Italy Tour - Rome, Ladispoli, Marina de Grosseto, Florence, Venice
(Special $200 discount for the 2023 Italy tour making the tour price $3999.00)
Tour Dates: for 2023 ... June 16th - June 28th 2023
$200 refundable deposit holds your place on the tour
All monies paid are FULLY refundable*. Travel Insurance is required,
Each traveler needs to have a total of $1500 in their tour account by March 15th 2023.
Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure date (April 14th 2023)
You are invited to .... Join former Highline College Volleyball coach John Littleman, on a truly amazing volleyball tour plus a unique combination of - volleyball camp / cultural enrichment / educational enhancement and sightseeing tour of Europe.
We will spend 11 days playing volleyball, sightseeing and making new lifelong friends.
The tour is limited to only 8-10 players per team, early registration is suggested.
Depart; USA for our flight to Rome: possibly one of the grandest cities of the entire tour--- Ancient Rome. Upon arriving we will go to our accommodations in the heart of Rome only a 10 minute walk to the Coliseum.
Rome: We will have a guided sightseeing tour, the sights will include visit the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, and famous works of Michelangelo. Volleyball matches with local club teams is also planned, as well as plenty of time to go shopping. Personal sightseeing, and shopping are planned for the day.
Rome: Perhaps return to some of the exciting sights of the previous days tour, the Vatican, Roman Coliseum, Sistine Chapel. One half day of sightseeing and shopping, one half day of swimming in the beautiful and warm Mediterranean. Bask in the warm sun on one of the public beaches
Grosseto: In the morning we will travel by train to the small ocean-side town of Marina de Grosseto. A beautiful seaside resort town in Tuscany. Grosseto has been voted "the most favorite place" the last three years by our volleyball players.
Grosseto: We will stay one block from the beautiful beach, and one block from our indoor competition venue. We will have both indoor and outdoor competitions with our host club.
Grosseto: Expect warm days on the beach, and warm hospitality and strong competitions from our new best friends in Tuscany.
Florence: Depart Marina de Grosseto for beautiful Florence. We will travel by motor coach across the pastoral Italian countryside to Florence. Often called the "Birthplace of the Renaissance" for the architecture and the art that flourished between the 13th and the 16th centuries.
Florence: Today we will take a city tour of Florence. We will visit; the Arno River, neighboring Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace. Visit Florence's oldest building, the Romanesque Bapitistry, adorned with pink, white and green marble. Ghiberti competed with other artists for the right to sculpt the finely detailed bronze doors, called the “Gates of Paradise,” designed by fellow artist Michelangelo. One of the oldest buildings in Florence, it was initially the city's cathedral. The interior of this building is just as beautiful as the exterior. The walls are covered in marble and ancient Roman columns stand below a blazing mosaic ceiling. In the center, there is an empty octagon marking the altar where children born in the past year were baptized on New Year's Eve.
This afternoon you can visit the Academy of Fine Arts, highlighted by Michelangelo's David, commissioned in 1501 by the Florentine Republic when Michelangelo was only 25 years old. From a seemingly unusable block of marble, he sculpted one of the greatest masterpieces of civilization.
Florence: Today you'll enjoy a full day in Florence. Explore the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the Medici Palace whose construction goes back to 1444. Inside you can admire the wonderful Magi chapel, frescoed by Benozzo Gozoli, depicting his festive, fairytale interpretation of the Journey of the Magi. Today the Palazzo is the seat of the Prefecture and the Province of Florence. Continue to the incomparable Uffizi Palace, one of the most loved monuments of Florence. It is an architectural work of great importance that shelters masterpieces of inestimable value. The Uffizi Gallery contains rooms and rooms of art collections – some of the artists exhibited are Filippo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. The Galleries were bequeathed to the people of Tuscany by the last Medici, and house art collected over three centuries. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous and celebrated museums in the world.
Venice: An early morning train departure for Venice. We will visit the ancient city of Venice. You may want to take a ride on one of the beautiful Gondolas through the canals of Venice. Visit San Marcos square and Cathedral, and see the Bridge of Sighs
Venice: View of the Lagoon from the Bell Tower in St Marks Square
Venice: A full sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide. A mini-volleyball tournament is planned against local teams of the Venice area.
Venice: Free day in Venice, Sightseeing and shopping visit the Islands of Burano, Murano and Torchello to see the world famous Glass blowing and lace factories.
2023 (Special $200 discount for the 2022 Italy tour making the tour price $3999.00)
June 16th - June 28th 2023
Round trip Airfare from USA gateway cities
Airport transfers to and from the Hotels
Accommodations as described.
Daily Continental Breakfast.
Transportation between cities as described.
City Sightseeing tours Rome; Florence; Venice
Friendly volleyball matches... Rome; Ladispoli; Grosseto; Venice
Uniforms, Backpacks, tour tee