DAY BY DAY:
1st Day: Destination Rome
Arrival at the airport in Rome, meet with our tour escort and transfer to the city centre for a tour of ancient Rome, also called the'“ Eternal City’. We will first visit a masterpiece of ancient architecture and symbol of the Eternal City - the Coliseum, where emperors, in the past, gained fame by offering spectacles of mortal combat between gladiators and/or wild beasts as well as exciting chariot races. The tour will continue with a visit to Venice Square and its Palace, the Campidoglio hill that symbolizes the political power of Rome, the Roman Forum (political, religious and commercial centre of ancient Rome) and finally the Monte Palatino Hill, famous for the legend of Romulus and Remo (reservation and entrance fee NOT included). Earphones at disposal 3 days. In the evening, accommodation in a hotel located in the city centre or immediate locality. Dinner and overnight stay.
2nd Day: Vatican City and Christian Rome
After breakfast depart from the hotel by bus to visit the Vatican City. In the morning guided tour of the Vatican Museums where you can admire the Sistine Chapel and the beautiful frescoes by Michelangelo or the Raphael Chambers painted in the 16th century (reservation, entrance fee and earphones NOT included). A visit to Saint Peter’s Square and its Basilica, the biggest Christian church in the world, will then follow (earphones NOT included). Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon tour of Christian Rome. Along the Apian Way we will explore the Catacombs (entrance fee NOT included), which in ancient times were inhabited by Christian communities who have left visible clues of their lifestyle. We will continue our tour with a visit to the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano or the Basilica of San Paolo (outside view). In the late afternoon we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: Rome / Florence
The entire morning will be dedicated to discovering Baroque Rome on foot. We will visit the Spanish Steps, People Square and the famous Trevi Fountain. Don’t miss the chance to throw a coin into the fountain and make a wish! An optional itinerary includes a visit to Piazza Navona, one of the largest squares in Rome, and the Pantheon, where Italian kings are buried. Departure by bus towards the north of Italy. Stop for lunch along the way. Accommodation in a hotel in the centre of Florence or immediate locality. Dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: Florence
After breakfast depart for our tour of Florence, one of the most beautiful Renaissance cities in Italy, and once home to the Medici family. With our tour guide we will explore Piazza San Giovanni where the Bell Tower designed by Giotto and the Cathedral’s Cupola built by Brunelleschi dominate the city with their imposing heights. In the same square we can also admire the Baptistery of Saint John with its three beautifully decorated monumental bronze doors (entrance fee NOT included). Other important sites of our guided tour are the oldest Florentine bridge, Ponte Vecchio, full of jewellery shops, and the huge Piazza delle Signorie, the heart of the town, dominated by Palazzo Vecchio (the old palace). Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon the tour will continue with a visit to the Lanzi Loggia, where, in the past, the most important ceremonies of noble families took place. We will visit the church of Santa Croce, the most important Franciscan Church in Italy where many famous people such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli are buried (entrance fee NOT included). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
5th Day: Florence / Uffizi Gallery
After breakfast depart once again for Florence. Guided tour of the Uffizi (reservation and entrance fee NOT included), a building that once was used as administrative offices, but which today houses one of the finest collections of Italian art in general and Florentine art in particular. Here you can view some of the most famous paintings from the Italian Renaissance such as: the “Annunciazione” by Leonardo da Vinci, the “Sacra Famiglia” by Michelangelo, the “Adoration degli Angeli” by Botticelli and many other works of art by famous artists s such as Raffaello, Tiziano and Caravaggio. Lunch in a restaurant and free time to visit this splendid city on your own and stroll around the narrow streets looking for local handcrafts. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
6th Day: Florence / Departure
After breakfast, bus transfer to the airport. End of our services.