The cultural and historical Italian Peninsula becomes an open-air museum filled with enchanting flavors and captivating stories that will enrich the deep corners of the cities, towns, and countryside during your personalized senior tour of Italy. The charm spreads from Rome to Venice, Florence to Verona accentuating the restored marvels of ancient life and the majesty of Renaissance works propelling Western Europe from the Middle Ages. Treasures glow in the sunlight revealing works by Giotto and...
Rome – Arrive in Rome with the Day a Relaxing Day at your Leisure
Rome is a city of captivating artwork with a welcoming culture inspired by the endlessly changing dynamics spanning more than 2,500 years. The wealth of history layers the streets with myths, legends, folklore, and religious retellings scattered across ancient ruins and vibrant churches. Restaurants serve dishes passed down through generations of homecooking and brings a variety of mouthwatering aromas into the lavish piazzas. Your flight lands at Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer meets you at customs. Entering into the city brings a torrent of iconic images to the forefront passing the vast complex of the Diocletian Baths and soaring walls of the Colosseum. You can settle into the comforts of your luxury hotel in the center of city with the remaining to enjoy the sights, aromas, and pulse of Rome day at your own pace.
The renowned Mouth of Truth sits in the foyer outside of the doors of Santa Maria Cosmedin Church. The tall stone disc carved in the 1st century AD contains the face of a human with hollow holes in the eyes and mouth. Historians theorize the plate was used as a ceremonial well cover, a fountain decoration, and a manhole cover in ancient times. However, the unique history of the marble feature stems from the medieval superstition brought back to pop culture with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the award-winning film Roman Holiday. A person would place their hand inside the mouth of the frieze, speak their truth, and the mouth would bite off the hand of liars.
Rome – A Guided Highlights Tour of Rome’s Fascinating History
Rome – Remarkable Works and Artifacts of the Vatican
Siena – The Charming Medieval Streets of Assisi en route to Siena
Siena – The Tuscan Medieval Towns of Siena and San Gimignano
Florence – Pisa’s Famous Monuments and Tour the Streets of Florence
Florence – The Artistry of the Uffizi Gallery and Enjoy the Afternoon
Ravenna – A Balsamic Excursion before Navigating Ravenna
Padova – The Charming City of Verona before Reaching Padova
Venice – The Beauty of Padova and a Brenta Canal Cruise to Venice
Venice – Venice’s Grandeur on an Embracing Highlights Tour
Venice – Depart for Home
- Relish the sight of Renaissance artwork and architecture with a tour of the Vatican galleries featuring works of Raphael and Michelangelo
- Witness the stunning artistry on display in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery ranging from the Byzantine era to the height of the Renaissance
- Explore both the subtle and the robust flavors of traditional balsamic vinegar crafted in with custom, heritage, and taste in mind
- Embrace the splendor of Venice on a walking tour revealing the stunning marble palaces, iconic canals, and shimmering gilded mosaics
- Travel down the Brenta Canal on a serene cruise highlighting the wealth of the Venetian aristocracy through sensational preserved villas
- Traverse the medieval streets of Siena for a charming vision of antique life in the famous Tuscan countryside
- Follow in the footsteps of St. Francis in charismatic town of Assisi where the grand basilica dedicated to the saint retains captivating history and artwork
- View the enchanting works of Giotto in the Cappella degli Scrovegni of Padua revealing artwork that inspired an emergence from the Middle Ages era of art
- Discover the fascinating Byzantine architecture and mosaics preserved in Ravenna, the former capital of the Western Roman Empire
- Uncover the hidden splendors of the Sacred Field in Pisa where the original sinópie is visible after World War II
Embrace country roads and the scent of espresso, lavish art and an unhurried pace during your 12-day senior tour of Italy that will immerse you in the authentic charms of the country’s treasured culture. The heritage of the country dates back more than 3,000 years with ruins illustrating the grandeur of the Roman Empire and the artistic sensibilities of the Etruscan mourning rituals. Farmers’ markets glow with an array of vibrant colors and medieval towns retain a sense of wonder soaring above the charms of meandering verdant valleys.
The depths of your adventure in Italy will begin with your arrival in Rome, the contemporary capital of the county. Each day in Italy brings the best of a given city, town, or region and will open your eyes to the marvels of history as you experience the splendors left by the previous generations. Rome displays the grace, prestige, and ruthlessness of the former Papal State and empire with medieval buildings wrapping around the narrow warrens that lead to the open ruins. Baroque palaces, the fascinating engineering of the Colosseum, and the stunning architecture designed by the likes of Michelangelo and Vasari are all around, and the Vatican opens treasures of papal aesthetics and surprising artistic freedom moving from gilded scenes of heavenly presence to the humanistic representation of biblical characters.
Moving north into Tuscany will bring you through the charming Umbrian countryside and hillside town of Assisi. The walled streets lead up the slopes to a medieval fortress and down to a plateau on which the Basilica of St. Francis stands, gilded with remarkable frescoes by Giotto and other contemporary artists. The medieval scenery of Tuscany tops the hills with the preserved walls of Siena offering spectacular views of the verdant slopes, vineyards, and olive groves. Explore the city that is covered with radiant frescoes, and a unique grand piazza is set beneath the towering soaring hall. The towers of San Gimignano reflect the former affluence of the town situated on the popular pilgrimage route Via Francigena connecting France to Rome.
As you continue, Pisa will illustrate the prestige of maritime trade and the unique attributes of medieval architectural engineering while Florence embodies the grandeur of the Renaissance in design, artistry, philosophy, and cuisine. The Uffizi Gallery hosts artwork like Botticelli’s La Primavera and Brunelleschi’s sensational dome crowns the prestigious Duomo.
Outside of Florence, the stunning flavors of balsamic vinegar make their appearance on a family-owned property that has been passing down the secrets to producing the delicious condiment for generations. Sample the Italian specialty before discovering the Byzantine history of Ravenna, glowing with gilded mosaics, incredible frescoes, and the tomb of one of Italy’s most famous sons, Dante Alighieri. Visiting Verona accentuates the Romance encapsulated in the love of Rome and Juliet, as well as the lavish gardens of splendid villas.
Wandering Padova combines the quiet charms of a university town with the breathtaking frescoes decorating the walls and ceiling of the Scrovegni chapel. Travel down the Brenta Canal for a view of the art and aesthetic of Venetian aristocracy before the fall of the Republic among the historic villas decorating the water’s banks. The sites in Venice become ingrained as a wonder of Italy stemming from the masterful designs of St. Mark’s Square, the hidden history of the Doge’s Palace, and the treasured flavors of the city’s traditional cuisine. Consider learning more about our senior travelers’ best Italy vacation experiences by reading their Italy travel reviews.
$3,295 per person (excluding international flights)
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