- Start your tour Depart Australia for Rome, Italy.
- Meet your Tour Director Meet your Tour Director upon arrival and check into your hotel.
- Rome city walk: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona Take a walk past Rome's most beautiful and unusual Baroque fountains. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, elegant cafes surround the central fountain. The water pressure here was so low that the artist had to sink the fountain into the ground to get any water going through it, so he went ahead and designed the fountain to look like a sinking ship. There's no shortage of water pressure at the nearby Trevi Fountain, a Baroque extravagance designed by master sculptor Bernini. View the Trevi Fountain, where it is traditional to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a safe return to the Eternal City. Spend some time in the Piazza Navona area. Built on the foundations of Domitian's Circus, this magnificent square was designed by Borromini in 17th century. It is full of life and is highlighted by one of Rome's most spectacular fountains, the Four Rivers designed by Bernini. The square is often filled with local artists. The surrounding neighborhood is also one of the best places in Rome to get a tasty tartufo or gelato ice cream
- Vatican City guided walking tour with whisper headsets: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit, St. Peter's Basilica visit Tour St. Peter’s Basilica with a licensed local guide and whisper headset so you don't miss a word. Outside the church, four rows of columns radiate out like welcoming arms; inside, the church seems enormous enough to embrace the entire world. The dome, partially designed by Michelangelo, rises 452 feet above the ground. Michelangelo’s mark is everywhere here, from the costumes worn by the Swiss Guards to his exquisite “Pietà” sculpture (the only sculpture he ever signed) to the amazing frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Because he considered himself a sculptor and not a painter, Michelangelo hated working on these paintings, now considered masterpieces.
- Ancient Rome guided walking tour with whisper headsets: Colosseum visit, Forum Romanum visit, Piazza Venezia The ultimate symbol of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum still dominates the modern city. Tour the amphitheatre with your local licensed guide. Built by the emperor Vespasian in A.D. 72, the structure held almost 50,000 spectators but was so well organized that the entire place could be emptied within 15 minutes. Inside, the spectacles varied from gladiator battles to immense naval contests to wild beast shows, in which thousands of exotic animals like giraffes and ostriches were popped into the stadium through trap doors and left to fight Roman hunters. See the system beneath the floor that operated the trap doors and housed the animals, then continue on to the relative calm of the Forum. Ancient Rome’s commercial, religious and political center, the Forum held markets, temples and the Senate House. Near the Rostra, or speaker’s platform, you can still see game boards scratched into the marble by bored politicians.
- Orvieto visit Travel to the town of Orvieto, which sits perched atop a hill of volcanic tuff, commending magnificent views over the valley below. Ride the funicular to up to the town and marvel at the gold mosaics and intricate stone architecture.
- Begin your stay at a family-owned farm house Transfer by private coach to your farm house which may be located in the scenic, rolling hills of Tuscany or Umbria. Two nights will be spent at a local farm, showcasing Italian hospitality at its finest. Traditionally owned by local families for centuries, these beautiful farms are surrounded by sweeping views of fields dotted with vineyards and olive groves.
- Free time at the farm Today is free to soak in the ambiance of the farm and surrounding countryside.
- Cooking class Discover the secrets of homemade Italian cuisine as you participate in a hands-on cooking class, producing regional specialty dishes. The remainder of the day is free to soak in the ambiance of the farm and surrounding countryside.
- Travel to Florence via San Gimignano Explore San Gimignano, famous for its fourteen fortified, crumbling towers.
- Florence guided walking sightseeing tour with whisper headsets: Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio. Duomo visit, Leather workshop, Gates of Paradise, Giotto's Bell Tower, Dante's House Immerse yourself in the charms of old-world Firenze. The birthplace and focal point of the Italian Renaissance, Florence still has the masterpieces to prove it. Brunelleschi’s monumental cuploa (dome) atop the city's renowned Duomo dominates the skyline. Your local licensed guide will take you to Giotto's Bell Tower and the aptly named Gates of Paradise, the bronze east doors of the Baptistery that spurred the burgeoning Renaissance. Don’t overlook the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli at the Chiesa di Santa Croce, or Florence’s amazing leather goods. You can check them out when you visit one of the area’s famed workshops!
- Optional Pisa guided excursion Stop in Pisa to see the famous leaning bell tower. It was already partly finished when builders realized that the ground beneath was too soft to support it. They tried to correct the tilt by putting a slight bend in the structure, but the extra weight just made it tilt more. Famous as it is, the leaning tower is just one component of Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). Rising from an immaculate green lawn, the Baptistery, Duomo, and tower are fine examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. All three are clad in intricately carved black and white marble, and on bright summer days their brilliance can be blinding.
- On the move Depart Florence via coach to one of the most beautiful places in Italy; Cinque Terre, meaning five lands. These five small picturesque villages can only be reached by train or boat as they are nestled amongst the Ligurian mountains and the Italian Riviera
- Board the train at La Spezia and journey to the Cinque Terre. Discover the walking trail, known as Sentiero Azzurro, which connects the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Monterosso. The trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore (Love Walk). The stretch from Manarola to Corniglia is the easiest to hike, although the main trail into Corniglia finishes with a climb of 368 steps but ice-cream awaits after a day of walking!
- On the move Board your coach bound for magical Venice, where gondola’s still ply people romantically along the city’s canals and Venetian gothic buildings impress visitors with their beauty.
- Explore The rest of the afternoon is free for sightseeing with your teacher. Don't miss the sunset from Doge's Palace square facing Santa Maria della Salute or take a visit to the Giardinetti Ex-Reali (Ex Royal Gardens) which is a great place to sit while watching the gondolieri pass by
- Wander The day is free to embrace this romantic waterside city which can be discovered by vaporetto, gondola or on foot by walking along its narrow lane ways and cobblestone streets. Possibly visit St. Mark’s Bell Tower, St. Mark’s square, the Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs as well as the Grand Canal
- Optional activity - Mask-making demonstration
- Ciao Italy Transfer by coach to the international airport and and say goodbye to all things Italian as the journey back to Australia begins