Classical Italy

A dream, 2-week tour of Italy’s classical cities (For 2 to 4 people, in double accommodation) April to October
Day 1 – Arrival in Venice Upon arrival at Venice Airport, you will be met by our hostess, who will accompany you to your private car. Your hostess and your English-speaking driver will then take you to your private boat, and to your 4-star hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 2 – Walking Tour of Venice To fully appreciate the splendours of Venetian art and history a guided visit to the Doge's Palace is a must! You will start from the heart of Venice, St. Mark's Square. After a brief visit to St. Mark's Basilica you will visit the Doge's palace, which was for centuries the official residence of the Doge and of various political institutions. It is decorated with splendid carved gilded ceilings and with breathtaking paintings by Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto. You will then cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the Venetians' old Prison! The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 3 – Verona This morning, you will take a private transfer to Verona, where you will check into your 4-Star hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 4 – Verona Tour Today you will be met in the lobby by your guide for a half-day, guided walking tour. In a new way of visiting Verona, between legend and reality, your guide, dressed in an ancient costume, will narrate Romeo and Juliet's drama and will show the main monuments and churches of the centre, in addition to the main sites related to Romeo and Juliet's story. On the way there will be some stops where some scenes taken from Shakespeare's Tragedy will take place. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5 – Florence Today, your train ride will take you to the wonderful Renaissance city of Florence. Florence offers a bit of everything to all: art, food, wines, and fashion. Here, you will stay at your centrally-located 4-star hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 6 – Classical Tour of Florence This morning, after breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by your private guide. The tour starts on Piazzale Michelangelo, from where you have a complete view of what is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. The tour will then resume by going down to the heart of the city and to the Accademia Gallery, where it will be possible to admire the original version of David by Michelangelo, the unfinished I Prigioni, San Matteo, Pieta’ di Palestrina and other masterpieces. The tour will continue through the historical streets of Florence, and will lead you in front of the Duomo, where the guide will explain from the outside Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery with its golden bronze doors, including the famous Porta del Paradiso, and, lastly, the Cathedral. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Day 7 – Vinci and Pisa Today you will be driven to Vinci. Everything in Vinci town tells us about the Genius: his house, the church where he was baptized, the streets and the squares of the castle that still have their medieval appearance. Leonardo's presence can be felt everywhere. You can get to know him better by walking through the countryside outside of town in search of the very same landscape at which Leonardo gazed. After a brief stop over here, you will then move on to Pisa. Once in Pisa, you will walk in the impressive Piazza dei Miracoli, admire the Baptistery and, naturally, the famous Leaning Tower. There is time to shop for souvenirs, before heading back to Florence and your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 8 – Rome via Montepulciano This morning, after breakfast and check out, your driver will meet you in the lobby, for your private transfer to Rome. Along the way, you will enjoy the spectacular views that Tuscany offers, and stop in Montepulciano for a visit to this town. After a hearty Tuscan lunch, you will resume your drive to Rome. In Rome, you will check in at your 4-star hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Day 9 – Ancient Rome Tour This morning, you will meet with your private, English-speaking guide, who has a vast experience in the business and will enhance your knowledge of Rome’s wonderful heritage. This half-day excursion will allow you to walk the roads once traveled by the old Romans. You will visit parts of Ancient Rome such as the Coliseum and the Pantheon.

The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 10 – Vatican Tour This morning you will meet your English-speaking guide for your half-day, private tour of the Vatican, which includes the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Our guide is a Roman-born expert in all things Roman, and you will appreciate her vast knowledge. Day 11 – Naples via Ostia After breakfast and check out, meet your driver for your transfer to Naples. On the way, you will stop for a brief walking tour of Ostia. The Roman port of Ostia is easier to visit than Pompeii and, in some ways, it's more interesting. Because Ostia was a working port town, it shows a more complete and gritty look at Roman life than wealthy Pompeii. Wandering around today, you'll see the remains of the docks, warehouses, apartment flats, mansions, shopping arcades, and baths that served a once-thriving port of 60,000 people. Back in the car, and onto the highway to Naples. Once in Naples, you will check in at your 4-star hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Day 12 – Naples and Pompeii This morning, you will be taken on a driving tour of Naples to admire some of the sights which have made this city one of the most recognized cities in the world. Your comprehensive guided tour of Naples includes stops at the Cathedral to visit its Treasure Chapel and S.Restituta basilica, dating back to the 4th century. You'll also drive to Plebiscite Square to see the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St Francesco da Paola, the Town Hall Square and the New Castle built by the French Family of Anjou. Before driving to Pompeii, you'll admire wonderful views of the picturesque baroque city of Naples from the terraces of Posillipo. Then, your visit to the haunting ruins of Pompeii will take you back to the fateful day in 79 A.D. when neighboring Mt. Vesuvius erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ash. On your visit to Pompeii you'll be able to explore the fascinating site, expertly led by your tour guide. You'll see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the "Lupanare" brothel, all buried by volcanic ashes during the eruption. Back o your hotel, with the rest of the day at your leisure. Day 13 – Rome Back to Rome, and your 4-star hotel, in preparation for your return home tomorrow. But it does not mean that the adventure is over. This afternoon, you will enjoy a private tour of the Castelli Romani, with dinner in a beautiful restaurant in Castelgandolfo. Return to your hotel to pack. Day 14 – Departure Your private driver will meet you in the lobby for your transfer to Leonardo da Vinci airport and your flight home.

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