AUTUMN IN ITALY

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"Walking the paths linking the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre is amazing - do not miss this! "

Is this the trip where you fall in love with the good life? We think so.

Soak up the incredible atmosphere and views spanning the Ligurian coast from the quiant villages of Cinque Terre. Discover the creative heart of the Renaissance in Florence where an expert guide will take you in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo and da Vinci.

 Along the way, stop to savour classic local delicacies including olive oil, pecorino, pasta and of course Chianti Classico! Immerse yourself in the glory of ancient Rome at Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and the gardens of Villa D'Este. Visit Vatican City and take in the Baroque splendour of Roman architecture.

Unwind, and toast the good life with a glass of lemoncello or grappa and congratulate yourself on a trip full of unsurpassed experiences!

La Dolce Vita:
Autumn in Cinque Terre, Florence, & Rome

Florence

Why choose La Dolce Vita Autumn tour?

  • Walk the fabled paths in Cinque Terre linking the picturesque villages of this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stay in a classic Florentine palazzo and visit world-famous sites including The Duomo, Ponte Vecchio & the Accademia 
  • Three nights in Rome at a lovely 4-star hotel perfectly located on the Via Cavour within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum and Piazza Navona
  • Convivial companions in a small group limited to a maximum of 20 clients
  • Wine tour & tastings
  • Dine in local trattorias and cantinas
  • Guided tours with top local guides to provide valuable historical context 

 

 

Program Itinerary:

Day 1: Toronto - Rome
Depart this evening on an Alitalia overnight flight to Italy.  

Day 2: Genoa - Cinque Terre
Upon afternoon arrival to Genoa (via Rome), transfer by private luxury coach to the world renowned area of Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast.  Dinner this evening at the hotel.
Overnight:  Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre
Meals: D

Day 3: Cinque Terre
Perched perilously against rugged rocks is the Cinque Terre, a Unesco World Heritage site of five Medieval villages that were, until the arrival of railroads in the late 19th century, accessible only from the sea. Travel by regional train and narrow gauge railway that circulates from one picturesque town to the next. Noted for its natural beauty, over the centuries Cinque Terre’s inhabitants have carved dramatic olive and vine terraces that cascade down to the sea. Today’s excursion will include two of these towns – Riomaggiore and Manarola– before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight: Monterosso Al Mare
Meals: B, D

Day 4: Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is a walker’s paradise with well conceived paths connecting the different villages. Today’s itinerary will include the village of Vernazza.  Depending on fitness levels, group members can choose the level of difficulty; the Sentiero Azzurro is the primary path, stretching for 10 km long and takes approximately 5 hours to hike.  The Via dell’Amore is much more leisurely and is appropriate for people with physical limitations. For those people not interested in walking, the train will whisk you between villages where another cappuccino or apperitivo awaits!  Return to the hotel for dinner.
For more detailed information on hiking in the Cinque Terre, visit http://wikitravel.org/en/Cinque_Terre
Overnight: Monterosso Al Mare
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Cinque Terre - Florence
Depart by private coach and travel inland to the heart of Tuscany and Florence, the capital of the Renaissance.  Enroute, stop at one of Italy’s premier outlet malls for designer discount shopping!  Upon arrival to the heart of the city, check in to the centrally located hotel that is a historic palazzo.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll before dinner in a wonderfully typical Florentine restaurant.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: B, D

Day 6: Florence
Today, a guided walking tour will take us to some of Florence’s most important sites. See the famous Accademia Museum home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece David, the Arno River and its equally famous Ponte Vecchio that was built in 1345 and houses stunning antique shops and jewelry stores. The Cathedral is a magnificent design begun by Giotto and crowned by the 351 foot high Brunelleschi designed dome.  The octagonal Baptistery, well over a millennium in age features the 15th century bronze Door of Paradise that was designed by Ghiberti to depict Old Testament scenes.   The Piazza della Signoria was -- and still is -- the political stage of Florence, set with the backdrop of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia of the Signoria.  Visit the lovely church of Santa Maria dei Fiore and the Mercato die Porcellino. Dinner this evening at a typical Osteria.
Overnight:  Florence
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Florence - Siena - Florence
Today, take the train to Siena, Italy’s best preserved medieval town located in the heart of the wine producing region.  Built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved medieval walls, Siena is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture and has one of the world’s most unique piazzas - the Piazza del Campo.  Enjoy a walking tour of this enchanting town and learn about the famous Palio and how it defines Sienese culture and identity. Return to Florence for dinner on your own.
Overnight: Hotel Royal, Florence
Meals: B

Day 8: Florence - San Gimignano - Wine Tasting - Florence
Continue to San Gimignano, a nearby small medieval town encircled by ramparts and 14 tall towers. The town was nicknamed “San Gimignano of the Fine Towers”, because at one time there were 72 of them. Originally built for protection, over time the towers have become symbols of prestige. Lovely boutiques offer fine Italian goods including linens, spices, olive oil and pottery. The rest of the day will be devoted to the gastronomic delights of classic Tuscan cuisine. Learn how to make typical dishes using local regional produce and of course sampling fine wine! On our return to Florence, stop at a local vintner and sample some of Tuscany’s finest wines.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: B

Day 9: Florence - Montecatini Terme (optional package)
This morning travel via train to Montecatini Terme , a charming Belle Epoque spa town in the heart of Tuscany.  Originally founded by the Romans, Montecatini’s healing waters have been renowned since the ancient era. Enjoy enjoy the colourful market before returning to Florence by train.
Overnight:  Florence
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Florence - Assisi - Rome
Depart Florence this morning by private motorcoach and travel to Rome.  Enroute visit Assisi, home of St. Francis and the Franciscan Order he founded.   A guided tour of the town and Franciscan complex will include the Upper and Lower churches that comprise the Basilica and  contain breathtaking frescos dating from the late Middle Ages.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Assisi is a lovely town with winding roads located on a high promontory. Upon arrival to Rome, check into the hotel and enjoy an evening stroll through the heart of the city including the Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps and the many beautiful piazzas Rome has to offer.  
Overnight:  Rome
Meals: B, D

Day 11: Rome
Today’s day trip will take us outside Rome.  Visit ancient Praeneste, Hadrian’s Villa and then enjoy strolling though the beautiful gardens while admiring the famous fountains of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli.Return to Rome mid-afternoon.
Overnight:  Rome
Meals: B

Day 12: Rome
This morning’s programme centres on Vatican City and Papal Rome.  Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, one of the world’s most majestic buildings that stands over St. Peter’s tomb and the spot where he was martyred. The guided tour will include the treasures of the Vatican Museum, culminating in the Sistine Chapel to gaze at Michelangelo’s incomparable frescos.  This afternoon is free time to enjoy the stunning Borgehese gardens that sit at the apex of the Spanish Steps, visit a museum or shop the Via Condotti!  Dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Rome
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Rome
This morning venture back in time to ancient Rome with a guided tour of the Colosseum and the Forum. The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian in AD 80 and was where epic gladiator battles were held. Immensely impressive with a circumference of 530 metres, the Colosseum was built to house 50,000 spectators. The Forum was the commercial, civil and religious centre of Roman life in the Republican era; walk in the footsteps of Julius Caeser and see the spot where he was assassinated.  Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Rome independently and do some last minute shopping.  Tonight’s farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Rome
Meals: B, D

Day 14: Rome - Toronto
Bid farewell to Rome and transfer to the airport for the direct flight to Toronto.
Meals: B

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