Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2 Rome.
Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits 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 Pietà. Also, visit the magnificent COLOSSEUM next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. 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 3 Rome–Assisi–Florence.
A morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS, the hub of a religion devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” (B)
Day 4 Florence.
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. (B)
Day 5 Florence–Pisa–Venice Island.
This morning, drive to Pisa. Take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, enjoy a drive through the wooded Apennine Hills to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. (B)
Day 6 Venice Island.
Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour. Highlights are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, and discover Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola serenade. This evening, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Venice’s restaurants to celebrate the success of your Italian Escape. (B,D)
Day 7 Venice Island.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)