san gimignano

san gimignano

Days 1 & 2 – Arrival
Depart US, arrive Florence, San Gimignano

Arrive at Florence Airport and transfer to San Gimignano for the next six nights.  (D)

Day 3 – Pisa

tower of siena

tower of siena

Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tower. It is a strangely appealing building yet it is just a single component of Pisa's breathtaking and dazzling architectural buildings of the Campo dei Miracoli where we visit the Duomo and Baptistry before a climb of the tower. Return to San Gimignano. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Siena

Siena is one of the most appealing towns in Tuscany with its well-conserved medieval streets and the square, the Piazza del Campo. The piazza's focal point is the Palazzo Pubblico which dates back to 1250. We also visit the monumental Duomo, Siena's cathedral. Return to San Gimignano for overnight. (B, D)

duomo

duomo

Day 5 – Tuscan Vineyard Tour & Farmhouse Lunch

We slow down the pace but not the experience. We explore the beautiful countryside of Tuscany with its verdant vineyards. Enjoy an charming afternoon in a Tuscan village as we explore a working vineyard and countryside farmhouse. Take a tour of the property with the owner and his family, sample their home-grown wine, and enjoy a feast of rustic, countryside specialties grown from their garden and the surrounding region. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy picturesque San Gimignano. (B,L)

Day 6 – Florence

gsplcoac01.jpg

Florence is truly one of the amazing cities of Italy. Some of the greatest works by Michelangelo are found here. We visit the Academia and view the majestic David, then to the Duomo, Brunelleschi's sloping, red-tiled dome, predominant on Florence's skyline and the world's fourth-largest cathedral. The Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery are not to be missed. Then to the Basilica of Santa Croce with its walls lined with the tombs of Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and Bardi. Return to San Gimignano for overnight (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Tuscan Cooking Class

basilica of saint francis

basilica of saint francis

Again, we slow down the pace but not the experience. Take a Tuscan cooking class and prepare a full Tuscan menu as you spend time with a local chef and her family. Knead fresh pasta, prepare traditional desserts, and sample the family's own wine. After a day of festive cooking, enjoy the diner that you have prepared.  (B, D)

Day 8 – Umbria Countryside & Assisi

Walled Assisi is miraculous with its many churches, and we will visit the churches of St. Clare and St. Francis. St Francis was born here and work began on his basilica two years after his death. It's a magnificent tribute to the patron saint of animals, with frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue and Martini. Overnight in nearby Spoleto.
(B, D)

Day 9 - St. Peter’s and Vatican City, Sistine Chapel

colosseum

colosseum

We stroll along the Tiber and enter Vatican City where we visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and The Last Judgment. We also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica where Michelangelo's "Pieta" is but just one of many highlights. (B, D)

Day 10 - Rome: Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum

roman catacombs

roman catacombs

All roads lead to Rome… for thousands of years tourists, merchants and pilgrims have journeyed to the city of seven hills on the Tiber. Rome has unarguably one of the richest, fullest histories of any city on earth… and all the while incorporating some of the finest architecture still surviving. The tour begins with a visit to the Colosseum followed by a walking tour through the ancient Roman Forum, the very center of the powerful Roman Empire. (B)

Day 11 - Martyrdom of Apostle Paul

We travel along the Appian Way and visit the Catacombs.  Here we share in communion in the underground resting place of the early Christian community. Concluding Paul’s life, we visit the church of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, built over the recently excavated site of his tomb.  After a free afternoon in Rome, we end our time in the Eternal City with our farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12 - Departure to USA

Return home with renewed faith and new friends!