Day 1 - USA…MILAN
Depart USA for your transatlantic flight to Italy. Dinner and overnight aloft.
Day 2 - MILAN…COMO
Upon your arrival in MILAN airport you will be met by your English-speaking Renaissance
Group tour operator who will help transfer you to your hotel in Como. COMO with its flower-filled gardens, villas built
for the wealthy of the 17th and 18th centuries, and mild climate, it’s among the most scenic spots in Italy. In
the afternoon you will take an boat excursion to the romantic and lovely Lake Como, which is the best way to admire
it. Welcome dinner. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 3 - COMO…TURIN
After breakfast you will depart to TURIN is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin which is a linen cloth
bearing the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatized in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is
kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
It is believed to be the cloth placed on
the body of Jesus at the time of his burial. City sightseeing and lunch in Turin. Wine tasting on route.
Overnight in your hotel.
Day 4 - COMO…MILAN…SOTTO IL MONTE…LUCCA
After breakfast in your
hotel, half day sightseeing MILAN, The city is one of the major commercial and financial centers in the world. The city is
famous for fashion firms and shops (via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to
be the world's oldest shopping mall. We will visit Santa Maria delle Grazie, houses one of the world's most celebrated
works: Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper”.
Followed the visit at the Milan Cathedral. The Gothic cathedral
took five centuries to complete and is the fourth-largest church in the world. In the afternoon depart to visit SOTTOLMONTE
the birthplace of John XXIII. Dinner in LUCCA, a charming Tuscan town enclosed by massive red brick walls. Sites
in LUCCA includes the Duomo of San Martino, Lucca’s finest Romanesque building, the Torre Giungi, a 15th century 130-foot
high tower topped with a tree; Palazzo Pfanner with its fine gardens, statues, loggia, and fountains. Overnight in your
Day 5 - LUCCA…CINQUE TERRE
After breakfast in your hotel you will depart for a full day excursion
to CINQUE TERRE, eighteen kilometers of sheer rocky coastline in northern Italy, terraced hills and vineyards sloping
steeply down to the sea. Five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills.
and especially viticulture, have contributed to create a unique landscape. All this, combine with the characteristics
of a crystal clear sea makes the Cinque Terre an increasingly sought after location among Italian and foreign tourists. Lunch
will be in the Cinque Terre area. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 11 - FLORENCE
After breakfast in your
hotel you will be mesmerized on an unbelievable tour of the city of FLORENCE, the heart of the Renaissance and city of artistic
wealth and beauty which holds many treasures for you to discover. Begin your visit to the Uffizi Gallery and then to
the beautiful Piazza Del Duomo to see the delicately patterned green, white, and pink cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore crowned
by Brunelleschi’s cupola. See Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Romanesque Baptistry of St. John with its exquisite
bronze doors which Michelangelo called, “the Gates of Paradise”. Later, visit the Academy of Fine Arts for
a view of Michelangelo’s superb “David” and many of the master’s unfinished works. You will marvel
at the other celebrated landmarks such as the Piazza della Signoria, with the City Hall; the Ponte Vecchio, famous old bridge
of Florence which rises over the Arno River and where the boutiques of the most ancient jewelers are located, jewels which
are themselves pieces of art; the Piazzale Michelangelo, from where you will enjoy a superb view on the city. Your last
stop will be at the Church of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) which contains the tombs of the Florentine masters.
in a typical Tuscan restaurant. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 12 - LUCCA…SANGIMINIANO…SIENA…SORRENTO
After breakfast, you will visit SAN GIMIGNANO for a wine tasting. You will depart to SIENA with its famous Piazza
del Campo where all roads converge and where the city competes in the yearly “Palio,” a highly contested horse
race recently filmed in the OO7 film Quantum of Solace. In Siena you will have a traditional Tuscan lunch. After
lunch a Motorcoach will we take us to SORRENTO which sits high above the cliffs and commands a breathtaking view of the Bay
of Naples. Overnight in SORRENTO.
Day 13 - SORRENTO… optional CAPRI
breakfast, you may want to depart SORRENTO to take a full-day optional excursion to the fabulous isle of CAPRI where
you can see the Gardens of Augustus, or just enjoy a full day at leisure exploring the charms of beautiful Sorrento.
Dinner in SORRENTO. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 14 - SORRENTO…POMPEII…LENOLA…ROME
After breakfast you will depart, by private motorcoach, for POMPEII, the ancient city that lay under volcanic ash
for 2000 years. During the guided tour you will see the remarkable preserved ruins of temples, houses, gardens, and
public buildings. Today, the ancient city offers the richest insight into the daily life of the Romans. On the way to
ROME stop in the hilltop town, LENOLA for a bucolic country dinner. Time allowing we will visit the 17th century
Shrine of MADONNA del COLLE and take a stroll in the middle of the town. Overnight in your hotel in ROME.
Day 15 - ROME
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be taken to St. Peter’s Basilica for a general audience
with Pope Benedict XVI followed by an afternoon tour of Christian Rome. Dinner will be at a typical Roman restaurant
where you will experience the cuisine of central Italy. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 16 - ROME
breakfast in your hotel, your visit of the city will focus on Renaissance Rome and the Sistine Chapel. Afternoon at
leisure for last minute shopping before a Farewell Dinner to conclude the events of the trip in a typical Roman restaurant.
Overnight in your hotel.
Day 17 –ROME…USA
After breakfast you will check out and be transferred
to the airport for your return flight home where you will arrive on the same day.