From the lakeside city of Como to the many splendours of Rome, this tour encompasses many of Italy's most famous cities, comfortably, by comfort-class rail.
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Day 1 & 2 Milan | Como
On arrival in Milan, you will be met and transferred by private car to your Como hotel for check-in. Settle in and then it's time to explore Como at your leisure; relax in the cafes, people watch, drink pure Italian coffee, and absorb the history and elegance of your new surroundings. The remainder of today and all day tomorrow is free to visit and absorb the delights of Como. Be sure to visit Como's walled Old Town and, at its heart, Piazza San Fedele with its many 400-year-old buildings & basilica. (B)
Day 3 Como | Venice
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Como's rail station to board a first-class train for the journey east to Venice. Once you arrive in Venice you will be met and guided to your motor-launch, the Venetian mode of transportation, and transferred to your hotel. Comprising of more than a hundred small islands, a hundred and fifty canals and more than four hundred bridges, Venice is built like no other city in the world and your afternoon is free to start your exploration of this fascinating city. (B)
Day 4 Venice
This morning an experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic. Starting at Piazza San Marco where you will admire its most important monuments, Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie, walk through Venice's meandering alleys to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo before returning through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto Bridge and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping, to San Marco Square. The tour continues with a guided visit of the Palazzo Ducale which for centuries represented the seat of the Venetian political power. The remainder of the day free to pass as you please, perhaps selecting an optional excursion to visit the famous islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello. (B)
Day 5 Venice | Florence
This morning a guide will lead you from your hotel to your motor-launch to transfer you to the train station to board a first-class train to Florence. Sit back and enjoy watching the scenery change as you travel from Veneto through Emilio Romagna to Tuscany. When you arrive in Tuscany's capital city of Florence you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. Check-in to your hotel and now it's time to start discovering Florence and the many artistic & historical wonders it offers. The remainder of your day is free. (B)
Day 6 Florence
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the "Cradle of the Renaissance" - Florence. Start with a drive along the romantic Viale dei Colle up to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city. Then a guided walking tour of the historic centre including a visit to the Duomo complex, Giotto's Belltower and the ancient Baptistery with its bronze door before finally arriving at the renowned Galleria dell'Accademia* to admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other great works. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please. (B)
Day 7 Florence | Pisa or Chianti | Florence
Today the choice is yours whether to spend the afternoon on a visit to Pisa or enjoy a visit to the Chianti area. Both tours take place during the afternoon with the Pisa tour being a splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Arriving in Pisa you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other important monuments. This is followed by a visit to the interior of the Cathedral, an unrivalled masterpiece of Romanesque art constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries. After the visit to the Cathedral, there will be free time at your disposal or, for those who are interested you can take a pleasant walk with our tour escort and reach Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world. However, if the tour of Chianti is your choice this excursion will take you to one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its wine and its countryside of unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare beauty. This tour includes a visit to a site of particular historic and artistic interest in an ancient hamlet and to one of the most famous wine-growing estates, complete with a snack and tasting of its prestigious wines. The excursions take place in different areas of the Chianti Classico and Chianti Fiorentino wine districts. Whichever tour you choose an early evening return to Florence is planned. (B)
Day 8 Florence | Rome
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a private car transfer whisks you to the railway station to board a first-class train with reserved seating to Rome where on arrival a private car will take you to your next hotel. Check-in and the remainder of today is free to relax or explore on your own. (B)
Day 9 Rome
Join us today on a small-group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, and skip the line by booking ahead! With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be lead by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. Marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world and the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel... along with the tour, our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Inside this church, we will experience the beauty of the world-famous sculpture La Pietà, another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist. And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square and the afternoon is free to pass as you wish. (B)
Day 10 Rome
Today you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some time to explore Rome on your own before an afternoon guided tour. This tour begins with an arrival at Piazza Venezia with its impressive monuments erected for King Victor Emanuele II and the tomb dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, before continuing by foot to the famous Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo: from there you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. Our coach will then continue to view the Circus Maximus and the pyramid of Caius Cestius before arriving at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls (visit inside). The tour will be completed with a visit inside the imposing Coliseum. Return to your hotel or nearby or you can elect to leave the tour at the Coliseum making your own way back to your hotel at your own pace. (B)
Day 11 Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento
Today an early morning departure from your Rome hotel on board a deluxe coach with A/C sees your heading south towards Naples. Upon arrival in Naples, our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Gallery of Umberto I, and the San Carlo Opera House. Stop for lunch where you will enjoy typical Neapolitan specialities such as ”mozzarella, salami, pizza or pasta” (soft drinks included). From Naples, continue to Pompeii and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory, followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 B.C. and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. Proceed to Sorrento, a charming town of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of oranges, lemons and olives trees. Dinner will be held at the hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 12 Sorrento | Capri | Sorrento
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll depart by boat to the island of Capri. Upon arrival at Marina Grande, enjoy a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Garden and a stop at the famous Piazzetta. Then transfers by Minibus to Anacapri. Visit of Anacapri with its magnificent views and enjoy some time at leisure. After lunch in Anacapri, return to Marina Grande where you will board the boat back to Sorrento. Dinner & overnight at your hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 13 Sorrento | Rome
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before a full day at leisure to explore the famous and charming town of Sorrento, or to visit one of the jewels of the peninsula such as Positano, Ravello or Amalfi. Departure from the hotel at 3:30 pm to meet our tour leader for the return trip to Rome. Approximate arrival time in Rome will be 9:00 pm. (B)
Day 14 Rome
Today you have an entire day to discover Rome on your own perhaps returning to one of the many places visited during your guided tours or visit one of the many famous shopping areas that Rome. (B)
Day 15 Departure
After breakfast, a private car transfer will take you from your hotel to Rome airport for your return flight. Arrivederci! (B)
The Michelangelo Tour can also operate in reverse.