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Best of Italy
Transport - Train, ferry, local bus, metro, bicycle, traghetto, on foot
Accommodation - Hotels (11nts), apartments (3nts)
Meals - No meals included
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Rome
After your flight, you transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Hotel - 1nt
There is arguably no other city in the world with so much history as Rome. This morning consider joining your group leader on a orientation walk past some of the world-famous sights such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum (centre of ancient Rome), the Victor Emmanuel Monument and Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. If you decide to not join the orientation walk consider a visit to Sistine chapel & museums of the famous Vatican City. Please refer to the optional activities section of the trip notes for more details on booking your visit to the Vatican. (Please note that the Vatican museums are closed on certain days). You may also choose to visit St Peter's Basilica, either instead of or after the Vatican Museums. Entry to the Basilica is free, and there is a small charge to climb the dome for the ultimate breathtaking panorama over bella Roma.
In the late afternoon on Day 2 you bid 'arrivederci' to Rome and board your train for Florence (approx. 2hrs).
You have ample opportunity to explore and enjoy all that Florence has to offer, with its excellent restaurants, pavement cafes, bars and other nightlife. Easily discovered on foot, you can see the principal sights of this beautiful 'outdoor museum' of a city - the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River front, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th Century Duomo, Baptistry and Belltower and the Santa Croce Church.
Day 3 is a free day in Florence so you have plenty of free time to take in the many fine museums and art treasures such as the Medici Chapels, as well as time to shop in the markets and in the chic boutiques. Other possibilities are a visit to the Uffizi gallery, one of the top three art museums of the world, or see Michelangelo's famous statue of David in the Galleria dell' Accademia. Pre booking is recommended for the Uffizi gallery, such is its popularity. Please refer to the optional activities section of the trip notes for more details on booking your visit to the Uffizi.
In the evening of day 3 you can climb uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo for that most photographed of all sunset views across the rooftops of Florence. Hotel - 2nts
This afternoon you take a train (approx. 2hrs) to Lucca, your base for the next three nights. Lucca is one of Italy's real hidden gems. You stay in our own apartments located within the city ramparts, providing easy access to the city centre and its centuries-old buildings, beautiful churches, charming piazzas and narrow streets.
While in Lucca you will set off for a cycle ride winding along a scenic river through the Tuscan countryside (4km round the walls and 14km by the river - approx. 4hrs). With two full days there is also time to explore Lucca itself plus plenty of opportunities to sample traditional Tuscan cuisine!
You take a half day trip by train to the nearby city of Pisa. There's ample time for you to view the world-famous Duomo, Baptistry and Leaning Tower.
Our accommodation in Lucca:
For nights 4, 5 and 6 you stay in some unique accommodation - our own private apartments. We have several separate apartments located near the city centre so you may be a short walk away from your other group members and your leader. It is an approximate 25 minute walk from the train station to our main apartment in Lucca. Should you wish to organise a taxi for yourself or your luggage to get to or from the station, your leader will be more than happy to assist in arranging this for you at your expense.
The apartments in Lucca are a real treat. Staying in the city centre allows easy access to all the sights and the restaurants and bars- it is all an easy stroll from your front door. This is your chance to look behind those facades. Each apartment has 2-3 rooms with a shared bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped and you can choose to buy your own groceries and supplies for meals. Some of our groups make Italian feasts with local ingredients during their stay. Our apartments are not hotels, there is no reception, room service or cleaning service every day, no televisions or washing machines, but plenty of charm and you just cannot beat the location. Apartments - 3nts
This morning you board the train bound for the small lovely coastal town of La Spezia (approx. 3hrs), where you stay for the next two nights. In the afternoon you have time for a dip in the Mediterranean and the chance to explore La Spezia, a medieval port town, whose name comes from its historic importance in the spice trade.
On day 8 you can walk along this stunning stretch of coast and the path of the Cinque Terre. Olive groves and vineyards cover the mountains that plunge into the sea - the vistas here are breathtaking.
If you're feeling energetic, walking the entire path (12kms, approx. 5hrs) will give you the best taste of the villages and countryside. However, you can also use the pass provided to jump on a train between any of the villages, or to get back to our base whenever you want. Please note that some sections of the Cinque Terre path can be quite difficult with challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. Appropriate footwear (trainers or light hiking shoes) are required for this day.
~ Riomaggiore to Manarola is easy and takes 25 minutes on a paved path.
~ Manarola to Corniglia is easy and takes approximately 50 minutes on a partly paved and partly rocky path.
~ Corniglia to Vernazza is medium level difficulty and takes approximately 1.5 hours on a rocky path.
~ Vernazza to Monterosso is more challenging, takes approximately 2 hours on a rocky path. Hotel - 2nts
Note - during October 2011 this region was hit by record flooding and serious mudslides, particularly around Monterosso and Vernazza, which were evacuated and closed for access. Although much access has now been restored, you should be aware that some areas may still be restricted due to restoration work and repairs.
You travel by train (approx. 1hr) to the Peninsula of Portofino where you store your luggage and have time for a 5-7km walk, finishing at the glamorous resort of Portofino. Walk up to the marvellous viewpoints surrounding the town, or join the rich and famous for coffee on the harbourside and enjoy the people-watching. Then (weather permitting) you enjoy fabulous coastal scenery with a boat ride back from Portofino to Santa Margherita.
In the afternoon you continue on by train (approx. 2.5hrs) to the region of Piedmont, and your base for the next 2 nights in Asti. Home to some of the finest and most sought after wines in Europe, it is also the best place to find 'tartufo' (truffles), a distinctive regional delicacy.
On day 10 you take a bus to the rural village of Castagnole Monferrato and visit the home of a local winemaking family to sample their vintages. The Ruche' grape variety, is unique to this region of Italy - it is grown in just seven small villages in the province of Asti and produces a ruby-red, intense and aromatic wine. Hotel - 2nts
You depart by train (approx. 2hrs) to Milan where you stop for a few hours. You store your luggage at the train station and make a visit to the magnificent Duomo (cathedral) and its stunning Gothic terrace. You then have some free time to explore and take in some of the stylish shopping and cafes - Milanese specialities! Check out the local cafes and indulge in some people watching along the streets and boulevards where the chic display their magnificent sense of style.
Only a short walk from the Duomo is a fabulous museum at the Castello Sforzesco. With an eclectic collection including one of only three unfinished Pietá by Michelangelo and a Leonardo da Vinci ceiling. The fortress also has pleasant grassy grounds that are free to enter. You may also like to use your free time in Milan to visit La Scala - the famous opera theatre with an interesting museum attached.
The highlight of Milan is a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper (not included). If you want to visit The Last Supper, pre booknig is essential. Please see the optional activities section on the trip notes for more details.
Late in the afternoon you continue on to Lake Como by train and bus arriving at your base for the next 2 nights in the town of Cadenabbia (approx. 3hrs). It's time to unwind here - relax on the lakeside or explore the shops.
On day 12 you board a ferry to travel across the blue waters to Bellagio. The rest of the day is free to use the ferry pass and explore Varenna, Cadenabbia, Villa Carlotta, or the beautiful Villa Balbianello, which you may recognise from films such as Casino Royale or Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones!
If you're feeling energetic and you would like to explore the mountains around Lake Como, there are plenty of walking tracks of various lengths to keep you occupied. Hotel - 2nts
You journey by train (approx. 6hrs) bringing you to one of the most unique cities of the world - Venice. You arrive in the mid afternoon and then set off on a brief orientation walk of the city and pass some of the famous sights - the Grand Canal, the old-world shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.
Day 14 is a free day to visit the major sights and wander the narrow, cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas and cross the hundreds of tiny bridges. There are shops, markets, galleries, museums, churches and stunning buildings around every corner. You could also choose to see Venice from a different perspective by taking a gondola ride along the canals or a vaporetto to surrounding islands. Hotel - 2nts
Your tour ends in Venice, from where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.