Week in Italy

Experience Italy with Journeys 360 Travel: All roads lead to Rome… They wind toward the Eternal City from Venice, labyrinthine city of art, romance, and palazzo-lined waterways… or to Florence, hip center of fashion, finance and culture, where Gucci, da Vinci, the Renaissance, and gold currency were born… They are the backroads that embark on a sojourn through the vineyards of Tuscany, sampling wine and local cuisine… They arrive at the hub of the Ancient World, in the heart of the modern metropolis, close to the Colosseum, the Appian Way and the Vatican, to discover the glories of Rome… And in today’s modern Italy, the roads are joined by high-speed rail that closes the distance and makes the most of your time… a journey of timeless pleasures.

TRIP INCLUSIONS

  • Yellow Roads – Travel from Florence through the Chianti hills, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, on a day trip to Badia di Passignano; the hilly landscape, basking in golds and greens, is filled with vineyards and olive groves

  • Discover the art of Florence through the eyes of an art expert during a private, after-hours guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with a local expert

  • After-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds; see the treasures of the Vatican unhurried, at your own pace

  • Special cellar tour and wine-pairing lunch featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine and local wine plus an olive-oil tasting at the osteria of a famed monastery in the Chianti hills

SPECIAL VALUE INCLUSIONS & SURPRISE & DELIGHT TOUCHES

  • See historic landmarks sights of Imperial Rome through the eyes of a local guide including the seven hills, the Baths of Caracella, and the Forum with an inside guided visit of the Colosseum

  • A gondola ride on the legendary canals of Venice

  • Travel First Class by high-speed train Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure (Certain restrictions apply)

  • 13 meals; service charges, drivers, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

    Day 1: Arrive Venice

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Baglioni Hotel Luna. Welcome to Venice! Arrive at the Baglioni Hotel Luna, a five-star luxury hotel in the heart of the city, with its own private jetty. Once an aristocratic palace, its splendidly appointed rooms, marbled floors and frescoed ceilings retain the elegance of a bygone era. You are only steps away from Piazza San Marco and close to the city’s most famous landmarks. Tonight, join us for a welcome reception and dinner at Antico Martini, one of Venice’s top restaurants, in an intimate, picture-perfect setting opposite the La Fenice opera house.

    Meals: Dinner

    Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Luna

    Day 2: St. Mark’s & more in Venice

    Eccentric, romantic, and innovative, Venice defies the tides of history. Its famous canals, once a defense against barbarian armies, belie its vulnerability and uniqueness as a timeless city on the edge, teeming with art and restless energy. You can feel that ancient energy on a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, adorned with domes, columns and spires, its gilded, soaring walls and ceilings profusely decorated with Byzantine mosaics and relics. Aural art has a history here too: antiphonal music was born in the basilica’s peculiar design and perfect acoustics. No less inspiring is the adjacent Doge’s Palace, a mass of pink marble that seems to float on tiers of Gothic arcades. Once the seat of power in the Venetian empire, the palace is now a museum of art treasures and a work of art itself in every intricate detail. Experience Venice up close and in style on a gondola ride through its maze of water lanes. Dine as you please this evening and explore the city’s vibrant contemporary culture in its fine restaurants, shops and galleries.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Luna

    Day 3: By high-speed train to Florence

    Travel to Florence by high-speed rail, First Class. A transfer is included from Santa Maria Novella Train Station to your stylish hotel in the center of the city, just a short walk to Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria as well as popular streets like Via Tornabuoni. Upon arrival, a private talk by an art historian sets the stage for your exploration of the “birthplace of the Renaissance.” After lunch at the hotel, take a walking tour of Florence’s historic center, followed by a guided visit to the fabulous Galleria dell’Accademia, home to artistic treasures such as Michelangelo’s David. You have a choice of an included dinner at a local restaurant tonight or tomorrow night, with wine included. Buon appetito!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hotel: Bernini Palace

    Day 4: Culture & the art of the Uffizi in Florence

    The city of Florence and its contemporary culture is yours to explore as you wish today. Besides Michelangelo and Botticelli, Florence is also the home of Gucci and Ferragamo, and a wealth of shops and galleries on the edge of modern culture. This evening, join us for an after-hours private visit of the Uffizi (“the offices”) conceived in 1581 as a massive government facility, was converted ten years later to a public museum which today holds some of the most important artworks of all time. Your guided visit to this remarkable institution, with its 45 exhibition halls and thousands of masterpieces, it is an art immersion unlikely to be experienced anywhere else.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Hotel: Bernini Palace

    Day 5: A Taste of Tuscany in the Chianti Classico

    Drive outside the city of Florence and through the Tuscan countryside for a Tauck Exclusive at the ancient monastery of Badia de Passignano in the Chianti Classico region, where the monks are known for their love of learning (Galileo taught here in 1587) and their cultivation of grapes. Tour the wine cellar with a sommelier, sample its famous Chiantis, and have lunch at Osteria di Passignano… a celebration of traditional Tuscan cuisine paired with some of the famous wines produced in surrounding vineyards… followed by a little extra-virgin olive oil tasting with the chef. Return to Florence to relax or explore as you please, enjoying dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Hotel: Bernini Palace

    Day 6: Rome via First Class High-speed rail

    A First Class high-speed rail journey whisks you from Florence to Rome and the Regina Baglioni, in the heart of the city. Your five-star hotel on the Via Veneto is an Art Deco masterpiece that has entertained poets and princes, in easy reach of the Villa Borghese gardens, the Trevi Fountain, and the most stylish boutiques and restaurants. Lunch is at a local restaurant before a tour of the Eternal City where monumental art is part of everyday life. Enjoy a guided visit at the Colosseum, the iconic symbol of Rome, and its most breathtaking feat of Roman engineering; its empty shell still resonates with its history of gladiator contests, mock battles, and violent spectacles. From a high vantage point, view the imposing remains of the great Forum, once the hub of the ancient city, where Romans gathered by the thousands for political, judicial, and religious events. Our special visit to the Vatican is scheduled for tomorrow night – which means our farewell cocktail reception and dinner is this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Regina

    Day 7: St. Peter’s & the Vatican Museums after hours

    With your local guide, you’ll stand in awe of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, on a vast piazza surrounded by colonnades. The great dome, designed by Michelangelo, is one of the largest in the world; it houses a soaring ornate cathedral, the tombs of popes since Early Christian times, and galleries of ancient masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pieta. After your visit, head back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure, then return this evening when the crowds are gone for a Tauck Exclusive – an after-hours tour of the Vatican and its museums – unparalleled repositories of relics, archaeological treasures, paintings, sculptures, maps, and tapestries collected over centuries – and the magnificent Sistine Chapel (subject to availability and day of tour may vary). Outside the galleries, Vatican City is illuminated against the night sky – and your visit is one that you won’t soon forget.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Regina

    Day 8: Journey Home

    Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Regina Hotel Baglioni to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino. Allow 3 hours for check-in.

    Meals: Breakfast

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