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Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
A whirlwind intercity adventure that takes in winding lanes of medieval towns, world-famous works of art and architectural treasures in Italy’s best-loved cities.
Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th-century cathedral, which took 300 years to build and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at your hotel for four nights.
Spend today relaxing at leisure or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race.
Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures.
This morning we visit one of the celebrated wine estates in the Chianti Classico valley to see the magnificent environment in which the wine is created, and where we enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Building started in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery.
Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, Verona, called the 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Take in all of the city's sights with a guided walking tour before continuing your travels to the Venice area.
After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city, Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fails to impress. Enjoy a simply unforgettable canal boat ride and a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glass blowing. Get to know this magical city at your will, exploring piazzas, palazzos and churches.
This morning, depart the Venice area and begin your journey to San Marino. En-route make a stop in Ravenna, known for its domed churches before arriving in San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state.
Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo Dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Fuego, the birthplace of St Francis.
Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples.
Depart Naples and cross into Capri by way of ferry. Stroll through this island's pretty piazza's and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Return to Naples this evening for to overnight stays.
Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Walk with your guide to its astonishing archaeological sites before spending the evening in colour Sorrento.
Leave Naples this morning and stop in Montecassino. This famous hilltop Benedictine Abbey, was the site of a important World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours.
With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the inside visits of the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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I have already explained in my earlier thoughts.
We thought the holiday was quite good but seemed to be done on the cheap not very good food in hotels and optional tours including dinners were poor value for money but if you didnt do these optional extra tours you were left to your own devices in the towns and cities with no advise on where to go or what to do by tour director as he said he would be fined if he did local tour guides job
Best holiday ever wonderful places and magical atmosphere
some of the hotels were to far from the centre and not up to Archers normal standards.
Optional extras expensive we spent over €800. Which makes the holiday expensive for OAPs
We really enjoyed the holiday and had a great time, however I have only scored it as Good because there were a few annoying issues which you should be aware of 1.The very hard sell by Flora, the Tour Director in trying to sell the optional tours. Not only did this “turn us off” from booking these excursions but by not going we felt we were treated poorly and given little information about alternatives 2.At the beginning of the tour the Tour Director explained the coach seat rotation system, but the failed to manage it in any way and as a result this was abused by several of the other passengers. 3.The Tuscan Hills Hotel was in a lovely setting but unfortunately let down by very poor meals and because of its isolated location there was no alternatives 4.San Marino – Had we been forewarned that we would not have access to our suitcases at the hotel and would have to pack an overnight bag we would have made prior arrangements for this instead of having to put clothing and toiletries into a supermarket plastic bag 5.The Naples Hotel – lovely hotel in a terrible location – we were warned that it was unsafe to venture out at night, almost being forced to take up the optional excursion 6.Poor tour guide in Rome (Vatican Optional tour) as a result of her failings and wanting to take us to a shop we were unable to visit inside St Peters Square where the Pope was giving Mass. A lot of people on the tour were very unhappy about this.
Some excursions were expensive and in some places if you didn't do an excursion you were limited to doing anything else due to the location of hotel e.g. at Hotel Aqua Viva.
one of the best tours I have done the tour director Guianluca the best ever in 30 years of traveling but Sienna should have been an included not an optional
Firstly, the tour guide, Guiseppi was terrific and really added to the holiday. A very clever young man with a vast knowledge of the country. Some parts of the itinerary were badly chosen. The visit to the leather shop in Florence and the glass blowing in Venice were little more than attempted high priced shopping ventures. The hotels were fine but those at Venice and San Marino were not good enough. The additional excursions were massively expensive but Italy is the most expensive country that we have visited. Overall, a memorable holiday.
Not too bad value - excursions should be a lot though to be fair
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