Arrive in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy. 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.
This morning skirt the foothills of the Alps and the shores of beautiful Lake Garda 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 across the basin of the Po River into the Veneto region. Overnight Venice Mestre.
Cross the lagoon to visit the unique city of Venice. Soak up the splendid atmosphere of this beautiful place with a morning walking tour of the major sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, with its beautiful Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and iconic bell-tower. In the afternoon perhaps take a ride on one of the city’s famous black Gondolas and a visit to one of the traditional glass factories on the separate island of Murano to see how the unusual venetian glass is made. Overnight Venice Mestre.
Leave Venice this morning and head south towards Tuscany. En route today make a stop at Maranello, home of the famous Italian sports and Formula 1 racing car Ferrari. Visit the Ferrari museum to see up close some of these exciting cars and interactive displays! Continue to Pisa and the amazing Piazza dei Miracoli to see the iconic Leaning Tower ofPisa – a must for any visit to Italy. Enjoy a short drive through the delightful Tuscan countryside, marvelling at the medieval villages on their hilltops en route to Florence. Overnight Florence.
A day exploring the stunning medieval jewel that is Florence. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautiful Renaissance city in the company of a guide who will introduce you some of its famous sights including Piazza Signoria, the spectacular Duomo and Giotto’s Bell-toweras well as the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge across the Arno river. In the afternoon there’s time for some exploration – of course you can take in the UffiziGallery or Michaelangelo’s David, or perhaps make a visit to one of the quirkier museums in this city of Renaissance art by visiting the Ferragamo Shoe Museum or learn how to make genuine Italian Pizza and Ice-cream. Overnight Florence.
This morning there’s a stop at the exclusive Florence Shopping Mall with its huge choice of top designer outlets including Armani, Gucci, Tod’s, Versace and Valentino. Then carry on into the heart of Tuscany to reach one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns, Siena, home of thefor the famous Palio horse-race around probably the most perfect medieval square in the whole of Europe – Piazza del Campo. Continue south through the pretty rolling hills to Italy’s glorious capital city. Overnight Rome.
Welcome to the “Eternal City” – Rome. In the company of a local guide today begin a short tour by coach to get an overview of some of the most famous sights including the heart of Ancient Rome – the Colosseum and Circus Maximus where the gladiators and charioteers would compete. Continue on foot to see the Spanish Steps, stopping to throw 3 coins in the Trevi Fountain – as tradition demands – and marvel at the ancient Roman Pantheon and beautiful Piazza Navona with its superb marble fountains. This afternoon visit the Vatican City, one of the world’s smallest countries, to see St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s famous ceiling or drive to nearby Tivoli to visit the remains of the Emperor Hadrian’s Villa Adriano in its beautiful setting. After a day of incredible sightseeing finish with a special Gladiator performance and dinner! Overnight Rome.
Travel south past Monte Cassino to Naples, home of that most famous of Italian culinary inventions – the Pizza! Drive up the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano then visit one of Italy’s most famous sites – the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The city was buried during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and the streets, shops and piazza have remained “frozen” in time. It is a must for any visit to Italy. Overnight Naples/Rome area.
Transfer to Rome airport for your onward flight today.