Arrive in the “Eternal City” of Rome and proceed for a half-day guided sightseeing tour, including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Via delCorso with its legendary shops, the Forum – heart of Ancient Rome itself and of course the extraordinary Colosseum. Overnight Rome.
This morning explore the Vatican City, one of the world’s smallest countries, including St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with its amazing ceiling by Michelangelo. During the afternoon you may choose to visit the nearby town of Tivoli, famous for the Villa D’Este with its stunning gardens and fountains and the remains of Villa Adriano – Roman Emperor Hadrian’s villa. Alternatively, take an unusual tour around the city on a classic vespa scooter, try your hand at cooking Italian style or visit the amazing ruins of the Roman port city of Ostia.
Leaving Rome head north to Tuscany, famous for its idyllic scenery, vineyards and picturesque medieval hill top towns, calling in at Siena, best preserved medieval towns in Europe, with its Piazza del Campo, the centre piece especially famous for its annual Palio horse race around the square. Continue to Pisa and discover the treasures of the unrivalled Piazza dei Miracoli and its famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue for overnight in the Florence area.
Today discover Florence, “Jewel of the Renaissance”, Italy’s ‘Art City’, a UNESCO World Heritage site and capital of the region of Tuscany. Your sightseeing tour includes Ponte Vecchio, the city’s iconic medieval bridge, the Piazza della Signiora, the magnificent Duomo, Florence’s wonderful cathedral and equally stunning Santa Croce Gothic church. After lunch take the chance for a spot of shopping, visit an Italian leather workshop to see local craftsmen producing designer bags or take in more glorious sights such as the Pitti Palace and superb Boboli Gardens. Rejoin your coach and head via Bologna, home of Europe’s oldest university and into the Veneto region. Overnight Venice area.
Today is dedicated to exploring and experiencing the truly unique city of Venice, famous for its intricate system of interconnected canals unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Your included tour takes in views of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Cathedral amongst many other interesting sights as you thread through the fascinating narrow lanes of the city to the Rialto Bridge. You’ll also witness a demonstration of the age old craft of glass blowing and see the apparently miraculous transformation as the master craftsman turns a molten blob into an exquisite glass artefact. Then you’ll be able to purchase some for yourself! Overnight Venice area.
This morning skirt the foothills of the Alps en route to Verona, famous as the home of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a guided walking tour with views of Juliet’s Balcony as well as the impressive Roman Theatre where operas are still performed today. Continue west to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy. and see the city’s highlights including the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the world’s second largest, Teatro Alla Scala Museum, the Medieval Sforzesco Castle and finish with a visit to the classic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Italy’s oldest shopping mall. Overnight Milan.
Transfer to the Foxtown Outlet for some free time shopping before heading to the airport for your onward flight.