Italy has too many incredible sights and activities to experience in a single week, but a 5-day tour traveling from Rome through the central and northeastern regions provides you with an exciting introduction to some of the country’s top destinations. Seven different cities offer a perfect mix of historic sites, artistic masterpieces, delicious cuisine, and gorgeous landscapes. Round-trip transportation by coach has you zipping from one location to another quickly and comfortably, so you can spend most of your time exploring places of interest. From pilgrimage sights like Assisi to culturally rich Florence and romantic Venice, these 5 days in Italy with four nights of hotel accommodation highlights key towns and cities in the northern half of the country.
Day 1: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence
Departing from Rome, your 5-days in Italy begins with a trip by luxury coach to the well-preserved medieval town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Located in the heart of Italy, this small historic city is best explored on foot. Your tour of Assisi includes a visit to the town’s most distinctive landmark, the hilltop Basilica di San Francesco built to honor St. Francis after his canonization in 1228. The wall frescoes here represent the best of the Tuscan school of art during the Middle Ages. From the basilica, your tour guide will lead you to Santa Maria degli Angli Church where the much-revered saint is believed to have worshipped.
From Assisi, you’ll travel west into Tuscany to Siena, home to the Piazza del Campo, one of Italy’s most beautiful plazas and the site of the famous Palio horse races held here twice each year. Enjoy a meal at one of the square’s open-air eateries or wander about at your leisure before exploring the nearby sights. The walled city’s most famous attractions include the Siena Cathedral and the stunning Palazzo Comunale where medieval frescoes painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Simone Martini are on display. The first day of your Italy tour ends with your arrival Florence in time to enjoy a scrumptious dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (3-star) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or Hotel Raffaello in Florence (Dinner included)