Venice, Florence, Rome

Day 1, arrive Venice, Sunday

Arrive in Veniceairport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Welcome dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 2, inVenice, Monday

Today begins with a sightseeing tour Venice. Start your walking tour in St. Mark’s Square, visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and view the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Also visit a glass blowing factory where you will see the demonstration of a traditional Venetian glass blowing. Balance of the day is at leisure. Enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or join an optional gondola ride. (B)


Day 3, to Florence, Tuesday

Drive to Ferrara, a renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagnaregion standing on the banks of the Po River. Orientation tour with your Tour Director. Continue to Pisato view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its LeaningTower, the Baptistery and Duomo. End your day in Florencewith dinner. (B, D)


Day 4, in Florence, Wednesday

Today’s morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s bronze “Gate of Paradise”. Then, visit the Academyof Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed. Tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with the most spectacular view over Florence. Remainder of the day is at leisure to independently savor the renaissance splendor of the Tuscan capital. (B)


Day 5, to Rome, Thursday

Traveling towards Romethrough the stunning panorama of Tuscany, and afterwards, travel through Umbriato Assisifor a walking tour of the main square and a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Day 6, in Rome, Friday

A full day sightseeing tour shows you all the highlights of the Eternal city. Visit the Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then continue on to visit the Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum. Overnight. (B, L)


Day 7, in Rome, Saturday

Today you have a full day free in spectacular Rome. Your tour director will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to visit some of the wonderful shops, galleries and museums, or relax in a sidewalk cafe – there are plenty of things to do and see, depending on your interests. Tonight, a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers will provide a perfect way to celebrate your glimpse of Italy. (B, D)


Day 8, departing Rome, Sunday

Morning transfer to Rome airport. Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (B)
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