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Best of Italy Trip (5 Days / 4 Nights) - ITA-01

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Best of Italy Trip (5 Days / 4 Nights)

See the best of Italy in five days on this must-do tour from Rome, and fall in love with Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice and Montepulciano - places so captivating that you won't want to go home! Enjoy a mix of guided tours and free time to discover world-class attractions like Florence Duomo and St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), and enjoy four nights of 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation - two nights in Florence and two nights in Venice.

Day 1: Rome - lorence
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Monday, September 25, 2017

Leave central Rome by luxury coach and travel north to the region of Umbria to the hilltop town of Assisi. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Assisi is best known as the birthplace of Italys patron saint, St Francis of Assisi. Stop for a walk around town with your guide, seeing the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, which is dedicated to the saint, as well as Santa Maria degli Angeli Church where he is said to have worshiped.
 
 
Hop back on board your coach and travel west into Tuscany to visit the enchanting city of Siena. Surrounded by ancient walls, the city is best-known as the venue for the Palio (its colorfully chaotic horse race). Stroll around at leisure, exploring Piazza del Campo where the race takes place each year, and see other city highlights like Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Comunale - Sienas elegant Gothic palace. Return to your coach and travel to Florence in time for dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Florence
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

After breakfast at your hotel, head out on a morning tour by coach with your guide. Taking in the citys architectural highlights (of which there are many!), your tour visits places like Piazza della Signoria - home to majestic Palazzo Vecchio - and Piazza della Duomo to see Florence Duomo topped by Brunelleschis Dome. Admire Giottos Bell Tower and learn about Renaissance art in the city from your guide.
 
 
Finish your tour back at your hotel, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll across Florences magnificent bridge - the Ponte Vecchio - to visit the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, or relax in the beautiful Boboli Gardens (entry own expense). Your evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Day 3: Florence - Bologna - Venice
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel north out of Tuscany to Bologna in Emilia Romagna. Famously the birthplace of everyones favorite pasta dish - Spaghetti Bolognese - the foodie haven of Bologna has some pretty magnificent monuments, too. Walk around town with your guide, passing through Piazza Nettuno to see the Fountain of Neptune, and admiring lavish palaces like Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà.
 
 
Leave Bologna after lunch (own expense), and relax on the journey northeast to Padua, the neighboring town to Venice. Enjoy time at leisure here to explore the citys handsome streets, enjoy a coffee in the sun (own expense) or visit its most celebrated monument - St Anthonys Basilica. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and travel to Venice. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 4: Venice
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then set out to discover the delights of Venice. On a walking tour admire highlights of the famous water-filled city like Piazza San Marco -- home to Doges Palace and St Marks Basilica -- and the elegant Rialto Bridge. Discover where to go to buy the best Murano glass and then finish your tour either in town or back at your hotel.
 
 
Explore the city independently in the afternoon, and make the most of the opportunity to lose your bearings in one of the worlds most romantic cities; explore the footpaths lining the canals and cross from elegant bridge to even-more-elegant bridge as you get to know this incredible city. Return to your hotel in time for dinner and spend your night at leisure.

Day 5: Venice - Rome
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017

Leave Venice after breakfast and return south to Tuscany, traveling by luxury coach. Rather than a city stop, your tours last visit is to the hilltown of Montepulciano in a picturesque area known as Val dOrcia. As you explore the town independently, soak up the views of the gently rolling Chianti hills that surround you, and admire the gorgeous Renaissance architecture that abounds. The town is best known for its wine production, so make the most of your time here to shop for quality Tuscan wines. After enjoying lunch (own expense), return to your coach and travel south to Rome, where your tour ends.