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Tour 9 days / 8 nights
Experience a tour in Italy crossing some of the most famous cities of the country. Starting from the capital, Rome, enjoy the architecture and its history; a nice stop in Tuscany, to discover the rustic, rural charm, the culture and beauty of Renaissance Florence as well as the treasures of Pisa and Lucca. A stop in Padua to visit the star attraction, the Scrovegni Chapel, and go on to discover a secret world as you glide through dreamy canals in Venice and to the breathtaking delights of the romantic, elegant city of Verona.
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.
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.
Departure by coach to Montecatini Terme for four nights at the selected hotel. Stop en route in the fantastic town of Orvieto, which stands proudly and precariously on top of a cliff of red volcanic rock to admire the wonderful winding streets and past the magnificent Gothic cathedral, with its black and white striped walls and colourful mosaics. The city has a fascinating warren of caves and underground passageways, which you explore on a tour before free time for lunch in one of the many restaurants of the historic centre. Arrival in Montecatini Terme, hotel accommodation and free time. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
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 of 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.
Today’s excursion by private coach 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 Montecatini Terme for dinner and overnight.
Transfer by coach to Venice. Morning guided tour of Padua. University town (its university is the oldest in Italy after Bologna ) and pilgrimage destination (thanks to St. Anthony of Padua), Padua has lived its history in the shadow of Venice, yet it is a city of art with the masterpieces of Giotto, who executed an admirable cycle of frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, and Donatello, as well as those of the great local painter, Andrea Mantegna, inventor of foresight. Arrival transfer to your hotel at the Lido. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
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 the hotel restaurant.
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.
Transfer to Venice Airport.