Retrace the Ancient Appian Way on Perillo Tours’ 10-Day Journey Through Rome

Pricing starts at $3,390 per person, double and includes accommodations, private guide, most meals, and more.*
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Jan. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Woodcliff Lake, NJ - The Appian Way, also known as the ‘Queen of Long Roads,’ stretches from Rome to the seaport of Brindisi, Apulia in southeast Italy. Built in 312 BC, the Appian Way was vital to the success of the Roman Empire and is lined with the great monuments and ancient tombs of patrician Roman families. Perillo Tours’ 10-day journey follows Rome’s rustic Appian Way in its entirety from Rome through Naples and Matera, and into the ‘heel of the boot’ ending in Lecce. Perillo Tours’ Appian Way collectively has five departures from June 21, 2012 – October 11, 2012 and ranges from $3,390 to $3,490 per person, double.

Perillo’s Appian Way begins in the heart of Rome’s exclusive Prati district with a three night stay at the Cicerone Hotel, a four-star hotel centrally located near the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo. Accompanied by an expert local guide, guests will visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, and embark a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Circus Maximus.

En route to Sorrento, guests will motor to Naples via Vomero Hill, exploring the sights along the sea front promenade, and visit Pompeii, one of Italy's best known archaeological sites preserved by the ash of Mt. Vesuvius. Continuing along, guests will arrive in Sorrento for a two night stay at the Parco Dei Principi, a five-star luxury hotel set on a cliff overlooking the Villa Borghese Park. The next morning, guests will be taken to Capri to explore the enchanting island on their own.

The Old Appian Way ends around the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce. Before encountering the crystal clear waters, powder-sand beaches and mouthwatering cuisine of the Puglia region, guests will pass through the beautiful Basilicata region, stopping in the ancient town of Matera where inhabitants can boast living in the same dwellings as their ancestors 9,000 years ago. Guests will view the ancient homes built into rocks and understand why “The Passion of The Christ” was filmed here. Continuing on to a five-star historical hotel in the heart of Lecce, the Patria Palace Hotel brings back to life a XVIII century aristocratic mansion. Sightseeing in Lecce includes the Basilica of the Holy Cross and the Bishop’s Palace. On the last full day, guests will visit the seaside capital of Puglia, Bari, followed by lunch in a typical Trulli restaurant.

The prices include all costs aside from gratuity for the guides and airfare: Arrival and departure airport transfers in Italy; centrally-located, superior first class and deluxe hotels; deluxe state-of-the-art motor coaches with extra legroom; daily buffet breakfast; six dinners and one lunch; professional tour directors and licensed local guides; wireless headsets for hearing the guides clearly in public places; hotel taxes, hotel service charges and all tips for hotel and restaurant personnel; baggage handling (except at airport); one tote bag per person, baggage tags and travel documents included. Single supplements and international air flights from your home city are also available.

For 66 years and three generations, the Perillo family has perfected the art of traveling to Italy, making Perillo Tours America’s leading tour operator to Italy. From the major cities to the charming hill towns off the beaten path, Perillo’s itineraries are crafted with the ideal balance of sightseeing, free time and activities that offer a glimpse of Italy’s rich traditions. Perillo Tours also recently launched – a site which arranges fully customized trips to Italy for individual travelers.

Reservations, brochures and information can be obtained from travel agents and Perillo Tours, telephone (800) 431-1515; web site:

*Rates are per person, double and include roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times. Airfare available from your hometown.
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