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9-Day Italian Sampler Tour from Rome

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9 Days 8 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Florence, Monteriggioni, Padua, Pisa, Rome, San Gimignano, Vatican City, Verona.

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    Day 1

    Rome

    Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome's lively restaurants.
    • Rome, ITALY

      The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.
    Standard Hotel: Albani or similar
    Dinner: Included
    Day 2

    Rome

    Sstarts with a visit to the Colosseum. Then we will visit the Roman Forum and walk through the ruins of what were important government buildings from Roman times. The balance of the day is at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites.
    • Rome, ITALY

      The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.

      Colosseum

      This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in all of human history. At its height, it could hold up to 80,000 people, and was usually used for gladiatorial contests, executions, and drama productions.

      Roman Forum

      More commonly known as simply the "Forums," this ancient site was once a public square surrounded by active governmental buildings. The ruins go back at least as far as the eighth century BC and were the heart of ancient Rome.
    Standard Hotel: Albani or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 3

    Rome - Vatican - Monteriggioni - Chianti Hills (197 km)

    Sstarts with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo's Pieta. Then follow the Apennine Hills to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Enjoy views of unforgettable vine-clad landscapes on the way to your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills.
    • Vatican City, ITALY

      This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.

      Vatican Museums

      In terms of combined annual visitors, this museum complex, owned and operated by the Catholic Church in Vatican City, is the 5th most visited museum in the world. It houses the Sistine Chapel, the iconic piece by Michelangelo.

      Sistine Chapel

      In 1508, Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist, came to Rome to pain the ceiling of this chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the residency of the Pope. The resulting mural has come to be regarded as a sublime masterpiece.

      St. Peter's Square

      This major piazza in the Vatican sits directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica, the enter of the Catholic church. An Egyptian obelisk made of red granite sits in its center, surrounded by a columned colonnade.

      St. Peter's Basilica

      Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.
    • Monteriggioni, ITALY

      This comune in the Italian province of Siena is a walled medieval city that rises on a hill above the surrounding area. It was referenced in Dante's Divine Comedy and is a playabel locatin in Assassin's Creed II.
    Standard Hotel: Compagnie Des Hotels Radda at Radda In Chianti or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Chianti Hills - San Gimignano - Florence - Montecatini (76 km)

    Arrival in San Gimignano, we will walk through the narrow lanes with its towers before continuing to Florence. Then meet local guide and visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo's celebrated David. Continue your walking tour and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gates of Paradise", sculpture-studded Signoria Square, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Continue to your hotel in the spa resort of Montecatini.
    • San Gimignano, ITALY

      This small, walled medieval city sits on a hill in the Italian state of Tuscany. It is most notable for its well-preserved medieval architecture, evidenced by the tower houses that still stand.
    • Florence, ITALY

      Historic Florence, Italy is considered to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. Its long tradition of art and culture can be seen on nearly every doorstep. Millions of people travel here each year.

      Piazza della Signoria

      The Piazza della Signoria features many can't-miss Florentine buildings. The Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's massive fortress of a town hall, towers above. The Loggia dei Lanzi is a beautiful piece of Renaissance architecture, bedecked with bronze and marble sculptures.
    Standard Hotel: Minerva Palace or similar
    Day 5

    Montecatini - Pisa - Mantova - Verona (197 km)

    Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center, the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to Teatro Bibiena.
    • Pisa, ITALY

      This Tuscan town on the Tyrrhenian Sea in northern Italy is most famous for its Leaning Tower. However, there are many more works of art and architecture to see, and time spent in Pisa will not be easily forgotten!

      Leaning Tower of Pisa

      The world-famous tower built during the Middle Ages is a testament to both human ingenuity and fallibility. The tower tilted because the soil on one side was softer than on the other, and it could not support the tower's weight.

      Duration: 7-11 Hours

    • Mantova, ITALY

      Mantova located in the Northern Italy. It's surrounded by the Mincio River and considered as the most important cultural cities in the Lombardy. Mantova was founded around 2,000 BC and it still maintains many buildings and landscapes of that period.

      Teatro Bibiena

      The theatre in Mantua was designed in late Baroque or early Rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena and erected between 1767 and 1769. It was opened officially on 3 December 1769. A few weeks later, on 16 January 1770, thirteen-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played a concert here, with resounding success.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Villa Malaspina or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 6

    Verona Area

    In Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, join your Local Guide on a walking tour of this city. Take pictures of Juliet's balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione.
    • Verona, ITALY

      It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.

      House of Juliet

      This house in Verona is supposedly where Juliet lived, the titular character from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Visitors stand under the balcony and recite the most famous scene of the play.

      Arena di Verona

      Built more than two millennia ago, this Roman amphitheater has been hosting performers from around the world for two thousand years. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel here to see artists ranging from opera singers to pop stars.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Villa Malaspina or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 7

    Verona - Trento - Bassano - Padua (10348 km)

    Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento. Your orientation will show you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites will bring you to the area of Bassano Globus Local Favorite for a Grappa Tasting, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica.
    • Trento, ITALY

      Trento is an educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Tyrol and Northern Italy in general.The city contains a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre, with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio.
    • Padua, ITALY

      The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat. Padua is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

      Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

      A Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Padua, Veneto, Northern Italy, dedicated to St. Anthony. Construction of the Basilica probably began around 1232, just one year after the death of St. Anthony. It was completed in 1310.
    Standard Hotel: Milano or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 8

    Padua - Venice - Padua (68 km)

    Enter Venice in style by Private Boat and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are St. Mark's Square and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges' Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled Glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Then, wander through the maze of little streets at your own pace or join an optional gondola serenade. Later, your Tour Director will take you to Al Colombo restaurant near the Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, welcomes you for a farewell dinner, followed by a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci.
    • Venice, ITALY

      This city off the coast of northeast Italy is famous the world over for its many canals. It is actually a chain of 118 islands linked together by bridges and waterways. Venice is world-renown for its art and beauty.

      Piazza San Marco

      The Piazza San Marco is the largest and primary public area in Venice. The structures surrounding it date back more than one thousand years, although the vast majority are from Renaissance times. It has been called "the drawing room of Europe."

      Saint Mark's Basilica

      The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice and is known for its unique and ornate Italo-Byzantine architecture that includes five hemispherical domes and fine patterns. It was built in the 11th century AD.

      Doges' Palace

      Built in Venetian Gothic style, as one of the main landmarks of Venice, the palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

      Bridge of Sighs

      This gorgeous white-limestone bridge in Venice gets its name from an almost ironically bleak place: In the 1800s, the windows looking out from the enclosed bridge's interior were the last views of sublime Venice convicts would see before their imprisonment.
    Standard Hotel: Milano or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 9

    Padua

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice).
    Breakfast: Included
    • Price Includes

    • 5 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Rome and Venice
    • 8 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast
    • Local Guides for city sightseeing. Services of a professional Tour Director while touring(Level 2: semi-guided tour)
    • Motorcoach with free wifi
    • Price Excludes

    • Roman Drive and Dinner: From $64/person
    • Roman Highlights: From $46/person
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    • Optional tours, tips to guides, driver, and tour manager.
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