BEST OF ITALY - from Milan and the lakes to Rome, via Venice and Florence - A journey through iconic fashion city, the lakes of Northern Italy, the romance of Venetian canals, graceful splendor of Florence and wonders of Roman history

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MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE COMO - BERGAMO - LAKE GARDA - VERONA - VENICE - MONTECATINI - FLORENCE - SIENA - ROME

BEST OF ITALY - from Milan and the lakes to Rome, via Venice and Florence
A journey through iconic fashion city, the lakes of Northern Italy, the romance of Venetian canals, graceful splendor of Florence and wonders of Roman history

1° day MILAN

Welcome to Milan. Optional transfer from the airport to your hotel in Milan. Hotel check in, welcome reception to meet your Travel Director, and get to know your travelcompanions. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight.
 

2° day MILAN

Panoramic tour (3 hours) of this amazing city, which combines creativity, elegance and style. Milan is also financial center of Northern Italy. See the Duomo, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery(called Milan’s lounge), the Scala opera House and the amazing castle Castello Sforzesco, of the Sforza family and  *“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci in the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie. Lunch at your leisure. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

NOTE
*Leonardo’s Da Vinci Last Supper in the church Santa Maria delle Grazie is on request. Advance reservation required.  

3° day MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE

Hotel breakfast and drive to Lake Maggiore. Depart from the Stresa Pier to the Borromean Islands, a group of three small islands and two islets. The islands are a major local tourist attraction for their picturesque setting. Visit Isola Bella Island with the Borromeo Palace and its beautiful botanical garden. Then Isola dei Pescatori with its lovely landscape. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, continue navigation to the Isola Madre renowned for the refined botanical collections.

4° day LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE COMO

Hotel breakfast and leave for Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. Many VIP’s have their homes on the shores of Lake Como which is widely regarded as one of the most romantic lakes in Europe. It has many villas and palaces. One of them is Villa Carlota. Meet the guide for the tour of Villa Carlotta, a neoclassical Museum with magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces. Cross the lake by boat and arrive in a world known Bellagio, called “the pearl of the lake”, setting of many famous movies. Guided tour of Bellagio and then free time for lunch at your leisure. Afternoon check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

5° day LAKE COMO - BERGAMO - LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast. Drive to the city of Bergamo, located on the site of the ancient town of Bergomum, founded as a settlement of the Celtics. . The town has two centres: “Città alta” (upper city), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 17th-century cyclopic defensive walls, and the”Città bassa” (lower city). Lunch at your leisure and then transfer to Lake Garda. Hotel check-in. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

6° day LAKE GARDA - VERONA - LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast Hotel breakfast and depart towards Verona, best known as the home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You can visit the Juliet’s balcony, tomb and museum as well as Castelvecchio, Gavi Arch, Borsari Gate, Pietra Bridge and the Roman Arena di Verona, where the concerts and plays are still held regularly. Time at disposal for exploring the city on your own or have some shopping. Lunch at your leisure. Afternoon drive to Milan. Hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight. Return to Lake Garda. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

7° day LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast and meet the guide to start your full day excursion around the lake. Start by driving to Sirmione, then cross by boat* to the other side and visit Salò, Gardone, Toscolano Maderno. Limone, Torri, Riva Del Garda. Free time for lunch. Afternoon return to Desenzano along the spectacular and panoramic Gardesana Road. Dinner at your leisure and overnight.
 *From April to October

8° day LAKE GARDA - VENICE

Hotel breakfast and leave for Venice. Meet your English-speaking assistant and start the guided tour of Venice that is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole world, sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges in the marshy Venetian Lagoon. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its spectacular architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with its lagoon. You will get the chance to see: St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs that connects the Palace to the prisons. Walk up and down the romantic canals crossed by narrow bridges and have some time at your disposal for exploring the city on your own and shopping. Lunch at your leisure. Evening transfer to your hotel on the mainland, dinner and overnight.

9° day VENICE

Hotel breakfast, transfer to Tronchetto and then by boat to Piazza san Marco. Full day at leisure. Our suggestion is to visit the small Islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Torcello, Murano and Burano. Meet with the group in the early evening for dinner in the city centre. Transfer back to the hotel, overnight.

10° day VENICE - MONTECATINI

Hotel breakfast and leave for Montecatini, in the Tuscany Region. Hotel check-in, lunch at your leisure and free afternoon for optional activities. Dinner at leisure and overnight.
 

11° day MONTECATINI - FLORENCE - MONTECATINI

Hotel breakfast and morning transfer to Florence, the capital city of Tuscany. Centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. The historic centre attracts millions of tourists each year, and Florence is ranked as one of the most visited cities in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the city contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. On arrival start 3-hour guided tour of the city and get the chance, among others, to see the “David” sculpture by Michelangelo. Lunch at your leisure. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Montecatini. Dinner at your leisure and overnight.

12° day MONTECATINI - SIENA - ROME

Hotel breakfast and leave for Siena, driving through the beautiful region of Chianti wine. The tradition of cultivating vines in Chianti goes back to the Etruscans that inhabited the area before the Roman empire. Arrive in Siena, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. Its historic center has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Siena is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race in traditional costumes. Meet the guide for the city tour: the City Hall, Piazza del Campo, the Cathedral. Lunch at your leisure. Continue towards Rome, with evening arrival. Hotel check-in, dinner at leisure and overnight.

13° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and meet with English speaking assistant for a full day guided tour of Rome, the capital of Italy and of the Lazio Region. Rome’s history spans more than 2500 years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC and it is referred to as “The Eternal City”. In the ancient world, it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization. In the afternoon, guided tour of ancient Rome: the Palatine, the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, the Baths of Caracalla. Dinner at leisure and overnight in hotel.

14° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and full day at leisure for your personal discovery of Rome. Possibility to visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. Lunch and dinner at your leisure. Hotel overnight.

15° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your flight. End of services.


 




 



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Travel Time 15 days  
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What's included

• Modern air-conditioned motor coach designed for sightseeing • English speaking tour guide from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 4 stars hotel, rooms with private facilities and breakfast buffet • Meals as per itinerary • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program (entrance fees not included) • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing • English speaking driver and local English speaking guides • Luggage handling (1 per person) • Service charges and hotel taxes • 24/7 English Speaking Assistance by phone • Lake Maggiore Ferry • Lake Como Boat in Bellagio * From April to October

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• Flights, not mentioned enterance fees, meals and drinks, insurance, tips

UNESCO Sites

• Roma, historical city centre • Milan, the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci • Historic centre of Florence • Historic centre of Siena • Venice and its Lagoon

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