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Rome: The Eternal City
"You will not see anything in the world greater than Rome". These few words contain all the charm and the emotion of a city that, for more than 2.000 years, has been the beating centre of the known world.Visiting the city means to face twenty-seven centuries of history: from the excavations that have brought back to light the first settlements of the shepherd communities who founded the town in the VII-VI century b.c. to the magnificent monuments of the Republican and Imperial ages, to the walls and Castles of Medieval epoch, to the Renaissance and Baroque palaces, gardens, squares and fountains, up to the newest buildings made of steel and fiberglass, not to forget the various and gorgeous churches of every epoch that stud the city. Add to all of this a pleasant climate, almost always warm and sunny, a traditional coking full of appetizing dishes, plenty of stores and handicraft shops, corners with cafés where to sit and sip an aperitif, wide green spaces where to walk. You will get the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience! If you spend even few hours in this city, will keep bright memories of it and will wish to come back as soon as possible.
Venice: city on the water
The object of admiration of all over the world for centuries, Venice is a unique city and a living museum where art permeates daily life. You can walk for hours, days or years and will always be surprised; you will discover something different every time; you will find new emotions and wonders! Apart from the outstanding St. Mark's Square, defined by Napoleon Bonaparte as "the most beautiful salon in Europe", with the gorgeous Basilica and imposing Doge's Palace, the city offers several beautiful, picturesque and often secret corners. By getting lost in this labyrinth of 100 islands connected by more than 400 bridges, by breathing in the atmosphere of the hidden calle (roads) and campi (squares), you will become part of this incredible city. Of course, a gondola tour is not to be missed! Enjoy the ride while serenaded by a handsome gondolier and discover the small canals just behind the Grand Canal. Last but not least, exploring Venice lagoon is an unforgettable experience! Murano, a set of five small islands very famous because of the workshops where families pass on, from generation to generation, the secrets of the traditional glass blowing; Burano, with its colourful houses, narrow façades that blend with the canals, and extraordinary lace threads; Torcello, the oldest and most remote one, with its special charm.
Milan: The Fashion Capital of the World
The Italian haute couture and design capital, famous all over the world for its fashion houses and trendy shops. If you wish to keep up-to-date on latest trends, you must visit it! Apart for this, the city has a rich cultural heritage, a vibrant nightlife and a unique cuisine. Exploring Milan is a surprising experience as, behind its austere charm, the city offers much more than expected: the outstanding Cathedral with its imposing Baroque and neo-Gothic façade; the labyrinthine Castello Sforzesco; the Galleria Vittorio Emauele, Milan's living room; La Scala theatre, Italian Opera temple, inaugurated in 1778; the Last supper by Leonardo Da Vinci in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, arguably the greatest temple of the Renaissance. After dark, Milan turns into the Italian capital of nightlife and cuisine: trendy bars and innovative as well as traditional restaurants liven up the city! Located in the Northern part of Italy, nearby the border, this area is graced with shocking beauty and incredible diversity. Set in the pre-alps beautiful valleys, there are three main lakes, Como, Garda and Maggiore, along with several smaller ones. In visiting this area, you will find a wonderland that will lure you back and back again! The hillsides drape down to the lakeshores scattered with lovely villages. Every corner is a picture opportunity. Enjoy pleasant walks through flowers, cypresses, chestnuts, sycamores and palm trees parks; gaze at the architectural wonders visiting churches, museums and villas; sip a cappuccino at one of the many bars on the lakeside; stroll through the local markets: no matter what you do, you will be delighted with the atmosphere and calm beauty of these places!
Florence: city that developed the art and culture
Florence is a city whose charm and splendid past have remained unaltered. At least, this is how the enchanting Tuscan capital appears – it continues to enchant, by means of its artistic masterpieces, colored marbles and architectural works that evoke the pomp and circumstance that it bore as the leading city that developed the art and culture dictums of the Renaissance. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Florence's is a subtle beauty—its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light. A walk along the Arno offers views that don't quit and haven't much changed in 700 years; navigating Piazza della Signoria, always packed with tourists, requires patience. There's a reason why everyone seems to be here, however. It's the heart of the city, and home to the Uffizi—the world's finest repository of Italian Renaissance art. Florence was "discovered" in the 1700s by upper-class visitors from everywhere making the grand tour. Today millions of us follow in their footsteps. When the sun sets over the Arno and, as Mark Twain described it, "overwhelms Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams," it's hard not to fall under the city's spell.
Bologne: The Learned
It may not be as high profile as other Italian cities, but Bologna rivals most for culture and cuisine, says Helen Massy-Beresford. Without Venice’s gondolas, Rome’s ruins and Florence’s acres of galleries, Bologna has stayed off Italy’s well-beaten tourist track. Even the city’s own Leaning Tower has never drawn the hordes that flock to Pisa. But the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, which many claim is Italy’s gastronomic capital, makes the perfect weekend destination. Bologna’s nicknames neatly sum it up: “La Grassa” (The Fat – that rich cuisine), “La Rossa” (The Red – for its traditional political leanings and its ochre roofs) and “La Dotta” (The Learned – its university has a good claim to being the world’s oldest). Bologna’s youthful vibrancy means you’ll never be stuck for a classical concert, play, gig, club night or exhibition (Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring is on display until May 25). Bologna is also known for its porticos, with about 25 miles of arcaded streets, so it doesn’t even matter if it rains.
Mostly bypassed by tourists heading for Bologna and Florence, Italy’s favourite Adriatic resort attracts lovers of ancient culture as well as sun-seekers and party people. Rimini and the surrounding region are usually overlooked by British tourists. But it has all anyone could want from Italy – culture, sun and hilltop towns. Rimini’s family-friendly beach attracts an unpretentious, mostly Italian crowd; there are Roman remains and a Renaissance cathedral to admire, while Florence and Ravenna are within easy reach by train; and the nearby settlements of Santarcangelo di Romagna and San Leo are among the prettiest in Italy. It is also one of the country’s pre-eminent party towns, with scores of lively bars near the coast and a clutch of swanky clubs on the outskirts. It’s wise to get there before the August rush – flights and accommodation are still reasonable now. Be there on July 5, and you’ll witness the spectacle of La Notte Rosa, or the Pink Night, when the city, and the rest of the Emilia-Romagna coastline, is given a rose-tinted makeover, with lots of al fresco revelry.
1st day Milan Arrival at Malpensa International Airport . Private transfer to Hotel Dei Cavalieri in Milan and accommodation in the reserved rooms. Afternoon at leisure. Possibility of wandering along the narrow shopping streets close to MontenapRead More
1st day Rome Arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Meeting with a tour leader and transfer by private bus to the reserved hotel in Rome. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Day at leisure. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight. 2nd and 3th day Rome BreakfRead More
1st day Milan Arrival at Malpensa International Airport with flight from Jeddah. Private transfer to Best Western Hotel in Milan and accommodation in the reserved rooms. Day at leisure. Overnight in Milan. 2nd day Milan Bed and breakfast basis. Day aRead More