Discovering Faith in Italy
After breakfast, we will visit the Vatican Museums with an English speaking guide for a tour of its incredible collections. Our visit will include the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s stunning frescos. We will also visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the greatest of all churches in Christendom and built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Free time for lunch (not included) in Rome. In the afternoon, our guided tour will continue. You will have the chance to admire the Columns of Marcus Aurelius and the Pantheon. After the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a good Italian Ice Cream (not included) in Piazza della Rotonda. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Rome. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we enjoy an HD guided tour. We will visit the Monastery of Tre Fontane (including the Abbey Gardens and the Church of Martyrium of St. Paul). After, we will continue with a visit of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Free time for lunch (not included). Afternoon at leisure. In the evening (after 5.30pm approx.) we will admire the illuminated Rome… we will have a walking tour through the Baroque Rome (Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Via Condotti….). At the end of the tour transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight in Rome. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we depart for a guided tour of Ancient Rome, we will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and climb the arches to enjoy full view of the biggest arena of the ancient world; proceed to Arches of Constantine and Titus – with the famous Menorah relief, the Vestalian Temple- home of Roman Senat, Temple of Venus-Roma, Tomb of Julius Caesar and the Capitol Hill. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we will have a panoramic tour of the city. The tour will leave the Group in the Trastevere Area. From there, we will have the opportunity to walk up to the Gianicolo for the best view over the city. We will walk to the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, also known as the “Fontanone del Gianicolo”. Free time for exploring this amazing area of Rome. At accorded time, we will walk back to Trastevere for a dinner in a local Pizzeria (included) in the area of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Overnight in Rome.
Visit Medieval City – Civita di Bagnoreggio
After breakfast, we depart to Assisi. Before reaching this religious city, we will stop for a Visit to Civita di Bagnoreggio “The Dying City” the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Italy. We walk along the stone bridge and will have the opportunity to admire this little town in a truly wonderful landscape. Free time for lunch (not included). After lunch we will continue to Assisi, view Rocca Maggiore (without entrance) and check in to the Hotel. Overnight in Assisi. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we will meet our local guide and begin our upper town visit of Assisi with the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. In the Lower Church, halfway along the nave, you’ll walk down the stairway leading to the crypt that contains the remains of St. Francis of Assisi. Later, we continue to the Tempio di Minerva, today Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we will walk in the Forest of St. Francis and then visit of the Convent of St. Damiano. At the end of the tour, transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight in Assisi. After breakfast, we depart for Montepulciano, we will have free time for a visit of the city and a tasting (included) of local cheese and wine (Nobile di Montepulciano). After that we will proceed to Pienza, city of the terrace of “Artistic Landscape”. Free time for lunch in Pienza (not included). After lunch, before the departure to Florence, we will have a quick stop at the Abbey of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Our tour will proceed to Florence. Time permitting, we will stop in Bagno Bignoni. Overnight in Florence.
Explore Magnificent Florence
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will explore the magnificent architectural achievements of Florence with a half-day guided tour, we will visit the Duomo and climbing the Bell Tower of Giotto, the Baptistery and we will admire the Door to Paradise. After, we will walk through Piazza della Signoria to the Uffizi Gallery, where we will admire one of Italy’s greatest art galleries at your own pace. Rest of the day at leisure. Lunch (not included). Overnight in Florence. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will have a panoramic walking tour with an official English Speaking Guide of Florence: Piazza Michelangelo and statue of David, panoramic view of Florence, Santa Croce. After the tour, free time at the Straw Market of Florence. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon departure from Florence to Venice Mestre, check in and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Venice Mestre.
Tour the Island of Murano – Venice
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to the Tronchetto bus area in order to catch the boat to Piazza San Marco. Once there, we meet our local guide for a walking tour of Venice, including St. Mark’s Basilica, Ponte dei Sospiri (the whispers Bridge) and a visit to the Doges’ Palace. Free time for lunch (not included). The afternoon is at leisure to shop or for personal visits. Transfer back by boat to the Tronchetto bus area and return at the hotel. Overnight in Venice Mestre. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Tronchetto Bus Area in order to catch the Boat to the Lagoon. Today we will enjoy a tour to the island of Murano (visit a local glass workshop) and the island of Burano (meet a local lace artist); boat ride back to Venice’s Canal Grande. Free time for lunch (not included). In the Afternoon free time in the markets of Venice Farewell dinner (included) at a local restaurant by the Venetian Lagoon with Venetian music. At accorded time, transfer back by boat and then by bus to the hotel. Overnight in Venice Mestre.