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sell15 Day Italy North Classic Sunday Departure 2025

15 Days / 13 Nights   Starting at $5395 PP (Land Rate)

Perillo's Italy North Classic is the largest selling Italy tour in history. Developed in 1975 by Mario Perillo and Lucio Massari, it remains our most popular itinerary today. The 'Continental' tour delivers the identical itinerary (in reverse) but without dinners and without Milan.

Itinerary

Depart USA - Rome

Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Arrive in Rome - Afternoon at Leisure

Benvenuti a Roma! Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times.

You’ll have some time to settle into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this magical city.

Tonight, you’ll meet your tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink. After orientation, you’ll be free for the remainder of the evening. Be sure to ask your tour leader for restaurant recommendations – so many wonderful places to eat in this amazing city!

 

Rome - Vatican Museum - Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica - Dinner Out

This morning, it’s a five-minute drive to another country—Vatican City! With your expert local guide you’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings.

Your visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected. Next visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar.

(Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope.)

Tonight, recount your explorations with good food, fine wine and new friends at a local restaurant.

Rome Sightseeing - Afternoon at Leisure

You’ll enjoy a relaxing, panoramic driving tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, downtown ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus, and the Great Synagogue, built in the heart of the Jewish quarter. Then you’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.

Tonight, we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour leader for a recommendation or venture out and explore the local restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try a Supplì, a quintessential Roman specialty: a Fried ball of rice filled with tomato sauce, meat, and melted mozzarella.

Rome - Pompeii - Naples - Pizza Making Class & Dinner in Hotel

This morning, you’re off to Naples, birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza. You’ll stop along the way for a tour of Pompeii.

Imagine…a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs.

Next, you’ll arrive in Naples, famous for its mix of Old-World character and modern charm. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Naples historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is filled with art, architecture, and archeology, but the best part may be the wood-fired pizza. You’ll be staying at one of the best hotels in Naples – a well-known 4-star hotel on Naples seafront promenade, a lively spot right in front of Castel dell'Ovo, the Hotel Royal Continental.

Tonight, take a pizza-making class with a chef at the panoramic restaurant in your hotel. The best well-kept secrets to making Neapolitan pizza have been handed down for generations and tonight, our chef will share these secrets with you!  The authentic Neapolitan pizza needs four main ingredients: Tomatoes from San Marzano, buffalo mozzarella from the Campania region, 00 wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Tonight, you’ll transform these ingredients into one of the best pizzas you’ve ever tasted. You’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, along with some amazing appetizers – a pizza party in Naples!

Naples - Capri - Naples - Dinner Out

This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island. Upon arrival, you’ll take a private boat for a tour of the island (weather permitting). You’ll cruise around the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s most iconic sight. These mythical towering rock formations, which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island’s coast, were formed over the years by erosion from ocean waves.

Next, visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Once you arrive back on Capri, you’ll have free time to explore the island on your own or take advantage of a special optional excursion with your tour leader.

Later this afternoon, you’ll return to Naples and have some time to relax before heading out to a great Neapolitan restaurant for dinner.

Naples - Sorrento - Naples

Naples is the most authentic Italian city and certainly a world of its own. To enjoy and better understand this wonderful, yet complex city you will be accompanied by a local guide, born and raised in Napoli. You’ll depart from the hotel and head towards the Royal Palace.

It is a very beautiful walk, first along the sea, then crossing the Santa Lucia neighborhood up to Via Cesario Console, from where you will have a beautiful view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.

You’ll visit the courtyard of the Royal Palace, from where you can admire the internal staircase. Next, you’ll walk through the garden that leads to the Teatro Lirico San Carlo, the world’s oldest working opera house.

You’ll have some free time to walk around and perhaps stop at Gambrinus, the most famous café` in Naples and enjoy a local Neapolitan specialty: a sfogliatella or pastiera.

Once back on the bus, we will drive through the Spaccanapol, which is the street that splits Naples in two.

This afternoon, you’ll visit Sorrento, known for its beautiful coastline, good weather and stunning views of Mount Vesuvius. You’ll have free time to sightsee and shop before returning to Naples.

The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you please.

Naples - Train to Florence - Dinner in Hotel

This morning, you’ll board a train to Florence! You’ll arrive in this beautiful Renaissance city and after checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy!

This evening’s dinner features fine local wines at your hotel.

Florence - Pisa - Wine Tasting & Early Dinner in Tuscany - Florence

The bell tower of Pisa is among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. Architects say it would be world-famous even if it were perfectly straight. This morning you’ll get to see this famous tower, along with the beautiful Cathedral and Baptistery.

This afternoon you’ll visit a typical Tuscan winery, and you’ll get to meet our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi, the world’s most enchanting sommelier to learn about the grape, the nose, food pairings and, most importantly—which glass to use! Enjoy a wine tasting with these special wines along with an early light dinner. Cin-Cin!

Florence - City Sightseeing Including The David - Dinner Out

Florence—the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits us! Your day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo Complex built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.

Follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria.

“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed!

Tonight, we’ll take you to our favorite local restaurant for a typical Tuscan dinner.

Florence - Padua - Venice - Dinner in Hotel

Visitors to Padua are often surprised by a sense of deep spirituality. St. Anthony (patron Saint of lost objects) is interred here in the serene Basilica, which dates back to the 1200s. You’ll have some time to visit the Basilica and then some free time to explore yourselves.

Next stop – Venice! Gondolas glide past us with their gondoliers singing. Your arrival is by bus and then switching into water taxis to reach your hotel. You’ll have some time to settle into your hotel and relax or go for a walk in this magical city.

Tonight, recount your explorations over dinner in your hotel. Good food, good wine, and great friends! Now that’s Italian!

Venice - City Sightseeing

This morning you’ll meet your expert local guide for a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the great Byzantine Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and an inside visit of the Doge’s Palace. Next, you’ll board the mostoscafo (motorboat) to the beautiful island of Murano, where you will visit one of the oldest glassblowing factories. The talented glass masters will show you two different glassblowing techniques: the hand-blown glass technique creating a small vase and the carved glass technique, creating a small sculpture like a glass horse, fish or cat.

This afternoon you’ll have a chance to get lost in the city’s labyrinth of canals, bridges and tiny piazzas. Being a small island, it’s impossible to stray very far. But it won’t hurt to master the phrase Dov’è Piazza San Marco?

Dinner is on your own tonight. When in Venice, do as the Venetians do! Enjoy Cicchetti, Venetian style tapas, served in various pubs all over Venice.

Venice - Sirmione - Milan Sightseeing - Dinner in Hotel

On the way to Milan, you’ll stop at one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda – the peninsula of Sirmione. Crossing the drawbridge, enter a peaceful world of hot springs, the Medieval castles and phenomenal views of the Dolomites.

Soon you’re in fashionable Milan, where you’ll begin with a panoramic drive around the city. Next, visit the Piazza del Duomo (“Cathedral Square”), the main piazza of Milan named after, and dominated by the impressive Milan Cathedral.

You’ll stroll through the spectacular glass-topped Galleria, the world’s first shopping mall and on to the famed La Scala Opera House.

Tonight, enjoy a Milanese dinner in your hotel.

Milan - Lugano - Lake Como - Milan - Dinner Out

This morning’s visit to Lugano is actually in Switzerland, but this Alpine paradise clings to its Italian roots. The natural beauty is accompanied by great shops filled with Swiss specialties—like clocks, watches and, of course, chocolate!

Next, you’ll get to visit Como, the charming town and pristine lake of the same name, lined with lovely villas.

Your last night together as a group will be at a fine Milanese restaurant.

No tears! You’ll exchange email addresses with your new friends and make plans for the future. How about you all meet again on another Perillo tour—to Hawaii or Spain!

Flight Home - Milan - USA

This morning you board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. Unless, of course, you have decided to extend your stay and let this unforgettable journey continue a little longer! While you say arrivederci to Italy, you’ll realize you’re taking a little piece of it back home with you.

Thanks for traveling with the Perillo family, and please return soon.

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4- & 5-star Hotels
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 9 Dinners
  • Pizza Making Class
  • Olive Oil & Wine Tasting
  • Wireless Headsets To Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
  • Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents
  • Baggage Handling Throughout (Except at Airports)
  • Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and all Tips For Hotel and Restaurant Personnel
  • Professional Tour Directors and Licensed Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi On Our Buses
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Dates & Rates

Depart - Return Per Person
in a Double
Solo
Traveler
Mar 23 - Apr 6 $5,395 $7,395
Apr 6 - Apr 20 $5,995 $7,995
Apr 13 - Apr 27 $5,995 $7,995
Apr 20 - May 4 $6,095 $8,095
Apr 27 - May 11 $6,295 $8,295
May 4 - May 18 $6,295 $8,295
May 11 - May 25 $6,295 Last Seats!
May 18 - Jun 1 $6,295 $8,295
May 25 - Jun 8 $6,295 $8,295
Jun 1 - Jun 15 $6,295 $8,295
Jun 8 - Jun 22 $6,295 $8,295
Jun 15 - Jun 29 $6,295 $8,295
Jun 22 - Jul 6 $5,995 $7,995
Jun 29 - Jul 13 $5,995 $7,995
Jul 6 - Jul 20 $5,895 $7,895
Jul 13 - Jul 27 $5,495 $7,495
Jul 20 - Aug 3 $5,495 $7,495
Jul 27 - Aug 10 $5,495 $7,495
Aug 3 - Aug 17 $5,495 $7,495
Aug 24 - Sep 7 $5,995 $7,995
Aug 31 - Sep 14 $6,395 $8,395
Sep 7 - Sep 21 $6,395 $8,395
Sep 14 - Sep 28 $6,395 $8,395
Sep 21 - Oct 5 $6,395 $8,395
Sep 28 - Oct 12 $6,395 $8,395
Oct 5 - Oct 19 $6,295 $8,295
Oct 12 - Oct 26 $6,295 $8,295
Oct 19 - Nov 2 $5,995 $7,995
Oct 26 - Nov 9 $5,995 $7,995
Nov 2 - Nov 16 $5,495 $7,495
Nov 9 - Nov 23 $5,395 $7,395

Triple room deduct $300 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $1500 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Rome (3 Nights) Naples (3) Florence (3) Venice (2) Milan (2)
Also Visiting: Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, Pisa, Padua, Sirmione, Lugano, Como
Hotel NH Vittorio Veneto ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Near the city’s most popular street, Via Veneto, stylish street edged with high-end boutiques, elegant restaurants and pavement cafés, it is within walking distance of Rome’s most famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Park and  Piazza del Popolo. The building was once a Vatican-owned convent, but a 2009 refurbishment has given it plenty of contemporary style.

Rome

Hotel Royal Continental ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Royal Continental hotel is located on the Naples waterfront and offers an ideal location with superb views of the gulf. The property is centrally placed to visit all of the main attractions of the city as well as the beautiful Capri and Ischia islands and the coast of Amalfi and Sorrento. Our regular customers could tell you all about the welcoming, efficient and helpful staff.

Naples

Grand Hotel Baglioni

The Grand Hotel Baglioni, located in the heart of Florence, has been synonymous with hospitality and quality for over 100 years. It is housed in a magnificent 19th-century building, in which past and present coexist in perfect harmony, bearer of the values inherent to Florentine tradition.

Florence

Hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Palazzo San Lorenzo is a new, four-star superior hotel with an elegant design mix of classical and contemporary. It offers 26 luxurious rooms and junior suites that have been carefully designed in every detail and equipped with every comfort in order to make your stay in Venice an unforgettable experience.

Located directly along one of Venice’s more characteristic canals in the heart of the historical city center, Palazzo San Lorenzo is distinguished by the curved Istrian-stone window sills and the bas relief of the hotel’s namesake.

Venice

NH Touring ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

When it comes to location, the NH Milano Touring hotel ticks all the boxes. As well as being right next to the Indro Montanelli public park, it’s also only a 10-minute walk from Milan’s main train station and shopping area, and just 15 minutes from the historic city center. Plus there are two metro stations outside the hotel and the financial district is within easy reach, too.

Milan

Hotel Manin ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Manin Hotel is located in the heart of central Milan, near La Scala Theatre, the "Duomo di Milano" and the famous fashion avenues via Spiga, via Manzoni and via Montenapoleone, with a magnificent panoramic view over the city’s most beautiful park.

The Manin, a 4-star hotel with a century of tradition, is one of the most appreciated historic hotels in the Milan city center, renowned for its comfort and tranquility. It is located opposite the public gardens named after Indro Montanelli.

Milan

Air Info

Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $1,000 to $1,900 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.

Your exact airfare will be advised within 3 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. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.

Book Early

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.

Affordable Upgrades

When you purchase your Coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to "Premium Economy" on select flights starting at $550 each way. For ultimate comfort enjoy Business Class/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $4,000 per person.

Security Measures

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.

Arranging your own air?

Roundtrip airport transfers are provided at scheduled times if you arrive and depart the same day as the tour begins and ends. Click here for the schedule.

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We just got back from our "Italy North Classic tour". We had a great time!! I cannot tell you what an awesome tour guide we had in Lorenza!

Mr & Mrs. W.K.

It was amazing. We could not have covered as much ground on our own. I have been to Greece several times and I speak Greek.
This was the first time for my husband.

Our guide Dionysia was great. She made sure we were all settled and ready to go. She was caring thoughtful and insightful. Some of the changes she made to the logistics made our tour run all the more smoothly. Her knowledge of Greek Mythology was spot on and told in an interesting manner. I would tour with her again in an instant.Her restaurant recommendations were great , even finding a farm to table place for the foodies in our group.

The Hotels were great. The Divini Palace (amazing breakfast)was at the foot of the Acropolis and built over ruins. The neighborhood was really great withe little shops and food places. Mykonos hotel was like going to the MOMA of NY  Very cool. Dionysia even warned us about Some places that take advantage of tourist by way over charging. 

Ms. C.O.