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Archaeology Tour In Italy

Archaeology Tour In Italy

Duration: 10 nights/ 11 days

Capacity: 15 or more people

Italy is a country with a rich and long history, and its archaeological sites are some of the most important in the world. Italy is home to a vast array of archaeological treasures.Going on an archaeological tour in Italy is a great way to learn about the country’s rich history and culture. You’ll get to see some of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world, and you’ll learn about the people who lived there thousands of years ago.

Archaeology Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Rome

Arrival at Rome Airport and meet your local Tour Manager. Transfer to your hotel by private GT motor coach. After check-in your Tour Manager is available for some information about the city and your hotel surroundings to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2 – Rome/Tarquinia/Cerveteri/Rome

Today we will start our archaeological explorations with a day trip to important Etruscan Sites to learn more about this ancient and mysterious civilization who ruled Italy before the Romans. We will start with the town of Tarquinia and visit the Etruscan Necropolis where the painted tombs represent a peculiar aspect of the artistic Etruscan culture and the National Etruscan Museum. On the way back to Rome, we will stop in Cerveteri and visit the Necropoli della Banditaccia, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 – Rome

This morning we will complete our Etruscan experience with a visit to the National Etruscan Museum housed in Villa Giulia in Rome. Among other treasures, we will admire the so-called Sarcophagus of the Spouses. In the afternoon, we will start our visits about Imperial Rome with a visit to Palatine Hill. According to Roman mythology the location of the cave is where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa that kept them alive. Archaeological excavations show that people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC.

Day 4 – Rome

Today keep touring archaeological sites dating back to the Imperial age. Your tour begins with the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire and one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. Passing by the Constantine Arch, we will enter the Roman Forum. This was for centuries the center of Roman public life. The Arch of Titus provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected later as for example the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The tour will end by the Piazza Del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo, from where you will have a fantastic view over the Forum.

Day 5 – Rome/Pompeii/Naples

Check-out of your rooms and drive to southern Italy along the “Autostrada del Sole”. Upon arrival in Pompeii we will meet our local guide who will share amazing stories of this ancient and famous town uncovered beneath volcanic ash, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy. We will then continue to Naples and visit the National Archaeological Museum to admire a great collection of masterpieces from archaeological sites Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Day 6 – Naples/Paestum/Overnight ferry to Sicily

Today we will go on a full day excursion to Paestum to visit one of the best collections of Greek temples anywhere. Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. The ruins of Paestum are notable for their three ancient Greek temples which are in a very good state of preservation. After the visit we will return to Naples for some time before embarking on an overnight ferry to Sicily.

Day 7 – Palermo

This morning our ferry arrives at Palermo. Founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians, Palermo then became part of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, and was under Greek, Arab and Norman rule as well. During our sightseeing we will see the Palatine Chapel, St. John’s of the Hermits and the Basilica of Monreale with its beautiful mosaics. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8 – Palermo/Segesta/Selinunte/Agrigento

Breakfast, check-out and departure to the suggestive spot of Segesta where on a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta lies an unusually well preserved Doric temple built in the 420’s BC which escaped destruction by the Carthaginians in the late 5th century. In the afternoon, we will visit the Doric Acropolis of Selinunte, an ancient Greek city which grew to 30.000 people at its peak before 409 BC. Late afternoon arrival in Agrigento with a stay overnight.

Day 9 – Agrigento/Piazza Armerina/Taormina

After breakfast, get your guided visit to the Valley of the Temples, one of the most outstanding examples of Greek art and architecture and one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. We will then cross Sicily and reach Piazza Armerina, flourishing during Roman times as shown by the notable mosaics at the patrician Villa Romana del Casale, the richest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Late afternoon arrive in Taormina overnight.

Day 10 – Agrigento/Piazza Armerina/Taormina

Today we will enjoy a day trip to Syracuse, famous for its ancient history, art, architecture and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician Archimedes. The city played a key role in ancient times and was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world leaving an outstanding monumental heritage of Greek, Roman and Baroque architectural creations. Back in Taormina don’t miss a visit to the Greek-Roman Theatre with a suggestive panorama overlooking Mount Etna.

Day 11 – Departure

Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Catania airport for your home flight. End of the tour.


Tour features Buffet Breakfast and local city tax; Professional Tour Manager; Modern A/C private coach; Overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo; Professional local guides; Admissions fees.

Travel tips

More activities can be added or included on optional basis; Tour on half or full board basis; Visit the ancient Acropolis of Alatri; Visit Herculaneum with Pompeii; Visit Naples underground caverns; Tour in Summer or Winter to access low season rates

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