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    9 Day Italian Renaissance

    Included Highlights:

  • Explore renowned Milan, including visits to Il Duomo and the Santa Maria Delle Grazie
  • Journey to the beautiful and culturally vigorous Venice, stopping by St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs
  • Stop by the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa
  • Immerse yourself in the sites of Florence, including a tour through Michelangelo Square, Signoria Square and Santa Croce Church
  • Tour Tuscany and Umbria en route to Assisi, stopping at the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Take in the glory of Rome as you experience sites such as the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Experience the common roots of the early Church – Christianity
  • Fully Escorted
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Itinerary



    Depart from USA on a flight to Milan Airport in Italy. Dinner and breakfast on board.


    Upon arrival in Milan, we will be met and transferred to our bus to begin our visit to this beautiful city. Milan has the cultural buzz and amenities of an international metropolis; it is also home to some of Italy's finest artistic masterpieces. We will visit Il Duomo - reigning serenely over the city center. Milan's Duomo is the third largest gothic church in Europe, capacity is said to be 40,000 - and one of the most ornate cathedrals in the world. We continue to Santa Maria Delle Grazie - to the left of this church is the former reflector of a Dominican monastery, now basically a shrine to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. We also visit the Teatro Della Scala. It owes its name to the Fourteenth-century church of Santa Maria Della Scala that once stood here. It was built between 1775 and 1778 by G. Pirmarini in neo-classical style. Partially destroyed during the Second World War, it was successfully rebuilt. Of the original constriction, only the interior structures remain. At present it can hold about 3,000 spectators. We continue to PADOVA hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

    DAY 3 - VENICE

    After breakfast we start our tour of Venice first we will take a vaporetto to get to central Venice than we continue on a walking tour of Venice. Venice is magical with its pink palazzi, green canals, the blue Adriatic Sea, and yellow signs pointing to the center. Venice is eternally beautiful and culturally vigorous. We will have a half day walking tour of Venice including a visit to the Doge's Palace with its splendid rooms decorated by 16th century artists such as Titan, Tintoretto and Veronese, St. Mark's Basilica and Square, the Bridge of Sighs. The afternoon is at leisure to walk the many bridges. Later return to the hotel in PADOVA for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


    Today after breakfast and a short visit to the Basilica of St Anthony we will depart for Pisa seeing some of the most picturesque scenery. We will stop in Pisa to leaning Tower, one of the world's best known sight. The best reason to come to Florence is to immerse yourself in a truly astounding collection of Renaissance art and architecture. Florentines are fiercely proud of their cultural heritage and are protective of the assets that define their city. Upon arrival in Florence we will have some free time. Dinner and overnight in Florence. (B,D)


    Morning tour takes us to Michelangelo Square for a panoramic view of the city, the Academia to see Michelangelo's original David Statue, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry with its “Gates of Paradise” doors, Signoria Square and Santa Croce Church. Afternoon free to pursue personal interests. (B,D)


    Today after breakfast we depart for Assisi as we experience Tuscany and Umbria two of Italy's most scenic regions. Our tour visits the Crypt of St. Francis under the huge Basilica of St. Francis, which contains many of his possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Our guided tour continues with a visit to the Church of St. Clare, where the body of the Great Saint rests, and St. Mary of the Angeles Basilica, site of the minute Church of the Porziuncola, the cave where Francis prayed. We continue on to Rome. For a thousand years, Rome was the capital of the republic and then of an empire that stretched from the British Isles to North Africa, and from Gibraltar to Constantinople. Upon arrival we drive to our hotel for overnight. (B,D)

    DAY 7 - ROME

    This morning experience a very special privatelyguided tour of the priceless collection of art and treasures found in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. You will be amazed by the beautiful wall frescoes created by Michelangelo, Perugino and Botticelli. The unique ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is surely one of Michelangelo's greatest achievements. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the Christian world, built over the tomb of St. Peter. Then proceed to the Piazza Venezia, and the Roman Forum, with a stop at the Colosseum - a testament to the greatness of Rome's past. Continue your full tour day with visits to the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Synagogue, Isola Tiberina and Castel Saint Angelo. Then back to our hotel to get ready to dine out at a popular Roman restaurant. (B,D)

    DAY 8 - ROME

    Full day at leisure with many interesting things to see and do. You may wish to visit some of the famous churches or you may want to visit some of the museums of take the underground to the many sights such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona places that you have seen on day 7. Or you may want to take a optional tour of Pompeii. (B)

    DAY 9 - ROME/USA

    Today we say farewell and take with us wonderful memories from our Italian journey. We are transferred to the airport for our flight to the USA. (B)

    * (B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Italian Renaissance 
    2015 Dates & PricesLand OnlyAir & Land
    Nov 01 - Dec 31$N/A$N/A
    2099 Dates & PricesLand OnlyAir & Land
    Jan 01 - Dec 31$N/A$N/A

    * Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.

    Additional Information: Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.

    Entry Requirements:
    US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.


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