ITALY IN 10 DAYS Milan, 5 Terre, Florence and Rome

Lombardy, Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio: 5 regions where you will admire the extraordinary beauty of Italy, you will be seduced by its enchanting landscape, you will enjoy different habits and traditions as well as diverse yet most savory cuisine!!

SUMMARY

  • 10 Full Days + 10 Nights
  • Type of Tour: point to point
  • Start in: Milan
  • End in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

PRICE PER PERSON

Double occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House 

  • Spring Summer 2018: 3,445 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,125 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017 - 2018: 3,145€ (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 2,825 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 300 €

Double occupancy in 4 Star Hotel 

  • Spring Summer 2018: 3,970 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,775 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017 - 2018: 3,670 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,475 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 400 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace

Please note that the climbing of Torre di Pisa and the entrance to the Blue Grotto in Capri are not included in the price and will be booked upon request.

 

What’s included:

  • 10 nights with European Breakfast
  • 10 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • English speaking full-time Tour Leader
  • Private tour of a Parma ham factory in Parma
  • Trekking in 5 Terre
  • Visit to a wine cellar with tasting in Chianti
  • Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
  • Admission to Villa d’Este in Tivoli
  • Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
  • Visit to a Wine cellar on Lake Garda with tasting
  • All taxes and tips

 

Optional:

  • Private tours of all attractions with an Authorised Tourist Guide

DAY 1 - MILAN

Welcome to Italy! At the hotel you will meet your Tour Leader who will join you in this unforgettable tour around Italy. Let’s have a coffee together, just to know each other!
We’ll start our tour from Milan, the Fashion Capital of Italy ! A must-see is the Duomo. It’s one of the biggest churches in the world, a fact which may surprise you when you stand outside it – the Duomo sits on the grand Piazza del Duomo, and beside the immense and beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, so it doesn’t actually look as massive on the outside as it feels once you get inside. We can also take an elevator up and walk around on the cathedral’s roof! We will then have time to stroll down the streets of the Quadrilatero D’Oro, admiring the shop windows of Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino…or do some great shopping!!
Dinner will be served in a typical Milanese restaurant in the Navigli!
Overnight in Milan


Day 2 – PARMA

Parma is known for its exquisite food products: the Parma ham called Prosciutto di Parma and the famous Parma cheese called Parmigiano Reggiano. We will visit a Parma ham factory, where we will understand how his exquisite food is made: a very special way to get into the production culture of the area and to discover how a true gastronomic gem is made.
In the late afternoon our Tour Leader will drive us to the unique, wonderful Cinque Terre National Park in Liguria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We will stay in Manarola, one of the five fishing villages which are part of the Park, perched high atop the rocky Mediterranean coastline.
Overnight in 5 Terre


Day 3 – 5 TERRE

Today is the day for trekking! From Rio Maggiore starts the Via dell'Amore (Lovers' Lane), a well-paved coastal path linking Rio Maggiore with Manarola. Studded with stone beaches embedded in the cliffside, it offers stunning sea views. Either by train or on foot we will also reach the other fishing villages: Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The vineyards, typical of this area, contribute to create a unique landscape with dry-laid stone walls, winding paths, enchanting beaches between cliffs and clear waters!
Do you like anchovies? They are a local specialty of Monterosso! Ever tried “Linguine al Pesto”, a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese? And what about Ligurian wines? Sciachetrà will seduce you!! Tonight, after a long but satisfying day, we will appreciate a typical Ligurian dinner!
Overnight in 5 Terre

Day 4 – PISA and FLORENCE

Today we will discover Pisa, the beautiful Tuscan town famous all over the world for its Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower). Its construction started in 1173 but was finished at the end of the 14th century; the cylindrical tower, 54 meters tall, has eight floors, six of them with open galleries, and inside the spiral staircase has 294 steps leading to the top of the tower. Then we will visit the large square “Campo dei Miracoli” (Field of Miracles), with its Romanesque buildings, the Duomo and the Baptistery, to end with the Camposanto, the cemetery for noble citizens of Pisa in the past. Upon request we may climb to the top of the tower (please note that advance booking is required).
In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Florence, the land of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto!
After relaxing in our hotel, we will have dinner in a typical restaurant, enjoying a Florentine grilled steak with a glass of good red Chianti wine!
Overnight in Florence


DAY 5 - FLORENCE

Welcome to Florence, the land of Giotto and Dante! In Piazza della Signoria we will see the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence and still the seat of government of the city, with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, and the famous “Loggia dei Lanzi” with its incredible classical statues, a true museum in open air .
We will then admire the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style with its famous bronze doors made by Pisano and Ghiberti in the 14th and 15th centuries. At midday we will have lunch with “Panino con Lampredotto” in a typical Florentine market.
In the afternoon we will reach Galleria dell’Accademia which hosts Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world! Alternatively, we may visit Galleria degli Uffizi, an impressive collection of masterpieces of the most acclaimed artists of the Reinassance. We will also spare some time to relax, visiting a typical market for shopping, strolling through the pedestrian streets of the city and crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, rich of jewellery shops.
Tonight dinner in Oltrarno, the Florence of the Florentines, enjoying a Florentine grilled steak with a glass of good red Chianti wine!
Overnight in Florence

Day 6 – SAN GIMIGNANO and CHIANTI

Today we’ll visit San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan", thanks to its very old and impressive 14 towers that dominate the town skyline. Originally the towers were 72 built by patrician families probably to demonstrate their wealth and power. The tallest tower is Torre Grossa, 54 meters high, dating back to 1298. If you wish, you may climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the picturesque countryside!
In the afternoon let’s head for the Chianti wine area, where we will visit a cellar and have a sip of the most renowned Tuscan wine, the red Chianti.
Overnight in Chianti


Day 7 – VAL D’ORCIA

Heading south, we will visit Val d’Orcia, one of the most scenic areas of Tuscany. Here we will stop in Pienza, “Pio’s town”, famous for its Palace and for the Pecorino Cheese, then we will reach Bagno Vignoni, a tiny and charming village where the main square is a pool 49 meters long and 29 wide, from the bottom of which bubble up a number of hot springs whose therapeutic quality has been renowned since antiquity! All this creates such a pleasant sensation, it will be hard to leave!
Our next stop will be the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a former Benedictine monastery near Montalcino. In this elegant Romanesque edifice of the early 12th century, when possible, we will listen to the Gregorian chants of the Monks living here. Quite a moving experience!
On our way to Rome we will stop in the hill town of Orvieto in Umbria, one of the most interesting in Italy, perched up on volcanic rock.
Overnight in Orvieto


DAY 8 – ORVIETO

Although just an hour from Rome, the architecture is different, with many of the buildings constructed out of tufo, a type of volcanic rock. Orvieto’s main attraction is its 14th century Cathedral – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures.
At lunch don’t forget to sip the delicious white wine of the area, Orvieto Classico!
Overnigth in Tivoli


Day 9 – TIVOLI AND ROME

Villa d’Este in Tivoli, masterpiece of the Italian Garden included in the UNESCO world heritage list. will astonish you with its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and music.
At the end of our tour, here we are in Rome, a place where ancient history, excellent art and religious icons mix in a unique blend! In the afternoon we will tour the “Baroque” Rome, starting with the Pantheon, dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan-every Theon-divinity), now memorial chapel of great Italian people of the past, then the Church of St. Louis of the French, famous for the cycle of paintings of the great Caravaggio at the end of the 16th century, Piazza Navona and finally Fontana di Trevi, a Rome icon known all over the world.
Overnight in Rome

Day 10 – ROME

Today we will start from the 2,000 years old Colosseo and the Imperial Forums, the administrative and monumental centre of the Roman Empire.
In the afternoon we’ll admire the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Then we’ll visit the Vatican Museums with the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel!
In the evening we will have dinner in Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament! Here we will taste the Roman Cuisine in a typical Trattoria: you may try “Saltimbocca alla Romana” ( veal lined or topped with prosciutto and sage),“Bucatini cacio e pepe” (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and ground black pepper) and, in season ,”Fiori di Zucca Fritti” (fried zucchini flowers)!
Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR.
Overnight in Rome