Italian Highlights (LZ)

10 Day Tour from Rome to Milan

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This is the perfect vacation to see Italy’s highlights—from the historical treasures in Rome and the splendid art in Florence to the picturesque, walled medieval town of San Gimignano and the romantic canals in Venice. On this Italy tour, you’ll of course visit the famous sights on your sightseeing tours, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum in Rome, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, the medieval square in Siena, Juliet’s balcony in Verona, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb in Florence. You’ll even join a Venetian lagoon cruise to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, known for its bright pastel-colored houses.

But that’s not all…Globus has also arranged special adventures and experiences for you on this Italy tour. For example, learn how Chianti wine is made and even sample some at Verrazzano Castle. In Rome, an expert Local Guide will take you to St. Peter in Chains, the 5th-century church that is home to Michelangelo’s famous Moses statue, commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century.

Italy is an amazing country filled with beautiful art, magnificent architecture, extensive history, sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and friendly people. You’ll experience its splendor on this fabulous vacation highlighting Italy’s most-treasured places. Be sure to pack your camera, because you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner at the rooftop restaurant of your hotel overlooking Rome; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite admire Michelangelo’s Moses in St. Peter in Chains; visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum
SIENA
Walking tour including Piazza del Campo
SAN GIMIGNANO
Orientation
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
VERRAZZANO CASTLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting and lunch
BURANO
Lagoon cruise and island visit
VENICE
Private water taxi ride by night; glassblower demonstration; private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
VERONA
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena
MILAN
Walking tour, visit the museum of La Scala Opera House and the Galleria; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Vatican City
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch with wine, at Verrazzano Castle; 2 three-course dinners with wine, a special welcome dinner in Rome and a special farewell dinner in Milan

 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 and traveling companions, and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special welcome dinner with wine at the rooftop restaurant of your hotel overlooking Rome.

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Day 2 Rome

Your guided tour focuses on religious Rome: visit the fascinating VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA and admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome

This morning, your Local Guide will take you first to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ST. PETER IN CHAINS to see Michelangelo’s famous Moses, followed by visits to the magnificent COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time to savor la dolce vita or join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Rome–Siena–San Gimignano–Florence

In Siena, enter the impressive medieval walls and walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, site of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Then, continue through unforgettable landscapes of gently rolling, vine-clad hills to hilltop San Gimignano, and walk through the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Next is Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Florence

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tomb of Michelangelo. The afternoon is free to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce, which are attractive buys. And tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Florence. Excursion to Pisa & Verrazzano Castle

A fast journey will bring you to Pisa. Here, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Then, the highlight of today: hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti at VERRAZZANO CASTLE; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a WINE TASTING and lunch before returning to Florence.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 Florence–Venice Island. Excursion to Burano

A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Mountains brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Join an unforgettable Venetian LAGOON CRUISE to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, renowned for its bright pastel-colored houses and for its lace making. Take pictures of traditional fishing boats, still used by the island inhabitants. Continue to the island of Murano. This evening, transfer to ST. MARK’S SQUARE by PRIVATE WATER TAXI to discover Venice by night. Exciting optional excursions are available: dinner in one of Venice’s excellent restaurants and a gondola ride through its canals.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Venice Island

This morning, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner before boarding your PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the byzantine ST. MARK’S BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, enjoy Venice at your own pace.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Venice Island–Verona–Milan

In Verona, the medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Then, on to the dynamic city of Milan, hub of Italy’s economic miracle. Visit the MUSEUM of the famous La Scala Opera House, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the magnificent gothic Duomo. A special farewell dinner with wine at Calafuria Unione restaurant has been prepared as a proper way to say arrivederci, Italia!

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 Milan

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

IGOR SPINELLI

Years of Experience: 10

Italy is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. But that's not all. It is matched with warm people that still know how to enjoy life, incredible food and wine, picturesque little villages, and breathtaking scenery. I am proud and delighted every time I see Italy's magic shining in my guests' eyes. That is what I love the most about being an Italian Tour Director.

Tour Director - IGOR SPINELLI

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Milan

Rome

Mediterraneo

First-Class

Via Cavour 15
Rome, Italy

Free Wifi

Classic Italian Art Deco; soundproofed rooms, modern amenities blend with original period furnishings and character; downtown.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Florence

Starhotel Michelangelo

Superior First-Class

Viale F.Lli Rosselli 2
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern 7-story Hotel situated downtown, 2 blocks from the Arco River, 800 meters from Central railway station.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Venice

MGallery LaGare at Murano

First-Class

Riva Longa 27 - Isola Di Murano
Venezia, Italy

Hotel Amenities

Room Amenities

Milan

Starhotels Ritz

First-Class

Via Spallanzani 40
Milano, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern 8-story Hotel situated in main shopping area, 1/2 km from Duomo Square.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

 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
Florence
Venice

Rome

ExcursiontoTivoli

Excursion to Tivoli

Drive along the ancient Via Tiburtina to the hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided visit of Villa d'Este, one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance. Its countless fountains, set in the heart of magnificent Italian-style gardens, create a delightfully graceful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight, and water.

Approximate value: €52 EUR per person

RomanDriveandDinner

Roman Drive and Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the "Eternal City's" more exclusive streets. Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more. This tour will include a 4-course dinner, with wine and soft drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

RomanHighlights

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

Florence

FlorentineDinner

Florentine Dinner

Would you like to enjoy a special evening in Florence? Well here's your chance. Savor a classic 4-course Florentine dinner with coffee and drinks, at a fine restaurant in the superb location of Santa Croce Square. Begin with the famous "Antipasto Toscano", a selection of the best local olives, cheese, salami and home made 'focaccia bread', followed by a regional pasta dish and typical Tuscan style beef or fish for the main course. If you still have room you can end this delicious meal by indulging yourself with a sinful dessert - After all you are on holiday!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

HighlightsofUffiziGallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

With your Local Guide, visit one of the earliest museums in modern Europe with the world's finest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Gain fascinating insight into paintings by the great Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

TuscanDinner

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

AVenetianNightOut

A Venetian Night Out

Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks at a fine Venetian restaurant. After dinner, time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

GondolaSerenade

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

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