Italy continues to inspire visitors year after year and this tour has been carefully crafted to include all the major must-see attractions. Enjoy private guided tours and visit Ravenna, Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, Sienna, Pisa and Venice, try local Italian produce, taste local wines and discover Lake Como!

Italian Indulgence

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 6 DAYSPrice : FROM $3589Country : ITALY
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Italy continues to inspire visitors year after year and this tour has been carefully crafted to include all the major must-see attractions. Enjoy private guided tours and visit Ravenna, Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Venice, try local Italian produce, taste local wines and discover Lake Como!

Included in the price

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle 
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4 Star superior boutique hotels
  • Touring with English Speaking guide
  • Meals as per itinerary (including 3 course gourmet dinners with wine)
  • Entrance fees

Day 1: Rome - Asssi - Ravenna - Venice

Depart for Assisi for a tour of the mystic town of St. Francis. Continue to Ravenna. A tour will take you through the sites of this marvelous city including Sant'Apollinare Basilica, Proceed to Venice with a 3 course gourmet Venetian dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Venice

Enjoy a walking tour of this unique city. Depart by boat to the island of Murano and assist in a glass blowing demonstration. Return to Venice for another gourmet dinner.

Day 3: Venice - Verona - Lake Garda - Lake Como

Travel to Verona for a guided tour of the town of Romeo and Juliet. Continue to Sirimione on Lake Garda. Proceed to Lake Como for a panoramic visit of this beautiful lake. Tonight enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Lake Como - Milan - Florence

Travel to Milan for a tour of the city centre. Continue to Florence for a 3 course gourmet Tuscan dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Florence

Tour of this magnificent Renaissance city. Tonight enjoy another gourmet Tuscan dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Florence - Pisa - Siena - Rome

Drive through Tuscany and arrive in Pisa for a tour of Piazza dei Miracoli. Proceed to Siena for a tour of the old city centre, The tour will end in the Piazza del Campo. Return to Rome.

Florence

Florence

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Florence and its magnificent treasures await your visit!
Pisa

Pisa

Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compact and compelling city. Education has fuelled the local economy since the 1400s, and students from across Italy still compete for places in its elite university and research schools. This endows the centre of town with a vibrant and affordable cafe and bar scene, and balances what is an enviable portfolio of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life dominated by locals rather than tourists – a charm you will definitely not discover if you restrict your visit to Piazza dei Miracoli.
Assisi

Assisi

The small town of Assisi is one of the Christian world’s most important pilgrimage sites as it is home of the Basilica di San Francesco. This small town has been an important place of pilgrimage for over 700 years and today now attracts an estimated 5 million visitors each year. Perched high above the flat valley floor next to Monte Subasio, the cobbled streets of Assisi wind across the hill with spectacular views of the valley below.
Venice

Venice

Gliding gracefully on a gondola along a dreamy canal, it’s easy to see why a visit to Venice is on plenty of bucket lists. Known as the ‘City of Canals’ and the ‘City of Bridges’, the unique attractions in Venice are many. This magical island city gushes with beautiful bridges, arresting architecture and pulsating piazzas that will stir your soul and leave you longing for more.
Verona: Romeo & Juliet

Verona: Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare placed star-crossed Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet in Verona for good reason: romance, drama and fatal family feuds have been the city's hallmark for centuries. From the third century BC, Verona was a Roman trade centre, with ancient gates and a grand amphitheatre to prove it – but Shakespearean tragedy came with the territory. Lombard king Alboin, who conquered Verona in AD 569, was murdered by his wife three years later. After Mastino della Scala (aka Scaligeri) lost re-election to Verona's commune in 1262, he claimed absolute control, until murdered by his rivals. Mastino's son Cangrande I (1308–28) went on to conquer Padua and Vicenza, with Dante, Petrarch and Giotto benefitting from the city's patronage. But the fratricidal rage of Cangrande II (1351–59) complicated matters, and the Scaligeri were run out of town in 1387. Venice took definitive control in 1404, ruling until Napoleon's arrival in 1797.
Milan

Milan

Fashionably chic, colourfully cosmopolitan, and home to celebrated works by renowned artists, it’s hard to believe that Milan is an Italian city often off the tourist’s track. Make sure to take the road less travelled and enjoy Milan’s attractions, from impressive Gothic architecture to Italian Renaissance art.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Italy    

VISAS: Italy tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the Italian consulate website or your travel consultant   

MONEY: You always get a better exchange rate in-country, though it’s a good idea to arrive with enough local currency to take a taxi to a hotel if you have to. Carry as little cash as possible while travelling around. Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Italy. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases. ATMs are common in Italy, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities. You can change money in banks, at the post office or in a cambio (exchange office). Post offices and most banks are reliable and tend to offer the best rates. Commission fluctuates and depends on whether you are changing cash or cheques. Generally post office commissions are lowest and the exchange rate reasonable. The main advantage of exchange offices is the longer hours they keep, but watch for high commissions and inferior rates.   

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth), Type L (Italian 3-pin)   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy.  In the north of the country - the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines - the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, particularly humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north; summers are longer, but the sultriness of the northern cities is mitigated by the sea. In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna   

BEST TIME TO VISIT ITALY: Italy enjoys a temperate climate most of the year, with June, July and August being the warmest months. Popular tourist spots can get very busy and crowded during the European summer, but the sun is shining and the weather is hot so it's still a great time to go. April - May and September - October (while not as hot) still offer great conditions for travel, with milder temperatures and fewer crowds at the sights and beaches. It can get quite cold in the winter months, especially in the north, with cities like Milan, Turin and Venice often seeing snow, fog and rain in December and January. Major coastal tourist spots like the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre all but close (except to locals) during winter and are truly best seen in the warmer months.   

LANGUAGE: It'll come as no surprise that Italians all speak Italian. Many also speak English and one or more other languages. When in doubt, you can find out whether someone speaks English by asking "Parla inglese?". One interesting feature of Italy's linguistic development is that almost every town and small region has it's own distinct language or dialect. As little as 50 years ago many Italians didn't speak Italian, but rather their own regional dialect. Now all speak standard Italian with many people speaking dialect as well. Several dialects closely resemble standard Italian (which is based on the Tuscan dialect), while others are in a league of their own. The Sardinian dialect, for example, is an ancient patchwork of a language, influenced by the Turkish, Latin, Basque and Corsican languages. Sicilian is a mix of Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Arabic and Norse languages, owing its history to the long line of conquerors of the most strategically important island in the Mediterranean.   

POSTAL SERVICES: Post Offices are usually open from 8:30am - 5:00pm. On Saturdays they close at noon. Post Offices at airports and the main Post Office in large cities are usually open 24 hours a day for registered mail and telegram services. If you have something you plan on sending back to Australia and you are going to be in Rome, you would be better served by taking your mail to the Vatican post office which can be found near St. Peter's Basilica, as the Italian postal service is notorious for delays in sending and delivering mail.   

ACCOMMODATION: Travelling with LaCity Travel is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Italy is famous for its food and rightly so! Carb-addicts will enjoy the bounty of pasta and pizza on offer, foodies will love the parmesan and olives, and those with a sweet tooth won't be able to resist the desserts and sweets. From fine dining to street carts, aperitivo and family-run kitchens, Italy's got cuisine covered.   

HISTORY
Early History: The rise of the Roman Empire has been the subject of much fascination, intrigue and interest from scholars, artists, travellers and students around the world, and through the ages. Dominating the world for many centuries, the modern world can pay great respect to the fruits of this mighty civilisation, with many important scientific inventions, art movements, architectural triumphs and philosophical ideas being born during Roman civilisation - most notably during the Renaissance.  Founded sometime around 750 BC, Rome endures as one of the most important cities in the world. Home to such famous citizens as Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus, Claudius, Nero, Mark Antony and Marcus Aurelius, Rome has enjoyed the great highs of dominating the Mediterranean region and the artistic triumphs of the Renaissance, but also the lows of the Great Fire of Rome, which ended up destroying a large part of the city. Rome has survived natural disasters, political turmoil, feuding families, the plague, war and more, to be the great city that is it today. Still a cultural and political powerhouse, any visit to Italy needs to include Rome's major sites in order to understand the birth of this nation. The Colosseum, The Pantheon, Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill are all great places to start.  Lasting centuries, the amazing history of Ancient Rome is full of dramatic twists and turns, and we suggest you read up on it before visiting. 
Recent History: After the Renaissance, Italy was unified with Sardinia in 1861, becoming the Kingdom of Italy. After World War I, Italy came under the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini, who ruled until 1943. Siding with Nazi Germany in World War II, the Italian Army suffered many losses and ultimately surrendered in 1945. After a referendum in 1946, Italy became a Republic and flourished well during the 1950s and 1960s. The post-war period marks a time of economic progress for Italy, also largely reflected by the rest of the world's increased economic stability during this period of relative peace.From the 1970s, Italians have lived with political upheaval and uncertainty. Corruption, organised crime, terrorism and government debt have created times of turmoil and concern. In 1994, media mogul Silvio Berlusconi was elected into office as Prime Minister but was forced to step down later in the year after losing support from his political partners. Undeterred, Berlusconi regained power in 2008 and has continued to rule Italy amid much controversy and scandal.   

SHOPPING:  Italians are known for their style and this is reflected in the designer fashion and furniture of Italy. Be prepared to part with money - shopping in Italy can get quite expensive - but the quality of handmade and tailored items is generally exceptional. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Jan 1 New Year's Day 
Jan 6 Epiphany 
April 1 Easter Monday 
April 25 Liberation Day 
May 1 Labour Day 
June 2 Anniversary of the Republic 
August 15 Assumption 

November 1 All Saints' Day 
December 8 Immaculate Conception 
December 25 Christmas Day 
December 26 St. Stephen's Day   

HEALTH: No vaccinations are required to travel to Italy.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: Pickpockets and bag-snatchers operate in most cities, especially Naples and Rome. Reduce the chances of such petty theft by wearing a money belt (with money, passport, credit cards and important documents) under your clothing. Wear bags or cameras slung across the body to make it harder to snatch them. If your hotel has a safe, use it. Watch for groups of disheveled-looking women and children asking you for money. Their favourite haunts are train stations, tourist sights and shopping areas. If you’ve been targeted by a group take evasive action (such as crossing the street) or shout ‘Va via!’ (Go away!). Again, this is an issue mainly in Rome and Naples.   

TIPPING: Tipping isn't customary in Italy; however, if restaurant service is particularly good or if you're feeling generous, a tip would be welcomed by most. Some restaurants charge a 'cover charge' which will be added to your bill.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

Australian Embassy 
Via Antonio Bosio, 5, Rome   
Telephone: 06 852 721 
Fax: 06 8527 2300

Depart from Rome every Tuesday

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Terms and Conditions
1. Price are in AUD, subject to the availabilities and per person twin-share price.
2. Valid for sale & departure from 8 April till 31 March 2018
3. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available.