11-Nights Ultimate Italy - 2022

Ultimate Italy
Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience during this 12-day guided tour. Sail to the sun-drenched island of Capri, where you will join a Local Expert for a tour of the infamous Faraglioni Rocks — three towering rocks jutting out from the Mediterranean Sea. At lunch, sit down to an Italian feast at the Michelin-starred Mamm, where you will have sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples while savoring dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. See Florence your way with a choice of activities: Join an art historian and visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David or walk with a local food expert and taste this Tuscan town’s most decadent treats. In Venice, visit the Doge's Palace with a Local Expert and without the crowds — the expansive residence is yours alone to explore after hours. Extend your tour in timeless elegance onboard the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to travel to Paris.


Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Vatican: Avoid the crowds of the general public with your VIP entrance to the Vatican Museums and join a Local Expert to walk through the art filled rooms and galleries to the Raphael Rooms, decorated by the famous painter and his students. See the School of Athens, probably the most acclaimed fresco of Raphael, depicting the greatest artists of the high Renaissance. Alternatively, join a Local Expert to discover the religious history of the Papal State as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
  • Vatican: Avoid the crowds of the general public with your VIP entrance to the Vatican Museums and join a Local Expert to discover the religious history of the Papal State as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the St Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's moving Pieta, another masterpiece of the great Renaissance artist. Alternatively, join a Local Expert to walk through the art filled rooms and galleries to the Raphael Rooms, decorated by the famous painter and his students.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialities at a tasting experience.
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  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Venice: Join a Local

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    Featured Destinations

    Rome

    Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one
    of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded
    in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always
    been and remains the Eternal City.


    Rome enjoyed its greatest splendor during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art
    flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman
    legions swept outward, conquering all of Italy. These victorious armies then
    swept across the Mediterranean and beyond to conquer most of the known world.
    With Rome's establishment as capital of the western world, a new ascent to glory
    began.


    Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious
    parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is
    one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous
    monuments is the Colosseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine
    the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combats between
    muscled gladiators and ferocious animals.


    Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial
    center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures
    as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and grandiose fountains like the Fontana di
    Trevi. Join the millions who stand in awe of Christendom’s most magnificent
    church and admire the timeless masterpieces of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
    Sistine Chapel.


    Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Grasp all you can during the short,
    precious time you have available in the Eternal City. With so much to see and
    do, a day or two will only allow you a sampling of the city's marvelous treasures.


    Caution: As in many big cities and tourist destinations purse snatching
    and pickpocketing is common. Valuable jewelry and excess cash are best left
    in a safety deposit box in your hotel.


    Shopping For most visitors shopping for beautiful Italian leather articles,
    designer shoes, fashions for men and women, linens, knitwear, silk scarves and
    ties is a favorite pastime. Except for tourist-oriented shops, the majority
    of stores are closed on Sundays. Some of the department stores, such as Rinascente,
    open in the late afternoon on Sundays.


    Cuisine Rome's choice of restaurants is mindboggling as is the variety
    of cuisine. Whether your meal is at a top-rated restaurant or a rustic trattoria,
    you can be sure that you will enjoy your food, especially when accompanied by
    wines from the hill towns surrounding Rome.


    Other Sights Rome's attractions are endless, and depending on how much
    time you have at your disposal a careful selection has to be made about what
    to see. Be aware of horrendous traffic conditions and major construction work
    all around the city in preparation of Jubilee 2000, the Holy Year. Some of the
    sights not to be missed:


    Piazza Venezia - This busy square is easily recognized by its imposing Vittorio
    Emanuele II Monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 as
    a symbol of Italy’s unification.


    The Forum - Once the civic heart of ancient Rome, today the remains include
    a series of ruins, marble fragments, isolated columns and some worn arches.


    Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at this awe-inspiring
    theater, which is among the world’s most celebrated buildings. Here ancient
    Rome flocked to see gladiatorial contests and numerous other spectacles.


    Trevi Fountain - Take a stroll to Rome's famous fountain. A spectacular fantasy
    of mythical sea creatures and cascades of splashing water, the fountain is one
    of the city's foremost attractions. Legend has it that visitors must toss a
    coin into the fountain to ensure their return to Rome.


    St. Peter's Square - Part of Vatican City, this square created by Bernini
    is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades
    topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square.
    In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D.


    St. Peter's Basilica - At the head of the square stands Christendom's most
    magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was
    buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante,
    Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled
    masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy
    over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.


    Vatican Museum - To see this museum's immense collection would take days.
    As you enter, there are special posters that plot a choice of four color-coded
    itineraries. They are repeated throughout the museum and are easy to follow.
    It is a good idea to pickup a leaflet at the main entrance and concentrate on
    exhibits of major interest. Of course, the Sistine Chapel is a must. Most likely
    you may have to wait in line to enter.


    Venice

    With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.

    Florence

    The creative explosion of the Italian Renaissance happened right here, leaving petite Florence more art treasures than most national capitals. View the masterworks of local heroes like Michelangelo and Botticelli, visit countless unforgettable basilicas, then climb up into Brunelleschi's soaring dome to watch the sun set among cypress-clad Tuscan hillsides.

    Capri

    Known as the "Island of Love" since the days of the Roman Empire, Capri offers stunning views, dozens of international cafes, fine Mediterranean restaurants and sophisticated resort shopping. Enjoy a boat trip around the coast to witness the hypnotic beauty of the Blue Grotto.

    Perugia

    Perugia is a very ancient town, which rose to power during the time of the Etruscans. It was controlled by the Romans and invaded by the barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire. In the 11th century a Free Commune was set up, reaching great power and splendor in the 13th and 14th century. After an obscure period of internal fighting, in 1540 it was conquered by Paolo III Farnese and remained under the dominion of the Church until 1860, when it became a member of the Italian State. Today Perugia is a splendid city of art, the capital of the region of Umbria and the residence of a famous university. It has a very lively center, rich in beautiful buildings and monuments, where countless artistic and cultural events take place.

    Rapallo


    Rapallo is well known in Europe as a main tourist resort area. Offering the typically idyllic Mediterranean climate, it is a perfect place to relax and soak up the essence of Italy.

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