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Siena, a city in the Tuscany region distinguished by its medieval brick buildings

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Siena, a city in the Tuscany region distinguished by its medieval brick buildings
Come up with a hundred different reasons why Italy is one of the world’s leading holiday destinations as you go on a journey from Milan to Genoa, Lake Como, Venice, Bologna, Florence, the Tuscan countryside, Pisa, Rome, Tivoli, and Naples.
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Highlights

Stay in gorgeous 4-star hotels, breakfast included

Uncover Italy's most famous cities and towns, visiting historic landmarks, ancient ruins and popular attractions

This 19-day itinerary takes you to the highlights of Italy, from famous cities rich in culture and art to fascinating medieval towns and resort villages. Spend memorable nights in carefully selected, 4-star hotels located in the elegant city centres of Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome. Take part in exciting day tours to admire the wonders of Genoa, Portofino, Lake Como, and Bellagio. Cross the border to Lugano, Switzerland’s Italian-speaking city; see the colourful houses on the islands of Murano and Burano; take a picture with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa; and taste the specialties of Bologna, such as parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. Take in the beautiful gardens of Tivoli and explore the stunning city of Vatican. Be amazed with Italy’s most celebrated ancient ruins: The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in Rome and the haunting ruins of Pompeii. Truly, Italy delivers a dream come true experience!

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Included

18-night accommodation in 4-star hotels
Daily breakfast
Arrival and departure city transfers
2nd class rail transfers
Day excursions

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  • Save $315 per person

Accommodation:

  • 4 nights in Milan 
  • 3 nights in Venice 
  • 2 nights in Bologna 
  • 4 nights in Florence  
  • 5 nights in Rome 

Rail transfers:

  • Milan to  Venice 
  • Venice to  Bologna 
  • Bologna to Florence 
  • Florence to Rome 

Excursions:

  • Genoa and Portofino  day excursion from Milan 
  • 1-day  Milan  hop on hop off bus ticket 
  • Day excursion to Lake Como, visiting Bellagio and Lugano, from Milan 
  • Inside Venice walking tour 
  • Gondola ride 
  • Day excursion to Murano  & Burano 
  • Food & Ferrari day excursion  
  • Self-guided  walking tour with audio pen in Florence 
  • Day excursion to visit Pisa 
  • Day excursion to visit  the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill 
  • Day excursion to the  Vatican Museums and Gardens 
  • Day excursion to visit  Tivoli and its villas 
  • Day excursion to  Pompeii and its ruins 

Itinerary

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Day 1
Milan

Arrival into Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will take a private transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2
Genoa - Santa Margherita Ligure - Portofino

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will join your full day tour and discover Genoa, a city with a glorious past! Spend your morning in the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, which today is one of the most charming cities in Northern Italy. After free time for lunch, visit the colourful village of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Tigullio gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf, due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there. Here, you take a mini cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino, a half-moon shaped, seaside village, whose beauty has been talked about through the centuries by writers and poets, such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey ends with the return by boat to Santa Margherita, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan.

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Day 3
Milan

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will use your 1-day Hop-on-Hop-off pass to discover Milan at your own pace in a modern double decker Milan Open Tour bus. This pass allows you to hop on and off the bus at any time, allowing you to visit monuments and museums for as long as you wish or to immerse yourself in the fashion and design districts , two main areas of excellence that make Milan famous worldwide.

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Day 4
Lake Como - Bellagio - Lugano

Breakfast at your hotel. Be ready to experience the highlights of Northern Italy and Switzerland on this flexible and relaxing Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan, including Lugano. See the very best of these places while in the company of a local English-speaking guide who will provide illuminating commentary throughout your experience, not to mention a 2-hour cruise along the lake! This is a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous all around the lake. After the tour, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city centre.

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Day 5
Venice

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and take a transfer to the train station where you will take a second-class train to Venice. Meet your transfer at the station and check into your Venice accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.

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Day 6
Venice

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you enjoy a skip-the line tour and experience in full the grandeur of Venice still shining through its symbols: The Doge's Palace & the St. Mark's Basilica. The Doge's Palace & the St. Mark's Basilica are two among the symbols of Venice. But beside their stunning beauty and majesty, what really makes these places special are the stories and legendary characters behind them.

In the evening, be treated to a romantic Gondola Serenade along the Venetian canals with music and traditional Italian songs. The gondola will be shared with other passengers (max. 6 people) and you will visit Venice from the water point of view, along the Grand Canal and inner canals and guided by an original Gondolier in his distinctive striped shirt who will sing for you relaxing or romantic traditional Italian songs. After the gondola, go to a wonderful church to attend to a once in a lifetime concert. The church of San Vidal is certainly a must- stop to be included in your itinerary. In this place full of history and culture, a concert season has been taking place for 30 years.

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Day 7
Murano - Burano - Torcello

Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, join your group tour and sail past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant’Elena and the Lido famous beach resort. The boat arrives at Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a 40-minute stop to visit one of the factories. The picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace but also for its fishermen’s houses painted in bright colours. The stop will last 30 minutes. After a short sail of about 10 minutes, you will reach Torcello, the earliest centre of civilisation in the estuary. Only the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory. The stop is about 30 minutes.

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Day 8
Bologna

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and take your transfer to Venice train station. Here, you take your train to Bologna and transfer to your Bologna accommodation. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast
Day 9
Bologna - Maranello

After breakfast, get your appetite ready! This amazing Food & Ferrari Tour will take you to the boutique producers of parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. Experience lovely tastes with accompanying wines and learn how these fabulous foods are made. You will visit the worldwide famous Ferrari Museum in Maranello. At the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant, including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines!

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Day 10
Florence

Breakfast at your hotel and afterwards, be taken to Bologna train station and make your way by train to Florence. Be met by your transfer driver and check into your Florence accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

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Day 11
San Gimignano - Siena - Monteriggioni

Breakfast at your hotel. Then, be amazed with your full day tour in the heart of Tuscany region: San Gimignano - the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages", the most famous and picturesque Tuscan hill village, together with the unique experience of Siena and its traditions, thanks to the comprehensive guided tour of the stunning old town. Admire the picturesque Monteriggioni Hamlet and enjoy a relaxing stop at a Chianti Winery for a typical lunch, which includes the guided tasting of 3 different wines and “vin santo”.

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Day 12
Florence

Breakfast at hotel. Today, you will make your way to your tour meeting point for an interactive audio guide, which will give you the chance to easily discover all the most important sights of the city in complete freedom and have the opportunity to discover Florence in a funny, interactive and independent way!

Your audio guide is at your disposal as a "personal guide" for a whole day and you can play back the comments as many times as you like! The use of this magic pen is very easy! Simply passing it on one of the points of interest shown on the map provided with your audio guide, you can listen very clearly the commentary about the monument that you have reached: a great way to discover, one by one, all the “not to be missed” sights and all the highlights of the "Cradle of the Renaissance". Also, your "audio pen" will provide interesting information about the Renaissance period and the famous and powerful Medici family.

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Day 13
Pisa

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Today, have the amazing experience to climb the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the splendour of the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Throughout the day, you will be enthralled by the history and the leaning structure of the tower, which stirs the imagination of all visitors.

Enjoy an interior visit of the magnificent Leaning Tower with skip-the-line admission. Climbing to its top by mounting 294 steps rising up in a spiral will be one of the most amazing experiences you can ever try. The tower is 55.86 m tall (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m tall (186.02 ft) on the high side, around 3.99 degrees leaning. The weak and unstable subsoil caused this unique phenomenon, contributing to create one of the wonders of the world.

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Day 14
Rome

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and be taken to the train station for your onward journey to Rome. Be met by your driver and check into your new accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of your evening in Rome at leisure discovering the surrounding sites.

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Day 15
Rome

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, enjoy priority entrance to the Colosseum. Take an informative tour led by expert professional guides. Reach the Archaeological Area with no stress, ready to get the most complete tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access the Palatine Hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then, reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheatre, created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmarks of the city. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. Unforgettable!

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Day 16
Tivoli

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will visit a world-renowned town and its splendid Roman villas. Discover the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este and enjoy a day in a natural environment.

Visit Tivoli, an ancient resort area famed for its beauty and its good water, enriched by many Roman villas. The most famous one, of which the ruins remain, is Villa Adriana. Take a comfortable transport to the little town of Tivoli, located few kilometres from Rome, in a splendid natural environment between the Eternal City and the high hills to the east of Rome. The most remarkable architectural complex is Villa Adriana, dating from the Ancient Roman time, created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Emperor Hadrian. It combines different architectural styles from Egypt, Rome and Athens, in the shape of an “ideal city”. A visit to the villa cannot be missed. It is a masterpiece that uniquely brings together the highest symbols of cultures of the world in ancient times.

Then, you will discover the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este, a gorgeous palatial setting surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountains. Villa d’Este is a masterpiece of the Italian Gardens, decorated with a massive and impressive number of fountain nymphs, grottos and fountains inspired by the gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Return to Rome in the afternoon.

Breakfast
Day 17
Vatican City
Breakfast at your hotel. Then, make a special visit to the Vatican museums and the Bramante Staircase, whose access is only possible to those willing to spend huge sums of money. Visit the Bramante Staircase and the Vatican Gardens, places usually closed to visitors, in a group of no more than 25 people!
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Day 18
Naples - Pompeii

Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, you will discover the beauty of Naples and visit Pompeii, one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites, on a full-day excursion from Rome. Have a full immersion back to the Roman times visiting ancient buildings, bakeries and temples and admiring priceless frescoes and mosaics.

At the end of the visit, you will return to the coach for your trip back to Rome.

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Day 19
Rome

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and transfer to Fiumicino Airport. End of tour.

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Additional information

Official language
Italian
Currency
EURO
18 nights
from AUD6,048
per person, twin share
Milan
April – October 2020
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Valid for sale until 27 March 2020. The accommodation listed is a sample of the accommodation available on this route. Your accommodation will be confirmed approximately one month prior to departure. We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability, we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers.

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