Capture the splendor of the past and experience the importance of heritage during your custom-tailored UNESCO tour of Italy that immerses you in the majesty of culture from the historic canals of Venice to the excavated streets of Pompeii. With 51 designated cultural and natural landmarks, Italy will enchant you with a breathtaking heritage that is represented in its mouthwatering cuisine, prestigious, marble palaces, staggering ancient artistry, and alluring Renaissance masterworks. Your luxury...
Venice – Arrive in the UNESCO Heritage City of Venice
The floating masterpieces of Venice glimmer in the sunlight with marbled palaces that rise out of the fabled canals. Stoic gondolas cruise along the narrow and hidden waterways while vaporetti speed between the wide, winding banks of the Grand Canal. Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Marco Polo Airport and escort you into the heart of your city so you can settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodation.
You can look out your window over the water and find locals who are dangling their clothes above the rippling canal below and witness small the bridges in the distance, which account for a few of the more than 400 in the city that connect Venice’s 118 small islands. You will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and set out on a fascinating introductory tour of the UNESCO heritage city with a private gondola tour that will lead you back in time and challenge your perception of the former powerful republic with preserved palaces and six churches that soar above the banks of the Grand Canal.
The narrow backstreets retain their priceless sheen in the evening with restaurants that light the walkways with candles and secluded churches that are decorated with the works of master artists. You can step off the gondola at Campo dei Frari to view the captivating works of Titian that adorn the Venetian architecture, including Assumption of the Virgin, which depicts the Apostles on the ground, Mary rising in the center of the piece, and the heavens above with vibrant colors and poetic dimensions that break the traditions of the time to show the masterful aesthetic of the High Renaissance.
Venice – Discover the Culture and History of Venice
Milan – Visit Padua and Verona en route to Milan
Milan – Explore the Beauty and Elegance of Milan
Florence – Travel to Florence to Uncover the Historic City Center
Florence – Traverse the Grandeur of Medici Villas in Tuscany
Sorrento – Enjoy a Day at Tivoli and Caserta Palace en route to Naples
Sorrento – Wander through the Heritage of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Sorrento – Delight in Ancient Paestum and a Cultural Cooking Class
Sorrento – Depart for Home
- Witness the captivating work of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper during a tour of the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church and Milan
- Delight in the fascinating ambiance and elegant designs of the Medici villas in Tuscany at Poggio a Caiano
- Indulge in the celebrated flavors of cherished Neapolitan pizza during a private cooking class that offers insight into the heritage of cuisine
- Bask in the views of the remarkable work of Giotto that is captured in the preserved fresco cycle of Jesus and Mary’s life in the Capella degli Scrovegni in Padua
- Glide along the hidden canals of Venice with a private, evening gondola tour, providing an unforgettable view of the UNESCO World Heritage city
- Wander the elaborate and lavish gardens of the Caserta Palace, which is known for extravagant fountains and sophisticated design that was inspired by Versailles
- Follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans on the preserved streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum with a historian guide
- Discover the alluring Greek and Egyptian aesthetic of Emperor Hadrian while exploring his former villa that is hidden in the hills of Tivoli
You will discover the true nature of Italy’s heritage and the importance of preserving the past during your 10-day UNESCO tour of Italy. Whether finding alluring gardens in Padua or enjoying the view of the elaborate brick dome of Florence’s cathedral, Italy represents over five percent of the entire UNESCO global list, reflecting the grandeur of heritage from the Dolomite Mountains in the north to the island of Sicily in the south. You will have private tours with guides who specialize in art, history, culture, and cuisine for an authentic exploration of contemporary life as shaped by the preserved past.
Your heritage tour of Italy will begin with your arrival in Venice where you will stay for two nights. The remarkable city on the lagoon features lavish marble palaces and quintessential canals. You will discover the marvels of St. Mark’s Square, the reach of hidden waterways, and the splendid flavors of traditional cicchetti plates. Outside of Venice, you will find exceptional heritage sites in Padua and Verona, stemming from botanical gardens, preserved church frescos, Roman architecture, and Renaissance designs that are highlighted by a touch of Shakespearean drama in the form of Romeo and Juliet. You will reach Florence, where you will have two nights of indulging in the magnificent ambiance of the Renaissance with a local guide who will introduce you to the illustrious charms of the city center. Whether wandering beneath the dome of the Duomo or finding the tomb of Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santa Croce, you will find the immense influence of Medici and the pride of locals in and around the city, leading into the Tuscan countryside where you will visit a selection of villas and gardens that were built by the Medici family.
You will continue toward Naples and the coastal city of Sorrento, stopping in Tivoli to visit the UNESCO sites of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este that parallel each other with a classical aesthetic. At Caserta Palace, your local guide will offer a unique perspective on the grandeur of the Baroque masterpiece that is found in the palatial design and elaborate gardens before arriving in Sorrento for three nights. You will take your time to discover the marvels of Pompeii and Herculaneum with a local historian who will introduce you to the hidden aspects of the preserved cities. You will also enjoy a visit to the Greek temples of Paestum, revealing the best-preserved Greek settlement on mainland Italy. Then, you will partake in a private cooking lesson that will focus on the intangible heritage of pizza, teaching you the art of recipes that have passed down through the generations.
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$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
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