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Exotic Italy

If you would like a wholesome dose of art, history and culture, lofty mountains and sandy beaches, scenic drives through sleepy rustic landscapes, vineyards and olive plantations – if you want to live the uber life and splurge on fashion – if you want to take your “amore mio” on a special vacation – head to Italy. Our “classic Italy” Italy trip beings in Milan and ends in Naples, and lets you taste a bit of all the above.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wonder at the Milan Cathedral – the fifth largest in the World – and visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses Michelangelo’s renowned Last Supper mural painting.
  • Take a romantic gondola ride in the numerous canals of Venice
  • Spend a day visiting museums and art galleries in Florence – by far one of the most artistically beautiful cities in the World, and known as the cradle of Italian Renaissance.   Visit the Galleria degli Uffizi, the most popular gallery in the city.
  • Spend a day driving in Tuscany – a sheer delight for the eyes and the camera, as narrow roads wind around rolling hills, pass through vineyards and touch sleepy villages which dish out some of the best Italian food. 
  • Rome and Vatican City - Once the capital of the mighty Roman Empire, and now the political center of Italy as well as “Mecca” to the catholic religion – every piazza and street in this city bears testimony to its glorious past.   The best way to explore Rome is on foot
  • Drive down the winding roads of the magical Amalfi Coast – touching dramatic landscapes, Mediterranean flora and striking rock formations, through picture-postcard towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

DID YOU KNOW

  • Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
  • There are two independent states within Italy: the Republic of San Marino (25 square miles) and the Vatican City (just 108.7 acres).
  • Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.
  • In northern Italy, last names tend to end in “i”, while those from the south often end in “o.” The most common Italian surname is Russo.
  • The pre-dinner passeggiata (evening stroll) is one of Italy’s most enduring leisure activities where Italians stroll about the streets to see and be seen.
  • The world’s longest land tunnel is the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, which proves a 22-mile railway link between Switzerland and Italy.
  • The Mafia is a part of the Italian culture. Every province has its own mafia organization and they are called “cosa nostra” which basically means “our thing”
  • Ars longa, vita brevis" is a common saying in Italy. It means "art is long, life is short" and reflects the Italian love of leisure.
  • A vespa is an Italian-made motor scooter that many people ride around busy city streets on.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

Almost any time is a good time to visit Italy! And depending on what your interests are there are always regions to visit and things to do. Summers are perfect as the days are long, and there are many festivals and outdoors stuff to do. However, the crowds are also proportionally higher and trips are expensive. Winters are ideal for skiers and winter sports, when the crowds are less and hotels are cheap. Maps and Stories organizes regular trips to Italy all year around.

PRICING INFO

Here is what is included in the price:

  • Airport transfers, rental car and petrol
  • Air tickets for travel within Italy, if any
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Accommodation in 3-star or 4-star hotels, on a twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast is included
  • Schenghen Visa charges and visa related expenses
  • Medical and/or travel insurance

And here is what is not included:

  • Airfare – Airfare is not included in the price.
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as shopping, tips in restaurants and hotels and alcohol

Please contact us for exact pricing

 

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