Eat, Pray, Love Tour (May-Nov 2014)
Rome (4 nights) Florence (3)
Castelli Romani, Assisi, Pisa, Siena, Chianti
From $2790 per person
Celebrate the new Pope Francis, the great food and wine of Italy and the love of the Italian people. Highlights are the playground of the Emperors - Castelli Romani, VIP Vatican Experience, Papal Audience and Assisi, home of St. Francis.
SPECIAL OFFER: $150 OFF per person with deposit by April 15 for the following dates:
- June 14
- June 28
- July 19
- Sept 6
- Oct 18
- Nov 8
- Great Hotels. Centrally-located, First-Class & Deluxe hotels, exclusively.
- Smaller Groups. 25 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy. (see conditions)
- Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
- 4 Dinners & 1 Lunch. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
- Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- 1 Deluxe Backpack, Per Person, baggage tags and travel documents included.
- Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag! (except at airports)
- Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
At a Glance:
- Day 1 (Saturday) - Depart USA
- Day 2 (Sunday) - Arrive in Rome, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 3 (Monday) - Castelli Romani (Genzano, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Frascati), Dinner Out
- Day 4 (Tuesday) - 'Special Access' VIP Vatican Experience, St. Peter's Basilica
- Day 5 (Wednesday) - Rome, Papal Audience (when available) & Saint John's in Lateran Cathedral
- Day 6 (Thursday) - Rome, Assisi, Florence, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 7 (Friday) - Florence, Florence City Sightseeing Including ‘The David’, Pisa City Tour, Florence, Dinner Out
- Day 8 (Saturday) - Florence, Siena, Wine Tasting & Lunch in Chianti, Florence
- Day 9 (Sunday) - Flight Home, Florence to USA
DAY 1 - Saturday - Depart USA
Board our overnight flight to Rome!
DAY 2 - Sunday - Arrive in Rome ➤ Afternoon at Leisure ➤ Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
There will be time to relax this afternoon before dinner with fine local wines at our hotel. D
DAY 3 - Monday - Castelli Romani (Genzano, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Frascati) ➤ Dinner Out
Just outside of Rome are the “Castelli Romani” – old fortified villages set among chestnut trees, vineyards, olive groves and lakes. In ancient times, these were the vacation towns of the Roman noblemen and the Popes. We drive south of the city, along the Appian Way, to the charming town of Genzano. We stop to view the Lake of Nemi, dedicated to the pagan goddess Diana and famous for its succulent wild strawberries. Next we visit the Castel Gandolfo, where for some time each summer, the Pope resides.
On to Marino, famous for its wine festival where real wine flows freely from the fountain in the main square.
Finally, we come to Frascati. Time to enjoy a stroll through the town and lunch on your own. Try the famous “porchetta panino” with Frascati wine.
Tonight we enjoy a fun dinner in the characteristic district of Trastevere, one of the centers of Roman nightlife, with wines fit for the Roman Gods! BB, D
DAY 4 - Tuesday - ’Special Access’ VIP Vatican Experience ➤ St. Peter’s Basilica
At 8am this morning we begin our beforehours privileged entrance to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. (This is a semi-private experience, sometimes with a few other small groups, as opposed to the usual 1000’s of visitors who arrive later in the morning.)
What a way to experience the Sistine Chapel! But exceptionally, your guide will be able to speak freely in the chapel to us, before the crowds enter when SILENZIO is strictly enforced.
After a coffee-break in the museum’s cafeteria, our private tour continues to the Raphael Rooms, the Sala Di Chiaroscuro, the ‘secret’ Nicolina Chapel inside the walls of the Vatican.These are ALL areas well off the normal tourist route! Finally, we go outside to the Papal gardens. We will walk through the private park of the Pontiff to view the beautiful plantings and statues – and perhaps spot a Pope, or two - as is only possible at this time!
[Specific rooms and tours of the gardens can be cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen activities of the Holy Father. In which case an alternative site will be offered within the Vatican.]
Next, again avoiding all lines, we slip through a side door to find ourselves inside an awesome marble canyon, the seat of the Holy Catholic Church - St. Peter’s Basilica. Among the priceless wonders are Michelangelo’s Pieta’, Bernini’s fantastical bronze altar pillars, and mosaics that you’ll insist are painted with a brush. Instead, they’re made with millions of tiny chips that are undetectable, even close up!
After a lunch break, we board our coach for a panoramic city tour of Rome. What a day! Back at the hotel, your guide will have some ideas for dinner on your own – from pizza and a beer to 5-Star dining. BB
DAY 5 - Wednesday - Rome ➤ Papal Audience (when available) & Saint John’s in Lateran Cathedral
This morning we head back to the Vatican.
Experience the awe and wonder of the Papal Audience as Cardinals preach in various languages reaching out to pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. Listen to the Pope’s weekly message as he enters the central stage.
This afternoon, we continue on to visit St. John’s-in-Lateran Cathedral of Rome. It ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas of Rome. We stop and view the Holy Stairs which are, according to the Christian tradition, where Jesus Christ stood during his Passion on his way to trial. The stairs were, reputedly, brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century.
Tonight you have another chance to explore the wonderful restaurants in Rome on your own. Be sure to try some “Fiori di zucca”, a specialty in Rome: Zucchini flowers, deep fried and filled with mozzarella cheese and anchovies. BB
DAY 6 - Thursday - Rome ➤ Assisi ➤ Florence ➤ Dinner in Hotel
Today we venture off to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, and namesake of our new Pope. We visit the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Our day in Assisi also includes a visit to the crypt of Saint Francis.
Next we stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli to see the Basilica where St. Francis worshipped. The Basilica is the seventh largest Christian church in the world. Inside is a small & simple church - the ‘Porziuncola’, the place where St. Francis spent all his time praying and also where he founded the Franciscan Order of the Friars Minor.
Tonight we enjoy dinner in the hotel. BB, D
DAY 7 - Friday - Florence ➤ Florence City Sightseeing Including “The David” ➤ Pisa City Tour ➤ Florence ➤ Dinner Out
Florence – the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits our inspection!
Our day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned “Gates of Paradise” doors.
We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo’s final resting place.
“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man all with just a hammer and chisel!
This afternoon we travel to Pisa, known for its famous leaning tower. The Piazza del Duomo, also known as “Piazza dei Miracoli “(Square of Miracles) is recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. It is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Cathedral, the Campanile (the leaning tower), the Baptistery and the Camposanto. We’ll enter the Cathedral which is dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption. Inside the Cathedral is a big candelabrum near the altar. It’s said that Galileo Galilei tested his laws of the pendulum using this candelabrum!
Next we enter the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy, made entirely of marble. This building, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, took 211 years to construct! It is famous for its perfect acoustics.
Dinner tonight will be at a popular Florentine restaurant with great Tuscan wines. BB, D
DAY 8 - Saturday - Florence ➤ Siena ➤ Wine Tasting & Lunch in Chianti ➤ Florence
Today we travel back in time to the middle ages: Siena, a beautiful medieval city. We visit the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. And the site of Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio di Siena.
We visit Siena’s town hall, Palazzo Pubblico, a beautiful gothic building which sits on Piazza del Campo by the bell tower, and the enchanting Duomo featuring the most ornate mosaic floor in all Italy. Siena’s grand Cathedral, which was was built in the 1200s, is one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture.
Next, we’ll visit a local winery where we’ll enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and wine tasting! Salute!
Tonight you can enjoy dinner on your own. BB, L
DAY 9 - Sunday - Flight Home ➤ Florence to USA
This morning we board our flight home. No tears. You’ll exchange emails with your new friends for the future. How about we all meet again on another Perillo tour next year! BB
BB=Buffet Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
SPECIAL OFFER: $150 OFF per person with deposit by April 15 for the following dates:
- June 14
- June 28
- July 19
- Sept 6
- Oct 18
- Nov 8
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NH Giustiniano - Rome
NH Giustiniano is a 4 star hotel conveniently located in the fashionable Prati district. It is within walking distance of the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo, also near the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and the shopping avenue - Via Cola di Rienzo.
Hotel Rivoli - Florence
This four-star hotel is located in the historical center of Florence. All the main monuments are within a short distance of the hotel: the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Ufizzi Gallery, the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Academy of Fine Arts. The hotel is an ex-Franciscan convent dating back to the 15th Century, which has been restored.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.