For art and architecture aficionados with a bit more time to linger, Uniworld’s Splendors of Italy provides a meticulously planned itinerary, continuing on from Venice to visit the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, and the “Eternal City” of Rome. In Florence, admire some of the city’s most glorious monuments, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Florence Baptistry, the Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce—where Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli are buried—and cross the Arno to see the Pitti Palace and the old merchant quarter. In Rome, explore the ancient Colosseum and Forum and take in the majesty of the Sistine Chapel, with its spectacular ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo, and St. Peter’s Basilica—the largest church in Rome and one of the largest in the world—topped by an extraordinary dome designed by Michelangelo. After an exciting day full of glorious sightseeing, do as the Romans do and stroll the streets of the city after dark, when fashionable locals gather under the stars at chic eateries and you can catch—just for a moment—intimate glimpses into everyday life in this timeless locale. Buona notte, Italia!