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Dis­cover bella Italia in 2018 on Tauck’s most pop­u­lar es­corted Italy tours. Visit scenic Tus­can hill towns, cen­turies-old cities and coun­try­side vil­lages, and en­joy a three-night stay in the Eter­nal City of Rome. The plea­sure will be yours with a Tauck Ex­clu­sive – an af­ter-hours guided visit to the Vat­i­can Mu­se­ums and the Sis­tine Chapel for an ex­tra­or­di­nary look at some of the world’s most mag­nif­i­cent art trea­sures – with­out the crowds. You will even visit some rooms not usu­ally open to the pub­lic.

Art is the fo­cus in Florence; a lec­ture by an art his­to­rian pre­cedes a walk­ing tour of the city and a visit to Gal­le­ria dell’Ac­cademia – the old­est art school in Europe. You’ll also tour the mag­nif­i­cent Uf­fizi Gallery with a lo­cal guide.

Cruise along the Mediter­ranean shores of Cinque Terre for an in depth look at these re­mote, cen­turies-old coastal vil­lages. Stay at a lux­ury re­sort in Um­bria that was once a for­ti­fied me­dieval vil­lage, and learn the se­crets of Peru­gia choco­late-mak­ing. Dis­cover historic sights in Pom­peii, the Ro­man city frozen in time when Mt Ve­su­vius blew its top in 79 AD.

Spend two nights in mag­i­cal Venice with a high­light be­ing an ex­clu­sive af­ter-hours guided tour of St. Mark’s Basil­ica, St Mark’s is the cen­tre­piece of the square and the very heart of this World-Her­itage listed gem, and you can en­joy it at your own pace with­out the crowds. Visit the hill towns of Orvi­eto, As­sisi and San Gimignano, each with their own cel­e­brated sights. Orvi­eto’s star is the Duomo of Orvi­eto, with the St. Fran­cis Basil­ica hous­ing some of Italy’s great 13th- and 14th-cen­tury fres­coes a high­light in As­sisi. In San Gimignano, stroll through Pi­azza della Cis­terna, one of Italy’s most pic­turesque town squares and marvel at the vil­lage’s 12th cen­tury tow­ers. En­counter spec­tac­u­lar scenery around ev­ery bend on a drive along the cel­e­brated Amalfi Coast – one of the most spec­tac­u­lar drives in the world and the per­fect blend­ing of earth, sea and sky.

Tauck’s ‘Clas­sic Italy’ tour also in­cludes air­port trans­fers upon ar­rival and de­par­ture, 26 meals (13 break­fasts, four lunches and nine din­ners), ser­vice charges, gra­tu­ities to lo­cal guides, ad­mis­sion fees, taxes and porter­age.

More in­for­ma­tion: Con­tact your travel agent, or Tauck on 1300-732-300;

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