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10 Day Tour from Rome to Padua

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Begin your vacation in Rome with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy guided visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Also attend the weekly Papal Audience (subject to availability) and visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, and St. Mary Major Basilica. Enter Umbria and stop in Cascia to visit the basilica that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the Lower Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Assisi, where guided visits to the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare are included, and where you can celebrate Mass. Also included are visits to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, and the Porziuncola, where St. Francis founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209, as well as the Carceri Hermitage and the Monastery of St. Damian. An optional excursion to ancient Spello is available. Continue to Tuscany and stop in Siena to visit the Basilica of St. Dominic with a local expert, the Sanctuary and House of St. Catherine, and Siena to Piazza del Campo before continuing to Florence. Here, start with Mass at the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, followed by a guided walking tour with visits to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb. Next is Padua, where a guided visit of the Basilica of St. Anthony is included. From Padua, a full-day excursion to Venice features a private boat ride, and guided sightseeing including a visit to Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, plus St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, where you can attend Mass. Back in Padua, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your travel companions.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica
CASCIA
Visit the Basilica and attend Mass
ASSISI
Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. Damian
SIENA
Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del Campo
FLORENCE
Celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica; guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica
PADUA
Guided visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica; farewell dinner
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark’s Square & Basilica
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • This tour involves a lot of walking.
  • Departure June 6 - Feast day of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) in Padua

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

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Day 2 Rome

This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome

Attend the weekly PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability). This afternoon, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS and the CATACOMBS. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. As a favorite of pilgrims everywhere, officially, these 28 white marble steps may only be ascended on the knees. Then visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Rome–Cascia–Assisi

Enter Umbria and stop in the town of Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the “Saint of the Impossible.” Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb, and the incorrupt body of St. Rita, and attend Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209.

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Day 5 Assisi

Celebrate Mass this morning followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus will take you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, where St. Francis came to meditate and pray, an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the woods of Mount Subasio. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact; she died here in 1253. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Spello.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Assisi–Siena–Florence

Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena meet your Local Guide, and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, connected to numerous episodes of sanctity of Catherine of Siena’s life; also visit the SANCTUARY and HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. In the afternoon, a short drive brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”

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Day 7 Florence

This morning, attend Mass at SANTA MARIA NOVELLA BASILICA. Then, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through Florence’s historical center. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David, admire the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Also visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others. Tonight is your chance to try out Tuscan specialties.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Florence–Padua

Through the Apennine Mountains, arrive in the flat Po area and in Padua, enjoy a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY to see the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Padua. Excursion to Venice

A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and start sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA, where you can attend Mass. The afternoon is at leisure and optional excursions are available. Return to Padua and enjoy a farewell dinner with wine.

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Day 10 Padua

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice).

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SALVATORE RUSSO

Escorting Tours for more than 18 years

Anyone can tour Italy, but only a few can tour Italy "Salvatore Style". It includes an infectious smile greeting you each morning with a "buongiorno" and asking the question "Are you ready for the adventure that lies ahead?" Passionate enthusiasm drives his desire to introduce each traveler to the sights, sounds, treasures and cultures surrounding them, always with a playful sense of humor. "Why not?" becomes more than just a question, but a feeling that anything is possible on any given day, a challenge to embrace life and enjoy the ride! Navigating easily around the hustle, bustle and unexpected obstacles is a daunting task that Salvatore undertakes always with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.

Tour Director - SALVATORE RUSSO

 Accommodations

Rome
Assisi
Florence
Padua

Rome

Una Hotel Roma

First-Class

Una Hotel Roma Via G.Amendola 57, Rome,  Italy

Via G.Amendola 57
Rome, Italy

Six story Hotel with early 20th century furnishings; located downtown; 100 meters from Termini Station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Assisi

Giotto

First-Class

Giotto Via Fontebella 41, Assisi,   Italy

Via Fontebella 41
Assisi, Italy

From its splendid position overlooking the Umbrian valley, for over a century, it has been a preferred destination for even the most exacting of travelers searching for art, elegance and a great tradition.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television

Florence

AC Firenze by Marriott

Superior First-Class

AC Firenze by Marriott Via Luciano Bausi, 5, Florence,   Italy

Via Luciano Bausi, 5
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A stylish modern property with 118 guestrooms. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas. Other amenities include a bar, Turkish bath and fitness room. The restaurant serves delicious meals using fresh local produce and the lobby lounge bar offers evening drinks & snacks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Window Opens

Padua

Milano

First-Class

Milano Via Pilade Bronzetti,62, Padova,  Italy

Via Pilade Bronzetti,62
Padova, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A modern 80-room property of minimalistic design, ideally located only steps away from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a gym, a restaurant serving tradisional local cuisine and there is also a bar/lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rome
Assisi
Florence
Venice

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

To make the most out of your stay join the Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. With our optional walking tour you will have the chance to see the famous Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other sites and squares of Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. A life-time experience!

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Assisi

Magnificent Spello with Dinner

Magnificent Spello with Dinner

Take a short drive south to reach beautiful Spello. Admire the well-preserved Roman stone arches, forming entry gates into the Old Town, and the medieval tower with an olive tree on top, symbol of peace and of the most typical local product olive oil. Stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets lined with simple, elegant homes built from pink and white limestone, and soak up the unique atmosphere of this charming Umbrian town. Enjoy dinner with wine or soft drinks at a local restaurant to taste the specialties of this region.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Florence

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight drive out to the rolling Chianti Hills and enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Venice

Gondola Serenade

Gondola Serenade

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districtsi sestieri. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido. On picturesque Burano island, renowned for its lace making and colorful houses, savor a mouth-watering meal, with drinks included. Afterwards there's time to shop and stroll.

Approximate value: €69 EUR per person

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