- Whistle-stop! A packed schedule but well worth it. Hotels and food were great. Got to know some interesting people. Tour guide, Diane, second to non;excellent and entertaining.
Published on: 29 August 2014
Discover this magical country
Join us to explore some of the finest cities in Europe. Marvel at exquisite Venice and romantic Verona, discover the treasures of Florence and 'eternal' Rome, and wander the shrine at Assisi and the Tuscan gems Siena and San Gimignano.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
This escorted holiday sees us based in three Italian resorts.
On the western shore of Lake Garda, Moniga del Garda is a small town with a pretty harbour area and wide pebble beaches. It is famous for its local rose wine, Chiaretto, and offers a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes.
The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme lies about 60 miles south of Florence. Boasting a wonderful climate, Chianciano comprises two settlements: the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it. The resort offers some excellent shops, and many small bars, cafes and restaurants serving local food and wine.
This small village, just a few miles to the west of Verona, is ideally situated for a relaxing final day and transfer to the airport.
Fly to Italy and transfer to Moniga del Garda and your hotel. After a chance to relax and familiarise yourself with your surroundings, enjoy dinner in the hotel.
Today we explore "fair Verona", the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo" and home to the famous opera season held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. Explore this fascinating place, then take a seat in an open-air cafe in Piazza Bra to watch the world go by.
Venice is one of the world's most beautiful cities, and you can explore alone or join our included guided tour. With its mysterious labyrinth of alleys and waterways, spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the clock tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the mystique of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, Venice has to be seen to be believed.
Bidding farewell to Garda's shores, we travel south to Florence. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Art lovers can visit the Accademia to marvel at Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, or wander the Uffizi and admire Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entries payable locally).
In the afternoon we'll head further into Tuscany to our second base - Chianciano Terme.
Our fifth day's touring takes us into the rolling Tuscan hills and to Siena. See the magnificent Piazza il Campo, home of the traditional Palio horse race, before continuing north west to see the exquisite, Tuscan, hill-top fortress of San Gimignano and its beautiful towers, medieval walls and cathedral.
Today we travel south to Rome. Enjoy our guided tour of the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the great basilicas and the Baroque fountains. In the Vatican City, the dome of St Peter's looks over the vast Square, while a visit to the nearby Sistine Chapel will reveal Michelangelo's fabled frescoes.
Join us as we head through Umbria to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron St Francis, and home to the magnificent Basilica with its frescoes celebrating the life of that "most saintly of all the saints".
After our visit we'll head to our final hotel, in Lugagnano, just outside Verona.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
P Price shown: 19 Oct 2014 from London Gatwick - LGW