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Italy: South to North

Discover Rome alongside a local resident, learn the secrets of Florentine cooking during a private lesson and sample many of Italy's culinary delights with the people who produce them.

Connections Worldwide Group Journeys 2014
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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE IN NAPLES/SORRENTO, ITALY

Arrive in Naples and transfer to your hotel. Gather with your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Hilton Sorrento Palace   |   Meals: D
Day 2: SORRENTO / The Amalfi Coast

Embark on a walking tour of Sorrento, a Belle ?poque treasure of elegant streets with a stunning view across the Bay of Naples. Travel the famously scenic Amalfi Coast, pausing in Positano, a town built into the cliff face, before continuing to delightful Amalfi. Visit the 10th-century Duomo fronted by a beautifully colored 13th-century façade.

Hilton Sorrento Palace   |   Meals: B
Day 3: SORRENTO / The Island of Capri

Start your journey this morning with a cruise by hydrofoil to the Mediterranean island paradise of Capri. You may visit the town of Capri via cable car, and also take a boat to the iridescent Blue Grotto. This afternoon, make an Artisan Connection, when you meet a local mozzarella producer and learn how the cheese is made before enjoying a sample.

Hilton Sorrento Palace   |   Meals: B
Day 4: ROME / Secrets of Pompeii

Travel north this morning to Rome, stopping en route in the ancient city of Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash and essentially frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The excavated city now offers incredible insights into Roman life. A specialist local guide joins you to bring this extraordinary place to life. After lunch, resume your journey north, arriving in Rome in the late afternoon. This evening, explore the Trastevere district with a local resident to make a Neighborhood Connection, ending with a wine-tasting and dinner.

Boscolo Exedra Roma   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: ROME / The Empire & the Vatican

Journey through history today with a visit to the Imperial Roman Forum, the ancient political, commercial and religious center of Roman life. Afterward, visit the Colosseum where gladiators fought pitched battles with each other and wild beasts before crowds of over 50,000 spectators. Continue to Vatican City. View the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with its unparalleled frescoes by Michelangelo. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, with its elaborate interior of marble, mosaic, gilt and bronze.

Boscolo Exedra Roma   |   Meals: B D
Day 6: ROME / The City in Depth

Visit the Piazza Navona and the remarkable Fountain of the Four Rivers, and continue to the Pantheon, one of the most widely copied buildings in the Western world. Later, stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain and then continue to the charming Campo de Fiori, whose local food market delights the senses. Spend your afternoon exploring at leisure.

Boscolo Exedra Roma   |   Meals: B
Day 7: SIENA / Tuscan Treasures

Travel north this morning to the famed region of Tuscany, stopping en route in the scenic Tuscan town of Siena. Here your local expert introduces you to the Piazza del Campo, one of the finest main squares in Italy, and the Palazzo Pubblico, which has served as Siena’s town hall since the 14th century. In the afternoon, visit Siena’s Duomo, one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. Continue through the Tuscan countryside to Montecatini Terme.

Grand Hotel & La Pace Spa   |   Meals: B D
Day 8: CINQUE TERRE / Beauty Along the Coast

Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. Board the local train at Levanto and visit Vernazza, a beautiful village consisting of tall, colorful houses and a church clustered together at the head of a sheltered cove. Manarola is a fishing village set amid terraced vineyards where you can walk to view the coast and visit other neighboring villages. Time permitting, you may also visit Riomaggiore, a medieval village set in a narrow valley. Continue to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

Hotel Brunelleschi   |   Meals: B L
Day 9: FLORENCE / The Renaissance Come to Life

Florence is a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, and Michelangelo, Botticelli and Donatello were its artist laureates, transforming the city into one of the world’s greatest centers of fine art. A specialist art guide accompanies you on visits to the Uffizi Gallery, housing some of the world’s most important art treasures, and the Bargello, which contains Italy’s finest collection of Renaissance sculpture. Later, visit Villa Castello and Villa della Petraia, home to two outstanding terraced gardens created by the Medici family.

Hotel Brunelleschi   |   Meals: B D
Day 10: FLORENCE / Tuscan Flavors

Savor the sights of the San Lorenzo market halls before enjoying a three-hour culinary class, where your chef shares the secrets of Florentine cooking. Enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch. Later in the day, explore Florence on your own.

Hotel Brunelleschi   |   Meals: B L
Day 11: VENICE / A Culinary Excursion

Travelling by coach to Venice, stop en route this morning to enjoy a gastronomic treat: a private tasting of balsamic vinegar in an aceitaia owned by a renowned balsamic vinegar producer and his family. Hear the history of vinegar making, and then join the family for a light lunch of local specialties. Then, continue to Venice.

Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal   |   Meals: B L
Day 12: VENICE / Palaces and Canals

Visit St. Mark’s Basilica, with its rich decoration of marbles and golden mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace before continuing to the bustling Rialto district. By special arrangement, visit the workshop (or atelier) that crafts Venice’s iconic carnival costumes, housed in a palace still occupied by of one of the oldest families in Venice. Tour the palace, and then learn the history of the costumes and how they are made. Tonight, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal   |   Meals: B D
Day 13: DEPART VENICE

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Aug. 18, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Aug. 25, 2014 - Sep. 06, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Sep. 08, 2014 - Sep. 20, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Sep. 15, 2014 - Sep. 27, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Sep. 22, 2014 - Oct. 04, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Sep. 29, 2014 - Oct. 11, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Oct. 06, 2014 - Oct. 18, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability
Oct. 13, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 $7,795 -- Available
Oct. 20, 2014 - Nov. 01, 2014 $7,795 -- Call for Availability