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. 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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