Classic Italy (2012)

11 days starting at $2,420
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  • FLIGHT 1 NIGHT

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • MILAN 1 NIGHT

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Milan

    Arrive in Milan
    Touch down in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group. Spend the night in the Milan region. If you’ve got money to burn, you might even buy a pair of authentic Italian shoes.
  • VERONA • VENICE 1 NIGHT

  • Day 3

    Travel via Verona

    Arrive in Venice

    Welcome dinner

    Travel via Verona
    On your way to Venice, stop in Verona, home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. You can see the home of Juliet’s family, and even the balcony where she called out for Romeo in Shakespeare’s play.

    Arrive in Venice
    Continue on to Venice, once a huge naval power and now a major tourist spot. Venice is amazing. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. See the gondolas, browse the shops, eat the gelato.

    Welcome dinner
    Get to know the other travelers in your group over tonight's included dinner.
  • VENICE 1 NIGHT

  • Day 4

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)

    Doges’ Palace

    Free time in Venice (day)

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)
    A local guide will lead you on foot through the narrow streets and open piazzas of Venice. Start at St. Mark's Square, whose basilica allegedly houses the saint's remains. See the famous Grand Canal and the 324-foot Campanile bell tower, and then finish your tour at a cool glass-blowing demonstration (Venetian glass is famous around the world).

    Doges’ Palace
    Visit the 14th-century pink-and-white palace, and walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace and its prison. According to lore, prisoners would sigh with sadness as they crossed the bridge and saw their city for the last time.

    Free time in Venice (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Castello district – Take a walk and try to make it all the way to the San Pietro di Castello Island.
    2. Rialto Market – Browse the noisiest, most colorful spot in Venice, where vendors sell an assortment of fruits, vegetables and fish.
    3. le Zattere – Walk along this picturesque quay, with its great views of the Grand Canal and its popular gelato stop.
    4. Glassware shopping – Take home a piece of high-quality Venetian crystal.
    5. Gondola ride – You have to do it, the classic Venice experience. If you’re lucky, your gondolier will serenade you as he directs the boat along the canals.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Venice.
  • FLORENCE 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 5

    Travel to Florence

    Free time in Florence (night)

    Travel to Florence
    Drive through the countryside to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe. Top art museums, amazing food, great nightlife—for many, Florence is Italy at its best.

    Free time in Florence (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Santa Croce area – Hit some of the popular pubs in this central area, especially on Via dei Benci.
    2. Moyo – This trendy bar attracts a mixed crowd of students and artsy Florentines; lounge out in the back or sit at the outdoor tables.
    3. Meccano – Head here to get moving on the two dance floors, or hang out in the big outdoor garden.
    4. All'Antico Vinaio – This has been one of Florence's most popular wine bars for the last hundred years.
    5. Tenax – For a concert, check out the leading venue for new, established, and big-name international acts; enormous but easy-going, it becomes a club after hours.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Florence.
  • Day 6

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)

    Florence Duomo

    Optional wine tasting and San Gimignano (extra cost)

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)
    Cover Florence on foot with a local guide. Get a feel for the city’s Renaissance glory days at spots like the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge; very photogenic). Continue past the gothic Basilica di Santa Croce, which houses the final resting places of many legendary Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo.

    Florence Duomo
    Visit the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo because of its famous dome. The dome was designed in the 14th century by sculptor and architect Brunelleschi, and it’s still quite a sight.

    Optional wine tasting and San Gimignano ($75 pre-booked)
    Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.
  • ASSISI 1 NIGHT

  • Day 7

    Travel to Assisi via Siena

    Travel to Assisi via Siena
    Drive through Tuscany and stop in the medieval city of Siena. Longtime rival to Florence, Siena is a great city to just walk around in. Enjoy the Gothic buildings and the narrow lanes straight out of the Middle Ages. Then continue to hilltop Assisi, and visit the impressive St. Francis Basilica. Inside, you can trace the saint’s life through the wall frescos.
  • POMPEII • SORRENTO 1 NIGHT

  • Day 8

    Sightseeing tour of Pompeii (local guide)

    Arrive in Sorrento

    Sightseeing tour of Pompeii (local guide)
    Take a trip into the preserved past at Pompeii. Doomed by the super-hot ash from Mt. Vesuvius looming above it, Pompeii is a remarkably intact ancient Roman town. Walk the streets and see the villas, temples and bath houses.

    Arrive in Sorrento
    Spend the night in the coastal hotspot of Sorrento. Italy’s favorite resort town, Sorrento gives you some unmatched views of the Bay of Naples.
  • ROME 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 9

    Optional excursion to Capri (extra cost)

    Travel to Rome

    Optional excursion to Capri ($90 pre-booked)
    Enjoy amazing views of the Amalfi coastline as you ferry across the Bay of Naples to the mountainous Isle of Capri. Travel by funicular to the ancient island resort of Capri, then board a cruise and take in the awesome views of the island’s coast. You’ll see the Arco Naturale, a huge stone arch on the eastern cliffs, and the famous Faraglioni, three enormous limestone rocks that loom out of the sea. (If weather conditions don’t permit a cruise, you’ll instead explore the scenic towns of Capri and Anacapri with your guide.)

    Travel to Rome
    Continue on to Rome. Though its imperial heyday was a couple thousand years ago, Rome today is as alive and action-packed as any European capital. Discover the busy coffee bars, the amazing food, and the incredible ancient sights.
  • Day 10

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)

    Roman Colosseum

    Forum Romanum

    Free time in Rome (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)
    Go way back into the past with a local guide. Rome was the center of the Western world back in the day, and you can really feel the history as you go through the city and see the ruins of that ancient civilization.

    Roman Colosseum
    Your tour includes a visit to the massive Colosseum, built back in 70 A.D. The huge amphitheater held up to 50,000 people, who would gather to watch anything from bloody gladiator contests to mock sea battles.

    Forum Romanum
    The Roman Forum was the commercial, political, and religious center of Ancient Rome. Today it’s a grassy field scattered with ancient columns and other ruins. With a little imagination, you’re walking with the Romans 2,000 years ago.

    Free time in Rome (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Campo de’ Fiori – Lots of young people gather early inside and outside the bars in this area, making it a good starting point.
    2. San Lorenzo area – Popular with students, this area is known for its reggae scene and many clubs.
    3. Big Mama – Blues lovers head to this music club in Trastavere.
    4. Testaccio – There is plenty of action on this circular street lined with bars and nightclubs.
    5. Opera – For a real cultural experience, go see an opera in the country where opera was born.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Rome.
  • Day 11

    Visit to Vatican City

    Free time in Rome (day)

    Farewell drink

    Visit to Vatican City
    Visit this country within a city, home to the Pope. Walk through the famed St. Peter’s Basilica, which was built on the site where the saint was martyred. Also walk through the Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescos.

    Free time in Rome (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Shopping on Via del Corso – Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping.
    2. Capitoline Museum – Up on a hill overlooking the Forum, this museum has some amazing ancient sculptures.
    3. Villa Borghese Park – Run, bike, or just relax in the city’s biggest park.
    4. Trastavere – Wander the old streets of this newly-popular bohemian area across the Tiber River.
    5. The beach – The Mediterranean is just 25 minutes away by metro, good for all the usual seaside activities.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Rome.

    Farewell drink
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) over a farewell drink with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 NIGHT

  • Day 12

    Fly home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotels
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome dinner
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell drink
  • Full-time tour director
  • Walking tours
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • CapriEnjoy amazing views of the Amalfi coastline as you ferry across the Bay of Naples to the mountainous Isle of Capri. Travel by funicular to the ancient island resort of Capri, then board a cruise and take in the awesome views of the island’s coast. You’ll see the Arco Naturale, a huge stone arch on the eastern cliffs, and the famous Faraglioni, three enormous limestone rocks that loom out of the sea. (If weather conditions don’t permit a cruise, you’ll instead explore the scenic towns of Capri and Anacapri with your guide.)
  • Wine tasting and San GimignanoSome of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Doges' Palace

Florence Duomo

St. Francis Basilica

Pompeii Roman ruins

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica

Colosseum

Forum Romanum

CITY GUIDES

Florence Rome Venice