Gilpin's Grand Tour of Italy Itinerary, Spring Break 2018

In Italy, we will travel through thousands of years of history to witness some of humankind’s most transformative moments. Ancient Roman advances in engineering made the Colosseum possible. At the Duomo in Renaissance Florence, the world took its first steps out of the Dark Ages. And Venice’s Grand Canal was at the heart of one of the world’s great naval powers. -EF Tour Description

Map of the Grand Tour of Italy from EF Tours

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Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy (Thursday, March 22nd)

Day 2: Milan | Venice (Friday, March 23rd)
– Meet your Tour Director at the airport. 
– Travel to Venice, the Floating City crisscrossed with romantic bridges, laced with history and boasting some of the world’s finest art and architecture. 

Day 3: Venice (Saturday, March 24th)
– Ride gondolas down the Grand Canal before stopping in St. Mark’s Square. Look for the golden weathervane, which resembles archangel Gabriel, atop the 323-foot Campanile (Bell Tower). 
– Visit the pink-and-white Doge’s Palace to see where mighty Venetian dukes once ruled. 
– Attend a glass blowing demonstration. 
– Take an expertly guided tour of Venice. 

Day 4: Florence (Sunday, March 25th)
– Travel to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian language and opera. Florence was the epicenter of the Renaissance movement from the 14th to 16th century and is the former home of artists like Michelangelo and Botticelli.

Day 5: Florence (Monday, March 26th)
– As you stroll through the city on your expertly guided tour, pass by classical statues at the Piazza Della Signoria. See the domed cap of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, which dominates the skyline. Opposite the Duomo, look for the bronzed doors of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Baptistry. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans keep shop. 
– See the domed cap of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, which dominates the skyline. 
– Time to see more of Florence or visit Pisa.

Day 6: Assisi (Tuesday, March 27th)
– Take an expertly guided tour of Assisi. 
– Visit the Basilica of St. Francis.

Day 7: Pompeii | Sorrento region (Wednesday, March 28th)
– Take an expertly guided tour of Pompeii. 
– Visit the Pompeii Roman Ruins. 
– Continue on to the Sorrento region.

Day 8: Sorrento region | Rome (Thursday, March 29th)
– Time to see more of Sorrento or visit Capri. 
– Travel to Rome, a city that integrates its past into the present better than any other. 

Day 9: Rome (Friday, March 30th)
– Be sure to look out for the colorful uniforms of the Swiss Guard as you explore Vatican City on an expertly guided tour. 
– Marvel at Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling on your visit to the Sistine Chapel. 
– Visit St. Peter’s Basilica.
– Take an expertly guided tour of the Colosseum, where you can almost hear the stamping feet of the crowds gathered for gladiatorial combat, and the Roman Forum, the former heart of the Roman Empire where Julius Caesar gave many of his great political speeches. 
– Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome.

Day 10: Rome (Saturday, March 31st)
– Take a guided walking tour of Rome and Trastevere: Theatre of Marcellus; Jewish Ghetto; Tiberino Island; Santa Maria in Trastevere Church. 
– Take a guided excursion to the Catacombs and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.

Day 11: Easter in Rome (Sunday, April 1st)
– Take an expertly guided tour of Ostia Antica. 
– Enjoy free time in Rome.

Day 12: Depart for home