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ITALY

10 Days Italy

Often described as a country shaped like a boot with rich culture, history, food, wine, lakes, beaches, mountains, and ancient ruins - the list just never stops with Italy! The gem of many globetrotters, Italy won’t let one get enough. Every region is distinct and has its own charm, attraction, history, and cuisines making it an ideal destination for all types of travelers!

Day 1 Highlights

Rome


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Colosseum

Italy's most iconic structure, the Colosseum draws around 4 million visitors to the city of Rome every year. The largest amphitheatre was built during the Roman Empire. Inaugurated in 80 AD, it offered gladiator fights, executions, and animal hunts.

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Roman Forum

Sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.

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Trattoria Pizzeria Luzzi

Where food tastes the same as 15 years ago! It gets a little crowded with visitors but I don’t think it is a bad thing. The food is good and the prices are great. 4500 reviews don’t lie.

They serve fresh pasta and good meat sauces. In the summer you can get the Tonnarelli allo scoglio which is pretty amazing.

It’s also one of the only continuous service restaurants in Rome. You can try to make an rsvp but they’ll probably just seat people in the order they arrive. Your best bet is to show up 30 mins before you want to sit down and drink some wine.

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Pantheon

The Pantheon (Latin: pantheum) is the best-preserved building from ancient Rome and was completed in c. 125 CE in the reign of Hadrian. Its magnificent dome is a lasting testimony to the genius of Roman architects and as the building stands virtually intact it offers a unique opportunity for the modern visitor to step back 2,000 years and experience the glory that was Rome.

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Treasure Hunt: Da Vinci Code

Arrived at the agreed starting point, in the historic center of Rome, the group is divided into teams. Each team is given a tablet and a map of Rome ... and the hunt for the clues begins! The teams move around in the historical part of the city solving riddles, riddles, and passing tests that will allow them to gather clues to solve the last question. Once the clues are found, the teams move to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, where the machines designed by the Renaissance genius are found, reconstructed with original dimensions, and where they will face the last test.

Day 2 Highlights

Rome


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Pompeii

Pompeii was a large Roman town in the Italian region of Campania which was completely buried in volcanic ash following the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE.

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Amalfi Coast

Italy's Amalfi Coast boasts a classic Mediterranean landscape, a sensual blend of both natural and cultural wonders. The breathtaking terrain includes dramatic coastline topography scattered with terraced vineyards, orchards, and pastures—often with enchanting views of the vibrant waters below.

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La Pergola

Rome’s only three-Michelin star restaurant, you’re going to have to book up to four months ahead, but the panoramic view of Rome and the Vatican, in the direction of the setting sun, is worth it.

Perched atop the five-star Rome Cavalieri hotel, the dining room sings class like a Rossini mass. Food is prepared under the watchful eye of chef Heinz Beck and includes his signature dish of Faggotelli La Pergola, stuffed pasta in a carbonara sauce, which has to be tried to be believed.

Day 3 Highlights

Vatican City


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Sistine Chapel

Renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling painted by Michelangelo, and attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. The ceiling is that of the Sistine Chapel, the large papal chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV, for whom the chapel is named. It was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for papal conclaves and many other important services.

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St. Peter's Basilica

One of the world’s holiest catholic shrines, visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists every month. Built upon the tomb of St Peter, this splendid church is a magnificent must-see for visitors to Rome. Situated on Vatican Hill in the UNESCO world heritage site of Vatican City, St Peter’s Basilica dominates the skyline of Rome and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.

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Trevi Fountain

Toss a coin in Trevi Fountain, so you can return again and again. An estimated 3,000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain every day. This triumphant example of Baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world. The fountain is a true wonder, a jewel of water and stone that is nestled between the palaces of the historic center of the city.

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La Pentolaccia

Not far from Via Veneto, in the historic center of Rome, stands the Pentolaccia Restaurant.

Careful in the furnishings and the kitchen, we like to choose and take care of every little detail, from the type of equipment to the choice of raw materials. The cuisine, the strong point of our success, has roots in the Roman tradition, with a look at the influences dictated by the seasonality of each raw material.

The watchwords are quality, elegance, and friendliness.

Day 4 Highlights

Venice


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Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Set on the peaceful banks of Giudecca Island, the Hilton Molino Stucky is a former flour mill refurbished to become a unique hotel. This Venetian masterpiece features a rooftop swimming pool and a large spa.

With contemporary décor and elegant furnishings, the air-conditioned rooms and suites include a flat-screen TV, a marble bathroom, and a coffee maker. Some have views of the town and the canal.

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Murano Island

Murano, island, north of Venice, in Veneto region, northeastern Italy, with an area of 1134 acres (459 hectares) in the Laguna Veneta (Venice Lagoon).

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Murano Glass Factory

Murano's glassmakers held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including optically clear glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass.

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Torcello Island

Torcello (Latin: Torcellum; Venetian: Torceło) is a sparsely populated island at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon, in north-eastern Italy. It was first settled in the year 452 and has been referred to as the parent island from which Venice was populated.

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Byzantine Cathedral

Byzantine architects were eclectic, at first drawing heavily on Roman temple features. Their combination of the basilica and symmetrical central-plan (circular or polygonal) religious structures resulted in the characteristic Byzantine Greek-cross-plan church, with a square central mass and four arms of equal length.

Day 5 Highlights

Venice


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St. Mark's Square Museums

Discover Venetian history with an all-in-one admission ticket to four museums in the heart of Venice. Visit Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Archaeological Museum, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana!

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Gondola Ride

Discover the city differently while enjoying a shared gondola ride, the most famous Venetian means of transportation. Fall in love with the glittering images of the sumptuous palaces floating on the water. Float in a gondola while moving along the fascinating Grand Canal. Enjoy a romantic sunset while floating on the emerald green waters of Venice.

Day 6 Highlights

Milan


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Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa

San Bernardino alle Ossa is a church in Milan, northern Italy, best known for its ossuary, a small side chapel decorated with numerous human skulls and bones. In 1210, when an adjacent cemetery ran out of space, a room was built to hold bones. A church was attached in 1269.

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Cooking Lesson and Lunch

Learn the secrets of Italian home cooking during a hands-on lesson in the private kitchen of a local chef. Choose your menu from several options that represent Italy's diverse cuisine, which could include mozzarella-filled zucchini flowers, eggplant parmigiana, and tiramisu. Then, sit down with your new friends to enjoy your homemade lunch or dinner accompanied by Italian wine. It’s a great way to learn about local cuisine and culture in a friendly, small-group environment. Taught in the private home kitchen of a local chef Learn to prepare authentic dishes from various regions of Italy Each recipe uses widely available ingredients so you can re-create the flavor back home Hear the stories and origins behind each dish Savor the freshly made dinner or lunch along with good Italian wine.

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Duomo Cathedral

The Duomo di Milano is the largest church in all of Italy and the fifth largest one in the whole world. Explore this massive gothic cathedral and discover a variety of preserved masterpieces and treasures and learn about its fascinating history as you wander its hallowed halls, its archaeological area, and rooftops

Make your way to the terrace area via stairs or elevator and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Milan cityscape. Hit two churches with one tour with this guided tour of Duomo di Milano, which takes you underground and above the elaborate Gothic cathedral. The tour begins underground where you will see the "Basilica Nuova," a cathedral completed in 355, thousands of years before the Duomo di Milano was even constructed. After exploring its tunnels and uncovering its secrets, your guide will take you to the main body of the cathedral, arguably one of the most beautiful and most decorated in the whole world. The church took over 6 centuries to complete and was guided by at least 78 architects - Leonardo da Vinci included. Here, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the church's long history, including the details behind its very long construction. Get a chance to admire the 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles, and 700 figures that decorate the church and more! Finally, head on over to the viewing terrace, and enjoy panoramic views over Milan. End the tour with a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

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The World of Leonardo Interactive Exhibition


Step into the fascinating world of the great Renaissance artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, in this awe-inspiring Leonardo 3: 'The World of Leonardo' Exhibition in Milan! Discover the life and work of one of the most influential figures in history as you tour the museum’s impressive interactive exhibits and displays. Be in awe of more than 200 interactive 3D replica machines of da Vinci’s greatest works and ideas. You’ll even get a chance at a first look at inventions that were only found as designs in the inventor’s manuscripts and brought to life by the exhibition! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable historical experience – a must-see for anyone visiting Milan!

Be amazed at the largest collection of musical instruments designed by the great Renaissance inventor
. Get ready to go on an immersive journey into the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. Thanks to virtual reality, you’ll be able to step inside the room where the Last Supper was painted 500 years ago. Admire the virtual Vitruvian Man on display and learn interesting facts about this drawing

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Milan Luxury Spa Evening with Aperitivo


Soothe your body and soul with an evening at the spa in Milan, followed by an Italian-style ‘aperitivo.’ Check into QC Termemilano to soak in one of the warm-water pools, detox in one of the saunas, or book an essential-oils massage. When you’re completely relaxed, enjoy an aperitivo—a drink and buffet of light snacks—just like the Italians do. Rejuvenated and re-energized, you are ready to enjoy a night on the town in Milan. Evening Milan spa session at QC Termemilano with aperitivo Make the most of the many spa and sauna facilities at your leisure Explore the tranquil gardens in between enjoying the spa experiences Leave feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to continue your evening in Milan.

Starts at 6pm

Day 7 Highlights

Parma


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Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham Tour

Go behind the scenes to find out how one of Italy's most famous cheeses is made with this 2-hour tour of a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory in Parma. Cap off your tour with a cheese tasting with local wine and honey. Step back in time to learn how Parmigiano-Reggiano, known as the 'king of cheeses,' is made with this visit to a 'caseficio,' or a cheese factory. Find out why this is the provinces of Parma, Modena, and Reggio Emilia, plus parts of Bologna and Mantova, are the only ones that can produce authentic parmigiano-reggiano – elsewhere it has to go by another name. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano-Reggiano. See how the cheese goes on to be salted and shaped next, followed by placement in the aging room (the 'stagionatura' in Italian). Admire the rows and rows of aging wheels of cheese that perfume the air. Learn about the strict tests required by the consortium before the cheese wheels are permitted to be sold as authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano, including hammering the wheels, and the fire branding that takes place.

The tour continues to Parma Ham’s factory. The process starts with the arrival of the fresh pork legs then the experts will proceed with salting, resting, washing, drying, curing, greasing, and branding. After exploring each step of Ham production, you will taste the Parma Ham paired with a glass of wine.

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Wine Tour

Driving and wine tasting don’t mix. Let your private chauffeur be your designated driver on this indulgent tour, available in the morning or afternoon depending on your schedule. Traveling direct from your door through the vineyards of Emilia-Romagna, explore an authentic local winery. Then savor three signature wines, perhaps malvasia, Lambrusco, and trebbiano, alongside local nibbles on a terrace with sweeping country views.

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Ristorante Cocchi - Trattoria Tipica Parma

Enjoy nicely cooked gelato, semifreddo and flans. A number of people point out that you can try good cordial, prosecco, or grappa at this place. This place is known for great coffee.

This spot is famous for its great service and friendly staff, that is always ready to help you. At this bar, people can enjoy the exotic ambiance and lovely decor. Cocchi is a Michelin selection and has been rewarded with 2 black knife-and-fork symbols: the experts mark that this place offers optimum comfort.

Day 8 Highlights

Florence


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Wine and Cheese Tour

Discover the many delights of Tuscany’s wine country on this small-group tasting tour from Florence. Travel along beautiful hillside roads through vineyards, olive groves, and cypress trees. Visit 2 top-rated wineries in the famed Chianti Classico region, tour the cellars and learn how wine is produced using traditional methods. Taste different wines, along with olive oil and Tuscan specialties like fresh cheeses and bruschetta.

Day 9 Highlights

Florence


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Tuscan Cheese and Wine Tour

Get a true taste of Italy's famous Chianti region on this full-day wine and food tour departing from Florence. Led by a guide, travel through the Tuscan hills by a 4x4 off-road vehicle, stopping to visit a wine estate and historic villa, and a cellar specializing in bottles of Chianti Classico. Sample the finest specialties at each stop, and save room for a 3-course meal in the Chianti countryside before making the return trip to Florence.

Vineyards to visit:

- Villa le Corti

- Località Rignana

- Lamole Di Lamole

- Greve in Chianti

Day 10 Highlights

Florence


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Piazza Salimbeni

The Piazza Salimbeni is a prominent square in central Siena, the Region of Tuscany, Italy. It is notable for still housing the offices of one of the first banking houses in Europe, the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. It is surrounded clockwise starting from the north by the following palaces: Palazzo Tantucci.

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Cliff Diving

'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation.