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Venice, Italy

Day 1: Rome – Florence (L)
Leave Rome by train and travel north out of the Lazio region into the rolling hills of Tuscany. My destination is the Tuscan capital of Florence -- the city considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance! After checking in to my hotel, set off on a city tour to see Florence’s highlights with my guide. I’ll take in Florence Duomo, seeing its distinctive orange dome dominating the city skyline, before heading inside its museum to see Michelangelo’s The Deposition – a sculpture that’s often referred to as the ‘third Pieta.’ See Florence Baptistry with its Romanesque architecture and then pose for photos in front of Giotto’s Campanile – a magnificent bell tower in the heart of Piazza del Duomo.

Visit the square considered as the heart of the city -- Piazza della Signoria -- to see the grand Palazzo Vecchio, as well as a copy of Michelangelo’s David sculpture that stands outside the Accademia Gallery. After taking very nice pictures of the Gallery, get ready to enter to Uffizi Gallery. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant, and then send the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Maybe take a stroll along Florence’s famous bridge – the Ponte Vecchio – and explore the neighborhood of Oltrarno neighborhood on the other side of the River Arno.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Machiavelli Palace, 4-star Cellai Hotel or Hotel Atlantic Palace, or 4-star superior Hotel Calzaiuoli or Hotel de la Ville in Florence

Day 2: Florence – Pisa (B)
After breakfast in MY hotel, get ready to go to Pisa meeting my guide at 8:45am at the meeting point (reach the meeting point on my own). I will travel to the nearby city of Pisa – roughly an hour’s drive west of Florence. Enjoy a walking tour of the center, taking in the main monuments of Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli). Explore inside Duomo di Pisa, and see the Baptistry, Campo Santo and of course, the square’s crowning glory – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pose for obligatory pictures in front of the famously lopsided tower, and then learn about the Romanesque architecture of the equally enchanting Duomo, standing just next to it. Return to Florence by coach and spend your night doing whatever you please.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Machiavelli Palace, 4-star Cellai Hotel or Hotel Atlantic Palace, or 4-star superior Hotel Calzaiuoli or Hotel de la Ville in Florence

Day 3: Florence – Venice (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then spend my morning at leisure. Check out of my hotel in the afternoon, and then enjoy a hassle-free transfer to Santa Maria Novella Station for my train to Venice. The train is the quickest method of transport between the two cities, so after boarding my train, sit back and relax, watching the Tuscan countryside flash past you on your 2-hour journey.

After arriving at Venice Santa Lucia Station, hop aboard a transfer boat and travel to my hotel in style. Check in to my hotel and then spend the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Capri, 3-star superior Hotel Villa Igea, 4-star Hotel Principe or Hotel Carlton Grand Canal, or 4-star superior Hotel Savoia and Jolanda in Venice

Day 4: Venice (B)
Relax over breakfast in my hotel and then meet your guide in the center of town at Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) for my morning city tour of Venice. As I explore by foot, my guide will show off Venice’s highlights while regaling I with little-known facts and history about the city. Admire Doge's Palace, from where the doges of Venice once ruled, and then head inside St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) to see Italian Byzantine architecture at its finest. Dripping with gold and ornate mosaics, the cathedral came to symbolize the wealth and power of 11th-century Venice.

Head back outside and stop for photos by St Mark’s Campanile – the cathedral’s iconic, red bell tower – and learn about the three interconnecting buildings next to it that are known collectively as the Procuratie. Go off-the-beaten tourist trail on a visit to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where buskers play music and locals browse market stalls, and then wander over to Santi Giovanni e Paolo -- a large church known locally as the ‘Pantheon of Venice.’ Other top attractions seen include Marco Polo’s House, where the intrepid explorer once lived, and Malibran Theatre (Teatro Malibran) where Marco Polo’s family palace once stood.

Return to MY hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon and evening, sightseeing independently or simply relaxing.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Capri, 3-star superior Hotel Villa Igea, 4-star Hotel Principe or Hotel Carlton Grand Canal, or 4-star superior Hotel Savoia and Jolanda in Venice

Day 5: Venice (B)
Check out of MY hotel after breakfast, finishing MY tour in Venice, Going on a train for Dubrovnik.

Posted by Josip98 06:07 Archived in Italy

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