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ITALY Rome


MEDITERRANEAN SEA


Naples Capri


Pompeii Sorrento


Positano Amalfi


Maximum Elevation: 1,300 ft.


watched gladiators battle, chariots race and even ships engage in mock sea battles. Don’t be surprised if a gladiator turns up in a family portrait! Visit the Roman Forum, political and economic center of ancient Rome, and see the spot where Brutus gave Julius Caesar’s famous eulogy. Later in the day, join us for a Tauck Bridges Exclusive – an after-hours, guided visit to the Vatican Museums (subject to availability, day of visit may vary). Nothing compares to the special connection you’ll feel with your family throughout the years when you look back at this day. You’ll see the Candelabra Gallery, Map Gallery and the Tapestries, and the Sistine Chapel without the crowds. You won’t be rushed, you won’t have to maneuver through masses of people blocking your views, and you’ll be able to take your time to contemplate the inspirational and artistic treasures; and you may even discover that the floor of the Sistine Chapel is almost as famous as Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling! Meals B


Day 1 – Ciao bella Rome Tour begins: 3:00 PM at The St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome. The “sweet life” begins with an included transfer from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino to The St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome. Your hotel is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many historic sights. Your week begins with a visit to the ancient catacombs, deep under the city. Ever want to be a detective? You’ll get your chance when you learn all about the “secret language” of the early Christian symbols found throughout these underground tunnels. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at a restaurant along the Appian Way – a perfect introduction to authentic Italian food! Afterwards, see Rome illuminated against the night sky. Meals D


Day 2 – Imperial Rome & after-hours guided Vatican visit Visit the Colosseum, “entertainment central” in ancient Rome, on a walking tour. You’ll see where 55,000 thrill-seeking Roman citizens


Day 3 – St. Peter’s Square, then three coins in the fountain... Your day begins with a visit to the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Peter’s Square with a local expert guide. A walking tour takes you to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, where legend has it that if you turn your back, throw a coin into the fountain and wish for it, you’re sure to return to Rome someday. Have lunch today at a local restaurant that’s located in the Piazza Navona area, and spend the rest of the day pursuing your special interests or enjoying the sights of Rome, as you please, with your family. Meals BL


Day 4 – Discover the mysteries of Pompeii & visit a farm Travel first class from Rome to Naples through the Italian countryside aboard a high-speed train; upon arrival, you’re off to Pompeii. On August 24th in 79 AD, mighty Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii and everyone who lived there under tons of hot ash and pumice. The city entirely disappeared until 1748, when it was accidentally “discovered,” and excavations began. A local guide takes you on a walk through the ancient streets of Pompeii – when


The Amalfi Coast is a world of contrasts, from old-fashioned towns to the antiquities of Pompeii; travel by convertible car on the Isle of Capri.


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