Eat, Pray, Love Tour Off-Season (Nov-Apr)
Rome (4 nights) Florence (3)
Castelli Romani, Assisi, Pisa, Siena, Chianti
From $2390 per person
Celebrate the new Pope Francis I, the great food and wine of Italy and the love of the Italian people. Highlights are the playground of the Emperors - the Castelli Romani, the Papal Audience and Assisi, home of St. Francis. (Yes, we recommend the Julia Roberts’ movie too!)
- Great Hotels. Centrally-located, First-Class & Deluxe hotels, exclusively.
- Smaller Groups. 20 to 40 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy. (see conditions p.18)
- 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.
- Deluxe Backpack, Document Wallet & Baggage Tags
- 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 US
- 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) - Rome, Vatican Museum, 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
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off 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 our evening’s 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! This lively area of tiny winding streets gives a taste of what one imagines Italy to be like, with cobble stone streets and music filled trattorias on every corner. BB, D
DAY 4 (Tuesday) - Rome, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica
We’ll start with the Vatican Museum – a treasure trove of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings. Our visit continues through the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected. Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta’, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
Next we drive by the Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo – a towering cylindrical building which was initially appointed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. There are plenty of great restaurants and pizzerias in the neighborhood of our hotel. Your tour guide will be happy to make suggestions according to your taste! BB
DAY 5 (Wednesday) - Rome, Papal Audience (when available) & Saint John's in Lateran Cathedral
This morning we head to the Vatican. Your tour leader will provide a detailed explanation of the events of the Papal Audience and prepare you for your gathering with Pope Francis I.
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 is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major Basilicas of Rome. We stop and view the Holy Stairs which are, according to the Christian tradition, the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on 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, the main church of the Franciscan order and an important pilgrimage site dedicated to St. Francis. Our day in Assisi also includes a visit to the crypt where the remains of Saint Francis are kept.
Next we stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli to see the Basilica where St. Francis of Assisi worshipped. The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli is the seventh largest Christian church in the world. Inside the Basilica 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 – full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. 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. You can stand below the edge of the dome and sing a note for several seconds, and the sound will travel around and around the dome for many more seconds. Try it!
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. Its historical center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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
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Prices below are land-only and do not include airfare.
For more information on airfares check out the "Air Information" section of this page.
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NOTE: Rates are per person and include roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times. Airfare available from your hometown. The days of dining out and city tours may change for operational reasons.
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Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $400 to $950 during the Off-Season depending on your ZONE and departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are running approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.
Your exact airfare will be advised within 2 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo’s air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with “final payment.”
Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates.
We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.
Air Upgrade At Affordable Prices
When you purchase your coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to Business/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $2700 per person. Live it up a little!
Airline Security Measure
The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours.
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.
Want to start your vacation early or extend your stay in Italy? A Perillo Tour’s representative will be happy to help with the arrangements. Along with extra night hotel accommodations, your air tickets may be booked to arrive before your tour begins or remain after your tour ends.
Many customers prefer to arrive early to unwind and relax prior to the tour’s start date. Others like to extend their stay to visit with friends or relatives or explore on their own.
Whatever you desire Perillo’s team will help you plan and coordinate your entire journey.
Below are the hotels you will experience on this Perillo Tour.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
Hotel Cicerone - Rome
This first class, four star, contemporary, 7-story hotel, built in 1974, is set in a central location near the Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo, across river from Piazza del Popolo.
Hotel Rivoli - Florence
This superior four star hotel, once a franciscan convent that dates back to the 14th century, is in an excellent location in the historical center of Florence, walking distance to the major sights!