Day by day itinerary
Day 1 – Sunday Rome Benvenuto a tutti! Welcome to Bella Roma! Upon arriving at the airport, participants will make their own way to the hotel. Spend your first marvellous day in Italy roaming and discovering as you please in the Eternal City. Overnight stay in Rome. Dinner on your own.
Day 2 – Monday Rome | Assisi | Siena | Florence 715 AM Depart by deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi where you can 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 Ciambue and to have lunch (not included). 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. Afterwards continue to Florence where you will check into your hotel for dinner and a well-earned night of rest. (Dinner)
Day 3 – Tuesday Florence (PISA OPTIONAL) After breakfast spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance” where with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on EtruscanRoman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “comune” and was further refined by the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings such as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. During 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 see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio) and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscany restaurant in Santa Croce Square. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own. Optional: Trip to the Tower of Pisa, 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 Baptistery. Overnight stay. (Breakfast) (Dinner on your own).
Day 4 – Wednesday Florence | Bologna | Padua | Venice Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. While there wander through the city’s 38 kilometers 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 largest in the world. In the afternoon continue toward Padova with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later we 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. (Breakfast, Dinner). (Lunch on your own).
Day 5 – Thursday Venice Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private waterbus to enjoy St. Mark’s Square, interior 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 Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation. (Breakfast, Dinner). (Lunch on your own).
Day 6 – Friday Venice | Region of chianti – Montepulciano | Tuscany | Rome After breakfast departure from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany known for its romantic churches and castles and its infamous wines. 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 lunch). (Dinner on your own).
Day 7 – Saturday Rome Once you eat breakfast depart from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museum, 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 visiting this incredible masterpiece, you will enter through a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world! The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square where you can enjoy the rest of the day to exploring the city on your own. Overnight Rome. (Breakfast) (Lunch and dinner on your own).
Day 8 – Sunday Rome | Naples | Pompeii | Sorrento After an early breakfast at the hotel, the coach will depart at 7:00am taking the “Highway of the Sun” through the regions of Lazio and Campania where you will see a picturesque view of the Abbey of Montecassino. Upon arriving in Naples, a short panoramic walking tour which take you to see such sites as the Mergellina neighbourhood, Castel dell’ovo, Plebiscito Square, the Royal Palace, Maschio Angioino and the port. Have lunch in a restaurant en route to Pompeii and then visit the excavations of this famous Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Leaving Pompeii we drive along the Sorrentine coast arriving in Sorrento for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner) (Lunch on your own).
Day 9 – Monday Sorrento Spend the day exploring Sorrento on your own. (Breakfast, Dinner) (Lunch on your own).
Day 10 – Tuesday Sorrento | Capri 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 in a small rowboat. Afterwards enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. In the afternoon, check in at your hotel in Capri, enjoy your dinner and relax for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 11 – Wednesday Capri | Rome Spend a leisurely morning eating breakfast at your hotel and then exploring Capri. That afternoon depart for Rome where you will check into your hotel and spend the night. (Breakfast) (Lunch and dinner on your own).
Day 12 – Thursday Rome Enjoy one final breakfast before meeting your driver for the private transfer to the airport. (Breakfast). End of our service.
Your land services include:
Transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach
Porterage Service – one normal size piece of luggage per person at the hotels
Multilingual Tour Escort
Accommodation in 4 star hotels based on double occupancy
Daily breakfast, 6 dinners, 3 lunches
Panoramic visits as per itinerary (NOTE: during Low Season, the itinerary does not include the visit to Capri – Day 10)
Vatican Museums skip the line entrance fee
Your land cost does not include:
Round trip airfare in and out of Rome
Departure taxes/fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees subject to change without prior notice
Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel in Rome Insurance – non-refundable insurance premium
Documentation including passport fees
Early check in and late check out
Single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms is available on payment of supplement
Meals not mentioned
Beverages not specified
Entrance Fees are not included on hop-on/hop-off tours
Optional tours not quoted
City tax to be paid directly at the hotel
Gratuities for individual services such as laundry and valet service or any other items of a purely personal nature
Tips to drivers/local guides/hotel and restaurant staff – tipping is at the discretion of the traveler
E. & O.E.
4 STARS SUPERIOR
Florence: Raffaello 4*
Venice: Santa Chiara 4*
Rome: Bettoja Hotel 4*
Sorrento: Michelangelo 4*
Capri: La Floridiana 4* hotel
RATES DESCRIBED ABOVE ARE PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE OR TRIPLE OCCUPANCY ROOM
OPTIONAL TOURS TO BE PURCHASED LOCALLY
SUNDAY – Florentine museum – Academy Gallery – guided tour – Lasting time 1h45m A chance to see the art of Michelangelo : The Four Slaves or Prisoners, St. Matthew, The Pietà from Palestrina example of unfinished work and the famous David . Basically a statuary museum displaying some precious pieces of Renaissance Art.
SUNDAY – Pisa – Lasting time 5 hours Guided tour to the magnificent Miracle Square with its remarkable Leaning Tower( exterior ), the Baptistry ( interior), the Cathedral (interior) built in memory of S. John Ranieri, Patron Saint of the city, and an impressive example of Pisan-Romanic art decorated all over with white marble from Massa Carrara
MONDAY – Venice by night – lasting time 2h30 With your tour guide Focused on St. Mark Sq. with its stunning monuments and elegant bars with orchestra podium
TUESDAY – Venice – Gondola ride – Lasting time 35min. A typical way of tasting the city by riding along its canals with friends and two Venetian musicians singing and playing the accordion. Each gondola is for six people. The tour ends at the departure point. **
OPTIONAL TOUR PRICES PER PERSON**
PISA €40 FLORENTINE MUSEUM € 30 VENICE BY NIGHT €20 GONDOLA € 35 Information: – All optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Prices shown above are per person and include: transportation, entrance fee and local guide at the Pisa and Academy Gallery Museum. – For any other optional tour you may wish to contact your tour director – Booking and payment by your tour escort ( no credit cards ) – Reduction for children under 12 years old. **ANCIENT ROME TOUR (COLOSSEUM AND ROMAN FORUM) TO BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE FROM THE USA ** ANCIENT ROME $ 82 US PER PERSON PICK UP AND DROP OFF AT HOTEL AVAILABLE
Per person 2022 prices in EUROS
DBL € 2,043
Sup SGL € 716
UPGRADE ON VENICE ISLAND
DBL € 2.455
Sup SGL € 777
Supplement for Deluxe Canal View Venice – Price per person
SGL € 182
DBL € 91
The above rates were current at the time of printing. However, the rates can change without prior notice.
B = breakfast L= lunch Dinner = dinner
For information and reservations contact, Janice Snider