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Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a welcome reception. Your introduction to the Eternal City is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await tomorrow.
The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and admire the Bramante staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.
Journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as you wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, arrive at your hotel in the clifftop village of Sorrento where we’ll dine tonight.
We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri town in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’ before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, return to the mainland.
See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio, arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ on a walking tour to the Basilica of St. Francis, which will have an opportunity to visit before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. Stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a fully renovated old Franciscan convent.
Journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s Balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, where you enjoy a regional dinner.
Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world’s greatest ports. ‘Dive Into Culture’ on Giudecca Island, where talented tradesmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to St. Mark’s Square where you will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an optional experience to see the colourful fishermen’s houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats.
Today, cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy’s capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive at Lake Maggiore where you’ll enjoy dinner served tonight at your hotel.
The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome you today. Enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring the little towns, indulge in the area’s delicious gelato, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where you’ll connect with locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner.
Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where you will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Your next stop is Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.
Delve into the extravagant legacy of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence and 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.
This morning, stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, within whose city walls, one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by thousand-year-old towers and stroll along the town’s 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome, enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and your Travel Director.
Your discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport.
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Advertised prices are per person twin share, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ^Guests can choose to take advantage of either the Early Payment Discount, or the applicable air offer. They cannot take advantage of both. Air offer: The air offer $699 return per person is not combinable with the Early Payment Discount or any other promotional offer for any trips booked to qualify for the air offer. The air offer is available for new bookings until 31 Oct 2019 for Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines; until sold out. Prices are per person and represent adult economy from fares including any applicable taxes and surcharges. The offer is based on fares to and from the nearest European city to the trip’s start and endpoint. Other destinations are available; however, surcharges may apply. Airfares are valid for travel to Europe departing from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney for economy class travel between 1 Mar – 30 Nov 2020. Carriers may have differing permitted origins in Australia and travel periods (*Brisbane and Cairns available on Singapore Airlines only). A fee of $350 per person will apply to air bookings where any flight sector is outside of the airline’s system date range. A surcharge will apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required. One stopover on the entire journey is permitted at an additional cost. The air carriers selected are at the discretion of Trafalgar based on available fare classes at the time of booking and must be purchased in conjunction with one of the specified Trafalgar departures. The airfare cannot be sold in isolation and is subject to availability. Trafalgar reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares; fees and surcharges at any time. A non-refundable deposit of up to $350 per person and full payment for the airfare is due within five days of booking or by 31 Oct 2019 (whichever comes first). Full payment for the trip must be received by 18 Dec 2019 or no later than up to 90 days prior to departure from Australia (whichever comes first). Discount offer: based on a maximum of 10% Early Payment Discount. Early Payment Discount is on the land-only portion of selected holidays and can be combined with other Trafalgar brochure discounts where applicable, does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.