New Year in a Venetian Villa & Tuscany
Enjoy 3 nights in an 18th century Venetian Villa
9 Memorable Days Milan to Rome – Escorted Tour Imagine exploring the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ city of Verona before staying in an 18th century Venetian Villa over the New Year. Experience stylish Milan, the romance of Venice, stay in the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca and visit renaissance Florence.
Visit Florence, known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’
Enjoy lunch in the town of San Gimignano
DAY 1 ~ 28 DECEMBER Milan
DAY 3 ~ 30 DECEMBER Sightseeing and ‘My Time’ in Venice After a leisurely start we visit nearby ‘Venezia’ (Venice) – arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. At Tronchetto we board a private boat to take us to St Mark’s Square, where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour through the central city’s historic back streets to the famous Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. We have included visits to St Mark’s Basilica, the pink and white marble Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is free to meander the water lined streets. Dinner this evening is back in ‘our’ magnificent Villa. Meals: B,D DAY 4 ~ 31 DECEMBER New Year’s Eve – Vicenza sightseeing and gala dinner celebrations Our first stop is in beautiful Vicenza. Rich in history and culture, Vicenza was awarded UNESCOWorld heritage status principally due to the legacy left by the famous local architect Andrea Palladio. Considered one of the greatest architects of all time, you will find more than 16 of his palaces and villas scattered through the old town. In the glorious Piazza dei Signori, you will find the most beautiful of all – the Basilica Palladiana. A local guide will join us for a walking tour of the medieval and renaissance town centre, and later you will have free time to explore and enjoy the excellent shopping down the central Corso. We continue to Treviso to enjoy an afternoon stop in the historic centre. Later we will return to our villa to relax before enjoying a grand evening celebrating the New Year in the hotel’s Restaurant ‘Le Scuderie’. At midnight we will make a toast with Spumante, accompanied by ‘Cotechino and lentils’ - the traditional Italian way to welcome the New Year. The sausage is said to bring good luck into the New Year. Meals: B,D
Your tour commences this evening in Milan. A welcome drink and dinner are included tonight. This is an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. Meals: D
Your Milan Hotel – Michelangelo Hotel This modern 4 star hotel is in a brilliant location, opposite the central railway station.
DAY 2 ~ 29 DECEMBER ‘My Time’ in Verona and our Venetian Villa
Boarding our coach we drive east and make a lunchtime stop to explore Verona, the city where tragic lovers, Romeo and Juliet, avowed a love that spanned the centuries. Later this afternoon we arrive at our Venetian Villa hotel, where we stay for three nights. Meals: B,D
Your Treviso Hotel – Hotel Villa Contarini Nenzi
This elegant 18th century grand residence has been sensitively restored into an excellent 4 star hotel, located just outside Treviso, surrounded by wonderful Italian-style parkland.
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