Here's an alternative to one-day trips from Rome. Instead of returning after one single day of exploring, go further afield to see even more of the glorious country that is Italy. Stay overnight, spend time, dream, explore, relax, and savour. Head off on all-included, guided tours of Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, the Island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Cinq Terre, Florence, or Venice.
One of the things we learned years ago is that Italians treat their special guests with extra care and attention, especially when the guests are staying in their city overnight. It's one thing to just book a hotel room and rent a car and drive around. But joining one of these multi-day Rome trips, you can experience something wonderful as you go deeper into the idyllic regions of Italy. In our selections you travel by luxury coach, by hydrofoil speed boat, and by row boat. You stay at luxury 4-star hotels and witness Italian hospitality first-hand. The trip of a lifetime!
Even after experiencing Rome, prepare to have all your senses heightened and engaged in the exuberant port city of Naples. Neapolitans just want to have fun, and it shows in their lively pizzerias and town squares. We also know you're going to absolutely love the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri!
DAY 1: ROME – NAPLES – POMPEII – SORRENTO
First stop, sunny Naples, the main seaport for southern Italy. From the harbour you can see across the bay to Vesuvius. Naples is also home to a 13th-century cathedral, the Archbishop's Palazzo, and the stunning five-towered Castel Nuovo — the former residence of kings and viceroys.
Travel inland to Pompeii, and learn how the city lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries. It's startling to see how perfectly preserved the ancient city is and how it gives you a clear understanding of life in the ancient Roman Empire.
From Pompeii, it's a short drive to the world-famous Amalfi Coast. You'll be amazed how the curved road hugs the hillside and gives you dramatic views of the Mediterranean sea below. Check into your luxury hotel and prepare for a multi-course Italian feast.
DAY 2: SORRENTO – CAPRI – ROME
The day starts at the Sorrento port where you travel by hydrofoil speedboat to the isle of Capri. You're about to discover why emperors Augustus and Tiberius left the bustle of Ancient Rome to spend time on this idyllic island.
From Capri's Marina Grande harbour, you hop aboard a row boat and relax as you're paddled around the island to see the magical Blue Grotto. In Capri you dine on local seafood or perfectly prepared pasta and take in the beauty of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon, journey back to Rome.
Excellent value! There is too much to praise! The guide for Pompeii was so very knowledgeable, he brought it all to life. The view from the Sorrento hotel was breathtaking, and the hotel was very, very nice. Capri is amazing and the Blue Grotto was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So many wonderful things in a great two-day adventure. So happy we took this tour. Thank you all.
– 5-Star Review
This tour slows it down even more, and gives you three luxurious days in this stunning region. See the big, bold, brash city of Naples, explore the ruins of ancient Pompeii, and live la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast.
DAY 1: ROME – SORRENTO
Journey to Naples with stops at Molo Beverello and Mergellina, overlooking Mount Vesuvius. Travel inland to Pompeii, the city perfectly preserved under ash. The final destination is the magnificent Amalfi Coast. Check into your luxury Sorrento hotel with time to rest before a multi-course Italian dinner.
DAY 2: CAPRI
Travel from Sorrento's port to Capri by hydrofoil speedboat. We adore sailing in this perfect sea! Circle the island in your own private row boat (don't worry, you don't do the paddling) on your way to Capri's number one attraction, the magical Grotta Azzurra, the Blue Grotto.
You travel to the village of Anacapri, a romantic village perched high above the town of Capri. Stroll through Capri's chic Piazza Umberto where you can do a little shopping and celebrity spotting. Return to Sorrento for another classic Italian dinner.
DAY 3: SORRENTO – ROME
Spend the morning in Sorrento strolling the Corso Italia and climbing the stairs to Piazza Tasso, tucked in Sorrento's Old Town. Return to Rome as your fairytale trip comes to an end.
"This bus trip was the best! Our primary guide really made our trip fun and we learned a lot along the way. My partner and I were really impressed with his knowledge and ability to make us all feel like one big family.""
– 5-Star Review
On this even more leisurely 4-day excursion, you discover charming hilltop towns and explore the five fishing villages that make up the beautiful Cinque Terre — Val d'Orcia, Chianti, Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca. They're as beautiful as they sound.
DAY 1: ROME – VAL D'ORCIA – SIENA
Travel to Tuscany and the hilltop town of Montepulciano. With views of rolling Chianti hills and Renaissance architecture, it's hard to believe some folks just come here for the wine!
Sample the world-famous red Montepulciano wine with cured hams, salami, and regional cheeses. In the afternoon, continue to Pienza, a town designed by Pope Pius II in the 14th century. Then to Montalcino, a Chianti wine town, famous for producing Brunello di Montalcino wine. Also visit the Fortress of Montalcino, a 13th-century monument that is also one of the town's best wine shops. A perfect time for another session of wine tasting!
Your final destination of the day is Siena. Check into your luxury hotel to rest for dinner. Expect more regional wines, and dishes of the area.
DAY 2: SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – PISA – LA SPEZIA
Explore Siena on a walking tour of its old city centre. Stroll through its tangle of medieval lanes and Gothic architecture. Next, travel to the walled hilltop town San Gimignano, recognizable by its medieval towers.
It's on to Pisa to witness the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Then say "arrivederci" to Tuscany as you head to La Spezia, a bustling cruise port town on the Italian Riviera. Check into your luxury hotel and prepare for another fabulous regional dinner.
DAY 3: LA SPEZIA – CINQUE TERRE – LA SPEZIA
Wake up to cruise the Ligurian coastline until you arrive at the fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Sail to the shores of Portovenere, Vernaza and Monterosso. Meet your guide in Riomaggiore, and return to La Spezia by train. Enjoy your final night with a fine Italian dinner. (Yes, another one!)
DAY 4: LA SPEZIA – CARRARA – LUCCA – ROME
Travel south to Carrara, home to the Apuan Alps and the world's leading marble quarries. Michelangelo used the prized Carrara marble for of his masterpieces, including Pieta and David.
Take a walking tour of the walled city of Lucca, then travel through the iconic hills that surround the village of Montecarlo di Lucca. Visit a rustic farm for a special regional food & wine tasting. After your last taste of Tuscany, journey south to Rome.
An excellent 4 days. Just the perfect mix of history, geography and wine tasting. Our days were full, but we always felt relaxed. Our guide certainly had us appreciating the Italian stress-free lifestyle. His knowledge and passion for all things Italian was unbelievable. The three wine tasting sessions were terrific and our boat ride to the Cinque Terre was definitely amazing. However, our visit to a marble quarry in Cararra was unbelievable! A definite if you have 4 days to spare on your visit to Italy."
– 5-Star Review
Fall in love with Umbria, Tuscany, Florence, Venice & Emilia Romagna — regions so captivating you may never go home. Enjoy a mix of guided tours and free time, with two nights in Florence and two nights in Venice.
DAY 1: ROME – ASSISI – SIENA – FLORENCE
Travel to Umbria and the hilltop town of Assisi, best known as the birthplace of St Francis. Then it's on to the ancient walled city of Siena, best-known for the Palio, the colourful horse race. Explore the historic centre: Piazza del Campo, the Siena Cathedral and the elegant Gothic palace. The day ends in Florence, with a special Florentine dinner.
DAY 2: FLORENCE
The Renaissance shaped Tuscany and the city of Florence. Your morning tour shows you the city's architectural delights. Spend the rest of your day exploring Florence's famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, or the Boboli Gardens.
DAY 3: FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – PADUA – VENICE
Travel north to Bologna in the heart of the province of Emilia Romagna, the belly of Italy. See the Piazza Nettuno, the Fountain of Neptune, and lavish palaces of Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podesta. Journey to Padua, just outside of Venice. Explore the city's most celebrated monument — St Anthony's Basilica. Meet your guide and travel to Venice!
DAY 4: VENICE
You're in Venice! Discover the delights of the City of Canals — Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica (with a skip-the-line access). Explore the city on your own and lose yourself in one of the world's most romantic cities. Return to your hotel (bring your map, just in case) in time for a Venetian dinner.
DAY 5: VENICE – MONTEPULCIANO
Your last visit is to the hilltop town of Montepulciano, famous for its red wine. Sample and then shop for rare Tuscan wines that you won't find elsewhere. After your final Tuscan lunch, travel south to Rome.
This was a wonderful tour, if you want to see a lot of Italy in a short time. You go to so many places on the drive to Florence and Venice, it was great. Our tour guide was awesome she did a great job! Also it is well worth the money to get all the extras — you will be so glad you did. Especially in Venice where the upgraded room was awesome and the night tour was great. We felt like we were on a movie set. All the places you stop at are amazing! This was one of my favourite trips ever! Thanks so much to our tour guide and bus driver for getting us everywhere safely."
– 5-Star Review