From the Roman Empire to the Medicis; from Fellini to Rossellini; from Michelangelo to Botticelli; Italy has it all.

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You only have to turn a corner and you’ll see something extraordinary, whether it’s a crumbling Roman ruin in the nation’s capital, or a group of laughing nuns. Best of all, travel with us and you won’t just see the sights, you’ll be welcomed into the home of Italian families for home-cooking and lively conversation.

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Italy's capital is a strange hybrid of a modern 21st century metropolis and ancient Rome. The most seasoned traveller can’t fail to be impressed by the Colosseum, or get a sense of how terrified combatants must have been two thousand years ago. And even though the Trevi Fountain is invariably teeming with visitors from all over the globe, it is gorgeous. 

As for the Vatican, with its own postal system and extraordinary ceiling by none other than Michelangelo, it’s a must-see. Especially in the company of our Local Specialists who will make sure you come away with insights into why Michangelo painted certain faces on certain biblical figures. You don’t have to be an art buff to enjoy it. It’s genuinely funny.

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Florence outgrew its Roman origins to become the epicenter of the Renaissance. 

Home to writers, artists, philosophers and architects it’s more of an open museum than a city. There you’ll take in Michelangelo's David, works from Botticelli, Pontormo, Giambologna and Lorenzo Monaco, before we spirit you off to the Tuscan hills, where you will be invited to dine with a local family at a villa among the olive groves.

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Whether you’re standing on one of its 400 bridges, lounging in a gondola on one of its 200 canals, or sitting in a waterside café; every view in Venice is simply stunning. 

Take time out in Piazza San Marco. Or simply wander. With its maze of alleys, charming squares and superb art galleries; Venice is a wonderful place to lose yourself.  

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Elegant, stylish, creative. Milan is a city of great beauty, where elaborate landmarks like the Duomo di Milano sit at the heart of a metropolis worshipped by fashionistas and designers. From famous art galleries housing works like Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper to a plethora of boutiques, Milan is an art-lovers’ and shoppers’ paradise – though there’s plenty more to keep you occupied.

Come with us to Milan and our Local Specialists will show you and tell you about sights like La Scala, which plays stage to opera and ballet performances. Or spend some of the free time we’ve left in your itinerary to relax with a cappuccino and people-watch in one of the many cafes and bars.

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