Classic Italy Tours 2017-2018

From intriguing history to incredible food and wine, this classic amongst our Italy tours has it all, and has been updated for 2017-2018! Become captivated by the eternal beauty of Rome, the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the mystical ambience of Venice. Walk through ancient ruins in the footsteps of Julius Caesar. Get so close to Michelangelo’s masterpieces that the marble comes to life. Discover a secret world as you glide through dreamy canals in the world’s most romantic city.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discovering glorious art at Venice’s art museums and churches
  • Boat tour through the canals and waterways of Venice
  • Off-the-beaten path wine bar tour in Venice with a sommelier (Optional, not included)
  • Masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture in Florence
  • Cooking class taught by an Italian chef in the Tuscan countryside
  • Guided Tours of Vatican City and the Roman Forum in Rome
  • Rome’s bustling metropolitan atmosphere and lively nightlife

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TRIP AT A GLANCE

(Day 1): Venice – Arrival to the Most Romantic City in the World!

(Day 2): Venice – Explore the Art and Ambiance of Venice & Afternoon Boat Tour

(Day 3): Venice – Leisure Time in Venice and Optional Wine Tour

(Day 4): Venice to Florence – Three-Hour Guided Tour of the Accademia Museum

(Day 5): Florence – Cooking Lesson in Tuscan Countryside

(Day 6): Florence – Leisure Day to Explore

(Day 7): Florence to Rome – In Transit

(Day 8): Rome – Tour of the Vatican City

(Day 9): Rome – Guided Tour of Ancient Rome

(Day 10): Rome – Depart from Rome and Return Flight Home

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Venice seeps into your imagination, a city of beauty that floats on water around winding canals. The silhouette of ornate Byzantine buildings are reflected in the water like an Impressionist painting. A blanket of mist often shrouds Venice creating an almost magical atmosphere. Get lost in the city’s maze of medieval streets until you stumble upon a forgotten piazza with once-glorious buildings now in a state of elegant decay. A spontaneous stop into a church may surprise you with a famous Titian or Bellini masterpiece. Get lost in the maze of narrow alleyways and canals to discover the haunting beauty of this distinct Italian city.

Visit the jewel of the Renaissance: Florence. An essential stop on the European Grand Tour, Florence was a financial powerhouse beginning in the Middle Ages. This city of wealth and culture allowed fine art and amazing architecture to flourish. Wealthy citizens of Florence became patrons of the greatest artists of the age: Michelangelo whose masterpiece “David” you can see at the Galleria dell’Accademia and Botticelli who created the breathtaking “Birth of Venus” painting. Beyond Florence is the majestic Italian countryside of Tuscany. Renowned the world over for its beauty, food, and wine, you’ll have a chance to explore this bucolic destination, and you’ll even learns the secrets and recipes behind the fruits of the land in an authentic Tuscan cooking class.

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Finally visit a founding city of Western Civilization, an obligatory stop on your Italy tour. Rome resonates with energy. The building blocks of the Roman Empire are still visible in the Forum, where you can literally walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. You’ll see the Colosseum where gladiator contests took place. Well-preserved ruins create a palpable impression of daily life over 2,000 years ago, but this metropolis of ancient history is also a real modern city where Romans work and live in grand style. Explore some of it’s less visited neighborhoods, such as the Old Jewish Ghetto or Trastevere to see how modern-day Romans live.

ACTIVITIES

  • Cultural / Architecture Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Local Food / Museums & Galleries / Food & Wine / Walking Tours / Wine Tasting & Wine Tours

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