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Departs from : Rome

Duration : 5 days

Type : Small Group

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Price Per Person : EUR 811.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 4

Dinners : 4

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An astonishing journey through Italy's Art Cities, starting in Rome and finishing in Venice. Enjoy also scenic drives through the beautiful Autostrada del Sole, the Tuscan countryside and through and medieval towns in the Emilia Romagna region, a land of world famous “prosciutto” and parmesan cheese. See also the Veneto region, world famous for its Villa of Palladio.
 
 


Day 1 : Florence - Assisi - Siena - Rome

Where we visit : Assisi, Siena, Florence

Meeting Location : Central Location in Rome

Description :

This morning we depart by coach to Assisi. You will visit the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. At the end of the visit, continue towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renownd for the Palio horse race.
 
From Siena we will proceed onto Florence.
 
Dinner and overnight in historic Florence.
 

Meals : Dinner

Day 2 : Full day in Florence

Where we visit : Florence

Description :

Delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (we suggest the PISA half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Head north to Padua and Venice!

Where we visit : Florence, Padua, Venice

Description :

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to VENICE by coach. Along the way you will stop in PADUA, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata”. Continue towards VENICE, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St. Mark’s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in hotel.
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Full day in Venice

Where we visit : Venice

Description :

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Time to say Arrivaderci!

Where we visit : Venice

Description :

Delicious breakfast followed by farewell, and the end of your tour.

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Accommodation in superior four star hotels throughout
  2. Assisi: View of the Churches of St Francis and St.Claire
  3. Breakfast and dinner daily
  4. Florence: Visit of the most important monuments (exterior)
  5. Multilingual tour
  6. Padua: See the Basilica & Donatello’s masterpiece, the “Gattamelata”
  7. Siena: Views of Piazza del campo and the Municipal Palace
  8. Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  9. Venice: Visit of the famous Square of St Mark and the Bridge of Sighs (exterior), and Murano Island

What's Not Included

  1. Departure Transfer
  2. Local City Hotel Tax Paid Directly to Hotel
  3. Lunch
  4. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels
  5. Travel Insurance

Rome


 

Rome is known as the 'Eternal City', the centre of Western Civilization and one of the most widely visited cities in the world.  It is a city of contrasts, both ancient and modern. Romantic and harsh. It is a place of beautiful warm light and many dark corners. 
 
The layers of history in Rome are second to none in the world and to appreciate Rome, in all its glory, it is useful and helpful to have some understanding of what happened here over the centuries.  Whether you do tours with us or another company, it is most helpful to read - do guided tours - watch films.  
 
This city is one of the most important cultural, artistic and intellectual centres in Europe.  It is also home to Vatican City, the centre of the Catholic Church.
 
The history of Rome and Vatican City draw over 58 million visitors each year, almost as many people who live in Italy.  
 
 

 

Siena


 

 

Siena is reknowned, both nationally and internationally, for the Palio horse race contested by the 17 contrada which divide this small city. But Siena is also unique thanks to its maze of narrow streets, its numerous towers and elegant town houses, the immense Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral which dominate the heart of the Medieval city encircled by impressive walls.
 
Those living in Siena enjoy an incredibly high quality of life. It is also the first city in Italy to close its center to traffic. As far as culture is concerned, Siena has been a city of great artistic significance since ancient times with internationally acclaimed institutions such as theChigiana Musical Academy, the Accademia dei Fisiocritici and Accademia degli Intronati, as well as the University for Foreigners.
 
Sites not to be missed: the Church of St Domenico, the Church of St Francesco, theDiocesan Museum of Sacred Art and Palazzo Salimbeni which houses important frescoes. The surrounding countryside is superbly peaceful with vineyards, olive groves,medieval hamlets and castles. The gastronomic traditions have gained international fame with the sweet Panpepato, Ricciarelli and Cavallucci being exported throughout the world.

Florence


 

Once the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is still a city marked by outstanding cultural and artistic splendor. In the modern day this translates into some of the best shopping anywhere for fine products from leather to gold. A perennial favorite of tourists and home to such historical figures as Machiavelli and the Medici clan, all of the finest aspects of Renaissance culture, from literature and art to theater and music still flourish here.
 

Besides tourism, food and wine production are also prominent industries in this city, which is the main city of the Tuscany wine-producing region. The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum house two of the world’s great art collections and seeing the David by Michealangelo, at the Accademia is a moment never to be forgotten.


The Duomo in Florence is as breathtaking as it is massive. This amazing structure can be seen from many vantage points near the city center and it looms in its majesty above the city’s interesting architecture and unique streets. Major attractions: Uffizi museum, Accademia museum with the David, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella churches and squares. Other museums of notice are Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti with the Silver museum, the Boboli Gardens and the Palatine Gallery, the Brancacci Chapel, the Museum San Marco. Major theaters and events: Teatro Comunale, Teatro della Pergola, Toscana Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi.

Padua


 

The origins of Padua also knows as Padova can be traced back over 3000 years of history. One of the most important cities in both Roman and Medieval times, its Medieval historic city center remains almost perfectly intact. Padua was once a flourishing center of humanist and Renaissance culture. The presence of illustrious names such as Francesco Petrarca and Galileo Galilei can still be felt today, and there are many works by Donatello, Titian and Veronese to be admired.


Places to visit: the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts, the Amento and Donato Sartori International Mask Museum, and the Minici Zotti Pre-cinema Collection Museum. There are enchanting Villas and Castles such as Villa Selvatico Sartori, Villa Elmo Capodilista and Villa Contarini. Padua is likened to Venice for its web of navigable canals, along the Brenta River, from Padua to Battaglia and Monselice, from Padua to Saccolongo and from Pontelongo to Chioggia.

 

The surrounding area is of great natural and manmade beauty, from the Euganei Hills to the Ecclesiastical buildings such as the Monteortone Sanctuary and the Benedettina Abbey of Praglia.

Venice


 

Perhaps the most famous Venetian in history is Marco Polo, whose travels and writings opened up the Orient to Europe. The City on the Water, once a powerful city-state, is famous for its romantic canals and waterways as well as its explorers and merchants. The architecture of this city alone makes for a fascinating sight-seeing excursion, from its fabulous churches, museums, and palaces to its elegant bridges and rural villas.

Yearly festivals include the Venice Carnival, which attracts visitors from around the world to don incredible costumes and masks and dance the night away at lavish parties and banquets, an absolute must to attend; dress up and lose yourself in the grand spectacle! Major attractions: Piazza San Marco (St. Mark Square), Palazzo dei Dogi (Doge's Palace), Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower, Rialto Bridge, the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Interesting museums are the Correr Museum, the Marciana Library, the Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Grassi, the Guggenheim museum, Ca' Pesaro and others.

Major theaters, music venues and events: Teatro la Fenice, Teatro Malibran, Church of San Vidal, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto, Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, Ateneo San Basso, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Church of San Giacometto, and others. Events include the Venice Carnival, the Redentore Festival, the Historical Regatta.

Assisi


 

Assisi is known throughout the world as the city of St Francis, the monk who spoke to the animals and with God, whose cult has spread across the globe. Linked to the Saint are theBasilica of St Francis, as well as the Eremo of the Prisons and the convent of St. Damian, the place where God spoke to the Monk.

 
As well as these places associated with the saint, there are many other sites which earn Assisi great historical relevance, the Palazzo dei Priori in the Piazza del Comune, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the temple of Minerva. Descending towards the plains below the city, one finds the large Basilica of St. Maria of the Angels, erected to protect the Porziuncola Chapel.
 
The geographical position of Assisi completes the beauty of the place, dominated by Mount Subasio, a natural oasis rich of holm oaks and oak trees. The visitor is struck by themedieval structure, characterized by the long city wall which protects the heart of the ancient Assisi.
 
Guests will have the pleasure of sleeping in a charming historic building which was once the former home of a noble Venetian family. After undergoing extensive renovations it is now one of the foremost 3 star hotels in Venice. Our enviable position makes exploring this unique city a dream. Positioned on one of the most scenic routes, within minutes from our cosy Venice 3 star hotel, you can arrive and be sipping on a Bellini in Piazza San Marco all on foot. Many Venetian landmarks and museums are all within easy reach. See our History and Location pages for more details,
 
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