Italian Mosaic

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This classic Italian vacation is our most popular, with departures throughout the year. Two-night stays in Rome, Florence, Lake Maggiore**, Venice, and Sorrento, plus one night in St. Francis’ Assisi offer plenty of time to visit the main sights with a Local Guide. Discover St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Michelangelo’s David, St. Mark’s, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also stop to see Pisa’s Leaning Tower, in vibrant Milan, in Switzerland’s subtopical Lugano, in Romeo & Juliet’s Verona, and in Ravenna to visit the Basilica of St. Apollinaris of Classe. From Sorrento, visit Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri, including a jetfoil ride and a funicular ride to Capri village.

Highlights Vatican Museums
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter’s Square & Basilica
Colosseum
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Michelangelo’s David
Doges’ Palace
Boat ride
Walking tours

Transatlantic flight.

images Day 1: Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Arrive in Rome

images Day 2: Time to rest or start exploring the “Eternal City.” At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Rome

images Day 3: Sightseeing with your Local Guide starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber and visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time for independent activities and exciting optional excursion possibilities.

Rome – Pisa

images Day 4: North to Pisa for pictures of its amazing Leaning Tower. Continue to Florence, the capital of Tuscany and home to Renaissance splendor. Why not join an optional dinner at a Tuscan restaurant?

Florence

images Day 5: Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David and the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afternoon free to relax or to find out more about Florence’s artistic wealth.

Florence – Milan

images Day 6: Drive through the Apennine hills past Bologna, home of Europe’s oldest university, to dynamic Milan. Orientation features its gothic DUOMO, glass-domed GALLERIA, and famed La Scala Opera House. Then, continue to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. A leisurely break to stroll along the lake, window-shop the refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Next, a scenic drive along Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. Spend two nights at your elegant resort.

At Leisure by Lake Maggiore

images Day 7: A restful day to sleep in or maybe join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella.

Lake Maggiore – Verona – Venice

images Day 8: East to Verona, medieval setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to see Juliet’s Balcony and the well-preserved Arena. Join the locals for lunch before continuing to Venice, deemed by some the most romantic city in the world. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT.

Venice

images Day 9: Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner. Later, discover Venice at your own pace or take an optional gondola ride.

Venice – Ravenna – Assisi

images Day 10: Follow the sparkling Adriatic coast to Ravenna to see the mosaics in the 6th -century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. Afternoon arrival in Assisi. Visit ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA with a local guide. Time to take in this peaceful town on your own.

Assisi – Pompeii

images Day 11: Today, visit POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Overnight in the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento.

Sorrento

images Day 12: Excursion to Capri. Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the Piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Sorrento – Rome

images Day 13: A short drive back to Rome. Tonight, consider saying arrivederci to your traveling companions at an optional festive dinner in one of Rome’s fine restaurants.

Homebound flight.

images Day 14: Your homebound flight arrives the same day.

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