of Northern Italy
Package Tour visiting the great art cities of Italy with English
and Spanish speaking guide
7 Days / 6 Nights 4 Star Hotels
Departure on Tuesday- March to November 2003
Rome - Stops: Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice, Verona, Lake
Como, Milan, Bologna, San Marino, Perugia
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Day 1 Tuesday Rome - Assisi - Siena -
After breakfast at hotel, depart Rome via deluxe motorcoach through
the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Visit Assisi, a hill-top town
entirely built in pink sandstone from nearby Mount Subasio, and
the home of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscans order, and his
desciple St. Claire, founder of the Poor Claires. You'll be lead
on a guided tour including basilicas dedicated to both saints, where
highlights include masterpieces by the Renaissance painters Giotto
and Cimabue. Lunch is on your own, and you may wish to sample an
Umbrian specialty like "strangozzi" (pasta) or "cinghiale"
(wild boar) or Dolce D'Assisi (sweet, rich chestnut pastry). This
afternoon, proceed to Siena in the Chianti region of Tuscany, famed
for the rich red color of its cityscape. Siena is home to St. Catherine
of Siena (a designated Doctor of the Church and credited with returning
the Papacy to Rome) and the Palio, a horse race dating from medieval
times and which takes place each July in Siena's central square!
Enjoy Siena's major treasures, including its fabulous marble gothic
cathedral. Proceed through the cypress groves and vineyards of Chianti
country to Florence, "flower" of the Renaissance. Dinner,
overnight in Florence.
Day 2 Wednesday Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, meet Florence with guided tour highlighting
Florentine treasures: the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (St.
Mary of the flower, Florence's namesake), Baptistry of St. John,
Bell Tower by the Renaissance master Giotto, the Academy of Fine
Arts gallery housing Michelangelo's "David", and Santa
Croce, a 13th-century gothic beauty housing Cimabue's famed painted
Crucifix, the tombs of illustrious Florentines (Macchiavelli, Galileo,
among others), and its own centuries-old leather school and shop.
This afternoon is free to join an optional tour to Pisa, town of
the leaning tower or to explore additional treasures of Florence
and shop on your own. The outdoor Market of San Lorenzo boasts leather
products, and the Ponte Vecchio, covered since medieval times with
godsmiths' shops, is a must for Florence's other specialty, gold
jewelry. Dinner, overnight in Florence.
Day 3 Thursday Florence - Padua - Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, depart Florence, traverse the Appenine
mountains to arrive at Padua for a visit to the magnificent Basilica
of St. Anthony of Padua, revered destination of pilgrimages. Proceed
to Venice, city of canals, lagoons, gondolas, and known as "La
Serenissima". After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a tour of
the magnificent Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark's, its marvelous
Byzantine-style architecture studded with colored marbles and glittering
gold mosaics and housing the tomb of the Evangelist Mark. Visit
also the elaborate Doge's Palace, sumptuous home of the former Venetian
rulers with its famous Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners crossed
before being led to the dungeons. Dinner, overnight in Venice.
Day 4 Friday Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, the day is at leisure, perhaps for
optional excursion to islands of Burano, Murano, & Torcello,
famed for their hand-blown glass and lace-making crafts, Venetian
treasures which are available for purchase. You may wish to explore
Venice's canals, museums, churches, and quiet neighborhoods on your
own. Dinner, overnight in Venice.
Day 5 Saturday Venice - Verona - Lake Como
After breakfast at hotel, depart Venice for the brief drive to Verona.
Enjoy a short visit of this city of Romeo and Juliet, site of the
magnificent Roman Arena Amphitheatre. Drive through the Veneto countryside
with vineyards of bardolino and valpolicella wines and through Lombardy
to beautiful Lake Como, a glacial lake nestled in the Alps on the
Swiss border. Dinner, overnight in Como.
Day 6 Sunday Lake Como - Milan - Bologna - San Marino
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll make the short trip to Milan,
Italy's fashion and business capital. You'll enjoy a panoramic tour,
highlighted by the enormous gothic cathedral known as "il Duomo"
and perhaps the world's premier opera house, the Teatro alla La
Scala. Continue to Bologna, one of Italy's most important art cities.
Visit this medieval town with its charming squares Piazza Maggiore
and Piazza del Nettuno. Proceed to San Marino, the world's smallest
and oldest independent Republic. Dinner, overnight in San Marino.
Day 7 Monday San Marino - Perugia - Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Perugia, the charming university
town. Visit the impressing Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori.
Continue to Rome. End of the tour.
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OUR SELECTED FIRST CLASS HOTELS
In Florence Adriatico or similar - In Venice Principe or similar
- In Como Grand Hotel or similar - In S.Marino Grand Hotel Titano
- 6 Nights Accomodations at 4 Star Hotels with down-town location
- 6 Daily Italian Breakfasts- 6 Dinners-Service charges and taxes
included -Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach- Professional
assistant during the tour - Sightseeing as per itinerary with local
guides and entrance fees
English speaking tour leader and guide guaranteed. Please ask for
in Rome, Italy. Alternative itineraries, city tours of Rome,
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