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DAY 1 : UK - Rome.

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.

DAY 2 : Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills.

Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th-century cathedral, which took 300 years to build and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at your hotel for four nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Tuscan Hills at leisure.

Spend today relaxing at leisure or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Tuscan Hills - Florence - Tuscan Hills.

Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : Tuscan Hills - Greve - Pisa - Tuscan Hills.

This morning we visit the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate in Greve to see the magnificent environment in which the wine is created and where we enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Building started in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice area.

Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, this 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Take in all of the city's sights with a guided walking tour before continuing your travels to the Venice area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Venice.

After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city, Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fails to impress. Enjoy a simply unforgettable canal boat ride and a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glass blowing. Get to know this magical city at your will, exploring piazzas, palazzos and churches. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino.

This morning, depart the Venice area and begin your journey to San Marino. En-route make a stop in Ravenna, known for its domed churches before arriving in San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 : San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area.

Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo Dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Fuego, the birthplace of St Francis. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Assisi area - Naples.

Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Naples - Capri by Ferry - Naples.

Depart Naples and cross into Capri by way of ferry. Stroll through this island's pretty piazza's and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Return to Naples this evening for to overnight stays. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 : Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples.

Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Walk with your guide to its astonishing archaeological sites before spending the evening in colour Sorrento. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Naples - Montecassino - Rome.

This morning stop in Montecassino. This hilltop town boasts a massive Benedictine Abbey and is the site of a famous World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Rome.

With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions - visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, discovering Tivoli's Villa d'Este gardens or enjoying dinner and a scenic drive through the Roman hills. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Rome - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast.

Experience Italy's magical diversity on this journey rich in architectural delights, evocative scenery and cultural heritage.

All of Italy's most vibrant and well-loved cities are visited on this fascinating tour, with optional excursions to Tuscany's most enchanting towns. Enjoy a gondola ride in the romantic city of Venice, with its narrow canals, or visit the ancient monuments of Rome with its renaissance art and palaces. The choice is yours on the Italian Showcase tour.


What's Included

• VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
• Return flights UK - Rome
• Accommodation on tour
• Meals on tour - 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
• Services of a tour director on tour
• Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
• Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
• Transfers
• All local and airport taxes/service charges
• Single share option

Holiday Highlights

• Orvieto Visit cathedral
• Florence Walking tour with local guide
• Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles
• Verona City sightseeing with local guide
• Venice Canal boat ride, orientation and glass-blowing demonstration
• Assisi St Francis Basilica
• Capri Boat trip
• Naples Orientation drive
• Pompeii Archaeological site visit with local guide
• Rome City sightseeing with local guide