(Rome, Siena, Assisi, Bologna and Venice)
Read about our trip on our Someday Travel Blog.
Our travelers stop for a picture in Assisi. The 13th Century Basilica of St. Francis is in the background. We spent two complete days here and enjoyed the quaint and unique streets, shops and restaurants. We also visited the Cathedral of St. Clare’s.
Venice boasts itself as the most romantic city in the world. We took a private boat to St. Mark's Square and enjoyed gondola rides , tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs PLUS shopping and gelato!
Siena is one of the most beautiful towns we visited in the Tuscany region. Set on three hills, it is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps. It is most famous for the Piazza de Campo which is located in the center of town which is also known for two horse races, called the Il Palio, are held twice a year.
Our group enjoyed their visit to Tivoli which is located just outside of Rome. We explored the Villa d'Este Gardens, a highlight with its Renaissance architecture and gardens. This is a picture of Wayne and the gardens and ponds in the background.
Twenty-five travelers enjoyed a great 10 days in Italy. We began our tour in Rome where we remained for three days. Pictured is our group in front of the Coliseum with part of the entrance to the Roman Forum on left. We also visited such sites as Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the famous Pietà, the Trevi Fountain with a "must" gelato ice cream stop, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum. the Pantheon and concluding with a visit to the Piazza Navona, where the head of St. Agnes is enshrined.
Venice was simply great!!! Here is our group of happy travelers with the Bridge of Sighs in the background. This is the bridge that prisoners were taken across on the way to be hanged. It is said that since this was their last look at the outside world before hanging, they always "sighed" as they walked across. Having shared that unhappy note, Venice was certainly everything people say it is. We had over 8 hours in this wonderful city, which is actually islands connected by bridges. We had the first two hours touring the famous sites with our talented guide followed by about 6 on our own, free to explore, shop, ride gondola's, eat, or just sit and people watch.