Italian Sampler Tour - Globus® Guided Tours

Italian Sampler (LQ)

9 Day Tour from Rome to Padua

2017 Tour Details

Italy appeals to the heart and soul of every traveler—with its historical significance and extraordinary beauty. It inspires a sense of romance, excitement, creativity, and amazing cuisine. On this Italy tour, you’ll get a sample of what Italy has to offer, from its historic sights and its marvelous art and architecture to its tasty cuisine and inspired drinks. You’ll overnight in Rome, the Chianti Hills, Pisa, the Verona area, and Padua, and you’ll see glorious scenery along the way.

You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing that includes the must-see sights, such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, in Rome; Michelangelo’s David in Florence; Juliet’s balcony in Verona; and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, dating to the late 11th century. You’ll stop in Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Teatro Bibiena, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. A spectacular drive through the Dolomites—the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe—brings you to Bassano, where Globus has arranged a special treat for you. You’ll enjoy a grappa tasting along with local specialties at the Grappa Museum. But that‘s not all…among the many unique experiences offered by Globus on this tour, you’ll travel to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century and still has the original 14 towers. You’ll walk through the main square and have free time to explore.

All of this and much more are included on this vacation. From its beautiful mountains to its exciting cities and from its amazing historic sights to its delicious cuisines, Italy offers it all. Be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture the memories you’ll create on this remarkable Italy tour!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
MONTERIGGIONI
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the medieval walled town and taste cantucci alle mandorle
SAN GIMIGNANO
Walking tour
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
TENUTE DI BADIA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy dinner with wine
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
MANTUA
Guided sightseeing, visit Teatro Bibiena
VERONA
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena
TRENTO
Orientation
BASSANO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste the local grappa at the Poli Museo della Grappa
PADUA
See St. Anthony's Basilica
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner at Al Colombo restaurant and a ride by private taxi boat through the Grand Canal
Headsets throughout the tour

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

  • City of Verona
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Rome, a special dinner in Tenuto di Badia, and a special farewell dinner in Venice

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive on Rome, Italy

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

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Day 2 Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome. This morning, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Balance of the day at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Monteriggioni–Chianti Hills

In the morning, visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, leave the “Eternal City” and follow the Apennine Hills to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try out traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Continue through unforgettable vine-clad landscapes to your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills.

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Day 4 Chianti Hills–San Gimignano–Florence–Pisa

Walk through the center of picturesque San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry, which Florence is famous for. Before arriving in Pisa, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at Tenute di Badia restaurant.

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Day 5 Pisa–Mantua–Verona Area

Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center and the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to TEATRO BIBIENA, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened.

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Day 6 Verona Area

Explore Verona, 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. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Verona Area–Trento–Bassano–Padua

Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy’s “Gate to Northern Europe,” with Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites brings you to the area of Bassano, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite you will enjoy a GRAPPA TASTING, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Padua. Excursion to Venice

A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure to further explore Venice at your own pace or to join an optional gondola serenade. Later, follow your Tour Director through narrow streets to Al Colombo restaurant near Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, has prepared Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner with wine. Afterwards, enjoy a PRIVATE WATER-TAXI RIDE through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci.

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Day 9 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.

LINO NEFANDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My life is a journey... Born in Southern Italy, my passion is history and rediscovering the traditions and the most refined art of this country. I love to share with my customers on the Globus tours moments of the breathtaking coastlines, the monuments and the unbelievable recipes of Italy. Follow me, I am going to make you live the Italian experience as if you were a part of this never-ending show.

Tour Director - LINO NEFANDO

 Accommodations

Rome
Chianti
Pisa
Verona
Padua

Rome

Albani

First-Class

Albani Via Adda 45, Roma,   Italy

Via Adda 45
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located in a quiet residential area, this 154-room colourful hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, a mediterranean restaurant featuring an original crystal chandelier and an American bar serving snacks and late night drinks.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Desk

Chianti

Compagnie Des Hotels Radda at Radda in Chianti

First-Class

Compagnie Des Hotels Radda at Radda in Chianti Strada Statale 429 - Loc. La Calvana, Radda In Chianti,  Italy

Strada Statale 429 - Loc. La Calvana
Radda In Chianti, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Surrounded by the hills of Chianti, this 60-room property boasts Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a wellness centre with whirlpool, sauna and Turkish baths, an outdoor swimming pool with amazing countyside views, a Tuscan restaurant and a delightful lounge / wine bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

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

Pisa

AC Hotel by Marriott

First-Class

AC Hotel by Marriott Via Delle Torri 20, Pisa,  Italy

Via Delle Torri 20
Pisa, Italy

This modern, avant-garde 106-room hotel is located on the outskirts of Pisa and features Free Wi-Fi internet access in the lobby, an exercise room and a traditional Italian restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television

Verona

Hotel Villa Malaspina

First-Class

Hotel Villa Malaspina Via Cavour 6, Castel D

Via Cavour 6
Castel D'azzano - Verona, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A beautiful 16th century villa with 70 rooms on the outskirts of Verona surrounded by verdant Italianate gardens offering Free Wi-Fi internet access. Other facilities include a relaxation area with covered swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness room as well as a restaurant serving delicious classic Italian cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

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

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 optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome
Verona
Padua
Venice

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

Join your Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the citys authentic jewels. A life-time experience!

Price Range: $

Roman Drive and Dinner

Roman Drive and Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through the "Eternal City" followed by a 4-course dinner at a popular Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Verona

Excursion to Lake Garda and Sirmione

Excursion to Lake Garda and Sirmione

Don't miss out this unique chance to discover the charm of Sirmione often called the pearl of the Garda Lake.

Price Range: $

Padua

Discover Padua and Italian Aperitivo

Discover Padua and Italian Aperitivo

Enjoy a walking tour of Padua followed by a real Italian Aperitivo.

Price Range: $

Venice

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

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