13D12N Italian Cities Romance
Day 01 – ROME FIUMICINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – ROME
On arrival at Rome Fiumicino International Airport, your driver will meet you at the arrival hall and drive you to your hotel in Rome, the capital of Italy.
Day 02 – ROME: VATICAN CITY [B]
Birthplace of the Roman Empire and home to Vatican City
is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Steeped in history with rich offerings of historical monuments, Roman architecture and works of art, Rome also has lots to offer in terms of food and fashion. No visit to Rome would be complete without visiting Vatican City, an independent city-state and HQ of the Roman Catholic Church. Within Vatican City is one of the world’s greatest museum complexes with a huge collection of highly-acclaimed Renaissance art. Not to be missed would be Raphael’s Rooms
and the Sistine Chapel
– home to Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement
” fresco. Enjoy Vatican City (admission ticket included) at your own pace or join an optional guided tour.
Day 03 – ROME: CENTRO STORICO [B]
Spend your morning on a guided tour of Rome’s “Centro Storico
“, its historical centre
and an UNESCO World Heritage Site
. By coach and on foot, visit iconic sites like the Piazza Navona
, Trevi Fountain
Spend the rest of the day soaking in the charm and ambience of Rome with its ubiquitous Baroque churches, fountains and palazzos. And, don’t forget to eat a gelato .. or two!
Day 04 – ROME – FLORENCE [B]
Train from Rome on one of Italy’s high speed trains to Florence
, the capital city of Tuscany and often regarded as the most beautiful city in Italy. In fact, the beauty of Florence places it among the most beautiful cities in the world. Its rich heritage is attested to by its accreditation as an UNESCO World Heritage Site
. One of Florence’s most iconic sights is the Duomo – Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome and a bell tower (“Campanile”) by Giotto
. The Galleria dell’Accademia
houses Michelangelo’s “David”
sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery
is one of the world’s top art museums exhibiting art by Leonardo da Vinci
and many other celebrated artists.
Day 05 – FLORENCE [B]
Continue with your exploration of Florence at your own leisure. In addition to sites mentioned earlier, other attractions include Santa Croce
, San Marco
, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
and Piazzale Michelangelo
Day 06 – FLORENCE: SAN GIMIGNANO/SIENA [B/L]
Spend the day enjoying Tuscany’s beautiful sights, famous cities, medieval villages, and its wines and local produce as you visit historic San Gimignano
, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
. San Gimignano and Siena will certainly leave you with lasting memories of Tuscany.
Day 07 – FLORENCE: CINQUE TERRE [B/L]
(“five lands”) consists of 5 uniquely and ingeniously constructed picturesque fishing villages that line the Italian Riviera
. Located at one of the most isolated and ruggedly beautiful stretch of the Italian coastline, it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site
in 1997. The 5 towns from north to south are: Monterosso al Mare
. These tiny villages are perched on jagged cliffs with sweeping views of the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, defying not just gravity but time!
Day 08 – FLORENCE – VENICE [B]
Train from Florence to Venice
on one of Italy’s high speed trains. An UNESCO World Heritage Site
, Venice is a city unlike any other – it is built on 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Tops attractions include: Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace
and Bridge Of Sighs.
Enjoy Venice at your own pace.
Day 09 – VENICE: ITALIAN ALPS [B]
Today, go on a guided tour that will take you to the Italian Alps (“Dolomites
“) and in particular to Cortina d’Ampezzo
(Cortina), Tre Cime
(the iconic “3 Peaks
” of the Dolomites), Lake Misurina
and Lake Auronzo
. An alpine town, Cortina ranks among the top destinations in Europe for hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The awesome beauty of the very unique Dolomites draws visitors from all over the world and it is no wonder therefore that it has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site
status. Cable cars (additional expense) at and around Cortina will bring you to elevations and mountain summits that will afford you breathtaking and top-of-the-world views of the Dolomites.
Day 10 – VENICE – MILAN [B]
Train from Venice to Milan
, and enjoy Milan at your own pace. Milan, a city of fashion, design and finance, is a bustling metropolitan city with a rich history of art and culture. Iconic attractions include: the Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral
; the Castello Sforzesco
(15th century defensive fortress with large courtyards and massive walls); the Santa Maria delle Grazie
convent (housing the “The Last Supper
” mural by Leonardo da Vinci); the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
(impressive building filled with shops); the Quadrilatero della Moda
(Milan’s exclusive shopping district); the Navigli Canals
(canal neighbourhood with loads of restaurants and bars); the Teatro alla Scala
(opera house); and the beautiful Romanesque Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio
Day 11 – MILAN [B]
Continue to explore Milan
at your own pace. Shopping aside, check out Milan’s vibrant gastronomic scene.
Savour excellent Italian cuisines, gelatos and coffees. It is said that you can never have a bad cup of coffee in Italy as they are always strong, fresh, and tasty. From Michelin-starred restaurants to rustic local trattorias, Milan’s food scene with focus on local produce and regional recipes is among one of the most exciting in Italy.
Day 12 – MILAN [B]
Continue to enjoy Milan
and all that it has to offer at your own pace.
Day 13 – MILAN – MILAN MALPENSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [B]
Transfer by private vehicle from your hotel to Milan Malpensa International Airport for your flight home.
Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or have it customised, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.