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Explore Italy’s most celebrated cities on this 10-day locally hosted tour.

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20212022
10 days From $2,394 per person

2021 Tour code: MG-VFRS-21

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.

All guests must provide proof of full vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or documentation of recovery in order to travel.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Venice, Italy

Benvenuto-welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this automobile-free, romantic city.

Day 2 - Venice

Morning 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 - Venice

Full 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-Florence

Morning transfer to the high-speed train (first-class) to Florence.

Day 5 - Florence

Morning 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 - Florence

Your 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-Rome

This morning, board the high-speed train (first-class) to Rome.

Day 8 - Rome

Your 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 Museums are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore if your included sightseeing falls on those days, your alternate sightseeing will include Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and icon of Rome, Palazzo Chigi, the heart of Italian political life, an inside visit of the Pantheon, and world-renowned Piazza Navona. Your tour concludes with a visit of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.)

Day 9 - Rome

Your 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 - Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Additional information

Please note

Additional departures are available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Glance Hotel Florence

Glance Hotel Florence

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Best Western Hotel Universo, Rome

Best Western Hotel Universo, Rome

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Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice

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Hotel Abbazia, Venice

Hotel Abbazia, Venice

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Raymond K, East Brunswick, NJ

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Submitted 03 Oct 2018

VBR was easy to work with and their rail and hotel choices were great!

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Jill D, Manalapan, NJ

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Submitted 12 Jan 2018

The hotel accommodations were excellent, transportation was handled efficiently and the local hosts were very knowledgeable.

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