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ROME Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
ORVIETO Taste local pastries in historic Caffè Montanucci
ASSISI Visit St. Francis’ Basilica
FLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Signoria Square
VENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
VERONA Walking tour including Piazza delle Erbe
MILAN Walking tour; excursion to Lake Como including a private boat ride to Bellagio; farewell risotto dinner at a local restaurant
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Total meals included:
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
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 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 explore the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous landmarks.
Stop in Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and admire the fabulous gothic cathedral. LF Taste local pastries at Caffè Montanucci, a historic pasticceria (bakery) for more than 100 years, before continuing to Assisi. Walk along narrow steep lanes and visit ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
In Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historic center. Stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Continue through the Apennine Mountains and the flat Po area to Padua for an orientation of St. Anthony’s city and your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Enter Venice 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 tradition. Explore Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km
Arrive in Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Visit PIAZZA DELLE ERBE, once the site of the Roman Forum and now a lively square with market stalls, and PIAZZA BRà where you can admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Continue to the dynamic city of Milan, where your Tour Director will take you for a pleasant walk to see La Scala Opera House, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and the magnificent gothic Duomo.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Lake Como is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes and has attracted many aristocrats and celebrities to make their residence in villas along the lakeshore. Enjoy LF a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE and visit picturesque Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como,” a popular destination since Roman times. This evening, back in Milan, LF a farewell risotto dinner has been prepared at one of Milan's fine restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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