Best of Italy end Rome (Winter 2016-17)

July 2018
2018-07-20
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About Best of Italy end Rome (Winter 2016-17)

Day 1 Rome the 'Eternal City'
Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for the tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 2 Rome and the Colosseum
In the morning, cross the Tiber to visit the Colosseum, scene of many gladiatorial contests. With a Local antiquarian, spend time exploring this fascinating amphitheatre - the biggest and most imposing of the Roman world. The rest of the day is yours to relax at a sidewalk café.
Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Imperial Rome and Renaissance Florence
Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged special VIP entrance to avoid the crowds, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to the general public. Now into the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected and admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door in St. Peter's Basilica, wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà', and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. Journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes and to Renaissance Florence. Enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany’s red wines. During the winter months, learn about the origins of Italian mulled wine – Vin Brulé and enjoy a tasting of this soul-soothing, aromatic drink.
Hotel: AC Firenze, Florence
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

 

Day 4 Florence Sightseeing
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert art historian for a walking tour of the historic city centre. A highlight is the visit to the Academy Gallery to study Michelangelo's monumental Statue of David. Continue to the multi-coloured marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and ‘Gates of Paradise'. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods. After a demonstration of leather-work, there's free time to shop or continue sightseeing. In the evening, don't miss the chance to sample the fine Florentine cuisine - tasty starters, rich pastas accompanied by Chianti wine.
Hotel: AC Firenze, Florence
Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Pisa to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic
Journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon and across the causeway to the unique city of Venice.
Hotel: Starhotels Splendid, Venice
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima’
(Relaxed Start) Your private launch awaits you in the morning, ready to cruise past Palladian churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view. A visit to an arts centre on Giudecca Island will allow you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowing. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals.
Hotel: Starhotels Splendid, Venice
Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Into the Hills of Umbria to Assisi
Leave Venice and continue through the Appennines to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns. With a Local Expert, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.
Hotel: Giotto, Assisi
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Cassino and Sorrento
Journey southwards past Cassino, scene of a fierce battle in World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento.
Hotel: Hotel Regina, Sorrento
Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Capri, the Isle of Dreams
In the morning, cruise to Isle of Capri. Under the Mediterranean sun, take a funicular ride up to Capri town, where you can explore the narrow alleyways, browse in exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps join an optional cruise around the Island of Capri? Descend to the port in one of the island's iconic open-top taxis and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. At night, join your fellow guests for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine.
Hotel: Hotel Regina, Sorrento
Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Day 10 Pompeii and onto Rome
Journey to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. A walk with a local historian through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of Roman civilisation. Visit the Forum and peer into ancient shops and patrician villas, decorated with colourful wall paintings. Then continue on to your hotel in Rome.
Hotel: Romanico Palace, Rome
Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 Depart Rome
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 07:00 & 09:30.
Buffet Breakfast

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