MAGNIFICANT ITALY

  • Duration:11 nights/ 12 days
  • Countries Visited: Italy
  • Highlights:Milan, Lake Maggiore, Verona, Venice, Padua, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Assis, Orvieto, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Milan X Rome/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary
    • Touring and sightseeing as per itinerary
    • English speaking guide throughout
    • Transportation by a private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International Travel portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART THE U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Milan.

DAY 2: MILAN-LAKE MAGGIORE

Upon arrival in Milan, you will be greeted by your tour escort and transferred by motorcoach to Stresa. Located on the shores of Lake Magiorre, second largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda, this town is famous for its scenic beauty. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with local cuisine in a popular restaurant. Overnight Stresa. (D.)

DAY 3: MILAN-VERONA-VENICE

This morning the tour of Milan includes the Gothic Cathedral and “Last Supper” by Da Vinci (based on availability), Sforza Castle and the “Temple of Music”, La Scala Opera and Museum. Continue to Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet. In the afternoon arrive Venice, also called Queen of the Cities. Overnight Venice area. (B.D.)

DAY 4: VENICE

Venice is a city of mystery and fancy. A morning tour of the city includes Basilica of St. Mark, the Dodges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy one the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Overnight Venice area (B.D.)

DAY 5: PADUA-BOLOGNA-FLORENCE

Morning departure for Florence, with sightseeing stops in Padua to see the impressive Basilica of St. Anthony with bronze works by Donatello and Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy, where you have lunch and a taste of the famous Lambrusco wine. Overnight Florence. (B.L.D.)

DAY 6: FLORENCE

The city of visual splendor awaits you. Florence is graced with majestic monuments, magnificent churches and unparalleled works of art. Morning tour of Michelangelo’s city includes a visit to the Academia to see the Statue of David, “Gates of Paradise” of the Baptistery and the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Church. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Florence. (B.D.)

Day 7: SIENA-ASSISI

Today visit the charming city of Siena, for a walking tour through the narrow, winding and sunny piazzas. See Assisi, the quaint hilltop home of St. Francis and St. Clare, city of birds and silence. You have a walking tour of Assisi and visit Santa Maria Degli Angeli in the valley. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)

DAY 8: ASSISI-ORVIETO-ROME

This morning you have time after Mass at the Basilica to explore Assisi before we depart to Orveito, where we take the fornicular to see the magnificent Cathedral. Lunch in Orvieto with an opportunity to taste the famous local red wine. In late afternoon we depart for Rome. (B.L.)

DAY 9: ROME

Today you are at the center of Western civilization and the heart of modern Italy. The “ Eternal City”, where three millennia of Mediterranean civilization exist, is full of larger than life monuments, which you see during the Ancient and Christian tour. You see the Colloseum, Piazza Venezia, Via Veneto, Aurelian Wall, Castle Sant’ Angelo, the Major Basilicas, St Paul Outside the Walls, and the Holy Stairs. Overnight Rome (B.D.)

DAY 10: ROME

Today we attend the Papal Audience, and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. Afternoon is at leisure in Rome to explore the city further, shop or visit Tivoli Gardens. Overnight Rome (B.)

DAY 11 : ROME-POMPEII-SORRENTO

Today we have an excursion to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento. We drive through the famous Bay of Naples, have a walking tour of the volcanic ruins of Pompeii, visit the Rosary Basilica and sip limoncello liquor in Sorrento as we enjoy the magnificent view. Tonight’s farewell dinner, at a typical Italian tratorria, will be a special occasion with excellent home cooking, fine wine and good music. (B.D.)

DAY 12: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to airport for your flight back home.(B)

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