A two-night stay in Florence followed by two nights in Venice will add an exciting element to an already wonderful stay in the Rome Castles Region. Florence is a spectacular city, rich in culture and history, where Italian artistic and intellectual genius continues to flourish. Historical figures such as Dante and Michelangelo found the city to be an ideal forum for their artistic and intellectual development. From Florence travel to Venice, noted for the beauty of it setting, its architecture and its artwork. From Rome to Florence to Venice, you will be immersed in a culture rich in the spirit of the Renaissance, famous for delicious food, and dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the Arts.
Arrival in Florence from the Festival of Peace & Brotherhood. Check in to your hotel in the afternoon and take some time to settle in and refresh.
Gather your first impressions of Florence on a guided walking tour. See such famous sights as the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Ponte Vecchio. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Florence on your own. Your tour manager can offer suggestions for dinner and evening activities.
Following breakfast, travel to the Uffizi Gallery, home of the world’s finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. Then visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world. Have some time for shopping and sightseeing in the afternoon before enjoying a group dinner at a local restaurant serving some of Italy’s most delectable cuisine.
Check out of your hotel in Florence and transfer by motor coach to Venice. Arrive on the island via private motor launch and embark on a guided walking tour together with a local, English-speaking guide. See highlights of the city including St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge’s Palace. This evening, perform a concert in one of Venice’s beautiful churches.
After breakfast, transfer to Murano where you will visit the famous Murano Glass factory. Then return to Venice for an afternoon left free to pursue individual interests. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner arranged for your group.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for your return flight to North America.