Travel to Rome via Cortona
Authentic trattoria dinner
Details: Cortona tour director-led sightseeing
With a layout indicative of someone spilling a bucket of ‘Etruscan town’ down a hillside, Cortona is a cultural and artistic center located in the province of Arezzo. In the late 14th century, Fra Angelico lived and worked here, and fellow artists Luca Signorelli (1450–1523) and Pietro da Cortona (1596–1669) were both born within the walls. Many scenes in Under the Tuscan Sun, the film based of the book by Frances Mayes, were shot in Cortona.
Details: Rome city walk
Baroque-en hearted? Revive your spirits with a walk past Rome's most beautiful and unusual Baroque fountains. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, elegant cafes once favored by visiting Brits and Americans surround the central fountain. The water pressure here was so low that the artist had to sink the fountain into the ground to get any water going through it, so he went ahead and designed the fountain to look like a sinking ship. There's no shortage of water pressure at the nearby Trevi Fountain, a Baroque extravagance designed by master sculptor Bernini. At the Pantheon, you'll see the largest concrete dome ever constructed. An oculus, or hole, in the dome lets sunlight into the beautiful temple, dedicated to all the gods.
Details: Enjoy a local snack
Immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying a traditional Italian snack carefully chosen by your Tour Director.