Italy

venice-e1412354913770The Italian job
Italy is a land of majestic mountains, placid lakes, idyllic islands, romantic cities and enchanting walled villages. Its’ climate and warm and gracious people make it a perfect vacation get away. Your journey begins with a flight to Rome, ‘The Eternal City’ and continues toward the region of Campania, along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, for a stay in the picturesque resort of Sorrento. You will travel toward the beautiful bay of Naples, where each turn in the road reveals stunning views, on your way to the romantic Isle of Capri. Then it’s on to the ruins of Pompeii, which lay for hundreds of years under ash and lava from Mt. Vesuvius. You return to Rome, famous for its rich history and incredible art, for the second part of your journey. Travel back in time, with visits to the Roman Forum and the Coliseum, which dates back to A.D.79 and was the site of gladiatorial contests. You will embark on an awe-inspiring tour of Vatican City with a visit to St Peter’s Cathedral and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Also included are visits to Assisi and the magnificent renaissance villas of Tivoli. Your journey continues to the northern region of Tuscany and the art rich city of Florence. This tour culminates with a stay in romantic Venice, connected by a network of charming canals; this city is an enchanting and wondrous sight. Escape to Italy, a land rich in history, culture, art and romance

Day 1 & 2 Rome – Sorrento
Shortly after arriving in Rome you will travel along the Amalfi coast which offers spectacular views of the ocean and hillside towns. The charming town of Sorrento is situated over steep white cliffs and offers panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. A sample of the local cuisine, with a 3 course dinner at the hotel, marks the end of your second day.

Day 3 Capri
A short transfer by boat brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. This legendary island is surrounded by rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. Most well known is the ‘Blue Grotto’. The town of Capri offers pretty piazzas, fashionable boutiques, and charming restaurants.

Day 4 Pompeii – Monte Cassino Abbey -Rome
Your day begins with a visit to the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius. En route to Rome is a visit to Monte Cassino Abbey. The monastery, founded in 529 A.D. is perched on a mountain high above the valley its museum houses many splendid treasures and artifacts. The day ends with a 3 course dinner at your hotel in Rome.

Day 5 Rome-Tivoli
A morning tour of Classical Rome features the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, and the Arch of Constantine. Contemporary Rome is highlighted through the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The afternoon holds a visit to lovely Tivoli. Included is entrance to Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) and Villa d’Este with its lavishly frescoed reception rooms and breathtaking garden composed exclusively of water features.

Day 6 Vatican City
Today begins with a visit to majestic St. Peter’s Bassilica, the Sistine Chapel, to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, and the Vatican Museum. Your afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps a visit to nearby Castle Saint Angelo to enjoy a spectacular view of Rome from the terrace or a stroll along the Tiber river.

Day 7 Assisi – Florence
Traveling through the rolling hills of Umbria, on the way to Florence, a local guide will take you on a tour of the medieval town of Assisi. Highlights include a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 8 Florence
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Italian Renaissance’ a morning tour of this magnificent city reveals beautiful piazza’s and magnificent bridges. Also included is entrance to the Galleria dell’ Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s David and other magnificent works of renaissance art.
The afternoon is free to explore the other splendid sites this city has to offer.

Day 9 & 10 Venice
Your travels continue on to enchanting Venice, built on 117 islands. A short cruise along Venice’s Grand Canal takes you to charming St. Mark’s Square, a hub of quintessentially-Italian activity and events. The tour includes entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica. The evening comes to a close with a sumptuous farewell dinner. Your tour ends with a transfer to Venice airport for your flight home.

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