MAP - Italy’s Great Cities 2017

Italy’s Great Cities (LJ)

8 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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What do you want from your Italy tour—amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, and scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation offers it to you! You’ve seen photos of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square—now’s your chance to stand in this square, where people gather to hear the Pope. You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum, where the contests took place. You know the most popular saint in Italy, St. Francis—now’s your chance to visit his basilica, built over his tomb. You’ve seen photos of Michelangelo’s famous David—now’s your chance to see it yourself. You’ve heard of the famous Venetian glass—now’s your chance to watch a skilled glassblower fashion it in an age-old, traditional manner. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. And you may have heard about the world-famous Palio in Siena—now you will visit the Piazza del Campo where it is held.

But that’s not all…on this Italy tour, scenic rides between cities will show you some of the country’s most beautiful scenery: the flat Po area, the wooded Apennine mountain range, and Tuscany’s Chianti wine country, with its vine- and olive-clad hills. Plus, Globus has arranged special experiences to give you a true local perspective, such as welcome and farewell dinners at local restaurants in Rome and a taste of traditional gelato in Florence. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this tour through Italy’s great cities. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner at a local restaurant
ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Santa Croce Basilica; taste a traditional gelato
SIENA
Walking tour, visit Piazza del Campo
Headsets throughout the tour

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

  • Vatican City
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

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; special welcome and farewell dinners with wine in Rome

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

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

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Day 2 Rome

Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to 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, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. 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–Assisi–Venice Island

Entering the province of Umbria, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Venice Island

Meet your Local Guide and take your walking tour featuring 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. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Venice Island–Pisa–Florence

Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower, then continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out local specialties on an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Florence

Guided sightseeing features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. A highlight is Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite your visit to the SANTA CROCE BASILICA to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini, and other historic and famous figures. And, of course, you will taste a gelato artigianale (traditional ice cream).

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Florence–Siena–Rome

Arrive in Siena for an orientation walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. See the square, where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race is held. Return to the “Eternal City” and tonight, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Rome

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.

ANNE PALMER PUCCINI

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - ANNE PALMER PUCCINI

 Accommodations

Rome
Venice
Florence

Rome

Cicerone

First-Class

Cicerone Via Cicerone, 55/C, Roma,   Italy

Via Cicerone, 55/C
Roma, Italy

A 250 room centrally located hotel in the Prati area within pleasant walking distance along the River Tiber to historic Castel Sant'Angelo. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, cozy sitting rooms, and an American bar.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Venice

Albergo Rist.All'angelo

First-Class

Albergo Rist.All

San Marco, 403
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Small hotel with restaurants serving Venetian cuisine; situated 50 meters from Saint Mark's Square without crossing bridges.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer

Gabrielli

First-Class

Gabrielli Riva Schiavoni, 4110, Venice,  Italy

Riva Schiavoni, 4110
Venice, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Hotel Gabrielli is a traditional family run Grand Hotel since 1856. The hotel in Venice is arranged with historical Venetian furniture.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Florence

NH Firenze

First-Class

NH Firenze Piazza Vitt.Veneto 4/A, Florence,   Italy

Piazza Vitt.Veneto 4/A
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A Modern Hotel with 152 guestrooms situated just a leisurely stroll away from the heart of this Renaissance City. The upscale restaurant has a focus on Tuscan specialties and the chilled out lobby bar is the perfect to place to unwind with a drink, for fitness there is a gym and for connectivity, Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Roma

First-Class

Roma P. Zza S. Maria Novella 8, Firenze,  Italy

P. Zza S. Maria Novella 8
Firenze, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Housed in a stately 18th-century building overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this 52-room romantic hotel has a cozy atmosphere with classic Florentine design, including beautiful stained glass windows from the Art Nouveau period. A generous breakfast buffet is served each morning in the informal breakfast room and there is an elegant bar serving cocktails and other drinks in a classically appointed room with marble floors and frescoed walls and ceilings. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

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

 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
Venice
Florence

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: $

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

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: $

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.

Price Range: $$

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Florentine Dinner

An evening you'll never forget. Find out first-hand that the best and the most delicate food and wines originate in Tuscany. Be sure to come with an appetite!

Price Range: $$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art.

Price Range: $

A Taste of Tuscany

A Taste of Tuscany

Journey through the celebrated Tuscan countryside to discover the charming village of San Gimignano and take part to a traditional Tuscan meal.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

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