ITALY: Ciao Bella! – Escorted Women’s Tour to Italy
28th August - 10th September 2017
Destinations: Rome, Positano, Chianti, Florence
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Rome
Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert guide
Tour Concludes In: Florence
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 13: Lunches; 4: Dinners; 4:
Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Ciao Bella! - Small Group Women’s Tour to Italy are a maximum of 14! We visit Rome, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Isle of Capri, San Gimignano, Florence, Chianti, Pompei and Tuscany.
3 nights Rome, 4 nights Positano, 4 nights Chianti, 3 nights Florence.
Sometimes finding travelling partners can be difficult, but with a small group tour to Italy just for women you have the added benefit of being in a group of women just like you. Join us for a holiday of a lifetime, travelling solo but never alone. New friends really are just around the corner.
- Special Early morning entry to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, before the crowds
- Private guided tour of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum
- Fabulous day visiting Isle of Capri on our own private boat, time for swimming and your own exploration
- A walk through the town of Positano to find all the best shops and products
- Historical guide for a discovery of Pompeii
- Regional markets and time for self exploration
- ’Special’ dining experiences with spectacular views!
- Lunch in an ancient villa
- Wine tasting in historic wineries – with meals wine is included
- Fun cooking class in Positano with a local well know chef in one of the best restaurants, learn to make the Amalfi’s specialities
- Time for shopping and your own ‘discovery’
- Wonderful local and registered guides in villages and towns
- 4 and 3 star superior hotels, situated in the centre of the places we visit and hand picked
- Entrance into galleries and attractions when accompanied by a guide
- Group ground transportation throughout the tour including chauffeur driven vans, train, ferries, (a local bus may be used in Amalfi) taxis at times
- Limited to only 14 guests
- All tips and gratuities to guides and drivers
- Italian Indulgence Tour Director for the entire period of the tour.
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Day 1: Monday 28th August 2017: Rome
- Day 2: Tuesday 29th August 2017: Rome Ancient Rome Tour
- Day 3: Wedneday 30th August 2017; Rome
- Day 4: Thursday 31st August 2017: Rome to Pompeii and Positano
- Day 5: Friday 1st September 2017: Positano
- Day 6: Saturday 2nd September 2017: A day on the water experiencing the Amalfi coast
- Day 7: Sunday 3rd September 2017: North to Tuscany
- Day 8: Monday 4th September 2017: Florence - Walk the streets of Leonardo and Michelangelo's home
- Day 9: Tuesday 5th September 2017: Discover Michelangelo's 'David'
- Day 10: Wednesday 6th September 2017: Chianti Lunch in an ancient villa
- Day 11: Thursday 7th September 2017: Chianti - A day of leisure in the centre of Tuscany
- Day 12: Friday 8th September 2017: Chianti San Gimignano, the perfect Tuscan town
- Day 13: Saturday 9th September 2017: Chianti Siena
- Day 14: Sunday 10th September 2017: Depart Tuscany
Day 1: Monday 28th August 2017: Rome
Bella Roma!! Freshen up before we start on our exciting discovery of Rome. In the early evening we meet for a stroll to some of the best piazzas before welcome drinks and dinner in the historical heart of Rome. We venture out to indulge in an authentic Roman meal and get to know our Ciao Bella travelling companions.
Drinks, dinner and wine included.
Day 2: Tuesday 29th August 2017: Rome Ancient Rome Tour
Discover ancient Rome with our small group Emperor and Gladiators tour today. We walk in the path of the Gladiators and discover the Colosseum and the amazing structure that has stood the test of time for 2,000 years and hear of its bloody history. We also discover the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Venice Square. Tonight we'll enjoy an aperitivo on the rooftop of a local bar looking out onto gorgeous Rome before dinner.
Day 3: Wednesday 30th August 2017: Rome
Who would come to Rome and miss the Vatican? We discover the most amazing collection of art assembled over the centuries by the most well loved artists that have ever lived. We discover Michelangelo’s Pieta and learn of the history and intrigue of the Roman Emperors and Popes. In the afternoon we walk back through the most historic parts of Rome - Campo di Fiori, Piazza Navona etc., to sit in a quaint piazza for lunch. You will have ample time to discover the many other fascinating museums and galleries that make Rome so exciting.
Or a little window shopping might be more to your liking?
Day 4: Thursday 31st August 2017: Rome to Pompeii and Positano
We say goodbye to the eternal city and travel to Pompeii. We will have our expert guide to make this ancient city come alive revealing the secrets behind the time capsule left behind after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. We can peek into homes and shops and also read graffiti telling us so much of the daily life. We journey to beautiful Positano where, perched high above the water, the houses seem to cling to the cliffs and have been the subject of a thousand postcards. Dinner tonight in gorgeous Positano, over looking the town - the prettiest town on the Amalfi coast.
We only use expert guides for our 'special' visits as Italian law restricts guides unless they have the correct license.
Breakfast and dinner with wine.
Day 5: Friday 1st September 2017: Positano
In the morning, you will have time to explore the gorgeous town of Positano. This delightful town is one of the the pearls of the Amalfi coast with houses which seem to cling to the side of the mountain. You could spend hours here discovering wonderful small shops selling the best produce from the coast. Ceramics, linen and hand made shoes....this place is a shopper's paradise. For lunch, you could venture out to the very next bay and enjoy a delightful lunch sitting in the sand with the best local seafood.
Or as an exciting option, you could take part in a fun cooking class at one of Positano's best known restaurants (optional).
Day 6: Saturday 2nd September 2017: A day on the water experiencing the Amalfi coast
A fabulous day on the Amalfi coast! Our exclusive boat will take us along the stunning Amalfi coast where we will discover the most attractive bays for swimming along with the inlets and grottoes. We pass in front of Praiano, the fiord of Furore and Conca dei Marini to discover the emerald grotto. We might even have time to discover the towns of Amalfi and Atrani and enjoy a lunch in the main piazza.
Day 7: Sunday 3rd September 2017: North to Tuscany
We take the red, fast Ferrari train to Tuscany, sometimes travelling at 300 km per hour north to Tuscany. We pass through the wonderful landscapes of Lazio and Umbria until we reach the centre of Tuscany, Florence, where the great renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo called home. Our hotel is right in the centre of Florence, just a skip from all of the important monuments, museums and galleries. Discover the stunning town of Florence with its Ponte Vecchio amazing architecture and quiet piazzas. We meet tonight and visit a very fun and authentic restaurant where we can taste the best Tuscan products: delicious pecorino cheese, sliced meats, pasta and of course, Tuscan wine.
Breakfast and dinner with wine.
Day 8: Monday 4th September 2017: Florence - Walk the streets of Leonardo and Michelangelo's home
This morning we will have 'skip the line' tickets for the most amazing array of renaissance art in Italy when we visit The Uffizi. If you've ever wondered what Botticelli's magnificent 'Birth of Venus' or the 'Primavera' look like, close up - here is your chance. Florence is the centre of Renaissance art. (This is an unguided tour). Later we'll discover the amazing architecture, history, grand palazzos and more.
In the afternoon you might decide to visit one of the excellent galleries or museums for which Florence is famous.
Day 9: Tuesday 5th September 2017: Discover Michelangelo's 'David'
This morning we discover the central food market, the bustling heart of the city. Tasting and sampling as we go, we'll enjoy the best products of not only Tuscany but the whole of Italy. After our morning in the market, you will have 'skip the line' tickets to view Michelangelo's David in the Accademy.
Later, you might decide to spend time visiting the hundreds of museums and galleries like the Pitti Palace, Bargello, Salvatore Ferragamo or the new Gucci museum or just take time to do some last minute shopping before our departure tomorrow.
Day 10: Wednesday 6th September 2017: Chianti Lunch in an ancient villa
We travel through wooded hills and lush valleys where we will discover quaint Tuscan towns, everyone a picture waiting to be taken. In the afternoon we learn about Chianti wine in an ancient winery with a private guided tour and then a lunch in the villa dining room, just for us! We continue on to our next destination our gorgeous Tuscan town where we’ll be spending the next 4 nights.
Breakfast and lunch with wine.
Day 11: Thursday 7th September 2017: Chianti - A day of leisure in the centre of Tuscany
Kick back and enjoy a leisurely morning and a late breakfast, you are on holidays after all. Today you can be as busy as you'd like exploring your gorgeous Tuscan town or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the vineyards, you might venture out for a delicious lunch or dinner in the very characteristic town. At night meet on the terrace for an aperitivo with delicious wine and products of the area.
Day 12: Friday 8th September 2017: Chianti San Gimignano, the perfect Tuscan town
We visit the quintessential Tuscan hill top town - San Gimignano. We journey through the verdant landscapes of Tuscany to experience the quaint hill top town of San Gimignano and its magnificent towers. We will venture to the highest point giving us spectacular views of the Val d’Elsa and wander through the quaint shops maybe looking for that perfect ceramic plate or chic Italian bag. Our travels will take us to other Tuscan hill towns and although quite different, they are all delightful.
Day 13: Saturday 9th September 2017: Chianti Siena
Siena was the medieval rival of Florence it is a joy to explore the Il Campo, or centre piazza, the star of many films. We will have a walking tour to discover the incredible duomo before stopping for lunch in a lovely quiet piazza. Tonight is our last night in Tuscany so we meet at a local restaurant to indulge in delicious Tuscan cuisine to celebrate our time together.
Breakfast, aperitivo, dinner with wine included.
Day 14: Sunday 10th September 2017: Depart Tuscany
We say goodbye to our Ciao Bella friends and beautiful Tuscany. You will be transferred to the train station in the centre of Florence in the morning where our wonderful discovery of Italy ends. Or you could extend our time together and join us in Venice! This tour starts at the train station in Florence.
Every assistance will be given to find your way to your next destination.
Our itineraries are carefully planned and well thought out but touring Italy can sometimes offer wonderful surprises. The magic of travelling in such a small group allows us to cater for this spontaneity and it is sometimes these unplanned occurrences that can be the most memorable. The rich tapestry of experiences and the characters you meet along the way will make this tour of Italy something special.
Thank you for making my first solo holiday so much fun and carefree! I will hold such fond memories of you and all the wonderful ladies of the Ciao Bella Tour.
Leanne R, Brisbane
A wonderful holiday! Have enjoyed Italy so much more this time around.
Leonie W, Toowoomba
I would not change one thing of this fantastic experience. It has given me memories I will treasure for the rest of my life. Many, many thanks.
Fiona W, Perth
My first solo trip and I was a little nervous but from the arrival in Rome and being picked up by a friendly driver my Italian trip was more than I ever expected. The Ciao Bella Tour has the best guides and drivers and is very professionally organized but not over organized. Everywhere we went was fantastic as well as the company, food wine and even the weather, I thoroughly recommend it.
Ann P, Brisbane
Having just completed the Ciao Bella women's tour of Italy, I can honestly say it was my dream holiday. My husband doesn't like travelling so my sister and I joined a fantastic group of 9 other ladies and led by the gorgeous Annette, we had an amazing time. It's hard to pick a favourite destination as every city/region were equally beautiful. Our hotels, food and wine were excellent. Our guides were all exceptional- knowledgable and passionate about their wonderful country. Being a small group there was flexibility in our itinerary and Annette was a great organiser. I would recommend this tour very highly and am already saving up to join another.
Angela B, Queensland
"To all the single ladies out there - Ciao Bella is the tour for you! I had the most amazing time of my life and did not want it to end. It was such a unique opportunity to be able to travel with other amazing women and to do all of the things that women love to do! Annette is an absolute delight and is a fountain of knowledge on all things Italiano. This tour gives you a very personal experience of Italy and I loved every moment- the food, the culture, our private boat in Positano, shopping with the girls, spritz at sunset and most of all loads of fun and laughter and memories that will last forever. Cried when I had to leave".
Kathy. C, Sydney