Fantasia 5 

Destination: Rome, Florence, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Venice

From US$ 895 5 days excluding flights

Day 1 Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence
Departing at 7:15 am from the hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach,  you will arrive in Assisi, where you can explore this tiny town, surrounded  by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the  basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and  Ciambue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a  medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an  annual summertime horse race around the shell‐shaped town square,  Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will  check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a wellearned night of  rest.    

Day 2 Florence
 After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful  Florence, the “cradle of renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo,  italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on etruscan‐roman origins, the city  flourished in the middle ages as a free “comune” and was further refined  by the renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous monuments,  churches, and buildings, as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred  to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome  built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the campanile  tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the baptistery, with its bronze doors  that Michelangelo dubbed the “gates of paradise.” In the heart of the city,  you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as  Palazzo Vecchio), and the basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscany  restaurant in Santa Croce square. Spend the afternoon strolling the  cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa  (optional), one of the four main historical marine republics of Italy. There,  you will tour the square of miracles, which houses the Duomo, the leaning  tower, and the baptistery. Overnight stay. 

Day 3 Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice
 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There, you will wander  through the city’s 38 kilometers worthof elegant arcades (or porticos), for  which Bologna is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del  Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the  heart of the city, where you will find Neptune fountain; King Renzo Palace;  Podestà Palace; and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the  world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original  Sant’Antonio basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, world‐renowned for  its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in to your hotel  and enjoy your first venetian dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Venice
Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private water bus to enjoy St.  Mark’s square, interior visit of the splendid cathedral, the Dogi palace, a  symbol of the glory and authority of Venice as it housed the seat of the  government and the court of justice. Nearby you will see the legendary  bridge of sight. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your  leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.    Day 5 Venice, Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region region), Rome  Once you eat breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, known for  its romantic churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed  to val di chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich with  history and art. Known for its “nobile” wine, which can be purchased in  wine houses in town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and  wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon getting to know  Montepulciano at your own pace, free wine tasting in many shops and free  time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour  will conclude..  

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