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A TASTE OF ITALY

Duration: 8 Days    Tour Code:ZH
From: $1699
Overview

A TASTE OF ITALY
This perfect one week vacation to Italy covers Rome, Florence, and Venice with enough time to do your own explorations. Sightseeing tours with a Local Guide in all cities cover the must-see sights, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; Michelangelo’s celebrated David statue, the cathedral, and sculpture-studded Signoria Square in Florence; St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and the Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The full day at leisure in Venice gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the island of Burano. Of course, a special welcome dinner in Rome and a private boat-ride in Venice are included on this tour. If you want to see the highlights of Italy, this vacation is for you!

Departs From: Rome

Tour Type: Regional Discoveries

A TASTE OF ITALY



Itinerary

Day 1

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2

Arrival in Rome, Italy. Time to rest or start exploring the “Eternal City.” At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 3

Rome. Sightseeing with your Local Guide this morning concentrates on ancient Rome: visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time for independent activities and exciting optional excursion possibilities. (B)

Day 4

Rome–Florence. Start with a guided visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Next, visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. In the early afternoon, drive along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards which house the famous Chianti wine, to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” (B)

Day 5

Florence. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David and the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. The afternoon is free. Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce are attractive buys. You may wish to join an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant and try out the Chianti wines. (B)

Day 6

Florence–Venice. Through the wooded Apennine Hills and the lush plains of the River Po, the largest river in Italy, to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. (B)

Day 7

At Leisure in Venice. A whole day to explore Venice on your own, join the locals, have a cappuccino at a sidewalk café, or wander through the narrow streets and discover Rialto Bridge. To top it all, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by dinner with local specialties to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation? (B)

Day 8

Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (B)



More Details City Highlights: Rome:
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica

Florence:
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David, the cathedral, and Signoria Square

Venice:
Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblowers’ demonstration

Meals: Buffet breakfast daily (B); one special welcome dinner (D) with wine in Rome

Hotels: Rome Albani (F), Florence Athenaeum (F), Venice Boscolo Bellini (F) or All’Angelo (F)