11 Days Italy Fantasia

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Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Tuscany Wine Region (Montepulciano), Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri & Rome


Day 1

Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! After your arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. At 07:45 pm p/up at the hotel and reach Via del Teatro Marcello. Our local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day - absolutely romantic at sunset. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, full with history and with a real Roman atmoshpere. As you know, one of Rome’s typical landmarks are its beautiful fountains, and one of the prettiest is the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei. The Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the second most ancient after the one in Venice and it can be considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine! Then you will walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pantheon, the former temple of Marcus Agrippa later converted into a church: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the crowds are away.Next Stop…Close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday. Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps.Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top! After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only one thing missing to end this experience: relax enjoying a creamy and tasty Gelato, it’s on us! The tour ends in Spanish
Steps area. Enjoy on your own the rest of the night. Return to the hotel on your own and overnight stay.


Day 2

Day 2

Rome | Assisi | Siena | Florence

Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3

Day 3

Florence

After breakfast spend the day roaming around spectacularly beautiful Florence often called the “Cradle of Renaissance” where with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its zenith. With Etruscan-Roman origins, the city burgeoned in the Middle Ages as a free Commune and was further enlightened during the Age of the Renaissance. You will be truly fascinated by the uncountable monuments and churches such as Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly referred to as the Duomo. You will be impressed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Nearby, opposite a small piazza you will see the “Campanile” tower (partially designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the mythical “Gates of Paradise.” Visiting the inner city you will visit the “famosissima” Piazza della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio) and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in Piazza Santa Croce, then spend the afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of Florence unescorted. or take an Optional: Short excursion trip to Pisa. In Pisa, you will be enchanted by the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, the Baptistery and of course, Pisa’s iconic Leaning Tower. A leisurely dinner at a restaurant of your choice ends the evening. Overnight stay is in Florence.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 4

Day 4

Florence | Bologna | Padova | Venice

After breakfast depart for historic Bologna to discover the arresting elegance of the city centre with its quaint porticos and fashionable shopping streets. From Piazza Malpighi walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. View the grandeur of King Renzo’s Palace, Palazzo Podestà and the beautiful Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest in the world. Bologna is a genuine heaven for gourmets, so do not miss an exquisite meal in this esteemed gastronomic centre. In the afternoon, our tour continues to Padova and we will see Sant’Antonio Basilica, a church frequently visited by pilgrims of the Catholic world. We arrive later that afternoon in glorious Venice, the City of Love, named one of the most romantic cities in the world. As you will discover Venice is indeed one of the most visually stunning cities conceived by man. Arrive at your hotel, relax and enjoy dinner (on your own) and an overnight stay. 

Meal: Breakfast


Day 5

Day 5

Venice

After breakfast enjoy your transfer to Piazza San Marco and visit the most iconic places of the "Floating City": the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. After the walking tour, allow us to treat you to a spritz or a prosecco, as a delightful conclusion to your visit to the highlights of Venice, in the company of your tour leader. While you sit comfortably and savor your drink, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the famous "cicchetti," a Venetian variation of tapas (light lunch). Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then returnto the hotel and overnight. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for overnight.

Meal: Breakfast & Light Lunch


Day 6

Day 6

Venice | Montepulciano (TUSCANY WINE REGION) | Rome

After breakfast, departure to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, purchased in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual Jazz and Wine Festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! After lunch, spend some free time exploring. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 7

Day 7

Rome

Between 7:45-8:00 AM, after breakfast departure from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square 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 this incredible masterpiece,  the tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the incredible masterpiece St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Overnight stay

Meal: Breakfast


Day 8

Rome | Naples | Pompeii | Sorrento

After breakfast pick up at your hotel around 7:00 AM approximately. Departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below. Time to take some nice pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius and once you reach the town of Pompeii,you will enjoy a real Neapolitan pizza for lunch! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii with "Skip the Line" entrance and a guided tour. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii travelling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ash and poisonous gases leaving this prosperous city crystallized until today. You'll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous the city was before that dreadful day. After the visit you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and an overnight in your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 9

Day 9

Sorrento | Capri | Sorrento

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 on a small rowboat. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant  (on your own) and then roam the island at your own pace. Once back on the mainland, return for dinner and your last overnight in Sorrento.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 10

Day 10

Sorrento | Rome

Breakfast at your hotel. Time at leisure for shopping or tasting some nice Limoncello. As an option, you may go for a short excursion to the Amalfi coast (not included). In the afternoon, at around 4:00 pm, departure back to Rome.
Check in at your hotel and overnight stay.

Meal: Breakfast


Day 11

Rome

Breakfast at the hotel.  Arrivederci Roma! (Breakfast).
End of our service.


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Services Included:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • English speaking Tour guide throughout the journey
  • Entrance ticket to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica with “skip the line” access
  • Entrance to the archaeological site in Pompeii with “skip the line”
  • Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri
  • Visit also Assisi, Bologna, Siena, Padua, Tuscany wine Region & Discover the Jewels of Southern Italy!
  • Panoramic Visits as per itinerary

 

Services Not Included:

  • Airfare & departure taxes
  • Transfer from Airport /Hotel
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fess to monuments not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays ( according to each city council rules) i shall be paid directly at the hotel.

*Please note, hotels might be replaced with similar ones.

*Only one piece of luggage per person is allowed.

*Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri involve limited capacity. If access is not possible, or the weather conditions do not allow it, our guides will suggest alternative attractions to ensure a satisfying and memorable tour (e.g. Faraglioni rocks).

Optional tours to be purchased locally:

SUNDAY - Florentine museum € 30 – Academy Gallery – guided tour - Lasting time 1h 45m.
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 €40- 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 €20- lasting time 2h 30min – with your tour guide Focused on St. Mark Sq. with its stunning monuments and elegant bars with orquestra podium
TUESDAY - Venice – Gondola ride € 35– 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.

 

 

 

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