Italy: Suggested Itinerary
Way more than just good spaghetti bolognese.
Days 1-2: Start your Italian adventure by visiting one of the most romantic cities in the world – the water city, Venice. See St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, once the seat of government and residence of the doges. Make sure that in the early evening, before sunset, you head towards the closest gondola pier where you can take a 45-minute-or-so ride through the enchanting city accompanied by the renowned sound of your gondolier serenading you with traditional Venetian songs.
For your second day here, you can take a day-trip to the likes of Milan for a spot of shopping.
Days 3-4: Take a train from the Venetian station to Florence. After your arrival and check-in, meet a guide who will introduce you to the Renaissance city of Florence. Tours include a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David and the ancient pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. You’ll learn much about the artisans that turned this city into a cultural magnet - writers such as Dante, Petrarch and Machiavelli and artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Donatello.
Spend your second day here enjoying a half-day walking tour of Florence (4-hours) with your local English-speaking guide. Visits the Ufuzzi Gallery, and the Church of Santa Croce, where many famous Florentines are buried such as Michelangelo and Galileo. You will have the opportunity to view the remarkable exterior of the Palazzo Vecchio before walking through the Piazza Signoria.
Day 5: Move onto Pisa for the day. When you arrive in Pisa, meet your local English-speaking guide for a two-hour walking tour, which will include the Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous leaning tower. Stay here or drive back to Florence, taking in some breathtaking sights.
Day 6: En-route to Rome, take a stop in Perugia, where you may even decide to stay for the night. Here you can visit the Collegio del Cambio (Exchange Guild) and the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, housing the National Gallery of Umbria with magnificent paintings, frescoes and sculptures.
Day 7: This is the day you get to meet the Pope! Well, you might see him if you’re lucky, but the only place to do this is of course, Vatican City. Created as a result of the Lateran Treaty of 1929 between Pope Pius XCI and the Italian government, the Vatican is the smallest independent state. Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Day 8: When in Rome, one of course must go on a sight-seeing tour of it. Your tour should include a visit to the famous Colosseum, scene of gladiator battles, the Roman Forum and Palatine, which was the center of Roman Life.
Days 9-10: You have a choice for your final full day – either Turin, Milan (especially if you didn’t see it earlier) or Naples. Milan is a preferable destination as a great place for shopping, culture and modern life.