Essential Italy—Milan to Rome
Experience life in modern Italy while delving into its illustrious past. Milan, today's center for business and fashion has its share of historical importance. Varenna, a picturesque and sleepy fishing village, sits perched on the edge of Lake Como, the deepest lake in Europe. Legendary and enchanting Venice is comprised of 117 small islands all laden with art and a fascinating past. Florence, the epicenter of Renaissance art and architecture, was home to the Medici family, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Botticelli. The iconic countryside of the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany is clad in a tapestry of vineyards and olive groves and guarded by medieval hill towns. And lastly, the grandeur that is Rome. We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans as we mix into life of the modern, bustling city. All along the way we will sample the local cuisine of each location, visit the markets and explore museums, churches and important historical sites. You will have ample free time for investigating on your own in addition to the informative and fun excursions planned by your guide.