Tour of Italy: Rome, Florence, Milan, and Cinque Terre
There are few places in the world where modern cities and centuries-old ruins cohabitate as peacefully as in Italy. Coffee shops and paved highways brush up next to colossal arches from the Roman Empire. Intricate fountains sculpted by renowned Renaissance artists gush next to gelato stands. The entire county is an impressive blend of history and modernity, and it’s the setting for this eight-day, seven-night adventure. View the full itinerary here.
Days 1–2: On the first day, travelers arrive in Rome and settle in either the Hotel California or Casa San Giuseppe. The following afternoon, tour the ruins at the Roman Forum. Once the bustling epicenter of Rome, the forum is littered with soaring pillars, crumbling building foundations, and grand arches. Just around the corner stand the iconic tiered arches of the Coliseum, where Roman countrymen once cheered as gladiators battled to the death.
Day 3: The tour group crosses the Tiber River into Vatican City, the smallest city-state in the world. St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, impresses with its intricate interior sculptures, several by legendary baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Take in aerial views of the key-shaped church by walking up to the dome, which dominates the Rome skyline. The day culminates with a stop in the Sistine Chapel, which contains Michelangelo's most famous frescoes, The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam.
Day 4: A first-class train travels through the Tuscan countryside to Florence, the city of the Renaissance. The first stop is the 15th-century Florentine cathedral known as Il Duomo, located alongside Giotto's bell tower. Nearby, the Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo's David, the iconic sculpture finished in 1504. In Florence, visitors stay at the Bijou Hotel.
Day 5: As Florence was a hub for Renaissance art, any tour of the city requires a visit to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, which displays artwork from Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, and more of the era's greatest masters. The museum is followed by a shopping trip along Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that spans the Arno River. Spend the evening at Boboli Gardens, an extravagant urban park owned by the Medici family.
Days 6–7: The tour continues to Genoa via Pisa with a pit stop at its Leaning Tower, where tourists can take pictures pretending to hold up the tower with telekinetic powers. Afterward, head to Milan to shop in the flagship stores of Armani, Versace, and Missoni. During this segment of the trip, lodgers stay at the Hotel Astoria.
Day 8: Visitors depart Genoa for the idyllic seaside towns of Cinque Terre, which means "five lands" in Italian. The five pastel-hued towns—Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore—cling to cliffs along the Mediterranean coastline, with most traveling to each town by train, ferry, or hiking trail. Visitors can spend the day sunning on the beach or trekking between the scenic villages. That evening, the tour heads back to Rome for a stop at the Pantheon’s ancient temple, tucked behind Corinthian columns. The tour culminates with farewell gelato on Rome’s Spanish Steps.
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