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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

2. Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

3. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

Skip the long ticket line and go straight to the fast track entrance for security checks. After entering the Colosseum at your allotted time, relive the stories of emperors and gladiators. Begun under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the ferocious fights between man and beast, as you stand in the elliptical arena, comprised of 4 levels, and once able to seat up to 73,000 spectators. Your ticket also includes one entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, must-see sights for all those visiting the “Eternal City.” According to ancient tradition, this is the spot where Rome was born. Look down at the ruins of temples in the Imperial Forum, center of all political, social, and economic life in the city during the Roman Republic. Experience the most ancient parts of Rome from the most significant of its “Seven Hills.”

Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

4. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

5. Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

See the masterpiece that is the Last Supper up close on a guided tour, learning about its fascinating history from your licensed guide. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Refectory with the Last Supper has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. They were part of a large monastic complex belonging to the Dominican monks. See the Last Supper with this tour who will tell you all about the most fantastic wall paintings of the Renaissance. A licensed local guide will show you this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, revealing surprising facts about the perspective, the composition and the technique used by the artist, as well as the history of the site.

Gardaland Park: Open Date Entry Ticket

6. Gardaland Park: Open Date Entry Ticket

Head to Gardaland Park, the top theme park in Italy, for a day packed with adventure. Enjoy a magical day out at the park situated on the southeastern banks of Lake Garda, with a variety of rides suitable for all ages. Discover a wide variety of rides and shows that will satisfy a truly diverse crowd, from early childhood to adolescence and beyond. Whether amongst groups of friends or family, all the rides of Gardaland Park offer a special combination of adventure, adrenaline, dream, and fantasy. Challenge the rapids in the heart of the jungle, face chilling descents, take part in the Mammoth arctic convoy. Daydream to your heart's content in the Fantasy Kingdom and all the themed areas. Throughout the day, explore rides such as Oblivion, The Black Hole dive coaster, and the mysterious Jungle Rapids. Travel back in time at the 4D Ice Age adventure and float on a log on the Colorado Boat. Be amazed by the incredible style of the iconic I Corsari attraction. New for 2022, experience the jungles of Jumanji - The Adventure in your own 4x4 off-road vehicle. Navigate your way through dangerous animals, falling obstacles, and a mighty stone giant to return the sacred jewel back to the fabled shrine in a race against time to save Jumanji. Kids can enjoy the fantastic Peppa Pig-themed area with 3 new attractions. Sail on an exciting pirate ship, fly up in the clouds in colorful balloons, and let Grandpa Pig take you on an unforgettable trip on his cute little train.  Food and beverages are available to purchase at a range of restaurants, kiosks, and fast-food outlets, while you can pick up some unusual gifts, such as toy swords, t-shirts, and games, at a host of gift shops throughout the park.

Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the long ticket lines on this 2-hour guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Your guide will take you to see houses and everyday items that were still almost intact when the city was unearthed. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater, small theater, and public gymnasium. See places where the Romans had their fun and held banquets, and discover frescoes frozen in time, and poignant casts of citizens and their pets.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

8. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

9. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Venice: Marco Polo Airport Water Taxi Transfer

10. Venice: Marco Polo Airport Water Taxi Transfer

Enjoy a shared water taxi service between Venice Marco Polo Airport and central Venice hotels. Choose from a 1-way or round-trip service and relax for a scenic ride. Depart straight after you find your luggage and get whisked across the lagoon to your hotel. This is the most romantic and direct way to travel to the city. Be picked up or dropped off directly at some hotels located along the Grand Canal, or hotels such as Hilton Stucky and San Clemente. For less-accessible destinations on the inner canals, a designated meeting point will be decided that is within walking distance of your hotel.  For JW Marriott - Isola delle Rose, you will be dropped off in San Marco nearby the Marriott hotel shuttle boat.

Italy is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travelers. From the Dolimite and Apennine Mountains to the Italian Riviera, Italy offers something for every taste.

As cliché as it may sound, no trip to Italy is complete without a stop in Rome. So much of not only Italy's history but that of the world can be traced to ancient Rome. Get a feel for the way the emperor's lived and see the famous Colosseum. Christians and non-Christians alike visit the Vatican to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel while hoping to get glimpse of the Pope himself.

The city of Venice was designed to face the water, not the streets of the city. Some of the best views of Venice are from the sea. However, no one should go to Venice without traversing the city in a gondola. Inland from Venice to the north and to the west are Milan and Florence.

Milan is the largest city in Italy and is full of bustling, big city atmosphere, but there is one must-see attraction there. The church of Santa Maria della Grazie has on display what may be the greatest painting of the Renaissance – The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Florence is famous for the part it played in starting the Renaissance period and has been home to Michelangelo's David for over 500 years.

Italy is rich in history, art, and architecture. You can visit Roman ruins, get your fill of Renaissance art, stay in small medieval towns, go skiing in the Alps, discover the canals of Venice and be awed by beautiful churches.

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