Fantasia 8

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

From US$ 1,425 8 days excluding flights

Day 1 Rome
Welcome to Rome! After a meet & greet at the airport, you will be transferred to  your hotel. (Transfer included)

Day 2 Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence
Departing at 7:15am 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 shellshaped 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 well‐earned night of rest.  

Day 3 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 4 Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice
 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There, you will wander through  the city’s 38 kilometers worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna  is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza 
Maggiore 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, dinner  and overnight stay.  

Day 5 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 6 Venice, Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region)
Rome After breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, known for its  romantic churches and castles and its infamous 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, check in to your  new hotel in Rome.  

Day 7 Rome  
After breakfast depart from the hotel and Take the tour of the Vatican Museums,  Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica and jump the queue! No stress to reach the  area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit  one of the most important art collection of the world. Admire the beautiful spiral  stairway, the gallery of tapestries and geographical maps, before arriving at the  famous Sistine Chapel. The tour includes the visit of St. Peters’s Basilica. Explore  the rest of the city at your own leisure until you decide that you can’t do any more  walking. Return to the hotel to give your feet some rest.

Day 8 Rome  
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. Arrivederci!..

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