Day 3: Florence – Bologna – Padua – Venice
On the third day of your Italy tour, you’ll travel from Florence north to Bologna, the culinary capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Many of the country’s most famous dishes originated here, including the pasta sauce and cold cut that bear the city’s name. Landmarks like the Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà are as famous as the city’s food, and your tour includes stops at these lavish palaces. You’ll also visit the Piazza Nettuno with its towering Fountain of Neptune. Finish your visit to Bologna with lunch at your own expense samplings specialties like tortellini, tagliatelle or ragù alla bolognese.
The afternoon of day three of your tour takes you into the Veneto region to Padua, the setting for Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Home to Italy’s second-oldest university founded in 1222, Padua not only attracted intellectuals from Copernicus to Galileo but some of the world’s best artists as well. Explore the city’s art treasures at your leisure. View frescoes detailing the life of the Virgin Mary by Giotto at the Scrovegni Chapel or see the six statues of saints by Donatello at the breathtaking St. Anthony’s Basilica. Return to your waiting coach at the arranged time to travel to Venice where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) Hotel Carlton (Grand Canal) or 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Delfino in Venice Mestre (Breakfast and Dinner included)