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Visit some of Italy’s most iconic, romantic, and stunning locations on this escorted tour of Italy: from legendary Venice to Florence, Rome, and Sorrento. With fewer crowds and lower pricing, you’ll enjoy your time in Italy even more. What better way to start your Escape than with a delicious welcome dinner in Venice? Your Venetian experience also includes a private boat ride, a guided walking tour; a visit to St. Mark’s Square, its byzantine Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also witness the age-old tradition of glassblowing performed by a local artisan. Travel to Pisa—home of the famous Leaning Tower—before continuing on to Florence, considered to be the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Florence is an art-lovers dream, and your sightseeing highlights include Michelangelo’s David statue in the Academy of Fine Arts. You’ll also travel to Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis—named after the saint who sought the virtues of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and best known for his love of God’s creatures. Spend two nights in Rome where your Local Guide takes you to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, where you will see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. You’ll visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica—with the artist’s marble-sculpted masterpiece, La Pietà. Drive to the Imperial Roman Forum area to visit the Colosseum—ancient arena of the gladiators, and be treated to dinner at a local restaurant. Journey along the Highway of the Sun to Pompeii—the legendary city both destroyed and preserved by erupting Mount Vesuvius. Get a sense of life during Rome’s ruling era with your expert Local Guide, then, continue to Sorrento for two nights. You’ll enjoy a full day of leisure in this charming bayside resort. Your Tour Director will share suggestions for spending free time in Sorrento. This is one Italy vacation you’ll remember not for the crowds, but for the ease of discovering these beautiful cities and sites of Bella Italia and Sorrento!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower’s demonstration
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica with a friar
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and basilica; the Colosseum; dinner at a local restaurant
Guided walking tour of the excavations
Walking tour; farewell dinner
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Archeological Site of Pompeii
- Assisi ( the Basilica of San Francesco)
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
- Piazza del Duomo Pisa
- Venice and its Lagoon
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Venice, dinner at a local restaurant in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Sorrento
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE ON VENICE ISLAND, ITALY
Welcome to Venice! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 VENICE ISLAND
After a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE with its byzantine Basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. You may wish to enjoy an optional gondola serenade.
Day 3 VENICE ISLAND–PISA–FLORENCE
A scenic drive across the Apennines brings you to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out Tuscan specialties.
Day 4 FLORENCE–ASSISI
This morning, follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David. Also admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and the sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to peaceful Assisi.
Day 5 ASSISI–ROME
This morning, a friar will accompany you on a visit to the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Tonight, in the “Eternal City,” an optional dinner is available at one of Rome’s famous restaurants.
Day 6 ROME
Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE, and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Drive to the area of the Imperial Roman Forum and vist the COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites. This evening, a enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7 ROME–POMPEII–SORRENTO
Take a scenic drive south along the Highway of the Sun. Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Continue further south past Naples and arrive in Sorrento.
Day 8 SORRENTO
On an orientation walk with your Tour Director see the Old Town’s characteristic lava-stone streets and the Sedil Dominova building, the ancient bell tower, and Sant’Antonino Church dedicated to Sorrento’s patron saint. Your Tour Director will have suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel.
Day 9 SORRENTO
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Naples.)
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