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Starting from the ancient city of Rome, visit iconic sites with a guided tour of this beautiful city steeped in history before discovering centuries of Renaissance art including Michelangelo’s David in Florence.
Pay a visit to the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa and sampling delicious, traditional Italian classics and world-class wines in Portofino – known as the stunning Italian Riviera and hike to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Finish with a tranquil stay at the magnificent Lake Como before finishing the tour among Venice’s canals and bridges where you can enjoy an authentic Traghetto boat ride.
- Meals: 7 Breakfasts
- Accommodation: Hotel (11 nights), private apartment (3 nights)
- All Transport
- Included Activities
- Piazzale Michelangelo Evening Picnic Florence
- Lucca Bicycle Tour
- Pisa Half Day Trip
- Cinque Terre - Day Trip
- Portofino Peninsula Walk and Boat Ride
- Asti Winery Visit
- Milan Duomo Roof Visit
- Milan Half-Day Trip
- Lake Como Ferry Pass
- Venice - Traghetto Boat Ride
Day 1: Rome
Full of ancient ruins and religious monuments, Rome still pulses to the beat of modern life and is packed with designer shops, restaurants, cafes and exciting nightlife. If you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy
Day 2: Rome / Florence
Enjoy some free time in Rome or, if you wish, your group leader will be available for an orientation walk, taking in some of the best-known sights of Rome like the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Roman Forum. No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica.
Day 3: Florence
Today is a free day for you to explore all that Florence has to offer. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, so take your time and enjoy it.
Day 4: Florence / Lucca
No doubt there'll be more to see in Florence this morning, then this afternoon you’ll take a train to Lucca (approximately 2 hours). Lucca is one of Tuscany's real hidden gems, with centuries-old buildings, beautiful churches, charming piazzas and narrow streets within the ancient city ramparts.
Day 5: Pisa / Lucca
Set off on a cycling tour following the scenic Serchio River through the Tuscan countryside (4 kilometres round the walls that are now a tree-lined avenue, and 14 kilometres by the river, approximately 3-4 hours). There are cafes and plenty of spots for a Tuscan picnic along the route.
Day 6: Lucca
Today is a free day in Lucca to take in all the sights that this city has to offer. Wander to the former Roman amphitheatre found off Via Fillungo. The remains of the amphitheatre are gone, but the medieval houses now standing in its place follow the outline where the spectator stands once were.
Day 7: La Spezia
Travel by train to La Spezia (approximately 3 hours), an important naval base that’s now the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre.
Day 8: Cinque Terre
This morning venture out on the footpaths of Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages on mountains that plunge into the sea.
Day 9: Portofino
Travel by train to Santa Margherita on the Peninsula of Portofino (approximately 1 hour). Store your luggage and set off on an energetic 5-7 kilometre walk, finishing at the glamorous resort of Portofino.
Day 10: Asti
Today you’ll take a bus to the green hills of the nearby rural village of Castagnole Monferrato, where you’ll visit the home of a local winemaking family to sample their vintages and learn about the grapes.
Day 11: Milan
Travel by train to Milan (approximately 3 hours), Italy's second largest city and the capital of Lombardy, Italy's wealthiest province. You’ll stop here for a few hours to explore.
Day 12: Lake Como
This morning, board a ferry to travel across the blue waters of Lake Como to the pretty village of Bellagio. Here you can enjoy a walk through the countryside and discover the estate of the Villa Melzi.
Day 13: Venice
Leave the lakes behind and head for another watery wonderland, taking the train to Venice (approximately 6 hours). This grand city of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas – practically unchanged for 600 years – is literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights.
Day 14: Venice
Venture out and explore Venice today. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Take in the famous sights – the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica, and of course, the evocative Bridge of Sighs.
Day 15: Venice
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to see in Venice you may want to consider extending your stay.
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