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Insight Vacations has been in the business of creating magical experiences for travelers for over 40 years. Traveling with Insight Vacations means connecting with local people, traveling in style on luxury coaches, staying at hand-picked hotels in the best locations, and traveling with like-minded guests in small groups. See Italy like never before on Insight's Best of Italy itinerary and reserve with us to get low pricing and exclusive benefits you can't get anywhere else.
Day 1 - Rome the Eternal City
Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Join your travel director for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - VIP Vatican and Rome With a Local
The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums. Insight has arranged special VIP entry to avoid the lines and gain behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel and then continue to St. Peter’s Basilica. There’s free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum? Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.
Day 3 - Renaissance Florence
Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli. Visit the Italian garden for views of Florence's iconic domed cathedral and see the historic cellar which connects to one of the oldest restaurants in Italy by a secret underground tunnel. Taste wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home, accompanied by delicious samples of local Tuscan fare. Continue on to Renaissance Florence.
Day 4 - Florence Sightseeing
Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour. Continue to the marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria and explore the area around Santa Croce Basilica. After a demonstration of leatherwork, there's free time to shop or venture on your own. In the evening, why not sample the fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and typical Tuscan dishes accompanied by Chianti wine?
Day 5 - Pisa to Venice, The Queen of the Adriatic
In the morning, journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the baptistery. Then relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia-Romagna region - one of Europe's most intensely farmed fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice. This evening, enjoy indulging in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6 - Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima
In the morning, a visit to an arts centre on Giudecca Island will allow you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans. In the afternoon, your private boat takes you past historic churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view. Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals.
Day 7 - Into the Hills of Umbria to Assisi
Leave Venice and journey to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns. In the valley, see the Church of St. Mary of the Angels then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.
Day 8 - Sorrento on the Coast
Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvious. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 9 - Capri, the Isle of Dreams
In the morning, cruise to the Isle of Capri. Under the Mediterranean sun, take one of the island's iconic open-top taxis up to Capri town where your Local Expert will take you around the narrow alleyways to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps join an optional cruise around Capri? Descend to the port on a funicular ride and return to Sorrento for some time to relax.
Day 10 - Pompeii, Frozen in Time and Onto Rome
Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilization. Then continue north as you travel to your hotel in Rome. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine.
Day 11 - Arrivederci Rome
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport in the morning.
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