TAPESTRY | Essential Italy 2023

10 DAY TOUR FEATURING ROME, FLORENCE, & VENICE
September 24 - October 3, 2023

Tour begins in Rome, Italy and ends in Venice, Italy

$5,695 Per Person Double Occupancy
$1,200 Additional
for Single Accommodations
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This Trip Includes

AIRFARE & TRANSFERS
Round-trip international airfare from Chicago (ORD); Group transfer upon arrival and for departure

9 NIGHTS
Hotel accommodations, including porterage

14 MEALS
American breakfast (B) daily; 5 dinners (D)

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Guided sightseeing with your Tour Manager as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; visits, admissions and special features are shown in bold.

PROFESSIONAL TOUR MANAGER
Full time, english speaking throughout the trip

Tour Highlights

  • Kick-off Welcome Dinner
  • Italian Cooking Demonstration
  • Expert Local City Guides
  • Roman Forum
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Gardens Tour
  • Vatican Museum Guided Tour
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Tuscan Wine Estate
  • Wine Cellar & Vineyard Tour
  • Siena Cathedral
  • Florence Guided Walking Tour
  • Accademia Gallery + David Sculpture
  • Museo del Tessuto
  • Pisa Day Trip
  • Antonio Basilica
  • Murano Island
  • Glass Blowing Demonstration
  • Venice Guided Walking Tour
  • Gondola Ride
  • Italian Farewell Dinner

Hand Selected Hotels

ROME
Le Méridien Visconti Rome

FLORENCE
Hotel De La Ville

VENICE
Hilton Molino Stucky

Discover the legendary beauty of Italy — from the art of Michelangelo to the artful style of Florence of to the ancient ruins of Rome all woven together in a small group experience

Day 1

Rome Arrival – Tour Begins

Welcome to Rome! This evening, meet your Tour Manager and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome Aperitivo and lively Italian cooking demo at one of Rome’s local restaurants. D

Day 2

Rome

On a locally guided walking tour of Rome, wander along the Roman Forum exploring the Piazza Venzia, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Our final stop will be at St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most important churches in Christendom, and until recently, the largest in the world. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to independently explore the “Etheral City”. Perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch or discover the cavernous interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. B

 

Day 3

Rome – Vatican City – Rome

Soak in the green splendor of nature, away from the bustling city life on a morning tour of the Vatican Gardens. Our guided walking tour strolls shaded walkways on meandering paths witnessing emerald green foliage, multi-colored flowers and ancient sculptures that date back to medieval times. At the Vatican Museums, our docent will guide us through the Museums’ highlights, such as the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and of course, the Sistine Chapel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to roam freely through the museum and to enjoy one of the world’s greatest Art collections. Gather tonight to toast farewell to Rome while savoring local Italian fare at our beachside group dinner. B, D

 

Day 4

Rome – Siena – Florence

Journey to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site and get to know the local lifestyle in a contrada (neighborhood) whose community is centered around the colorful Palio horse race. Next, a short journey through Tuscany’s verdant vineyards, a family-owned wine estate welcomes us. After a tour, we’ll gather for a toast with wines produced on-site. Next, explore the majesty of Siena Cathedral with its Mosaic Floor, the Piccolomini Library and the “Gate of Heaven”. Later, arrive in Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. B

 

Day 5

Florence

Our morning walking tour features the Renaissance city’s cultural treasures and monuments.  See the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII, wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. See world-famous masterpieces of Renaissance art at Florence’s Accademia Gallery. See the iconic ‘David’ sculpture and other awe-inspiring pieces while our guide shares background information and highlights on the works of Michelangelo. After the tour, enjoy the remainder of your time at leisure in Florence. B

 

Day 6

Florence – Pisa – Florence

Explore Italy’s largest museum of historical and contemporary textile production and art on a guided tour of the Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum). Next, visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. Upon arrival in Pisa, journey by mini train to Cathedral Square to admire the impressive the historic sites around you. Later, return to Florence to savor Tuscan cuisine at the included dinner. B, D

 

Day 7

Florence – Padua – Venice

Departing Florence, travel to Padua to discover its historical charm. Explore the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest Squares of the City. Later, we’ll visit the famous Sant Antonio Basilica, a religious symbol of the city where are the remains of the Saint that welcomes tourists every year on pilgrimage. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice, where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Tonight, experience the breathtaking beauty of St Mark’s Basilica, as you stroll the sidewalks and foot bridges of this magical city. B

 

Day 8

Venice – Murano & Burano Islands – Venice

This morning, embark on a private boat trip around the UNESCO-listed Venice Lagoon and admire the views as we glide past San Giorgio Island, Certosa Island, and Sant Erasmo Island. Arrive at Murano Island to experience the island’s claim to fame—Murano glass—as we visit a glass factory, enjoy a traditional glass-blowing demonstration, and perhaps purchase some exquisite hand-made souvenirs. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Venice. B

 

Day 9

Venice

This morning, we’ll join a local guide at St. Mark’s Square on a walking tour through the area highlighting St. Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Sansovinian Library, and the Rilato Bridge. Next, partake in one of Venice’s most famous pastimes – a gondola cruise. Take a pleasant stroll toward the Grand Canal to board your gondola. As you relax in your elegant watercraft, your gondolier navigates the Grand Canal. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore the hidden spots of this charming city. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure at our Italian Farewell Dinner. B, D

 

Day 10

Venice – Tour Ends

After a leisurely breakfast, swap addresses with new friends before transferring to Venice Marco Polo International Airport to begin the journey home.

 

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