Indulge in an enduring exploration of Italy’s alluring art, architecture and history. See the imposing towers of San Gimignano and the seas of pastel shades that cling dramatically to Cinque Terre’s cliffs.
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- VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
- ORIENTATION TOUR of Pisa, San Gimignano, Verona, and Venice
- VISIT St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum in Rome, San Gimignano, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and Villa d’Este Gardens in Tivoli
- VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica and Duomo in Florence, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and the Kissing Towers of Bologna
- SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
- CONNECT WITH LOCALS: The Lenzi family invites you to join them for a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch and a Chianti and olive oil tasting on their Tuscan wine farm which is located on the ancient road between Siena and Florence. (Day 5)
- LOCAL SPECIALIST: For included sightseeing in Rome, the Cinque Terre, Florence, Assisi and Tivoli
- DIVE INTO CULTURE: Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 2)
- DIVE INTO CULTURE: Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 8)
Day 1 – Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Benvenuti a Roma! Enjoy a leisurely first encounter with the Eternal City before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see the bustling cityscape.
Day 2 – Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
‘Dive Into Culture’ on an included sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ at the Vatican Museums. Admire the works of great masters – the Bramante staircase, magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the sorrowful Pietà inside St. Peter’s Basilica. In Ancient Rome, we pay tribute to the brave gladiators who fought for supremacy at the Colosseum during our included visit. We’ll see the Circus Maximus where chariots thundered to the applause of thousands before a free afternoon.
Day 3 – Rome – Lucca (2 Nights)
We stop in Pisa and visit its UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles to view the architectural feat that is the Leaning Tower. Then, travel to Lucca and enjoy time to wander through the medieval streets and admire the 14th-century San Martino Cathedral and Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman arena. Relax in Piazza San Michele or ascend one of the city’s ancient towers for panoramic views in your free time.
Day 4 – Cinque Terre and Pisa Excursion
Explore the Ligurian cliffs in the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ and delve into daily life in these picturesque fishing villages.
Day 5 – Lucca – San Gimignano – Florence (2 Nights)
the hilltop town of San Gimignano is the next destination, famed for its stunning medieval architecture and historic towers. We ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch with wine in a beautiful family owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills, before arriving in Florence, our home for the next two nights.
Day 6 – Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
We join a Local Specialist who will bring the legacy of the influential Medici family to life. Walk along narrow lanes into expansive piazze, viewing the magnificent marble Duomo and a replica of the David statue in Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio and admire spectacular panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Visit the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci at Uffizi Gallery, wander through the architectural wonder of Palazzo Pitti or shop for high-quality leather and gold.
Day 7 – Florence – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are remembered today during our jaunt to the romantic city of Verona where we will view Juliet’s Balcony and the 1st-century Roman Arena. We venture to Venice next, spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the city’s labyrinthine calli on our own in search of hidden treasures. Wander along the Grand Canal, watch the sun set over St. Mark’s Square or join an Optional Experience.
Day 8 – Venice Orientation and Free Time
On the island of Giudecca, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing before seeing St. Mark’s Basilica, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
Day 9 – Venice – Bologna – Assisi
Travel through scenic countryside to the mystical town of Assisi, stopping en route in the city of Bologna to view its Kissing Towers that lean towards one another, seemingly poised to embrace. Continue to your hotel in Assisi where you’ll dine this evening.
Day 10 – Assisi Sightseeing – Villa d’Este Gardens – Rome
Discover the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi in his home town on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, renowned for its beautiful frescoes depicting the life of this beloved saint. We continue to Tivoli for a guided visit with a ‘Local Specialist’ of the UNESCO-listed terraced hillside Renaissance gardens of Villa d’Este. This evening we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.
Day 11 – Depart Rome
It’s time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends after a memorable journey. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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