$3599.00

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UPCOMING: June 12, 2010

Gay Italy Travel

Comfort Italy

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Savour the many flavours of northern Italy as we travel from the aquatic splendours of Venice to the cobblestone streets of the Eternal City. Explore natural wonders, historic sites and picturesque villages on this special food-lovers journey. There is plenty of time to indulge in everything from traditional fare and local produce to gourmet meals and wines, and thus to truly experience the unique tastes of this epicurean country.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Ride a vaporetto through the canals of Venice, Discover the finest balsamic vinegars in the world, Explore the villages of the Cinque Terre, Learn why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans, Experience a flood of fashion in the streets of Florence, Indulge in Umbrian delicacies at a quaint traditional enoteca, Munch on divine pizza in Naples, Be moved by the ruins of ancient Pompeii, Visit the iconic Colosseum in Rome

ITINERARY:

Board a traghetto to cross the Grand Canal, then work up an appetite for Veneto's delicacies by exploring the narrow streets and tiny bridges around the winding canals. Indulge in local cuisine - creamy risotto and polenta - and leave room for a sublime tiramisu. Take the vaporetto over to the island of San Giorgio and climb the Bell Tower for the best view over the city.

Stock up on the region's famous balsamic vinegar at an acetaia, where the exquisite elixir is made in the eaves of the building. Nobody should leave town without feasting on zampone - stuffed pig's trotter - washed down with a glass of Lambrusco, the famed Italian sparkling red wine.

Enjoy sweeping views across the Mediterranean from the coastal path that links the five towns. Indulge in Liguria's famous pesto and focaccia, and take delight in frutti de mare straight from the turquoise waters below. Watch the sun melt into the ocean, as the pastel houses in the cliff-top villages become illuminated as though by fairy light.

After marvelling at the Leaning Tower, explore Tuscany's romantic capital. Perhaps peruse the leather markets or walk up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the city at dusk.

Beautifully preserved medieval Perugia is a base for exploring the delicacies of Umbria. Take a day trip to the nearby town of Spello to sample fine local wines and food at a quaint enoteca.

Food lovers seeking the ultimate epicurean experience should look out for pizzerias bearing the words 'la vera pizza napolitana'. Forego any fussy toppings and experience pizza in its most pure form. Enjoy a sojourn in the mythical home of the sirens on the Amalfi Coast. Wander through the remnants of Pompeii and scale the slopes of nearby Vesuvius.

Grab a gelato and stroll through the streets of the Eternal City. Take snapshots of the enormous Colosseum, be awed by the Pantheon and be sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain for a dose of la dolce vita.