Your trip will begin in Rome. Italy’s sun-drenched capital is home to more ancient
architecture than perhaps any city in the world.
Rome and Vatican City
In the morning, a private guide will take you to some of Rome’s most notable landmarks,
including Palatine Hill, which is flanked by the Forum Romanum (an ancient plaza
surrounded by ruins); and the Circum Maximus (a chariot racing stadium built to
accommodate 150,000 spectators). Next, stroll by the Arch of Constantine on your
way to the world-famous Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire.
In the afternoon, explore Vatican City and revel in its ornate, imposing buildings
and its beautiful gardens. Make sure to spend some time admiring the stunning painted
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Take a walking tour of the Campo de’ Fiori, known for its daily market;
and the Piazza Navona, characterized by stunning monuments and beautiful fountains.
Continue to the massive domed Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain (the largest Baroque
fountain in the city) and the Spanish Steps (the widest staircase in Europe).
This morning, a private guide will drive you through the Tuscan countryside to
Orvieto, famous for its Duomo, a 14th century Roman cathedral dominated by huge
bronze doors, a rose window and golden mosaics. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of
Tuscany’s vineyards before continuing to Florence, hailed as one of the most
beautiful cities in the world.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery. One of the oldest and most famous art galleries
in the Western world, this stunning museum houses works by masters such as
Giotto, Botticelli and da Vinci. Next, travel via an enclosed passageway to
the Palazzo Pitti. Surrounded by the ornate Boboli Gardens, this incredible
palace was owned by the Medici family and was used as a power base for Napoleon.
Florence and Venice
Continue to explore Florence as you stroll through the Ponte Vecchio,
a medieval stone bridge that spans the Arno River. Next, take a short,
scenic drive to Venice and embark on a romantic boat ride through the so-called
“Floating City.” In the evening, take a tour of the opulent St. Mark’s
Basilica, a Byzantine church decorated with bright mosaics containing gold,
bronze and a variety of beautiful stones.
Take a walking tour through the lively streets of Venice. See the Baroque
and Renaissance architecture of the Santa Maria Formosa church before stopping
by the residence of the Querini Stampalia family, which houses an impressive
museum and extensive library. In the afternoon, travel to Murano, an island
located in the Venetian Lagoon. In 1291, Venetian glassmakers were forced to move
to the island to avoid fires on the mainland. Today, the glassmaking trade continues
to thrive and all manner of glassware, including lamps, jewelry, vases and chandeliers,
are available. Stop by a factory and watch as artisans use ancient techniques to
craft beautiful pieces.
Stroll across the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal.
Stop by a nearby market for an extraordinary bounty of fresh fish, vegetables
and fruit. Dine at one of the many local wine bars lining the streets before
heading to the Frari. Completed in 1338, this church contains breathtaking works by
Titian, Donatello and Giovanni Bellini. Top off your day with a relaxing gondola ride.
Board a flight home at the Venice Marco Polo Airport.