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You’ll feel like an Italian expert after enjoying this carefully-crafted, very affordable tour of Italy from top to bottom.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Venice

Benvenuti in Italia! Arrive in Venice, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in Mestre. Your 24-hour vaporetto pass allows you to come and go throughout the city as you please—take the vaporetto to downtown Venice and begin exploring this magnificent city of canals and palaces.

DAY 3: Florence

An archipelago carved by nearly 150 canals into 118 different islands, the incomparable city of Venice contains a wealth of sights. Use your vaporetto pass to ride along the Grand Canal past singing gondoliers as you cross under the Rialto Bridge. Arrive in St. Mark's Square where you can see the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the old prisons of Venice to the interrogation rooms of the neighboring Doge's Palace. Then learn more about one of Venice's most famous exports during an authentic glassblowing demonstration before having time to explore more at your own pace with unlimited access to the entire canal network and smaller islands using your vaporetto pass. You'll feel like a local by the time you depart for Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance.

DAY 4: Florence

During today's sightseeing tour a local guide provides commentary via personal headsets while showing you Brunelleschi’s splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the Renaissance city. In the afternoon you may choose to partake in an optional Tuscan cooking lesson as you help one of the city’s finest chefs prepare traditional Tuscan dishes before sampling the delicious results. Otherwise, why not visit the Pitti Palace and stroll through the Boboli Gardens? After dinner perhaps see the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi illuminated or sample gelato at Vivoli.

DAY 5: Assisi

This morning journey to Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved hill towns, for a walking tour that shows you the green and white marbled Duomo and the famous Piazza del Campo. Continue on to Assisi and visit the incredible Basilica of St. Francis, home to Giotto’s famous frescoes, and learn about St. Francis' founding of the Franciscan Friars. Enjoy time to experience more of beautiful Assisi like a local this evening after the day-trippers have left.

DAY 6: Sorrento

Journey south toward the Bay of Naples and visit Pompeii. As your local guide provides commentary over personal headsets, learn how this famous city was perfectly preserved when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covered it in ash in 79 AD. See the villas of ancient Roman holiday-makers and the chariot-grooved cobblestone streets. Then explore a working mozzarella farm and learn first-hand about how this creamy cheese is made, from ingredients to production to taste. Enjoy dinner on the farm before continuing to Sorrento for a night's rest.

DAY 7: Rome

Today journey north to Rome. In the afternoon a local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, giving commentary via personal headsets. You’ll enjoy timed entrances, meaning you can breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. After dinner you’ll be introduced to the Italian art of an evening passeggiata romana to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

DAY 8: Rome

Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today's panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Then go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide (another line-avoiding timed reservation) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that’s considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. In the evening, we’ll dine on authentic, brick-oven Roman pizza before taking a final stroll around Piazza Navona and gazing on the imposing, illuminated dome of the Pantheon to celebrate our last night in Italy.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of la dolce vita with an extra night in Rome, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 10 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 6 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Fly into Venice not Milan and skip four hours on the bus
 
  • Hotel locations and included transport let you experience Baroque Rome at night

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Piazza San Marco at Dawn

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View on Florence and Duomo cathedral

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Basilica with Tower

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will gain an overview of contemporary Italian society, learning to understand the North-South divide and the effect of regionalism on the current political landscape.
  • Students will explore the Italian architectural evolution from Byzantine Venice to the Renaissance Duomo in Florence to the Baroque colonnades of St. Peter's Square in Rome.
  • Students will learn what life was like during the height of the Roman Empire through experiences in the Colosseum and Pompeii.
 

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