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10 days, from £2295
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Description

Discover three of Italy's most cultural cities. Savour Rome's rich heritage, soak up the Renaissance atmosphere of Florence, and look beyond the canals and gondolas to gain a deeper understanding of Venice.

Tourtype: Easy Pace

Additional Included Highlights
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's 'Piet',' and the splendid dome.

Florence: View the city skyline from the sumptuous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. See the cathedral, Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and Signoria Square

Verona: Walk with your Travel Director past the Roman Arena to the famous balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.

Venice: Cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See St. Mark's Basilica, the bell tower, clock tower, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs.

Top Rated Highlights
Vatican City: Be among the select few to admire the Renaissance Bramante Staircase, off limits to most people.

Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.

Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.

What's included:
Included Insight Services
* Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
* Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
* Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
* We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
* Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
* Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
* From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
* If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Tour style: Easy Pace

Itinerary


 Day 1 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome.

Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Rome is one of the world's most historic cities, filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Then this historic city is yours to discover. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner. Get to know your travelling companions over a relaxed evening of dinner and wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.


 Day 2 Exploring The Vatican City.

A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city. Start off in the Vatican State, the richest community in the world. While others wait in line, you will be fast-tracked through the VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums. Admire the collection of priceless art gathered by Popes over the ages. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public such as the famous Bramante Staircase. Then enter the sublime Sistine Chapel where you'll gaze up and admire Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next door, in St. Peter's Basilica, see one of Michelangelo's early works, the Piet', and the splendid dome completed after his death. For the rest of the day, enjoy free time.(Buffet Breakfast)
Veneto Palace, Rome.


 Day 3 Rome at Leisure.

(Relaxed Start) Spend another day enjoying Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in A.D 79. Alternatively, stroll to the boutiques of the Via del Corsoa and Via Nazionale or visit the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps. As night falls, why not sip a glass of prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in the Piazza Navona, the 'Living Room of Rome', and enjoy life's pageantry pass by?(Buffet Breakfast)
Veneto Palace, Rome.


 Day 4 Under the Tuscan sun to Assisi.

Journey through Umbria and up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica. Continue through the picture-perfect scenery of the Tuscan hills, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides to reach Renaissance Florence.(Buffet Breakfast)
Athenaeum Personal Hotel, Florence.


 Day 5 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance.

(Relaxed Start)Join a local art historian to see Michelangelo's David in the Accademia Museum. Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather and there's free time to shop or continue exploring with the rest of the day at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Atheneaum Personal Hotel, Florence.


 Day 6 Pisa and the Tuscan Countryside.

(Relaxed Start) After a leisurely morning in Florence, explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery with its intricate marble facade, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral and of course the famous Leaning Tower. On return to Florence, stop at the il Poggio organic farm for a guided walk through the vineyards and olive trees, learning about the production of olive oil and wine. On the veranda, take in beautiful views of the rolling Tuscan hills as you enjoy tasting the farm's freshly-produced wines and olive oil, in addition to an authentic Italian meal prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Atheneaum Personal Hotel, Florence.


 Day 7 Verona and Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

Passing the city of Bologna, look forward to a highlight stop at the elegant city of Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Walk with your Travel Director past the Roman Arena to the famous balcony in the courtyard of the reputed Capulet home. After free time to explore, take the autostrada east to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your luxurious hotel gazes out over the Giudecca Canal complete with memorable views of the city skyline.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel.


 Day 8 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

Wake up ready to embrace the most sensuous of cities. Admire the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Then board your private launch, sit back and enjoy your introduction to this unique city of ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas. Disembark and stroll to the Bridge of Sighs before turning the corner to stand in awe at the marble arcades of Piazza San Marco. St. Mark's Basilica, with its dazzling domes, occupies the corner next to the clock tower. Beside it stands the pink and white marbled Doge's Palace. In the afternoon, there will be plenty of time to explore the museums, galleries and churches or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps cruise out to some of the other islands in the lagoon to experience the age-old lifestyle of Venetian fishermen and lace-makers.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel.


 Day 9 Venice at Leisure.

(Relaxed Start) Who could refuse another day to take in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city? Lose yourself in the back lanes and campi, the small squares where tourists seldom tread and the Venetians go about their daily lives. Maybe visit some of the 90 churches that house masterpieces of Venetian art or explore the modern artworks in the Guggenheim. Relax a while at a canal-side cafe and sip the local wine or sample delicious lagoon-fresh fish. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. Toast your travels with fantastic food, great wine and wonderful company during your Celebration Dinner in this magical setting.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel.


 Day 10 Arrivederci Venice.

Bid farewell to this enchanting city today and depart for Venice Marco Polo Airport to arrive at 08:00 or 09:30. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.(Buffet Breakfast)


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