This is the perfect vacation to see Italy's highlights-from the historical treasures in Rome and the splendid art in Florence to the picturesque, walled medieval town of San Gimignano and the romantic canals in Venice. On this guided Italy tour, you'll of course visit the famous sights on your sightseeing tours, including the Colosseum in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, the medieval square in Siena, Juliet's balcony in Verona, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo's tomb in Florence. You'll even join a Venetian lagoon cruise to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, known for its bright pastel-colored houses.You'll enjoy special adventures and experiences planned just for you, such as learning how Chianti wine is made - with tastings at Verrazzano Castle. In Rome, an expert Local Guide will take you to St. Peter in Chains, the 5th-century church that is home to Michelangelo's famous Moses statue, commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and a true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo. At the conclusion of your guided Italy tour, transfer to Lake Como for three nights. Enjoy a guided walking tour in charming Como which includes the marble-clad Duomo, and a relaxing boat ride with a visit to picturesque Bellagio and its century-old buildings. All Lake Como vacation package services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. Italy is an amazing country filled with beautiful art, magnificent architecture, extensive history, sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and friendly people. You'll experience its splendor on this guided Italian vacation highlighting Italy's most-treasured gems.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Rome||Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy [LF] a special welcome dinner with wine at the rooftop restaurant of your hotel overlooking Rome. (D)|
|Day 2||Rome||Look forward to a unique experience: [LF] enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and since October 2016 a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, return to Rome, where a Local Guide will take you for a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo's Pieta. (B)|
|Day 3||Rome||This morning, your Local Guide will take you first to [LF] ST. PETER IN CHAINS to see Michelangelo's famous Moses, followed by visits to the magnificent COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. (B)|
|Day 4||Florence||A fast journey will bring you to Pisa. Here, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Continue to Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance.' (B)|
|Day 5||Florence||During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo's celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze 'Gate of Paradise,' sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tomb of Michelangelo. The afternoon is free to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce, which are attractive buys. And tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant. (B)|
|Day 6||Florence||In Siena, admire the impressive medieval walls and walk through ancient, narrow lanes to the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, site of the biannual Palio, Siena's spectacular medieval-style horse race. Continue through vine-clad hills to hilltop San Gimignano with its medieval houses with towers, visible from far away. Then, the highlight of today: enjoy a wine tasting of the famous Chianti wine and dinner at Verrazzano Castle before returning to Florence. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Venice Island||A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Mountains brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Join an unforgettable Venetian LAGOON CRUISE to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, renowned for its bright pastel-colored houses and for its lace-making. Take pictures of traditional fishing boats, still used by the island's inhabitants. Tonight, you may wish to try out local specialties in one of Venice's excellent restaurants. (B)|
|Day 8||Venice Island||Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK'S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the byzantine ST. MARK'S BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. An optional gondola ride is available. (B)|
|Day 9||Milan||In Verona, the medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, take pictures of Juliet's balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, admire 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. Then, on to the dynamic city of Milan, Italy's financial hub. Visit the MUSEUM of the famous La Scala Opera House, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the magnificent gothic Duomo. A special farewell dinner at a local restaurant has been prepared as a proper way to say arrivederci, Italia! (B,D)|
|Day 10||Lake Como||Transfer to beautiful Lake Como. Enjoy a guided walking tour in charming Como, which includes the historic center and the imposing, marble-clad DUOMO. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)|
|Day 11||Lake Como||Experience a relaxing BOAT RIDE on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio with its century-old buildings, stone lanes, and quaint cobblestone stairways filled with shops; free time for lunch and exploration on your own. (B)|
|Day 12||Lake Como||Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)|
|Day 13||Lake Como||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa). (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement:$610-$739Triple room reduction per person:$157-$185Extra nights per person in Rome:in single room $127-$199, in twin $85-$144, in triple $73-$113Extra nights per person in Lake Como:in single room $178-$391, in twin $111-$218, in triple $96-$172
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