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Come with us on a magical Italian holiday
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Marvel at mysterious Venice, Shakespeare's Verona and Florence. See the Eternal City of Rome and the hill-top shrine at Assisi, and explore two of Tuscany's iconic towns: Siena and San Gimignano. Based in a series of comfortable hotels on the shores of Lake Garda, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and just a few miles outside of Verona, this great-value eight-day tour of Italy has been enchanting Newmarket customers for almost 20 years.
This escorted holiday to Italy sees us based in a series of three comfortable hotels.
Your Tour Base: Hotels in Lake Garda, Tuscany and Verona
On the south-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.
Moniga del Garda
The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme, 60 miles from Florence, boasts a wonderful climate. It comprises two settlements: the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it, and offers some excellent shops as well as many small gelaterie, bars, cafes and restaurants.
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.
Seven Cities of Italy Tour Itinerary
Fly to Italy and transfer to your hotel, situated just a short distance from Lake Garda's shoreline in Moniga del Garda.
Day One: Fly to Italy
Today's tour takes you to Verona, on the banks of the River Adige. Highlights include Italy's best preserved Roman amphitheatre, famed for its Opera Festival, the sweeping Piazza Bra, crowded with folk watching the world go by from a seat in one of the numerous pavement cafes, and the maze of 13th-century streets that formed the backdrop to Shakespeare's tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo".
Day Two: Included Verona tour
Today we'll visit one of the world's most famous and most beautiful cities: Venice. Join our guided tour to see spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the clock tower, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge, and discover the many stories of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, then wander the mysterious labyrinth of narrow alleys and waterways at your own pace.
Day Three: Included Venice tour
Leaving Garda's shores behind, today, you'll travel south, to Florence. There, you'll see the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Art lovers can visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, or wander the Uffizi and admire Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entries payable locally).
Day Four: Included Florence tour
In the late afternoon, you'll head further into Tuscany to the tour's second base, Chianciano Terme.
Siena, our destination today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its centrepiece is the shell-shaped Piazza il Campo where the traditional Palio horse race is held each year. From here, we head northwest to discover the ancient towers and medieval architecture of the hill-top fortress of San Gimignano.
Day Five: Included Siena and San Gimignano excursion
Travel south, to Rome, and take a guided tour around the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the great basilicas and the Baroque fountains. We'll stop in the Vatican City to marvel at the great dome of St Peter's, and visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's unmistakable and priceless ceiling.
Day Six: Included Rome tour
Today we'll travel through Umbria, to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica Papale di San Francesco d'Assisi. After time to see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto, Cavallini and Martini in the basilica's upper and lower churches, we'll head to Lugagnano, just outside Verona, and settle in to the final hotel of your tour.
Day Seven: Included Assisi excursion
Transfer back to the airport and check in for your flight home at the end of an unforgettable tour of Italy.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK