Breathtaking Italy

14 giorni / 13 notti

Arrival at Rome airport where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the your hotel. Gather this evening for a festive welcome dinner at the hotel.

This morning meet your local guide and enjoy a walking tour, starting at the Trevi Fountain, where we toss our traditional three coins. From here we continue to Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps, affording a romantic panoramic view of the city of Rome. Our tour continues across the city to the Pantheon and at Piazza Navona, a popular gathering place for denizens of Rome. Afternoon at your leisure.

Full day at your leisure.

Morning departure for Assisi: a hill top city located in Umbria and the birthplace of St. Francis. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims flock yearly to the Basilica of San Francesco, where St. Francis is buried. Guided tour of the city including a walking tour of the city, visiting the major sites associated with St. Francis and St. Clare, including the Chiesa Nuova, built over the home of Francis’ family, and the Church of San Rufino, with the baptismal font of the Saint. At the end of the visit continue to Florence. Dinner at the hotel.

This morning is dedicated to a guided tour of Florence, the world famous city of the Renaissance. Visit the enormous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile and the bronze doors of the Baptistery, the oldest building in Florence and considered to be the greatest work of Ghiberti. The afternoon is free for your own explorations. Dinner at the hotel.

After breakfast depart for Siena, the home of St. Catherine. Upon arrival we visit the austere church of San Domenico, which contains the only authentic portrait of Catherine in the chapel where she received the Dominican habit and where several of her miracles occurred. Then we proceed to the medieval walled and towered city of San Gimignano which has preserved its appearance more completely than any other town in Tuscany, or perhaps in Italy. You will enjoy as well a wine tasting in a famous old villa in the Chianti countryside. Return to Florence for dinner and overnight.

Today it’s at your leisure.

Did you now that in Italy there’s another small state like the Vatican? This is the Repubblica of San Marino, a tiny ancient European State, whose earliest statutes date back to 1263, was recognized by Napoleon in 1797 and by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. San Marino maintains diplomatic and consular relations with a number of European and American countries, mints its own coins, issues its own postage stamps and grants honours of merit. With an area of less than 24 square miles, it is the smallest independent state in Europe after Vatican City and Monaco. In the mid afternoon, back to Florence.

After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion in the famous Cinque Terre by boat: discover 18 kilometres of sheer rocky coastline in northern Italy, terraced hills and vineyards sloping steeply down to the sea. Five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Monterosso. Evening arrival in your hotel in the charming resort town of Rapallo. Dinner at the hotel.

Today move to the Levante Riviera to visit Genova and Portofino. Originally a small fishing village shaded by eucalyptus and olive trees, Portofino has become a sunny and relaxing paradise on the Ligurian Riveria. From the summit of Monte Portofino, above the town, there are stunning panoramic views across the Mediterranean to the mountains of Corsica. Genova is an amazing city containing many beautiful wonders. Palaces and galleries, bursting with fine art, are set around one of the loveliest streets in Italy, Via Garibaldi. Return to Rapallo for overnight.

This morning the Italian landscape will change completely. Travel to Turin, once the main town of the Savoy state, later capital of Italy, a city proud of its historical tradition, which seems to be testified everywhere in its historical centre. Visit starts with the Cittadella and continues along Via Garibaldi, once the ancient Dora Grossa, as far as the heart of the city: Piazza Castello. Visit to the Royal Palace, a magnificent 17th century building, the French Gardens, the Teatro Regio, the Madama Palace and the Royal Armoury, with the splendid Beaumont Gallery. The tour ends in Piazza Castello, in one of its historical cafès, to sample some of Turin’s delicious specialities. At the end of the visit, continue to Stresa the fascinating town settled on Lake Maggiore. Dinner and overnight.

Today you can choose to relax or join the guide for an excursion of Lake Maggiore’s islands by boat.

Today is free for your own exploration.

It’ time to fly home. Transfer by bus to Milan airport for your return flight.

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