ITALIAN TREASURES

Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Amalfi – Florence – Pisa – Venice – Milan

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11 Days From: Sept. 30, 2016   To: Dec. 31, 2020
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10 Nights/ 11 Days of Italian Journey

 

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Includes: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Amalfi – Florence – Pisa – Venice – Milan

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Day 1 – Arrival – Rome

 

Arrive into the Eternal City Rome, on arrival at Rome airport a private car transfer will take you to your hotel in Rome Check-in at hotel. Rome by Night: Sitting comfortably in a deluxe coach, we will follow a charming itinerary, witnessing the ancient origins and the successive cultural and historical stratifications, which characterize the city of Rome. Leaving from Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Moses’ Fountain, heading to Piazza dellaRepubblica, we will pass by Via Veneto, Palazzo Margherita, Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese to arrive at the Trevi Fountain, where we will stop for a visit. We will then continue along Via Quattro Fontane, where you will be amazed by the Fountains of the Four Seasons. From Via Nazionale, descending towards Piazza Venezia, we will see the Memorial to King Vittorio Emanuele II and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The itinerary will also touch the Capitol, the Imperial Forum, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Aventine Hill, the Circus Maximus and the Tiberina Island. The visit will continue reaching the Gianicolum Hill, to admire one of the most beatiful panoramas of Rome. Finally we will arrive to the Basilica of St. Peter crossing the Tiber and finding by side the imponent fortress of Castel S. Angelo. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Rome

 

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Day 2 – Rome

 

Breakfast in the Hotel. Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s: The purpose of this tour is the visit of the Vatican Museums and a large part of the Vatican City, one of the European microstates, situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome, Its borders closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from outside attack. Leaving the Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Moses’ Fountain the itinerary will continue passing by Via Bissolati, Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese. After this ample panoramic view, we will visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Galleries (lines possible at the entrance). There you will admire the modern entrance built for the Jubilee 2000, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel, seat of the Conclave, with the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. Passing inside the Vatican Museums we will arrive into the Basilica of Saint Peter, commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, is one of four major basilicas of Rome. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City and built on the ruins of Old Saint Peter's Basilica. On Wednesday, due to the Papal Audience, the church of St. Peter will be visited only from outside. The rest of the day is free as you wish.

Optional Ancient Rome & Colosseum: Take a complete tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the queues for the Coliseum (entrance included). Gain your special access to the Coliseum and, once inside, breath the bloody past of the amphi theatre and its atmosphere. Let’s visit also the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb the Palatine Hill and stomp on the legendary Via Sacra or 'Sacred Way'.Return to your hotel.  Overnight in Rome

 

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Day 3 – Rome – Naples

 

                Breakfast in the hotel, train to Naples. Arrive in the Capital of the Campania Region of Italy- Naples Napoli in Italian. It sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Check in to the Hotel. Day is free to relax. Tonight (on your own) you indulge yourself the Pizza, one of Italy's most famous foods, originated in Naples and pizza is taken very seriously here. You'll find lots of great pizza places but be sure you look for one with a wood-burning oven. Optional Naples By night:NO assistant/guide on the bus, ONLY the driver. The guests will be accompanied to Naples, where they will have a panoramic tour of the city by night WITH OUR DRIVER (NO GUIDE). The excursion includes a tour along the beautiful promenade till Posillipo Hill, where the guests could enjoy the shining lights of the whole city. Moreover they could appreciate the astonishing New Castle, Pizza del Plebiscito and Piazza Triste e Trento with the famous CaffèGambrinus, San Carlo Theatre, the Royal Palace and the Umberto I Gallery. Dinner (Optional not included) at Trattoria Medina, a typical restaurant pizzeria, where the guests could taste the real Neapolitan pizza.Overnight in Naples

 

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Day 11 – Departure

 

Breakfast in the Hotel. In the morning departure to the Milan airport. Tour Ends.

 

 

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Day 4– Naples

 

                Breakfast in the hotel,Pompeii& Amalfi Coast Drive tour:Transferto Pompeii ruins – our assistant on the bus. Meeting with the tour guide and then visit of the ruins. At the end of the visit, guests will be taken to a Cameo and Corals factory, very close to the ruins, to look at the manufacturing of them and do some shopping (maximum 30 minutes). Then they will have lunch at restaurant Vesuvio, reachable on foot. After lunch (at about 13.30), the guests will be taken (with the guests that choose Amalfi Drive excursion) to the Amalfi Coast for a panoramic tour (NO STOP IN SORRENTO & POSITANO), along the way there will be a stop among a typical ceramic workshop, then a stop in Amalfi for about 30 minutes. At the end, the driver will take the guests back to Naples to their respective hotels. IMPORTANT: for the second part of the excursion (Amalfi Coast) there will not be ANY ASSISTANT – THE DRIVER WILL EXPLAIN EVERYTHING TO THE GUESTS.Overnight in Naples

 

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Day 10 – Milan

 

After Breakfast in the Hotel, Please proceed to Zani Viaggi (Sforza Castle). In the afternoon, from Zani Viaggi. Gran Milan City Tour:(Availability of this tour depends at the time of booking). Guided bus and walking tour for a panoramic view of the city with two-language speaking tour guide. The 1 hour walking tour includes a visit of The Scala, Duomo and the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery. This tour includes also a guided visit to "The Last Supper", the world-famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci, located near the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The hard-working Milanese run their busy metropolis with efficiency and aplomb. Milano is the country's economic engine room, home to Italy's stock market and business centre. This stylish city is also the world's design capital and rivals Paris as a leading fashion centre. Milan is all about worldly pleasures. Shopping is of almost religious significance. Theatre and cinema flourish in this fashionable milieu, as does a hopping club scene and a slew of tempting restaurants. Apart from a few gems, the city is not renowned for its looks, it's the lifestyle that counts! History is achingly prominent here. The breathtaking Duomo is one of the world's largest, most striking gothic cathedrals, while Milan's art galleries, many housed in former palaces, are home to a host of significant works that include Da Vinci's “Last Supper”. You may even find yourself sipping your morning espresso in the same cafe that composer Verdi frequented. Milan receives more visitors than Venice or Florence, yet manages not to be a tourist trap - perhaps that's the real secret to Milan's style.

Return to Zani Viaggi. Overnight in Milan

 

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Day 5 – Naples - Florence

 

After breakfast in the Hotel You precede to the Florence which is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Italy and the world. Check-in at hotel. Tour to Pisa: In the afternoon around 1:30 pm a splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pisa, guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and other important monuments. This is followed by a visit to the interior of the Cathedral. Back to Florence. Evening at leisure visit Florence on your own and shopping.Overnight in Florence

 

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Day 9 – Venice – Milan

 

After breakfast in the Hotel, train to Milan. Check in at Hotel. You are free for the rest of the day to rest and visit Milan on your own. Overnight in Milan

 

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Day 6 – Florence

 

                Breakfast in the Hotel, Optional FD Tour to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti: A beautiful excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, with an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Upon arrival in Siena, a guided tour of the old city centre: walking along the small medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces and ending up at the Cathedral where you can visit the splendid interior including the LibreriaPiccolomini and the adjacent Museodell'OperaMetropolitana. The guided tour will conclude in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful in the world, where you will find the Palazzo del Comune (exterior). Free time for lunch (not included). Departure for San Gimignano a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures; free time to discover this fascinating city. On the way back, through the ample coach windows, you will be able to admire the ancient medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls, still intact.

GUIDED VISIT TO THE ACADEMY GALLER:Total immersion in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the “David”, and other important works of art such as ''IPrigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà”. The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model. He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendour. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.

GUIDED VISIT TO THE UFFIZI GALLERY:You can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Overnight in Florence

 

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Day 7 – Florence – Venice

 

Breakfast in the Hotel, in the morning Optional Walking Tour of Florence City (Medieval & Renaissance): The most complete and thrilling guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central market zone, characterized by its workshops and multicolored stalls, where the Medici Chapels, and Basilica di S. Lorenzo, the church of Medici’s Family, are located. In a short time you can reach Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Cathedral* (inside visit) and its dome by Brunelleschi, the bell-tower by Giotto, Saint John Baptistery with its Paradise Door. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice lived. Further on you can find Palazzo del Bargello. Not too far, there is Piazza dellaSignoria, a great “open-air sculpture museum”, overlooked by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Next to it the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museum all over the world. Then you proceed to the picturesque MercatodellaPaglia(Straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountain is located.  You walk along the street that leads to Ponte Vecchio, the “jewels bridge”. By crossing the bridge, you will reach the wonderfulPitti Palace where our tour ends. (*) The Cathedral cannot be visited on National Holidays and for reasons beyond our control.

Later departure to Venezia, the Queen of the Adriatic Sea. For a thousand years the city was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on the face of the earth. Check-in at hotel. Venice Islands Tour: Proceed to Alilaguna's Pier at St. Mark’s waterfront. Embark on a motorboat and visit the Island Murano, where one can watch the antique art of making glass. Then one proceeds to the characteristic Island of Burano, with its strong colours and light contrast, fisher island and renowned for the lace making. Last Island Torcello with its old Cathedral and its atmosphere of remote Venetian past. Overnight in Venice Island/Mestre.

 

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Day 8 – Venice Island Tour

 

Today after breakfast, Unusual Venice & Gondola Ride: Enjoy floating along the canals of Venice. Be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the city and its magnificent palaces and churches facing the Grand Canal. Walking tour of the area between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, passing through la Fenice Theatre, Scala del Bovolo, Ponte di Rialto. The visit does not include an explanation of the St. Marks square. At the end of the visit on foot, embarking on gondola and 35 minute ride along the Grand Canal and minor channels. Return to St Mark's Square. Overnight in Venice/Mestre

 

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