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					                                              Dolce Vita
                          MONTEPULCIANO – ROME
                                (8 Days / 7 Nights)
The perfect introduction to Europe’s most visited destination, this eclectic tour travels from Rome
heading North of this amazingly diverse country, providing our guests an opportunity to explore the
most beautiful and intriguing parts of Italy, from its vibrant cities, like Rome and Venice, to its bucolic
countryside. A balanced blend of sightseeing, guided touring, and time for leisure, this tour is ideal for
travelers of all experience levels, from the novice European visitor to seasoned travelers who’ve already
scoped out their favorite parts of this remarkable country. From beginning to end, this tour provides
you with memories that last a lifetime, all wrapped up in one neat little package – Italy!

Day 1- ROME
Welcome to Italy! Get ready to embark on an unforgettable experience. Upon your arrival, a tour representative
will meet you and take you to your hotel. Today, take advantage of a day at leisure, so rest up as you prepare to
embark on your Italian adventure!

Rise and shine for an early departure from ROME via deluxe motor coach to your next destination, ASSISI.
Today, you will meet your tour guide and get to know your fellow guests. Relax, enjoy the ride, and welcome to
the “Dolce Vita” tour!

ASSISI: Arrive in Assisi, in Italy’s Umbrian region, and enjoy some leisure time in this tiny town surrounded by
ancient walls and graced by grand castles and historic ancient churches. A visit of the Basilica of St. Francis, a
World Heritage Site, will provide visitors with a chance to view the frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue as well as
many other beautiful works of art.

Departure from ASSISI to SIENA.

SIENA: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Tuscan hill town includes magnificent cathedrals, pretty botanical
gardens, Gothic palazzos, and the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square and favored gathering place,
home to the Palio horse race, an excellent art museum, and plenty of opportunity for people-watching.

Departure from SIENA to our destination of the evening, magnificent FLORENCE.

FLORENCE: Arrive at your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and comfortable overnight accommodations.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then depart for a day of Florence sightseeing.

FLORENCE: Truly the center of Italian art, this breathtaking Etruscan city will be the highlight of the trip for
culture lovers. Florence flourished in the Middle Ages as a free commune and became the center for art and
architecture during the Renaissance. The most-populated city in Tuscany, it is best known for its domed
cathedral, the 13th century Santa Maria del Fiore (known as the Duomo). A visit to this astounding site is
included on the tour. This ecclesiastic structure is a masterpiece inside and out, having as its centerpiece the
magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi We will then proceed to the nearby Campanile Tower (partially
designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery with its golden bronze doors, dubbed the “Gates of Paradise” by
Michelangelo himself. In the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage city, guests can view the Piazza della
Signoria, the Santa Croce Basilica, and walk the paths that once led to the homes of the city’s most famous
residents, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, Raphael, Donatello, the Medici Family, and even modern well-known
“artists” such as Gucci and Ferragamo.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or take part in the optional Pisa tour.

PISA: (Optional) Most famous for its Leaning Tower, the power of this city as a mighty maritime nation reached
its apex in the 11th century, when it acquired fame as one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy.
We will take time to admire the area known as the Square of Miracles, which includes the Duomo, the Leaning
Tower, the monumental cemetery, and the opulent Baptistery of the Cathedral.

Enjoy dinner with your tour companions and overnight accommodations in a Florence hotel.

After breakfast you will depart Florence by a deluxe coach and head to BOLOGNA.

BOLOGNA: : Situated between the Po River and the Apennines, the city of Bologna is home to the oldest
university in the Western world (established in 1088) and is known throughout Italy for the excellent quality of
life it provides its residents. The landscape of this city, one of the most developed in Italy, is enriched by elegant
and extensive arcades (or porticos), an architectural element for which the city is famous. Have your camera
ready as we explore Neptune Square and its beautiful fountain, and nearby Major Square, both located in the
heart of the city. Home to companies such as Lamborghini and Masserati, Bologna is a pedestrian-friendly city
where guests can feel free to explore on foot. Here, you’ll be fascinated by the opulent King Renzo Palace, the
Podestà Palace, and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest basilicas in the world. .

Departure from BOLOGNA to PADOVA.

PADOVA: Our stop in Padova includes a visit to the beautiful Sant’Antonio Basilica in the heart of the city.

Departure from PADOVA to our next destination, VENICE.

VENICE: In the evening when the city sparkles, arrive in spectacular Venice, often described as one of the most
romantic cities in the world, famous for its gondola-traveled canals and magnificent architectural sites.

Enjoy dinner in this magical city and a good night’s sleep before a day of sightseeing.

VENICE: Partake of breakfast at the hotel and then depart by waterbus for St. Mark’s Square. Today, you will
visit the Doge’s Palace (outside). Built during the 14th and 15th centuries, this was the long-time residence of
Venice’s Dukes and the center for the Court of Justice. It can be reached by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs,
so named because it provided prisoners with their last breathtaking view of the city before they were
incarcerated. At the end of the tour, the group will have the opportunity to explore one of the famous Murano
glass factories.
Spend the evening at leisure, including dinner and an overnight stay in a Venice hotel.

Eat breakfast at your hotel and depart by motor coach from Piazzale Roma to the famous MONTEPULCIANO
in Tuscany.

MONTEPULCIANO: Known for its pork, cheese, pasta, honey, and famous Vino Nobile wine, this attractive
ancient city is situated in southern Tuscany. A medieval and Renaissance hill town, it’s a great place to enjoy a
little wine tasting. A pedestrian-friendly, car-free town, Montepulciano also boasts several handsome churches
and a small palazzo designed by Michelozzo.

Departure from MONTEPULCIANO to our last destination, ROME.

ROME: Evening arrival in ROME and an overnight stay.

Day 7- ROME
ROME: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then depart for a fun and educational walking tour of this famous city and
all it offers, from great works of art and architecture to romantic sights to public places where you can
experience the friendliness of the Roman people. You will enjoy such attractions as: Piazza di Spagna, Fontana
di Trevi, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and San Pietro Basilica in Vatican City. After the tour, you will have the
afternoon at your leisure to rest or explore further. Don’t forget to grab some gelato before retiring to your hotel
for your final night in Italy!

Day 8- ROME
ROME: Breakfast at the hotel and end of services.
Not ready to go home yet? Having too much fun exploring magnificent Italy? Your travel specialist will review
all the options available to you at the end of the trip, including an extended opportunity to explore the country
or the option of spending an extra night in Rome. If you must go, you’ll head to the airport for your return
home. Remember, we are always eager to help you create the travel experience you desire, so don’t hesitate to
ask if you’d like to keep your travel options open!

The TOUR includes:
      Transportation by deluxe motor coach
      Multilingual tour guide and escort
      Accommodation at the hotels
      Meals as per itinerary
      Panoramic visits as per itinerary
      Luggage service: 1 piece of luggage per person in Florence and Venice
      Taxes and fees
      24 hour emergency hotline
The TOUR does not include:
      Drinks and extras in hotel.
      Entrance fees to monuments or museums
      Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “the TOUR includes”
      Extra luggage may incur an additional fee

Tour start dates for 2009/2010 ALL Seasons:

November 01-15-29
December 06-27**

January 10-17-31
February 14-28
March 14-28
April 04-11-18-25-30
May 02-07-09-14-16-21-23-28-30
June 04-06-11-13-18-20-25-27
July 02-04-09-11-16-18-23-25-30
September 03-05-10-12-17-19-24-26
October 01-03-08-10-15-17-22-24-29

4 star hotels:
Double/Triple Occupancy: Euro 1295 per person
*For estimate purposes, this tour would cost $1813 per person based on a Euro conversion rate of 1.40
Single Occupancy: Euro 1736
*For estimate purposes, this tour would cost $2431 per person based on a Euro conversion rate of 1.40

3 star hotels:
Double/Triple Occupancy: Euro 918 per person
*For estimate purposes, this tour would cost $1286 per person based on a Euro conversion rate of 1.40
Single Occupancy: Euro 1299
*For estimate purposes, this tour would cost $1819 per person based on a Euro conversion rate of 1.40

                                          Book this tour NOW!
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    2. Send your Escorted Tour Reservation Form with your deposit of $300 per person by
       one of the following methods:
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          •   Anywhere But Here Travel, Inc. – Italy Dept.
              13619 Mukilteo Speedway, Suite D5-514
              Lynnwood, WA 98087

Still have questions? Contact a Travel Specialist:
Phone: 1-800-430-4516 or 1-425-608-0266