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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.
A fascinating day awaits. Your guided sightseeing includes inside visits of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also, visit the magnificent Colosseum next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites.
Enjoy a morning break in the majestic medieval hilltop town of Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century St. Francis Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Today’s Distance: 230 mi / 370 km
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts, home to Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Enjoy LF lunch next to Santa Croce Square with time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
This morning, drive to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, pose for a popular photo “leaning” against the amazing Leaning Tower. Drive through the wooded Apennine Hills, known as the backbone of Italy, to Venice, a magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Take a private boat to join your Local Guide for a walking tour. Highlights are St. Mark's Square, a favorite location for many movies, the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges' Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, and discover Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola serenade. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits to celebrate the success of your Italian Escape.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Welcome to the Hotel Continental Venice. Situated in the heart of Cannaregio, this 4 star hotel is beautifully positioned in one of the most authentic parts of Venice, the Jewish Ghetto. Guests will have the pleasure of sleeping in a charming historic building which was once the former home of a noble Venetian family. After undergoing extensive renovations it is now one of the foremost 4 star hotels in Venice. Our enviable position makes exploring this unique city a dream. 93 Rooms : Singles, couples, groups and business travellers can choose from a variety of single, double and triple rooms. We offer unusually large rooms in Venice and some of our guestrooms have outstanding views of the Grand Canal. The furnishings are modern and traditional and always tasteful, which combined with the most modern comforts, make the rooms at the Continental superior among 4 star hotels in Venice.
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
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