Bella Italia, 09 days / 8 nights – The classical tour of Italy by train
Classical Italy: Rome-Florence-Pisa-Lucca-Venice-Verona
Experience the architecture and history of Rome; the culture and beauty of Renaissance Florence; the rustic, rural charm of Tuscany, the breathtaking delights of the romantic, elegant city of Venice and amazing romantic Verona on this classic tour of Italy.
Day 1 – Arrival – Rome
Arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, meeting with our assistant and coach orientation tour of the ethernal city with a focus on ancient Rome. Hotel accommodation and free time to explore. Dinner & overnight stay.
Day 2 – Rome – The Vatican City & Vatican museums – Free afternoon
Morning guided tour of the Vatican City, the capital of Catholicism, which includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. The afternoon is free to explore. An opportunity to visit Baroque Rome, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon or the beautiful piazzas and monuments. Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant in the quarter of Trastevere.
Day 03 – By train to Florence
Departure by High Speed train to Florence for four nights at the selected hotel. Afternoon orientation tour of the city centre to include a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views over the city centre.
Hotel accommodation and special Tuscan dinner in a nearby typical restaurant
Day 04 – Florence
Today we have a morning visit of the Cradle of Reinassance to see the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo (the fourth largest cathedral in the world) and Piazza della Signoria. Much of the beauty of the city is found indoors, with a fifth of the world’s Renaissance art on display in Florence’s museums, galleries, churches, monasteries and palaces; including the Basilica Santa Croce, burial place of some of Italy’s most celebrated icons including Galileo Galilei, Macchiavelli and Michelangelo, and as many as 1,700 masterpieces in the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. You are free to explore at your own pace in the afternoon, an opportunity to visit the Uffizi or Accademia galleries and the market of San Lorenzo as well as some of the fashion luxury shops of the centre. Dinner in the hotel restaurant
Day 05 – Pisa – Lucca
Today’s excursion by regional train will take you to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and then on to walled Lucca, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Italy to enjoy a guided tour through its narrow lanes and historic palaces. Lunch in a local “Trattoria” is included to sample the local cusine like the traditional spelt soup, tordelli or one of the excellent meat mains. Return to Florence for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Florence to Venice
Transfer by High Speed train to Venice. On arrival at Santa Lucia station, we will be met by our private boat on the Grand Canal for an orientation tour of the lagoon before accommodating at our hotel. Free time & dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 7 – Venice
We transfer by private boat to St Mark’s for a guided tour of the square, which is dominated by the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica and the venerable Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, an impressive and marvellous building, residence of the Venetian rulers.
You are free to explore Venice at your own pace in the afternoon. Take an enchanting gondola ride on the canals, learning about the city’s history from the informative gondoliers. Possibly the best way to enjoy the captivating charms of Venice is to let yourself get lost in the myriad of winding alleys and twisting lanes that make up the city centre. Dinner in a historic restaurant near St Mark’s
Day 8 – Verona
Morning guided tour of Verona. Known as the city of Romeo and Juliet, Verona has much to offer. Of ancient origins, founded in in the first century bC, the city experienced periods of expansion in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries under the Venetian Republic.
It is a true open-air museum which harmoniously combines monuments from antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Verona has the richest collection of Roman ruins in the North of Italy. It is particularly famous for its Roman amphitheater called Arena, whose shape and use recall the Coliseum in Rome. Its Ponte di Pierta (Stone Bridge) has survived intact until the Second World War (it was completely rebuilt with stones recovered from the river).
The Arena is currently an important lyric theater. Just behind it there is Piazza delle Erbe, a fanstastic and impressive square.
Free time to explore in the afternoon. An opportunity to visit the house of Romeo and Juliet and Juliet’s tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 9 – departure
Transfer to Venice airport