Rome, Florence

Rome, Florence
DC001
air or rail & our coach
7days
Discovery cities

1st Day: Rome
Arrival at the airport. Welcome of the group and transfer to the hotel.  Free time.  In the evening welcome cocktail  with the group leader,  presentation of the tour with a short briefing. Dinner and  accommodation.

2nd day: Vatican – Christian Rome
Breakfast. Full day guided visit  of the Vatican Museums: the Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and the vatican Library. Then visit to St. Peter's Basilica, housing the Pietà by Michelangelo. Free time for lunch. The afternoon tour includes visits to the grand Holy Basilica of St Maria Maggiore, the Holy Stairs, the Basilica of St John's in Lateran and the Catacombs. Return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.

3rd day: Ancient and Baroque Rome
Breakfast. Half day guided visit to discover Ancient Rome. Stops at Capitol Square, the Coliseum, Panoramic view of the Roman and Imperial Forum, and the Basilica of St Paul's outside the walls. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, guided walk through the baroque Rome visiting the most beautiful squares of the city: via del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, Pantheon, the best preserved pagan temple of the ancient period, Piazza Navona, one of the more fancy squares of Rome with Bernini's magnificent Four River fountain, Piazza di Spagna, and the famous Trevi Fountain, renowned not only for its imposing beauty, but also because of the "Three coins in a Fountain". Dinner and accommodation.

4th  Day: Siena/Florence
Breakfast at hotel and departure for Siena. This monumental and medieval city is encircled by ancient walls and is famous for its splendid square " Piazza del Campo ". This is the site of the famous Palio, traditional  medieval horse race, locals  are dressed in 15th-century costumes. See also the Palazzo Pubblico and the Duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy.  Time free for  lunch.  In the afternoon proceed on to Florence. Dinner and accommodation.

5th Day: Florence
Breakfast at the hotel and morning guided city tour along the artistic beauty of Florence with its Dome by Brunelleschi, the Bell tower by Giotto and the Baptistery. The sightseeing tour continues through Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and finally the church of Santa Croce. Time free for  lunch.  Rest of day  to relax, walk across the famous  Ponte Vecchio or go bargain hunting in Florence’s famous open-air market  “il Mercato di San Lorenzo”. Dinner and accommodation.

6th Day: Peurgia – Assisi - Rome
Breakfast at hotel and departure,  through the mountains of Umbria, for  Assisi, the mystic birthplace of Saint Francis, still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue.  Continue to Rome, passing by to the Roman castles and small medieval villages outside Rome. Bath of Caracalla and the Ancient  Appian Way, Colli Albani, Castelgandolfo (summer residence of the Pope), Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata and Frascati. Stop for winetasting  in  a typical wine-vault. Dinner and accommodation.

7th Day: Rome
Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Transfer to airport according to the flight departure time.


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