Tours

Art and Faith in Italy

11 days
Italy
Starting from $4848

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare

* Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Depart on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 Arrive in Milan / Santa Maria delle Grazie – Da Vinci’s The Last Supper / Verona – Romeo and Juliet balcony / Venice Mestre

Arrive in Milan and transfer to your bus to begin your journey of history and faith in Italy. You'll visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Continue on to Verona and stop to visit the courtyard that remembers Romeo and Juliet - with balcony. Finish your day in Venice Mestre for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica and Square / Galleria dell’Accademia di Venezia, Church of San Giorgio Maggiore / Doge’s Palace / Bridge of Sighs – Return to Venice Mestre

This morning you'll cross the lagoon to the city of Venice. Rising between sea and sky, this fascinating city boasts waterways and boats instead of roads and cars, encompassing 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals. You will stand in the Piazza San Marco, bordered on three sides by palatial arcades in two tiers and faced on the other by the Basilica of St. Mark, one of the world’s most magnificent churches. You’ll visit the Basilica with its treasure of marble and gold-background mosaics. From the square, you can see the famous Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, as well as the charming pink and white Doge’s Palace. You’ll view the sadly romantic Bridge of Sighs. Walk the halls of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia home to a collection of pre-19th Century art. You'll also visit the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, whose brilliant white facade contains a beautiful combination of art and faith within. You’ll enjoy free time to explore on your own before you return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Ravenna – Basilica of San Vitale / Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo / Finish the day in Florence

From Venice we will travel south along the Adriatic to Ravenna. Visit the Basilica of St. is one of the most important Byzantine art and architecture structures in western Europe. Another fusion of western and Byzantine art and architecture can be seen at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, also built in the 6th Century. Finish the day in Florence for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Galleria dell’Accademia / Galleria degli Uffizi / Museo Naizonale del Bargello

The elegant city of Florence is nestled between a line of hills and the banks of the Arno Riveand serves as a showcase for Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance grandeur. Among the wealth of masterpieces to be found in Florence, you’ll see the Piazza della Signoria with its Neptune Fountain. You'll visit the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David. You’ll also take in the Uffizi Museum. Here works from Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael are on display. Continue to the Museo Nazionale del Barello, filled with Renaissance masterpieces in this former prison and barracks. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Florence Cathedral / Basilica di San Lorenzo / Santa Maria del Carmine / Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

This morning you'll travel to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral which houses Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietá and see in the Baptistry Ghiberti’s famous Gates of Paradise. Continue to the Basilica di San Lorenzo, once outside the city walls and home church of the Medici family. The church is lavished with an interior design from Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Walkthrough the Santa Maria del Carmine Church, whose interiors reflects various art periods from the 12th Century on, thanks to portions of the church being rebuilt after several fires. Walk the halls of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, home to work intended for the Cathedral, including the Pieta created by Michelangelo intended for his own tomb. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 Siena – Basilica of San Domenico / Museum of Metropolitan Institution / Finish the day in Rome

This morning, you’ll travel to Siena and walk the Piazza del Campo, famous for the Palio horse race. Also visit the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, incorporating the house of St. Catherine of Siena and containing the 12th Century Crucifix from which the Saint received her stigmata. Continue to the Piazza del Duomo to the Museum of Metropolitan Institution. The museum contains a collection of marble statues, altar pieces, and a restored medieval stained glass window. Travel on to Rome to check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Vatican – Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter’s Basilica

Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican’s Museums and Sistine Chapel. Built by connecting portions of the old Papal residence with newer structures. The museum houses a world renowned collection of art and antiquities. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512, and later painted The Last Judgment between 1535 and 1541 for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The primary function of the chapel is the Papal Conclave, providing the place where the College of Cardinals of the church gathers to select a new Pope. Then walk through St. Peter’s Basilica and celebrate Mass here. The present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. There are more than 100 tombs within the basilica, including most recently Saint John Paul II. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Santa Maria della Vittoria / Galleria Borchese / San Luigi dei Francesi / The Tempietto (San Piertro in Montorio)

This morning you'll travel to Santa Maria della Vittoria, home to Bernini's Ectasy of St. Theresa. Continue to the Galleria Borchese, home to works by Bernini, Caravaggio and Titian. Wander San Luigi dei Francesi, the national church of France in Rome. Inside are statues that retell events of French history, and the Contarelli Chapel, painted by Caravaggio. You'll also visit San Pietro in Montono, home to the Tempietto (small temple), commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella and a masterpiece of high- Renaissance art. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Forum and Colosseum / Free time in city

History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome as in no other city. Explore the many wonders of ancient Rome as you visit the magnificent Colosseum and the Forum. See the Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, famous Baths of Caracalla and Arch of Constantine as well as the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Monti Region, Rome’s most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore and shop on your own. Dinner and overnight at the hotel included.

Day 11 Return to USA

Return to USA

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