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CHICAGO

Saturday – Depart from Chicago to Rome at 3:40PM and arrive Rome on

Sunday at 8:10AM. 8 hrs 10 minutes. International Terminal 5.

ROME Sunday

4 nights – Hotel Dei Borgognoni Private transfer from Rome Fiumi-cino airport to Rome hotel. Driver will meet you in the arrival hall out-side baggage claim after customs. Driver tip: 5 Euro or 1 Euro per bag.

Monday – Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s. Meet the tour guide at the bottom of the steps across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located next to Cafe Vaticano on the corner of Via (street) Tunisi and Viale (avenue) Vaticano.

Tuesday – Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour. Meet the tour guide from the Piazza (square) located directly above the 2nd floor exit of the Metro B stop Colosseo.

Wednesday – On your own in Rome. This a good day to travel to the country side. There is so much to see. It is overwhelming.

Thursday – Rail (train) from Rome Termini to Florence S.M.N. (train station) – 1st class – Departs Rome at 9:46AM and arrives Florence at 11:21AM. Take a taxi from Firenze S.M.N. (train station) to Hotel Plaza Lucchesi.

FLORENCE Thursday 4 nights Hotel Plaza Lucchesi,

Friday – Skip the line: Florence Accademia Tour. Meet at Via (street) Ricasoli 58-60. Same day afternoon tour. Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery Tour. Meet at Piazza (square) degli Uffizi. At the entrance gate Door 1.

Saturday – Cinque Terra Small Group Day Trip from Florence. Meet at Cafe Paskowski in Piazza Repubblica. Bring a backpack with small snacks, sweaters & water.

Sunday – A day on your own in Florence. This is a good day to take a country trip or to relax and wander around town. Find a delicious hidden place to eat by asking the locals.

Monday – Rail from Florence S.M.N. to Venice S. Lucia train station – 1st Class – Departs Florence at 10:25AM and arrives Venice at 12:33PM

VENICE – 3 nights

Arrive at the Santa Lucia train station. From the foundations in front of the station take the ACTV boat, line 1 Lido, heading towards Rialto / San Marco and get off at Cà d’Oro. The Hotel Giorgione is only a 5 minutes away: take the narrow street, turn right onto Strada Nuova. Once in campo Santissimi Apostoli, towards your left side you will see Hotel Giorgione.

Monday

3 nights - Hotel Giorgione

Tuesday – Venice walking Tour and Gondola Ride. Meet at the Tourism Information Office located on the side of Correr Museum.

Wednesday – A day on your own in Venice. See Murano, Burano islands. Venice is a maze of narrow streets (look more like alleys in the United States cities). Plan on getting lost. Definitely use the GPS feature on your phone.

Thursday – Private transfer from Venice hotel to Venice Airport. Leave time to walk.

Depart from Venice at 7:25AM and arrive in Rome at 8:30AM. Depart Rome at 10:00AM and arrive in Chicago at 1:40PM (same day).

One of the Cinque (5) Terra cities

Sistine Chapel ceiling

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