DAY 01 ROME
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner.
DAY 02 ROME
Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine, the Colosseum and the theatrical Piazza Navona, the Trevi fountain. You will also visit the Pantheon, originally a Roman temple to the gods, and the magnificent Castel Sant’Angelo, which overlook the Tiber river.
DAY 03 ROME
Visit Vatican City and explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, a Renaissance and Baroque masterpiece. Explore at your leisure this afternoon, and tonight, make a tasty Culinary Connection as you learn the secrets of pizza making from an authentic Roman pizzaiolo.
DAY 04 FLORENCE
Depart for Florence this morning, stopping en route for a visit to the scenic Tuscan town of Siena, built on three hills and enclosed by walls and gates. Visit Siena’s Duomo. Afterward, stop for a brief visit in the delightful town of San Gimignano before continuing to Florence. Arrive in Florence later this afternoon.
DAY 05 FLORENCE
Set out to discover this vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, one of the world’s great capitals of arts. A specialist art guide accompanies you on visits to the Uffizi Gallery, housing some of the world’s most important art treasures, as well as The Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy a light lunch before visiting a traditional Florentine enoteca, where the owner conducts a tasting of various regional wines.
DAY 06 VENICE
Depart Florence this morning to Venice. On arrival, transfer along the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square, known as “the drawing room of Europe”, for a walking tour of the square that includes St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. End the day with a Venetian Sprits looking out over the Grand Canal.
DAY 07 VENICE
Visit to the market district around the Rialto bridge. Stop at the nearby Frari church, where you can admire timeless works by Bernini and Titian. End your morning with special private visit to the long-serving atelier (workshop) for Venice’s iconic carnival costumes, housed in a Venetian palace that is still home to one of the city’s oldest families. Tour the palace, and learn the history of the costumes and how they are made on this remarkable Artisan Connection. Mark the end of your journey with a festive farewell dinner.
DAY 08 DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.