Italian Showcase - 2021

Italian Showcase - 2021

Visiting: ROME–SIENA–TUSCAN HILLS. , TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE., TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE–FLORENCE–BOLOGNA AREA., BOLOGNA AREA–VERONA–VENICE AREA. , VENICE., VENICE AREA–RAVENNA–SAN MARINO., SAN MARINO–URBINO–GUBBIO–ASSISI AREA., ASSISI AREA–SORRENTO AREA. , SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI. , SORRENTO AREA., SORRENTO AREA–POMPEII–NAPLES–ROME., ROME., Capri, Tuscany, Venice


Tour Operator: Cosmos

Physical rating: Steady pace


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Tour Overview

This is a comprehensive, affordable tour of Italy, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved cities (including Rome, Florence and Venice), historic sites, small towns, and scenic wonders. You’ll start and end in Rome focusing on Tuscany and the Sorrento coast, but also visiting Venice, San Marino (one of the world’s smallest countries), and Assisi. Enjoy two nights in the Tuscan countryside, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race. Enjoy a walking tour of the Renaissance city center of Florence. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century. Discover the charm of Bologna, with its Medieval towers, and spend three nights in the area of Sorrento, a laid-back town with amazing views of the azure seas and cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Take the excursion to Capri, with is crystal-blue water, legendary piazzetta, and fashionable boutiques; Explore Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved archaeological site gives you an amazingly detailed insight into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire. This Italy tour also visits Ravenna, with its Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD; Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has preserved its Renaissance appearance; Gubbio, dating to the 14th century, and Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a guided city orientation showing the main sights, from Vatican City to the Colosseum. From the small, historic towns to the vibrant cities, this affordable Italy tour for value-minded travelers has it all! Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

icon Day 2 ROME–SIENA–TUSCAN HILLS.

Location: ROME–SIENA–TUSCAN HILLS.

This morning, journey to Siena, rightly considered the jewel of Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo is quite unique in shape and setting, and famous all over the world for the medieval-style Palio horse-racing event. Enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages. Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

icon Day 3 TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE.

Location: TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE.

Spend the day at leisure or take advantage of today’s optional excursion to San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, two of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Admire their towers and the countryside dotted with vineyards and olive trees.

icon Day 4 TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE–FLORENCE–BOLOGNA AREA.

Location: TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE–FLORENCE–BOLOGNA AREA.

Arrive in Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Admire the city’s timeless beauty during the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to the Bologna area. Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km

icon Day 5 BOLOGNA AREA–VERONA–VENICE AREA.

Location: BOLOGNA AREA–VERONA–VENICE AREA.

Spend some time visiting Bologna, Italy’s oldest university city this morning, then head for the Venice area. Stop in Verona to visit the romantic city of Shakespearian plays. You’ll have time for a stroll in the center to see the Roman Arena. Today’s Distance: 165 mi/ 265 km

icon Day 6 VENICE.

Location: VENICE.

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation, starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. A variety of optional excursions is available.

icon Day 7 VENICE AREA–RAVENNA–SAN MARINO.

Location: VENICE AREA–RAVENNA–SAN MARINO.

Travel to Ravenna, a city that preserves the richest heritage of Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD. After a stop here, continue to the tiny hilltop Republic of San Marino, one of the smallest countries in the world. Today’s Distance: 139 mi/ 224 km

icon Day 8 SAN MARINO–URBINO–GUBBIO–ASSISI AREA.

Location: SAN MARINO–URBINO–GUBBIO–ASSISI AREA.

First to Urbino to see its magnificent Ducal Palace towering over the town, then on to the verdant Umbria region to visit medieval Gubbio, where the superb view of the rooftops of the town from the Consul’s Palace is a must. Continue on to Foligno. Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 160 km

icon Day 9 ASSISI AREA–SORRENTO AREA.

Location: ASSISI AREA–SORRENTO AREA.

Start the day in Assisi with a guided tour of the town, including the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous paintings by Giotto dating back to the 1300s. Cross the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in the picturesque Sorrento area. Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

icon Day 10 SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI.

Location: SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI.

Today, cross the crystal-blue waters to Capri. This legendary island, surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. Return to the Sorrento Area for an overnight. Today’s Distance: 9 mi/ 15 km

icon Day 11 SORRENTO AREA.

Location: SORRENTO AREA.

Spend the day relaxing in the sun, explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to discover the unique beauty of Positano.

icon Day 12 SORRENTO AREA–POMPEII–NAPLES–ROME.

Location: SORRENTO AREA–POMPEII–NAPLES–ROME.

Leave the Sorrentine Peninsula to discover one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world: POMPEII. This village was caught by surprise by the Vesuvius volcanic eruption in 79 AD, and excavations have uncovered a snapshot of ordinary Roman life. Back to the present, you’ll enjoy an orientation drive of culture-rich Naples before arriving in Rome. Today’s Distance: 173 mi/ 278 km

icon Day 13 ROME.

Location: ROME.

Steeped in history, Rome is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built and Circus Maximus. Consider an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

icon Day 14 ROME.

Location: ROME.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

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