Classic Italy

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Experience the very best of northern Italy on this superb adventure. Wander through medieval villages and along rugged coastlines. Explore ancient wonders in eternal cities, cycle through the rolling hills of Tuscany and feast on Umbrian delicacies. From Rome, north to Venice and back again - join us to experience the true essence of Italy.

Itinerary

Day 1 Rome

Arrive early to visit the Vatican City and see the impressive St Peter’s Basilica.

Days 2-3 Florence

Before leaving Rome, take a wander along fashionable Via Condotti, see the Arch of Constantine and climb the Spanish Steps. Head to Florence to admire art in the decadent surrounds of the Palazzo Pitti or be dazzled by the jewellry stores lining Ponte Vecchio, before heading up to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sun set over the rooftops.

Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa

Cycle through scenic Tuscan landscapes and feast on local produce. Travel to Pisa and learn why the city’s famous tower leans. Spend evenings in delightful Lucca - one of Italy’s hidden gems - staying in apartments tucked within the city’s ramparts.

Days 7-8 Cinque Terre

The coastal path along the Cinque Terre offers breathtaking views of pastel-coloured villages perched on rocky outcrops, mountains covered in olive groves and vineyards, and the deep, blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Days 9-10 Portofino/Piedmont

After a stop in ritzy seaside Portofino and a boat trip to Santa Margherita, tickle those tastebuds in Piedmont, home to the white truffle and some excellent local wines.

Days 11-12 Milan/Italian Lakes

Be awed by Milan’s magnificent Duomo and perhaps see Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, before travelling to Lake Como. Take the ferry to Bellagio, then use free time to visit other lakeside villages - a trip to Tremezzo to see Villa Carlotta is recommended.

Days 13-15 Venice

Beautiful and inspiring, Venice is a city of canals, piazzas, ornate churches and elegant eateries. Wander past many of its famed sights including the Grand Canal and the romantic Bridge of Sighs.

Days 16-17 Gubbio

ake the cable car up to the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo - the final resting place of the town’s patron saint - and enjoy views across the Umbrian countryside. Hike to tiny hillside towns and indulge in local cuisine.

Days 18-19 Assisi/Spello

Follow the footsteps of pilgrims in Assisi, home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Take a day trip to medieval Spello and drop into an enoteca to sip on local wines and to sample regional specialities.

Days 20-21 Rome

The journey comes full circle when the train pulls back into Rome. There is time to take in more sights or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs.

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