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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Rome Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 Arrive Rome – Assisi
  • Meet your Tour Director Our 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 7 days.
  • Travel to Assisi We will continue to the Assisi (area), which will be our base for the next 4 night(s). While here, we will enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 Assisi
  • Church of Santa Chiara Explore the Church of Santa Chiara, resting place for St. Clare’s bones, and home of St. Francis’s miraculous crucifix. Our visit will include the Neo-Gothic Crypt and the Oratorio del Crocifisso, which preserves the venerated 12th century crucifix that spoke to St. Francis at San Damiano and set him on his holy path.
  • Basilica di San Francesco Visit the Basilica di San Francesco, an incongruous memorial to a man who preached and lived an utterly simple life of poverty, abstinence, and the enunciation of worldly goods in search of greater spirituality. We will explore the bi-level basilica, including the Lower Church, the Crypt, and the Upper Church, with Giotto’s famous frescoes of 28 scenes of the Life of St. Francis.
  • Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli to see the small Portiuncola Chapel and the site where St. Francis died.
Day 4 Day Trip to San Gimignano & Siena
  • Walking Tour Take a Walking Tour and view the Piazza della Cisterna, the Piazza del Duomo, and the People’s Palace. Both spaces are guarded by the tall medieval towers that have made San Gimignano, "city of the beautiful towers," the poster child for Italian hill towns everywhere.
  • Duomo: Florence Visit the Duomo, highlighted by distinctive striped marble columns. Our visit will include the beautiful Piccolomini Library, designed to house the cathedral’s collection of illuminated manuscripts. The magnificent room features an unrivaled ceiling and large frescoes depicting important events in the life of Pope Pius II.
  • Piazza del Campo: Siena Stroll through the narrow and winding streets of Siena to the Piazza del Campo, a vast and lively square in the heart of the city.
Day 5 Day Trip to Florence
  • Piazza della Signoria Spend time in the Piazza della Signoria, the political stage of Renaissance Florence and an open-air museum of sculpture.
  • Piazza del Duomo Enjoy the Piazza del Duomo, where the cathedral, tower, and baptistery exhibit the traditions of Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will observe the massive and detailed facade of the Duomo before viewing the baptistery’s bronze doors, designed by Ghiberti and which Michelangelo commented were worthy to be the “Gates of Paradise.” After a brief visit inside the Duomo, we will have the opportunity to do one of the following: ascend the Bell Tower; climb the narrow steps to the top of the Red Dome; or visit the spectacular interior of the Baptistery.
  • Ponte Vecchio Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest of Florence’s six bridges and one of the best-loved sites of Florence. Lined with numerous shops, visitors often do not realize they are on a bridge until they reach the center arches that look out over the Arno.
Day 6 Assisi – Rome (The Eternal City)
  • Walking Tour Experience a walking tour from Castel Sant’Angelo over the River Tiber to Piazza Navona, which is an elegant square built on the site of Emperor Domitian’s ancient stadium. In addition to admiring Bernini’s fountains and the local artists’ works, you may also wish to sample the world famous ‘tartufo’ ice cream for a true "taste of Rome."
  • Piazza Navona This evening we will dine in the Piazza Navona area. Built on the foundations of Domitian’s Circus, this magnificent square was designed in the 17th century by Bernini. It is full of life and is highlighted by one of Rome’s most spectacular fountains, the Four Rivers. The square is often filled with local artists. The surrounding neighborhood is also one of the best places in Rome to get a tasty tartufo or gelato ice cream.
Day 7 Rome (City of the Caesars)
  • Colosseum Enjoy a specialist-guided tour, with whisper sets, through the spectacular remains of the Roman Empire, beginning at the Colosseum, considered to be the greatest symbol of Ancient Rome’s power and glory. Completed under Titus in 80 A.D., the Colosseum could hold 55,000 spectators, on a par with many of today’s modern sports stadiums. Among the sights included on our tour is the Arch of Constantine, a triumphal arch finished in 315 A.D., commemorating the victory of Constantine I over Maxentius in the year 312 A.D.
  • Roman Forum We will also tour the ruins and excavations of the Roman Forum, which features the remains of magnificent temples, basilicas, and triumphal arches that once formed the heart of the Empire.
  • Mamertine Prison See the Mamertine Prison, originally created as a cistern for a spring. The prison was typically reserved for higher-profile prisoners and those that posed a threat to the security of Rome; the most famous of these was St. Peter.
  • The Pantheon Visit the Pantheon, one of the grandest and best-preserved Roman monuments, and the oldest large-scale dome in Rome. The Pantheon has been in continuous use throughout its history and today houses many tombs, including those of Italian kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I, and painters Caracci and Raphael.
Day 8 Rome (City of the Popes)
  • Vatican Museum Experience a specialist-guided tour of the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive collections of art. Our tour includes the map tapestry rooms, the magnificent Raphael Rooms, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo’s ceiling and his Last Judgment.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica We will continue into St. Peter’s Square to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the western world and the center of Catholicism. Highlights of our visit include Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s magnificent Baldacchino Over the High Altar.
  • Trevi Fountain This evening we will dine near the spectacular Trevi Fountain where it is traditional to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a safe return to The Eternal City.
  • Spanish Steps Spend time at Rome’s meeting place, the Piazza di Spagna, home of the famous Spanish Steps. The piazza and steps are both named in reference to a 16th century Spanish ambassador who lived here. English poet John Keats lived and died in the house to the right of the steps, which is now a memorial.
Day 9 Rome
  • Free Day Take free time to enjoy Rome.
Day 10 Departure from Rome
  • Fly Home Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport on our final day.