Portrait of Italy
When: October 05, 2017 - October 21, 2017 (iCal)
“I liked the variety of places that were provided which were 'off the beaten path'.”
This program showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and natural scenery from the Amalfi Coast to Rome, through the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside, and all the way to Venice. Starting at the stunning seaside of Amalfi we will head to the vast archeological site of Pompeii. In Rome we will explore the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square, and the Sistine Chapel. Then we are off for three nights in pastoral Umbria, journeying through Tuscany to experience Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, a “town of towers.” Our final destination is Venice, a city of canals, narrow alleys, and small squares. A post-tour extension is available, providing an additional three days in Venice.
Activity Level: Active
Price From: $5,684 air & land inclusive from Boston
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and departure fees.
Single travelers will be charged an additional $995.
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Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at email@example.com or 617-627-5323.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
This evening, depart the U.S. for Europe with a connecting flight to Naples.
Day 2: Arrive Naples/Amalfi
Arriving in Naples this morning, we will travel to seaside Amalfi, our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region. Dinner is at our hotel tonight and throughout the rest of our stay here.
Day 3: Amalfi/Ravello
This morning, we’ll experience this breathtaking coast while cruising (weather permitting) from our hotel to Amalfi Center. A brief tour of the region’s largest town is followed by lunch on our own. Next, we will ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.
Day 4: Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento
Today’s full-day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. After the visit and lunch on our own, we drive along the winding Amalfi Coast above the azure Mediterranean – stopping for photos and in Sorrento along the way. We return to our hotel late this afternoon.
Day 5: Amalfi/Montecassino/Rome
En route to Rome today, we’ll visit the town of Montecassino to tour the Abbey, mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. During World War II, the Abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing then rebuilt as a replica. Continuing on to Rome, we arrive mid-afternoon at our hotel, where our Travel Director will lead an informal walk of the area.
Day 6: Rome
This morning brings us through the heart of ancient Rome to the renowned Colosseum and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. The afternoon is free for independent exploring.
Day 7: Rome
Today, another morning tour is followed by a free afternoon. We’ll see Michelangelo’s “Pieta” in the Vatican at St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the most important church in all Christendom. In the Vatican Museums, we’ll see the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling, now restored to its original glory.
Day 8: Rome/Umbria
Leaving Rome, we travel north through agricultural land to reach Orvieto in mid-afternoon. After checking in at our hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter, our travel director will lead an informal walking tour. Tonight, a simple cooking demonstration is followed by dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant.
Day 9: Orvieto
This morning’s guided walking tour of the city brings us to the medieval Duomo (Italian cathedral), featuring a frescoed chapel by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, “The Last Judgment.” Next, we will explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Orvieto/Assisi
Today’s excursion is to Assisi, with inviting plazas, abundant flowers, white marble buildings, and a medieval air. Our visit will include St. Clare Church and the renowned Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St. Francis and a sacred pilgrimage site. Inside are Giotto’s priceless frescoes, “The Life of St. Francis.” There is time on our own for a local lunch and to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas. We will also visit Deruta, known for its hand-painted Majolica ceramics.
Day 11: Orvieto/Perugia/Siena
Continuing our journey, we leave Umbria for the equally alluring region of Tuscany, stopping in Perugia along the way. Late this afternoon we reach Villa Lecchi, our restored country villa hotel outside Siena.
Day 12: Siena
Today features a visit to walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares. An inside visit to the Duomo, which houses masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, is followed by free time to explore on our own.
Day 13: Florence
A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. Our full-day excursion includes visits to the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime “David,” as well as his pieces for the papal tombs, and the Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. The afternoon is free for exploring Florence on our own.
Day 14: San Gimignano
We encounter classic Tuscany today in the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times. Later, there will be a tasting at a local winery before we return to our lodgings mid-afternoon.
Day 15: Siena/Venice
Leaving Tuscany, we travel through the Veneto region to arrive in Venice early this afternoon. We are free to explore this wondrous city on our own.
Day 16: Venice
This morning, a guided walk will take us through St. Mark’s Square and its surroundings. Our afternoon is free for more independent exploring; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our traveling companions at a farewell dinner.
Day 17: Depart for U.S.
We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change