Day 1 VENICE
Sightseeing with a local guide includes St.Mark’s Cathedral,Rialto and the Bridge of Sighs.Visit the Doge’s Palace,a palace rich in Venetian art and political intrigue.
Day 2 FLORENCE COOKING CLASS
Journey south to the capital of Tuscany,Florence.Learn about Italian cuisine in your evening cooking class.
Day 3 FLORENCE ART RESTORATION CLASS
Join a local guide for a tour of The Duomo,Ghiberti’s Bapistry doors,the Ponte Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce.See Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia.An optional class introduces you to art restoration.
Day 4 PISA SIENA SAN GIMIGNANO
An optional excursion includes the Learning Tower of Pisa.Continue to Siena,a town of 17 medieval neighborhoods,each with its own church and symbol.End at San Gimignano,with 14 fortified towers that silhouette against the blue sky.
Day 5 POMPEII
Journey south to Pompeii,a bustling city buried by the eruption of Mt.Vesuvius in 79 AD.A guided tour reveals this Roman town left remarkably well preserved.
Day 6 CAPRI
Cross the Bay of Naples to enchanting Capri,summer home of Roman Emperors.There’s time to visit the captivating Blue Grotto,a cavern lit from underwater by sunlight reflected against submerged limestone.
Day 7 PAESTUM AMALFI COAST
Visit the Temple of Neptune,dating from 450 BC,and the basilica.A trip to the Amalfi offers a chance to admire the imposing Duomo Sant’Andrea and Saracen towers.Return via the Amalfi coastline,with ragged cliffs and dramatic seaside views.
Day 8 NAPLES
A treasure trove of antiquities awaits you as you travel to the Nationa Archeological Museum in Naples.Continue north to the”Eternal City”of Rome.
Day 9 ROME
A local guide shows you the Colosseum,Arch of Constantine and Trajan’s Column and the Roman Forum.A wlking tour explores the Piazza Navona,the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
Day 10 VATICAN
Visit the Vatican,including St.Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.