Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo’s "David" and its leather and paper artisans; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
India is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Italy
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Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time. You’ll spend less time travelling and more time on the ground savoring Italy. Major Airlines that fly from India to Italy are Kuwait Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Jet Airways, KLM Royal Dutch, Aeroflot.
Drive: To drive in Italy, An IDL (International Driver's License) is legally mandatory if you plan on driving you must be over 18. Keep right and overtake on the left. Dipped headlights must be used on two-lane motorways. When driving through towns and villages, the horn may be sounded only in the event of an emergency.
Buses: Cities and towns of any size have an efficient urbano (urban) and extraurbano (suburban) bus system. Services are generally limited on Sundays and holidays.
Purchase bus tickets before boarding and validate them once on board. Passengers with unvalidated tickets are subject to a fine (between €50 and €110). Buy tickets from a tabaccaio (tobacconist's shop), newsstands, ticket booths or dispensing machines at bus. Tickets usually cost around €1 to €2. Many cities offer good-value 24-hour or daily tourist tickets.
Train: Trains in Italy are convenient and relatively cheap compared with other European countries. The better train categories are fast and comfortable.Trenitalia is the national train system that runs most services. Its privately owned competitor Italo runs high-velocity trains between Turin and Salerno, Venice and Naples, and Brescia and Naples. All three routes stop in Bologna, Florence and Rome. The Turin line also stops in Milan. Train tickets must be stamped in the green machines (usually found at the head of rail platforms) just before boarding. Failure to do so usually results in fines. Italy operates several types of trains:
Regionale/interregionale :Slow and often cheaper, stopping at all or most stations.
InterCity (IC):Faster services operating between major cities. Their international counterparts are called Eurocity (EC).
Alta Velocità (AV): State-of-the-art, high-velocity trains, including Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Italo trains, with speeds of up to 300km/h and connections to the major cities. Marginally more expensive than some InterCity express trains, but journey times are cut by almost half.
Eurail (www.eurail.com) passes, available for non-European residents, are good for travel in 28 European countries (not including the UK). They can be purchased online or from travel agencies outside Europe.
Taxis: You can catch a taxi at the ranks outside most train and bus stations, or simply telephone for a radio taxi. Radio taxi meters start running from when you've called rather than when you're picked up. Charges vary somewhat from one region to another. Most short city journeys cost between €10 and €15. Generally, no more than four people are allowed in one taxi.
Motor cycle: Agencies throughout Italy rent motorbikes, ranging from small Vespas to larger touring bikes. Prices start at around €35/150 per day/week for a 50cc scooter, or upwards of €80/400 per day/week for a 650cc motorcycle.
Boat: Italy has more than 4,000 miles of coastline, some major lakes and islands, as well as an entire city — Venice — on the water, so boat travel may just be a part of your Italian vacation. Italians are well known for their seafaring ways; after all, Christopher Columbus was a native of Genoa, in northern Italy.
Public Transport: Major cities all have good transport systems, including bus and underground-train networks. In Venice, the main public transport option is vaporetti (small passenger ferries).
Climate- With its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, Italy experiences a Mediterranean climate. Winters in Italy are cool and humid in the north and the mountainous zone. In The summer these Winds can bring very hot, unpleasant weather, sometimes even up to the northern districts of Italy.
Cuisine- - In Italy there are Indian restaurant where one can eat. Some of them are Indian Affairs, Little India, Mother India, Rangoli, Ganesh Ji.
Accomodation – It has boutique hotels and backpackers, luxury resorts. You can expect friendly service and the best standards in whichever budget range you choose.
A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.
Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence is a place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine.Two of the most important places to visit in Florence are probably Piazza del Duomo, with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the adjacent Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Piazza della Signoria, the latter being one of the oldest market squares and a wonderful place where you can admire some of the most beautiful Florentin architectural achievements, such as Palazzo Vecchio.
The city is built on a lagoon, filled with canals, with no roads for cars. A very poetic and romantic place filled with history and art, known for its San Marco square, its Carnaval, its gondolas and its many bridges and magnificent palaces. Contrary to popular belief the best time to visit Venice is not necessarily during the Winter Holidays as the city can be covered by fog during the cold months which takes away much of its magic. Best time to visit is during the Carnaval or during Spring.
Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks are an art form. The top attractions in Milan are The Last Supper, Duomo, Cimitero Monumentale, Castello Sforzesco.
Naples is raw, high-octane energy, a place of soul-stirring art and panoramas, spontaneous conversations and unexpected, inimitable elegance. Welcome to Italy's most unlikely masterpiece.The top attractions are Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Palazzo Reale, Duomo, Cappella Sansevero.
It's the smallest country in the world. Inside the Vatican city we can find 11 Vatican Museums with the restored Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens, an enchanted place, a system of large and small gardens, fountain, fish pool and enclousure for rabbits.
DAY 01: Arrive Rome
Welcome to Italy! On arrival at the airport there will be customs and immigration procedure. After immigration collect the baggage and proceed for the hotel, Welcome to the Hotel. Hotel check in 14:00 hrs and Check Out is 12:00 hrs. We will try for early check in at hotel but we cannot guarantee it. In that time you are free for leisure and go for breakfast and shopping. After Hotel check in take rest.
The rest of the day is free for exploring this exciting city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02 | In Rome: Evening Tour with Piazza di Spagna & Trevi Fountain
In morning, breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure, afterwards proceed for Rome Evening Tour with Piazza di Spagna & Trevi Fountain.
Embark on a romantic guided walking tour of historical Rome and marvel at the architecture, history, and beauty that make Italy's capital so enchanting. You will get to see all the most iconic locations, and you end the experience by watching the sunset over the rooftops.
Your tour starts at in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and admire its elegant Renaissance architecture. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini's famous Barcaccia Fountain, then wander to the marvelous Trevi Fountain, which is Rome's largest Baroque fountain. Continue your journey past magnificent Baroque-style buildings and intricately designed building facades. See the beautiful Piazza Navona, with Bernini's celebrated Four Rivers Fountain in the center. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a charming town square that's the perfect place to watch the sun as it sinks below the horizon. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03| In Rome: Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill with Skip the Line
In morning, breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure, afterwards proceed for Ancient Rome Tour. The tour begins at the Colosseum, where you'll skip the entrance line. While you explore the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built by the Romans, try to imagine the scene of screaming spectators and gladiators in battle down on the arena floor. Next, head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, once the foundation of the city and location of emperors' homes. You will get to know more about the history of the Eternal City while walking along the original path of Rome, Via Sacra, the main road that citizens used to access the Roman Forum and its buildings, which were the center of government and public life.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 04 | Rome - Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out from the hotel and proceed for Venice by train. After reaching Venice, check-in hotel and take some rest. The rest of the day is free for exploring this romantic city. Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 05 | Burano, Murano and Torcello Island Tour
In morning, breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure, afterwards proceed for your island tour of Burano, Murano and Torcello Island. Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You’ll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servol o, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant’Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano’s wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe’s glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century and catch a glimpse of San Michele – Venice’s 19th-century cemetery – across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.
When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6t h centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you’ll see evidence of the island’s glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.
Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you’ll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 06 | Gondola Tour
In morning, breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure, afterwards proceed for your Gondola Ride. Enjoy Venice from the privileged point of view of a Gondola and follow its gentle movement. Take a ride along Canal Grande and minor canals around San Marco square and Rialto. Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. The canals of Venice have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, see the Rialto Bridge from a very unusual and spectacular point of view. The tour will finish at Bacino Orseolo behind San Marco Square. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 07 | Venice – Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out from the hotel and proceed for Florence by train. After reaching Florence, check-in hotel and take some rest. The rest of the day is free for exploring this historical city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 08 |Half-day trip to Pisa
In morning, breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure, afterwards proceed for your Half-day trip to Pisa including Leaning Tower of Pisa.Gaze out at the scenery on your 1.5-hour journey, admiring Tuscany’s stunning landscape, typified by gently rolling hills and villages. Travel into the center of Pisa and hop off your coach to explore Cathedral Square, home to architectural delights galore. See Duomo di Pisa – the city cathedral – as well as Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and the undeniable showstopper: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Stop for photos by the iconic monument, and learn about its history and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through Piazza Arcivescovado and gaze in awe at the impressive Palazzo Vescovile, a resplendent palace-turned-hotel.
Make your way to the city’s most famous monument and bypass the lines with your direct access ticket. Then walk up the 294-step spiral staircase to enjoy unforgettable views from the top!Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 09 | Florence – Naples – Sorrento
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out from the hotel and proceed for Naples by train. After reaching Naples, proceed for Sorrento for hotel check-in and take some rest. The rest of the day is free for exploring this resort city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 10 | In Sorrento
After breakfast at the hotel, Day free for leisure. An unashamed resort, Sorrento is nonetheless a civilised and beautiful town. Even the souvenirs are a cut above the norm, with plenty of fine old shops selling the ceramics, lacework and intarsio(marquetry items) that are famously produced here. The main drawback is the lack of a proper beach: the town straddles the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 11 | In Sorrento
After breakfast at the hotel, Day free for leisure.
You may choose from several optional excursions and sightseeing visits from Sorrento. As Sorrento has a lot to offer to every age group.
DAY 12 | Sorrento – Naples, depart from Naples
Good times need never end!! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home.
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