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15 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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This exciting vacation covers Italy’s main sites, with a special focus on the verdant landscapes of Tuscany and the romantic Gulf of Naples. Begin in Rome, then stop in Orvieto, an Umbrian town with a beautiful cathedral, and reach your hotel in the Tuscan Hills, ideal base for exploring Tuscany. Join a day trip to Renaissance Florence to experience Signoria Square, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo complex, and to Pisa to see its famed Leaning Tower. Experience Romeo & Juliet’s Verona, as well as magnificent Venice with its maze of canals. Stop in Ravenna, known for its Byzantine mosaics, and overnight in the Republic of San Marino, one of the smallest countries of the world. Dedicate a day to Italy’s Umbria region with visits to Urbino, Gubbio, and Assisi. Cross the Apennines, see the Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino, and spend three nights in Naples. Enjoy included excursions to the beautiful Isle of Capri, the fascinating archaeological site of Pompeii, and lively Sorrento. Return to Rome to discover the world-famous “Eternal City.”
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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 Orvieto, Greve, Pisa, Venice, Ravenna, San Marino, Urbino, Gubbio, Assisi, Montecassino, Naples, Sorrento, Capri

Scenic Highlights:
Tuscan countryside

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
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le Mura
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic centre of Urbino
  • Historic centre and Mount Titano

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 1 lunch; 7 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 Italy’s ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Rome–Orvieto–Tuscan Hills

This morning, start your journey northwards to Orvieto in the province of Umbria to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL. Next, enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages that skirt the Chianti wine-growing region. Overnight in the heart of Tuscany, in the San Gimignano area. There's no easier place to get around in Tuscany. Tonight, join the optional Tuscan dinner.

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Day 3 Tuscan Hills

Spend the day at leisure or take advantage of today’s optional excursion to San Gimignano and Siena. San Gimignano is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Admire its 14 towers and the countryside dotted with vineyards and olive trees. Siena is rightly considered the jewel of Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo is quite unique in shape and setting, and famous all over the world for the traditional Palio horse racing event.

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Day 4 Tuscan Hills. Excursion to Florence

A full day is dedicated to the city that’s known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide will introduce you to most of the city’s highlights.

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Day 5 Tuscan Hills. Excursion to Greve & Pisa

This morning, head to the village of Greve. Then, continue to visit the VICCHIOMAGGIO WINE ESTATE, where a renowned Chianti wine is made. Indulge in an included TYPICAL TUSCAN LUNCH before heading to Pisa to see its world-famous SQUARE OF MIRACLES and Leaning Tower. Take a stroll down the busy Via Santa Maria, perhaps Pisa’s most typical street.

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Day 6 Tuscan Hills–Verona–Venice Area

A comfortable drive north today, first through more of Tuscany, then into the flatlands of the Po Valley and across its river to Verona on the banks of the Adige River. Get to know more about this enchanting city on your included sightseeing tour that will take in all the highlights and, of course, the famous balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Later, continue to your overnight hotel in the Venice area.

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Day 7 Venice

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sights. View the delightful criss-crossing canals, the gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Enjoy the included orientation, which starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. In the afternoon, join one of the many optional excursions.

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Day 8 Venice Area–Ravenna–San Marino

South today to Ravenna, at one time an imperial city known as the “Byzantium of the West.” After a short stop here, continue to the tiny hilltop Republic of San Marino, one of the smallest countries in the world.

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Day 9 San Marino–Urbino–Gubbio–Assisi Area

First to Urbino with its magnificent Ducal Palace towering over the town. Then, on to medieval Gubbio, where a superb view of the rooftops of the town from the Consul’s Palace is a must. Continue on to Foligno in the Umbria region for an overnight.

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Day 10 Assisi Area–Naples

Start the day in Assisi by visiting the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous paintings by Giotto dating back to the 1300s. Travel south across the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in Naples, rightly known as Italy’s most colorful city.

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Day 11 Naples. Excursion to Capri

Cross the crystal-blue waters to Capri. This legendary island, surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you round the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. Return to Naples.

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Day 12 Naples. Excursion to Pompeii & Sorrento

This morning, get to know more about lively, bustling Naples on the included orientation drive. Next, POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Continue to Sorrento to spend a leisurely afternoon and early evening in this laid-back town with views over the Gulf of Naples. Maybe join an optional dinner in a local restaurant before returning to Naples.

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Day 13 Naples–Montecassino–Rome

North this morning through the province of Latium for a stop in Montecassino, known for its BENEDICTINE ABBEY. Back to the “Eternal City,” with plenty of time to enjoy one of the optional excursions, to do last-minute shopping, or maybe to sip a drink on Piazza Navona and watch the world go by.

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Day 14 Rome

This city is 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. Then, some more time to do just as you please.

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Day 15 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.

SILVIO CACACE

Years of Experience: 13

Sharing some of the most enchanting wonders of my home country with new people is always fulfilling. I love introducing travelers to the charm of the "Eternal City," the art and architecture of Florence, the romantic magnetism of Venice, and the mouthwatering food and wines. I enjoy every second of our time together-it's hard to say goodbye!

Tour Director - SILVIO CACACE

 Accommodations

ROME Buenos Aires (ST) or Fleming (ST)
TUSCAN HILLS Aquaviva Hotel & Spa (F) at Casole d'Elsa or Toscana Ambassador (ST) at Poggibonsi
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
SAN MARINO Titano (ST) or Grand Hotel (F)
ASSISI AREA Holiday Inn Express (ST) at Foligno
NAPLES Palazzo Caracciolo (F) or NH Ambassador (F)
ROME Buenos Aires (ST) or Parco Tirreno (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

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Florence
Venice
Naples
Sorrento
Rome

Tuscan Hills

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San Gimignano & Siena

See some of the jewels of Tuscany on this full day excursion accompanied by the tour director. Siena - which is one of Italy's most visited tourist attractions and is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and last but not least, the Palio, a horse race with is held once a year . San Gimignano - which dominates the Elsa Valley, began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. It is famous for its numerous medieval towers dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries and each one representing a noble family. Some of the interesting places to visit in San Gimignano are the Duomo or Collegiate College, the People's Palace and the Archeological Museum. You will have time to visit both these Tuscan towns on your own before being taken back to your overnight hotel.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

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Tuscan Dinner

A lovely typical meal in the Tuscan countryside. The restaurant is a former hunting lodge with a spectacular entrance road skirted by cypress trees. The menu you will enjoy lets you sample delicious Tuscan specialties accompanied by Tuscan wine and mineral water. During the evening, there will be live music to entertain you.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Florence

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Uffizi Gallery

Don't miss the chance to visit what is believed to be the earliest museum in Europe. With a local guide you will be taken around the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most important art galleries in Italy displaying paintings from every age. The Uffizi Palace was built by Giorgio Vasari at the wishes of Duke Cosimo 1 de Medici as offices of the Medici government. It houses the most significant classical sculptures from the Medici collections and a big selection of Italian and European paintings from 13th to 18th centuries. Admire some classical works of art such as Botticelli's "Birth of Venus", Leonardo's "The Annunciation" and Michelangelo's "Tondo Doni". At the end of the visit with the local guide you will be free to remain in the museum on your own to look around further. Note that the Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Venice

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Discover The Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian lagoon on an afternoon excursion lasting approximately 3 hours. After sailing past the island of St. Giorgio, the public gardens, Sant'Elena, the Lido and Murano the boat takes you to the famous island of Burano. This is the most picturesque of Venetian islands of the lagoon and the pretty fishing village has its streets and canals lined by pastel colored houses. It is also famous for its lace-making industry. There will be time to look around Burano on your own before returning back to St. Mark's Square by boat.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

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Gondola Serenade

One of the highlights of a trip to Europe and something not to be missed during your visit to Venice is a gondola serenade. The gondola ride either takes place in the morning or the afternoon and lasts approximately 30 minutes when during this time you can relax whilst cruising not only on the Grand Canal but also down many small canals to see Venice from the water. During the gondola ride a local musician will serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other Cosmos guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

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Venetian Night Out & Dinner

As the title suggests, this is a real Venetian night out. Embark on a motorboat for a cruise along the impressive Giudecca Canal with the tour director pointing out the most important palaces, all built by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13th centuries. Upon disembarkation an evening stroll though some of the romantic narrow streets of this fascinating city to eventually reach one of the specially chosen local restaurants for your Venetian dinner. After a welcoming aperitif of the house you can sit down and enjoy a typical dinner with a choice of starters and main course followed by a delicious dessert. Included also is red or white wine plus mineral water and tea or coffee. After dinner you will be given some free time in St. Mark's Square, said to have been called the "drawing room of Europe" by Napoleon and which is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. A motorboat will then take you part of the way back to your hotel.

Approximate value: €70 EUR per person

Naples

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Flavours of Naples

Enjoy an Italian evening out in a restaurant situated right in the historical center of Naples. The varied menu gives you the chance to sample delicious traditional Neapolitan dishes - something to remember when you get back home - including also wine and mineral water.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Sorrento

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Capri Island Tour

No holiday would be complete without visiting one of the jewels of the Mediterranean - the romantic island of Capri. Your visit of this beautiful island with a local guide will include a chair lift to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view, a visit to the fabulous Villa S.Michele - home of Dr. Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor whose best selling book tells of his time on Capri. The villa has a beautiful shady garden with a terrace offering splendid views of the island. Visit also the Gardens of Augustus situated towards the top of the island which offer tranquility and natural beauty. From vantage points of the Gardens one can see the roofs and bell tower of the St. James' Charterhouse, the Faraglioni rocks rising from the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea and far below the harbor of Marina Piccola.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

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Sorrento Flavours

Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere in one of the typical local restaurants and sit back and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with a mixed starter, pizza and pasta followed by dessert. The meal includes 1/2 liter of wine and 1/2 liter of mineral water per person, plus tea or coffee or instead a delicious "cappuccino" or even better a lemon liqueur for which Sorrento is famous - "Limoncello".

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Rome

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Roman Fine Treasures

Departing from the hotel around 4 pm you will be taken by coach to Lungotevere Marzio where you will disembark to start the walking sightseeing tour with a local guide to see some of the many treasures of Rome. First Piazza Navona, where there will be an inside visit of the Church of St. Louis of the French, which was designed and built between 1518 and 1589 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to St. Denis the Areopagite and king of France, St. Louis IX. The church's most famous item is the cycle of paintings in the Contarelli Chapel painted by Caravaggio, which represent the life of St. Matthew. Then a visit to one of the best-preserved Roman buildings, the Pantheon, which was built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome and almost 2,000 years after it was built its dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Return slowly back to the starting point where you will be given some free time for dinner before being taken back to the hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

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Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner

An early evening tour will show you other aspects of Rome, perhaps not seen on the included sightseeing tour. Either before or after dinner you will have an orientation drive to probably include Castel Sant' Angelo, Palace of Justice, Mausoleum of Augustus, Aurelian walls, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini and Via Nazionale. Dinner will be taken at one of the local restaurants and you can sample a delicious 3 course menu with dessert including local wine and mineral water plus coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic Roman atmosphere.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

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Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

On this fascinating excursion with a local guide you can stroll through the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michaelangelo's famous creation in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collections of art in the world. The Museums are brilliantly decorated and brim over with treasures and history and the local guide will share with you the stories and secrets contained within the Museum's walls. In the Sistine Chapel you can marvel at Michaelangelo's masterpiece, which is perhaps the greatest example of art anywhere and certainly the largest contiguous body by one painter. There are also some lesser masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel which are also worth seeing. PLEASE NOTE: On December 8th the Jubilee will start in Rome. We have been informed that the passage linking the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica may be closed. This means that during the optional Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel it may not be possible for the passengers to access the Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

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