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Milan, Italy

This fashion and commercial capital is also home to La Scala, the venerable opera house. Although modern in appearance, Milan was prominent in the 4th century, and has the treasures to prove it, among them, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper in Santa Maria Delle Grazie church.

Venice, Italy

Ah, Venice. It is a wondrous maze of foot-bridges, canals, Byzantine churches, and Renaissance palaces. The landmarks are legendary. St. Mark's Square with its glorious basilica and Doges' Palace. The touching "Bridge of Sighs." The shopping is legendary, too: from Murano glass to fanciful masks. After dinner tonight, why not treat yourself to a gondola serenade?

Florence, Italy

The magnificent city of the Medicis is on display after our drive through the cypress-clad hills of Tuscany. Our guided tour visits Ghiberti's exquisite Baptistry doors, Giotto's Bell Tower and Michelangelo's David. Later, perhaps visit one of the many fine galleries or shop for Florentine gold near Ponte Vecchio.

Rome, Italy

Who can resist the Eternal City, Rome, where 2,500 years of history sprawl triumphantly over seven hills. First-timers will head for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. Others might enjoy a casual lunch amid the baroque splendor of Piazza Navona, shopping in the fashionable boutiques of Via Condotti, taking in some of the museums, or just strolling through the romantic squares of the city.

Livorno, Italy

The treasures of two cities are offered on excursions from Livorno. Pisa's 12th-century Leaning Tower is undoubtedly one of the most recognized buildings in the Western world. But nothing can eclipse the glorious legacies of Florence.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino's sun-splashed quays are difficult to reach by road. Which makes this precious Italian resort seem all the more like a hidden treasure. Elizabeth Taylor used to spend hours in the boutiques of picture-perfect Portofino. Its pastel houses, designer shops and charming sidewalk cafés still attract the chic elite. Spend a pleasant morning ambling through the shady streets and sun-splashed quays of this tiny village on the Italian Riviera. By nightfall, we're on France's Cote d'Azur.

Sorrento, Italy

Perched above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is the perfect jumping off point for the jewels of the Amalfi Coast. Take a jetfoil ride to the cliffs of Capri, where you can float into the Blue Grotto or ascend to Anacapri to drink in the view. Tour eerie Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Wind along the Amalfi Drive through a resort-dotted dreamscape. The vistas are worth every hairpin turn.

Taormina, Sicily

This vibrant cliff-top resort is the pride of Sicily. Overlooked by smoldering Mt. Etna. The town has a delightful medieval character and many ships lining its sun-dappled lanes. One of the sightseeing highlights is the 3rd century Greek amphitheater.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

This ancient port is our gateway to Rome, the city that was founded - or so legend holds - by twin brothers raised by a wolf. First-timers will want to join our tour of the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. Others might enjoy lunch amid the splendor of Piazza Navona, shopping on the fashionable Via Condotti or strolling the city squares with their magnificent fountains.