Like a creamy gelato or hot espresso, one taste of Italy can linger for a lifetime. Travelling from eternal Rome and up through the hazy hills of Tuscany, you’ll spend eight days sampling the best of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Catch the spirit of la vita bella as you explore elegant Florentine piazzas, rummage through handcrafted artisanal treasures, sip world-class wines, and float down intimate Venetian canals. Extend your visit by 2-3 days to discover the treasures along Italy’s Amalfi coast, from charmingly gritty Naples to sun-bleached Capri.
Welcome to Rome! After a meet & greet, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Early morning departure for Assisi. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis featuring masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Continue to Siena, home of the Palio. End the day in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Spend the day in beautiful Florence home to monuments, churches, and artisinal shops. Stroll the cobblestone streets on your own or take a short excursion to Pisa (optional). Florence dinner and overnight stay. (B/D)
Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through some of the city’s many, elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. In the early evening we will arrive in Venice. Check-in to your hotel, dinner and overnight stay. (B/D)
Cruise through the lagoon of Venice aboard a private boat before stopping at Murano. Spend the afternoon exploring Venice’s canals at your leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest of evening. (B/D)
After breakfast, depart for Tuscany, known for its romantic churches, castles and beloved wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a Medieval town rich with history and art. That evening we will arrive in Rome for an evening at leisure. (B)
After breakfast depart from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St.Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)
Final breakfast followed by check-out. Arrivederci! (B)