Best of Italy 2022

September 16, 2022 to September 27, 2022

This group currently has limited availability – Please contact Fox World Travel at 1-887-369-8785 for more information.

Join Fox World Travel and Insight Vacations Travel Director Gigi Bromage to the beautiful country of Italy! View incredible Roman antiquities, the beauty of Venetian canals, the scenes and scents of Tuscany, Renaissance Florence and Capri’s brilliant sunlight!  You will experience a touch of ‘la dolce vita’ for the perfect tour of Italy. This customized tour itinerary has something for everyone!

Your journey begins aboard an optional motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Italy.

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with Classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner, a fun evening of Italian cuisine and wine.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Dinner with Wine

With our local expert, we’ll explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we’ll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we’ll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the center of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive!

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel where the Popes are elected to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus. Come up close and personal with the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. The afternoon is free to visit the excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Travel north through glorious, peaceful Tuscan landscapes. Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli, with a special opening of his private office where he wrote ‘The Prince.’ Visit the Italian garden for views of Florence’s iconic domed cathedral and see the historic cellar which connects to the oldest restaurant in Italy by a secret underground tunnel. Taste wines made from the vineyards. Enjoy a wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.

Hotel: NH Firenze Hotel Florence (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Join an art historian for a walking tour of the historic city center. A highlight is the visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s monumental figure of David. Continue to the multi-colored marble Cathedral to see Giotto’s bell tower and ‘Gates of Paradise’ before visiting the Piazza Della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods; after a demonstration of leather work in the very place this craft was first established. After a demonstration of leather-work, visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to its towers which dominate the skyline. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and today is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, don’t miss the chance to sample the fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and rich pastas accompanied by Chianti wine.

Hotel: NH Firenze Hotel Florence (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the baptistery, with its intricately detailed marble facade, and the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral. Then relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia- Romagna region - one of Europe’s most intensely farmed fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice. As evening falls, day-trippers desert the city to return to the mainland. Appreciate the peace and tranquility of Venice from your centrally located hotel. This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Starhotels Splendid Venice (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, a visit to an arts center lets you admire the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans. In the afternoon, your private boat takes you past historic churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that
Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view. Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals. Tonight, sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to Piazza San Marco where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian café, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark's sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.

Hotel: Starhotels Splendid Venice (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Leave Venice and continue through the Appennines to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns, home of St. Francis. First, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels and then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the huge Basilica, built in the 13th Century after St. Francis’ death, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art. Arrive at your hotel, located in the heart of the medieval Old Town. Enjoy the tranquility of the historic old town during free time.

Hotel: Giotto Hotel Assisi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. En route, visit Pompeii, once buried in A.D. 79 by the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets to see a city frozen in time.

On arrival in Sorrento, investigate the art of intarsio, beautiful marquetry wood inlaying, before checking in to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel lsabella, Sorrento (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, cruise to the Isle of Capri - the isle of dreams. Under the Mediterranean sun, take an open top taxi up to Capri Town, where you can explore the narrow alleyways, browse in exclusive boutiques, and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Weather permitting, enjoy an excursion to the famous Blue Grotto. Board a small rowboat and once inside marvel at the glowing turquoise light. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

Hotel: Hotel lsabella, Sorrento (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Naples airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change.

Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Rome, and return from Naples, Italy including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome and Sorrento to Naples when using group flights

Hotel Accommodations

Ten nights in 4-star hotels accommodations:

  • Begin with three nights Rome
  • Two nights Florence
  • Two nights Venice
  • One-night Assisi
  • Two nights Sorrento

Hotel accommodations include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Five dinners including a Welcome Dinner and four three 3-course dinners with wine

Fox Flourish!

  • Spend an extra night in the City of Rome
  • Hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum
  • Scavi Tour – visit the excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit to San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan
  • Pompeii: See the ancient ruins and Mt. Vesuvius
  • Magical Venice Tour – Grand canal cruise with a drink at St Marks square and music.
  • Island tour of Capri with Blue Grotto Boat Ride (weather permitting)
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents.

Premium Tour Experiences

  • In Rome have a VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums to admire the Bramante Staircase, the Popes’ treasure-trove and the Sistine Chapel; Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peters Basilica; Roman Colosseum
  • During your guided walking tour of Florence, see the Cathedral, bell tower, ‘Gates of Paradise’ on the Baptistery and visit Signoria Square; Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo’s David; leather-work demonstration
  • See the famous “Leaning Tower” in Pisa, a perfect photo opportunity!
  • See the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi
  • Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch in Venice. Continue with seeing St. Mark’s Basilica, bell and clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs and witness handmade Venetian glass blowing.
  • Cruise to the famous Isle of Capri in the style of the jet-set and ride up to town by open top taxi.

Tour Services

  • Professional Insight driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40 -seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Tour Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Tour and air included
Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,280.00
Initial Deposit: $200.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: June 8, 2022

Single availability is limited and upon request. 

All current air taxes and fees of $521.03 per person are included and subject to change.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Early booking discount may apply to receive a $250.00 discount per person

Insight Past Passenger Discount: Receive $100.00 per Insight past passenger*

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Gigi Bromage was born in the United States but has lived in Europe for almost 30 years. She’s resided mostly in Paris but has also lived and studied in Florence and Padua, Italy.

She worked as 1992 Opening Crew for Disneyland Paris, before she began working as a Travel Director for Insight in 1997 leading trips all over Europe.  She works for the Panoramic European Discovery team and does regional tours for Insight in Italy, France, Croatia, and Spain and met her husband, John who also works for Insight Vacations, 18 years ago in Paris. They were married 2003 and moved from Paris to Normandy.

Gigi is passionate about travel and says it’s “The only thing you buy that makes you richer!”. She also enjoys art, architecture, history, books, fashion, sports, people, food and culture.

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare

  • September 16, 2022: Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:55pm, arrive Rome, Italy at 9:00am (September 17)
  • September 27, 2022: Depart Naples, Italy at 9:35am, arrive London, England at 11:25am
  • September 27, 2022: Depart London, England at 2:25pm, arrive Chicago O’Hare at 5:05pm

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

In these volatile times and for peace of mind, we recommend purchasing travel protection insurance. Your travel advisor can discuss options with you, including medical expense coverage, pre-existing medical condition exclusion waivers, trip cancellation, trip delay, lost, delayed or damaged baggage and more. To cover pre-existing conditions, most policies must be purchased within 14 days of making your initial deposit. Travel protection insurance prices are based on your age and the trip cost.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to June 8, 2022: Initial deposit of $200.00 per person
  • June 9, 2022 – July 7, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 8, 2022 – August 5, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 6, 2022 – day of travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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