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Best of Italy Tour from Milan Including Rome, Tuscany and Venice Tour (8 Days / 7 Nights) - ITA-08

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Best of Italy Tour from Milan Including Rome, Tuscany and Venice Tour (8 Days / 7 Nights)

See the best of beautiful Italy on this 8-day tour from Milan! With an expert guide at your side, visit Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Veneto, the Italian Lakes and Milan, taking in world-class attractions like Rome Pantheon, Florence Duomo and Venice's Basilica di San Marco. Hotel accommodation in the top cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan are included, plus guided walks and a free departure transfer to Rome (should you need it), ensuring you have everything you need to discover Italy with ease!

Day 1: Milan - Rome
Friday, November 24, 2017 - Saturday, November 25, 2017

Meet your guide at your Milan hotel or Milano Centrale train station and then leave the city by air-conditioned coach. With several stops throughout the day to stretch your legs and buy meals, your tour heads south in the direction of Italys Lazio region. Arrive in Rome by late afternoon, check into your hotel and then relax at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely walk to Villa Borghese, Romes tranquil park, or explore the citys vibrant neighborhoods like Trastevere or Testaccio.

Day 2: Rome
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

After breakfast, head out on a 3-hour walking tour with your guide to discover Rome. Starting from Largo di Torre Argentina - a quiet piazza boasting Roman temple ruins - your route continues to Campo de Fiori, Romes louder-than-life central square. Stroll to Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountains and pavement-side cafés, and then see unmistakable monuments like the Pantheon. Amble past the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain for good luck!
 
Your walking tour ends in the center of Rome - perfect for sightseeing independently if you wish. Return to your hotel in the evening, and spend the rest of your night in Rome at leisure.

Day 3: Rome - lorence
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - Monday, November 27, 2017

Leave Rome early, traveling north by coach to the Umbrian town of Assisi. On a walking tour of the village, see sites frequented by Assisis patron, St Francis of Assisi, and hear about his life here - first as a young man of wealth and then later as a poor street preacher. Visit the Basilica of St Francis to see incredible early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and then enjoy free time for lunch (own expense).
 
Continue to Siena, one of Tuscanys most popular towns, to spend your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps explore its UNESCO-listed historic center or relax in Piazza del Campo, the beautiful square that featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Leave Siena in the late afternoon and travel north to Florence. Check into your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4: Florence
Monday, November 27, 2017 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

After breakfast, meet your guide for a morning walking tour around the city. Concentrating on Florences countless Renaissance-era sites, your tour takes in city highlights like Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Giottos Bell Tower and Santa Croce - a 13th-century Franciscan church thats home to Cimabues famous Crucifix painting.
 
Stop for lunch (own expense) and then spend the rest of your day sightseeing independently. Perhaps stroll along Florences eye-catching medieval bridge -- the Ponte Vecchio -- or arrange an excursion with your guide to nearby Pisa (own expense).

Day 5: Florence - Venice
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Enjoy breakfast and then travel northeast by air-conditioned coach. Your first destination is Padua - Venices lesser-known (but just as charming) neighbor - which youll get to know on a walking tour.
 
Stroll around Padua center and head inside St Anthonys Basilica - the citys most celebrated monument. Admire its extravagant high altar, decorated by early-Renaissance artist Donatello, and then admire the Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata (another Donatello masterpiece) from outside.
 
After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to nearby Venice by coach. Check into your hotel and then set out to see its most famous sights. With your guide, stroll through Piazza San Marco and marvel at historical monuments like Basilica di San Marco. Learn of the doges who once ruled Venice by dastardly means, and then visit the Bridge of Sighs where prisoners were led before being locked away. Return to your hotel for dinner, and then spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

Day 6: Venice
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Relax over breakfast and then take a boat ride to Murano - a colorful cluster of close-knit islands in the Venetian lagoon. Once a commercial port, Murano gained a reputation for glassmaking in the early 13th century - producing items that were (at that time) either rare or non-existent in Europe.
 
Watch a glass-blowing demonstration inside a Murano workshop and see local glassmakers in action. After some free time here to sighsee or to shop for quality Murano glass souvenirs, return to your hotel by boat for dinner and then spend your evening at leisure.

Day 7: Venice - Milan
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Friday, December 1, 2017

After breakfast, leave Venice and travel west by coach to Verona. Famously the setting for Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, this enchanting Veneto city has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments from eras dating back to 1st century BC. On a walking tour, see top Verona attractions like Piazza della Erbe and Juliets House, and lose yourself in the setting of the worlds most tragic love story.
 
Continue to Sirmione at Lake Garda, and explore the little peninsula town with your guide. As you stroll, admire its colorful streets, Roman ruins and the 13th-century Scaligero Castle - all set against the picturesque backdrop of Italys largest lake. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), and then continue by coach to Lake Como, in the foothills of the Rhaetain Alps. Walk around one of the lakes waterfront villages and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Italian lakeside life.
 
Leave the lakes in the late afternoon and travel by coach to the city of Milan, roughly 1.5 hours away. Check into your hotel, enjoy dinner, and then relax at leisure.

Day 8: Milan
Friday, December 1, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, check out, and then relax on a sightseeing tour of the city. See Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the extravagant shopping galleria that links Piazza della Scala to Piazza del Duomo, and then gaze in awe at Milan Duomo. Admire Castello Sforzesco, Milans Renaissance pride and joy, and learn of its role today as home to several of the citys museums.
 
Your tour finishes at Milano Centrale (the central train station) or you can hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for a transfer to Rome Termini train station - roughly six hours away. Simply advise your guide on the day!

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