Southern Italy should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Now you have a chance to explore its cultural treasures, history and
foods with experienced traveler Chuck Cinelli, the owner of Coco’s Italian Market, and our friend and Italian born host
Mariangela. This is not your average, cookie-cutter tour! We have planned an unprecedented, in-depth experience for you which
showcases their wonderful life and culture, at a price you won’t find anywhere else.
|ONLY $3,999 gives you an all-inclusive 12 day package that includes airfare
Save an additional $1,100 off the price if you use your own air-miles
Highlights: Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Taormina Valley of the Temples, Giardini Naxos, Catania,
Mt. Etna Volcano, Matera, Alberobello, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Pompeii
If you’ve been to Italy you will LOVE Sicily. If you have never been to Italy this is the trip for you. Sicily has everything the mainland offers a wide ranging landscape of
rolling hills, mountains, volcanoes, sea, and snow. You’ll enjoy a diverse array of foods and flavors that are most popular to American tastes, including great desserts,
pastries, chocolates, wines and local liquors. You will marvel at the fascinating architecture, antiquities, and overall atmosphere surrounded by genuinely nice people.
The Amalfi coast is a must and looks just like all the photos you’ve seen of the terrace villages hanging over the sea. Bonus! this is the perfect time to go, the
temperature will hover around 75° during the day and 65 at night°. Everyday will be an amazing adventure and around every corner you’ll find a fantastic treasure.
I always say “I could live in Sicily” come with me and see for yourself. Chuck Cinelli owner Coco's Italian Sign me up for more info.
Day 1 Overnight Flight
After we get to our hotel and freshen up, I will take you on a street food
journey . Fried Rice balls Arancini, fresh juices, Sfincione, Pezzi de
Rosticceria, Pane con le milza, great desserts and of course, cannoli. And
while we are walking I will point out the hidden treasures of Palermo.
DAY 2 Palermo, Sicily - Tour officially begins with our first local guide in the
capital of Sicily. Palermo is a pulsating city with a lot of sights, sounds, tastes
and aroma for all of your senses to take in. Tonight we join your fellow
travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.
DAY 3 Palermo - Monreale -
Todays’ excursion we acquaint ourselves with Palermo’s many lovely squares
- the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini - and discover an exotic
mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque architecture along the way. We
see the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral that
houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of
Monreale, visit a 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of
multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. The remainder of day
is yours and I will help you get to what interests you: shopping, people
watching at a café, museums, leisurely walks or you can simply take some
time to relax.
DAY 4 Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos
Today we travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland
toward the town of Agrigento and explore one of the most important
archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples
(UNESCO Site), where you’ll get an up-close view of the temples of Juno,
Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “Garden
of Sicily” for our 3-night stay.
DAY 5 Giardini Naxos - Taormina
We visit beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments
and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, see Corso Umberto,
view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved
Greek theatre. Later we have some free time to relax or independently
DAY 6 Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna
Journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit
the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city
(UNESCO Site); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and
produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied
Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied
troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later, gather to discover
the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces
you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to our
hotel for a relaxing evening.
DAY 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera
Our next adventure is to Messina for a fun ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni
on Italy’s mainland. Have your cameras ready as we pass through
unspoiled, Calabria into the Basilicata region where we make a stop at a
fantastic local winery. There we will be guided on a walk through the cellars
and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Tonight I
have planned for you regional cuisine in the winery’s own “agriturismo”
Day 8 Matera - Alberobello
We visit “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings.
Our local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has
recently caught the eye of many film producers. We continue to a local
shop for a chance to sample some regional produce that when jarred we
ship to Coco’s Italian Market We get free time in Matera to browse the
boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of
Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes known
as Trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.(UNESCO Site)
Day 9 Matera - Vietri Sul Mare - Sorrento Peninsula
One of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the Bay of
Naples. We stop in Vietri Sul Mare, the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” for
time to leisurely explore. Here, generations of inhabitants have been
producing precious painted pottery, representing stories of their daily life.
You will admire the 17th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its
beautiful ceramic dome. Once we arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula just sit
back and take in the magical views.
Day 10 Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Minori
After breakfast we savor time in this lovely seaside town of Sorrento. Then
we begin our adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Stop in
the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial
beauty before heading to Minori where we sample regional specialties at a
family-owned limoncello factory. Later, we stop for a traditional Italian
afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Tonight enjoy an evening
of leisure and I will help guide you to more sites and restaurants .
Day 11 Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples to the famous ruins of Pompeii, at the
foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Our local guide gives us an in-depth view of this
remarkable archaeological site, where you’ll become immersed in history as
you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town.
Later we travel to Rome and celebrate the end of your journey with a
delicious dinner served with typical roman flare.
Day 12 Rome -
Breakfast in the hotel. Today you will share emails with your new friends as
our tour comes to a close .But it's the beginning of beautiful memories.
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Q. Why is the price so low, does the low cost reflect on the quality of the experience?
A. No, not at all for several reasons:
1, Coco's Travel Agency has relationships with airlines, hotels and tour companies all over the world which gives us contracted (discounted) pricing that
you don’t get when you book by yourself on line.
2, We are traveling a week before high tourist season begins which will save you up to $500.
3. Coco's purchases our tour packages a year in advance so we can pass on these great prices to our clients.
Q. How are the hotels?
A. We always choose hotels that have a 4 four star rating or higher (European standards). We also choose properties that either have stunning views
and/or central locations so you will be within walking distance to attractions, dining and nightlife. We also prefer hotels that are European, which have
charm and history because who wants to stay at a Best Western while in Italy?
Q. Why not just jump on any other tour?
A. Most tour buses hold over 50 people, mostly strangers, We are the only ppl in our group and not part of a larger group and have our own exclusive
bus with big windows, plenty of leg room and a reclining seat. Our group will be around 20 and we'll travel in a small bus with big windows, plenty of leg
room and reclining seats. By the time we travel, we will already will know each other a bit with a get together Buon Viaggio dinner at Coco's,
Q. Why travel with Coco's?
A. We are expected at every place we tour and those venues always offer us incredible hospitality. They know we own a travel agency and want us to
recommend them to our clients so they treat us very well. When you travel with me you can rest assured that everything will be smooth as silk and
Q. Why travel with Chuck?
A. When you travel with me there will be no hiccups or unexpected surprises because I have traveled to every place we are going.. I can tell you where to
find the best shopping experience, how to manage cash conversions, where to eat, what to order and a whole host of tips that only a seasoned traveler to
Italy can answer. My one and only goal is for you to have an amazing experience and will be recommend and travel with me again! (and several of my
past clients will be on this trip)
Q. I am a little nervous traveling with a bunch of strangers.
A. Several weeks before our adventure begins, we host a complimentary get to know each other dinner at Coco's Event Center. We will get to know each
other through casual conversation and an organized question / answer session. Our camaraderie on this adventure starts before we even leave. Cynthia,
our travel advisor, will go over all the details of your travel documents and that night we'll answer all of your questions about what to expect when traveling
abroad There's lots of good info and we'll have a lot of fun! Plus, things will be brought up that you didn't even think of. This is the moment when the trip
becomes a reality and we all get excited!
If I didn't answer your questions please email me or call during regular biz hours during the week. 615 678-6318 reservations@CocosTravleAgency.com
My hope is that you'll love this trip so much that you'll want to travel with me again next year. And that you'll feel confident enough to continue to book your
future trips with Coco's Travel, even if you aren't traveling on this trip.
It’s fun to travel with a friend so feel free to send this web-page to your friends and family and if they're interested in travelling with us I'll be happy to talk
with them personally. I specifically choose this tour to go on because Southern Italy is that fabulous!
Send me your email and I will invite you to one of our Learn About Our Italy Tours dinner and live Q and A at this link Sign me up for more info.
We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you!