Italy's Great Cities
Tour ID: GL-LJ
Duration: 8 Days
8 Day Tour of Italy
You will enjoy amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, and scenic beauty during this tour. Have you heard about the gladiator contests in ancient Rome? Well now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where those contests took place! Maybe you are familiar with the famous Venetian glass? On this tour, you’ll have a chance to watch a skilled glassblower fashion it in an age-old, traditional manner! How about seeing the Leaning Tower in Pisa? These are just a few of the many highlights you’ll enjoy on this tour through the great cities of Italy. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
Prices Starting at $1,949
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
DAY 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
DAY 2 Rome
Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
DAY 3 Rome–Assisi–Venice Island
Entering the province of Umbria, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT!
DAY 4 Venice Island
Meet your Local Guide and take your walking tour featuring ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
DAY 5 Venice Island–Pisa–Florence
Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower, then continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out local specialties on an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant.
DAY 6 Florence
Guided sightseeing features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. A highlight is your visit to the SANTA CROCE BASILICA to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini, and other historic and famous figures. And, of course, you will taste a gelato artigianale (traditional ice cream).
DAY 7 Florence–Siena–Rome
Arrive in Siena for an orientation walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. See the square, where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race is held. Return to the “Eternal City” and tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation.
DAY 8 Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Whatever you are looking for on a tour of Italy, this vacation offers it to you! You’ve seen photos of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square—now’s your chance to stand in this square, where people gather to hear the Pope. You know the most popular saint in Italy, St. Francis—now’s your chance to visit his basilica, built over his tomb. You’ve seen photos of Michelangelo’s famous David—now’s your chance to see it yourself. And you may have heard about the world-famous Palio in Siena—now you will visit the Piazza del Campo where it is held.
But that’s not all…on this Italy tour, scenic rides between cities will show you some of the country’s most beautiful scenery: the flat Po area, the wooded Apennine mountain range, and Tuscany’s Chianti wine country, with its vine- and olive-clad hills. Plus, arrangements are made for special experiences to give you a true local perspective, such as welcome and farewell dinners at local restaurants in Rome and a taste of traditional gelato in Florence. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this tour through Italy’s great cities. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
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