Italy 2018 | Il Grande Viaggio
13 Days, May 4-16, 2018
Small group tour
Milan, Parma, Cinque Terre, Citta di Castello, Cortona in Tuscany, Florence, Rome
$3379 USD, plus airfare
when you book by December 25, 2017
- Discover Milan’s stunning Gothic architecture and rich history.
- Explore Cinque Terre’s seaside charm and hiking trails.
- Visit Florence, the heart of the Renaissance.
- Enjoy the best cuisine of Parma, the gastronomy capital of Italy.
- Soak up the quiet charm of Umbria then savor the Tuscan countryside.
- Meet Italian believers who will give you an inside look at Italian culture and at what God is doing in Italy.
Day 1, May 4
Arrive in Milan, the capital of the Lombardy region and financial center of Italy. After checking in to your hotel, visit the famous historical Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Mall in the heart of the fashion district. Next take a walking tour and visit sites like the iconic Milan Duomo. Wrap up the day with authentic Italian cuisine at one of the best local trattorias in the city.
Accommodations: Andreola Hotel Meals-D
Day 2, May 5
Your next stop is Parma, the gastronomy capital of Italy and home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto and hand-turned pasta. Check into your hotel located in the main Piazza Garibaldi. Relax over dinner at a famous local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Torino Meals-B,D
Day 3, May 6
Spend the day with other Christians at the dynamic, multi-cultural Gruppo Cristiano Latino Americano and get acquainted with their warm-hearted leaders, Pastors Aldo and Mariela Cerasino. You’ll also meet ACCI Italian Director, Francesco and Alessia Abortivi, and hear what God is doing in Italy.
Day 4, May 7
Leave for Cinque Terre, the picturesque villages that overlook the scenic beaches of the Liguorian coast. Hike the mountain trails from one colorful village to another and then spend time on your own. Enjoy outstanding cuisine and fresh seafood right from the sea.
Accommodations: La Spezia Hotel Meals-B,D
Day 5, May 8
Meet with a local cultural informer and continue exploring the five quaint towns of Cinque Terre.
Day 6, May 9
Niteo Tours guide and cultural informer will have the privilege of leading you to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Visit some of its most well-known piazzas and sites, including the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio.
Accommodations: Hotel Della Signoria Meals-B,L
Day 7, May 10
Explore more of Florence on your own before leaving for Anghiari, a medieval jewel sitting atop a hill overlooking the Tiber Valley. Visit the well-known Busatti family factory where fine linens have been designed for one hundred years. Discover unique artisan shops while enjoying the stunning views. Depart for Città di Castello, a small historic town nestled at the foot of the Apennines, and your home for the next three nights.
Accommodations: Hotel Tiferno Meals-B,L
Day 8, May 11
Travel to an enclosed small private wood where you’ll hunt for truffles. Then watch and participate as the chef owner of this family business teaches you how to transform those same truffles into a simple but elegant meal. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon.
Day 9, May 12
Twice a week the medieval piazze comes alive with merchants and local families buying everything from pecorino to shoes. This isn’t the typical tourist photo-op, but an interaction with a real market where the residents of Città di Castello live and shop. Explore this real market and then enjoy some time to explore the town on your own.
CORTONA OF TUSCANY
Days 10 and 11, May 13 & 14
One of the highlights of Italy is taking in the essence of small town life in Tuscany. Each corner provides a new close-up view of medieval and renaissance Italy. Try your hand at making several types of homemade pasta in the kitchen of a local culinary expert, followed by a lunch where your entrée is the main event. Visit an amazing gallery and meet its owner, then explore the surrounding area, and take in the sweeping countryside vistas.
Accommodations: TBD Meals-B,L and B,L,D
Day 12, May 15
Transfer to Rome for an overview tour of some of Rome’s most famous neighborhoods and sites. Relax with friends over a final farewell dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel Piazza Venezia Meals-B,D
Day 13, May 16
Enjoy a relaxing day or explore a little more of Rome on your own before leaving for home. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a continued stay. Arrivederci!
Our trip to Italy with Niteo Tours was the best thing we’ve ever done together. The food, the people and sights were amazing! I can’t imagine putting together such a well-rounded trip on my own without Niteo’s experience and knowledge of Italy! I highly recommend this tour!
We have bragged about the Il Grande Viaggio trip to many of our friends…We felt as though we really witnessed a patchwork of the authentic Italian way of life.
This was my first trip to Italy and my first experience with Niteo Tours. It will be hard to top this vacation. I want to go to all their destinations. Every part of the tour was well-planned and thought out, with just enough time to yourself. I would definitely recommend Niteo Tours to anyone looking to get a total experience.