Private Tour of Southern Italy: Rome, Bari, Amalfi - Firebird Tours ®

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Matera, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Alberobello, Italy
Rome, Italy
Pompeii, Italy

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Trip Overview

Discover the treasures of Southern Italy with our custom-made private tour. Begin in Eternal Rome and spend time exploring Vatican City with a local guide. Continue west to discover incredible towns from maze-like Bari to mid-14th century beehive-shaped houses in Alberobello to Matera's UNESCO-listed World Heritage cave dwellings called Sassi di Matera. Then on to the colorful Amalfi Coast and Sorrento highlights before the grand tour finale in Naples and ancient Pompeii.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.86 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    11 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided walking city tours
    3 guided tours with private/taxi transportation
    1 guided day-tours outside cities
    10 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    Wine tasting
    Street food tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Rome

Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming and heritage rich cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Day 2
Ancient Rome Sightseeing & Colosseum

Following breakfast in the hotel you meet your guide for a stroll through the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal city. You explore the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and many others.

The highlight of your day is a tour of the most well-recognized sight of Rome - the Colosseum. Taxi fare to travel between the sites with your guide is included.

After the tour you return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and head to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.

Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.

Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. Round trip taxi fare included.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

  • Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
     
  • Optional tour: Catacombs of Rome, Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history with a private guide and driver during your 3-hour Catacombs of Rome tour. First join a group excursion, supervised by a specially trained guide, to explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, unfolding millennia of history among tombs and inventive handmade memorials hidden deep underneath the city (mind that the maximum waiting time for the group gathering is 20 minutes). Continue to the spooky Capuchin Crypt made up of 5 successive chambers decorated and constructed entirely of bones and remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks, before reaching your final tour destination - the beautiful San Clemente Basilica built in 1123.
Day 4
Trip to Bari

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you check-out. Your driver takes you to the railway station for a comfortable 4-hour railway ride across Southern Italy to the picturesque coastal town Bari.

Upon arrival, your driver picks you up at the railway station and transfers you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 5
Bari City Tour

Following breakfast at your hotel, you meet your guide and enjoy a 3-hour private guided city tour of Bari.

Bari is a sparkling resort town with a lovely historic center. During the tour you stroll the maze-like Bari Vecchia - medieval heart of the city and see its major attractions including the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola. You enjoy views of Piazza Mercantile, Piazza Ferrarese and enter the medieval Castello Svevo. You can also make a stop for a cold lemonade or iced coffee at one of the many sidewalk cafes.

After the tour you return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

  • Optional tour: Tour to Trani, Italy
    Located outside of Bari, Trani attracts visitors with its lovely marina, bold Norman cathedral and piazza overlooking the sea. See the city's main landmark - the medieval Castel del Monte (Unesco World Heritage) and the amazing old town of Trani, often referred to as the 'Pearl of Puglia'.
Day 6
Trip to Alberobello

In the morning after breakfast at your hotel, you check-out. Your driver transfers you to the fascinating countryside town Alberobello.

Alberobello is a charming city famous for its unique beehive-shaped houses which were built by peasants in the mid-14th century under the rule of the Earls of Conversano. Constructed out of limestone found in the soil or in caves, the whitewashed cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures.

Together with your guide, you enjoy the views of Basilica Santi Medici and enter one of Alberobello's ‘trulli’ houses built from traditional Apulian stone. You then get a unique chance to indulge into the local experience with local products and wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink.

After the sightseeing tour, your driver transfers you to Matera. Upon arrival you check-in your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Day 7
Matera Tour

After breakfast in your hotel, you meet your private guide, who takes you on a comprehensive private sightseeing tour around Matera.

Together with your guide you visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage ancient cave dwellings called Sassi di Matera. You wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs and learn the history of this fascinating place. During the tour you also explore the city's fascinating architecture, pay a visit to the Casa Grotta Museum that shows a traditional cave dwelling, and enjoy a stroll through its baroque area.

After the tour your return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8
Transfer to Amalfi & Coastal Exploration of Amalfi

Following breakfast in your hotel you check-out and your private driver takes you to Amalfi. When you arrive to the Amalfi coast you meet your private guide and start the scenic sightseeing tour through the coastline.

Today you get to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area. You also discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective, and take in the local history and culture. During the tour you enter to the Cloister of Paradise, an open-air cloister which presents an influence which both Arabs and Romans had on Amaili.

After the tour you are transferred to the hotel on the Amalfi Coast (or Sorrento) for check-in.

Day 9
Free Day in Sorrento

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have a free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Trip to Capri Island
    Cruise along the Sorrento coast, before crossing to Capri to marvel at some of the most dramatic rock formations. Navigate your way to Faraglioni to see the unique caves and grottoes of the White, Blue, and Green Grotto, each illuminated in different colors by the reflection of the sunlight hitting the seawater.
     
  • Optional tour: Gastronomic Tour, Sorrento
    Mozzarella, Pizza, Ice cream, Baba and other local cakes…Wine & Limoncello! These are just some of the local delights that you will get to try on the Gastronomic tour of the area. Spend 8 hours learning about the local gastronomic traditions and history. A must for all food lovers!
Day 10
Pompeii Day-trip

Following breakfast in your hotel you check-out, meet your private guide and driver and start an exciting tour to the ancient city of Pompeii.

Set near the foot of a picturesque mountain are the archaeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age that was tragically completely destroyed in 79 AD as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Today you see the excavated finds of the remnants of this ancient city, buried alive under 4 to 6 m of volcanic ash almost 2000 years ago.

During the tour of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site you see artifacts, city walls, the Pompeii amphitheater and other almost perfectly preserved objects that give a detailed insight into the life of the city.

After the tour you are transferred to your centrally-located hotel in Naples and have the rest of the day free.

Day 11
Naples City Tour

Following breakfast your private guide takes you on a touring program around the best sights of charming Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its towering palaces, narrow streets, ancient churches and underground passages dating to different time periods are making Naples city center probably the most unchanged one in Europe.

Start your tour in the Monumental Area of the city and see Plebiscito Square, Galleria Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House and the Royal Palace of Naples (from outside). Proceed to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Naples. Walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, the crib-alley with the shops exclusively dedicated to the famous Neapolitan Crib, and see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Sansevero Chapel Museum to admire the masterpieces of the world artistic heritage.

Why not to get acquainted with the culture of Neapolitan street food in the city that booasts to be the motherland of pizza? You can choose to try fried pizza or neopolitan cuoppo with fried fish. Sfogliatella pastry - the most famous neapolitan pastry - is naturally in the tasting too!

You then continue to the Dante Metro Station which features modern installations by internationally renowned artists. You ride one stop and arrive at the Toledo Metro Art Station, designed around the themes of light and water. Built at 50 m (164 ft) deep, the station extends below the ground water. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 12
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!


Included

11 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Rome, Bari, Matera, Amalfi Coast (or Sorrento) & Naples;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class railway tickets Rome - Bari;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Private driver airport/railway station transfers;
  • Entrances to Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Castello Svevo, Trullo Sovrano, Cave Church, Casa Grotta Museum, Cloister Amalfi & Sansevero Chaper Museum;
  • Wine tasting in Alberobello;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum and Vatican City;
  • Guided tour to the Capello Sansevero, also known as Alchemical Chapel, with world-famous veiled sculptures;
  • Guided tour to the famous Pompeii - a town destroyed and preserved at the same time by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius;
  • Scenic sightseeing tour along the Amalfi coastline including Positano and Amalfi;
  • Tour to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world - Matera and UNESCO World Heritage Site - town Alberobello;
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,095
Deposit $819
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,795
Deposit $959

Save $200 per traveler by choosing the flexible hotels option.

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,095
Deposit $819
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,795
Deposit $959

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