Day 1 Venice, Italy.
Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this automobile-free, romantic city.
Day 2 Venice.
Morning guided sightseeing with headset; see 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 glassmaking 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.
Full day to explore this intriguing city of canals and bridges at your own pace. Take a “Cicchetti Aperitif Tour” to taste some local favorites; a serenaded gondola ride; or a trip to Burano Island, famous for its lace and colorful houses. 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: visit 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 6 Florence.
Your Local Host can help you plan your day in this splendid Renaissance city, with suggestions such as a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, an excursion to San Gimignano and Verrazzano Castle, or a pizza-making lesson with your masterpiece as the main course!
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, 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.
Day 9 Rome.
Your Local Host will have suggestions so you can make the most of your day. Maybe visit Tivoli with Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, discover the Pantheon, or assure your return to the “Eternal City” by tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain!
Day 10 Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.