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This evening, we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. The tour enhanced every aspect of my experience in Italy and I was able to see parts of Italy that I never would have if I had planned the trip on my own.
Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Our tour guide, Sarah, was tremendous and was able to provide amazing guidance in each city we visited. One of my favorites was when we were driving up to our hotel in The Dolomites, and we were arriving as the sun was setting.
Tonight we'll visit and enjoy dinner at one of the town's proud — 17 neighborhoods that compete for glory in the famous Palio horse races. As we learn about the life of the saint, we'll take a walking tour of the town and its beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Then we'll wind our way across Umbria to our destination: a country hotel that is also a working family winery. We'll get oriented to sights around the cathedral square, including Signorelli's amazing frescoes in the Chapel of San Brizio and Italy's liveliest cathedral facade.
We'll end our day amid the peaceful vines and olive groves, tasting several of our host's award-winning wines, and sharing a country-style dinner together. Then you'll be free to wander through the medieval old town and its shops filled with colorful pottery. We'll drive straight to Rome today and spend the afternoon uncovering the heart of the Eternal City. Today we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome. train hiking experience was spot on to enjoy the 5 villages! She is absolutely the best, most knowledgeable, most caring, most sensitive tour guide I have ever encountered. One of the real "wow" moments for me was dinner with Chef Ferruccio and family.
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We couldn't have had better support and guidance - Sarah and Adrian were spectacular.This evening, we'll share a hearty Tirolean dinner together at our mountain retreat. From your totally yodely home base, you'll have all day to explore the dramatic Dolomites, Italy's hiking and skiing mecca. Our local guide will join us this morning for a historical walking tour, with a modern Venetian's-eye view, through the backstreets of Venice. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore the imposing Doge's Palace, maybe take in a church concert, waltz on St. This morning we'll devote our time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo and more. Winding our way towards the coast, we'll first stop to gaze at Pisa's leaning tower and Romanesque baptistery.Sleep peacefully in the Alpe di Siusi area (2 nights). Choose from an array of challenging hikes, join your guide (weather permitting) — and the free-roaming cows — for a peaceful walk among towering granite cliffs, or wander through the squares and side streets of a mountain village and enjoy the unique blend of Italian and Austrian cultures. We'll head downhill from the Dolomites with a stop in Bolzano to visit its most famous resident: the 5,300-year-old, naturally preserved remains of Ötzi the Iceman, along with a museum exhibit on prehistoric European life. Along the way, we'll learn about the city's remarkable past and its challenging future. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city. We'll drive straight to Florence this morning, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center. The rest of the day is yours to stroll across the delightfully medieval Ponte Vecchio, visit more of the city's art-filled churches and museums, browse the colorful markets, and find a special trattoria for dinner on your own. Today's final destination is Italy's enchanting Cinque Terre fishing villages, laced together with hiking paths that meander between vineyards and the deep blue sea.We'll regroup tonight for dinner at our cozy hotel. After some free time for lunch, we'll set a course for Venice, where we'll board a vaporetto boat for a Grand Canal ride to our hotel in Venice's historic heart. Later tonight, your guide will help organize an optional romantic gondola ride for those who are interested. We'll see and learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. Upon arrival, your guide will give you an introduction to the town, leaving you with plenty of free time this afternoon to explore on your own.
Tonight we'll take an alleys-and-canals orientation stroll before setting you loose for dinner on your own. We'll end our walk at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn . We'll regroup tonight for an entertaining pesto-making lesson and special pesto dinner at a local family restaurant. Walking: moderate You'll take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. This morning we'll visit a stained-glass workshop where a local artisan will show us how he fuses traditional and contemporary stained-glass techniques.
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