This afternoon we'll return to our , with plenty of time for a countryside walk before dinner together. A local guide will take us through the larger-than-life Colosseum; the birthplace of Ancient Rome, the Roman Forum; and the awe-inspiring Pantheon. At the sprawling Vatican Museums we'll visit what seems like a limitless collection of treasures as we make our way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.This evening we'll enjoy a floodlit stroll, soaking up the city's evening ambience at the lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy Trevi Fountain. You'll have the rest of your day free to continue your modern-day pilgrimage at the greatest church in Christendom, St.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.
Sleep in Monterosso (2 nights, may be split between 2 hotels). Hike along the trails, taking in lots of fresh air and panoramic views between Cinque Terre villages. Today we'll venture into the heart of magical Tuscany, stopping on the way to poke around the quiet lanes of a friendly hill town. Then we'll tour the elaborate cathedral and learn how Siena's rich medieval history and rivalry with Florence shaped this city. Let's make a modern-day pilgrimage to the hill town of Assisi, where, in a time of unprecedented church wealth, St.
Or pick a village where you can spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Saving the best for last, we'll take an orientation tour of our home for the next two nights — remarkable Siena — a "living museum" brimming with some of Italy's finest Gothic architecture and perhaps its best public square, Il Campo. You'll be well oriented for your free afternoon and evening to enjoy Siena, from its dramatic city hall tower to its well-respected (wine bar/museum). Francis inspired a refocused spirituality through poverty, humility, and the beauty of nature in Umbria. This morning we'll visit Umbria's grand hill town of Orvieto.
Hiking in the Cinque Terre and taking the train between towns with new friends." This tour ended up being so much more than what I was expecting.
I was hesitant when we booked the tour, but now that its over, I'm so extremely happy that we decided to experience Italy on a Rick Steves' Tour.
The tour provided an appropriate mix of planned activities and free time and The local guides were, a delight!
The optional group activities provided an unexpected and wonderful mix of local flair.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.The view of Lake Como from our hotel in Varenna, the German Dolomites, our immersion into the tradition and madness of Il Palio in Siena, experiencing Michelangelo's David and Sistine Chapel all deserve a wow but the Colosseum probably takes top spot for me." Great experience! "Very difficult to come up with just one "wow" but hiking alpi di siuisi(Dolomites) area .and hiking chinque terre were some of my favorites. Hiking in Dolomites, opening your window at night, and listening to the cow bells all night.We saw the orange sun reflected off The Dolomites and it was one of the prettiest sites I've ever seen.