Italian Mosaic (LI) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Rome to Rome


Italian Mosaic
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Stresa
The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy
Lake Maggiore
St. Marks Square
Cannero Riviera
La Piazza Della Signoria

Vacation Overview

This classic Italian vacation is our most popular, with departures throughout the year. Two-night stays in Rome, Florence, Lake Maggiore, Venice, and Sorrento, plus one night in St. Francis’ Assisi, offer plenty of time to visit the main sights with a Local Guide. Discover St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum in Rome; Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square in Florence; St. Mark’s and Doges’ Palace with the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Stops are also made in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower; in Padua, to visit St. Anthony’s Basilica, and to enjoy a cappuccino at the popular Pedrocchi Café; in dynamic Milan, where you will see the famous Duomo and the glass-domed Galleria, and in subtropical Lugano, Switzerland. Another highlight is a boat cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, where dinner with local specialties has been prepared for you (departures March 25-October 21). The two nights in Sorrento includes a visit to the Isle of Capri, including a jetfoil boat ride and a funicular ride to Capri village. Also visit Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius on your way back to Rome, where a farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment has been included as a proper “Arrivederci Roma”.

     
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ROME
A welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, and the Colosseum and Roman Forum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; see Ponte Vecchio

LUGANO (SWITZERLAND)
Visit the subtropical town

LAKE MAGGIORE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner with wine (departures March 25-October 21)

MILAN
Orientation, see the Galleria

VERONA
See Juliet’s balcony and the Arena (all departures except March 25-October 14)

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

PADUA
Walking tour, visit the Piazza delle Erbe and St. Anthony’s Basilica; enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a cappuccino at the Pedrocchi Café

ASSISI
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica

SORRENTO-CAPRI
By jetfoil

CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • January 21, February 18, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 25, December 16, and January 20 - February 17, 2015 Depatures - Overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore, Dinner on Day 5 not included, Lugano and Lake Maggiore replaced with Verona visit on Day 7.
  • December 16 Departure–Christmas Eve in Assisi
  • Overnight at Starhotels Ritz (F) at Milan


DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome Saint Peter Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome 
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DAY 2Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion. (Breakfast)

Saint Peter Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome 
The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum


"Visitors can be a little confused by the Roman Forum; at first glance, it is a rather lifeless array of marble fragments. But we must remember that in ancient times, this space was far more than the temples and monuments whose ruins we can explore today. It was filled with bustling, noisy life as the popular crossroads of the city – the predecessor, in fact, of the modern Italian piazza. Every morning at dawn, average Romans would escape their cramped, dark apartment blocks (called insulae, or “islands”) and spent their days outdoors. "
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums


"In the early 1500s, Rome was full of neglected ruins from the days of the ancient Empire, which still contained artworks buried amongst the rubble. The Renaissance had seen a sudden growth of interest in all things classical, and the popes – cultivated men who were in touch with the intellectual currents of the day – were the richest art collectors in Italy. They began offering substantial cash rewards for any sculptures, until Rome was scoured by freelance treasure hunters on the hunt for pagan masterpieces. The most dramatic discovery occurred in 1506, when a Roman father-and-son team of excavators reported a promising find near the ruined Baths of Titus. The artist Michelangelo himself excitedly hurried over to help with the work, followed by the pope’s official agent, Guiliano da Sangallo. When the excavators brushed away the dirt of 1,000 years, they found an enormous marble sculpture, perfectly intact, of a muscular Trojan hero being attacked by giant snakes. Guilano cried out in amazement, “This is the very Laocoön described by (the ancient Roman author) Pliny!” The sculpture was carted off to the Vatican Museum."
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DAY 3Rome–Pisa–Florence

Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties. (Breakfast)

The Ponte Vecchio at night Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio 
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa


"It was the most perfect experiment in the history of science. Holding both a cannon ball and a small musket ball, the 30-something Pisa native Galileo Galilei scaled the steps of his city’s famous Leaning Tower, and held them dramatically over the edge. Eight stories below, the town’s most learned scholars and priests were gathered as observers. They watched as the two balls dropped to the ground at the same speed – disproving, with a single stroke, the ancient idea that objects fall at different rates depending on their weight and size. This archaic concept, which had been espoused by the ancient Greek author Aristotle, had been accepted without question for more than 2,000 years, Galileo’s great innovation was to put it to a practical test of observation. Unfortunately, this famous story is probably not true. Galileo never wrote about it himself – it was recounted in a late biography penned by his secretary, Vincenzo Viviani. Most historians now believe that it was Galileo’s imaginative disciples who invented the Leaning Tower tale in order to make the theory so clear that even a child could understand it. "
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DAY 4Florence

Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, optional excursions are available to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery and to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town. (Breakfast)

San Gimignano is a small walled hill town in the province of Siena Florence 
La Piazza Della Signoria

La Piazza Della Signoria


"What’s the best vantage point to ponder the most illustrious town square in Florence, the Signoria? An outdoor table in the venerable Caffè Rivoire – preferably over a delicious, if not painfully expensive cioccolata con pane, a dark and mud-thick hot chocolate. Late at night, when the crowds have gone, you can search the long shadows and imagine that very little has changed here since the 1400s. The Signoria is the most elegant sculpture garden in Europe. Masterpieces include the splendid Neptune Fountain by Ammannati, Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli and a precise copy of Michelangelo’s David, all strategically poised in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This grand public space has been the centerpiece of Florence since the 15th Century, the golden age when the city was established as the most beautiful in Europe. Eminent merchants in their ostentatious finery met here to discuss business in the midst of Florence’s raucous daily life."
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio


"As the Nazis retreated from Florence during the Second World War, they blew up all of the bridges across the River Arno except one – the Ponte Vecchio. It was evidently saved on Hitler’s personal orders. This was where he had met the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1938, cementing the “pact of steel” alliance. The Führer had been so impressed by the elegant “Old Bridge,” which had graced the spot since being built in stone in 1345, that he decided to save it. The German army instead blew up all of the ancient buildings on either side, so that the bridge could not be used by the Allies, but the Ponte Vecchio itself was salvaged for posterity."
Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Uffizi


"While the Uffizi Museum is world famous, few of the millions of visitors wandering its luminous corridors realize how much we really owe to its architect, Giorgio Vasari – a figure who defined our very notion of the Renaissance. A true Renaissance man in our modern definition of the term, Vasari was an accomplished painter and an inspired designer, but his true genius was actually as a writer. In 1550, he published Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects of Italy, a classic of biography from which much of our knowledge of the Renaissance artists is drawn."
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DAY 5Florence–Lugano, Switzerland–Lake Maggiore, Italy

North across the Apennine hills and through the flat Po area to the Swiss border. In Lugano, enjoy a leisurely break to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back to Italy for your stay in elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lake Maggiore Cannero Riviera Stresa Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore 
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DAY 6Lake Maggiore. Boat Trip to Isola Dei Pescatori

A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join an exciting Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT CRUISE to ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties at La Pescheria awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore

Isola Bella


"Isola Bella. Beautiful Island. Rising out of the waters of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, a gardener’s paradise awaits. When Count Carlo Borromeo decided to give his wife, Isabella, a gift back in 1632, he was thinking big. The expansive island villa and garden he planned for her are considered the epitome of Baroque-style architecture and garden design. With terraces built straight to the water’s edge, the island appears as if it is a floating flowering ship. Many of the rooms are of notable historical interest, like the Music Room, where Mussolini hosted the Stresa Conference in 1935 that should have ensured peace in Europe, and Napoleon’s Room, where he often stayed in the company of Giuseppina Beauharnais."
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DAY 7Lake Maggiore–Milan–Venice Island

Stop in Milan, the commercial capital of Italy, for an orientation featuring its gothic Duomo, glass-domed GALLERIA, and famed La Scala Opera House. Continue to romantic Venice, and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Maybe an optional gondola ride tonight? (Breakfast)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping Center in Milan, Italy 
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DAY 8Venice Island

Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in the age-old manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island. (Breakfast)

St. Marks Square 
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Bridge of Sighs


"The world’s most poetically-named bridge, Il Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs, was built in 1614 so that prisoners of the Venetian state could be transferred in secret from the Doge’s Palace to the so-called Nuovi Prigioni, or New Prisons. The wistful name was actually conceived by the English poet Lord Byron in the early 1800s that imagined the horror of prisoners taking their last glimpse of Venice before going underground to captivity. "
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DAY 9Venice Island–Padua–Assisi

In Padua, walk to the Piazza delle Erbe and visit ST. ANTHONY’S BASILICA. Next, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cappuccino at the popular Pedrocchi Café. Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, built on top of his tomb. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

Assisi


"Saint Francis may be Assisi’s most internationally famous son, the charismatic preacher who has been the subject of numerous bio-pics. But his female counterpart, Saint Clare, evokes almost as much devotion amongst Italians. Her life story reads like a medieval inversion of The Sound of Music: A beautiful young woman born into a wealthy family, she was betrothed at an early age to a dashing local noble and seemed destined for a conventional life of luxury and pleasure. But her future was transformed in 1210, when she saw the handsome young Francis, espousing the sacred virtues of poverty in the streets of Assisi. Clare immediately cut off her long golden hair, took a vow of celibacy, gave away all her fine clothes and began to dress in a simple cassock. She soon founded her own religious order for women, the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, which demonstrated a devotion to good works that matches the all-male Franciscan order of monks. In fact, she is often known to Catholics as alter Franciscus, another Francis."
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DAY 10Assisi–Sorrento

Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Sorrento. Excursion to Capri

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano. (Breakfast)

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Capri is an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples

Capri


"Rising like a whale from the ocean, the spectacular island of Capri has held a particular attraction for celebrities trying to “get away from it all” over the centuries. In former times, it lured the writers Goethe, Oscar Wilde and Graham Greene; these days, it attracts American stars like Leonardo di Caprio, Harrison Ford and Mariah Carey. But Capri first became famous in 26 AD, when the Roman Emperor Tiberius “dropped out” here to escape the political in-fighting in Rome. For 16 years, he ruled the Empire from his luxurious cliff-side palace – flashing his orders to the mainland via a lighthouse. Protected by 500 foot cliffs, Capri had only one landing point, and his villa, located on a remote headland offered sweeping 300 degree views of the ocean. B"
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DAY 12Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome

Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the “Eternal City,” Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at La Carovana restaurant as a proper way to say, “Arrivederci, Roma!” (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy

Pompeii


"While wandering the superbly-preserved streets of Pompeii keep an eye out for the cauponae or early fast-food restaurants beloved by the ancient Romans. Located on several corners and looking like open-air bars, these one-room establishments were where busy citizens could grab a quick meal and glass of wine on the run. They were identified by colorful signs over their doors (one place excavated in Pompeii had a Phoenix, another, an elephant and pygmy). And like modern coffee bars in Italy today, customers stood at an L-shaped brick counter to order. There were jars full of hot and cold food, as well as amphorae of wine, which they could consume on the spot or take out to a few wooden seats provided on the street or, in some cases, a small back garden."
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DAY 13Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 25-October 21 & March 24-April 7, 2015) and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri



Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore (except departures January 21, February 18, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 25, December 16, and January 20-February 17, 2015 that have 4 three-course dinners included)


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Years of Experience: 36 years

As a veteran Tour Director, I find no other destination as stimulating and exhilarating as Italy. Here we have something for everyone--ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, amazing art, and more. Join me so you can absorb and understand the multi-faceted nature of this country without any of the difficulties, pitfalls, and time-wasting often encountered by individual travelers. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you to my beautiful country.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Italian Mosaic:

  • Vatican City
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon