Explore Italy’s most celebrated cities on this 10-day locally hosted tour.
About the Tour
Italy is a small country with an unsurpassed cultural heritage. The ancient cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome lie at the very heart of Italian culture, each offering endless art, historical sites, and architectural marvels. On this 10-day locally-hosted tour, you’ll go for a gondola ride along the canals of The Floating City of Venice, cross the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and stand inside the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and let yourself indulge in a daily scoop of gelato or glass of wine. With the details of your transportation expertly arranged, and the insider advice of your Local Hosts, you’ll be able to soak up the Italian sun with total peace of mind.
- Transportation on high-speed rail (first-class)
- 9 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Locally guided sightseeing and orientation in each city
- Services of a Local Host at each destination
- Venice highlights include a visit to Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, a glassblowing demonstration, and entrances to the Marciana Library and the Correr Museum and National Archaeological Museum
- Florence highlights include a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David
- Rome highlights include a visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum
Day 1 - Venice, ItalyBenvenuto-welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this automobile-free, romantic city.
Day 2 - VeniceMorning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset; see St. Mark's Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 3 - VeniceFull day to explore this intriguing city of canals and bridges at your own pace. Your Local Host can help you with information.
Day 4 - Venice-FlorenceMorning transfer to the high-speed train (first-class) to Florence.
Day 5 - FlorenceMorning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 6 - FlorenceYour Local Host can help you plan your day in this splendid Renaissance city, with suggestions such as a visit to the aromatic Old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella with it's soaps, perfumes, and lotions.
Day 7 - Florence-RomeThis morning, board the high-speed train (first-class) to Rome.
Day 8 - RomeYour morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican museums to see its amazing treasures. In the Sistine chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Please note the Vatican Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore your included guided sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day. Please be aware of this variation if making independent arrangements for your time at leisure.)
Day 9 - RomeYour Local Host will have suggestions so you can make the most of your day, such as where to find the ancient Marcellus open-air theater, with part of it's original exterior still visible; or how to assure your return to the "Eternal City" by tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain!
Day 10 - RomeYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
Hotel Cellai, Florence
Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 pm daily.
Del Borgia, Rome
Located in the heart of Rome just a few steps from the iconic Colosseum, this 80-room, refined Liberty-style hotel offers a welcoming and elegant atmosphere in the popular Monti district where family-run trattorias, hip wine bars, and vintage boutiques can be found in abundance. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout, a breakfast buffet is served every morning in the bright breakfast room, for well-being and relaxation there is a Spa & Wellness area and Italian aperitifs can be enjoyed at the in-house bar. Elegant air conditioned guestrooms mix Old World style with contemporary touches.
Additional dates are available. Please contact a rail specialist for details.
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