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AUSTRALIAN WOMENS TRAVEL

             Small Group Tours: Travel for Women

Itinerary Tour Italy 2023

TOUR ITALY :ANDIAMO ITALIA
ITINERARY 

23 Days | May 21 to June 12 2023

Women only tour of Italy- Maximum 8 - 10 travellers ( Plus 1 or 2 tour escorts from Australian Womens Travel )


ROME | POMPEII | SORRENTO | TIVOLI | ORVIETO | ASSISI | SIENA |CHIANTI CLASSICO TUSCANY | FLORENCE | PISA | LUCCA| CINQUE TERRE | LAKE COMO | VERONA | VENICE

DAY 1: SUNDAY - May 21

AUSTRALIA TO ROME

NIGHT FLYING 

DAY 2: MONDAY – May 22
ROME

NIGHT: ROME

Welcome to Italy !

  • Arrive in Rome the eternal city this afternoon and take your private transfer to our hotel , where you will be greeted by Mary Hamilton-Smith, ( or a representative from Australian  Womens Travel.)
  • After check in take a couple of hours to rest.
  • Later in the afternoon we will taxi to the fascinating area of Trastevere where will wander  the tiny streets and back alleys of this old and interesting.
  • Enjoy a 'Welcome to Rome'  Pizza or Paste dinner and drink on us , let the games begin !


Included: Private transfer from the airport to hotel (On May 22 with group)/ Taxi to and from Trastevere (with group) / Walking tour / Orientation Trastevere /Welcome dinner & drink . ( 1 Pizza or plate of Pasta and 1  alcoholic drink included )/  Accommodation.

Not included: Refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 3: TUESDAY – May 23
ROME
NIGHT: ROME    

Today we will be exploring the Vatican !

  • This morning we will be taking a taxi to the Vatican Museum , where we skip the lines with our purchased tickets and explore the wonders on display including the Sistine Chapel.
  • Visit Saint Peters Basilica/Explore St Peters Square
  • Climb to the cupola of St Peters Basilica or take the elevator to the roof.
After our Vatican City adventure Rest of the day free 


Included: Breakfast/Taxi to and from Hotel to St Peters ( with group )/Pre purchased entrance to Vatican Museum/Entrance to St Peters Basilica (free)/Ticket to climb to the cupola of St Peters or ticket to take the elevator to the roof of St Peters  orientation of St Peters square.

Not included: Refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY – May 24
ROME
NIGHT: ROME            

 Today we visit the centre of Rome. 

  • Visit iconic sights like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
  • Explore small cobbled streets, beautiful Piazzas and fantastic shops.
  • End the day in the magnificent  Piazza Navona.

Included: Breakfast  / Taxi to day out (with group) / Full day orientation of iconic sites of Rome and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 5: THURSDAY – May 25
ROME
NIGHT: ROME

Today we will follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans.

  • Visit Campo dei Fiore, Rome’s liveliest market.
  • Explore narrow cobbled streets.
  • Peek into some magnificent Baroque Churches.
  • Visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire and take time to                         explore.
  • Visit the ruins of the Roman Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire.
  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and                           the Temple of Venus and Roma. 

Included: Breakfast/Taxi to Campo dei Fiori (with group) / Full day orientation in Rome /pre-purchased tickets to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum / Taxi home from Piazza Venezia (with group) / Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 6: FRIDAY – May 26
ROME TO SORRENTO VIA POMPEII
NIGHT: SORRENTO 

Today we will travel to Sorrento in the south of Italy, stopping on route at Pompeii.

  • Visit Pompeii and explore insights into life here nearly 2,000 years ago. 
  • Discover how Roman citizens lived before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79
  • View the excavated Roman ruins of theatres, villas, temples and baths.
  • Spend the evening in beautiful Sorrento.


Included: Breakfast/ Full day travel with private driver and van/ Entrance tickets and orientation of Pompeii and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.


DAY 7: SATURDAY – May 27
SORRENTO - FREE DAY OR OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO CAPRI 
NIGHT: SORRENTO

Free Day:

  • Time to relax or explore.
  • Explore Sorrento's glamorous shops and cafes.
  • Soak up the charming atmosphere.

Included: Breakfast and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments, items of a personal nature etc .

DAY 8: SUNDAY – May 28
SORRENT TO ORVIETO VIA VILLA D'ESTE GARDEN TIVOLI
NIGHT: ORVIETO 

Today we travel though the countryside of Umbria, enjoying the vistas on the way to our destination. 

  • On route we will visit the magnificent Unesco heritage Gardens of Villa d'Este, in Tivoli.
  • Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable and enjoyable hill towns in central          Italy.
  • Delightful, perfectly preserved and virtually traffic-free world.
  • Explore this pristine hill town.

Included: Breakfast / Transfer from Sorrento to Orvieto with private driver and van / Accommodation and Entrance to Villa d'Este Gardens in Tivoli.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 9: MONDAY – May 29
ASSISI
NIGHT: ORVIETO

Today we will visit the Unesco heritage hillside town of Assisi. We travel through the beauty of Umbria to the UNESCO heritage site if the hillside town of Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. 

  • Explore the hillside town of Assisi, perched on the steep slopes of Monte Subasio.
  •  Experience the beautifully fresco-ed Basilica of St Francis.
  • We  will start up the top and wander though and (wonder at) this charming town and surrounding  hills.
  • Discover the Minerva Temple with its 1st century ancient colonnaded facade. 

Included: Breakfast / Transfer from Orvieto to Assisi return with private van and driver / Orientation Assisi / Visit to the Basilica of St. Francis and the Minerva Temple and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 10: TUESDAY – May 30
ORVIETO TO SIENA
NIGHT: SIENA

Today we travel to Tuscany and to the medieval town of Siena.

  • Explore the town filled with wonders to enjoy, small medieval streets, splendid palaces and                       piazzas.
  • Visit the famous Siena Cathedral.
  • Watch the sun go down with an aperitif in the extraordinary main Piazza Il Campo, home of  the           famous ‘Palio’.
  • Learn about Siena’s fascinating Contrade and revel in the colourful neighbourhoods.
  • Enjoy Italy’s finest Gothic architecture and understand how the paint colour ‘Burnt Siena’       gets its name.


Included: Breakfast / Transfer to Siena with private van and driver / Orientation Siena / Entrance ticket to Siena Cathedral and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.


DAY 11: WEDNESDAY – May 31
TUSCANY
NIGHT: SIENA

Today we embrace the medieval charms of Tuscany's hill towns on a full-day exploration of the area from Siena.

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Chianti Classico in Tuscany.
  • Visit a medieval monastery with its hidden garden.
  • Enjoy a farm lunch cooked just for us.
  • Visit non-touristy hill towns.


Included: Breakfast / Full day exploring Chianti Classico Tuscany with private van and driver / Farm lunch in Tuscany with wine and Accommodation.

Not included: Dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 12: THURSDAY – JUNE 1
FLORENCE 
NIGHT: FLORENCE

This morning we travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence.

  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
  • Explore the fascinating streets that Michelangelo walked.
  • Visit the spectacular Piazza della Signoria, centre of Florentine life.
  • Visit the National Museum of the Bargello filled with treasures.
  • Enjoy free time to continue exploring Florence on your own.
  • Enjoy an Italian cooking course with dinner and wine.


Included: Breakfast / Transfer Siena to Florence with private van and driver visit to the Duomo (free) / Orientation Florence / Entrance ticket Museum of the Bargello / Italian cooking course with dinner & wine and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, refreshments, & items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 13: FRIDAY – JUNE 2
FLORENCE
NIGHT: FLORENCE

Today we visit Florence’s best.

  • Immerse yourself in the best of Italian art at the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Visit the spectacular and memorable Michelangelo’s David.
  • Visit the medieval Ponte Vecchio.
  • Take in the unique Italian culture of Florence.
  • Visit the Florence market, dripping with leather goods.
  • Free time to wander and explore.


Included: Breakfast / Pre-purchased tickets to the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's David / Visit to the Florence Leather Market and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 14: SATURDAY – JUNE 3
LUCCA VIA PISA
NIGHT: LUCCA

Today we arrive at lovely Lucca, hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, on the way stopping to view the Leaning tower of Pisa.

  • Visit the ‘Field of Miracles’ in Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower.
  • Explore the cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades of Lucca.

Included: Breakfast / Transfer to Lucca (via Pisa) with private van and driver / Visit to the Field of Miracles to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.


DAY 15: SUNDAY – JUNE 4
LUCCA
NIGHT: LUCCA

Start with a walk along the old city walls, from the panoramic walkway overlooking Lucca city.

  • Discover secret passages, hideaways and ramparts.
  • Free time to wander, shop and explore.
  • We will attend a Puccini recital at the church of San Giovanni this evening. 

Included: Breakfast / Orientation Lucca / Accommodation/Ticket to the Puccini recital at San Giovanni church

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 16: MONDAY – JUNE 5
LUCCA TO MONTEROSSO AL MARE (CINQUE TERRE)
NIGHT: MONTEROSSO AL MARE

Today we head to the beautiful Cinque Terre to begin your Mediterranean holiday. Once we arrive and get orientated you can choose to.

  • Explore the old town of Monterosso al Mare.
  • Wander along the seafront.
  • Rest and relax on our hotels private Bagno (Beach) with the clear blue Mediterranean lapping                gently on the shore.
  • Shop until you drop.
  • We will enjoy aperitifs at out hotels tables on the seafront and enjoy dinner at a beach side                       restaurant. 

Included: Breakfast / Transfer Lucca to Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre) with private van and driver and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments, items of a personal nature etc. and free use of hotel beach.

 
 
 
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DAY 17: TUESDAY – JUNE 6
CINQUE TERRE - FREE DAY
NIGHT: MONTEROSSO AL MARE

The Cinque Terre consists of 5 small towns in one of the most uncontaminated areas in the Mediterranean Sea. 

  • Take a ferry across crystal clear waters to visit the cliff hanging villages.
  • Maybe you might like to hike between towns, your choice?
  • Be awed by the villages suspended on sheer cliffs upon the beautiful sea.
  • Wander and explore the tiny lanes and alleyways of these gorgeous villages.
  • Enjoy a coffee or read a book on the seafront of a tiny village.
  • Or spend the day at a Mediterranean beach.

Included: Breakfast / Free use of hotel beach and beach towel / 1 return fare for ferry, which runs between Cinque Terre towns and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments, items of a personal nature etc. and hiking or train pass.

DAY 18: WEDNESDAY – JUNE 7
CINQUE TERRE - LAKE COMO
NIGHT: VARENNA

Our stay in enchanting Varenna in Lake Como known as the 'diamond of the lake' is our home for two nights.

  • Enjoy the unbelievable peace, serenity and beauty of Lake Como.
  • Walk along the lakeside 'passerella', no wonder this has been the haunt of kings and             celebrities , since ancient times. 
  • Explore the lakeside, picture perfect village of Varenna, with its tiny alleyways and hidden spots to explore.

Included: Breakfast / Transfer from Monterosso al Mare to Varenna (Lake Como), with private van and driver) / Orientation Varenna and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.


DAY 19: THURSDAY – JUNE 8
LAKE COMO
NIGHT: VARENNA

Today we visit the 'Pearl of the lake' Bellagio, keep a lookout for George!

  • Enjoy a ferry ride across the lake to and from Bellagio.
  • Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of Bellagio.
  • Great views, amazing shopping, fantastic alleyways and hidden corners.
  • Afternoon visit to Villa Monastero gardens on Lake Como, heavenly.
  • Treat yourself to coffee or a drink with perfect lake and mountain views.

Included: Breakfast / Return free ticket Varenna to Bellagio / Orientation Bellagio / Entrance ticket to Villa Monastero gardens and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 20: FRIDAY – JUNE 9
LAKE COMO - VERONA
NIGHT: VERONA

Today we will travel though Italy to the town of Romeo and Juliet, Verona.


  • We will wander explore and enjoy the many streets, with their medieval buildings and         towers, including Piazza Erbe and Piazza Bra.
  • See the extraordinary original Roman Arena.
  • 'Romeo, where for art thou Romeo’, lets visit Juliet's famous balcony.
  • Walk across the famous Castelvecchio Bridge.
  • Join the locals for the evening 'passiegata'.
  • Enjoy stunning shop displays of Italian labels on Verona's ' Golden Mile’, Via Mazzini.
  • Or go shopping, Verona has the most incredible fashion forward shops!

Included: Breakfast / Transfer from Varenna (Lake Como) to Verona with private van and driver / Orientation Verona / Visit Juliet's balcony and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 21: SATURDAY – June 10
VERONA - VENICE
NIGHT: VENICE

This morning we will travel to Venice. Perhaps no other city in the world has inspired the many superlatives heaped upon it, by writers and travellers through the centuries.

  • Enjoy a private water taxi ride along the Grande Canal, ala Angelina Jolie style!
  • Enter St Marks Basilica and explore iconic St Mark’s Square.
  • View the Doges Palace, built in Venetian Gothic style in 1340.
  • Explore tiny alleyways and be in awe of all that Venetian glass.
  • Enjoy a 35-minute Gondola ride through the back canals of Venice.
  • Enjoys dinners and aperitifs canal side.


Included: Breakfast / Transfer Verona to Venice with private van and driver / Water taxi ride along the Grand Canal from Ferrovia to St Mark’s Square (with group) / Visit to St Marks Basilica (free) / Orientation Venice / A 35-minute Gondola ride (with group) and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments, items of a personal nature etc. and Porter fee from Piazzale Roma to hotel (not compulsory).

DAY 22: SUNDAY – June 11
VENICE
NIGHT: VENICE 

This morning we get off the beaten track and explore the quiet back streets of Venice.


  • Enjoy getting away from the tourists, wandering over quiet bridges and canals.
  • Explore the old Jewish Ghetto area of Venice filled with fascination.
  • Enjoy a free afternoon to explore, shop or just sit canal side and enjoys the joys of Venice. 

Included: Breakfast / Orientation old Jewish Ghetto and the quiet backstreets of Venice and Accommodation.

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc.

DAY 23: MONDAY – June 12
DEPART VENICE 

This morning we depart Venice, our wonderful tour has ended .


Included: Breakfast / Transfer as a group to Venice Airport

Not included: Lunch, dinner, refreshments and items of a personal nature etc. private transfer if not departing with group , accommodation or any expense incurred by airline schedules delaying your departure or any expenses incurred  if you are required to travel anywhere else to catch a departing flight that connects to your home  .



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