- Mr. Joe Piscopo Hosting Your Entire Trip
- Special Piscopo ‘Command Performance’ and Dinner Show
- Guaranteed Laughs!
- 4 Dinners (Including Dinner Show) & 1 Lunch
- Buffet Breakfast Daily
- Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour
- Centrally Located 4 & 5 Star Hotels
- Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
- Wireless Headsets To Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
- Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents Included
- Baggage Handling Throughout (Except at Airports)
- Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and all Tips For Hotel and Restaurant Personnel
- Professional Tour Directors and Licensed Local Guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi On Our Buses
- Thursday, April 9 - DEPART USA
- Friday, April 10 - Arrive in Rome – Afternoon at leisure
- Saturday, April 11 - Rome - Vatican Museum – Sistine Chapel - St. Peter’s Basilica - Dinner in Hotel with Joe Piscopo
- Sunday, April 12 - Rome - Easter Mass - Colosseum - Dinner Out
- Monday, April 13 - Rome –Assisi - Florence – Dinner in Hotel
- Tuesday, April 14 - Florence city tour - The David – Lunch
- Wednesday, April 15 - Florence - Lucca - Pisa
- Thursday, April 16 - Florence – Siena – San Gimignano - Chianti – Oil & Wine Tasting with an early dinner
- Friday, April 17 - Florence - Cinque Terre - Florence
- Saturday, April 18 - Return to USA
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Boarding your overnight flights, you’re off to Italy on the adventure of a lifetime!
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure. Ask your tour guide for a recommendation, or venture out and explore the lively restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try Pasta cacao e pepe – pasta in a creamy olive oil, pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce – a specialty of Rome.
This morning, it’s a 10 minute bus ride over to another country – Vatican City. With our expert local guide we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings.
Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. This room, which attracts more than five million visitors each year, is also where the Pope is elected.
Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta’, sculpted when he was just 24 years old, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
Tonight is our chance to watch Joe Piscopo at work during dinner a Gala dinner in our hotel! You’ve never seen such an energetic, multidimensional exhibition of music, impressions and comedy. You’ll want to take Joe home with you!
* Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on any events planned by the Pope.
This morning we will attend Easter mass. It will be very special and interesting to witness Easter Mass in another country!
This afternoon we board our chariot for a relaxing, panoramic driving tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, downtown ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus and the Great Synagogue built in the heart of the Jewish quarter.
Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.
Tonight, we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour leader for a recommendation, or venture out and explore the lively restaurants of Rome! Be sure to try Pasta cacao e pepe – pasta in a creamy olive oil, pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce – a specialty of Rome. Don’t forget the gelato after dinner! You’re doing a lot of walking on this tour so it’s a well-deserved treat!
Tonight, we enjoy a dinner out.
This morning, after a delicious Italian breakfast, our deluxe motorcoach will navigate us through the rolling hills of Umbria, stopping in Assisi - the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy's patron saint. You don’t have to be religious to be struck by Assisi’s astounding beauty and enjoy its pristine historic center. We will explore this city and visit the Basilica di San Francesco, home to one of Italy’s most celebrated artistic masterpieces.
Next, we travel through the Tuscan countryside to our beautiful hotel, a beautiful and peaceful oasis of Tuscan tranquility located just 15 minutes from the historic center of Florence. Tonight, we enjoy a Florentine dinner with local wines at our hotel.
Florence – the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits our inspection! Our day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned “Gates of Paradise” doors.
We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo’s final resting place.
“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man – full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. All with just a hammer and chisel!
Next, we enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch. The evening is yours to do as you please!
This morning, after breakfast (colazione), we drive to Lucca, also known as “the city of 100 churches”. These churches can be found inside the famous walls that surround the city, which were fortified to protect the city from attacks in the Middle Ages. We visit the famous Duomo, the Amphitheater and the impressive Church of San Frediano.
This afternoon we visit Pisa. The “ Piazza dei Miracoli”(Square of Miracles) is recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world, with four great religious edifices: the Cathedral, the Campanile (the leaning Tower), the Baptistery and the Camposanto.
We’ll enter the Cathedral, dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption. Inside the Cathedral is a big candelabrum near the altar. It’s said that Galileo Galilei tested his laws of the pendulum using this candelabrum!
Next we enter the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy, made entirely of marble. This building, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, took 211 years to construct! It is famous for its perfect acoustics.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at a local Florentine restaurant. Be sure to try Ribollita, one of Florence’s most delicious specialties. This hearty soup is made from cannelloni beans, vegetables. Red cabbage and chunks of bread (pane).
Today we travel back in time to the middle ages: Siena, a beautiful, medieval city with a historical center that has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares and the site of Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio di Siena.
We visit Siena’s town hall, Palazzo Pubblico, a beautiful gothic building which sits on Piazza del Campo by the bell tower, and the enchanting Duomo featuring the most ornate mosaic floor in all Italy.
Next, we drive through the beautiful rolling hills of Chianti for a most unique winery visit. You’ll get to meet our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi, the world’s most enchanting and entertaining sommelier. Enjoy an oil and wine tasting and early dinner at the Tenuta Torciano. Salute!
Excitement awaits! Today we visit Cinque Terre, the ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline inset with five tiny villages perched along the Italian Riviera. These five picturesque fishing villages are often the “top places to visit” for most travel magazines. We travel to tiny Vernazza, the jewel of the Cinque Terre. Here the way of life remains simple, unspoiled and without cars. Ah…tranquility!
Later today, we return to our hotel in Florence to enjoy the final evening in Italy on our own – or perhaps you’ll want to all go out together! Don’t forget to exchange contact information to stay in touch!
This morning you board your flight home arriving in the USA the same day. Grazie mille for traveling with the Perillo family!