Florence - Rome - Venice
Your dream of visiting the shining cities of Italy with budget travel in mind is easy to reach. With seven days to see the sights from Rome to Venice - including Pisa, Verona, and Florence - your guided Italy tour is waiting. Majestic Rome, with its historical sites beyond compare, is your first discovery on your affordable Italy vacation. From St. Peter's Square at the heart of the Vatican, to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you'll see why this "eternal city" is a must-see on every traveler's list. From Rome, your escorted Italy tour takes you to Pisa and Florence through a gentle landscape of exquisite vineyards, olive groves, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. In Pisa, you'll see the famed leaning tower and visit the Square of Miracles before heading to Florence - "Cradle of the Renaissance."Take a guided walking tour of Florence to soak up the world-famous squares and palazzos of the ornate city, including the Duomo and the Baptistry's bronze door ("Gate of Paradise"). Off to Venice via Verona - the setting for Shakespeare's fabled tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. You'll see the ancient Roman Arena where gladiators battled - but today serves as the home of the magnificent Arena Opera Festival. From Verona, you'll continue to romantic Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty. Take a boat to St. Mark's square and gaze upon the canals with their gondolas and bridges. You can visit an original glassblowing workshop, discover the narrow alleyways of Venice's Calli, or its ornate palaces at your leisure for the perfect end to your inspiring Italy tour.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2: ROME.
Steeped in history, the "Eternal City" is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican, and see other highlights such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Maybe take an optional tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces.
Day 3: ROME-PISA-FLORENCE AREA
Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Then, head east to magnificent Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance."
Day 4: FLORENCE.
Today is devoted to the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour featuring some of the city's greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi; the fantastic Duomo with Giotto's gothic Bell Tower; and the Baptistry's ornate bronze door known as the "Gate of Paradise."
Day 5: FLORENCE AREA-VERONA-VENICE AREA
Travel north and cross the Po River to fabled Verona, setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. See Juliet's balcony—and be sure to rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck! Also, marvel at the ancient Roman Amphitheater, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a popular venue for the world-famous opera festival and other well-known artists' performances. Continue to the Venice area for two overnights
Day 6: VENICE AREA.
One of the most unique cities on Earth, Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sites. View the delightful criss-crossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and a visit to a Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Later, explore at leisure on your own, join one of our optional excursions, or just relax, sipping a cappuccino or typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafés.
Day 7: Venice - Departure
After Breakfast, you will transfer to Airport.
Inclusions / Exclusions
December 30 Departure - New Year's in Rome including reveillon dinner.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence; professional Tour Director while touring
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Visits to Pisa's Square of Miracles, Verona, Venice
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice