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Italy – tre tesori senza tempo (Three Timeless Treasures)
On this Insight led Italy Easy Pace guided vacation, you will discover some of the legendary beauty that makes Italy one of the most sought-after vacation spots. From the Eternal City of Rome, you will visit the Vatican, where you have behind the scenes access to places denied to the general public. Beauty and artistry abound as you soak in the pure genius of Michelangelo’s painted ceiling and savor the haunting exquisiteness of The Pieta. Lots of time on your own to shop or take in an optional tour to Pompeii.
Next you travel through the incredibly delicious Tuscan hills and begin your three-day stay in Renaissance Florence. Of course, Michelangelo’s David is the crowning attractions here and you have plenty of free time after your planned tour to explore and drink in the unbelievable beauty that is around every corner. What is Italy without wine? While here you get to enjoy a truly authentic dinner with a wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside. La vita è bella – Life is Good!
Your final stay will be in the romantic and scenic city of Venice where ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas fill your days. Museums, galleries and lovely churches are everywhere – and the shopping is fantastic. While here, you get to truly experience the Venetian way of life. Enjoy a canal-side café and taste the wonderful local fare. And…what would a trip to Venice be with a traditional gondola ride through the canals. Your gondolier will sing and this magical city will work its charm. Lots more is tucked into this tour that offers an easy paced way to experience much of the beauty and historic treasures of Italy.
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Day 2: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome.
Rome is one of the world’s most historic cities, filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 & 3:30. Then this historic city is yours to discover. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a relaxed evening of dinner and wine. Hotel:Veneto Palace, Rome (WR, D)
Day 3: Exploring the Vatican City
A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city. Start off in the Vatican State, the richest community in the world. While others wait in line, you will be fast-tracked through the VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums. Admire the collection of priceless art gathered by Popes over the ages. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to parts of the Vatican denied to the general public – the famous Bramante Staircase. Then enter the sublime Sistine Chapel, to gaze up and admire Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. Next door, in St. Peter’s Basilica, see one of Michelangelo’s early works, the Pietà, and the splendid dome completed after his death. For the rest of the day, enjoy free time. Hotel:Veneto Palace, Rome (BB)
Day 4: Relaxed Start – Rome at Leisure
Another day for you to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Alternatively, spend some time in the boutiques of the Via del Corso, the Via Nazionale or the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps? As night falls, why not sip a glass of prosecco at a sidewalk café; in the Piazza Navona (the ‘Living Room of Rome’) and enjoy life’s pageantry pass by? Hotel:Veneto Palace, Rome (BB)
Day 5: Under the Tuscan Sun to Florence
Journey through the picture-perfect scenery of the Tuscan hills, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides. Then, head to your hotel in Renaissance Florence. Hotel:Athenaeum Personal Hotel, Florence (BB)
DAY 6 – Relaxed Start – Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance
Join a local art historian to meet Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the Accademia Museum. Next, walk on to the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’. You will also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square, the political heart of the city. The afternoon is free to explore at your own pace. Hotel: Atheneaum Personal Hotel, Florence (BB)
Day 7: Relaxed Start – Pisa and the Tuscan Countryside
After a leisurely morning in Florence, explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery, bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral. In the evening, enjoy an authentic dinner with a delicious wine tasting (Signature Event). Hotel: Atheneaum Personal Hotel, Florence (BB, SE)
Day 8: Verona and Venice, Queen of the Adriatic
Passing the city of Bologna, a highlight stop is the elegant city of Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Walk with your Tour Director past the Roman Arena to the reputed famous balcony in the courtyard of the Capulet home. After free time to explore, take the autostrada east to Venice, ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Your luxurious hotel gazes out over the Giudecca Canal and a romantically unforgettable city skyline. Hotel: Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice (BB)
Day 9: Relaxed Start – Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima’
Wake up ready to embrace the most sensuous of cities. Admire the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Then board your private launch, sit back and enjoy your introduction to this unique city of ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas. Disembark a short stroll from the Bridge of Sighs before turning the corner to stand in awe at the marble arcades of Piazza San Marco. St. Mark’s Basilica, with its dazzling domes, occupies the corner next to the clock tower. Beside it stands the pink and white marbled Doge’s Palace. In the afternoon, there will be plenty of time to explore the museums, galleries and churches or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps cruise out to some of the other islands in the lagoon to experience the age-old lifestyle of Venetian fishermen and lace-makers? Hotel:Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice (BB)
Day 10: Relaxed Start – Venice at Leisure
Who could refuse another day to take in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city? Lose yourself in the back lanes and ‘campi’, small squares, where tourists seldom tread and the Venetians go about their daily lives. Maybe visit some of the 90 churches that house masterpieces of Venetian art or explore the modern artworks in the Guggenheim? Relax a while at a canal-side cafe and sip the local wine or sample delicious lagoon-fresh fish. Perhaps cruise out to some of the other islands in the lagoon to experience the age-old lifestyle of Venetian fishermen and lace-makers? Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the evening, celebrate your tour finalé with fantastic food, great wine and wonderful company in this magical setting (Celebration Dinner). Hotel:Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice (BB, CB)
Day 11: Arrivederci Venice
Bid farewell to this enchanting city today. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. (BB, IFM)
Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
ROME BY NIGHT – ILLUMINATIONS DRIVE
Join your Tour Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!
Adult Price: EUR 19.00
GUIDED VISIT TO COLOSSEUM & ROMAN FORUM
With our local expert, We’ll explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we’ll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we’ll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the centre of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive!
Adult Price: EUR 52.00
PIAZZAS & FOUNTAINS
With our local expert, let’s take a “passeggiata” (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the fascinating Pantheon and the beauty of 17th-century fountains and beautiful Piazzas. Come and enjoy the Rome of the Romans.
Adult Price: EUR 33.00
POMPEII AND THE BAY OF NAPLES
We travel south to the famous Roman city of Pompeii, buried in 79 ad, by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Here we visit one the greatest archaeological sites in the world! Our local guide strolls us into a 2,000 year old town revealing fascinating discoveries preserved in time! Later a panoramic tour of the Bay of Naples with the dormant Volcano as a back drop. We then return to Rome passing the formidable Abbey of Montecassino, one of the greatest shrines of Christendom, and the site of the epic battle of 1944.
Adult Price: EUR 100.00
SAN GIMIGNANO EXCURSION
A wonderful excursion to Tuscany’s most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to its towers which dominate the skyline. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and today is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Adult Price: 35.00
DINNER IN THE TUSCAN HILLS
A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialities awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and lots of fun! An evening to remember. Viva Italia!
Adult Price: EUR 65.00
TUSCAN DINNER & COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we’ll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.
Adult Price: EUR 69.00
St Mark’s Square, tick, the Rialto, tick, Grand Canal, tick… To only experience Venice’s big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through some of the lesser known quarters of Venice. The back lanes and ‘campi’, small squares, where tourists seldom tread are full of history and great places to sample local life.
Adult Price: EUR 34.00
Venice can be Europe’s most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the centre of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian cafe, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark’s sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.
Adult Price: EUR 54.00
BURANO EXCURSION & MEAL
Leave the hustle of St Mark’s Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Burano, a photographer’s paradise, famous for its candy coloured houses, artisan lace makers and leaning bell tower that would give Pisa a good run for its money. Enjoy a superb meal sampling the local specialities with wine included. An excursion not to be missed!
Adult Price: EUR 70.00
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