My Second Tour Around To Italy Part #1

Hey guys!

If you remember a couple of weeks ago I shared with you my trip of Italy in second parts. And because I can’t stay without traveling :) I decide to went for another Italy tour but this time we discovered other parts of the country.  Enjoy the post!

Here are the previous articles you may want to check out:

Trip 1 Part 1

Trip 1 Part 2

Tour Summary

This arrangement was especially designed for the “first time visitor to Italy”. By combining the country’s natural made beauties with the masterpieces created by man, it is the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating country.

Proceeding at as leisurely a pace as it is possible in a relatively short time, it gives the opportunity to reflect on how the beauty of the natural surroundings inspired the inhabitants to create so many works of art.

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Day 1 – Florence – Montecatini

Arrive Florence Airport to be welcomed by the tour host who will escort us to the awaiting bus for the short transfer to Montecatini. After checking into the hotel, the afternoon is at leisure to relax and recover from the transatlantic flight. Dinner is provided at the hotel.

Day 2 – Lucca and Pisa

Today we begin to savour some of the delights that surround us. We start with two places that in many other parts of the world would rank as major attractions but, in this amazing region, are considered “minor cities” We first go to Lucca, a delightful small town which has retained to this day the urban structure of a “city-state” of the past.

Medieval houses, towers and churches, along with the splendid palaces of the Renaissance period, are tightly packed within a ring of 16th century walls and images from Katie now preserved as public gardens.

Afterwards we continue to Pisa where in the aptly named, Campo dei Miracoli – Field of Miracles – we admire the splendid complex of the Cathedral, Baptistery and renowned Leaning Tower, glorious examples of Pisan-Romanesque style in pink and white marble. At the end of the day, we return to our hotel in Montecatini for dinner.

Day 3 – The Chianti Hills, San Giminiano and Siena

Another feast for our eyes awaits us, as we set out amongst the rolling hills of the Chianti region famous throughout the world both for their beauty and the delicious wine produced on their slopes.

Driving through a landscape of unending vistas of olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees studded here and there by ancient farmhouses, villas and castles, we reach San Gimignano scenically set on top of a hill and perhaps the best preserved medieval town in Europe.

We will feel positively caught in a time warp as we stroll through the streets where literally little, if anything at all, has changed since the 14th century.

After some free time to allow us to wander at leisure through these extraordinary surroundings, we continue on to Siena, second in size, but equal in importance, to Florence as a centre of the Renaissance movement.

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Siena’s medieval streets, which, owing to the urban area being spread over the sides of three different hills, offer ever-changing aspects with great scenic effect.

We enjoy a guided tour of the town which will include the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Mary an outstanding example of the unique Mediterranean Gothic style with a magnificent facade and housing, amongst other works of great value, the justly famous marble pulpit carved by Nicola Pisano aided by his son Giovanni and his pupil Arnolfo di Cambio.
We continue to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, scene twice a year of the world famous bareback horse race in medieval costumes known as “Il Palio. The unique concept of the “contrade” is deeply rooted in the personality of the Sienese people and our guide will enlighten us on this fascinating subject.

We finally visit the “Palazzo Pubblico” which contains some of the most famous masterpieces of the Sienese school of painting such as “The Effects of Good Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the portrait of “Guidoriccio da Fogliano” by Simone Martini.

On our way about town the guide will point out and explain other points of interest.

We return to our hotel in Montecatini in the evening.

My Italy Trip: Part #1

Hey there! So you’re new to my site huh! Ok lets get started with Italy, my beautuiful country… Last year I joined a tour to wander around Italy and here’s my notes about places that I visited. Enjoy!

Tour Summary

The cities of Italy were ever cauldrons into which went all the ingredients that produced much of what is attractive and civilized in the world today. This itinerary provides the occasion for either an eagerly awaited “ return visit” or an introduction and invitation to come again. To learn more about Italy check this wikipedia page

Day 1 – Rome

Arrive Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport to be met and escorted to the awaiting coach for transfer to the hotel. On the way we shall enjoy an orientation tour of some of the principal sights of the city. This will terminate on top of the Gianicolo Hill with the wonderful view of the Eternal City stretched out at our feet below.

After checking into the hotel the rest of the day is at leisure to relax.
Dinner provided either at the hotel or in local restaurant.

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Day 2 – Rome

After breakfast there will be a guided tour of Rome’s most famous sites; Piazza della Repubblica with a view of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, then down to Piazza Venezia with the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Via dei Fori Imperiali flanked by the Roman and Imperial Forums, the Colosseum – one of antiquity’s greatest monuments – the Arch of Constantine – the emperor that first granted Christians freedom to worship in public -, and the impressive expanse of the Circus Maximus set between the Palatine and Aventine Hills.

The tour terminates at the Pantheon, the most significant and best preserved of Ancient Rome’s monuments.

The afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and/or shopping. Lunch and dinner are under own arrangements with a chance to try one of Rome’s inviting restaurants and “trattorias”.

Day 3 – Rome

The guided tour this morning takes us to one of the world’s leading art collections, the Vatican Museums. We will see the Loggia del Belvedere with the statues of the classical period, the Galleries of Candelabra, Tapestries and Geographical Maps, the “Stanze” – the rooms frescoed by Raphael for Pope Julius II – and Michelangelo’s glorious masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel recently restored to their original splendour.

The tour terminates in St. Peter’s Basilica, Christianity’s greatest temple where, amongst other great art masterpieces, we will be able to admire Michelangelo’s moving statue of the Pieta’.

The afternoon is again at leisure for independent activities. Lunch and dinner are under own arrangements.

 

Day 4 – Rome – Florence

We leave Rome right after breakfast and after a quick journey northwards on the main Motorway that runs the length of the Peninsula we reach Florence by lunchtime.

After settling into the hotel the afternoon is at leisure to rather get our bearings or renew our acquaintance with the city. There would be time for an independent visit to the famous Uffizi Gallery, the fabulous art collection amassed by the wealthy and powerful Medici Family, which is usually open till 7.00 p.m The afternoon is ordinarily the best time to visit it after the first rush of visitors in the morning.

Dinner is provided either at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

You can read the 2nd part of my journey on here

Jokes That I Don’t Find Funny At All

He guys! As you know I’m an Italian humorist, I admit that I’m an old guy and I hate the young generations understanding of “humor”. To get what I mean just look at the below examples that nowadays boys find it funny!!

It doesn’t mean I don’t get the new kind of jokes smart but I’m more incline to like jokes that includes sarcasm and brain in it…

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Ahh enough, right!! I’m a huge fan of Italian humor but I’m not going to share them with you, I’m holding them to myself :) Though if you’re curious about what they are sent me an email, I’ll think about it.

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