12 Day Italy

DAY 01: NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE. Depart North America for our flight to Venice. Dinner and breakfast will be served aloft.

DAY 02: ROME. Upon arrival in Rome, we will be met by our tour guide and escorted to our hotel. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the city on our way to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

DAY 03: ROME. This morning will be spent with a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Library, as well as the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon tour of Rome will include a visit to the Catacombs, the Appian way, Capitoline Hill, St. Peter in Chains, Colosseum, Arch of Costantine, Circus Maximum and Piazza Venezia. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

DAY 04: ROME / NAPLES / POMPEII / SORRENTO. Morning departure from Rome to Naples. After a city tour of Naples, including a visit to the church of St. Januarium, and a stop for lunch, proceed to Pompeii and a visit to the excavations. We will also stop at the Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to Sorrento for a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.

DAY 05: SORRENTO / CAPRI / SORRENTO. Morning departure from Sorrento to Capri for a full day excursion of the lush little isle that has entranced the world. Transfer by minibus from Sorrento coach terminal to the pier and meet with English speaking guide. Jetfoil ride from Sorrento to Capri. A minibus tour of the island is planned plus entrance fees to Blue Grotto by rowing boats (weather conditions permitting). In the afternoon jetfoil ride from Capri to Sorrento. Transfer by minibus from Sorrento pier to the coach terminal. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.

DAY 06: SORRENTO / ORVIETO. Morning departure for Orvieto for a visit of the town: the Duomo, the Torre Civica del Pozzo di San Patrizia. Time at leisure this afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 07: ORVIETO / ASSISI. This morning we depart for Assisi. We drive through the beautiful Italian countryside with additional stops before we reach our hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Assisi.

DAY 08: ASSISI / SIENA / FLORENCE. Today we will travel to lovely Siena, the birthplace of St. Catherine. Siena is located in the central Italian region of Tuscany and is a medieval walled city that to this day retains much of its charm. Included in this tour will be visits to the Piazza del Campo, the center of the city, the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall famous for its gothic architecture), and the Cathedral. Continue to Florence for dinner and overnight.

DAY 09: FLORENCE. Today we enjoy Florence, the "City of Art", where we will see the Baptistery with it's "Gates Worthy of Heaven" (Michelangelo) and the famous cathedral. Also included will be visits to Santa Croce and the "David". Dinner and overnight in Florence.

DAY 10: FLORENCE / PADUA. Breakfast in hotel and departure for Padua. Crossing through the regions of Tuscany and emilia Romagna and arriving in Padua, you can still view from the motorway including the seven chapels of the sanctuary of Monselice. Visit the Basilica and Tomb of St. Anthony. Dinner and overnight..

DAY 11: PADUA / VENICE. After breakfast, the group will depart on a half-day sightseeing tour of beautiful Venice. Included will be a visit to the Basilica of St. Mark, Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day will be at leisure with time for an optional gondola ride. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Padua.

DAY 12: VENICE / NORTH AMERICA. Depart for Venice airport for our flight back to the United States. The end of a most enjoyable journey.