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Originally from Toronto but now living in Italy, I’ve always been a traveler at heart. When I’m not planning your luxury European trip, you’ll find me hiking the Italian Alps or enjoying a lemon Spritz in Amalfi.
- from $6,119 PP
- 8 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2hrs from London / 9hrs from NYC
If you have limited time in Italy, this 8-night tour is ideal. It explores the highlights of Rome, Florence, and Venice all in one getaway. You’ll take in some of the most iconic sites in the country, starting with your arrival in Rome. Throughout your journey, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the rich history and landmarks you’re visiting, thanks to our expert local guides. Discover the Roman Colosseum and Roman Forum, Vatican City, and the remarkable Florence Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s original statue of David. You’ll visit the magnificent medieval hilltop towns of Siena and San Gimignano and enjoy the best of romantic Venice too.
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- 8 nights 4- or 5-star accommodation
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- Private transfers as noted on itinerary
- Half-day Ancient Rome tour
- Half-day Vatican City & Museums tour
- Half-day Florence & the Accademia Gallery tour
- Full-day San Gimignano & Siena tour
- Half-day Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Glass Showroom
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Rome: Welcome to Rome, Italy
Upon arrival at Rome’s airport, our driver will welcome you to Italy and bring you to your hotel in the city via private transfer. After checking in you’ll have the rest of the day to yourself, whether you’d like to rest up from your long journey or get out and enjoy a preview of what’s to come. It’s the perfect time to head to one of the medieval squares. Find a good spot at an outdoor café or wine bar to take in the scene and do some people-watching with a glass of tasty Italian wine in hand.
Day 2 Rome: Half-Day Ancient Rome Tour
The Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum make up the heart of ancient Rome and today you’ll meet our local guide for a tour of the amphitheater that was inaugurated in the 1st-century AD. It sat more than 50,000 spectators who came to watch the savage battles between man and beast that took place through 532 AD. Next, you’ll head to the Roman Forum which occupies a site that lies adjacent to the Colosseum. It was completed in 80 AD but has roots dating to 500 BC, hosting the oldest structures of the ancient city, including the Regia, a former royal residence.
Day 3 Rome: Half-Day Vatican City & Museums Tour
Our driver/guide will pick you up for a private half-day tour of Vatican City which includes the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Square, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Founded in the 14th century, the museum features one of the greatest collections of Renaissance art, including sculptures, frescoes, and tapestries. Marvel at the renowned Sistine Chapel with its ceiling painted by Michelangelo considered a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. You’ll visit the Gallery of Geographical Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries too, all led by your guide who will provide expert insight throughout the tour. Take the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.
Day 4 Florence: Transfer to Florence via High Speed Train with Afternoon at Leisure
This morning you’ll take a private transfer from your Rome hotel to the train station. From here, catch the high-speed train to Florence and upon arrival, private transfer brings you to your accommodation in the city known as the “cradle of the Renaissance.” You’ll enjoy the remainder of the day on your own. You might want to just wander through the streets with surprises to discover around every corner, or head to Mercato Centrale. On the ground floor, there are traditional produce stalls while the first floor features a food local with a wide range of Italian products from gelato to Cristian Beduschi chocolates.
Day 5 Florence: Half-Day Walking Tour of Florence & the Accademia Gallery
Today you’ll get an expert introduction to Florence. This morning’s walking tour brings you to the famous Santa Croce Church where legends like Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. Head to the famous cathedral of Florence and Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall that overlooks Piazza della Signoria before exploring the Accademia Gallery, with the original David, Michelangelo’s renowned sculpture with its incredible details that make it so life-like. It was moved here in 1873 to join paintings by Raphael, Daddi, and Botticelli. After the guided portion of your tour, you’ll have free time to explore before returning to your accommodation at leisure.
Day 6 Florence: Full-Day San Gimignano & Siena
Enjoy a day trip to the medieval hilltop towns of San Gimignano and Siena, exploring the latter independently, taking in the spectacular skyline with its towers that date back to the 11th-century. Afterward, enjoy a typical local meal at a farmhouse nearby. Continue to Siena where our local guide will be waiting to lead you on a walking tour. Visit the world-famous Piazza del Campo, a hub of life that hosts the famous biannual II Palio horse race. It’s lined with the 13th-century City Hall and 335-foot-high Torre del Mangia bell tower. You’ll take in many other sights from the gothic Duomo to the Battistero too.
Day 7 Venice: Transfer to Venice via High Speed Train with Afternoon at Leisure
Say farewell to Florence, taking a private transfer to the train station for a journey on the high-speed train to Florence. You’ll enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Venice which is known for it’s stunning canals, bridges, and architecture, which have earned it the nickname “The Floating City”. Stroll through the historic center to admire palaces, churches, and piazzas. Visit the iconic St. Mark’s Basilica and take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. For lunch, indulge in seafood risotto or cicchetti, and try Venice’s famous Bellini cocktail. Explore museums and galleries or simply wander the streets. In the evening, enjoy seafood dinner and gelato for dessert. Take a romantic stroll through the city at night and admire the canals’ lights and reflections. Venice is a truly unforgettable destination that promises enchantment and captivation.
Day 8 Venice: Half Day Tour of Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Glass Showroom
An in-depth half-day tour explores many of the highlights of Venice, including St. Mark’s Square where it all begins. You’ll meet our guide at the square to begin your walking tour that includes the remarkable landmarks here like St. Mark’s Cathedral. As there can be no narration inside, before entering your guide will tell you all about the basilica’s history and then you’ll get to explore the beautiful interior. There will be time to visit the glass showrooms as well where you can browse or purchase authentic Venetian glassware. Visit Doge’s Palace, a fine example of gothic-style architecture with an ornate façade, climb the golden staircase and cross the Bridge of Sighs that links the palace to a historic prison on the other side of the canal.
Day 9 Venice: Departure
This morning you’ll want to get your bags packed and ready for departure. Our driver will meet you at your Venice hotel for transfer to the airport where you can head out on further travels or catch your return flight home. While it’s never easy to leave this beautiful city, you’ll have many memories from this jam-packed itinerary, and probably lots of photos, to take along with you. And, of course, there’s always next time.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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