several years, this has been one of our most popular tours as it includes
traveling to the three most famous and romantic cities in Italy. Besides
2,000 years of history in Italy’s beautiful countryside, there will
be time to shop in elegant boutiques and taste some great Italian cuisine
and wines. You will be amazed how our escort, who has been to Italy
many times, will help you see the maximum of everything in a minimum
amount of time. Best of all, we obtained a special group rate for this
tour. Since each year this tour is sold out months in advance, we suggest
making your reservations early to avoid disappointment as this is a
most memorable tour that you will certainly enjoy.
THE ITINERARY WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Nov. 10 Depending on your
departure city, everyone will fly overnight on various flights to ROME.
Enjoy dinner followed by some rest as you cross the Atlantic Ocean to
one of the most exciting countries in Europe.
Nov. 11 This morning you
will meet our tour escort at the Rome airport who will transfer you
to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to begin exploring this
ancient city. This evening you will enjoy a “Welcome” drink with other
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the tour director. Afterwards, you may consider
a tour of the city lights or wonder thru Piazza Navona and the famous
Fountain of the Four Rivers. You will also be informed of all the exciting
things that have been planned for you on this special tour of Italy.
Nov. 12 Today your expert
Italian guide will show you this historical city including the Vatican
Museum and a tour of the Sistine Chapel that contains some of the world’s
greatest sculptures and famous paintings. You will see Michelangelo’s
frescos and famous painted ceiling, believed to be his crowning achievement.
You’ll walk through St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the largest church
in Christendom where you will be shown the “Divine Name.” (Awake 7/8/01,
p. 14) Inside you will see the Pita by Michelangelo, a masterpiece of
renaissance sculpture. Next, cross the river Tiber to see the Palazzo
Venezia built in the 15th century. Continue along the Via Sacra passing
the Roman Forum that was the center of commerce, law and religion. You’ll
see the breathtaking Colosseum, an iconic symbol of “Imperial Rome”
and the Circus Maximus, an ancient chariot racing stadium where “Ben
Hur” style chariot races were once held. Balance of the day is at leisure
or you can visit the catacombs. Tonight you might like to dine with
the rest of the friends at a trattoria or pizzeria restaurant.
Nov. 13 Today you will
travel through Umbria to the famous area of Tuscany. See Chianti vineyards
and olive groves as you travel through old medieval towns before crossing
over the Apennine Hills. Continue through Bologna before arriving at
your hotel in Venice for two nights including dinner this evening.
Nov. 14 Imagine touring
this romantic city of VENICE that’s built on 114 islands in the sea.
This most interesting city is filled with canals and gondolas and is
the only city without cars, as there are more than 150 canals used as
streets. Gondolas and motorboats are used as taxis, making everyone
simply fall in love with Venice. A visit to the city of Venice would
not be complete without an orientation cruise by private motor launch
to St. Mark’s Square, with views of the Doge’s Palace and the renowned
Bridge of Sighs. You will also see a demonstration of Murano glass-blowing
in one of the city’s oldest workshops. Later you will have time to walk
through the narrow streets of Venice or to join one of the optional
activities such as a gondola ride where you will be serenaded on the
Grand Canal. This is an experience in itself as there is no other city
in the world like Venice. In the evening you may want to attend a classical
concert with your tour escort.
Nov. 15 Travel over the steep Apennine Mountains to
the city of Pisa to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue
through Tuscany to the renaissance city of FLORENCE that’s filled with
art and history by Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci where you will
stay for two nights.
Nov. 16 Today you will
see the multi-colored Duomo, Pointe Vecchio and Piazza Signoria. Next,
enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afternoon
free for shopping in this beautiful “City of Flowers.” Your tour escort
will have suggestions on where to find handmade leather goods, jewelry
or anything else at bargain prices in the market of San Lorenzo. Don’t
miss Michelangelo’s sculpture of “David” or one of the museums. For
lunch, we included an authentic Tuscan lunch made with fresh produce.
Tonight, your tour escort will take those that would like to go to the
local Kingdom Hall to meet many of the Italian friends.
Nov. 17 Drive through
the Chianti vineyards to Siena, the best preserved medieval city in
Italy. You’ll see the Piazza Del Campo, site of the famous Palio horse
race that draws people from all over the world. Later you will have
time to shop for Tuscan specialties before returning to the Eternal
City of Rome. Tonight we have included a special “Farewell Dinner” in
a charming Italian restaurant with all of the friends on this tour.
Nov. 18 Arrivederci Roma,
as everyone is transferred to the airport for their return flights to
the U.S.A. Enjoy lunch and a movie before arriving back in your home
city. A lot of extras are included making this a great trip!