Italian Adventure (4N/5D)
Day 1 :
Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence
Rise and shine for an early departure from Rome via deluxe motor coach to your first destination, Assisi. Today, you will meet your tour guide and get to know your fellow guests. Relax, enjoy the ride, and welcome to your “ITALIAN ADVENTURE” tour! Assisi- Arrive in Assisi, in Italy’s Umbrian region, and enjoy some leisure time in this tiny town surrounded by ancient walls and graced by grand castles and historic ancient churches. A visit to the Basilica of St. Croce, will provide visitors with a chance to view the frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue as well as many other beautiful works of art. Departure from Assisi to Siena. Siena- A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Tuscan hill town includes magnificent cathedrals, pretty botanical gardens, Gothic palazzos, and the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square and favored gathering place, home to the Palio horse race, an excellent art museum, and plenty of opportunity for people-watching. Departure from Siena to our destination of the evening, magnificent Florence. Florence- Arrive at your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and comfortable overnight accommodations.
Day 2 :
After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning in the most populated city in Tuscany, Florence is recognized as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is lauded for its magnificent sites. You’ll visit the architectural gem of Florence, the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as The Duomo (outside visit). The tour will then proceed to the Campanile (bell tower), partly designed by Giotto, and the accompanying Baptistery graced with spectacular bronze doors that artist Michelangelo dubbed “The Gates of Paradise. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Santa Croce Square. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with the option of visiting nearby Pisa. Known, of course, for its famous Leaning Tower, While in Pisa, we’ll take a time to admire the Square of Miracles where we’ll find the lovely Duomo, the quirky Leaning Tower, and many other notable sites. Upon return to Florence, settle in for an overnight stay.
Day 3 :
Florence – Bologna – Padova – Venice
After breakfast you will depart Florence by a deluxe coach and head to Bologna. Bologna- Situated between the Po River and the Apennines, the city of Bologna is home to the oldest university in the Western world (established in 1088) and is known throughout Italy for the excellent quality of life it provides its residents. Have your camera ready as we explore Neptune Square and its beautiful fountain, and nearby Major Square, both located in the heart of the city. Home to companies such as Lamborghini and Maserati, Bologna is a pedestrian-friendly city where guests can feel free to explore on foot. Here, you’ll be fascinated by the opulent King Renzo Palace, the Podestà Palace, and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest basilicas in the world. Departure from Bologna to Padova. Padova- Our stop in Padova includes a visit to the beautiful Sant’Antonio Basilica in the heart of the city. Departure from Padova to our next destination, Venice. Venice- In the evening when the city sparkles, arrive in spectacular Venice, often described as one of the most romantic cities in the world, famous for its gondola-traveled canals and magnificent architectural sites. Enjoy dinner in this magical city and a good night’s sleep before a day of sightseeing.
Day 4 :
Morning breakfast and then transfer by Vaporetto to St Mark Square. We’ll tour the square as well as the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice, the former residence of the Dukes, and seat of the government and the Court of Justice. We’ll cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, where it is said prisoners would catch their last glimpse of Venice before being incarcerated in the attached prison. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and the chance to visit numerous other Venetian sites such as the Accademia Gallery, the Ca d’Oro – one of the city’s most magnificent palazzi, or the Basilica de Santa Maria Della Salute. Enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 5 :
Venice – Montepulciano – Rome
Morning breakfast at your hotel and depart by motor coach from Piazzale Roma to the famous Montepulciano in Tuscany. Montepulciano- Known for its pork, cheese, pasta, honey, and famous Vino Nobile wine, this attractive ancient city is situated in southern Tuscany. A medieval and Renaissance hill town, it’s a great place to enjoy a little wine tasting. A pedestrian-friendly, car-free town, Montepulciano also boasts several handsome churches and a small palazzo designed by Michelozzo. Departure from Montepulciano to our ending destination, Rome. Rome- Evening arrival in Rome and end of our services. You’ll head to the airport for your return home. Remember, we are always eager to help you create the travel experience you desire, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like to keep your travel options open!