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Day 1: Depart from the USA

Soar across the Atlantic to Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. Upon arrival, meet your bilingual Tour Director who will escort you to your comfortable hotel for check in.

Days 2-3: Venice

Head for Venice on Day 2 where you’ll experience the enchantment of the Floating City. A local guide will lead you through St. Mark’s Square. Learn how the Basilica di San Marco acquired St. Mark’s body in the 11th century, and listen for the shouts of gondoliers ferrying through the Grand Canal. Visit the Doges’ Palace, former home of the city’s powerful dukes, and witness Venice’s skilled artisans at work during a glassblowing demonstration.

Day 4: Florence

Travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Stop at the final resting place of Michelangelo. See Giotto’s Bell Tower and the imposing marble cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David and visit a leather workshop during your guided stroll.

Days 5-6: Siena – Assisi

Join our optional excursion to Siena. In the Duomo, view works by such Renaissance masters as Donatello and Michelangelo. On Day 6, stop in Assisi, where, in the 12th century, St. Francis founded the Franciscan order, dedicated to asceticism, poverty and chastity. Continue on to Rome for an orientation tour of the Eternal City, which includes the Trevi Fountain and the Forum.

Day 7: Vatican City - Rome

As you view the awe-inspiring frescoes that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, consider that the artist took on the job only because Pope Julius ordered him to—Michelangelo preferred sculpting to painting. Walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Empire and visit the mighty Colosseum on your guided tour of Rome.

Day 8: Pompeii

Opt to visit Pompeii, an ancient Roman resort, now one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. Learn how wealthy Romans lived 2,000 years ago as you tour the well-preserved remains, excavated from the volcanic ash of Mt. Vesuvius.

Days 9-11: Amalfi Coast Extension

Extend your stay for three days to visit Italy’s picturesque coast, which includes Sorrento and Capri.

Day 12: Depart for the USA