Itinerary For: Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon Group

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Fly to Italy

Depart Washington D.C. for your flight Italy


Friday, February 16, 2018 – Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Verona

Arrive today in Milan, and meet your guide after clearing through airport formalities. Transfer to Verona for check-in and welcome dinner.
Overnight: Verona, Italy
Meals: Dinner


Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Verona Walking Tour

This morning you can sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast. Your guide will take you on an orientation walk through the city, and allow you time to rest up and acclimate to get over the jet lag.
Overnight: Verona, Italy
Meals: Breakfast


Sunday, February 18, 2018 – Race Day

Free day to participate in the race in the morning, and recover at your own pace later. Overnight: Verona, Italy
Meals: Breakfast


Monday, February 19, 2018 – Verona – Pisa – Florence

Depart Verona and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight

Overnight: Florence, Italy Meals: Breakfast


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Florence City Tour

Today’s tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.

(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $56): **available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. **
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues. ** Important: Please note that the museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on a minimum number of passengers.
Overnight: Florence, Italy
Meals: Breakfast


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Medieval Assisi to Rome

Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contain the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto’s astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills.
Evening is free
Overnight: Rome, Italy
Meals: Breakfast


Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Vatican Museum & Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade to view St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta*. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Tonight, dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, followed by an illuminated tour of the city
Overnight: Rome, Italy
Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner


Friday, February 23, 2018 – Depart Italy

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast