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Discover the Jewels of Italy

17th October 2013

The renowned boot-shaped, spaghetti loving country, Italy can be best explored with an adventurous tour from Cosmos. Beginning and ending in Rome, you will travel through Italy to experience the country’s famed highlights. See the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa or the ancient ruins of Rome. Spend an afternoon wine tasting in Tuscany or sail down the peaceful canals of Venice. Cosmos’ 15 day Jewels of Italy tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through the best of Italy.

Here are four memorable destinations to discover on the Jewels of Italy tour.

Rome

Italy The Colosseum, Rome

Your tour will begin and end in Italy’s famous capital. Rome’s rich heritage has resulted in a captivating city bursting with character. With an endless list of historic attractions, it’s best to start with the fascinating ruins of Ancient Rome. Explore the remnants of the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Situated in the Vatican City, the impressive St Peter’s Basilica demonstrates incredible artistry and workmanship. Admire the opulent interior, including the large dome which is adorned with scripture. Discover the priceless works found in the magnificent Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Dance down the Spanish Steps, shop at designer fashion boutiques and if you like what you see, don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return trip.

Tuscany

Italy Overlooking Florence

Renowned for its spectacular countryside and sumptuous food and wine, Tuscany is a beautiful region to explore. First stop is San Gimignano, a small medieval town with many intriguing examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. In Siena you can admire the stunning Piazza del Campo, home to the famous Palio horse race. Spend time exploring the colourful capital of Tuscany, Florence. Discover the city’s remarkable museums, wander the old town centre, relax in the Boboli Gardens and most importantly, feast on delightful Italian fare. Embark on a wine tasting tour to enjoy the famed nectar of the region or join a cooking class and learn the techniques of fine Italian cooking.


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Venice

Italy The waterways of Venice

This picturesque city is often touted for its romantic charm. Admire the unique canals of Venice with a whimsical gondola ride through the city streets. Wander across the pretty arched bridges, admire the opulent palaces and explore the notorious piazzas. Climb to the top of the Bell Tower of St Mark for glorious views across Venice and the lagoon. For a dose of retail therapy, experience the Rialto markets on San Polo. Marvel at the grandeur of Saint Mark’s Basilica, home to many inspiring artworks. Venice also has amazing museums worth exploring, including the Museo di Storia Naturale de Venezia. In the evening, enjoy a magical sunset ride on a vaporetto or gondola through the Grand Canal.

Naples

Italy Naples

This vibrant city is the perfect gateway to explore more of Italy’s hidden gems. Take an excursion to the legendary Italian island, Capri. This beautiful coastal region is where you will find the famous three rocks Faraglioni and the captivating natural arch Arco Naturale. Enjoy a boat tour into the Blue Grotto, a stunning sea cave that is illuminated to a brilliant bright blue hue. Visit the ancient Roman city Pompeii or the pretty city Sorrento. See the impressive Mount Vesuvius, admire the renowned opera house Teatro di San Carlo and browse the treasures in the Naples National Archaelogical Museum.


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