ART, FASHION and CULTURE and the SENSE of ITALY Pre/Post Tour Pack - MILAN/VENICE/FLORENCE

MILAN (2 NIGHTS)

Arriving at the airport you will be greeted by one of the members of our staff who will take you to the hotel. You can catch the many cultural and historic richness of Milan. The city has admirably represented Italy in its history becoming since postwar period a city of opportunity, the capital of Italian economy and finance, the kingdom of fashion and Italian design. But the meneghina capital also has much more to offer. The Duomo is certainly an obligatory stop. The Gothic architecture of the church of Santa Maria Nascente, with the famous statue of the Virgin Mary, la Madonnina, is in fact the symbol of the city of Milan. Then you can proceed with a walk in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the symbol of Milan shopping, made of glass and wrought iron, in an architectural style of the European Belle Epoque. The historic city center is a succession of neo-Gothic architecture, Baroque and Art Nouveau and incorporates the famous fashion district where there are the most exclusive and biggest names of the fashion world. Milan is full of history and art: the Castello Sforzesco, proud representative of the military history of the city, rich in works of art. To continue in the wake of wide-eyed that works of art leave behind us so we can go to the Pinacoteca di Brera where admire paintings by twentieth-century artists while to have a way to watch live the Cenacolo by Leonardo da Vinci need to go to the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. To the southwest we enter in one of the most trendy area of the city, now considered a bohemian district, the Navigli, in which to fully understand the unique nature of the spirit that hovers over this place must visit it and soak in its foreshortenings. And this year take the opportunity to visit and participate in the Expo 2015 which takes place right in Milan. The Expo, the largest exhibition fair of the global character (actively involved hundreds of nations) will have the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" and will address all issues related to alimentation, giving visitors the opportunity to come into contact with potentially worldwide.
After completing these two days, taking advantage of rail tickets in your possession, you will leave towards Venice.



VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

Arrived indipendently in the hotel, you can start to visit "La Serenissima", trying to find that spirit that so impressed Lord Byron, Igor Stravinkji, Ezra Pound, Sergej Diaghilev, and that impresses visitors from all over the world. Indispensable starting point must be the Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venetian power and its splendor, with the Basilica of San Marco seat of power of the Church, the Ducal Palace, where gathered the Grand Council, an emblem of the political and judicial power, the Marciana National Library which houses thousands of ancient books and precious manuscripts. A visit to the Basilica of San Marco, the Basilica of Gold for the gold leaf mosaics that cover the walls completely and the five domes, it is essential to understand the strength and the opulence of the Venetian Republic. You can also decide to climb the bell tower from which to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city. The visit to the Palazzo Ducale would be a complete knowledge of the strong powers of the Serenissima with a quick pass in the Senate, the Apartment of the Doge, the Hall of the Great Council, the Scala d'Oro and the Opera Museum. All rooms mentioned are beautifully decorated with paintings mentioned major Venetian artists. Having looked the Bacino di San Marco, opt for a romantic gondola ride through the Canal Grande or wander around for Corns and alleyways, fields and salizade or cross the famous Ponte dei Sospiri. You may also choose to enjoy Venice away a bit visiting the two neighboring islands Murano, famous for its glass, and Burano, famous for embroidery.
After completing these two days, taking advantage of rail tickets in your possession, depart for the last step, Florence.



FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

Reached indipendently the hotel and deposited your luggage you are ready to head off to the conquest of the city. Every year millions of people arrive in the "cradle of the Renaissance", visit the city's main museums, stroll through its streets admiring monuments, churches, buildings and landmarks. Florence has so much to offer. The old town, teeming with works and monuments, focuses on the two squares symbol of the city. Piazza Duomo which houses the magnificent basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore with the dome by Brunelleschi, the ancient Baptistery of San Giovanni and Giotto's bell tower, but also all of the buildings that surround it are worth more than a distracted look: the Loggia del Bigallo, Torrini Palace, Archiepiscopal Palace, Strozzi di Mantova Palace and Naldini Palace. After you look around revenue in Santa Maria del Fiore to be enchanted by the frescoes that adorn the dome. Continuing on Via Calzaiuoli reach the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, for centuries the center of the political life of Florence. Here the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, current seat of the municipality and city museum. In Piazza della Signoria there is Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati and the equestrian statue of Cosimo I by Giambologna. A few steps from Palazzo Vecchio you will find the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited and popular Italian museums, known for its large collection of works of the Renaissance. Halfway between the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, absolutely to go, the romantic Old Bridge crossing the river Arno. Reach the Oltrarno area and, first, the Pitti Palace where are several museums, including the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Boboli Gardens. Not far away, the Church of the Santa Croce situated in a square that has maintained almost entirely its medieval appearance, the Church of Santa Maria Novella and the Church of San Lorenzo. Particular focus on the Accademia Gallery, inside which are the magical and powerful sculptures of Michelangelo, the first of all the David.
Ended this wonderful experience of two days in the city of Renaissance, our assistant will pick you up at the hotel to take you to your departure airport.