Itinerary in Italy
Join the Yuma Youth Choir as they tour the sights of Italy and sing in some of the most beautiful and historic churches of the world, incuding St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Here's your itinerary, complete with links to various Websites and videos on the historic landmarks, to follow along on this whirlwind tour:
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Depart from Phoenix, AZ via scheduled air service. The destination is Milan, Italy. (9-hours ahead from Arizona time)
Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Milan / Padova / Venice
Arrive in Milan. Meet Flavio Nicoletti, your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to awaiting chartered motorcoach for sightseeing of Milan, including La Scala, the best-known opera house in the world.
Continue to Padova. The older part of the town has a medieval aspect with its narrow arcaded streets, ancient bridges over the many arms of the River Bacchiglione and the Byzantine domes of its churches. Sightseeing in Padova includes entrance to Cappella degli Scrovegni (with its frescoes by Giotto) and Basilica del Santo (with its famous equestrian statue by Donatello).
Finally reach Venice for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Friday, July 2, 2010 - Venice
Transfer to the main island of San Marco via private boat. A morning walking tour includes St. Mark's Square. See the soaring Bell Tower, incredibly rich Basilica of St. Mark and the Palace of the Doges where the powerful and prosperous dukes of Venice ruled their far-flung empire at its height during the 15th century.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 - Venice / Ravenna / Florence
Transfer to Florence via Ravenna. Sightseeing in Ravenna includes visits to both the Basilica de San Vitale and also the Basilica de Sant’ Apollinare in Classe. Northwest of the Piazza del Popolo in Ravenna is the church of San Vitale, an externally unadorned octagonal structure with an octagonal dome, begun in 526 during the reign of Theodoric and consecrated in 547. The principal interest of the interior lies in its stunning mosaics in the Byzantine style. South of Ravenna, on the road to Rimini, stands the fine church of Sant' Apollinare in Classe, the only preserved building of the town of Classis, with a porch and a round campanile. Enjoy the restored mosaics in the apse and on the triumphal arch both of which date from the sixth-seventh centuries.
Continue to Florence for dinner and overnight at hotel
Sunday, July 4, 2010 - Florence
Continue with the Piazza della Signoria, a lovely square in the heart of the city, towered by the lofty Palazzo Vecchio. Visit the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the Arno lined on both sides with goldsmiths, silversmiths and Florence's best jewelers.
Return to the central area of the city to see the Baptistry with Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise', the Campanile, and outside viewing of the Duomo. Afternoon at leisure for additional sightseeing, shopping or other planned activities.
Monday, July 5, 2010 - Florence / Rome
Arrive at hotel for dinner and overnight
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - Rome
Take a half-day guided tour of Religious Rome. Visit Vatican City, the home of the Pope and the center of Roman Catholicism, as well as the Vatican Museum (using the whisper system), St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel (featuring Michelangelo's Ceiling Frescos and The Last Judgment).
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Rome
Half-day guided tour of Imperial Rome, including entrance to the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Also view the Pantheon, Baths of Caracalla, Palatine Hill, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain.
- Timed entrance into the Colosseum
- Sing a late afternoon Mass confirmed in St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Dinner in a local restaurant: Restaurant La Cabana
- Evening concert confirmed in St. Eustachio Church as part of the American Celebration of Music in Italy.
- Return to hotel via one-way motorcoach
Thursday, July 8, 2010 - Rome - Pompeii & Naples
Take a full-day excursion to Pompeii and Naples. Visit the ruins of Pompeii which was buried by an eruption by Mount Vesuvius in August, 79 AD. The excavations, begun in the 18th Century have unearthed some of the best artifacts of Roman life. Return to Rome
- Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight at hotel
Friday, July 9, 2010 - Depart for home
Breakfast at hotel. Hotel check-out and board motorcoach.
Transfer to Rome’s International Airport
Depart from Rome via scheduled airline service
Arrive in Phoenix, AZ