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Rooftops of Rome
The Colosseum in Rome
The Roman Forum, a rectangular plaza containing the ruins of several important government building in ancient Rome
The Trevi Fountain in Rome
Pauline Dome of th Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome
St. Mary of the Angels Basilica in Assisi
St. Mark's Cathedral and Piazza in Venice
ITALIAN VISTA - 8 Days
ITALIAN VISTA - 8 Days
October 6 - 13, 2019
$2,049.00 Land Only Price
per person, double occupancy
Air available out of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, NW Arkansas and Dallas
This wonderful GLOBUS tour of Italy from Rome to Milan includes touring in Rome and Assisi and Venice with visit to St. Peter's Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum and much more.
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 welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Day 2 ROME
Guided sightseeing of the Eternal City starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites.
Day 3 ROME–ORVIETO–ASSISI
Stop in Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and admire the fabulous gothic cathedral. Taste local pastries at Caffè Montanucci, a historic pasticceria (bakery) for more than 100 years, before continuing to Assisi. Walk along narrow steep lanes and visit ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures.
Day 4 ASSISI–FLORENCE–PADUA
In Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historic center. Stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Continue through the Apennine Mountains and the flat Po area to Padua for an orientation of St. Anthony’s city and your overnight stay.
Day 5 PADUA. EXCURSION TO VENICE
Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are 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 tradition. Explore Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
Day 6 PADUA–VERONA–MILAN
Arrive in Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast of her statue for good luck. Next, the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Continue to the dynamic city of Milan, where your Tour Director will take you for a pleasant walk to see La Scala Opera House, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and the magnificent gothic Duomo.
Day 7 MILAN. EXCURSION TO LAKE COMO
Lake Como is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes and has attracted many aristocrats and celebrities to reside in one of the many villas that line the lakeshore. Enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE and visit picturesque Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como,” a popular destination since Roman times. This evening, back in Milan, a farewell risotto dinner has been prepared at Calafuria Unione restaurant.
Day 8 MILAN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
The Doge's Palace on St. Mark's Square--the palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, and a museum since 1923.