Thursday, September 20. (D)* DEPART FOR FLORENCE
Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Florence, Italy. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
Friday, September 21. (B,D). FLORENCE
Upon arrival at the Florence International airport take a taxi to the deluxe HOTEL LUNGARNO, where we stay three nights. We will reimburse the taxi fare. Briefing with cocktails and Gala Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
FLORENCE is one of the world's greatest artistic capitals and a testament to the Italian capacity for genius. The city was the cradle of civilization which nurtured the humanistic movement and the Renaissance in the first half of the 15 C. In March of 1436, the architect-engineer genius Filippo Brunelleschi completed building the stupendous dome of the cathedral out of a double layer of brickwork. Today the multi-colored Cathedral is breathtaking, next to the marble-clad Baptistry with its famous gilded bronze doors.
Saturday, September 22. (B). FLORENCE
Morning sightseeing of this city dense with art and culture will include the Piazza del Duomo, the bronze doors of the Battistero and the Uffizi Gallery. Afternoon free to visit Museo dell' Opera del Duomo, to see Michelangelo's second statue PIETA. This evening or the next we will see an opera at the Teatro dell’ opera di Firenze.
Sunday, September 23. (B). FLORENCE
This morning we see the Palazo Pitti and Galleria Palatina with its marvelous collection of paintings. Afternoon free to take in any of the fine churches exhibiting works by famous artists, or the Galleria dell' Accademia.
Monday, September 24. (B,D). ASSISI - ROME
Today we drive south to stop first in the walled city of ASSISI closely associated with St. Francis. We will visit the Basilica di San Francesco, and see the spectacular view of the valley below from Rocca Maggiore. We will arrive this afternoon in Rome, where we stay three nights at the centrally located deluxe HOTEL BERNINI BRISTOL. Dinner at the hotel’s roof-top gourmet restaurant with a beautiful view of Rome.
Tuesday, September 25. (B). ROME
Morning orientation tour of the city includes seeing the Campidoglio hill that symbolized the power of ancient Rome, Fountain of Trevi, Spanish Steps and the Colosseum. Afternoon free. This evening or the next, we will see an opera at the Teatro dell'opera di Roma.
ROME, the “Eternal City” has an unmatched wealth of open air classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. From its legendary origins of the twins Romulus and Remus, it has undergone millenniums of conflicts and power struggles until Giuseppe Garibaldi led the revolt that unified the country in 1871 and Rome again became the capital of new Italy.
Wednesday, September 26. (B). ROME
Today we visit the Vatican City, to see the most renowned Basilica of Saint Peter and Michelangelo’s powerful masterpiece, the PIETA and the Sistine Chapel among other monuments, inside this world-famous edifice. Afternoon free to visit any of the many fine museums.
Thursday, September 27. (B). ROME - NAPLES
Today we drive southeast to arrive in Naples, where we stay three nights, at the deluxe centrally located GRAND HOTEL VESUVIUS. This evening or the next we will see an opera at the Teatro San Marco performance to be announced.
Friday, September 28. (B). NAPLES
Morning sightseeing tour of this vibrant city to include the Piazza del Plebiscite, the Royal Palace, with a visit to the Baroque Capella San Severo, and the church of Saint Francesco di Paola. Afternoon free to visit any of the fine museums.
NAPLES is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its charm praised by poets and writers. Lofty Vesuvius that destroyed Pompei more than 2,000 years ago makes a stunning backdrop giving its denizens energy to move at a hurried pace with loud, zooming traffic crowding narrow streets and to talk fast. No wonder pizza originated in this vibrant city.
Saturday, September 29. (B,D). NAPLES - POMPEI
This morning we take an excursion to visit POMPEI, and drive along the most picturesque AMALFI COAST. In Pompei we see the Forum, the Basilica and the Temple of Apollo. We return to Naples driving along the Amalfi coast through Sorento. Gala Farewell Dinner at the rooftop garden restaurant of the hotel, with a magnificent view of Mount Vesuvius.
Sunday, September 30. (B). NAPLES – BACK HOME
Morning departure aboard your flight back home arriving the same afternoon. Arrividerci. See you soon on another H.A.T. Tour.
* B-Breakfast - L-Lunch - D-Dinner