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Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
. Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ 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 and visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous landmarks.
Head north and arrive in historic Lucca, completely surrounded by the original medieval walls. Enjoy a walk through the quaint town center to the famous amphitheater square. A suggestion for tonight: join an optional dinner at a local agriturismo.
Today’s Distance: 258 mi / 415 km
La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast is the town where LF your exciting excursion starts to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Then, a TRAIN RIDE returns you to La Spezia. On the way back to Lucca stop in Pisa and take pictures of the legendary Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and at least 12 feet out of the perpendicular.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km
A scenic day in Tuscany. This morning, visit Siena and walk through ancient narrow lanes to beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, site of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Your next visit is to San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Browse through the little shops and admire the tower houses before leaving for the splendid VERRAZZANO CASTLE. Hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti and enjoy a LF WINE TASTING with local specialties. Next, drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 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 magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. To make the most of your stay, an optional excursion to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery is available. Tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant.
Verona is world-famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See PIAZZA DELLE ERBE and PIAZZA BRA, and admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater. Built in the 1st century AD, it was the place where gladiators once fought. Today, it is the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe, and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km
Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the Byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the world-famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to wander through the narrow streets with the numerous shops. An optional boat ride is available to the picturesque island of Burano.
Leave the Adriatic coast and enter Umbria to peaceful Assisi. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit 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 all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
Following the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Here, LF taste local pastries at renowned Caffè Montanucci, an historic pasticceria for more than 100 years. 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. In the afternoon, return to Rome. This evening, a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment awaits at Tanagra restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers located a short walk to St. Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.
A 250 room centrally located hotel in the Prati area within pleasant walking distance along the River Tiber to historic Castel Sant'Angelo. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, cozy sitting rooms, and an American bar.
Modern Hotel in rectangular 5-story building with recessed balconies located near Villa Pamphili park & Vatican.
Modern hotel located near the historic center, offers tasteful decor, meeting facilities, restaurant & bar; staff is multilingual.
Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center - Duomo and Palazzo Pitti nearby.
Housed in a stately 18th-century building overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this 52-room romantic hotel has a cozy atmosphere with classic Florentine design, including beautiful stained glass windows from the Art Nouveau period. A generous breakfast buffet is served each morning in the informal breakfast room and there is an elegant bar serving cocktails and other drinks in a classically appointed room with marble floors and frescoed walls and ceilings. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms.
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.
Enjoying a central hilltop position, overlooking the lush Umbrian valley, this charming 77-room hotel blends perfectly with medieval Assisi. Dating back to 1899, it takes its name from the Italian painter and architect Giotto di Bondone, who painted several large frescoes at the nearby Basilica of St. Francis. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the restaurant which also has an outdoor terrace offering gorgeous views, a wine cellar and a cosy café & bar. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout and the Luxe spa features a Turkish bath and sauna.
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