Great Italian Cities - 10 day(s), Europe, Italy

Overview

Floating islands, Papal splendor and Renaissance masters. Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and Rome. Tasting rich, traditional Tuscan soup, garnished with aromatic basil picked straight from your hosts' own garden. The warmth of the charismatic Baj Macario family envelops you as they welcome you to the halls, vineyards and olive groves of their 14th century castle and share their family history. They tell stories of the murderous Pazzi, the original owners, as you stand in cellars that once were their dungeons, and invite you to enjoy an exclusive tasting of the Chianti wines produced on their estate.

What’s Included

  • Professional tour director
  • 12 meals
  • Travel by luxury motorcoach
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

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5/9/14
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Itinerary

Day 1 – Rome
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a welcome reception. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter's Basilica - a great start to your Italian vacation. Meal: Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Rome
Your included sightseeing tour with a local guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. Meal: Breakfast
Day 3 – Rome
Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples. Meal: Breakfast
Day 4 – Assisi and Florence
Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your local guide shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis' Basilica and see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Meal: Breakfast
Day 5 – Florence
Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a local guide. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Meal: Breakfast
Day 6 – Florence and Pisa
Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Field of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special dinner in a historic castle. Meal: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 7 – Bologna and Venice
Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis. Your sightseeing tour with a local guide includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel. Meal: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 8 – Venice
Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark's Basilica, and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square, or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal. Meal: Breakfast
Day 9 – Venice
Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your walking tour with a local guide of the colourful, centuries-old fish market and narrow 'calle' or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo's house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 10 – Venice
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfriends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Meal: Breakfast

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