Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Italy Trip

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Departure from the U.S.A.

Day 2 - Venice
Welcome to Italy! We will be met at the airport by our CHA Tour Director and proceed to Venice for a general walking tour. We'll overnight in Venice.

Day 3 - Venice
Guided sightseeing of Venice reveals the Bridge of Sighs and 14th-century Doge's Palace. Explore bustling Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city, and visit beautiful St. Mark's Basilica. A visit to a Murano Glass Factory for a glass-blowing demonstration ends your morning tour. Enjoy a gondola ride through the romantic canals of Venice. Optional visit to the School of San Rocco and see Tintoretto's paintings in your free time. We'll, again, overnight in Venice.

Day 4 - Venice - Bologna - Florence
Drive to Bologna "the food capital of Italy" for a walking tour and visit to the Basilica San Petronio. Proceed to Florence "The Cradle of the Renaissance," in the heart of Tuscany for the evening and overnight.

Day 5 - Florence
Your expert local guide introduces you to Florence's Renaissance treasures on your morning sightseeing tour: Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's bronze doors, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo are buried. Visit the Gothic Duomo with its extraordinary dome and the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's "David." Later, you'll observe local craftsmen at work during a visit to a Florentine Leather Factory. During your free afternoon you can stroll across the Ponte Vecchio for views of the Arno river.

Day 6 - Florence
Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, reveals the museum's incomparable collection of Renaissance masterpieces from Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Obviously you can shop and eat to your heart's content but save room for a special dinner featuring regional Tuscan cuisine.

Day 7 - Florence - Siena
Journey through the rolling hills to the Middle Ages to the walled Siena where your sightseeing tour reveals the grand Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral. Overnight in Siena.

Day 8 - Siena - Assisi
Travel to the spiritual town of Assisi. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to see its remarkable collection of frescoes by Giotto depicting 28 scenes in the life of the Saint. Overnight in Assisi.

Day 9 - Assisi - Pompeii - Sorrento
Travel back in time today as you tour the remarkably preserved ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., for a guided visit of its well-preserved ruins. Drive south through the rolling hills of Umbria to cliffside Sorrento overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius for the night.

Day 10 - Sorrento - Rome
Drive past Naples and Montecassino to Rome for a get acquainted walking tour.

Day 11 - Rome: Tivoli, Villa d'Este or Hadrian's Villa
Discover the Eternal City's treasures with your expert guide this morning. Visit the Church of St Peter in Chains to see Michelangelo's powerful Moses, learn about the Roman civilization as you see the Arch of Constantine, the Circus Maximus, Capitoline Hill, and the sprawling ruins of the Roman Forum. Included is a visit to the Colosseum, the world's most glorious surviving Roman amphitheater where gladiators and beasts once fought.

This afternoon enjoy a ride through the Roman countryside to Tivoli built on the slopes of the Sabine Hills. Once there enjoy a visit to Villa d'Este one of the most enchanting treasures of the late Renaissance period. Its garden, with countless fountains and cascades is considered one of the most spectacular of its kind. If Villa d'Este is closed a visit to Hadrian's Villa will be included.

Day 12 - Rome: Vatican City
Explore the wonders of Vatican City on this morning's sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Catholic church, and the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's superbly-painted ceiling and the incomparable Vatican Museum.

Day 13 - Rome
Free day to explore and last minute shopping, eating and art and culture gazing.

Day 14 - Departure for the U.S.

 
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