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Italy and Malta
14 days / 13 nights

Day 1 Arrival Rome
Arrive at the airport and transfer to hotel for overnight

Day 2 Rome

Have a walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, and skip the line by booking ahead! With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be lead by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. You will marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world. Ordered in the late 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name “Sistine” Chapel), it is the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel... along the tour our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Its dome was designed by Michelangelo who also designed the plan of the Renaissance church. Inside this church we will experience the beauty of the world famous sculpture La Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist). And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. In booking this tour, you will find it to be the highlight of your holiday. Join us for this unique art experience within such rich architectural history. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Visit the Baroque fountain Di Trevi, one of the most famous fountains in the world. Throw a coin in it, to be ensured a return to Rome. Get to the Castel Sant Angelo, used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and now a museum. Have a break in Piazza Navona, one of the world`s most famous squares. Continue to the Pantheon, the temple to all Gods in Ancient Rome. Get to the Spanish steps, the most majestic urban monuments of Roman Baroque style in Rome

Day 3 Rome

Enjoy the mysterious underground streets of Rome and visit the legendary Catacombs. The catacombs were used in ancient time as a burial area because it was forbidden to bury o cremate corpses in the city. The first spot to visit s the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins and its Famous Crypt. You will visit the main attraction which is definitely the Crypt, decorated with around 4000 Capuchins friars’ bones. The crypt is divided into five small chapels where there are the mummies of some friars in their typical vests. One the most important Catacombs are Domitilla’s which take the name from Flavia Domitilla. Archeological excavations conducted to discover a cemetery originally. Later, visit the three important churches - Basilica of St. Mary Major, St. John in Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Day 4 Rome
Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, with a tour of the Colosseum, symbol of Rome. You can be enthralled by the stories take you back in time, during the gladiator fights, the naval battles, the clandestine loves of the matrons with the gladiators, and all the truth about the infamous thumbs down. Leaving the Colosseum, you will get to the Palatino, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome. On the Palatine we will know places considered by the Romans sacred to have been the scene of mythical events, you will know the cave where the wolf nursed the twins Romulus and Remus.Finally you will cross the Via Sacra, which will lead you to the Roman Forum with the arches of Titus and Settimo Severo, until you reach the youngest monument of the Forum, the Colonna di Foca.
Afternoon free time

Day 5 Rome – Pompeii (250km/3h) –Amalfi (50km/1h)
Transfer to Pompeii. Explore Pompei, preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk along the cobbled streets of ancient Roman civilization. Pompei is unique in the world as it gives the possibility to reconstruct the daily life of the inhabitants of a city that on a catastrophic way has immortalized. Then proceed to Amalfi coast for your overnight stay.

Day 6 Amalfi – Capri – Amalfi ( Ferry)

Cruise to the island of dreams, Capri. Visit Capri Town. Walk along the narrow alleyways and enjoy the views over the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to Anacapri to visit Villa San Michele. Admire the stupendous views of the island, the Sorrentine Peninsula and Mount Vesuvius.

Day 7 Amalfi – Positano (20km/1h) – Ravello (7km/20min) – Amalfi (20km/1h)

Positano is a small picturesque town with splendid coastal views, on the famous Amalfi Coast. Visit Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta Church, boasting of a majestic dome, and the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano. Have a walk around the harbor area and relax. Then proceed to Ravello for picturesque orientation tour and transfer back to your hotel for overnight

Day 8 Amalfi – Naples (70km/1h30min)– Valetta, Malta (Flight)
Transfer to Naples. A fantastic Journey through the historical Naples. Discover a unique mix of architectural styles from every time since the 5th century BC. Founded by ancient Greeks, the city was once the capital of southern Italy, and has been settled by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, and Spanish Bourbons.

Day 9 Valletta

Colloquially known as “Il-Belt”, VALLETTA is the capital city of Malta that was built during the rule of the Knights of St. John. This baroque city is speckled with neo-classical and modern architecture and has been declared Europe’s Capital of culture since 2018. Today’s visit will begin from the Upper Barakka gardens, perched high above the Grand harbour where your local expert will show you the highlights of this magical city, discovering its hidden beauty, with plenty of time on your own in Republic Street for shopping or sightseeing. Included are interior visits to the top two sites: “St. John’s Co-Cathedral” with its museum, dating back to the 16th century, boasting two masterpieces by Caravaggio and “The Grand Masters Palace” which houses the Parliament and the president’s office. In the Tapestry Chambers you’ll marvel at the priceless Goeblin’s tapestries covering the walls. The Palace is certainly one of the most visible and tangible symbols of the past glories of the Sovereign Hospitaller order of Malta. After an included lunch in a local tavern, you’ll visit the “TEATRU MANOEL“, one of the oldest working theatres in the world, built in 1731 by the Knights of St. John and a non-guided visit at the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Evening is on your own to discover Valletta by night. Overnight in VALLETTA

Day 10 The Grand Harbour Area – The Three Cities – Vittoriosa & Senglea

This morning we explore the city of VITTORIOSA, one of the most enchanting within the THREE CITIES, the towns extending towards Valletta, dividing the Grand Harbor into deep inlets. The area is locally referred to as the Cottonera, for the simple reason that in 1670 a long line of fortifications were built to encircle the three cities to provide defense to the population of the cities and to the country people living in the nearby villages. In Vittoriosa you’ll visit the Inquisitor’s Palace, featuring plain prison cells and dungeons on the lower floors, which contrast with the highly decorated private apartments of the Inquisitors themselves above, including the Tribunal room where evidence was heard and verdicts were issued. You’ll also visit the War Museum, housed in an 18th century army barracks which served as a police station and air raid precautions center during the war. After a foodie experience with “Maltese bread snack FTIRA“, you’ll board a typical Maltese gondola for a 30 mins harbour cruise. Spend the rest of the day on your own for more local experiences. Dinner is included in a slow food restaurant located in the charming fishing town of SLIEMA. Overnight stay in VALLETTA

Day 11 Discover Hagar Qim, Tarxiem Temples & Colorful Marsaxlokk

Our morning destination is the megalithic temples of HAGAR QIM (3600 to 3000 BC) ,the best preserved and most evocative of Malta’s prehistoric sites, with an unparalleled location atop sea cliffs, looking over to the islet of Filfla. This is among the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world and pre-date the Pyramids of Egypt by more than 500 years. Continue to the suburb of Paola where you can find the TARXIEN TEMPLES, discovered in 1914 and excavated with great care. This group of four temples is remarkable for the quality of its carvings, which include not only subtle decorative spirals, but also friezes of farm animals, among them a bull, crafted to represent virility, and a suckling sow, crafted to represent fertility. Visit the charming fishing village of MARSAXLOKK, famous for its brightly coloured fishing boats which ride at anchor and where the wives of the fishermen knot nylon string bags for the tourists. After an included lunch in a local fishing restaurant, you’ll explore more in depth the south coast travelling along the rocky coast of WIED IZ-ZURRIEQ stopping off at the Blue Grotto to enjoy amazing views (not included boat trip to the Blue Grotto).Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in VALLETTA

Day 12 Ancient Traditions of Malta: Mosta, Rabat & Mdina: “The Silent City”

Today’s visit takes you to central Malta, one of the most fascinating regions. Our tour begins with a visit to MOSTA, where you’ll visit the monument of St Mary’s Church, with its third largest unsupported dome in the world dedicated to the Assumption. On April 9,1942, the church was nearly destroyed during War World II. An Axis bomb hit the dome of the church but failed to explode. The detonator was removed and a replica is now displayed as a memorial. We then move to RABAT for admiring the unique ST PAUL’S CATACOMBS and a 18th century noble PALAZZO accompanied by a welcome drink. After an included foodie experience with local “PASTIZZI pastry”, you’ll continue near the village of DINGLI with its outstanding cliffs and the silent town of MDINA, where many beautiful buildings and monuments can be found. In the afternoon we’ll transfer you to GOZO for your last two nights at the “GRAND HOTEL GOZO” or similar. Taking the 25-minutes ferry from Malta to Gozo is like leaving the city for the countryside. This tiny island includes the world’s oldest free-standing temples, unspoilt villages and near-biblical landscapes. In the evening we gather in a local tavern for a “FAREWELL GROUP DINNER“. Overnight stay in GOZO

Day 13 Golden Sun & Blue Waters

Breakfast in hotel. The idyllic island of GOZO, the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago is more rural and popular for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms. Our day starts with a walking tour of the fortified capital city of Victoria with its enchanting Citadel followed by a panoramic drive around the island, stopping off at Dwejra, the fishing village of Xlendi, Ramla Bay and the Ggantija Temples. We have included today a foodie experience of Gozitan PIZZA in an ancient bakery. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in GOZO

Day 14 Sahha Malta & Gozo

Morning transfers to Malta airport for your flight home.