When you think of the ideal vacation to Italy, what comes to mind? Savoring the local cuisine and sampling the local wine? Visiting the historical sights from the Roman Empire? Maybe it’s seeing the architectural treasures, splendid art, and ornate churches with their religious artifacts. If so, all this and more are offered on this amazing Italy tour—with overnights in Rome, Lucca, Florence, Venice Island, and Assisi. </BR> </BR>Food and wine connoisseurs will enjoy the visit to Verrazzano Castle. Located on a hilltop in the Chianti region, you’ll learn how the famous Chianti wine is made. You’ll even get to sample some! History buffs will delight in seeing some of Italy’s ancient sights, including the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and the Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. Art fans will enjoy seeing Michelangelo’s famous works, including the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling paintings in Rome and his celebrated David in Florence. If you’re interested in magnificent churches, you’ll enjoy St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome as well as St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, where St. Francis is buried. You’ll also get to visit the Orvieto Cathedral, a great example of gothic architecture in Italy, and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, one of the best examples of byzantine architecture.</BR> </BR>Globus has also arranged a special excursion to Cinque Terre, five small medieval villages on the Italian Riviera and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are just a few of the many highlights on this remarkable tour to Italy’s treasures. Food, wine, history, churches, art, an expert Tour Director and knowledgeable Local Guides—what more could you ask for in an Italy tour?
ROME Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and Roman ForumLUCCA OrientationCINQUE TERRE [LF] By boat and train, including a light lunch at a local trattoria in MonterossoPISA Marvel at the legendary Leaning TowerSIENA Walking tour including Piazza del CampoSAN GIMIGNANO OrientationVERRAZZANO CASTLE [LF] Wine tasting and a special dinnerFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareVERONA Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the ArenaVENICE ISLANDPrivate boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstrationRAVENNA Visit St. Apollinaris in Classe basilicaASSISI Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ BasilicaORVIETO [LF] Taste local pastries in historic Caffè Montanucci; visit the cathedralHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch with wine in Monterosso; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner in Verrazzano
Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.