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Immerse yourself in the magic of Italy ...

Start your journey in Venice. Travel along Italy''s boot to Ravenna, Michelangelo's Florence, Assisi and Caesar's ancient Rome.

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Venice

Considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice stretches across an archipelago of 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea and is connected by over 400 bridges. As no cars are allowed, we will take boats and also walk along the narrow maze of streets and bridges to see St. Mark's Square with the Campanile, Doge's Palace and flocks of friendly pigeons. Free time may find you gliding in a gondola past 12th and 18th-century marble palaces on the Grand Canal. Venice is famous for its ornate glass-work, known as Venetian glass. It is world-renowned for being colorful, elaborate, and skillfully made.

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Florence

We continue on to Florence, Golden City of the Renaissance and birthplace of Michelangelo. Florence was originally established by Julius Caesar and has been the center of trade, finance, art and architecture since the Middle Ages. This protected UNESCO World Heritage Site is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world. The crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Free time may find you at the famous Uffizi Galleries viewing works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael or see Michelangelo’s famous “David” at the Accademia. An optionL excursion through the rolling hills of Tuscany brings us to the picturesque town of Greve for wine, cheese and olive oil tasting at Castello da Verrazzano.

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Rome

See the glory that was Rome: Caesar's Forum, the Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death, the Pantheon, originally built in 27 BC, and more. Across the Tiber River, we come to Vatican City, world's smallest state, to visit St. Peter's Basilica housing Michelangelo's magnificent "Pieta." Leisure time to explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel or sample delicious gelati at a lively piazza. We'll enjoy a lavish Roman Banquet as well.