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ITALY - LAND ONLY
from ROME to MILAN
2017

8 days

ROME / ASSISI / SIENA / FLORENCE / BOLOGNA / PADUA /
VENICE / VERONA / SIRMIONE / COMO / MILAN

Thursday departures until the end of October 2017

Thursday    Day 1   ARRIVE ITALY !!!
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
     Overnight HOTEL MASSIMO D’AZEGLIO, Rome

Friday    Day 2    ROME
Between 7:45 - 8:00 am, after breakfast, departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive NO waiting in line access. No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel.

After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world.

The tour ends on St. Peter’s Square: enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night.
         O­­­vernight HOTEL MASSIMO D’AZEGLIO, Rome

Saturday   Day 3   ROME / ASSISI / SIENA / FLORENCE
Departing at 7:15 am from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, Where you can explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and to have lunch (not included).

Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo.

Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.   
           Overnight MEDITERRANEO HOTEL Florence

Sunday     Day 4   FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. Enjoy the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo.

On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.”

In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce.

Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own,
or take an OPTIONAL short trip to Pisa, one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery.

Dinner and overnight stay in Florence.
           Overnight MEDITERRANEO HOTEL Florence

Monday    Day 5    FLORENCE / BOLOGNA / PADUA / VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world.

Bologna is a real gourmet’s heaven…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure.

In the afternoon, continue toward Padua, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world.

Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
          Overnight CARLTON G. CANAL HOTEL, Venice

Tuesday    Day 6    VENICE
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with NO waiting in line tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”.

Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
     Overnight CARLTON G. CANAL HOTEL, Venice

Wednesday   Day 7   VENICE / VERONA / SIRMIONE / COMO
After breakfast departure heading to the famous city of Verona: the town of Romeo and Juliet. A walk through its narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid roman origins, as the world-famous Arena and its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting the city. The combination of art and history will fascinate you.

You will proceed to Sirmione, where you will see the Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy the area, rich in vegetation including lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias. You will see the Sirmione cape, the castle and the ruins.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Como and enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Como.

Free time to visit Como, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. After the visit check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

OPTIONAL Boat ride on Lake Como
         Overnight COMO HOTEL, Como    

Thursday   Day 8     COMO / MILAN

Breakfast and departure to Milan rail road station.  From there you will be transfer to Milan airport.

INCLUSIVE FEATURES; 
-all transfers and multilingual sightseeing by motor coach
-all 4 star hotels (or similar) as per itinerary
-daily breakfast, one lunch, and five dinners
-all taxes and service charges
- NO waiting in line at Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
   and at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
-visit also Assisi, Bologna, Siena and Padua

Not included is city tax that has to be paid directly to hotel upon checking out approximately 5 euros

COST PER PERSON - LAND ONLY
Based on double occupancy
 Travel agents from           $1760.00 (US)
 Companions from            $1860.00 (US)

We can also arrange extra hotel nights in Rome at the beginning and in Como or Milan.

 

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