Taste of Italy: 5 Days

ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE - BOLOGNA - PADOVA - VENICE - MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY)

DEPARTURES

(Tour departs weekly every Monday and Saturday)

Tour Includes
- 4 Nights Accommodation
- Meals included per itinerary
- Guided city tours as per itinerary
- All transfers

PRICING DETAILS

SHOULDER SEASON
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Jul 04 06 11 13 18 20 25 27
Aug 01 03 08 10 15 17 22 24 29

---- DOUBLE/TRIPLE ----
$1160
---- SINGLE -----
$1559
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HIGH SEASON
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Mar 30
Apr 06 13 20 27
May 02 04 09 11 16 18 23 25 30
Jun 01 06 08 13 15 20 22 27 29
Aug 31
Sep 05 07 12 14 19 21 26 28
Oct 03 05 10 12 17 19 24 26 31

--- DOUBLE/TRIPLE ----
$1270
---- SINGLE ----
$1670

ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE - BOLOGNA - PADOVA - VENICE - MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY)

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE
Tour departs at 7:15 am from the hotel Diana by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, time to 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, enjoy some lunch (not included). After lunch 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. (D)

DAY 2: FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, where, with the help of Michelangelo's, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the middle ages as a free commune and was further refined by the renaissance. Because of its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, Florence is known as the “cradle of renaissance,” the crowning architectural jewel being the domed cathedral: 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 that Michelangelo dubbed the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see the Piazza della Signoria, (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Santa Croce Basilica. 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 Square of Miracles, which houses the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, and the Baptistry. Florence dinner and overnight stay. (B/D)

DAY 3: FLORENCE - BOLOGNA - PADOVA - VENICE
Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There, you will wander through the city’s 38 kilometers worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune Square and major square) in the heart of the city, where you will find Neptune Fountain; King Renzo Palace; Podestà Palace; and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, world-renowned for its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first venetian dinner and overnight stay. (B)

DAY 4: VENICE
Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private water bus to enjoy an outstanding cruise through the laggon of Venice before stopping at Murano. The ancient art of glass blowing is still carried on in the town, thanks to a few (Maestri) left on the island. Than on to St. Mark’s Square, exterior visit of the splendid cathedral , the Dogi Palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice as it housed the seat of the government and the court of justice. Nearby you will see the legendary Bridge of Sight. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation. (B/D)

DAY 5: VENICE - MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY) - ROME
Following breakfast we depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, known for its romantic churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich with history and art. Known for its “nobile” wine, which can be purchased in wine houses in town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon getting to know Montepulciano at your own pace and tasting the local wines. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour will conclude. (B)