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. </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 and even sample some! History buffs will delight in seeing some of Italy’s ancient sights, including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. 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 and 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 Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, 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? </BR></BR>At the conclusion of your tour, travel to beautiful Sorrento for three nights. Enjoy a guided walking tour and time on your own. All services in Sorrento, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a great way to conclude your Italy vacation!

City Highlights

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 cathedralROME-SORRENTOBy high-speed Eurostar TrainSORRENTOGuided walking tour through the Old Town; visit the Cloister of St. Francis & taste LimoncelloHeadsets throughout the tour

Meals

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

Transportation

Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; private boat ride in Venice; high-speed train

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