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Italy's Cities of Art & the Amalfi Coast fully escorted coach tours brings you to some of Italy's most fascinating & historical sites mixed with the spectacular views & sights of Amalfi. With visits to important religious sites such as Assisi & Padua mixed with the artistic delights of Florence & the mystery of Venice, followed by the famous coastline of Amalfi this is a tour you'll talk about for many years to come!
Benvenuti in Italia! Arriving at Rome's Fiumicino Airport make your way to your hotel in central Rome (an optional private transfer is available. The remainder of today is free to enjoy as you please, relax or head out to explore on your own. In the evening at 8:30 pm make your way to the meeting point on the corner of Via del Traforo (near street no. 148) and Largo del Tritone, on the wide sidewalk opposite the wedding-dress shop, to be ready for the departure of the Rome by Night tour. Our local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day - absolutely romantic by night. You enjoy the whole centre of this magic city in the moonlight during this panoramic mix of bus and walking tour. The tour ends in the Colosseum area. Enjoy on your own the remainder of the evening before returning to your hotel on your own for a well-earned rest.
Today there will be an early morning departure from your hotel to reach Assisi. Located just 90 miles north of Rome and set in the rolling hills of Umbria, here you will have time on your own to explore this walled, middle ages city. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board the coach to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check-in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. (B.D)
After breakfast at your hotel 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. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches, and buildings such as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you are sure to be amazed by its magnificent dome which was 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, today will be served in a typical Tuscan restaurant located in Piazza Santa Croce. You can then spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), 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, this evening is on your own. (B.L)
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, its shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you can 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, which is one of the largest in the world. Bologna is truly a real gourmet’s heaven…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, 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 where this evening you will enjoy dinner. (B.D)
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the 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, the symbol of Venice’s glorious past and the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel to rest after such a day! (B)
After breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma and head to Tuscany, world-renowned for its magnificent landscapes, its churches and castles plus its delicious wines. We'll drive to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, for sale in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual Jazz and Wine Festival every July. Lunch which is included today will be a highlight and held in a typical restaurant! After lunch, there will be a quick stop to spend some free time. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check-in at your hotel and enjoy dinner and the evening on your own. (B.L)
After breakfast, depart from your hotel for your included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the 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 in 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 evening. (B)
After breakfast, an early pick up at your hotel sees you departing by coach andheading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below; time to take some nice pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have lunch with the real Neapolitan pizza! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour.Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, travelling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallized until our days. You'll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” of the time, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before the dreadful day. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and accommodation at your new hotel. (B.L.D)
After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations of the Mediterranean! Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto on a small rowboat. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. In the afternoon, at around 4:00 pm, departure back to Rome where you arrive around 9 o'clock in the evening. Check into your Rome hotel and experience a final evening in Italy. (B.L)
After breakfast at your hotel make your way back to the airport to begin your journey home. Arrivederci! (B)
This monolingual tour departs Friday & Sunday - May 1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27 & 29; June 3, 10, 12, 17, 19 & 24; July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29 & 31; August 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28; September 4, 9, 11, 16, 25 & 30; October 2, 7, 14, 16, 21 & 23, 2022.