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Gems of Italy
10 days / 9 nights

Day 1

ARRIVAL / MILAN

Arrival at Milan airport. Meet your coach and assistant and transfer to the hotel.

Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and the most popular city in Italy. It is the 5th-largest city in Europe and a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism.

Check-in at the hotel.
Then meet your guide for a panoramic half-day sightseeing tour of Milan for 03 hours. Discover the most important attractions of the cities like the Dom, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Milan and overnight in hotel.

Day 2

MILAN / GARDA LAKE / VENICE

After breakfast and check-out, meet your coach at the hotel and departure for Venice.
En route, stop at Lake Garda. It is the largest lake in Italy and a popular holiday location located in northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan alpine region formed at the end of the last Ice Age.

After a lunch at a local restaurant, overlooking the lake, enjoy a panoramic visit of the lake with navigation on a boat to admire its breath taking landscapes and typical towns such as Desenzano, Sirmione, Bardolino and Garda. Continue on towards Venice.
Dinner at a local restaurant in Venice. Overnight.

Day 3

VENICE

After breakfast, meet your guide and start a full-day sightseeing tour to discover the beauty of Venice.

Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture and their artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.
You will walk through the small streets and discover main attractions like Saint Mark’s square and Saint Mark’s Basilica, Bridge of sighs, Doge Palace and Rialto Bridge.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your tour and discover the Doge’s Palace.
Built in Venetian Gothic style it is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice.
The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923.

End this visit with a 35-minutes Gondola ride through the most romantic and characteristic canals of the city. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4

VENICE / FLORENCE

After breakfast, meet your guide and start a half-day sightseeing tour to discover the Venice islands of Murano and Burano for 04 hours:

By private water-taxi you will reach Murano island, known for its glass making. While visiting a glass factory, you will admire the master glass blowers at work and witness the magic of their art. You will see how quickly a blob of molten paste can be transformed into a piece of art by twisting and blowing glass with very simple tools.

You will then travel to Burano, a small island with its brightly coloured houses, where you can browse in the small shops and walk along the very narrow alleys to discover some of the enchanting corners of this island. The island is famous for its lace made by hand with fishing and boat buildings the main source of income for the locals.

After lunch at a local restaurant in Venice, you will leave for Florence known as the Renaissance crib, Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region
Dinner at a local restaurant in Florence. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5

FLORENCE

After breakfast, meet your guide and start a full-day sightseeing tour through the historical city centre.

During your walking tour you will cross the most famous squares. Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore with its Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile, the Piazza della Signoria with the façade of the Palazzo Vecchio, the heart of Florentine life, a true open-air museum with historic and important statues, the Court Offices, the Republic Square with its elegant cafés, the Loggia del Porcellino and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the oldest bridge over the Arno where you will find many gold shops.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit one of the two most important museums of the city, Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery.

A journey into art amidst the most exciting masterpieces created by Florence's masters, Giotto di Bondone, Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raffaello Sanzio, Tiziano Vecellio, and Michelangelo Merisi knows as Caravaggio. Michelangelo Buonarroti‘s sculptures mark the course of his career. The David, Saint Matthew and the Four Prisoners; the last of his mature works.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Florence. Overnight.

Day 6

FLORENCE / SIENA / ROME

After breakfast, depart for Rome.
En route, stop in Siena for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a half-day sightseeing tour. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. You will walk through its historical city centre to see most important areas of the city such as Piazza del Campo and the Dom.

Proceed in the afternoon towards Rome, the capital city of Italy and a real open-air museum. Dinner at a local restaurant in Rome.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 7

ROME

After breakfast, meet you guide for a full-day sightseeing tour.
Visit some of the most important attractions of the city, famous all over the world:

The Colosseum, raised in less than 10 years and inaugurated under Titus in 80 AD, which became the biggest Amphitheatre ever seen.
Also, the Roman Forum and the public square of the city which was the centre of the political, religious, social and economic life of Rome.
The Piazza Venezia dominated by the huge white marble monument dedicated to the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, completed in 1911, and the Capitol Hill, once the site of the temple dedicated to Jupiter Optimus Maximus. Today the city hall of Rome stands on the top of the hill.

After a lunch break, you will enjoy a walk through the most important squares and visit Piazza Navona, redesigned under pope Innocent X Pamphilj in the 17th century by Gianlorenzo Bernini, who created the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of the square, and his competitor Francesco Borromini, who worked on the Church of St.Agnes.
The Pantheon, once a temple dedicated to all gods, dating back to the time of emperor Hadrian, 125 AD, which today is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Martyrs, Piazza di Spagna, whose stairs are particularly beautiful in May when pots with azalea flowers are placed on the steps,
and Trevi fountain, which became the place where you throw a coin into the water wishing to come back to Rome one day.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. Overnight.

Day 8

ROME

After breakfast, meet your guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of Vatican Museums.
You will enter the Vatican through the gate in the defensive walls that surround the Vatican and partly date back to the Middle Ages.

You will cross the modern entrance hall of the museums and go upstairs to reach the panoramic terrace overlooking part of the Vatican gardens and the dome of St.Peter's Basilica for a short introduction to the history of the Vatican including the museum collections and the paintings in the Sistine Chapel.
The tour will take you through the rooms of the "Museo Pio Clementino", the galleries of the Candelabra, the Tapestries and the Geographical Maps.

At the end of the galleries, you will descend into the Sistine Chapel, which in 1508 was commissioned by Julius II to Michelangelo who in four years created a revolutionary representation of the Genesis, which was brought back to its original splendour after 10 years of cleaning between 1980 and 1990 and is considered one of the most important works in the history of art and in particular the renaissance period.
You will leave the Chapel following the "Scala Regia" stairs, designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini, to reach St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square.

After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon free in Rome. Dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. Overnight.

Day 9

ROME / NAPLES / CAPRI / ROME

After breakfast meet your coach and depart for Naples.

Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Set around one of the most beautiful bays in Italy, the Bay of Naples and lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is the third-largest city in Italy.

Today, Naples is a bustling city located in a beautiful natural setting, with a colourful street life, chaotic traffic, and numerous narrow and winding alleyways that lead to many quaint shops and restaurants.
It's most important and interesting sights are Piazza del Plebiscito, Spacca Napoli, the Castel Angiolino and the Duomo.

Proceed to the port and embark on the jetfoil for a visit of Capri island, 06 hours:

Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin, famous for its wonderful natural beauty, deep-rooted history, mild climate, bright landscape and the famous Faraglioni rocks, You won’t miss the Blue Grotto, known throughout the world for its size and Mesmerizing beauty.

Return back to Rome in the late afternoon and have dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10

DEPARTURE

After breakfast and check-out, meet your coach.
Transfer to Fiumicino Airport and departure.

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