Trip Overview

Insider's Italy

June 14 - 23, 2022

  • Claudia Clark
  • 27857
  • SAT
  • 190 days

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Insider's Italy

June 14 - 23, 2022

Itinerary

The itinerary is the starting point to your tour, but it’s not set in stone. Your group leader may make changes leading up to departure.

Day 1, Tuesday June 14: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2, Wednesday June 15: Venice

Arrive in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, and transfer by private motor launch to the Lido. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's winding streets and canals. (D)

Day 3, Thursday June 16: Venice

Consisting of an archipelago carved by nearly 150 canals into 118 different islands, the incomparable city of Venice contains a wealth of sights. Arrive in St. Mark's Square where you can see the Basilica of St. Mark before enjoying entrance to the Gothic Doge's Palace, including the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the old prisons of Venice to the palace's interrogation rooms. Then learn more about one of Venice’s most famous exports during an authentic glassblowing demonstration before visiting the historic Fondaco dei Tedeschi for breathtaking views of the Grand Canal from its rooftop. Stop for a photo at Rialto Bridge en route to an authentic cicchetteria where you will sample traditional Venetian-style tapas. Then explore more at your own pace with unlimited access to the entire canal network and smaller islands using your vaporetto pass. You'll feel like a local in no time. (B,D)

Day 4, Friday June 17: Florence

Drive to Maranello, where we'll get your engines revving with a tour of the Ferrari Museum. Next you'll enjoy a Balsamic vinegar tasting—visit a four-generation farm and production facility near Modena to learn about the family's process for making and aging the famed Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena before tasting a few of the varietals. Continue to Tuscany and its magnificent capital, Florence. Tonight perhaps stroll out to see the iconic Ponte Vecchio, with its bustling gold shops all lit up at night. (B,D)

Day 5, Saturday June 18: Florence

During today's sightseeing tour a local guide provides commentary while showing you Brunelleschi's splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce (where many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo, have been buried) and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the Renaissance city. Also, breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat in Florence, and you'll get to dine like (and with) the locals using our insider tips and restaurant vouchers. (B,D)

Day 6, Sunday June 19: Rome

Journey to Orvieto. Once a major center of the Etruscan civilization, the city is perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone and is known form its gothic Duomo, whose dramatic outline is visible for miles around. Visit the Duomo and Capella San Brizio before heading underground on a guided cave walk through the secret labyrinth of tunnels carved into the soft rock beneath the city's streets. Once you emerge above ground, you'll head to Rome. Your tour manager will introduce you to Rome with an evening walking tour that winds past the imposing illuminated columns of the Pantheon and into the ever-lively Piazza Navona. (B,D)

Day 7, Monday June 20: Rome

Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today's sightseeing tour introduces you to every phase of Rome's legendary history with a panoramic drive of the city. In addition, your local guide accompanies you through the incomparable Vatican Museums, including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and continues to St. Peter's Basilica. In the evening try your hand at an Italian tradition with a pizza making lesson and dinner. Pay close attention to the pizza chef's presentation on how to lay out the dough for a perfect pie, top it with ingredients in the Roman style and finish it off in the oven. Work in teams to assemble and cook your own creations as you enjoy an authentic, brick oven pizza dinner. (B,D)

Day 8, Tuesday June 21: Rome

Mingle with locals and experience a true slice of daily Roman life during this morning's Rome market tour. Learn how to shop for the best of the produce varieties and traditional foods, and sample some of the wares. Then visit the famous Colosseum, a nearly two thousand year old Roman emblem. (D)

Day 9, Wednesday June 22: Rome

Today entrance is included to the Borghese Galleria. During your visit you will have time to rent a row boat to enjoy a ride around the lake. Later is free to climb each of the seven hills, or visit some of the majestic churches such as Santa Maria Maggiore. Be sure to sample the gelato. One of the best spots for that is Piazza Navona. (B,D)

Day 10, Thursday June 23: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of la dolce vita with an extra night in Rome, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager. (B)

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