Italian Holiday Rome and Bologna

March 5: Depart for Rome, Italy

Depart Washington, DC

American Airlines, Flight 3864

Depart BWI 4:33 PM; Arrive Philadelphia 5:20 PM

American Airlines, Flight 718

Depart Philadelphia 6:40 PM

March 6: Benvenuti a Roma!

Arrive Rome 9:10 AM

Private Airport Transfer to Hotel Victoria Roma

Accommodations: The Boutique-Hotel Victoria Roma

The 4 star Boutique-Hotel Victoria Roma preserves the spirit of Rome. In the elegant refurbished rooms, in the restaurant and the conference rooms, in the lobby and at the bar dignified class meets modernest standard and an atmosphere of comfort, peace and acceptance.

The Hotel Victoria is located directly next to the famous Via Veneto, but also in a quiet road that runs along the Aurelian Wall. The Spanish Steps, the most elegant boutiques and the historic city centre are within easy walking distance. The park of the Villa Borghese is directly opposite and its paths lead through to the Piazza del Popolo. The metro stations Spagna and Barberini are within walking distance and a taxi rank is located near the hotel.

TOUR: Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Let the sights of Rome unfold before you on an open-top, double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus. Climb aboard to admire top Rome attractions including the Vatican City, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain on this comprehensive tour. Enjoy 360-degree views from the open deck and hop on and off as you wish at any of the eight stops.

With your ticket, simply step aboard and let the sights effortlessly unfold, hopping on and off as you wish at any of the eight stops. Marvel at the Colosseum, the scene of bloody Roman-era gladiator battles, and check out the Piazza Venezia, home to the grandiose Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. Or, hop off near the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin into its waters, or at the Vatican City stop to see St Peter’s Basilica.

Hop on and off at the stops anytime you wish, or stay aboard for an entire loop (roughly 1.5-2 hours), seeing the sights as you listen to the informative onboard audio commentary. Plus, with free WiFi on board, you're free to blog, tweet and upload and share photos along the way. (This ticket is valid for 48-hours after first use.)

March 7: Rome

TOUR: Walking Tour of Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome

Descend into the Underground Area of the Colosseum in a group with a maximum of 24 people, and visit the sites where the gladiators and lions waited their turn to fight on stage. On this group walking tour that meets near the entry of the Colosseum, explore throughout the Arena where the gladiators fought, look into the Colosseum's Underground Area, and climb to the Third Tier, another area that is limited to typical tours. Outside the Colosseum, also visit the ancient city, including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on this intense 4-hour walking tour within this vast area. (See vouchers for more details and meeting information.)

Rest of day at leisure.

March 8: Rome to Bologna

Rail Europe from Rome Termini to Bologna Centrale

Accommodations: Hotel Touring Bologna

Hotel Touring is a 3 stars superior hotel in Bologna, situated in a quiet location in the old town a short walk from Piazza Maggiore, the Church of San Domenico.

The Touring Hotel Bologna is a peaceful hideaway in the heart of the city that combines up-to-the-minute sophistication with ample old-world charm. Just steps from the main square Piazza Maggiore, expect familiar service, understated comfort and newly furnishings throughout. A bistro style Fifth Floor Terrace specialises in italian aperitivo which may enjoyed on summer period.

March 9: Bologna

Day at leisure.

March 10: Bologna to Rome

Rail Europe from Bologna Centrale to Rome Termini

Accommodations: The Boutique-Hotel Victoria Roma

March 11: Rome

TOUR: Skip the Line Vatican: Day Time Tour including Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Skip the line and enjoy exclusive access to the Vatican Museums with this guided tour. Experience the many artworks, be amazed by the architecture and artifacts before you witness the stunning beauty of the Sistine Chapel at the conclusion of this Vatican tour. Allow your professional tour guide to show you through the Vatican museums and enlighten your historical knowledge of its artifacts. Experience the Sistine Chapel, containing one of Michelangelo’s most important works of art. (This tour does not include a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. See vouchers for more details and meeting information.)

Rest of day at leisure.

March 12: Arrivederci Roma!

Private Transfer to Rome Fiumicino International Airport

American Airlines (Operated by British Airways), Flight 6697

Depart Rome 8:00 AM; Arrive London, Heathrow 9:50 AM

American Airlines (Operated by British Airways), Flight 6174

Depart London 1:40 PM; Arrive BWI 5:55 PM


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