Italian Sampler (LQ)

9 days from Rome to Padua

2019 Tour Details

Italy appeals to the heart and soul of every traveler—with its historical significance and extraordinary beauty. It inspires a sense of romance, excitement, creativity, and amazing cuisine. On this Italy tour, you’ll get a sample of what Italy has to offer, from its historic sights and its marvelous art and architecture to its tasty cuisine and inspired drinks. You’ll overnight in Rome, the Chianti Hills, Pisa, the Verona area, and Padua, and you’ll see glorious scenery along the way.

You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing that includes the must-see sights, such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, in Rome; Michelangelo’s David in Florence; Juliet’s balcony in Verona; and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, dating to the late 11th century. You’ll stop in Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Teatro Bibiena, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. A spectacular drive through the Dolomites—the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe—brings you to Bassano, where Globus has arranged a special treat for you. You’ll enjoy a grappa tasting along with local specialties at the Grappa Museum. But that‘s not all…among the many unique experiences offered by Globus on this tour, you’ll travel to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century and still has the original 14 towers. You’ll walk through the main square and have free time to explore.

All of this and much more are included on this vacation. From its beautiful mountains to its exciting cities and from its amazing historic sights to its delicious cuisines, Italy offers it all. Be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture the memories you’ll create on this remarkable Italy tour!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica

MONTERIGGIONI
[LF] Visit the medieval walled town and taste cantucci alle mandorle

SAN GIMIGNANO
Walking tour

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

TENUTE DI BADIA
[LF] Enjoy dinner with wine

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

MANTUA
Guided sightseeing, visit Teatro Bibiena

VERONA
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena

TRENTO
Orientation

BASSANO
[LF] Taste the local grappa at the Poli Museo della Grappa

PADUA
See St. Anthony's Basilica

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; [LF] farewell dinner at Al Colombo restaurant and a ride by private taxi boat through the Grand Canal

Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride and private water-taxi ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Rome, a special dinner in Tenuto di Badia, and a special farewell dinner in Venice

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive on Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Rome. Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome. This morning, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Balance of the day at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Rome–Monteriggioni–Chianti Hills. In the morning, visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, leave the “Eternal City” and follow the Apennine Hills to [LF] the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try out traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Continue through unforgettable vine-clad landscapes to your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Chianti Hills–San Gimignano–Florence–Pisa. Walk through the center of picturesque San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry, which Florence is famous for. Before arriving in Pisa, enjoy [LF] dinner at Tenute di Badia restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Pisa–Mantua–Verona Area. Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center and the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to TEATRO BIBIENA, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Verona Area. Explore Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Verona Area–Trento–Bassano–Padua. Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy’s “Gate to Northern Europe,” with Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites brings you to the area of Bassano, where [LF] you will enjoy a GRAPPA TASTING, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Padua. Excursion to Venice. A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure to further explore Venice at your own pace or to join an optional gondola serenade. Later, follow your Tour Director through narrow streets to Al Colombo restaurant near Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, has prepared [LF] a special farewell dinner with wine. Afterwards, enjoy a PRIVATE WATER-TAXI RIDE through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Padua. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice).
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LINO NEFANDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"My life is a journey... Born in Southern Italy, my passion is history and rediscovering the traditions and the most refined art of this country. I love to share with my customers on the Globus tours moments of the breathtaking coastlines, the monuments and the unbelievable recipes of Italy. Follow me, I am going to make you live the Italian experience as if you were a part of this never-ending show."

Tour Director -  LINO NEFANDO

 Accommodations

CHIANTI HILLS

COMPAGNIE DES HOTELS RADDA AT RADDA IN CHIANTI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MONTECATINI

MINERVA PALACE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PADUA

MILANO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ROME

ALBANI

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VERONA AREA

HOTEL VILLA MALASPINA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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