ROME, FLORENCE & VENICE
April 16 - 24, 2019
Wonders of Italy
Italian Treasures: Rome, Florence & Venice 2019
DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME
Arrive in Rome, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the center of the city. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for dinner at the hotel.
The St. Regis Rome | Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 ROME | ESSENCE OF THE ETERNAL CITY
Today, discover the Eternal City, starting at the Palatine Hill, where your local guide brings to life the city’s origin. Pass the Arch of Constantine to visit the mighty Colosseum, built in AD 80. After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at the Campo de Fiori, one of Rome’s thriving markets. Visit the Piazza Navona, dominated by the Baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers, and continue to the Pantheon, with its large Corinthian columns. Later, enjoy a moment at the Trevi Fountain and finish your day at the picturesque Spanish Steps.
The St. Regis Rome | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3 VATICAN CITY | MICHELANGELO’S FINEST
Tour Vatican City, admiring the stunning artworks in its vast museum. Behold the Sistine Chapel with its glorious frescoes painted by Michelangelo, and wonder at St. Peter’s Basilica. View the poignant Pietà of Michelangelo and the exuberant Baldaquin of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini.
The St. Regis Rome | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 FLORENCE | TUSCAN LANDSCAPES & WINE TASTING
Drive to Florence, roaming through the sun-splashed Tuscan countryside. Along the way, stop at a distinctive winery for a guided tasting of Brunello di Montalcino and a light lunch. Continue to Florence and visit the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David.
Hotel Savoy | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 PISA | THE TOWER & THE DUOMO
Drive to Pisa to view its famed Leaning Tower and set out on a guided tour of the inspiring 11th-century Duomo and nearby Baptistery. Enjoy lunch before returning to Florence, for an afternoon and evening at your leisure in this, the “Birthplace of the Renaissance.”
Hotel Savoy | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 FLORENCE | UFFIZI GALLERY & A FARMTOTABLE DINNER
Join a local art specialist for a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, admiring such striking masterworks as Caravaggio’s Medusa, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Da Vinci’s Annunciation. Next, visit the Cappella di San Luca of the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata to meet with the art restorer working on the precious Renaissance art within, a project supported by Italian Philanthropy. This evening, dine at a local Tuscan-style restaurant for an authentic and delectable Chef’s Table experience.
Hotel Savoy | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 VENICE | PRIVATE MURANO GLASS VISIT
This morning, board an Italian express train, which whisks you over the Appennines to the broad valley of the Po and onward to Venice. Upon arrival, begin with a guided visit to the city’s former Jewish Ghetto — one of the first in the world and the place from which the word “ghetto” actually derives. Next, embark by private launch to the island of Murano, home of Venice’s ancient glassmaking tradition, to tour the Murano Glass Museum and visit a small atelier (workshop). Afterward, transfer to your lavish luxury hotel for check-in. Belmond Hotel Cipriani | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 VENICE | EXCLUSIVE GONDOLA WORKSHOP VISIT
Today, discover one of Venice’s only remaining gondola workshops, to learn about this ancient craft on an exclusive experience. Then, cross the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square. Visit the Doge’s Palace and marvel at its decor, and then St. Mark’s Basilica, to behold its mosaics. This evening, after a stop for a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Venetian Lagoon, gather for a farewell dinner.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 DEPART VENICE
After breakfast, transfer by boat to the airport and depart.