Northern Italy Tour

Florence, La Venere d'Urbino at the Uffizi | Culturalitaly.com

Tour Introduction

14 NIGHT TRIP
From Palladio's heritage in Vicenza, to the magnificent hues of Lake Como, to the charming palette of the Cinque Terre, this trip is designed to enchant your soul!

Highlights:

  • Lake Como and its romantic villages by boat
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Dolomites
  • Scrovegni Chapel and Giotto’s masterpiece
  • Sun-drenched villages of Chianti

DAY 1: ARRIVE MILAN
Morning arrival at Milan airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation in the Como area. After check in, in the late afternoon, enjoy a one/hour cruise alongthe lakeside of Como and reach a charming restaurant with spectacular view where you will be served a delicious dinner. After dinner back to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 2: HIKING AROUND  COMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Go for a hike, take the Brunate funicular end enjoy the ride. You will walk between mountains and forests until you reach the church of St. Elizabeth from where you will be astonished from the amazing view. You will continue to the village of Piazzaga where you will discover the mysterious Massi Avelli (stone tomb), and after you will descend to the picturesque village of Torno. Back to Como by boat. Evening at leaisure. Overnight. 

DAY 3: VERONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Verona.  Upon arrival check in at your hotel. In the afternoon city tour through this romantic city, setting of Shakeaspeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. You will explore the old town and see several Roman ruins that make Verona "a little Rome", as many call it. You will also see the Arena, a Roman amphitheater built for gladiator games and nowadays the biggest Opera house in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 4: DOLOMITI DAY TRIP
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to discover the UNESCO Heritage Dolomites. Reach Passo Pordoi and take the panoramic funicular up to more than 10,000 feets high, with a breathtaking view over the Dolomites. Here you can walk around and stop at some Rifugio for lunch. From here you can admire the white stones of Marmolada. On your way back you will stop few times to explore other valeeys. You will be back in Verona with an open heart and big excitement for this memorable mountains journey experience. Return to your hotel. Overnight.


DAY 5: PADUA, GIOTTO’S MASTERPIECE - VICENZA, PALLADIO'S HERITAGE

Breakfast at the hotel. From Verona reach the beautiful Padua and visit the famous Scrovegni Chaoel, a masterpiece of 14th century frescos, executed by Giotto. The walking tour will include also the Caffé Pedrocchi, the three major places (Piazza delle Erbe, della Frutta, dei Signori), the Basilica of Sant'Antonio, and Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe. On your way to Padova stop in Vicenza, a UNESCO heritage city famous for its architectures designed by the great Andrea Palladio during the Renaissance. Return to your hotel in Verona. Overnight.

DAY 6: VENICE CITY OF CANALS
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Venice, once called the Serenissima Republic. After checking in, meet your guide for a tour of the Bacari (typical wine bars,) where you will taste some traditional small plates of Venetian specialties (nizioleti,) pared by a glass of good wine (cicchetto). Dinner on your own. Overnight.

DAY 7: MARVELS OF ST MARKS AND DOGE’S PALACE & EVENING SHOW
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to the discovery of this one of a kind city. Join your guide on a Classic Venice tour and be ready to be amazed by the treasures of this romantic city. Explore St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark's basilica, built over several centuries and resulting in a blend of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sights and the Piombi prison. Afternoon on your own. Evening optional: show at the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto at 8:30 PM. The performances take place in several rooms of the palace. Reviving the tradition of the "Salotto Musicale" dating from the late 1800’s, this approach revolves around the interaction between the artists, the musicians and the public. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 8: FLORENCE - GENIUSES OF THE RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Florence and check in at your hotel upon arrival.  Lunch on your own. At 3:00 PM meet  your guide at your hotel for a guided walking tour of the city center, including Accademia museum, the Duomo with the magnificent Brunelleschi’s Dome and Ghiberti’s Baptistery door, and the main streets of this lively city. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 9: UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will meet with you at the hotel for a private tour of Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi museum. Afternoon and evening on your own to visit some of the city’s art-filled churches (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, just to name a few), stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and perhaps try one of the many trattorie or restaurants of your liking.

DAY 10: CHIANTI DISCOVERY WITH LUNCH AT A FARMHOUSE
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will depart toward the Tuscan countryside. A journey through the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany famous the world over for its wine and for its unforgettable landscapes, it’s a life time experience. You will visit the Chianti Region where you will experience excellent tastings of wines, extra-virgin olive oil and local delicacies. The itinerary includes also the visit to three picturesque old villages: Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and San Donato in Poggio. Lunch at a local farmhouse. Following lunch continue to Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo. Check in and evening at leisure/

DAY 11: SIENA & GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with your guide for a walking tour to discover the historical center and admire the Town hall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral. Finish the tour with a visit to an artist studio to learn about the ancient tradition of glass making. Your guide will suggest various good restaurants and places to visit on your own in the afternoon, from good wine bars to current exhibitions, to antique stores and other shopping. Return to your hotel. Optional: in the afternoon you can join a traditional cooking class during which you will learn how to make dishes as handmade pasta, using only fresh ingredients. Overnight.

DAY 12: PISA LEANING TOWER
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre, five fishing villages connected by walking paths, train or boat. On the way stop to Pisa and admire the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth.  Lunch on your own. Departure to the Cinque Terre after lunch. Check in at your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 13: DRAMATIC PANORAMAS OF THE CINQUE TERRE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is full day on your disposal to discover one of the villages, explore its alleyways and stairways, sun bathe at the beach, take a dip in the blue waters or just sipping cappuccino and people watching. This day is for you to enjoy at the fullest. Overnight.

DAY 14: MILAN -  THE CAPITAL OF FASHION
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Milan and check in at your hotel. You will stay in Milan for 1 night. Meet your guide at the hotel and start a walking guided tour. Your guide will lead to on a discovery journey to the most famous sites Milan is known for. First stop will be at the marvelous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, to admire the world’s most celebrated painting by one of the world’s greatest geniuses ever: Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper”. Following the visit, continue to the historical center of Milan to the magnificent Gothic cathedral on Piazza Duomo. Stroll around and walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world's oldest shopping mall that hosts. Evening on your own.

DAY 15: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

 

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