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Italy on Film

No matter if you are a movie buff or just wish to explore the romantic parts and gastronomic gems of Mid and South Italy, this itinerary focusing on iconic movies set in Italy. Whether you're a fan of the Roman classics like Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita, or you prefer something more contemporary like Eat, Pray, Love, maybe you have a taste for the darker side with some mafia-themed flicks, you'll get to see and feel the places these movies were set and shot. With a good sense of measure, our itinerary is packed with interesting and themed tours covering the most important sights of Rome, Naples, Palermo, and Taormina. The city tours, food tours, and movie tours are a combination of private and small group experiences, following the footsteps of the most famous classic and modern movies in Italy. Traveling between destinations with local professional staff is particularly interesting as you can enjoy beautiful and scenic views on route.

The services that we include as a part of our comprehensive travel package feature small and boutique hotels, themed city tours and day tours as well as the all-important connections between destinations. The majority of our destinations are connected with private transfers enabling you safe, enjoyable, and comfortable traveling. To optimize your travel time the farthest destinations are connected with local flights and we will include those internal flights in your trip package.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in Rome) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.


Route for Rome, Naples, Palermo, Taormina tour

3 Nights in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

4 days in Rome
4 days in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Rome

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Cinematic Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

To start off your Rome adventure, we suggest an easy introduction of an aperitivo or bar on a short walk. Bar San Calisto is where La Grande Bellezza movie was shot and its a very famous bar of Trastevere - make sure to try their amazing granita di caffe with panna! If you're a fan of The Talented Mr. Ripley you'll find these locations look familiar: Cafe Latino in Rome (The Vesuvio nightclub) and the cafe where Freddie turns up, on Piazza Navona opposite Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. Huge hit Eat, Pray, Love was partially shot in Rome, and if you want to follow the food footsteps of the movie, here is a short guide: San Crispino (gelato), Vechio Orso and Santa Lucia trattorias.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Rome

Movie and Food Private Tour

Movie and Food Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy an exciting walk around the living film set that is Rome. With your guide, the granddaughter of four-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Vittorio De Sica, you'll discover beautiful parts of the Eternal City that have been used to shoot movies such as The Bicycle Thief, Roman Holiday, and La Dolce Vita. You'll see where the directors stayed and their favorite restaurants, and meet people who knew the stars who acted here, as well as former extras. On this cinema stroll, you'll visit culinary highlights to learn about, and taste, the foods portrayed in these films. This unique tour will end at a charming trattoria with a curated lunch, tasting various dishes portrayed in the films shot around the city.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hear stories of lions, gladiators & emperors on this thorough exploration of Ancient Rome. There's no waiting in line as we've included express entry at the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. Your expert guide will takae you in a group of no more than 15 people for an intimate and fun tour of three of the most significant sites of Ancient Rome.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 Hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Rome

Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Standing in the Sistine Chapel and marvelling at Michelangelo's masterpieces is a memory that will stay with you forever but to enjoy it this moment to its fullest the best way is by entering the Vatican a full hour before the general public. It'll be an early start for this VIP small group tour but totally worth it. Your guide will tell you the story of the chapel, before continuing to explore the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3.45 hours

Active Movie Exploration

Suggestion to explore on your own

While exploring the Eternal City on foot, you can try and follow a route of famous movie locations; you'll get to know Rome as well as its rich movie history. Roman Holiday takes place at some of Rome's biggest sites including the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Colosseum. One of the most famous scenes takes place at Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), where newspaper reporter Joe Bradley (played by Peck) pretends to lose his hand, frightening Hepburn's Princess Ann. Fans of the movie still line up to re-enact the famous scene and take photos with their hand in the Mouth. The 1960 film La Dolce Vita contains possibly the most iconic of all Roman movie scenes, and the vision of Anita Ekberg wading through the Trevi Fountain in her ballgown can be seen in pictures and on postcards throughout the city!

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Naples by Private Transfer

It's time to head south to the pizza capital of Italy! Our driver will meet you at your accommodation and transport you in door-to-door comfort to Naples. On your way, you'll make a stop in Caserta, one of the most famous Italian movie locations. Its amazing Royal Palace, which some refer to as the Italian Versailles, was featured in many famous movies, including Star Wars. You'll have 3 hours to explore and catch a drink or a snack before continuing your journey to Naples. The total duration of the trip is around 5.5 to 6 hours. Please note that this is a non-guided transfer.

Naples by Private Transfer with a stop in Caserta

2 Nights in Naples

2 Nights in Naples

3 days in Naples
3 days in Naples

2 Nights in Naples

To call Naples rough around the edges would be quite the understatement. Yet amidst the chaos and beneath the grime is one of Italy's true gems. It's the third-largest city in the country, home to over three million people. An important port city for all the civilizations that have existed there, Naples is the original melting pot. Founded as Neapolis (literally "new city") by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C., Naples has many layers of history for you to discover.

To call Naples rough around the edges would be quite the understatement. Yet amidst the chaos and beneath the grime is one of Italy's true gems. It's the third-largest city in the country, home to over three million people. An important port city for all the civilizations that have existed there, Naples is the original melting pot. Founded as Neapolis (literally "new city") by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C., Naples has many layers of history for you to discover.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Naples

Upon reaching Naples your driver will drop you directly at your accommodation in the center of the city.

The Eat, Pray, Love Trail

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you want to follow Julia Robert's steps in Naples, it is absolutely necessary to have the same pizza she had. This famous place is La'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, on Via Cesare Sersale, 1. Naples is a city of pizza, and if you don't want to brave the line or make reservations for the pizzeria's famous pizza margherita, we can help you find memorable alternatives.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Naples

Pizza Lesson Small Group Experience

Pizza Lesson Small Group Experience

Included in your vacation package price.

Naples is famous as the birthplace of the modern day pizza and it is said that nowhere else does it taste quite as good. It could be the water, or the San Marzano tomatoes that are used to make the tomato sauce, or perhaps the magnificent buffalo mozzarella that is often used in preference to the run-of-the-mill cow's milk version. Today you'll be having a pizza lesson with an experienced pizzaiolo so you can find out for yourself. You'll start by mixing and kneading your own dough, and then top it with the finest local ingredients. When your work is done you'll sit down and finish your experience with a soft drink and a 3 course meal: starter, dessert and, of course, pizza you have prepared with your own hands.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1.5-2 hours

Going Underground

Suggestion to explore on your own

The city of Naples has a long and storied history, with settlements dating to the ancient Greek area, over 2,000 years ago. The Greeks dug subterranean aqueducts, the Romans continued the practice and centuries of tunneling and well-boring have resulted in a real labyrinth beneath the city. There are two main underground tours, each slightly different. The open-every-day Naples Underground should be your top priority, but the Bourbon Tunnels, which can be a little harder to visit, offer a contrasting view. We won't spoil the surprise, but as long as you're not claustrophobic, we can assure you either are an enlightening experience.

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Palermo by Airplane

Today you're heading to Sicily's capital of Palermo. Our driver will meet you and take you to the airport with plenty of time to board your flight. We'll arrange for tickets on a direct flight and you'll be in Palermo after no more than an hour in the air.

3 Nights in Palermo

3 Nights in Palermo

4 days in Palermo
4 days in Palermo

3 Nights in Palermo

Palermo doesn’t care if you like it. It’s the capital city of Sicily, and its biggest. Reminiscent in parts of Naples. It's not a place you'll find thronged with tourists, but the locals sure like to be outside. A hub of activity and a gridlock in rush hour and at weekends. Despite the order of the main avenues, the twisting lanes of the Centro Storico provide plenty of opportunities to get lost. Cheek by jowl here you will find grand palazzos (much of European royalty had their vacation palaces in Palermo) and scruffy tenements. Turn a corner in a grungy alley and you’re faced with an ornate fountain or pomp and circumstance statue. All of this provides a rich backdrop to your time in Palermo. Many have come before. The city was founded nearly 3,000 years ago and Palermo has truly been a crossroads of the great civilizations. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spanish, Bourbon, and finally Italian rulers have held dominion over the city and left their mark. Its international airport and busy seaport make it a great starting or finishing point for an exploration of Sicily.

Palermo doesn’t care if you like it. It’s the capital city of Sicily, and its biggest. Reminiscent in parts of Naples. It's not a place you'll find thronged with tourists, but the locals sure like to be outside. A hub of activity and a gridlock in rush hour and at weekends. Despite the order of the main avenues, the twisting lanes of the Centro Storico provide plenty of opportunities to get lost. Cheek by jowl here you will find grand palazzos (much of European royalty had their vacation palaces in Palermo) and scruffy tenements. Turn a corner in a grungy alley and you’re faced with an ornate fountain or pomp and circumstance statue. All of this provides a rich backdrop to your time in Palermo. Many have come before. The city was founded nearly 3,000 years ago and Palermo has truly been a crossroads of the great civilizations. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spanish, Bourbon, and finally Italian rulers have held dominion over the city and left their mark. Its international airport and busy seaport make it a great starting or finishing point for an exploration of Sicily.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Palermo

Upon arrival at Palermo airport, our driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals and will take you to the hotel in Palermo.

Palermo by Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

First glimpses of Palermo can be quite overwhelming; this loud and colorful city engages all of your senses at once. We suggest starting easy, with a nice drink and a meal in some of our favorite spots. Piazza Olivella (two steps from Teatro Massimo) is one of the main areas for shopping, food, and drinks. A small part of the square, known as the Champagneria, is one of the places where young people hang out. Piazza San Francesco and Via Paternostro are two vibrant areas full of bars and restaurants where you can get a feel for the Palermian way of (night)life. Piazza Sant’Anna is the best square to enjoy a drink in summer and enjoy a favorite local past-time, people-watching, because the bars there put all of their tables outside.

Palermo by Night

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Palermo

Unknown Sicily: Corleone & Movie Sets Private Tour

Unknown Sicily: Corleone & Movie Sets Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This full-day tour will give you a new point of view on Italian cinema and culture. You'll visit some very scenic villages with an expert local guide and have ample chances to enjoy local food and drinks along the way. You'll cruise through the countryside between destinations, admiring both the natural beauty and the high art of Italy's culture and history. This is an indispensable tour for anyone looking for a new way of looking at Italy.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Palermo

Street Food Private Walking Tour

Street Food Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

With a city like Palermo, a crossroads of cultures for thousands of years, there's really no better way to learn its history than on a street food walking tour. You'll have your local expert guide all to yourselves as you discover the places, dishes and drinks that embody the city's rich past. Visiting some of the city's legendary street markets you'll get a flavor of everyday life for Palermitans as you dodge the scooters. Between tastings, your guide's explanations will make the city come alive and leave you with a deeper appreciation than you'd have from a standard walking tour. Especially if you're brave enough to try the "Pani ca' Meusa" sandwich.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Shopping like a Sicilian

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you want to do some shopping in Sicily, you've come to the right place! To get you started, we've collected some of the local's favorite places to shop: The best shopping streets are Via Ruggero Settimo, Via Roma and Via Liberta with Corso Alberto Amedeo which is full of small shops and antiquity stores. Real handcrafted ceramics can be found at Via Nicolo Gallo, Via Daita, and Via Isidoro La Lumia. Outdoor markets are among the best shopping places: Ballaro market dating back to the 11th century is mainly a food market. La Vucciria is the largest one, open every day except Sunday. Here you can find food, clothes, shoes, small crafts stores, as well as lots of bars and food places to enjoy a tasty snack.

Shopping like a Sicilian

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Taormina by Private Transfer

Today you'll leave the city for scenic Taormina and its abundant natural beauty. The journey takes a bit over three hours, but if you would like to make a day of the trip, we can, for an extra fee, arrange a stop at a scenic winery on the fertile slopes of Mt. Etna or the historic seaside town of Acireale, which is known for its semi-frozen granita desserts.

2 Nights in Taormina

2 Nights in Taormina

3 days in Taormina
3 days in Taormina

2 Nights in Taormina

Taormina is the most famous destination in Sicily, hosting actors and actresses in an atmosphere of glamor, luxury, and seaside relaxation. We recommend visiting the fascinating Greek theater, nestled in a splendid location with spectacular views of scenic beaches and the snow-capped volcanic Mt. Etna. Then take time for a walk among the picturesque medieval streets and go shopping for local handicrafts, which include coral, lace, ceramics, and sweets.

Taormina is the most famous destination in Sicily, hosting actors and actresses in an atmosphere of glamor, luxury, and seaside relaxation. We recommend visiting the fascinating Greek theater, nestled in a splendid location with spectacular views of scenic beaches and the snow-capped volcanic Mt. Etna. Then take time for a walk among the picturesque medieval streets and go shopping for local handicrafts, which include coral, lace, ceramics, and sweets.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Taormina

Your driver will bring you as close as possible to your accommodation located in the historic center of Taormina.

Taormina at Sunset Small Group Walking Tour

Taormina at Sunset Small Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Admire Taormina in a whole new light with a small group sunset walking tour. You'll experience the unique relaxed atmosphere of the most famous Sicilian resort on this 2.5-hour walking tour, strolling down its magic medieval streets lit with romantic lights. Enjoy the charming scents of citrus and fresh seafood in the air, beautiful sounds of music played on the vivid streets, hear from your guide about the history and culture of Taormina and Sicily itself, and see the important sights. You will end your sunset tour on the terrace of one of the best restaurants in the very heart of Taormina with distinctive view of smoking Etna and illuminated Ionian coastline. You will be offered a glass of Aperol Spritz or wine of your choice, accompanied with light appetizers. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2.5 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Taormina

Etna Countryside Food and Wine Group Tour

Etna Countryside Food and Wine Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a wonderful trip through the breathtaking and colorful Etna wine country. You'll visit a typical family winery, an antique farmhouse, and a country estate, where you will discover and taste not just the best Etna wines, but also unique organic foods (including pastries) produced on the volcano's rich soil and prepared according to ancient recipes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6 hours

Swim and Dive Around Isola Bella

Suggestion to explore on your own

The local beach in front of Isola Bella is a great spot for a relaxing afternoon and a sunset cocktail in one of the upmarket hotels with privileged access to the tiny beach. You can also try some easy diving around the local bay near the blue cave and the sunken Roman columns, which is ideal for beginners. We recommend the local Dive Nike.

Swim and Dive Around Isola Bella

Day 11

Day 11 - Departure Day

Today our driver will meet you at your accommodation and take you to Catania Airport in time to meet your flight. Duration of the drive is about an hour.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Rome

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
Movie and Food Private Tour
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour
Rome - Naples Private Transfer with a Stop in Caserta

Naples

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Pizza Lesson Small Group Experience
Naples Airport Transfer
Naples - Palermo Flight

Palermo

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Palermo Airport Transfer
Unknown Sicily: Corleone & Movie Sets Private Tour
Street Food Private Walking Tour
Palermo - Taormina Private Transfer

Taormina

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Taormina at Sunset Small Group Walking Tour
Etna Countryside Food and Wine Group Tour
Taormina - Catania Private Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Roni & Barbara

Roni & Barbara

Ontario

JayWay Travel will work with you to create a very memorable and fascinating trip.

JayWay Travel will work with you to create a very memorable and fascinating trip.

Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Positano, Naples
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Positano, Naples
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Jon & Carly

Jon & Carly

California

Curated experiences for the mid-range and high-end budget traveler.

Curated experiences for the mid-range and high-end budget traveler.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Venice, Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Castellina in Chianti, Florence, Naples, Capri, Naples, Rome
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Venice, Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Castellina in Chianti, Florence, Naples, Capri, Naples, Rome
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Kelly & Greg

Kelly & Greg

Illinois

First we say so many beautiful towns, landscapes an attractions that were beyond our expectations! I can't express how much I appreciate the suggestions that JayWay Travel provided us as I know we would never have seen so many beautiful areas of Italy! If you want a smooth, stress free way to travel, JayWay Travel should be your "go to" for arranging all your travel needs!

First we say so many beautiful towns, landscapes an attractions that were beyond our expectations! I can't express how much I appreciate the suggestions that JayWay Travel provided us as I know we would never have seen so many beautiful areas of Italy! If you want a smooth, stress free way to travel, JayWay Travel should be your "go to" for arranging all your travel needs!

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Venice, Naples, Positano, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Venice, Naples, Positano, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
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