RETIREMENT -- Part 3a
Sharing Itinerary for 12 Day Italy Trip for the next 3 days
One of the best things about retirement is being able to travel more with friends. In today’s blog(s) I am starting to share the 12-Day Itinerary for the trip two of my friends & I took to Italy in 2019 before Covid struck. It was arranged by Gate 1 Travel, but I’m sharing it so you can use it as a guide — if you want to plan your own adventure. I have also included some random pictures I took to give you “the flavor” of the trip. Benvenuti in Italia!
Day 1: Leave USA: arrive Venice (Hotel Villa Mabapa)
Day 2: Free time in Venice until evening dinner & orientation
Venice is the “City of Canals” in northern Italy. You travel by water taxi.
Day 3: Walking Tour of Venice
Optional Gondola ride
Boat ride to Island of Murano to see glass blowing
400 gondolas travel the canals – all black, but with different upholsteries
Beaded bracelet of Venetian glass crafted by artisans in Murano
Day 4: Travel to Florence (San Gallo Palace)
Culinary Tasting in Tuscany
Part of 3 structures in Pisa, the bell tower has an unstable foundation leaning 4 degrees
Tasting authentic Italian foods in a wine cellar with our tour group
Day 5: Walking Tour of Florence
Tuscan dinner and entertainment
Florence home of Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s David, holding the rock
Our Italian guide sipping sparkling blue prosecco with us at the Saraceni Winery
Day 6: Travel to Rome (Grand Hotel Palatino)
Basilica of St Francis
Streets of Assisi lined with local artisan shops & religious symbol
Questions about the trip? Feel free to ask in all the Comment sections.
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