BIG CITIES AND FLAVOURS OF THE AUTHENTIC ITALY
Marvel at some of the greatest antique architecture, feel the vibe of the big Italian cities, then take a short break to relax in the green area of Marche Region, where the locals will open the doors of their little craft shops and you will have the opportunity to take part in an Italian cooking class with a local chef!
DURATION: 13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS
ITINERARY: ROME – ASCOLI PICENO AREA – ASSISI – FIRENZE – PISA – MODENA – VENEZIA – VERONA – LAGO DI GARDA – MILANO – LAGO DI COMO
FOCUS EXPERIENCE: CULTURAL, CULINARY EXPERIENCES, SHOPPING, MOTOR VALLEY EXPERIENCE
TARGET: GROUPS (MIN. 15 PEOPLE)
DEPARTURE DATES 2020*: MARCH – 11, 25
APRIL – 15, 29
MAY – 6, 20
JUNE – 3, 17
JULY – 1, 15
SEPTEMBER – 2, 16
OCTOBER – 7, 21
NOVEMBER – 4, 18
*Flexible dates (+/- 3 days) depending on the best airline quotes for your customers!
DAY 1: At your arrival in Rome you will be welcome at the airport by our English-speaking staff who will take you to the hotel and assist you with the check-in. Free time at your leisure. Welcome dinner included. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 2: After breakfast, you will meet your local guide who will take you on a first visit to some of Rome’s most important historical and cultural sites: Collosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, The Arches of Constantine and Tito, Campidoglio Square (designed by Michelangelo), Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Altare della Patria and Venice Square. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 3: Today you will be transferred to Vatican City for a complete Vatican Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye to the crowded Rome and head to a more peaceful area of Italy: Le Marche! Check-in at the 4* hotel and free time at your leisure to discover the beautiful city of Ascoli, founded in the 11th century. We suggest you to hop-on the tourist train that will take you to the most suggestive places, while seating comfortably, accompanied by the clear and complete audio guide in 8 languages. Or you can just admire and take pictures of "Piazza del Popolo", one of the 10 most beautiful squares in Italy! Overnight in Ascoli.
DAY 4: After breakfast discover Offida by yourself, a picturesque medieval village surrounded by perfectly preserved town walls, dating back to the twelfth century. Among the numerous cultural landmarks of the town, there is certainly the Serpente Aureo Theatre, a true jewel of the Baroque era, housed in the Town Hall. Offida is surrounded by vineyards, an amzing view that you will have the chnace to admire while visiting a wine-estate in Ripatransone. The experience includes a guided visit of the vineyards and the cellar, followed by a lunch and DOC & DOCG wines tasting on the beautiful, panoramic terrace.
Roll up your sleeves –in the afternoon you will enjoy a cooking class and learn how to make the famous stuffed olive ascolane, a typical recipe of the area, appreciated and known all over the world. The chef will guide you step by step: you will learn which olives to choose, how to piy the olives, how to fill them and how to fry. In the end, you will taste your preparation accompanied by a glass of wine! The chef will also give you the printed recipe to take away with you so that you can delight your friends and relatives back home. Overnight in Ascoli.
DAY 5: Oh, what a day is waiting for you - shop for famous Italian brands: Prada, Tod’s, Hogan, Loriblu, Luisa Spagnoli and last but not least, the store of Cesare Paciotti, the famous Italian shoe designer for Hollywood stars like Adriana Lima, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, Alicia Keys or Will Ferrell! Your family, relatives and friends will never forget the best present/souvenir they have received from you!
The tour continues to the charming town of Assisi to discover unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Check-in at the 4* hotel. Overnight in Assisi.
DAY 6: Head to Florence, one of the most artistic, astonishing towns in the world! After checking-in at the 4* hotel, a local guide will take you on a discovery tour of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and the surrounding hills from where you can enjoy breathtaking views! Overnight in Florence.
DAY 7: Today you will visit another legendary Tuscan town, which is Pisa, the city of the Leaning Tower. On your way back to Florence, you will stop at a local winery for a cellar visit followed by a wine tasting accompanied by local, typical appetizers. End your day with a historical villas&gardens tour. Overnight in Florence.
DAY 8: This is a big day for all the cars’ lovers and not only! You will have the chance to see some of the most exclusive Italian cars of all times - take pictures, enjoy a test drive on a Ferrari and feel the adrenaline – this is life! After some free time for shopping and lunch, the tour will continue to Venice, where you will stay in a 4* hotel for 2 nights.
DAY 9: Today you will visit Venice on a guided tour and take a boat-trip to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano.
DAY 10: After a hearty breakfast, you will leave Venice and head to Verona. Lead by your guide, you will learn about the dramatic, love story of Romeo and Juliet, visit the impressive open-air theatre “Arena di Verona” and enjoy a typical Italian lunch. On your way to Milan, you will stop for a quick visit of the beautiful, charming village of Sirmione, on Lake Garda. You will have time to visit the castle on the lake and walk through the Roman ruins of Grotte di Catullo with magnificent views on Lake Garda and its beaches. Before leaving Sirmione, we absolutely advise you to try a typical, huge gelato! You will arrive in Milan just in time for dinner. Check-in at the 4* hotel. Overnight in Milan.
DAY 11: Enjoy a guided tour of Milan city and end your day with some shopping at the famous Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Overnight in Milan.
DAY 12: Free day at your leisure or take a day-trip to Lago di Como to discover some of the most charming villages and understand why so many Hollywood stars decided to call this place “home”. Farewell dinner included. Overnight in Milan.
DAY 13: Farewell Milan! See you next time, Italy!
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