Florence (3) – Perugia (1) – Rome (3) – Naples (2) – Paestum (1)
Sit back and enjoy your flight from Canada to Italy.
Arriving in Florence we get a city tour allowing us to understand why this treasure trove of art and architecture attracts so many visitors each year. We will see San Marco, San Lorenzo, Ponte Vecchio as well as Piazza della Signoria and the town hall Palazio Vecchio. However, the Batistry and the cathedral are highlights and will climb the 463 steps up into the dome.
Today’s program is a full day excursion to Siena, yet another city whose history and architecture makes Italy loved by visitors. Our city tour will take us past the main square and the Duomo. Other memorable attractions are the Baptistry and The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, one of Europe’s oldest holspitals which today houses many important works of art.
Another full day excursion, this time two cities. First stop is Pisa with its iconic tower and we will explore the area with the Duomo and Piazza del Duomo. After this we head on to the next city, the not to be missed Lucca, where we will rent bikes and explore the city by wheels. Back in Florence it will be possible to catch up on last minute sights before we the following day continue south.
At last – we’ve arrived. It’s difficult to grasp the enormity of Rome’s significance, and the extent of its history. On our first day…get ready to walk! We’ll take a tour through the centre of the city, getting a feel for its scale. In the heat of midday, we’ll escape to the cool green expanses of the Villa Borghese gardens, before we take the short drive to the Colosseum, which we’ll explore around sunset. Another highlight of the day is the Pantheon.
Today is all about the Vatican. An entirely separate country, the Vatican is the smallest recognised independent state in the world, but holds an immensity of artistic and religious treasures. We’ll start in St Peter’s Basilica, the seat of the Catholic Church, before moving to the Sistine Chapel, where students can pass through the same ancient doorways Michelangelo used when he painted his celebrated scenes.
Back to city life – today we head to Naples, the third largest city in Italy. This port city sees more sea traffic than any other city in the world apart from Hong Kong. A walking tour will give us a flavour of the atmosphere, which is distinct from the other cities we`ve visited. Leave space for a classic Neapolitan pizza
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