The Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River in Florence, Italy

Your Journey Begins…

March 29 – Rome

Day 1: Arrive in Rome
Welcome dinner upon arrival

March 30 – Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, interior

St. Peter’s Basilica, interior

Day 2: Tour St Peters and the Vatican Museum

  • Spend a full day exploring the art and history of the Vatican State
  • Free for lunch
  • Late afternoon free
  • Dinner in the Trastevere. Visit the Santa Maria in Trastevere before dinner

March 31- Rome

Day 3: The Borghese Art Gallery & an afternoon stroll through Rome

  • Tour first the Santa Maria del Popolo to see the Caravaggio painting
  • Tour the Borghese Museum this morning
  • Late morning and early afternoon visit the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and Campo di Fiori where you’ll enjoy lunch (in the flower market)
  • Visit the church with Caravaggio’s San Luigi dei Francesi by the P Navona

April 1- Rome

"Moses," Michelangelo

Michelangelo’s, “Moses”

Day 4: Michelangelo’s Moses and Ancient Rome

  • Visit the swooning Saint Teresa, by Bernini in the Santa Maria della Vittoria
  • Visit the Pozzo trompe l’oeil ceiling at San Ignazio
  • A visit to San Pietro in Vincoli with Michelangelo’s Moses
  • Pay your respects to ancient Rome, located just 3 minutes away
  • Afternoon free (after 2pm)

April 2 – Florence

Day 5: North to Florence via Montepulciano (or take the train to Florence direct)

  • Depart Rome this morning for Florence stopping en-route to sample some wine and cheese in Montepulciano (located in Southern Tuscany)
  • Arrive in Florence at 4:00pm
  • Dinner upon arrival

April 3 – Florence

The Uffizi Art Gallery

The Uffizi Art Gallery

Day 6: Tour the Cappella Brancacci and Uffizi Art Gallery

  • 9:30 reservation for Uffizi Art Gallery, including Vasari Corridor
  • Lunch on the Santo Spirito/ Tour the church
  • Visit the Santa Felicita and the Pitti Palace
  • Afternoon tour of the Cappella Brancacci
  • Free evening

April 4 – Florence

Day 7: Tour the Duomo, Medici Chapel and Bargello Museums

  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon tour the Bargello Museum and Santa Croce Church

April 5 – Venice

Padua Chapel

Padua Chapel, interior

Day 8: Depart Florence for Venice via a Balsamic Tasting and Padua Chapel

  • Depart at 8:30am
  • Arrive in Modena at 11:00am for a Balsamic tasting and lunch
  • Arrive in Padua at 3:00pm and visit the Arena Chapel
  • Stop and see the Donatello statue as well in Padua
  • Arrive in Venice at 6:30pm

April 6 – Venice

Day 9: Tour the P. San Marco

  • Visit the P. San Marco
  • Horses
  • Mosaics
  • Bell Tower
  • Walk to Scuolo di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
  • Lunch included
  • Free evening for dinner

April 7- Venice

Michelangelo's "David" at the Accademia Museum

Michelangelo’s “David” at the Accademia Museum

Day 10: Tour the Accademia Museum

  • Tour the Accademia Museum this morning
  • Lunch
  • Tour the Chiesa di San Sebastiano in the afternoon
  • Afternoon free to explore Venice on your own

April 8- Venice

Day 11: Another full day in Venice

  • Visit the bustling market at the Ponte Rialto
  • Tour the Basilica di S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
  • Chiesa di San Zanipolo (Santi Giovanni e Paulo) with Verocchio statue and Bellini painting
  • Coffee break
  • Tour the Scuolo Grande di San Rocco
  • S. Giovanni Crisostomo Bellini’s last masterpiece
  • Afternoon free to explore Venice on your own
  • Vivaldi Concert this evening

April 9 – Venice

Day 12: Tour over after breakfast