Day 1 Venice, Italy.
Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this famous car-free city, built entirely upon the water.
Day 2 Venice.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 3 Venice.
A full day to explore this intriguing city of canals and bridges at your own pace. Your Local Host can help you with information.
Day 4 Venice–Florence.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (First class)to Florence.
Day 5 Florence.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with 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. (On Mondays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day.)
Day 6 Florence.
Your Local Host can help you plan your day in this splendid Renaissance city, with suggestions such as a visit to the aromatic Old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella with its soaps, perfumes, and lotions.
Day 7 Florence–Rome.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (First class) to Rome.
Day 8 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, enter 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. (On Sundays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day.)
Day 9 Rome.
Your Local Host will have suggestions so you can make the most of your day, such as where to find the ancient Marcellus open-air theater, with part of its original exterior still visible; or how to assure your return to the “Eternal City”—by tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain!
Day 10 Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.