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Duration: 12 days Visiting: Italy
Roman antiquities, saintly Assisi, Venetian canals, and Renaissance Florence are brought together in this superb trip of Italy, with the option to end in Naples or Rome, on autumn, winter and spring trips. In Spring, you’ll also get to enjoy Capri’s brilliant sunlight.
Your Journey Begins
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Rome the 'Eternal City'
Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner.
Rome with a Local
Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and your included guided walking tour in the morning has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon - the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to do as the Romans do, or explore more gems of the 'Eternal City'. Why not join a tour inside the mighty Colosseum?
VIP Vatican and Renaissance Florence
Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged a special VIP entrance to avoid the crowds, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to the public. Head into the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected, and admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door in St. Peter's Basilica, marvel at another of his works, the emotive 'Pietà', and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. Journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes to reach Renaissance Florence.
Join a local art historian for a walking tour of the historic city centre. A highlight is the visit to the Accademia Gallery to study Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David'. Continue to the multi-coloured marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and ‘Gates of Paradise'. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods. After a demonstration of leather-work, there's free time to shop or continue sightseeing. In the evening, don't miss the chance to sample the fine Florentine cuisine - tasty starters and rich pastas, accompanied by Chianti wine.
Pisa to Venice
In the morning, journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. After, enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennines, through the Emilia-Romagna region - one of Europe's most intensely farmed fertile planes. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway to the unique city of Venice.
Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima’
(Relaxed Start) Walk to St. Mark's Square and see the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica will come into view. A visit to an arts centre on Giudecca Island will allow you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowing. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals.
The Hills of Umbria to Assisi
(Relaxed Start) Leave Venice and continue through the Appennines to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns. In the valley, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.
Cassino and Sorrento
An early start as you travel southwards past Cassino, scene of a fierce battle in World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento.
Capri, the Isle of Dreams
In the morning, cruise to the Isle of Capri. Under the Mediterranean sun, take a funicular ride up to Capri town where your Local Expert will take you around the narrow alleyways, to browse in exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps join an optional cruise around the island? Descend to the port in one of the island's iconic open-top taxis before returning to Sorrento for some relaxation time. At night, join your fellow guests for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine.
Head for Rome
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, journey to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. A walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of Roman civilisation. Visit the Forum and peer into ancient shops and patrician villas, decorated with colourful wall paintings. Then continue on to your hotel in Rome.
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Rome (Contemporary) - Italy
Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.
Florence (Contemporary) - Italy
A modern hotel which is fantastically-located for Florence’s highlights, especially the David.
Venice (Central) - Italy
The outstanding Starhotels Splendid Venice, is perfectly positioned in the centre of Venice Island - only a stone's throw away from all the sights and walking distance to St. Mark's Square.
Sorrento (Contemporary) - Italy
This hotel is located in the sea front surrounded by trees and splendid scenery on all sides.
07 December, 2017
Trip: Our tour director is always on point. She is very funny, knowledgeable and always available she needed.
Service: Customer service is always excellent. This is the third time I travelled with insight.
07 December, 2017
Trip: Tour guide, Deb, was excellent
Service: Your people were always on top of everything. Everything went over and above what we were expecting except for one of the retail locations we visited on the tour. We are having some serious problems with Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca. We purchased an expensive picture frame and the sales person dropped the package when it was handed to us. He assured us everything is fine but when we got home it was severely damaged. We're triyng to get them to resole the problem but they are not responding...very disappointing.
05 December, 2017
Trip: Hit on most of Italy’s highlites.
Service: Tour guide was well educated with Italy and shared lots of info.
23 November, 2017
Trip: Third time coming to italy and illuminated more each time. It was special and fascinating each time especially this time the tour director is amazing inside out.
Service: Professional and warm
23 November, 2017
Trip: Best way to explore italy for the first time. Sample the best of the country and left us feeling to come back and see more!
Service: The most perfect organized trip
21 November, 2017
Trip: Optional tours really added to the total package.
Service: I would definitely recommend them and I plan on using them in the future.
21 November, 2017
Trip: Very good itinerary, albeit busy. I do have some concerns about alcohol. There was wine and some aperitifs available at all provided meals, especially the last celebration dinner, where champagne and multiple bottles of wine and after-dinner drinks were provided. The alcohol bill had to be well into 4 digits. As a non-drinker, I feel I helped foot the bill for all drinkers.
Service: Had a question about flights set up by Insight, which customer service cleared up right away.
21 November, 2017
Trip: All the places I wanted to see we're on the Itinerary and our guides were extremely knowledgeable.
Service: Customer service was fantastic. Our tour guide went out of her way to accommodate our needs. As this was our honeymoon, Insight and our tour director Debra DeAngelo made sure our trip was extra special
21 November, 2017
Trip: We felt like we got to see so much.
Service: Deborah was absolutely amazing. Her customer service was a 12 out of 10. She went above and beyond.