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Experience Italy's magical diversity on this journey rich in architectural delights, evocative scenery and cultural heritage.

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  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Duomo, Florence
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence
  • Florence's outdoor cafes
  • Venice
  • Venice's famous gondolas
  • Assisi
  • The Trevi Fountain, Rome
  • Column of St Marco and Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square, Venice
  • The Colosseum, Rome
  • The bay of Naples
  • St. Peters Basilica, Tiber River, Rome, Italy
  • Verona
  • Sorrento's marina
  • A view of Sorrento

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DAY 1 : UK - Rome.

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.

DAY 2 : Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills - Poggibonsi.

Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th century cathedral, which took 300 years to build, and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at Poggibonsi for four nights. This pretty town is perfectly located for touring the area. (B)

DAY 3 : Poggibonsi.

Spend today relaxing or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race. (B, D)

DAY 4 : Poggibonsi - Florence - Poggibonsi.

Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures. (B, D)

DAY 5 : Poggibonsi - Pisa - Chianti Valley - Poggibonsi.

This morning, drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Begun in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery. Then continue to the Chianti region and visit a famous wine cellar with lunch at the Vicchio Maggio estate. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 : Poggibonsi - Verona - Venice area.

Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, this 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Later, continue your travels to the Venice area for two nights. (B)

DAY 7 : Venice.

After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city - Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fail to impress. Enjoy a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glassblowing. Get to know this magical city in your own way, exploring its piazzas, palazzos and churches or taking an optional romantic gondola ride. (B, D)

DAY 8 : Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino.

Once the western seat of the Byzantine Empire, the peaceful town of Ravenna is known for its domed churches, many adorned with spectacular Byzantine mosaics. Later, head for the tiny republic of San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state, for one night. (B, D)

DAY 9 : San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area.

Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, staying in nearby Foligno. (B, D)

DAY 10 : Assisi area - Naples.

Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples. (B)

DAY 11 : Naples - Capri - Naples.

Today take in the scenery as you sail to the tiny island of Capri. Once favoured by wealthy Romans who built sumptuous clifftop villas here, it is packed with attractions, including fascinating classical ruins. Discover buzzing Capri Town, strolling its pretty piazzas and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Grab the chance for an optional tour that takes you to the island's main highlights. (B, D)

DAY 12 : Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples.

Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Buried under thick ash for 1,700 years, this ancient city sits beneath its destroyer - Mount Vesuvius - and is one of the world's most astonishing archaeological treasures. Walk with your guide around its villas and streets before spending the evening in colourful Sorrento. (B)

DAY 13 : Naples - Montecassino - Rome.

This morning stop in Montecassino. This hilltop town boasts a massive Benedictine Abbey and is the site of a famous World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours. (B)

DAY 14 : Rome.

With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions - visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, discovering Tivoli's Villa d'Este gardens or enjoying dinner and a scenic drive through the Roman hills. (B)

DAY 15 : Rome - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Hotels on Tour

  • Assisi area:Holiday Inn Express (3*)
  • Naples:Palazzo Caracciolo or Best Western S. Germano (4*)
  • Rome:Buenos Aires (3*) or Parco Tirreno (4*)
  • Rome:Buenos Aires (3*) or Fleming (4*)
  • Tuscan Hills:Locanda del Ponte at Monticiano or Aquaviva Hotel & Spa at Casole d'Elsa or Toscana Ambassador at Poggibonsi (4*)
  • Venice area:Poppi at Mira or Holiday Inn at Marghera (4*)
  • San Marino:Titano (3*)

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Rome - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
  • Meals on tour 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Services of a tour director on tour
  • Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
  • Transfers between overseas airport and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option no supplement to pay

Holiday highlights

  • Orvieto Visit cathedral
  • Florence Walking tour with local guide
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles
  • Verona City sightseeing with local guide
  • Venice Canal boat ride, orientation and glass-blowing demonstration
  • Assisi St Francis Basilica
  • Capri Boat trip
  • Naples Orientation drive
  • Pompeii Visit archaeological site with local guide
  • Rome City sightseeing with local guide

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  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
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  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • Airport hotels & car parking for less
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