Viva Italia!


Day 1Depart US
Pack your bags and head across the Atlantic for your amazing Italian experience.

Day 2Arrival into Venice
Benvenuto in Italia- Welcome to Italy! Upon your arrival into Venice meet your ground escort who will transfer you via private sedan to your Venetian hotel.

Located in the heart of the historic city center, your four-star bed and breakfast property is just a stone’s throw away from such famous sites as Saint Mark’s Square and the Accademia art galleries which house the most important collection of the Venetian 16th and 17th century masters.

Enjoy the duration of the day on your own, exploring “the City of Bridges, the City of Light” at leisure.

Day 3Venice at Leisure
Buon Giorno! Enjoy your first official day in Italy at leisure, exploring the remarkable city of Venice on your own. Venice is the world's only “pedestrian-only” city, and touring the Venetian markets, plazas and museums are highly accessible just by doing a bit of walking. The Rialtine Islands – considered the “main” area of Venice - are small enough to tour from one end to the other in about an hour. If you would like to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis. And finally, if you would like to enjoy a romantic ride amid the Venetian canals, be sure to reserve your gondola ride well in advance.

Day 4Venetian Cooking Lesson
After breakfast you will be met by a private driver who will escort you to your Venetian cooking class. Your lesson will be divided in several themes (main dishes, fish, typical Venetian cooking, and more), and you will be provided with recipes and details about each lesson in English. Before your lesson, you will visit the Rialto Market to choose your choice ingredients of each fish and vegetable available in the market, delivered earlier this morning. Afterwards, sit down and enjoy a magnificent tasting of the fresh and delicious items you just prepared.

Day 5Travel to Bologna
Meet your driver who will escort you to the local train station in Venice for your two-hour journey by rail to Bologna. Relax and respite in the breathtaking views of the enchanting Italian countryside. Upon arrival you will find your city hotel just opposite of the main train terminal in Bologna.

For the next few nights, your four-star hotel is located in front of the central station and close to the historic center, you will find your sophisticated and modern hotel emphasizes warm Italian hospitality.

Day 6Bologna at Leisure
Bologna is a beautiful city to visit, featuring many delightful cafes, restaurants, and shops catering to all walks of life. The extensive city center, Piazza Maggiore, is characterized by miles upon miles of attractive, covered walkways known as porticos, and is one of the best preserved central squares throughout Europe. Along with Via Razzoli, a meeting point between the two towers of Bologna (Torre degli Asinelli and Torre dei Garisenda), these two areas of Bologna can provide you with hours of recreation and people watching.

Day 7Bolognese Cooking Lesson
Today, your lesson includes instruction on how to prepare three typical Bolognese pastas (tortellini, tortelloni and tagliatelle), along with a traditional hors d’oeuvre, soup, sauce for each pasta presentation, and dessert. You will also be provided with recipes and details about each lesson in English. Afterwards, sit down and enjoy a delicious meal, dining on the fresh and delicious items you just prepared, to be also accompanied by wines of the region. Buon Appettito!

This afternoon, you will be transferred back to your Venice hotel to enjoy the duration of the day at leisure. As the Italians say, Mangi e beva molto vino! Eat and drink up your last day in Bologna, because tomorrow is another day…

Day 8Travel to Siena
Gather your belongings and prepare for your one-hour journey by rail from Bologna to Siena. Upon arrival, you will be met by a private guide who will transfer you to your hotel located in the heart of the city.

Siena, one of Italy’s most captivating cities, is located in the region of Tuscany which is home to the best wine region in Italy. Siena offers a treasure trove of art and architecture for the culture enthusiast, along with fabulous food and wine for the gourmet traveler. With a high concentration of medieval and gothic architecture, many visitors are enchanted by the charming small town appeal of this spectacular walking city.
Once you arrive into Siena, feel welcomed at your four-star hotel, conveniently situated near the Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square.

Day 9Exploring Siena
The entire day is yours to enjoy on your own, exploring some of the magnificent sites Siena has to offer its visitors. The center of Siena is accessible only by foot, and the attractions away from the Piazza and Duomo area are spread out on three steep hills, so walking is a necessity. Or, stay in the Piazza and explore the many merchant and specialty shops which make Siena a world-class shopping destination. Tomorrow, you will enjoy one additional cooking class to complement your visit.

Day 10Sienese and Tuscan Cooking Lesson
Today, your lesson is once again divided into themes, to be determined by the school on the day of your arrival (ex. Main dishes, traditional Tuscan cooking, and many more). Participants are provided with full lesson notes in English, clearly outlining the various stages of the recipes demonstrated. All recipes provided are yours to keep, and at the end of the lesson you will receive a commemorative certificate and a cooking school apron as your souvenir for today.

Day 11Travel to Rome
This morning, a driver will meet you to escort you to the train station. Once aboard, enjoy your two hour journey by rail from Siena to Rome.

Upon arrival you will be met by a private guide who will transfer you to your charming four-star hotel, located in the heart of the capital. The hotel is just a two-minute walk from the Piazza del Popolo and the indelible Spanish Steps of Rome, providing a terrific central location to tour the city to your liking.

Today, Rome is a modern, cosmopolitan city, and one of the most widely visited tourist destinations in all of Europe. Due to its influence in politics, media, the arts and culture, Rome has been described as a global city, and as one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed, Central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character.

This evening, we suggest enjoying a little of what Rome has to offer its visitors at night. You will find that most of the popular tourist sites of the city are all elegantly lit in their full majesty. “Do as the Romans,” as they say; you may find yourself reveling in the incredible bars, clubs and dance halls throughout the city well into the night!

Day 12Rome at Leisure
The next two days are yours to enjoy the enlightened Roman metropolis on your own, delighting in some personal shopping or sightseeing to witness firsthand what makes Rome such a wonder!
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