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Venice Grand Canal
Vatican Dome of Saint Peter Basilica
Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence
St. Peters Basilica
Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
Departs: September 15th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover Tuscany’s charming countryside, Florence’s art treasures, Venice’s grand waterways, and Rome’s ancient sites. Spend a day in Venice and relax on a gondola ride through the city’s waterways. In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, the largest brick dome ever constructed. Stop at the medieval hilltop town San Gimignano, then spend three nights in Rome. Explore the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. We will also discover Rome’s ancient archeological treasures including The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and so much more.
Hosted By: Steve Craig
Veteran Local Broadcaster
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Day 1 : Ciao Italia!
Our wonderful Italian vacation begins with an overnight flight to Italy.
Day 2 : Padua
Upon arrival we are greeted by our knowledgeable Italian guide and driver.
Later we arrive at our accommodations in Padua for the next two evenings. We find ourselves in the heart of this historic city known for its beauty, world renowned university, and as the setting for Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Our evening concludes with a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Venice
Enjoy a delicious Italian breakfast before starting our journey to Venice.
Celebrated for its beauty, Venice is the only city in the world constructed entirely on water. We begin at the city’s centerpiece, the Piazza San Marco. There we discover one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture at Basilica di San Marco, the former royal residence at Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and take in a glass blowing demonstration at world-famous Murano Glass. This afternoon offers time to explore. We then experience a special treat, a gondola ride on Venice’s charming waterways.
An included dinner completes our day in the Floating City.
Day 4 : Tuscany
We depart this morning for the Tuscany region and cross the Apennine Mountains.
We stop in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with elegant palaces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
Arrive this evening in the historic city of Florence, our home for the next two nights.
We discover the tastes that make this region famous with an included dinner.
Day 5 : Florence
Today we tour Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many of the world’s greatest artistic treasures. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and view incredible works including Michelangelo’s famous David statue. We take in the Duomo, the largest brick dome ever constructed and gaze upon Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors of the Baptistery, often referred to as the Gates of Paradise. Enjoy time on our own this afternoon to visit the shops of the Ponte Vecchio, a famous covered bridge housing many local vendors. Discover the museums of the area or enjoy a fresh gelato, traditional Italian-style ice cream. To truly appreciate the city’s beauty, we conclude our day with a scenic illuminated walk through the historical city center.
Day 6 : San Gimignano
Soak in the picturesque groves of olive trees and vineyards as we travel south through Tuscany.
We stop in the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano to tour this spectacular walled town dotted with 14 magnificent towers.
We arrive in the eternal city of Rome and check-in to our hotel for the next three nights.
A scrumptious local dinner is included this evening.
Day 7 : Vatican & The Sistine Chapel
Our day begins with a guided tour of the famous Vatican Museums featuring some of the most renowned classical sculptures and Renaissance art in the world. We explore the Vatican’s many galleries culminating with the famous Sistine Chapel. Truly a magnificent sight to behold, the iconic ceiling fresco was painted by Michelangelo. Our visit to Vatican City continues with a special tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most extraordinary churches in the world and home to the Catholic Church. Discover the immense history and relics including the Altar of the Sacred Heart, the Chair of Saint Peter and Michelangelo’s Piéta.
There is time this afternoon to see Saint Peter's Square, climb the Spanish Steps, visit the Pantheon or explore the statues and cafés of Piazza Navona.
Day 8 : Ancient Rome
Discover the fascinating sights and landmarks of ancient Rome today. We visit one of the iconic monuments of the Roman Empire, The Colosseum, which is the largest amphitheatre in the world. Learn about the many uses of this famous arena and walk the same steps of the ancient gladiators. We tour the Roman Forum, once the governmental and financial center of the city and home today to several of the best preserved pieces of architecture including the Arch of Constantine. We complete our tour today with the stunning Trevi Fountain. Completed in 1762, it is one of the most famous fountains in the world. According to legend, tossing a coin into the fountain is said to ensure a return visit.
Tonight we gather for a special Farewell Dinner with musical entertainment to celebrate our wonderful Italian adventure.
Day 9 : Arrivederci, Italia
After an included breakfast, we travel home with fond memories.
September 15th, 2020 - September 23rd, 2020
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Final Payment Date: 06/12/2020
Steve grew up in Jamestown, in western New York State. In July of 1976, he began a 35-year broadcast journalism career, which took him from Upstate New York to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, followed by a return to the Binghamton area, where he was lead news anchor on two of the local stations.
In 2011, Steve joined Commerce Chenango, as its President & CEO.In that role he leads the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce, and serves as Executive Director of both the Development Chenango Corporation and the County of Chenango IndustrialDevelopment Agency. He also represents Chenango County on the RegionalEconomic Development Council of the Southern Tier.
He lives in Norwich with his wife Donna.They have two sons, Eli, 25, a graduate of SUNY ESF in Syracuse now an environmental scientist in Colordao; and Matthew, 21, a student at the University at Buffalo.
Join Steve Craig and WIVT/WBGH viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.