Fantasia North Italy – Rome to Milan – 2020
Experience the best of Italy’s North; full of historic cities, picturesque lakes, vine-covered hills, amazing food, wine and fashion.
Rome • Assisi • Siena • Florence • Bologna • Padua • Venice • Milan • Orta • Stresa • Como • Bellagio • Varenna • Bergamo • Brescia • Sirmione • Riva del Garda • Verona • Milan
- Visit also Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua
- Hotel in Venice Island (1st Category)
- Visit Milan, Verona and the North Lakes Region (Lake Orta, Stresa, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia, Lake Garda)
- Prosecco tasting!
August 3 • 17
Double Triple $3999.00AUD per person twin share
Single $4999.00AUD single room.
Supplement Deluxe Canal View – Price per person
Double $185AUD per person
May 4* • 18 • 25*
June 1 • 15 • 22
July 6* • 20
September 7 • 14 • 21*
October 5 • 19
*During trade shows in Milan a supplement applies: $100.00AUD per passenger. Accommodation in central Milan is not guaranteed.
**During trade shows in Verona a supplement can be apply. Accommodation in central Verona is not guaranteed.
Double/Triple $4199.00AUD per person twin share
Single $5285.00AUD single room
Supplement Deluxe Canal View – Price per person
Double $185.00AUD per person twin share.
The Tour includes:
- Transportation by deluxe coach
- Monolingual tour-escort in English
- Accommodation in 4 star hotels
- Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
- Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary
The Tour does not include:
- Porterage service
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
- Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”
The difference between Tourist Superior and 1st Category consists in the hotel accommodation in Venice. Both categories are 4* hotels but our 1st Category stays at Venice Island (city centre) without supplement, while Tourist Superior stays at Venice Mestre.
*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended.
**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.
DAY 1 ROME • ASSISI • SIENA • FLORENCE
Depart from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio at 7:15am and travel by deluxe coach to Assisi. This tiny town, surrounded by walls was built in the Middle Ages and you can explore it at your own leisure. You can visit the Basiliaca of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. You will have some free time for lunch (not included) before boarding your coach to Siena.
Siena is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is world renowned for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
DAY 2 FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day exploring beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance. The capital of the Tuscany region is famous for many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. The layout and structure of Florence in many ways goes back to the Roman era, where it was designed as a fort settlement. Nevertheless, the majority of the city was built during the Renaissance. Despite the strong presence of Renaissance architecture within the city, traces of Medieval, Baroque, Neoclassical and modern architecture can be found. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings.
One of the most remarkable buildings is Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. As you cross a small piazza to see the Campanile Tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce.
Enjoy your lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce and spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at your leisure nad overnight stay in Florence.
DAY 3 FLORENCE • BOLOGNA • PADUA • VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, you will travel to Bologna. Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many Medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune Square and Major Square) in the heart of the city, then onto King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a real gourmet’s heaven…you will have time to explore the foodie scene at your own leisure.
In the afternoon, your tour continues toward Padova, with the Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world.
Later in the afternoon, you will travel to Venice. Venice is considered the City of Love and one of the most romantic cities in the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 VENICE • MILAN*
After breakfast in your hotel in Venice, you will head to Milan. In Milan, you’ll have the day to explore this fast-paced metropolis; world-renowned as the global capital for fashion and design. Milan is also a financial hub and well known for its high-end restaurants and shops. After touring the city, you can check into your hotel for a night of well-earned rest.
Please note there is the option for up to five people to transfer *from Venice to Milan, by train.
DAY 5 MILAN • LAKE ORTA • STRESA • COMO
You will leave Milan at 8:30am from the Hotel Starhotels Ritz and travel to Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the North Eastern side of the Piedmont region. You will stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit and will then travel by boat to the island of San Giulio.
Isola San Giulio or San Giulio Island on Lake Orta is 275 metres long, and 140 metres wide. The most famous building on the island is the Basilica di San Giulio. This beautiful church is the main attraction on the tiny and was built over various periods dating back to the 9th century. Its bell tower and medieval pulpit date from the 12th century. Frescoes (from the 14th to 19th centuries) cover the walls, though the church’s most surprising feature is in the sacristy.
After a short visit, you will take the ferry back to Orta and then leave by bus to Stresa. Stresa is situated on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian lakes. The scenery at the lake’s upper end is alpine in nature – with high mountain peaks and perpetual snow. The middle region lies between more gentle hills, and the lower section meets the plains of the Lombardy region. These features make a year-round average temperature – milder in Winter than in the inner areas and cooler in Summer by the breezes that blow on the water’s surface, changing the lake’s colour. Thanks to its mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate could adapt to the lake areas climate.
Arrival in Stresa will show you the stunning picturesque location of this international tourist town. The landmark buildings such as Villa Pallavicino, with its gardens and zoo, and the Grand Hôtel des Îles Borromées, where author Hemingway once stayed. Boats run from the waterfront to the Borromean Islands, home to palazzos, villas, a fishing port and the Museum of Dolls and Toys. You can opt to have free time for lunch in Stresa or Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island). In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour of the Isola dei Pescatori by boat. The island was named after its traditional occupation of fishing, which over the centuries, has characterised this tiny town. Although only few families still maintain the traditional activity, tourism is now central to the economic identity of the small community. You will be fascinated by the simple houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals and the attractive under-passes. You will continue to the Isola Bella (The Beautiful Island), where you might opt for a visit of the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa. At the and of the visit you will travel to Como and spend in your hotel.
DAY 6 COMO • BELLAGIO • VARENNA • BERGAMO • BRESCIA
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting off on a short tour of Como. Its proximity to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a tourist destination, and the city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces You’ll witness amazing views of mountains, lake Como, and wild alpine valleys. You’ll also see the industrialised Brianzola Hill, downtown Como, and the small houses in the village. The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape, its three branches intersecting at Bellagio.
You will visit Bellagio via boat. Separating the lake’s two southern arms with the alps dominating the horizon to the north; Bellagio is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time strolling this picturesque village with its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, stopping for lunch in one of the many cafés in town (not included). Back on the boat, you will make your way to Varenna that afternoon, where you will enjoy a scenic tour, before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban structure: the lower town (città bassa) is modern and dynamic, while the famous upper town (città alta) houses the city’s Medieval history. After a short walking tour in the city centre, you will travel to Brescia, where you will check in at your new hotel for the night.
DAY 7 BRESCIA • SIRMIONE • RIVA DEL GARDA • VERONA
Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is your next destination. After breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy a scenic tour of the lake’s west coast, taking in the beautiful environment: brilliant colors, the Dolomites of Brenta, and the gentle slopes of the Moraine Hills. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and bouganville that flourish, thanks to the Mediterranean climate. So be sure to taste some of the locally made olive oil and wine. Next, you will travel to Sirmione, where you will see Lake Garda and its surroundings at their finest. See the sun shining off of the lake’s blue waters and tree-lined shores during a boat tour – see the Sirmione cape, the Castle, and the Catullo’s ruins. Back on land, you will have free time for lunch before departing for Riva del Garda on the North side of the lake. Here, you will see its Venetian-style historic center. Verona will be your final stop for the day, where you will check in to your hotel for the night.
DAY 8 VERONA • MILAN
Fuel up on breakfast at your hotel before setting out to see the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroad of historical periods and cultures with Nordic and Mediterranean influences that are both ancient and modern. A walk through Verona’s narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with its varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman origins, its Medieval structures, its magnificent Renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting the city. The combination of art and history is quite amazing. Spend some time enjoying lunch (not included) before departing for Milan, where your tour will come to an end.
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