Southern Italy & Sicily
Savor the highlights of Sicily then travel to the “boot heel” of Apulia and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast—where each region reflects a unique history, architecture, and cuisine.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
We loved it!! We saw things we would never have been able to see on our own. Thank you for providing us with one of our most delightful and memorable journeys.”
- Insights from the West of Ireland
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
Optional Post-Extension to Rome
4 Days/3 Nights
Explore the “Eternal City” at your leisure.
- Air transportation Naples/Rome inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
- 3 nights’ accommodations at Empire Palace Hotel (Superior First Class)
- 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
- Transfer to/from airport
You are on your own in the Eternal City, Italy’s capital and largest city, and an important center of religion and pilgrimage. With a history spanning more than 2,500 years – and a vibrant contemporary scene – a multitude of options abound; we can mention only some highlights here. Linger over an espresso at an outdoor café … enjoy a long lunch at a trattoria in the Trastevere neighborhood … people watch in Piazza Navona… explore the heart of the ancient city at the Roman Forum, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home of the 60,000-seat Colosseum… move on to Vatican City, with monumental St. Peter’s Basilica, one of Christendom’s holiest sites and home of Michelangelo’s sublime Pieta; the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s recently restored masterpiece adorns the ceiling – it’s all part of la dolce vita in Rome.
Empire Palace Hotel
A well-located hotel just a two-minute walk from the Via Veneto, the 110-room Empire Palace is an actual palace, built in 1870 and completely refurbished and converted to a hotel that offers a restaurant and bar, fitness center, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Please note that because of the unique nature of this hotel, room sizes vary.