Fantasia Rome to Rome 5 Nights/4 Days
Offering the best of Italy; with stunning countryside and breathtaking cityscapes, fine food and wine and inspirational art and architecture.
Itinerary: Rome > Assisi > Siena > Florence > Bologna > Padua >
Venice > Tuscany Wine Region (Traditional Tuscan lunch in
Montepulciano) > Rome
DAY 1 ROME > ASSISI > SIENA > FLORENCE
Departing at 7:15 am from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will ar rive in Assisi, ready to explore this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not in cluded). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on 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 venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinna cle. Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnifi cent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Mi chelangelo 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. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. 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 leisure, overnight stay in Florence.
DAY 3 FLORENCE > BOLOGNA > PADUA > VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. 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 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…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world.Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 VENICE
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glori ous past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.
DAY 5 VENICE > TUSCANY WINE REGION (MONTEPULCIANO) > ROME
After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included!!! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.
- Shoulder season:
- Aug: – 3 – 5 – 10 – 12 – 17 – 19 – 24 – 26
- High season:
- Mar: – 25
- Apr: -1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29
- May: – 4 – 6 – 11 – 13 – 18 – 20 – 25 – 27
- Jun: – 1 – 3 – 8 – 10 – 15 – 17 – 22 – 24 – 29
- Jul: – 1 – 6 – 8 – 13 – 15 – 20 – 22 – 27 – 29
- Aug: – 31
- Sept: – 2 – 7 – 9 – 14 – 16 – 21 – 23 – 28 – 30
- Oct: – 5 – 7 – 12 – 14 – 19 – 21 – 26 – 28
- NEW Traditional Tuscan Lunch in Montepulciano! Visit also Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Tuscany Wine Region
- Visit St. Mark’s Basilica with “Skip the Line”
- Opportunity to choose hotel in Venice Island (1st category)
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out