Taste of Northern Italy
From Brisbane To Northern Italy - 16 Nights

Departing from:
Brisbane
Destination:
Northern Italy
Duration:
16 Nights
Travel Dates:
19/04/20 to 05/05/20

From

AUD$9,995

Price per person

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Overview

Departing Brisbane 19 April, 2020 we are off to Italy and will spend 17 days enjoying the history, food and gorgeous scenery on this relaxed paced itinerary. From Rome to Milan immerse yourself in the Italian Tuscan countryside, coastal towns, and the picturesque city of canals. We will have you falling in love with the beauty and tastes that are unique to Italy. Staying in comfortable quality accommodation with your own private room, most meals included and tailor-made sightseeing.

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Highlights:
Ancient Rome
Fontana Di Trevi, Colosseum & Pantheon
Vatican City
Vatican Musuem & St Peter Basilica
Tuscany
Tuscan cooking lesson
Florence
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Wine & olive oil tasting
Cinque Terre
Italian Riviera coastline
San Gimignano
Funicular ride in Orvieto
Verona – home of ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Venice
Piazza San Marco & Rialto Bridge
Gondola ride through Venetian canals
Duomo Cathedral
Milan

Day 1

Brisbane – Rome via Singapore

Today we meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flight to Rome via Singapore.

Day 2

Benevento.  Welcome to Italy. (L-D)

The capital of one of the world’s most powerful ancient empires, Rome is a fascinating place that has inspired people to visit it for millennia. We will be met at the airport and transfer into the city.  We’ll stop and have lunch and then this afternoon we will check in at our hotel.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure and we will meet this evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Nord Nuova or similar 

Day 3

Vatican Musuem & St Peter Basilica (B-L)

Today with our guide we’ll jump aboard a bus and visit the Vatican Museums which house the papal art collections and are located on the territory ofVatican City. The museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries and include several monumental works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms and Loggia and the Borgia Apartment.   We’ll see St Peter’s Basilica – the Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City and one of the largest churches in the world. This afternoon is at leisure and you can take the time to relax with a coffee in a café somewhere or you might like to make more use of our 48 hour transport pass and explore a little further.

Hotel – Hotel Nord Nuova or similar 

Day 4

Ancient Rome (B-L)

Today we’ll discover some of the most beautiful places in Rome – the Eternal City. We’ll visit the Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, Forum Romanum, Colosseum and Pantheon.  With our guide we’ll travel on local transport to really get a feel for this city.    Rome is not only known for its temples, palaces, cathedrales and Michelangelo.  Life in Rome simply vibrates and you’ll see tempting shopping districts, colourful markets and ancient wonders.   And everywhere the people of Rome simply enjoying “la dolce vita“.  This afternoon again choose if you’d like to venture out some more or perhaps enjoy a gelato in a sunny square somewhere.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Nord Nuova or similar 

Day 5

Rome – Florence (B-L)

Today we depart Rome and drive north to Tuscany.   Today we’ll stop in Orvieto, the small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria.  We’ll tour this pretty city and take a ride on the funicular to the top of the mountain where we can gaze down at the ancient villas and vineyards doted below the town. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then we will continue on to Florence.  The Tuscan capital holds about one third of Italy’s artistic treasures. Known as the cradle of the Renaissance the city is known for its museums, artwork and architecture.   Dinner will be at leisure tonight once we have settled into our Florence hotel.

Hotel – Hotel de Lanzi or similar 

Day 6

Florence (B-L)

Today with our guide we’ll visit some of the sights of Florence.  Through the streets of Florence learn about its rich history. From roman times, through the middle ages, to present day, Florence has always played an important role in the Italian history. Walking from out hotel we’ll visit the Accademia Gallery famous as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David.  Many of the works of art in the gallery were commissioned by and were part of the collection of the powerful Medici family and were donated to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany by the last of the Medici, so that these magnificent works could be enjoyed by everyone.  Lunch today will be at a local restaurant and the rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy Florence at leisure.

Hotel – Hotel de Lanzi or similar 

Day 7

Tuscan Cooking Lesson (B-L)

Today we’ll begin with a visit to Florence’s central food market. The Mercato Centrale is the city’s largest, most lively and colorful grocery markets – an enormous bazaar filled with deliciousness! Here we will browse, learn about the local specialties and the Tuscan food heritage, and liaise with the vegetable vendors, butchers and bakers as you pick out the best, tastiest ingredients to prepare our meal. Aprons on, following our chef’s skilled instructions we will learn how to prepare exquisite traditional dishes and finally sit down with a good glass of Chianti wine and relish this delicious Tuscan meal. The afternoon and evening is at leisure today.

Hotel – Hotel de Lanzi or similar 

Day 8

San Gimignano/Siena (B-L)

San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centres on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. Here we will visit Podere la Marronaia for some wine and olive oil tasting.  This farmhouse is situated not far from San Gimignano and sits amongst the vineyards and olive groves. Today we’ll have a guided tasting of at least 4 wines and at least 3 extra virgin natural and flavoured oils, accompanied by appetizers and snacks with Mediterranean flavours that enhance the essence.  Lunch today will be at a local restaurant.

This afternoon we step back into medieval Tuscany as we travel to Siena for a tour of the city.   The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, and like other Tuscan hills towns was settled at the time of the Etruscans.  The Siena Cathedral (Duomo) is a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture and the Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped town square is part of the site for the Palio horse race.  We’ll return to Florence late this afternoon and dinner tonight is at leisure.

Hotel – Hotel de Lanzi or similar 

Day 9

Florence – Pisa  La Spezia   (B-D)

Today en-route to La Spezia we’ll visit the city of Pisa – best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Time to view the magnificent cathedral from the outside and of course the very famous bell tower. Elsewhere in compact, walk-able Pisa, the embankments of the Arno River (which runs through the city) are lined with elegant aristocratic palaces and medieval churches, such as tiny Santa Maria Della Spina. Stylish, pedestrianized Corso Italia is the main shopping street.

We then head for the port city of La Spezia where we’ll check into our hotel.  This beautiful port city has seen some form of settlement since the prehistoric era and was an important trade centre during the Roman Empire. In subsequent history, La Spezia remained an important stronghold and has been a prominent Italian port for hundreds of years.  Tonight we‘ll have dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Genova or similar

Day 10

Cinque Terre (B-D)

After breakfast this morning we have a short train trip to Manarola – the second smallest town of the famous Cinque Terre.  Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.  This afternoon we’ll catch the ferry back to La Spezia and our hotel.

Hotel – Hotel Genova or similar 

Day 11

La Spezia – Verona – Venice (B-D)

This morning we travel to the east to beautiful Venice. En route today we’ll stop at the home of one of the world’s most famous love stories – Verona. This medieval town is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” We’ll visit the Verona Arena which is a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century and still in use today.  We’ll then travel on to Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, which is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Once in Venice we’ll check into our hotel and dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Montecarlo or similar 

Day 12

Venice (B-L)

Some walking today around the lagoon city. From St Mark’s Square we will visit the Doge’s Palace – one of the city’s main landmarks, and walk through the Mercerie, the famous shopping street of Venice, on the Rialto Bridge. Back in the 16th-century heyday of the gondola, there were upwards of 10,000 of these elegant boats plying the waters of Venice’s canals. Today there are but 350, but the job of gondoliere is still a coveted profession, passed down from father to son over the centuries.  Time this afternoon for a gondola ride in this enchanting city.

Hotel – Hotel Montecarlo or similar 

Day 13

Venice – Milan (B-D)

Today we’ll take the train from Santa Lucia to Milan, we’ll tour this global capital of fashion and design briefly, including a visit to the beautiful Duomo which is literally at the center of Milan. Streets radiate from the cathedral or circle it. The cathedral occupies a site that has been the most central location in the city since its founding and was 600 years in the making.  Tonight is a farewell dinner at a local restaurant as we say arrividerci to bellissima Italy.

Hotel – Eurohotel or similar 

Day 14 & 15

Milan – Brisbane via Singapore (B)

After breakfast at the hotel this morning we’ll transfer to the airport for our flights home.

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Inclusions

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Departing Brisbane 19 April 2020

Tour Pricing

$9,995* Per Person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane – ask us about departing from other capital cities.

Includes

  • Economy Class Airfares including Taxes*
  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
  • Local English speaking guides

Excludes

  • Any meals, tours, flights, shore excursions or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Tipping & Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, internet, etc
  • Travel Insurance

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