This fabulous vacation package is packed with some of Italy’s most stunning land and cityscapes the whole family will enjoy. Whether you are viewing historical art in Milan, eating Italian chocolate in Perugia, or touring the Colosseum in Rome, Italy is sure to capture your heart.
Tour highlights include visiting Milan, Monza, Arese, Modena, Perugia, Assisi, Umbria, Orvieto, Rome.
DAY 1: Depart USA
The first day of your adventure will be spent conquering the skies as you fly from the United States to Milan, Italy. After a long flight and the adjusting to the time change, checking in to your hotel and grabbing a quick nap or rest might be in order so everyone is able to enjoy Milan.
Day 2: Milan
The first full day in Italy will begin at the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie for a guided tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s breathtaking painting,The Last Supper. This world renowned painting depicts the moment Jesus Christ divulges that one of his disciples will betray him. A close inspection of this intricately detailed fresco of the late fifteenth century is captivating and inspires a deep feeling of reverence.
After your tour, we suggest you explore the surrounding area at your leisure and enjoy lunch before heading back to the hotel for an afternoon rest, a treasured Italian tradition. Later, embark on a group walking tour to the historical center of the city to discover the gorgeous La Scala Theater, the Galleria of Vittorio Emanuele II, and a rooftop view from the Duomo terrace. After the tour, indulge in an authentic Milan dining experience and get a good night’s sleep for another full day of adventure.
Day 3: Monza and Arese
Although much of the city is best seen on foot as you wander the streets, a tour of the Autodromo of Monza will make you want to trade your comfortable shoes in for a ride in the fast lane. This historic racetrack is just north of the city and is the home of The Formula One Italian Grand Prix.
Just a half hour away is the fascinating and historical Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. Six floors of the museum brilliantly showcase the history, technology, and style of this extraordinary automobile brand. Channel your inner James Bond as you check out these magnificent vehicles and grab a photo opp or two. Then it is back to your lodging area for dinner and an evening stroll for your last night in Milan.
Day 4: Modena and Perugia
Rise and shine and it is off to the lovely city center of Modena for a day of unguided leisure. This enchanting town is full of stunning medieval architecture in the form of a stunning main cathedral and two hundred ninety foot tall bell tower located in the Piazza Grande. These structures are so rich in tradition, art, and history that it has earned the distinction of being a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.
After you have enjoyed this historical walk through the city center, treat yourself to a leisurely lunch and recharge so you can continue to do some fabulous sightseeing at hot spots such as the Enzo Ferrari Museum. You can’t leave Modena without savoring a steaming hot espresso, which is said to be among the best in Italy.
Just in time for dinner and the traditional post meal stroll, you will arrive at your next destination, Perugia.
Day 5: Perugia
If you think this Italian vacation sounds sweet so far, the best is still yet to come. Go lightly when eating breakfast as you will want to have plenty of room left when you visit the Perugina House of Chocolate. This guided tour takes you through roughly a century of history and quality associated with the Italian craft of making chocolate. The very best part of the visit is the taste testing opportunities that abound at the conclusion of the tour.
If you’re not too full from all that delicious chocolate, grab a bite of lunch and consider visiting one of the city’s beautiful open air squares to soak up the local culture. Sometime before dinner, take a private walking tour of Perugia to see some of the most visited landmarks including the Duomo and Rocca Palatina. End your day at the dinner table dining on homemade Italian delicacies and sipping a glass of fine wine.
Day 6: Assisi
Lace up your shoes and prepare for an unguided day excursion to the nearby city of Assisi. This area is full of gorgeous, historical churches and is known to be where St. Francis once lived.
Be sure to stop at the enormous and world renowned Basilica di San Francesco to enjoy the amazing frescoes of Giotto di Bondone, the Tempio di Minerva whose columns are estimated to be two thousand years old, the Basilica di Santa Chiara which is built from stone of nearby Mount Subasio, the striking Cathedral of St. Rufinus, and the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli where St. Francis spent much of his time. Pace yourself and don’t rush through these amazing structures full of art and history. To get the most out of your touring experience, it is sometimes best to split your sightseeing into two parts, before and after lunch.
End the day by making the short ride back to your lodging for a relaxing dinner and a delightful evening walk through the area.
Day 7: Umbria Countryside
After a few days of sightseeing the many wonders of Perugia, it will be time to enjoy the simple offerings of the rolling Umbrian countryside. Although Umbria is one of the smallest regions in Italy, it is possibly one of the most popular areas for taking a wine tour.
Enjoy a prearranged wine tasting tour through the region that will take you to several different wineries that typically allow visitors to visit the grounds, see how wine is made, and finally enjoy a wine tasting. Depending on the specific tastings you participate in, you may be so full of fine Italian wine and tasty Italian delicacies, that lunch may no longer sound appealing.
The wine tasting tour will wrap up with just enough time for you to return to your hotel and enjoy one last magical dinner and evening in the city of Perugia.
Day 8: Orvieto and Rome
After breakfast, catch a few winks or just enjoy the scenery as you travel an hour or so south to the charming town of Orvieto. This quaint town has a historic part of the city that sits atop a picturesque hill that affords stunning views of the more modern city below.
Enjoy a leisurely excursion through the city to experience beautiful countryside views, gardens and parks, the historical Duomo di Orvieto, and so much more. With so much to see and do, it can be tempting to skip lunch, but don’t as you will need your energy for afternoon adventures. Thrill seekers may enjoy climbing the two hundred plus steps of the Tower of Moro and exploring the partially hidden Pozzo della Cava cave network.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from the loveliness of Orvieto, you will continue south for another hour before reaching your final destination, Rome. What better way is there to end your day than enjoying a delightful Italian meal at a cozy table on the streets of Rome?
Day 9: Rome
Get an early start to your day so you don’t miss a thing in this fabulous city. Start your day with a guided tour of the world renowned Roman Colosseum. The tour allows visitors to see and explore the above ground and underground areas of the Colosseum. The underground section of the arena is particularly fascinating for children who can trace the steps of gladiators past. Guests can also tour the Roman Forum, the once center of ancient Rome.
If you manage to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum and enjoy lunch and are still ready for more, an optional guided excursion to Pompeii may be arranged. Lose yourself as you wander the ancient streets of Pompeii and catch a glimpse of the plaster casts of those killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius years ago.
Be sure to leave enough time to treat yourself to a leisurely dinner at a favorite restaurant after a long day of sightseeing. Then enjoy a walk around the city after dark for a completely different view of how the city sparkles at night.
Day 10: Vatican
No stay in Rome is complete without a guided tour of the Vatican and its many rich museums, the precious Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and Saint Peter’s Square. These religious landmarks are said to be simply captivating even to those who are not religious. To properly take in the sights and sounds of the Vatican and nearby areas, this excursion may very well take the majority of the day. A picnic in the striking Saint Peter’s Square can be divine.
The rest of the evening is yours to commemorate however you wish on your last night in Rome and Italy. Spend it reveling in the magic of the city and the love of your family.
Day 11: Return Home
Your heart will likely be full of warm memories from your time with family in the beautiful country of Italy as you depart for home. The long flight home is a fabulous time to get a head start on planning your next trip back. Addio!