Italian Sampler 2020 - 9 days from Rome to Padua
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Italian Sampler 2020

9 days from Rome to Padua

Starting at $1,889


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Italy appeals to the heart and soul of every traveler—with its historical significance and extraordinary beauty. It inspires a sense of romance, excitement, creativity, and amazing cuisine. On this Italy tour, get a sample of what Italy has to offer, from its historic sights and its marvelous art and architecture to its tasty cuisine and inspired drinks. Overnight in Rome, the Chianti Hills, Montecatini, the Verona area, and Padua, and see glorious scenery along the way.

Enjoy guided sightseeing that includes the must-see sights, such as Rome’s Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings; Michelangelo’s David in Florence; and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, dating to the late 11th century. In Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the Teatro Bibiena, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style, where Mozart performed at the age of 13. A spectacular drive through the Dolomites—the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe—brings you to Bassano, where Globus has arranged a special treat: a grappa tasting along with local specialties at the Grappa Museum. But that‘s not all… among the many unique experiences offered by Globus on this tour, travel to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century and still has the original 14 towers. Walk through the main square and have free time to explore, and taste the traditional almond cookie specialties.

All of this and much more are included on this vacation. From its beautiful mountains to its exciting cities and from its amazing historic sights to its delicious cuisine, Italy offers it all. Be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture the memories you’ll create on this remarkable Italy tour!

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Destination & Sightseeing

ROMEWelcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
MONTERIGGIONI[LF] Visit the medieval walled town and taste cantucci alle mandorle
FLORENCEGuided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
PISAMarvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
MANTUAGuided sightseeing, visit Teatro Bibiena
VERONAGuided walking tour including Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà
TRENTOOrientation
BASSANO[LF] Taste the local grappa at the Poli Museo della Grappa
PADUASee St. Anthony's Basilica
VENICEPrivate boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; [LF] farewell dinner at Al Colombo restaurant and a ride private water taxi ride
Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Transportation:
Motorcoach; private boat ride and private water-taxi ride in Venice.

MEALS

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Rome and Venice

ITINERARY

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 welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants
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Day 2 ROME.
Start with a guided visit to the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Continue to the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman Legions marched in triumph, and walk through the ruins of what were important government buildings from Roman times. The balance of the day is at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites
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Day 3 ROME–MONTERIGGIONI–CHIANTI HILLS.
This morning, explore the religious part of Rome: enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, leave the “Eternal City” and follow the Apennine Hills to [LF] the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, have some free time, and try traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Enjoy views of unforgettable vine-clad landscapes on the way to your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills. Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
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Day 4 CHIANTI HILLS–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI.
Arrive in the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence. Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Arrive at your hotel in the spa resort of Montecatini. Today’s Distance: 87 mi / 140 km
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Day 5 MONTECATINI–PISA–MANTUA–VERONA AREA.
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center, the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to TEATRO BIBIENA, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened. Today’s Distance: 224 mi / 360 km
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Day 6 VERONA AREA.
In Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, join your Local Guide on a walking tour of this interesting city. Visit PIAZZA DELLE ERBE, once the site of the Roman Forum, and PIAZZA BRA to admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione
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Day 7 VERONA AREA–TRENTO–BASSANO–PADUA.
Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy’s “Gate to Northern Europe,” with the Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive brings you to Bassano [LF] for a GRAPPA TASTING, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica. Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km
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Day 8 PADUA. EXCURSION TO VENICE.
Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the Byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Then, wander through the maze of little streets at your own pace or join an optional gondola serenade. Later, your Tour Director will take you to [LF] Al Colombo restaurant near the Rialto Bridge, for a delicious farewell dinner, followed by a PRIVATE WATER-TAXI RIDE through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci. Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km
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Day 9 PADUA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Venice.

Accommodations

RomeChianti HillsMontecatiniVerona AreaPadua
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