Italy is a wonderful country to visit. It is rich in history, culture, art, religion, food, fashion, racing cars and natural scenery – and the Italians are passionate people.
When visiting Italy, one must always bear in mind that one of the greatest empires of the world, the Roman Empire” was governed from here, and that the Renaissance, the re-awakening of Europe after the dark middle ages, also happened here. You can imagine what immense cultural, historical and art heritage stems from these to major events in the world’s history.
In Rome, the Eternal City, we take a close look at the well-known Colosseum and the triumphal arch of Constantine just across the road. The heart of Julius Caesar’s (without doubt the most famous Roman) Rome, the Roman Forum, is just a stone’s throw away.
During our visit to the smallest independent state in the world, the Vatican City and home to the Pope, we visit the impressive Vatican Museum. We spend some tiime to admire the breathtakingly beautiful Sistine Chapel. The roof and walls of this small chapel are covered with the most beautiful Biblical scenes painted by Michelangelo between the years 1508 and1512.
We conclude our visit to the Vatican by taking a look at the Basilica of St. Peter. This massive church is the centre of Catholisism in the world and it contains some of the world’s most treasured works of art, like the Pieta, a marble sculpture by Michelangelo.
During free time, Rome offers you the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, The Piazza Navona, the Trastevere. The list is never ending.
We tear ourselves loose from Rome and travel northwards to Venice for another unique experience. You can discover Venice by going on a romantic trip through the many canals on a gondola. If you do not have sea legs and would prefer to stay on the ground, you can stroll through the narrow and winding streets, enjoy some local dishes in one of the many charming restaurants. The Basilica of St Mark is a wonderful example of Byzantine Architecture. A visit to the Palazzo Ducale is a must.
Now we turn south, and after a drive through scenic rural Italy, we arrive at the coastal villages of Sorrento and Capri. From these villages we have a stunning view of the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful stream-lined ships lying at anchor in the numerous little bays, and the well-known Isle of Capri. We take a boat trip to the Isle, visiting the famous Blue Grotto. Inspired by the magical blue light inside the cave, you may steal a kiss from your loved one – an experience never to be forgotten.
Close by is Mount Vesuvius, famous for the gigantic volcanic eruption in 79 CE. The town of Pompeii, at the foot of the mountain, was completely covered in volcanic ash. The site has been excavated and we pay a visit to the town of Pompeii, another unforgettable highlight of our tour.
After a farewell meal of good wine, tasty food and good company in the Trastevere, it is time to sing “Arrivederci Roma” with Mario Lanza (in the film “The seven hills of Rome”).
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