Splendors of Italy Tour -Cosmos

The Splendors of Italy (6400)

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

2017 Tour Details View 2016 Tour Details »

You’ve heard about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your turn to experience it. On this Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.

This Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago when you visit Rome’s Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and Roman Forum, the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence, the Renaissance gem, where your walking tour features most of the city’s highlights, including the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.

On this Italy tour, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a masterpiece and a great example of gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose three precious structures—the Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistry—have been considered central to religious life.

You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and an orientation in Venice including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s most popular square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the pretty gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces and the quaint piazzas.

All of this and more—including scenic drives—are included on this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Orvieto Cathedral, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, Assisi's St. Francis Basilica. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Chianti Valley

NOTE:
December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence
December 30 Departure - New Year's Eve in Rome

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

  • Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
  • 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

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Siena

 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

Rome, the “Eternal 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 to understand more about life in ancient Roman times. In the evening, you have a chance to join an optional Rome by Night excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Orvieto–Siena

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 Siena–San Gimignano–Greve–Montecatini

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Montecatini–Excursion to Florence

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. 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.”

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Montecatini–Pisa–Venice Area

This morning, drive to Pisa to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Venice Area

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 quiet 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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.

FLORA ANFUSO

Years of Experience: 10

In my 10 years of experience with Cosmos, I have escorted many multi-country European tours but there's no place like home. I am now proud to share with our passengers the passion that I have for my "bella Italia". Italy is a pleasure for the eyes with its enchanting art and architecture, but also a pleasure for the palate. I love introducing our guests to the flavors of my country through visits to vineyards or rolling olive groves. Come have a taste of Italy!

Tour Director - FLORA ANFUSO

 Accommodations

ROME Fleming (ST)
SIENA Degli Ulivi (F)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
ROME Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)

 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)


Rome
Montecatini
Venice

Rome

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".

Price Range: $$

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner
Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares and a meal in a typical Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner
Farewell Dinner

Farewell Dinner

Soak up "la dolce vita" of this romantic but pulsing capital to the sound of clinking glasses as you "saluti" your way through the evening enjoying dinner in a typical restaurant. A tour of the city's fountains and majestic squares is included.

Price Range: $$

Montecatini

Tuscan Dinner
Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery
Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art.

Price Range: $

Venice

Venetian Dinner
Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Gondola
Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Discover the Venetian Lagoon
Discover the Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses.

Price Range: $

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