2020 Tour Details
What do you want from your Italy tour—amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, and scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation offers it to you! You’ve seen photos of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square—now’s your chance to stand in this square, where people gather to hear the Pope. You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your opportunity to visit the Colosseum, where the contests took place. You know the most popular saint in Italy, St. Francis—now you get to visit his basilica, built over his tomb. You’ve seen photos of Michelangelo’s famous David—now you can to see it yourself. You’ve heard of the famous Venetian glass—now watch a skilled glassblower fashion it in an age-old, traditional manner. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. And you may have heard about the world-famous Palio in Siena—now you will visit the Piazza del Campo where it is held. And a unique guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo has been included as well.But that’s not all… on this Italy tour, panoramic rides between cities will show you some of the country’s most beautiful scenery: the flat Po area, the wooded Apennine mountain range, and Tuscany’s Chianti wine country, with its vine- and olive-clad hills. Plus, Globus has arranged special experiences to give you a true local perspective, such as a dinner and overnight at a historic 17th-century hotel in San Martino in Campo, welcome and farewell dinners at local restaurants in Rome, and a taste of panforte and ricciarelli (local specialties) in Siena. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this tour through Italy’s great cities. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO
Overnight stay and dinner
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Walking tour, visit Piazza del Campo;
taste traditional panforte and ricciarelli
Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens
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:
- Assisi ( the Basilica of San Francesco)
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
- Historic Centre of Siena
- Piazza del Duomo Pisa
- Venice and its Lagoon
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including dinners at local restaurants in Rome
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 one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Day 2 ROME–SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO
Start with a guided visit to the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Continue to the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman Legions marched in triumph, and walk through the ruins of important government buildings from Roman times. Leave the ‟Eternal Cityˮ and enter Umbria, for dinner and overnight in San Martino in Campo. Explore the botanical park and gardens of your hotel which dates back to the 17th century.Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
Day 3 SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO–ASSISI–VENICE ISLAND
Arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Next is Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe.Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Day 4 VENICE ISLAND
Take a PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour featuring visits to ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its Byzantine BASILICA, and lavish DOGES’ PALACE with the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Afterward, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
Day 5 VENICE ISLAND–PISA–FLORENCE
Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower on your way to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out local specialties on an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant.Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Day 6 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 magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
Day 7 FLORENCE–SIENA–ROME
Enter the impressive walls that surround the city of Siena for an orientation walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. See the square where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medievalstyle horse race, is held and taste traditional panforte and ricciarelli (local specialties). Return to the “Eternal City.”Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
Day 8 ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO
Look forward to a unique experience: enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, return to Rome, and visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà with a Local Guide. This evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the proper way to say arrivederci Roma.Today’s Distance: 50 mi / 80 km
Day 9 ROME
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.
ANNE PALMER PUCCINI
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
“As a veteran Tour Director, I find no other destination as stimulating and exhilarating as Italy. Here we have something for everyone--ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, amazing art, and more. Join me so you can absorb and understand the multi-faceted nature of this country without any of the difficulties, pitfalls, and time-wasting often encountered by individual travelers. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you to my beautiful country.”
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