Renaissance Cities
Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice

  • Rome Colosseum
    Rome Colosseum
  • Rome Piazza San Pietro
    Rome Piazza San Pietro
  • Assisi
    Assisi
  • Siena Piazza Del Campo
    Siena Piazza Del Campo
  • Florence Cathedral
    Florence Cathedral
  • Venice
    Venice

Overview:

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This mainland Italy package will take you to Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua and Venice.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodations in 4* hotels with down-town location (in Venice is a 3 stars hotel superior)
  • American buffet breakfast daily
  • Three dinners
  • Service charges and taxes included
  • Ground transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • English speaking escorted tour
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees
  • The tour is equipped with professional headset system

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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1st Day: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
07h30 Departure by coach with multilingual tour escort to Assisi, the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilca of Saint Francis with its early renaissance masterpiece by Giotto and Cimabue. We continue towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio. Proceed to Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
2nd Day: Florence
American buffet breakfast. Guided sightseeing tour of 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, the Academy of fine arts gallery housing the "David" by Michelangelo, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue's famous crucifix. The rest of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (suggest Pisa half day tour) or shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
3rd Day: Florence - Padua - Venice
American buffet breakfast. Departure to Venice via Padua, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello's "Gattamelata". Continue towards Venice and upon arrival enjoy a guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisoners. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
4th Day: Venice - Rome
American buffet breakfast. Morning tour of a glass factory in Murano by motor launch. In the afternoon, return to Rome by motor coach or Italian rail (means of transport is reconfirmed one day or two before the end of the tour and advised by assistant). End of the tour.

HIGHLIGHTS DAY BY DAY:
  • Siena: View of Piazza del Campo and the Municipal Palace
  • Assisi: View of the Churches of St Francis and St. Claire
  • Florence: Visit of the Accademia, home of Michelangelo's "David"
  • Padua: See Donatello's masterpiece, the "Gattamelata"
  • Venice: Visit of the famous Square of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs

SCENIC DRIVES THROUGH:
  • The beautiful Autostrada del Sole
  • The Tuscan countryside through and medieval towns
  • Emilia Romagna region, land of world famous "prosciutto" and parmesan cheese
  • The veneto region, world famous for its Villa of Palladio


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Optional Tours

Vatican Museums Walking Tour
 
Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican's walls.
Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion.

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
 
Perfect for first-time visitors, this guided morning tour is the ideal introduction to Ancient Rome, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore Rome at your leisure. Several major sites are covered in just three hours, and you'll receive enlightening insights into Rome's millennia of history as you stroll, without wasting time waiting in line.
Your tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. Next, you will skip the long lines and gain special access to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert official guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

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