If toasting epic Tuscan sunsets, soaking up the sun-kissed sophistication of Italy’s most popular cities and olive oil tasting in a real Italian Borgo with new friends sounds like your idea of perfection, this is one of those bellissimo Italy trips that would seduce even the sirens of Capri.
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|1||Fri Apr 7||Welcome to Rome, Italy|
|2||Sat Apr 8||Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City|
|3||Sun Apr 9||Admire Pompeii and on to Capri|
|4||Mon Apr 10||A Day on the Isle of Capri|
|5||Tue Apr 11||Onwards to Assisi|
|6||Wed Apr 12||Journey to Venice|
|4||Thu Apr 13||Cruise the Canals of Venice|
|8||Fri Apr 14||Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills|
|9||Sat Apr 15||Off to Renaissance Florence|
|10||Sun Apr 16||Venture to Siena and Rome|
|11||Mon Apr 17||Arrivederci Rome|
Day 1 – Welcome to Rome, Italy
Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.
Day 2 – Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City
Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to Dive Into Culture and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via del Corso on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome’s lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city’s many museums.
Day 3 – Admire Pompeii and on to Capri
Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city’s tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, we arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we’ll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings.
Day 4 – A Day on the Isle of Capri
Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.
Day 5 – Onwards to Assisi
We sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we’ll discover Italy’s weaving tradition during an impressive Experience at our visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we stay at a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.
Day 6 – Journey to Venice
Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto’s exquisite frescoes and 13th-century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Enjoy a free evening watching the sunset over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning.
Day 7 – Cruise the Canals of Venice
The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as you cruise by private launch to your memorable Experience bringing to life the 13th-century tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Watch the talented master craftsmen use the same techniques that have been passed down through the generations, perhaps inspired to buy a souvenir or two to remind you of your visit. Next, you’ll continue on to St. Mark’s Square where you’ll view the Basilica, the ornate Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, so named because of the sound prisoners made as they took one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, and you’ll want to relish every second experiencing life in this enchanting city.
Day 8 – Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills
This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.
Day 9 – Off to Renaissance Florence
Explore one of the world’s most cultural cities today – the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi then view the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll around the city and embrace this Renaissance gem. This evening, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience with the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards.
Day 10 – Venture to Siena and Rome
We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio horse race, and dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia. See the hilltop town’s extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 – Arrivederci Rome
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery.
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