Rome and Tuscany Italian Traditions
(includes flight from NY-JFK)
July 16 - July 24, 2019
$500 due by
January 15, 2019
Due by April 15, 2019
$242 per person (double)
$276 per person (single)
Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, and housekeeping are not included
*Prices per person based on double room occupancy, singles not open to sharing is an additional $600.
Round trip international flights from New York (JFK) - Florence - Rome - New York (JFK)
Other departure cities available upon request
7 nights hotel accommodation
4 nights Tuscany
3 nights Rome
English speaking guides throughout tour
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Stand before Michelangelo's David in Florence
Enjoy wine tasting and lunch in the famous Chianti region of Tuscany
Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel
Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
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July 16, Tuesday I USA: Depart the U.S. to Italy
Depart New York for your flight to Florence, Italy.
July 17, Wednesday I Montecatini
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, the spa center of Italy known for its world-famous thermal baths and expansive parks and gardens. The rest of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
July 18, Thursday I Montecatini - Wine Tasting
Today, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel to the magnificent Chianti region, in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, where Italy's most famous red wine is produced. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone. The Chianti landscape is so stunning that it has inspired many famous photographers - so keep your cameras ready. Stop at one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting followed by lunch highlighted by regional specialties. Then, on to the small town of Greve where you have time to wander around, sip an espresso, or indulge in a gelato before returning to Montecatini.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
July 19, Friday I Florence
Today, travel with your group to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, start with the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Then walk to the striking Duomo celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. From here continue to the open-air museum of Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Return to Montecatini and enjoy the evening at leisure.
July 20, Saturday I Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the optional full day excursion to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous horse race of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era. Return to Montecatini for dinner at the hotel.
Optional: Full Day Siena and San Gimignano from Montecatini
July 21, Sunday I Travel to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills.
July 22, Monday I Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiatorial contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café and just people-watch, or linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. Tonight explore on your own and perhaps enjoy the typical Roman cuisine.
July 23, Tuesday I Vatican City and Rome
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo's Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight join a scenic drive through the city and dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
July 24, Wednesday I Rome departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight