Palatino


Day 3: Monday, September 14, 2020 Rome 

A locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine Hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine.  During an in depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon, and Piazzo Navona are also featured. 

(Breakfast) 

Overnight: Grand Hotel Palatino


Day 4: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Rome 

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome's cultural treasures. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St Peters Basilica will be on your personal list. 

(Breakfast) 

Overnight: Grand Hotel Palatino 


Day 5: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast

Journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an indepth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento coast.

(Breakfast) 

Overnight: Towers Hotel Sorrento


Day 6: Thursday, September 17, 2020  Sorrento Coast Isle of Capri - Sorrento Coast 

A scenic boat ride brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island's highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafes before returning to the Sorrento Coast.

(Breakfast, dinner) 

Overnight:Towers Hotel Sorrento


Day 7: Friday, September 18, 2020 Sorrento Coast-Florence 

Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, awaits and offers Italy's best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo's magnificent sculpture of David. Tonight enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant/

(Breakfast, Dinner) 

Overnight: Starshotel Michelangelo 


Day 8: Saturday, September 19, 2020 Florence 

A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St John. You also view the magnificent Piazza dell Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio.

(Breakfast) 

Overnight: Starshotel Michelangelo


Day 9: Sunday, September 20, 2020 Florence - Pisa - Venice 

Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next cross the Apiennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 10 canals and 400 bridges. 

(Breakfast, Lunch) 

Overnight: Bellini


Day 10: Monday, September 21, 2020 Venice - Murano Island - Venice 

Embark on a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St Marks Square where its your choice. Join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the Basilica and visit the impressive Doge's Palace along with the legendary Bridge of Signs OR step off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal y canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

(Breakfast) 

Overnight: Bellini


Day 11: Tuesday, September 22, 2020  Venice - Verona - Stresa 

Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the nest two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Overnight: Regina Palace Hotel


Day 12: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Stresa - Lugano - Isola Deie Pescatori -Stresa

Today cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Lugano for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafes. Tonight  we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Your tour comes to a close today. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Collette will meet you at the airport to transfer your group back to the Arnold Senior Activity Center.

(Breakfast)

Overnight: Regina Palace Hotel


Day 13: Thursday, September 24, 2020 Stresa - Tour Ends

Your Italian adventure comes to a close today