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8 days from Rome to Milan $1549.00
Cover Italy’s main sights on this unforgettable vacation. Start in Rome, and visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s, the Colosseum, and more. Stop in Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, visit the cathedral and taste local pastries in a traditional pasticceria. Arrive in Assisi, to visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica. Next is Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance”. Admire Michelangelo’s David and sculpture-studded Signoria Square, before continuing to St. Anthony’s Padua. Spend a full day in romantic Venice: ride a private boat, and your guided walking tour features St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs, then watch a glassblower demonstration. In Verona, see Juliet’s balcony and the Arena, then, arrive in Milan, where your two-night-stay allows time to explore Milan’s dynamic center, as well as to join a wonderful excursion to Lake Como, where a boat ride brings you to picturesque Bellagio. Return to Milan and enjoy a special farewell risotto dinner at a local restaurant.
|Day 1Arrive in Rome, ItalyWelcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)|
|Day 2RomeEnjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (B)|
|Day 3Rome–Orvieto–AssisiStop in Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Access, denied to many a would-be conqueror through the ages, is easy for you. Time to browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and to visit the fabulous gothic CATHEDRAL with its San Brizio Chapel. [LF] Taste local pastries in a traditional pasticceria before continuing to Assisi for your overnight stay. Your guided walking tour includes visits to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for God’s creatures. (B)|
|Day 4Assisi–Florence–PaduaIn Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry for which Florence is famous, before continuing straight through the Apennine Mountains and the flat Po area to Padua for an orientation of St. Anthony’s city and your overnight stay. (B)|
|Day 5Padua. Excursion to VeniceA short drive brings you to Venice. Enter 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 traditional manner. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano. (B)|
|Day 6Padua–Verona–MilanVisit Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 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 used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Then, on to the dynamic city of Milan where you’ll enjoy a walk through its busy center with the famous La Scala Opera House, the magnificent gothic Duomo, and the glass-domed GALLERIA. (B)|
|Day 7Milan. Excursion to Lake ComoLake Como is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes and has attracted many aristocrats and famous people to come and live there in one of the many villas that line the lakeshore. Enjoy a [LF] BOAT RIDE and visit picturesque Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como” and already popular as a destination in Roman times. This evening, [LF] a special farewell risotto dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant in Milan. (B,D)|
|Day 8MilanYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum
Visit the cathedral; [LF] taste local pastries in a traditional pasticceria
Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis Basilica
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena
Walking tour; [LF] excursion to Lake Como including a boat ride to Bellagio; [LF] farewell risotto dinner with wine at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners : a special welcome dinner in Rome and a special farewell dinner in Milan
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