I would suggest that Italy is never far from a traveler’s mind. Whether you’ve been many times, haven’t been able to check that one Italian city off your list, or if you are simply a dreamer there’s something to be said for a traveler and Italy. Passing illuminated ancient ruins on the way home from dinner, motoring through the Venice canal’s in a motoscafi (water taxi), and like a Guinness pint is to Ireland, I don’t care where you’ve had gelato there’s no better bliss than gelato in Italy. Combine, art, cuisine, history, and you’ve got a culture filled unforgettable vacation. Italy is diverse and flexible and there is a multitude of ways to experience it. To get started see the suggested itinerary below.
Rome Day 1: Arrive and take private transfers to your hotel to check-in. The perfect thing to do after check-in is find a strong Italian coffee or espresso to ward off any jet lag! Then start to explore on foot from your hotel. Finish this light day off with an afternoon tour to get your bearings by seeing Rome’s main sights with the Imperial Rome afternoon tour. Tour highlights: Visit Piazza Venezia, the Capital Square, view of the the Roman Forum, Massenzio Basilica, Colosseum, SanPietro in Vincoli, Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Pyramid of CaiusCestius, St. Pauls Basilica.
Rome Day 2: Spend the day at the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City and take the Vatican Tour. At a minuscule 0.2 square miles, Vatican City houses the largest art collection in Europe with more than 65,000 masterpieces and is the headquarters for over a billion Roman Catholics. Tour highlights: See Porta Pinciana, the Aurelian Walls, and visit the Vatican Museums, seeing the Candelabra Gallery, Tapestry Gallery, the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilic.
Rome Day 3: Time to get out of the city with the full day Naples & Capri Tour: Travel along the Autostrada del Sole across the Roman countryside to Naples and depart by steamer to Capri. Upon arrival at the Marina Grande, an optional visit to the Blue Grotto, at an added cost of 25 Euro per person, is possible, weather permitting. Return to the Marina Grande and continue for a panoramic view of the island ending at Anacapri.
Rome /Florence Day 4: Travel to Florence check-in to hotel
Explore the renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany, spend time on the famous Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s best known images.
Florence Day 5: Take the day to visit two the top must sees. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy a gelato, I recommend the pistachio- just remember it’s pronounced pis-takk-ee–o. Tour Academia Gallery (Morning) Tour the Galleria dell Accademia to admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other works by the great artist. Tour Uffizi Gallery (Afternoon) Visit the famous Uffizi Gallery to revel in the magnificent paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, and Masaccio.
Florence/Rome Day 6: Return to Rome for Flight home but enjoy last night Rome with the Rome By Night, Dinner & Music tour: Enjoy by night the beautiful illuminated monuments and piazzas of Rome, Including the elegant Via Veneto of Vita, Aurelian Walls, Triton Fountain,
Quirinale Square with the Presidential Palace, Trevi Fountain (stop), Piazza Venezia, Colosseum, Theatre of Marcellus, Castel S. Angelo, Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain (stop), and the charming and romantic Piazza Navona (stop and visit). The tour ends with a special Italian dinner, local wine, and traditional music and song.
Depart Rome Day 7: Enjoy Breakfast at hotel, take return private transfers to the airport.
I hope that you get a chance to explore Italy.
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