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ITALY IN 2 WEEKS – The Grand Tours Venice, Florence, Rome and Amalfi

The best of Italy in 2 weeks! From Milan, the Italian fashion capital, to Venice, Florence and Rome! And the charming Amalfi Coast to relax and enjoy stunning views! But also some hidden gems off the beaten track! Sipping the best wine and tasting the best dishes of Italian culinary tradition!!

SUMMARY

  • 14 Full Days + 14 Nights
  • Type of Tour: point to point
  • Start in: Milan
  • End in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

SUMMARY

Double occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House

  • Spring Summer 2017: 4,165 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,920 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 3,745 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,500 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 420 €

Double occupancy in 4 Star Hotel

  • Spring Summer 2017: 4,585 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 4,480 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 4,130 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,920 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 560 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace - Groups up to 18 pax

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:

  • 14 nights with European Breakfast
  • 14 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • English speaking full-time Tour Leader
  • Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
  • Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
  • Admission to the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel
  • Admission to the Pompei Archeological site
  • Cooking class in a Wine Estate in Chianti
  • Ferry tickets to Capri
  • Visit to a Wine cellar on Lake Garda with tasting
  • All taxes and tips

 

OPèTIONAL:

  • Private tours of all attractions with an Authorised Tourist Guide
  • Baroque Concert in Venice
  • Orvieto Underground in Orvieto

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!
Today 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!
Overnigth in Milan



DAY 2 – VENICE

In our way to Venice we will stop near Lake Garda for a visit to a wine cellar in the renowned area of Lugana, famous for its white wines.
In mid afternoon we’ll reach Venice! After some time to settle into the hotel, we will enjoy a walking tour through the back streets of Venice leading to St. Mark's Square where we will visit the interior of the Basilica, a 900 year-old marvel of architecture! The church is unique in Italy for its golden Byzantine and Medieval mosaics, its intricate stone and marble traceries and exuberant Middle Eastern domes. Near St. Mark’s Basilica is Palazzo Ducale, the most impressive secular building in Venice and once the official residence of the supreme authority of Venice, the “Doge”. Free time for shopping.
Before dinner, we will relax by tasting wine and savoring delicious ”cicheti,” (finger food). There is tremendous variety, and options include anything from simple cheese or salami to almost any kind of seafood, fried and grilled vegetables, sweet and sour sardines, creamy codfish and much, much more!
Overnight in Venice


DAY 3 – VENICE and MURANO

A must-see is the Mercato di Rialto, the Rialto fish Market in Venice! The market is buzzing with life. Scour the stalls of the Pescaria for glistening mountains of moscardini (baby octopus), moeche (soft-shell crabs), and inky seppie (squid) and take as many pictures as you want!
We will then visit “Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari”: this vast Gothic church is striking for its huge size and for the quality of its works of art, including masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini and Donatello, and several grandiose tombs. Then, “Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo”, one of the city’s greatest Gothic churches, built by the Dominicans in the 14th-century, which houses monuments to no fewer than 25 doges. Later, we will explore the streets and savor everyday life in an intricate maze of ancient narrow alleyways, lively squares with magnificent buildings and meandering canals, and we will finally walk on the Rialto Bridge, the busy "heart" of Venice.
In the afternoon we’ll reach a traditional glass atelier in Murano, where glass-making families have been carrying on the art of glass blowing for over 700 years. You’ll be amazed by the simplicity of the tools used and by the artist’s intense concentration in the heat and smoke of the burning furnace.
Tonight we will have dinner in a typical Venetian trattoria. We suggest you to try “Sarde in saor” (marinated sardines), a risotto with seafood, the typical “baccala' mantecato”, to finish with a fantastic bussola (a ring-shaped and cinnamon-flavored cake)!
Overnight in Venice



DAY 4 – FERRARA and FLORENCE

On our way to Florence we’ll stop in the historic center of Ferrara, city of the Renaissance, UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a cozy, deliciously quiet town, with its colossal palaces and still ringed by its intact medieval walls! You will be amazed by its beauty! For lunch let’s try some “pearls” of Ferrara Gastronomy as the “Salama da sugo” and the typical “bread of Ferrara”! 
In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Florence, the land of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto!
We’ll admire the Duomo with its pink, white and green marble façade, Giotto’s Campanile, one of the most striking views of the town, and the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style with its magnificent bronze doors made by Pisano and Ghiberti in the 14th and 15th century.
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

In the morning we will visit 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.
At lunch, if you wish, we’ll enjoy “Panino con Lampredotto” in a typical Florentine market!
We’ll then visit the Convent of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo and other Italian glories are buried. 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.
Overnight in Florence


DAY 6 – PISA

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 free time in Florence.
Overnigth in Florence


DAY 7– 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!
Later in the afternoon we will move to the Chianti district where we will take part to a cooking class! You will learn how to cook pasta and simple recipes you will be able to prepare to your friends when you’re back home! It will be a real fun! Tonight we will eat what we have cooked, sipping an excellent glass of Chianti wine! 
Overnight in Chianti

DAY 8 - ORVIETO AND ROME

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. 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!
Overnight in Rome


DAY 9 - ROME

Here we are in Rome, a place where ancient history, excellent art and religious icons mix in a unique blend! 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 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.
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)!
Overnight in Rome



DAY 10 – VATICAN MUSEUMS and AMALFI COAST

In the morning 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 its the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel!
In the afternoon transfer to the Amalfi Coast, whose Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other, makes it one of Italy's most famous landscapes!
Overnight on Amalfi Coast


DAY 11 – AMALFI COAST

Today our Tour Leader will drive you to the Costiera Amalfitana, widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of pastel-coloured villages terraced into hillsides, steep panoramic roads, luxuriant gardens and enchanting vistas over turquoise waters and green mountains. Considered by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
You’ll go from town to town at the discovery of Amalfi , Positano and Ravello, three of the most beautiful villages in Southern Italy, world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture.
Overnight on Amalfi Coast



DAY 12 – CAPRI

Capri, the pearl of the Gulf! We will take an island tour by sea and, possibly, visit the Blue Grotto (optional), then the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, where you will enjoy the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno around.
We will then relax in Piazzetta before strolling down Via Camerelle, famous for the luxury shops and designer fashion boutiques which line the street.
Overnigth on Amalfi Coast



DAY 13 - POMPEI and MONTECASSINO

Today we’ll visit Pompei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997! It is the only place in the world where you can understand how the Romans of the 1st century AD lived: from the brothels and lavatories to the posh dining rooms and the bathing establishments which gathered modern spa, health club and gym. The eruption of Vesuvius destroyed the town in 79 AD and more than 3,000 people were covered by debris from the volcano.
On the way to Rome, we will pass by Montecassino, where you will admire the Benedectine Abbey which was built 4 times after destruction over the centuries, the last in 1944 during a fierce battle.
Overnight in Rome



DAY 14 – ROUND TRIP TO CASTELLI ROMANI

On our last day, let’s do as Romans do on holiday. We will spend the whole day in the area of Castelli Romani, the Roman Castles, where we will visit papal fortresses and palaces, and sip the renowned wine of the area, “il vino dei Castelli”.
Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR.
Overnight in Rome