15-Nights Country Roads of Italy - Classic Group, 2023

Country Roads Of Italy - Classic Group Classic Group
Journey across the Italian peninsula in this 16-day guided tour that stretches from the sapphire waters of the Amalfi Coast to the calming canals of Venice. Step outside Rome to Vatican City, where you’ll be treated to a behind-the-scenes viewing of the winding Bramante Staircase. Before reaching Sorrento, stop at Castel Gandolfo to ride an electric train past its papal gardens, marveling at the mosaic flower beds. Sail to the rock isle of Capri, where you can climb nearly 2,000 feet by an open-top taxi for unrivaled views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. In Perugia, learn the art of loom-weaving from a Local Expert. And in Venice, cruise along the canals and to Burano, an idyllic, colorful island in the Venetian Lagoon where you’ll toast to a fantastic trip and indulge in local specialties.


Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Siena: Visit Siena's medieval black and white striped cathedral with your Local Expert.
  • Siena: Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.
Authentic Dining
  • Rome: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.
  • Orvieto: Handmade pasta, genuine Umbrian specialties and rich flavours make for a special Highlight Dinner at La Buca di Baco di Ely.
  • Siena: Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.
  • Radda in Chianti: Learn what to look for in a quality vino rosso, and what foods to pair it with when ordering Florentine cuisine.
  • San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.
  • Lucca: Visit a traditional steam bakery and sample Buccellato, the sweet raisin bread typical of the region.
  • Modena: Visit a producer of authentic balsamic vinegar to learn about its production, history and distinctive taste.
  • Parma: At Ciaolatte Parmesan you will meet, Signor Paolo, a local passionate about Italian food and quality cheese. Witness the cheese-making and ageing process of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Burano: Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends.
  • Dining Summary: 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 15 Breakfast (B)
Insight Experiences
  • Vatican City: Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
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    Featured Destinations

    Rome

    Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one
    of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded
    in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always
    been and remains the Eternal City.


    Rome enjoyed its greatest splendor during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art
    flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman
    legions swept outward, conquering all of Italy. These victorious armies then
    swept across the Mediterranean and beyond to conquer most of the known world.
    With Rome's establishment as capital of the western world, a new ascent to glory
    began.


    Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious
    parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is
    one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous
    monuments is the Colosseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine
    the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combats between
    muscled gladiators and ferocious animals.


    Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial
    center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures
    as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and grandiose fountains like the Fontana di
    Trevi. Join the millions who stand in awe of Christendom’s most magnificent
    church and admire the timeless masterpieces of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
    Sistine Chapel.


    Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Grasp all you can during the short,
    precious time you have available in the Eternal City. With so much to see and
    do, a day or two will only allow you a sampling of the city's marvelous treasures.


    Caution: As in many big cities and tourist destinations purse snatching
    and pickpocketing is common. Valuable jewelry and excess cash are best left
    in a safety deposit box in your hotel.


    Shopping For most visitors shopping for beautiful Italian leather articles,
    designer shoes, fashions for men and women, linens, knitwear, silk scarves and
    ties is a favorite pastime. Except for tourist-oriented shops, the majority
    of stores are closed on Sundays. Some of the department stores, such as Rinascente,
    open in the late afternoon on Sundays.


    Cuisine Rome's choice of restaurants is mindboggling as is the variety
    of cuisine. Whether your meal is at a top-rated restaurant or a rustic trattoria,
    you can be sure that you will enjoy your food, especially when accompanied by
    wines from the hill towns surrounding Rome.


    Other Sights Rome's attractions are endless, and depending on how much
    time you have at your disposal a careful selection has to be made about what
    to see. Be aware of horrendous traffic conditions and major construction work
    all around the city in preparation of Jubilee 2000, the Holy Year. Some of the
    sights not to be missed:


    Piazza Venezia - This busy square is easily recognized by its imposing Vittorio
    Emanuele II Monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 as
    a symbol of Italy’s unification.


    The Forum - Once the civic heart of ancient Rome, today the remains include
    a series of ruins, marble fragments, isolated columns and some worn arches.


    Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at this awe-inspiring
    theater, which is among the world’s most celebrated buildings. Here ancient
    Rome flocked to see gladiatorial contests and numerous other spectacles.


    Trevi Fountain - Take a stroll to Rome's famous fountain. A spectacular fantasy
    of mythical sea creatures and cascades of splashing water, the fountain is one
    of the city's foremost attractions. Legend has it that visitors must toss a
    coin into the fountain to ensure their return to Rome.


    St. Peter's Square - Part of Vatican City, this square created by Bernini
    is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades
    topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square.
    In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D.


    St. Peter's Basilica - At the head of the square stands Christendom's most
    magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was
    buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante,
    Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled
    masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy
    over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.


    Vatican Museum - To see this museum's immense collection would take days.
    As you enter, there are special posters that plot a choice of four color-coded
    itineraries. They are repeated throughout the museum and are easy to follow.
    It is a good idea to pickup a leaflet at the main entrance and concentrate on
    exhibits of major interest. Of course, the Sistine Chapel is a must. Most likely
    you may have to wait in line to enter.


    Sorrento

    Sorrento is a town of extraordinary beauty and is known as a popular gateway to Italy's most spectacular stretch of coastline - the Amalfi Drive lined with fishing villages and famous resorts. The seaside resort of Amalfi sits with weathered houses scrambling up steep cliffs. Visitors marvel at its location and its magnificent cathedral. The religious sanctuary of Cloister of St. Francis is worth a visit. The tiny, exclusive resort of Positano has its famous world-class hotel, San Pietro. Excavations of the ruined city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 A.D. during the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, give visitors a vivid impression of life in a very wealthy ancient city and the tragic end of its population. The Isle of Capri ranks as one of the most beautiful islands and has captured visitors for centuries with excellent climate, spectacular landscape and fantastic sea caverns. Capri has lavish villas, elegant hotels, chic boutiques and quaint restaurants. Museo Correale contains a death mask of poet Torquato Tasso and some special editions of his works, pictures, furniture and porcelain.

    Venice

    With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.

    Perugia

    Perugia is a very ancient town, which rose to power during the time of the Etruscans. It was controlled by the Romans and invaded by the barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire. In the 11th century a Free Commune was set up, reaching great power and splendor in the 13th and 14th century. After an obscure period of internal fighting, in 1540 it was conquered by Paolo III Farnese and remained under the dominion of the Church until 1860, when it became a member of the Italian State. Today Perugia is a splendid city of art, the capital of the region of Umbria and the residence of a famous university. It has a very lively center, rich in beautiful buildings and monuments, where countless artistic and cultural events take place.

    Tuscany


    Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature,
    and often by the combined efforts of both. Think of the vineyards: rows of baby
    green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the
    gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees,
    snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles,
    symmetrically rounded hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem
    one single building. Every inch of land has been sculpted, first by the elements
    and then by generations of inhabitants whose goals were always twofold: make
    the land produce as much as possible, make the land as beautiful as possible.
    Tuscany enchants us today because it holds together as a region, from the tiniest
    hamlet to Florence the Magnificent. For the living proof, take a short walk
    one day along the sides of the Belvedere in Florence: you will leave behind
    the traffic and suddenly find yourself strolling down quiet lanes bounded by
    tall stone walls, cypress trees and creamy-colored villas.


    Orvieto

    Orvieto is situated on the valley of the Paglia river. It was an important Etruscan centre with the name of "Volsinii Veters". The Etruscans established there also a sacred place for all people of their region Etruria called "Fanum Volumnae". In Roman times it was a prosperous centre for its production of ceramics. It was also dominated by several invasions. In XI-XII century Orvieto became a free common with wonderful buildings like towers, palaces and noble houses. In 1354 it became a city of the Church Estate until 1798. After a brief Napoleonic domination, it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

    Parma

    When thinking of Parma, the first thing that comes to mind is its famous food: prosciutto di Parma; and Parmigiano reggiano cheese in particular. Home to Barillo pasta, the town is renown for its culinary delights overall. Visit Parma's various cheese factories to get a first-hand look at how Parmigiano is made and sampling, as well. The town is a feast for all senses; opera, art and history buffs will find countless ways to indulge their interests. Festival Verdi celebrates Giuseppe Verdi's musical legacy every October, and at the Piazza Duomo, one can view the medieval baptistry done by Benedetto Antelami, where rosso di Verona (pink marble) shifts tones depending on the time of day and degree of sunlight. Frescoes by Corregio and Antelami decorate the interior of the Duomo. For a broader exploration of European art masters, visit the Galleria Nazionale in the Palazzo della Pilotta, noting artworks by Pamigianino, da Vinci, Van Dyck, Tiepolo and more. Relax from site-seeing at the many picturesque cafes for siesta, or treat yourself to shopping at the many boutiques throughout town.

    Lucca

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