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14 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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Italy is home to a wealth of “magnificents,” and this vacation features them all. Rome with its famed archaeological sites; Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” enchanting Lake Maggiore; the unique floating city of Venice; Perugia, capital of Umbria; and the lively resort of Sorrento. You’ll also experience Pisa’s amazing Leaning Tower; the charming landscapes of Cinque Terre; Genoa, childhood home of Christopher Columbus; Milan, capital of fashion; Italian-speaking Lugano in Switzerland; Romeo & Juliet’s romantic Verona; Ravenna with its precious Byzantine mosaics; Assisi’s frescoed St. Francis Basilica; Pompeii’s remarkable archaeological site; and the jet-set Isle of Capri. Enjoy it all amid the warmth of the Italian people and the beauty of the panoramic landscapes.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Pisa, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri

Scenic Highlights:
Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Italian Lake District, Bay of Naples, Capri

NOTE:
December 24 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome

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

  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Cinque Terre
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le Mura
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Early Christian monuments of Ravenna
  • Genoa old city and Palazzi dei Rolli

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Rome

The ”Eternal City”—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM.

Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Pisa–Montecatini

This morning, vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini for two overnights.

Breakfast

Day 4 Montecatini. Excursion to Florence

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you most of the cities highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise."

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Dinner

Day 5 Montecatini–La Spezia–Cinque Terre–Genoa

Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy's Liguria region. Ride the TRAIN to Levanto and stop to see one of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. Back on the coach, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, for an overnight.

Breakfast

Day 6 Genoa–Milan–Lake Maggiore

Today's included guided sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city's 17th-century fortifications; the Lanterna (lighthouse), a symbol of Genoa; San Lorenzo Cathedral; Christopher Columbus' childhood home; the Palace of the Doges, ancient seat of Genoese government; and one of Europe's biggest aquariums. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, crossing the Po River into a stark change of scenery. Stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent Duomo, then continue to Baveno in the Lake Maggiore area.

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Day 7 Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano

Time to relax and get to know the area. Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s largest lakes and is located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. In fact, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano and its lake in Switzerland.

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Day 8 Lake Maggiore–Verona–Venice Area

Travel across the Po River plains and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure before reaching the Venice area.

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Day 9 Venice

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

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Dinner

Day 10 Venice Area–Ravenna–Assisi–Perugia

An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna. In the afternoon, journey to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS, with its famous frescoes by Giotto. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria.

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Day 11 Perugia–Pompeii–Sorrento

Drive south on the autostrada to Pompeii. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of POMPEII with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Next, Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort.

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Day 12 Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri

This legendary island is surrounded by rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available.

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Dinner

Day 13 Sorrento–Rome

This morning, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before a comfortable drive northwards for an afternoon arrival in Rome.

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Day 14 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, 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.

GIUSEPPE MOZZONI

Years of Experience: 10

There's sage travel advice that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" That's my goal...to help every traveler experience Italy through an Italian perspective. We'll get to the heart and soul of each town-the sights, sounds, and flavors that make each place so unique. You'll definitely come away with a better understanding of why we say, "Italians do it better!"

 Accommodations

ROME Green Park Hotel Pamphili (ST)
MONTECATINI Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (ST) or Settenrionale Esplanade (F)
GENOA Starhotels President (F)
LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon (F) at Baveno
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
PERUGIA La Meridiana (F)
SORRENTO Grand Hotel Vesuvio (F) or Ascot (F) or Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense
ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)

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