Italy’s Great Cities (LJ)

8 days from Rome to Rome

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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 chance to visit the Colosseum, where the contests took place. You know the most popular saint in Italy, St. Francis—now’s your chance to visit his basilica, built over his tomb. You’ve seen photos of Michelangelo’s famous David—now’s your chance to see it yourself. You’ve heard of the famous Venetian glass—now’s your chance to watch a skilled glassblower fashion it in an age-old, traditional manner. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in 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.

But that’s not all…on this Italy tour, scenic 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 welcome and farewell dinners at local restaurants in Rome and a taste of traditional gelato in Florence. 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!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ROME
Special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum; [LF] farewell dinner at a local restaurant

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square, and [LF] Santa Croce Basilica; taste a traditional gelato

SIENA
Walking tour, visit Piazza del Campo

Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; special welcome and farewell dinners with wine in Rome

 Itinerary

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

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 special welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Rome. Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to 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, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. 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–Assisi–Venice Island. Entering the province of Umbria, 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. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT!
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Venice Island. Meet your Local Guide and take your walking tour featuring 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. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Venice Island–Pisa–Florence. Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower, then continue 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Florence. Guided sightseeing features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. A highlight is [LF] your visit to the SANTA CROCE BASILICA to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini, and other historic and famous figures. And, of course, you will taste a gelato artigianale (traditional ice cream).
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Florence–Siena–Rome. Arrive in Siena for an orientation walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. See the square, where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race is held. Return to the “Eternal City” and tonight, enjoy [LF] a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

Rome. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.

ANNE PALMER PUCCINI

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."

Tour Director -  ANNE PALMER PUCCINI

 Accommodations

FLORENCE

GRAND HOTEL MEDITERRANEO

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

ROME

CICERONE

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

SAN MARTINO

ALLA POSTA DEI DONINI

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VENICE

CARLTON ON THE GRAND CANAL

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

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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