2020 Tour Details
You’ve heard about Italy—its mouth-watering cuisine, excellent wine, fabulous art, splendid beauty, ancient ruins, extraordinary statues, and remarkable architecture—and now it is your turn to experience it. On this Italy tour, get a taste of what the country has to offer and explore its most famous cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Have your camera ready as you discover the historical sights of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests; St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, world-famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings. See ancient buildings and ruins, and you’ll be able to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago. Visit San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its impressive towers, and enjoy a glass of the local Chianti wine. In Florence, known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy, enjoy an escorted walking tour that includes a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s famous David; in Venice, visit the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and Doges’ Palace. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets and discover hidden treasures in their back alleys. To top it all off, enjoy a farewell drink at the famous Caffė Florian on St. Mark’s Square and enjoy this prime people-watching spot. Throughout this Italy tour, Globus has arranged VIP access, so you’ll skip the lines at the famous sights. This gives you more time to experience all there is to see and more time to taste Italy’s sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, and explore the stunning churches and museums. Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this fabulous Italian vacation!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
Taste Chianti wine; orientation
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration with exclusive gift;
farewell drink at Caffé Florian
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
- Historic Centre of San Gimignano
- Venice and its Lagoon
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 three-course welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Rome; farewell drink in Venice
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 ROME
Guided sightseeing of the “Eternal City” starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available.
Day 3 ROME–SAN GIMIGNANO–FLORENCE
A scenic drive along the Highway of the Sun offer views of towns like Orte and Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock on your way to Tuscany and its vine-clad hills. Stop in San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its tower houses, and enjoy a glass of the local Chianti wine. Time to wander through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Day 4 FLORENCE
Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
Day 5 FLORENCE–VENICE ISLAND
A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT, then follow your Local Guide for a walking tour featuring ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies. See the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS.Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Day 6 VENICE ISLAND
Start this morning with a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. Watch how delicate objects are fashioned in an age-old tradition and receive an exclusive gift, just for you! Then, immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off with a farewell drink at the famous CAFFÈ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal with local specialties?
Day 7 VENICE ISLAND
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
ALDO MODEO PATTI
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
“I am a proud Italian with a passion for the arts, the history, and the natural, beautiful scenery of this country. I enjoy showing everyone Italy through my eyes. After many years as a Tour Director, I have gotten the nickname "Renaissance Man" from passengers on my tours.”
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