Italy’s Great Cities (LJ)

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

2019 Tour Details

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 of 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. And a unique guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo has been included as well.

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 panforte and ricciarelli (local specialties) in Siena. 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
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum
SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO
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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
SIENA
Walking tour, visit Piazza del Campo; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste traditional panforte and ricciarelli
CASTEL GANDOLFO
Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens

Headsets throughout the tour.

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; 3 three-course dinners, including dinners at local restaurants 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 welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

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Day 2 ROME–SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO

Start with a guided visit to the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Continue to the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman Legions marched in triumph, and walk through the ruins of important government buildings from Roman times. Leave the ‟Eternal Cityˮ and enter the green province of Umbria, for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner and overnight in San Martino in Campo. Explore the botanical park and gardens of your hotel which dates back to the 17th century.

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Day 3 SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO–ASSISI–VENICE ISLAND

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. Next is Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT!

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Day 4 VENICE ISLAND

Your guided walking tour features a visit to ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its byzantine BASILICA, and lavish DOGES’ PALACE with the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Afterward, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.

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Day 5 VENICE ISLAND–PISA–FLORENCE

Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower on your way 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.

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Day 6 FLORENCE

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.

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Day 7 FLORENCE–SIENA–ROME

Enter the impressive walls that surround the city of 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 and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste traditional panforte and ricciarelli (local specialties). Return to the “Eternal City.”

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Day 8 ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO

Look forward to a unique experience: enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, return to Rome, and visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà with a Local Guide. This evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the proper way to say arrivederci Roma.

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Day 9 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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
San Martino
Venice
Florence

 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)


Venice
Florence

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for a delicious four-course meal and time to explore.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

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: $$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Come face-to-face with the world's greatest masterpieces faster when you skip the long lines and head right into the Uffizi Gallery on this fantastic guided tour.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guest in a party: $1,707*
12 guest in a party: $911*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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