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Rescheduled from April 2020 + itinerary updated to 16 days! Experience the Italian culture and beauty in a more personal, small group way (4-5 people). Itinerary starts and ends in Rome with stops including wine tasting, cooking classes and beautiful medieval towns along the way. This is designed as an 16 day/15 night trip but can be customized for a longer or shorter experience. We can also adjust the itinerary based on your interests. Itinerary: Day 1 (Sat, Sept 4) – Rome arrival. Travel to Cinque Terre (Monterosso) for 2 nights. Day 2 (Sun, Sept 5) – Cinque Terre hike (those not interested in the hike can explore the towns). Day 3 (Mon, Sept 6) – Drive from Cinque Terre to Pisa for a quick visit and then on to Florence, where we stay for 2 nights. Day 4 (Tues, Sept 7) – Florence (including guided walking tour and skip-the-line admission to the Accademia Gallery (Statue of David)) Day 5 (Weds, Sept 8) – Chianti region including San Gimignano and visit to organic farm for tour/lunch with balsamic vinegar and wine pairings. End in Siena where we stay for 2 nights. Day 6 (Thurs, Sept 9) – Explore Siena on foot with a self-guided walking tour. Day 7 (Fri, Sept 10) – Drive to Umbria for a cooking class/lunch. Visit the beautiful town of Spello and end in Perugia for the night. Day 8 (Sat, Sept 11) – Short visit of Perugia and then drive to Adriatic Coast, ending in Vasto, where we 'll stay for 2 nights. Day 9 (Sun, Sept 12) – Visit Vasto and the surrounding towns on the Adriatic Coast. Day 10 (Mon, Sept 13) – Drive to Paestum to visit the Greek ruins of the Temple of Athena, then drive to the Amalfi Coast, where we'll stay in Cetara for one night. Day 11 (Tues, Sept 14) – Spend the day driving along the famous Amalfi Coast with visits to Ravello, Amalfi, Agerola (limoncello and mozzarella factories), Praiano, Positano. End in Sorrento where we stay for 3 nights. Day 12 (Weds, Sept 15) – Ferry from Sorrento to Capri. Also visit Anacapri by hiking or cable car. Optional visit to the Blue Grotto. Day 13 (Thurs, Sept 16) – Optional visit to Pompeii, or alternatively, spend more time exploring Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Day 14 (Fri, Sept 17) – Drive to Tivoli to visit the beautiful fountains and gardens at Villa d'Este. End the day in Rome, where we stay for 2 nights. Day 15 (Sat, Sept 18) – Rome guided walking tour of the historic center plus skip the line entrance to the Colosseum, visit to the Vatican/Sistine Chapel. Day 16 (Sun, Sept 19) – Rome departure Included: - private Italian speaking tour leader handling all logistics and details - flexibility of itinerary - if there are requests for additions or changes during the trip - all accommodations (single rooms) - all transportation other than the transatlantic flights (includes car rentals, train/ferry fares, gas, tolls and parking) - all meals (snacks/drinks outside of meals are not included) - guided tours in Rome and Florence - in Rome entrance to Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel - in Florence entrance to the Accademia (statue of David) - cooking class - visits to area wineries (tasting fees separate) - tour, tastings and lunch at organic farm (balsamic vinegar and wine pairing during lunch) - Cinque Terre hike entrance fees - Ferry to Capri - visit to limoncello factory - visit to mozzarella factory - visit to Temple Athena - visit to Villa d'Este Cost is $5900 per person. This is basically all inclusive aside from transatlantic flights, travel insurance, tips, any additional food/drinks outside of the meals covered, any activities other than those mentioned or noted as "optional". Dates: Leave Sept 3, 2021 (arrive in Rome Sept 4) and return on Sept 19, 2021. Please contact me if you're interested or if you have any questions.