Who doesn’t love Italy? Filled with romance and culture, its alluring Mediterranean lifestyle has long been a draw for those who love to travel.
And if you have an affection for history and art, for high fashion and exotic cars, and of course, great food and wine, then Italy should be at the top of your travel list.
Well Travelled offers more than 600 tours of Italy and one of the best is Collette’s Reflections of Italy.
Take in the beauty of this much-loved country on a spectacular 10-day excursion through Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. And with Collette, you can expect expertly-managed guided tours as well as ample free time to go and explore on your own.
Here’s just some of what’s in store …
Kicking off the Reflections of Italy tour in Rome, your professional Collette guide will walk you through historic sites like the 2,000 year old Colosseum and the grand public square, the Piazza Navona.
Featuring ornate fountains and sculptures of historical significance, the famous piazza is the perfect place to observe Roman life. And for those interested in the ancient city as a centre of faith, an optional tour to Vatican City is also available. St. Peter’s Basilica is of course the major highlight here.
After a scenic journey through the Tuscan wine country, you’ll come face to face with one of the world’s greatest masterpieces, Michelangelo’s statue of David. Other cultural highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as The Duomo.
The grand dome and ornate bell tower dominate the skyline, attracting the faithful and curious alike. The guided tour in and around Piazza della Signoria is another highlight in a city filled with history and opulence. Admire the sculptures and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio before exploring the city on your own. Nearby, be sure to cross the famous medieval arch bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.
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There’s no other city quite like Venice. With its miles of narrow canals, quaint bridges and hidden laneways and squares, you haven’t truly discovered Venice until you’ve been lost in its mystical, maze like embrace.
But before you lose yourself in the city of gondolas, your Collette tour includes a guided walk around Piazza San Marco, home to the well-known St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile tower.
The last stop on this Reflections of Italy tour is Milan. Starting with a locally guided walking tour, you’ll see all the dazzling sights in the world’s fashion capital. From the Opera House La Scala to Europe’s third largest church, the Duomo, Milan and its sophisticated flair will leave even the most experienced of travellers feeling inspired.
Of course, what would a visit to Milan be without a little shopping? Even if it’s only to browse, you’ll want to visit the famed Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s fashion district.
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