Day 1 - Arrive Rome, Italy
Arrive in Rome, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for dinner.
Day 2 - Rome
This morning, begin with early access to the Vatican Museums,
before visiting St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch, discover
the Eternal City, starting at the Palatine Hill, where your
local guide brings to life the city’s origin. Pass the Arch of
Constantine to visit the mighty Colosseum, opened in AD 80.
Day 3 - Rome
Today, explore the Montemartini Museum, set in a building
that once housed Rome’s first electric power station, to view
a grand collection of classical statues depicting early Roman
life, all displayed in thought-provoking juxtaposition with
the extraordinary industrial architecture surrounding them. Pause in Rome’s Eataly emporium to taste local specialties.
This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure. Later, get a hands-on
feel for an Italian culinary tradition, when you take part in a
pizza-making class in a top Roman neighborhood pizzeria.
Day 4 - Florence
Drive to Florence, roaming through the sun-splashed Tuscan
countryside. Along the way, stop at a distinctive winery for a
guided tasting of Brunello di Montalcino and a light lunch.
Continue to Florence and check in to your historic hotel in
the city center.
Day 5 - Florence
Walk the lively streets of Florence with your local guide,
an art specialist, who accompanies you to fascinating
sites, including the Accademia, where you behold striking
masterworks such as Da Vinci’s incomparable David.
Next, visit the Cappella di San Luca of the Basilica della
Santissima Annunziata to meet with a restorer working on
the precious Renaissance art within, a project supported by
A&K Philanthropy. Dine at a local Tuscan-style restaurant on
a delectable Chef ’s Table experience.
Day 6 - Venice
Today, cross the Appennines by express train to the valley
of the Po and onward to Venice. Upon arrival, Ride Like
a Local in a water taxi along the Grand Canal, and then
board a gondola for a quintessential Venetian experience.
Break for lunch, before visiting St. Mark’s Square; St. Mark’s
Basilica, beholding its mosaics; and the Doge’s Palace. Later,
check in to your hotel.
Day 7 - Venice
Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Visit One of the City’s Last Gondola Workshops to learn
about this time-honored boat-building craft.
Marvel at the Textile Weavers of Tessitura Bevilacqua and take a walking tour of Venice’s historic Jewish ghetto.
Learn the Art of Venetian-Style Rowing from the city’s
most decorated female rowing champion.
Explore Sites Featured in Famous Films, visiting the
shooting locations of scenes from Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade, The Italian Job and others.
Follow up your exciting experience with an afternoon at
leisure, free to relax or further explore the city. Tonight, savor
a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Venetian Lagoon, setting
the mood for your farewell dinner.
Day 8 - Depart Venice
Transfer by boat to the airport and depart.