Join us for a fabulous Italian adventure, featuring the magic of Venice, Florence and Rome. Come along with us and embrace the history, culture, art and romance of this incredible country.
Welcome to Venice, often called La Serenissima (the most serene) of cities. This evening, meet your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.
Explore enchanting Venice with its 117 tiny islands surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Your Venetian journey opens on Murano Island* for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square, the city's lively hub. A local expert will guide you on a walking tour through the area highlighting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower with its famous Moors. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore the hidden spots of this charming city; perhaps you will take an optional gondola ride. The locals say the best way to get to know Venice is to “get lost” here.
Travel the beautiful Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions to Bologna, Italy’s foodie capital. Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour highlighting the culinary side of this historic city. Explore one of Bologna’s oldest food markets and check out traditional food shops. Discover Bologna’s culture, architecture and history as you enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and so much more. Later we continue to Florence – the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.”
Meet a local expert for an introduction to this city that is a work of art all its own. On a walking tour, your guide will highlight the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry. You also visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive Palazzo Vecchio. Later, discover the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. The remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring Florence’s cultural riches.
Today you journey to Rome. This afternoon, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover such famous sights as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine Hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The mythic Pantheon and the Piazza Navona are also featured. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Enjoy the day at leisure to bask in Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure at your farewell dinner.
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many fond memories of incredible Italy.
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