ITALY


Italy, officially the Italian Republic or Repubblica Italiana, is a Southern European country. It comprises the Po River valley, the Italian Peninsula and the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. It is shaped like a boot and for this reason Italians commonly call it lo Stivale ("the boot") or, due to its prevalent peninsular geographical nature, la Penisola ("the Peninsula")
Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent countries of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italian territory. Campione d' Italia is an Italian enclave in Switzerland.

Italy was home to many well-known and influential European civilizations, including the Etruscans, Greeks and the Romans. For more than 3,000 years Italy experienced migrations and invasions from Germanic, Celtic, Frankish, Lombard, Byzantine Greek, Saracen, Norman, and Angevin peoples, and was divided into many independent states until 1861 when Italy became a nation-state.

Italy is called "il Belpaese" (Italian for beautiful country) by its inhabitants, due to the beauty and variety of its landscapes and for having the world's largest artistic patrimony; the country is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (41 as of July 13, 2006).

Today, Italy is a highly developed country with the 7th highest GDP in 2006, a member of the G8 and a founding member of what is now the European Union, having signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Inhabitants of Italy are referred to as Italians (Italian: Italiani or poetically Italici).

ROME
5Days 4nights
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning complimentary pick up from the hotel for the half day tour Vatican Museums. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. (Rome)
Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning complimentary pick up from the hotel for the half day tour Eternal Rome. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. (Rome)
Day 4: Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight. (Rome)
Day 5: Breakfast at the hotel. Complimentary pick up for the departure of the Escorted Tour.

FROM ROME TO ASSISI, SIENA, FLORENCE, PADUA, VENICE
5 DAYS 4NIGHTS 
2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice

ITINERARY
Day 01 - ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE

Early morning departure for ASSISI, the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Proceed on to SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio. The on to FLORENCE. Dinner and overnight.

Day 02 - FLORENCE
Buffet breakfast. Guided sightseeing tour of the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery housing the "David" by Michelangelo, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan church with Cimabue's famous crucifix. Rest of the day at leisure for optional sightseeing or shopping. Dinner and overnight.
Day 03 - FLORENCE – PADUA - VENICE
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Venice via Padua, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s Gattamelata. Continue on to Venice and upon arrival enjoy a guided walking tour of this unique city. You will visit the Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, t the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Then visit a glass factory to see the molding of glass. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 - VENICE
Buffet breakfast. Day at leisure for optional tour to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello by motor launch or for shopping. Dinner and overnight.
Day 05 - VENICE
Buffet breakfast. End of the tour in Venice.

FROM ROME TO ASSISI, SIENA, FLORENCE, VENICE, VERONA, LAKE COMO, MILAN, SAN MARINO, PERUGIA, ROME
(7 Days/6 Nights)

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ITINERARY
Day 01 - ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE

Early morning departure for ASSISI, the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Proceed on to SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio. The on to FLORENCE. Dinner and overnight. (Adriatico hotel or similar).
Day 02 - FLORENCE
Buffet breakfast. Guided sightseeing tour of the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery housing the "David" by Michelangelo, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan church with Cimabue's famous crucifix. Rest of the day at leisure for optional sightseeing or shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Adriatico hotel or similar).
Day 03 - FLORENCE - PADUA - VENICE
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Venice via PADUA, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello's "Gattamelata". Continue on to VENICE, and upon arrival enjoy a guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Then visit a glass factory to see the molding of glass. Dinner and overnight. (Principe hotel or Amadeus hotel or similar)
Day 04 - VENICE
Buffet breakfast. Day at leisure for optional tour to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello by motor launch or for shopping. Dinner and overnight. (Principe hotel or Amadeus hotel or similar)
Day 05 - VENICE - VERONA - LAKE COMO
Buffet breakfast. Morning departure for VERONA to see the town of Romeo and Juliet. Then continue on to COMO. Dinner and overnight. (Grand Hotel or similar)
Day 06 - COMO- MILAN - SAN MARINO
Continental breakfast. Departure to Milan and panoramic tour of the city. Proceeded on to San Marino via BOLOGNA, one of Italy’s most important art cities. Visit this fascinating medieval town with its charming squares Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno. Proceed to SAN MARINO, the world's smallest and oldest independent Republic, founded in the year 301, as a Christian sanctuary. Dinner and overnight. (Titano or similar)
Day 07 - SAN MARINO - PERUGIA - ROME
Continental breakfast. Departure to PERUGIA, the charming university town. Visit the impressing Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori. Proceed to Rome. Upon arrival to ROME, end of the tour.