Introducing a new CIE Tours destinations for 2019: Italy! Experience all the highlights – the top attractions, most-beloved sights, and magnificent scenery. While the itinerary is brand-new, you’ll get all the signature features of the CIE Tours experience that we’re famous for: local, highly knowledgeable guides with a knack for storytelling; immersive experiences; and small, luxury coaches. Come explore with us on this exciting new guided vacation!
For lovers of art, history, architecture, delicious food, beautiful countryside or la bella vita, Italy is a dream come true. Our Taste of Italy vacation will showcase the art, history, food and beauty of this magical country. See the places you’ve been hearing about all your life – they are even more beautiful than you’ve imagined. Here are a few of our favorites:
Possibly the most important city in the history of the world, Rome offers thousands of years of history for you to discover. See the largest amphitheater ever built: the glorious Coliseum constructed in 80 AD. Visit the Vatican, home of Michelangelo’s High Renaissance masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. And don’t forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain – legend says you’ll get your wish and a return someday to the Eternal City.
The birthplace of the Renaissance, this city was once a center of wealth and commerce, and its profound value today is to be found in the splendors of its art, architecture and history. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo all once strode its streets. See the priceless treasures that remain: Michelangelo’s David, the stunning Duomo, the famed cathedral built by Renaissance architect Brunelleschi.
Known as La Serenissima, the Serene One, this beautiful city of canals is built on 118 small islands connected by small commuter boats known as vaporetti and over 400 foot bridges. It’s a supremely romantic place that has played an important role in art, music and politics over its 1,700 years of history. Cruise along the Grand Canal for views of the beautiful Doge’s Palace, a Gothic masterpiece that served as the seat of government for hundreds of years, and the enchanting Bridge of Sighs.