Spend an additional night in Rome and delve into the city's artistic treasures. Examine masterpieces in an exquisite setting at the private estate of the Villa Borghese. Then travel by high-speed train to Venice. Visit a gondola workshop, take a cruise along the famed canals, and explore the city's stunning sights on a walking tour.
Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 — Rome
This morning is dedicated to the glories of Baroque Rome. Stroll through Piazza Navona to the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, housing important works by Caravaggio on the life of St. Matthew. Continue to the stunning Villa Borghese, set on Rome’s seven hills amid vast formal gardens and parklands. The impressive collection is highlighted by works of Canova, Bernini, and other important Baroque artists. Have free time this afternoon, and enjoy Rome on your own for dinner this evening. Grand Hotel de la Minerve (B)
Day 2 — Rome/Venice
Depart Rome by high-speed train and arrive in Venice early this afternoon. Transfer to your hotel, and then get your bearings on a guided walking tour through the heart of the city. Call at a workshop where gondolas are made and repaired, then step on board for a romantic ride through narrow canals and under elegant bridges, arriving back at the hotel in time for our reception this evening. The Westin Europa & Regina (B,L)
Day 3 — Venice
Your morning walking tour of this magical city begins at its heart, Piazza San Marco, which Napoleon called the “most elegant drawing room in Europe.” An inside visit to the Basilica of San Marco reveals its incredible medieval golden mosaics and treasures. Continue to the Doges’ Palace, the Palazzo Ducale, including the Sansovinian Library, established in 1588. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before joining with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. The Westin Europa & Regina (B,D)
Day 4 — Venice/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)