Immerse yourself in history, glorious Renaissance art and architecture as you explore Florence, Siena, Rome and Venice. In these classical cities, much of the art remains in the places it was first created for – churches, palaces, family chapels, public spaces. You’re walking the same cobbled streets, squares and alleys that were familiar to the Medicis, the Borgias and Dante, and seeing the buildings and works of art they saw. It’s easy to imagine Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli, daVinci and Piero della Francesca at work on their masterpieces. Brunelleschi’s Dome or Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel – which is the more magnificent? Both are overwhelming.
Embrace too the other aspects that make up the Italian experience, the ‘dolce vita’. Enjoy an aperitivo and the people-watching show of the evening ‘passegiata’ after a day strolling in the gentle Tuscan hills. Explore animated, colourful, hectic Naples, contrasting wonderfully with the beauty of the Sorrento Peninsula where it sits. And savour what lies close to the Italian heart – ‘la cucina’, its cuisine, as you shop for fresh produce and learn to cook local specialities under a canopy of vines in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Your Italian discovery starts here with Chapters Experience Holidays.