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Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Guided sightseeing of the “Eternal City” starts 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 Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available.
A scenic drive along the Highway of the Sun offer views of towns like Orte and Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock on your way to Tuscany and its vine-clad hills. Stop in San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its tower houses, and enjoy LF a glass of the local Chianti wine. Time to wander through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the 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. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT, then follow your Local Guide for a walking tour featuring ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies. See the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Start this morning with a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. Watch how delicate objects are fashioned in an age-old tradition and receive an exclusive gift, just for you! Then, immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off with LF a farewell drink at the famous CAFFÈ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal with local specialties?
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the Hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.
Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center. The Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are nearby.
Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 pm daily.
Housed in a 13th-century palazzo, this stately 34-room hotel with its Gothic façade, gargoyles and tall arched windows, is a shining example of Venetian Byzantine architecture and enjoys an unparalleled central location in Venice right behind the iconic St. Mark's Square and offers Free Wi-Fi access.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.