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The Allure of “La Dolce Vita” with Collette Tours in Italy

May 01, 2019

Filled to the brim with natural treasures as well as man-made ones, Italy is a bright, shining jewel.

Consider its lasting appeal: a wealth of ancient architecture, historical significance, beautiful coastlines, vibrant modern cities, and pleasant Mediterranean climate. Rome – a picturesque treasure trove of antiquities, from the Colosseum, to the Pantheon, to Vatican City. Florence, where the Renaissance was born and where its art treasures endure at the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's truly impressive art collections. Venice, where you can forget about hailing a Checker cab, because you'll be traveling by water taxi, gondola, or vaporetto. A countryside that’s a panorama of beauty, stretching from the lush vineyards of Tuscany to the deep blues of the Italian Lakes Region.

As you can see already, it may be impossible to even choose what you want to experience from Italy’s almost overwhelming menu of options. And that’s where Collette Tours comes in.

Experiencing One Treasure at a Time

Showcasing world-class service along with in-depth expertise from professional tour managers, carefully designed itineraries, and handpicked hotels, Collette Tours offers more than 160 tours right across the globe. And with more than a century of experience, Collette knows Italy like no other provider. For example, Collette’s deluxe “Italian Vistas” tour has everything you've always wanted in a trip to Italy. You’ll enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Sorrento Coast, and Stresa in the Lakes District – an optimum way to see as much of classical Italy as possible, yet not be rushed, in only 13 days and 12 nights.

Kick off this tour in Rome, where a locally guided tour takes you to Piazza Venezia, the Forum, Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, and the Colosseum, among other sites, with optional side trips to Vatican City, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then board Collette’s luxurious motor coach and head down the Sorrento Coast to the Bay of Naples and Pompeii for an up-close view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site and spend some time on the enchanting Isle of Capri.

Sparkling Cities & Panoramic Vistas

On the way to Florence, check out Tuscany’s colorful vineyards and olive groves. In the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David in the Academy Gallery and do some people-watching in the Piazza del Duomo. See the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa and cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains.

In Venice, take a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square or go off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district. One great option is a boat trip to Murano Island to view a glass-blowing demonstration. Depart Venice for Verona, where you can stroll the evocative streets for a real Old World feeling, then to the resort town of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the breathtaking Piedmont region. Finally, cross the border into Switzerland for some good old-fashioned retail therapy in charming Lugano.

Grand Accommodations - in Every Sense of the Word

Along the way, you’ll stay in top-flight hotels like the Grand Hotel Palatino in Rome, right near the Colosseum and the Forum; Grand Hotel Baglioni, a magnificent 19th-century gem in Florence; the intimate Bellini on the Grand Canal in Venice, and the elegant Regina Palace overlooking Lake Maggiore.

With its relaxed pace and broad overview of Italy’s major attractions and regions, this tour is a virtual diamond necklace of amazing days and experiences. And thanks to all the many details seamlessly orchestrated by Collette Tours, all you have to do is enjoy the adventure. And raise a toast to “the sweet life.”

Contact a Travel Advisor for a luxurious immersion into the heart of Italy.