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Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice

From $4,974
total price from Boston, New York
$4,295 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees
2025 ITINERARY
Tour Days
16 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.

2025 ITINERARY
2025 ITINERARY

Tour Details

Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice

2025

From $4,974

total price from Boston, New York
$4,295 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.

Small Group Highlights

  • Stunning Amalfi Coast
  • Ruins at Pompeii
  • Amalfi Coast cruise
  • Rome sightseeing, including St. Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Forum
  • Pastoral Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy
  • Italian cooking demonstration
  • Visit to the walled city of Assisi
  • Comprehensive Tuscany sightseeing: San Gimignano, Siena, Florence
  • Local wine tasting
  • Timeless Venice
  • Three-night stays in intimate small hotels in Tuscany, Umbria, and along the Amalfi Coast

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note: We use a variety of distinctive hotels on this tour, as listed below. For specific accommodations per departure date, click on the Reservation Request button in the Dates & Prices section below or call for more information.

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
2
Arrive Naples/Amalfi Coast
D
D
Arrive Naples/Amalfi Coast

After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to the storied Amalfi Coast, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region. We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.

After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to the storied Amalfi Coast, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region. We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.

3
Ravello
B
D
B
D
Ravello

This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting). Here we enjoy a brief tour of the region’s largest town then have lunch on our own. Next we ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.

This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting). Here we enjoy a brief tour of the region’s largest town then have lunch on our own. Next we ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.

4
Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento
B
D
B
D
Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento

Our full-day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 ce but not excavated until 1748. After a tour and lunch on our own here we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast road high above the azure Mediterranean – with stops for photos and in Sorrento along the way. We return to our hotel late afternoon.

Our full-day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 ce but not excavated until 1748. After a tour and lunch on our own here we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast road high above the azure Mediterranean – with stops for photos and in Sorrento along the way. We return to our hotel late afternoon.

5
Amalfi Coast/Montecassino/Rome
B
B
Amalfi Coast/Montecassino/Rome

En route to Rome today we visit the town of Montecassino, whose abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop Abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original. We tour the Abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City. We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.

En route to Rome today we visit the town of Montecassino, whose abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop Abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original. We tour the Abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City. We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.

6
Rome
B
B
Rome

This morning we tour the heart of ancient Rome: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 ce to stage gladiator spectacles; and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. The afternoon is free to explore on our own; the possibilities endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Veneto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.

This morning we tour the heart of ancient Rome: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 ce to stage gladiator spectacles; and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. The afternoon is free to explore on our own; the possibilities endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Veneto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.

7
Rome
B
B
Rome

Another morning of touring followed by a free afternoon. Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums. Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s itself, the most important church in all Christendom.

Another morning of touring followed by a free afternoon. Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums. Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s itself, the most important church in all Christendom.

8
Rome/Umbria
B
D
B
D
Rome/Umbria

Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel, then we join our tour director for an informal walking tour. Tonight we attend a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a local farmhouse.

Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel, then we join our tour director for an informal walking tour. Tonight we attend a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a local farmhouse.

9
Orvieto
B
B
Orvieto

This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this city, dramatically perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain. We visit the medieval Duomo featuring a frescoed chapel by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, The Last Judgment. Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this city, dramatically perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain. We visit the medieval Duomo featuring a frescoed chapel by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, The Last Judgment. Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

10
Assisi
B
B
Assisi

Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town with inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and a pervasive medieval air. We visit St. Clare Church and the renowned Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St. Francis and a sacred pilgrimage site. Inside are Giotto’s priceless frescoes, The Life of St. Francis. There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy local specialties for lunch. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town with inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and a pervasive medieval air. We visit St. Clare Church and the renowned Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St. Francis and a sacred pilgrimage site. Inside are Giotto’s priceless frescoes, The Life of St. Francis. There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy local specialties for lunch. Dinner tonight is on our own.

11
Umbria/Siena/Tuscany
B
D
B
D
Umbria/Siena/Tuscany

Continuing our journey, today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, then have free time for lunch on our own and to explore as we wish.

Continuing our journey, today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, then have free time for lunch on our own and to explore as we wish.

12
Florence
B
D
B
D
Florence

A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. We discover this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour. Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David, as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. We discover this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour. Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David, as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

13
San Gimignano
B
D
B
D
San Gimignano

We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times. Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting before returning mid-afternoon to our lodgings, where we have time to relax before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant.

We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times. Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting before returning mid-afternoon to our lodgings, where we have time to relax before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant.

14
Tuscany/Venice
B
B
Tuscany/Venice

Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, which, along with its lagoon, is a UNESCO site. We arrive early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free to explore this wondrous city on our own.

Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, which, along with its lagoon, is a UNESCO site. We arrive early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free to explore this wondrous city on our own.

15
Venice
B
D
B
D
Venice

This morning we take a guided walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Our afternoon is free to explore Venice independently; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

This morning we take a guided walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Our afternoon is free to explore Venice independently; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

16
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Amalfi Coast 57 63 72 79 84 79 70 63
Rome 59 66 74 82 86 79 71 61
Venice 53 62 70 76 81 75 65 53

Average Temperature (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Amalfi Coast 57 63 72 79 84 79 70 63
Rome 59 66 74 82 86 79 71 61
Venice 53 62 70 76 81 75 65 53

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$395
+ $325 Single Supplement

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$395
+ $325 Single Supplement

Enjoy time on your own in this most timeless of cities.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Carnival Palace Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Katia Girotto

“Katia is the best tour guide we have ever had. Her knowledge of Italy is astounding and her ability to get along with the disparate members of the group impressive.”

Jean & David Forman
Carlisle, MA

Ingrid Jerebica

“Ingrid is absolutely wonderful – as a tour guide and as a person. She is very knowledgeable and has a way of sharing things that will be remembered.”

Donna & Keith Kirkendoll
Fort Worth, TX

Anna Scrocca

“Anna is a national treasure – knowledgeable, fun, and great at ‘reading’ the group. She went above and beyond every day.”

Paul Luczak & Kathryn Challenger
Seattle, WA

Mara Tiburzi

“Mara was above excellent! Her personality, sincerity, and knowledge were wonderful.”

Suzy Riggins & Tommy Acken
Cape Coral, FL

Marina Caruso

We were so lucky to have Marina Caruso; she is one of the best tour directors I have ever had. A real gem—helpful, caring, and ready to go the extra mile.”

Eileen Sutter
Yonkers, NY

Anna Gandolfi

“We cannot possibly imagine that you could have a better tour director in your entire system in any category! The very highest praise to Anna. Do not lose her!”

Dr. & Mrs. John Graceffa
Hollis, NH

Chiara Cimino

"Chiara was very well organized and clear in describing planned events for the upcoming day. She is friendly and approachable."

James Antes
Littleton, CO

Lisa Careless

“Is there a higher rating than "Excellent"?  Lisa was magnificent!  She went above and beyond by arranging special extra sites significant to our particular group.”

Jayne & David Bernanke
Mount Pleasant, SC

Giulia Tamarri

"Giulia was terrific and did make our tour outstanding. The whole group just loved her and she was a big part of the quality of the tour."

Frank & Pat Payton
Georgetown, TX

Andrea Fiorillo

“Andrea exceeded expectations in every possible area—we felt he went above and beyond what a tour director generally does."

Anne & Jeffrey Abend
Rockville, MD

Arianna Mura

"While I am sure that Odysseys Unlimited has a wonderful team of guides, I am confident that none are better than Arianna…her knowledge of the history and culture of Italy is superb."

Richard & Sandra Cross
Livingston, AL

Esmeralda Perrone

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“If we ever return to Italy, we would want Luigi for our tour director again…He was absolutely marvelous!”

John & Judith Schneider
Grand Rapids, MI

Sara Basile

“Sara is the best tour guide we have had, including guides from other tour companies.”

Jeffrey & Janet Messing
Easton, MD

Chiara Campanile

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Igor Ribic

“Igor was exceptionally cooperative, intuitive, diplomatic, knowledgeable, entertaining, and he exhibited outstanding communication and people skills. He’s a major asset to Odysseys.”

Diane Sarti
New Hope, PA

Gabriel Castillo

“This was our 7th Odysseys tour and we would rate Gabe at the top of our list.”

Allan Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Fabrizio Ruffa

“Fabrizio was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and he attended to all of our needs. He was great.”

Catherine Botta
Springfield, PA

Dania Mastacchini

“We enjoyed spending time with Dania. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and always positive. She has the perfect temperament for a tour leader.”

Rekha & Craig Arness
McLean, VA

Francine di Tommaso

"Professional, very knowledgeable, and a wonderful sense of humor...Can’t express enough how great she was as our tour director."

Michael Plumer
Wilmington, NC

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran did a fantastic job.  He worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. He made us all feel like family.  He really helped us see more of Italy than we ever could have expected.”

Margaret Lee & Wayne Morrison
Vienna, VA

Leandro Marandola

“Leandro is the ultimate tour director, probably world champion! Great personality, very humorous, great storyteller, great on details, very thorough and considerate.”

Eric & Joanne Sailer
Lyme Center, NH

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was amazing! He was always very professional, but also very personable. Enjoyed his singing on the bus and incredible knowledge about everything Italian.”

Melinda Parker
Crestview, FL

Lara Mocellin

“Lara is the perfect tour director.  She is darling, knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, energetic, tireless, caring, and every other positive adjective.”

Elizabeth Whitesell
Phoenix, AZ

Franco Carola

“Dr. Franco was the absolute best. His mission was to make this the best experience and show the heart of his country. He was a tremendous asset to the trip.”

John Blackwell
Apex, NC

Valentina Dell’Orto

“Valentina was superb, one of best we have had and that's a lot of trips outside Odysseys.”

Stephen & Kathleen Curran
Gastonia, NC

Tour Directors

Fabrizio Ruffa

“Fabrizio was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and he attended to all of our needs. He was great.”

Catherine Botta
Springfield, PA

Valentina Dell’Orto

“Valentina was superb, one of best we have had and that's a lot of trips outside Odysseys.”

Stephen & Kathleen Curran
Gastonia, NC

Lisa Careless

“Is there a higher rating than "Excellent"?  Lisa was magnificent!  She went above and beyond by arranging special extra sites significant to our particular group.”

Jayne & David Bernanke
Mount Pleasant, SC

Sara Basile

“Sara is the best tour guide we have had, including guides from other tour companies.”

Jeffrey & Janet Messing
Easton, MD

Anna Gandolfi

“We cannot possibly imagine that you could have a better tour director in your entire system in any category! The very highest praise to Anna. Do not lose her!”

Dr. & Mrs. John Graceffa
Hollis, NH

Anna Scrocca

“Anna is a national treasure – knowledgeable, fun, and great at ‘reading’ the group. She went above and beyond every day.”

Paul Luczak & Kathryn Challenger
Seattle, WA

Dania Mastacchini

“We enjoyed spending time with Dania. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and always positive. She has the perfect temperament for a tour leader.”

Rekha & Craig Arness
McLean, VA

Arianna Mura

"While I am sure that Odysseys Unlimited has a wonderful team of guides, I am confident that none are better than Arianna…her knowledge of the history and culture of Italy is superb."

Richard & Sandra Cross
Livingston, AL

Giulia Tamarri

"Giulia was terrific and did make our tour outstanding. The whole group just loved her and she was a big part of the quality of the tour."

Frank & Pat Payton
Georgetown, TX

Ingrid Jerebica

“Ingrid is absolutely wonderful – as a tour guide and as a person. She is very knowledgeable and has a way of sharing things that will be remembered.”

Donna & Keith Kirkendoll
Fort Worth, TX

Leandro Marandola

“Leandro is the ultimate tour director, probably world champion! Great personality, very humorous, great storyteller, great on details, very thorough and considerate.”

Eric & Joanne Sailer
Lyme Center, NH

Franco Carola

“Dr. Franco was the absolute best. His mission was to make this the best experience and show the heart of his country. He was a tremendous asset to the trip.”

John Blackwell
Apex, NC

Marina Caruso

We were so lucky to have Marina Caruso; she is one of the best tour directors I have ever had. A real gem—helpful, caring, and ready to go the extra mile.”

Eileen Sutter
Yonkers, NY

Esmeralda Perrone

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Lara Mocellin

“Lara is the perfect tour director.  She is darling, knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, energetic, tireless, caring, and every other positive adjective.”

Elizabeth Whitesell
Phoenix, AZ

Chiara Cimino

"Chiara was very well organized and clear in describing planned events for the upcoming day. She is friendly and approachable."

James Antes
Littleton, CO

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was amazing! He was always very professional, but also very personable. Enjoyed his singing on the bus and incredible knowledge about everything Italian.”

Melinda Parker
Crestview, FL

Katia Girotto

“Katia is the best tour guide we have ever had. Her knowledge of Italy is astounding and her ability to get along with the disparate members of the group impressive.”

Jean & David Forman
Carlisle, MA

Gabriel Castillo

“This was our 7th Odysseys tour and we would rate Gabe at the top of our list.”

Allan Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran did a fantastic job.  He worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. He made us all feel like family.  He really helped us see more of Italy than we ever could have expected.”

Margaret Lee & Wayne Morrison
Vienna, VA

Andrea Fiorillo

“Andrea exceeded expectations in every possible area—we felt he went above and beyond what a tour director generally does."

Anne & Jeffrey Abend
Rockville, MD

Chiara Campanile

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Francine di Tommaso

"Professional, very knowledgeable, and a wonderful sense of humor...Can’t express enough how great she was as our tour director."

Michael Plumer
Wilmington, NC

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“If we ever return to Italy, we would want Luigi for our tour director again…He was absolutely marvelous!”

John & Judith Schneider
Grand Rapids, MI

Igor Ribic

“Igor was exceptionally cooperative, intuitive, diplomatic, knowledgeable, entertaining, and he exhibited outstanding communication and people skills. He’s a major asset to Odysseys.”

Diane Sarti
New Hope, PA

Mara Tiburzi

“Mara was above excellent! Her personality, sincerity, and knowledge were wonderful.”

Suzy Riggins & Tommy Acken
Cape Coral, FL

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Kristen Kerr
Webster, NY
Thanks for an enjoyable trip that I will never forget…memories made for a lifetime.
Teresa McCracken
Weatherford, TX
This tour far exceeded any expectations we had. The beauty of the country, the spectacular churches, the artwork…It truly could not have been better!
Sharon & John Dusek
Lakewood, WA
I don’t think I have enough words to tell you what a great trip this was. The planning is tight and effective, and I would travel with you again in a heartbeat!
Kristen Kerr
Webster, NY
Thanks for an enjoyable trip that I will never forget…memories made for a lifetime.
Teresa McCracken
Weatherford, TX
This tour far exceeded any expectations we had. The beauty of the country, the spectacular churches, the artwork…It truly could not have been better!
Sharon & John Dusek
Lakewood, WA
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