From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.  Staying in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village, you’ll especially appreciate traveling in a small group limited to 24 people.  Begin on the storied Amalfi Coast with a three-night stay featuring a cruise along this matchless coastline, touring of Pompeii’s exquisite ruins, and a thrilling Amalfi Coast drive.  Spending the next three nights in a well-located hotel in Rome, tour the heart of ancient Rome and the monumental Vatican.  A three-night stay in Orvieto, dramatically set in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, follows.  Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and take an excursion to beloved Assisi, with its renowned Basilica di San Francesco.  Journeying to alluring Tuscany for a three-night stay, discover splendid Siena; Florence – living monument to the Renaissance; and the classic Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings.  In wondrous Venice, the final destination, tour vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings and explore independently.  Savor more time discovering this treasured city with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.