Day 1 FLORENCE, ITALY.
Benvenuto—welcome. Your Local Host is on hand to help you feel right at home in the “birthplace of the Renaissance.”
Day 2 FLORENCE.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS featuring Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 3 FLORENCE-ROME.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.
Day 4 ROME.
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see its amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Note that there are rare occasions when the Vatican Museum is closed. On any of these dates, your full Monograms city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience).
Days 5-6 ROME.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your two days at leisure in the “Eternal City.”
Day 7 ROME.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.