Inspiring art and mouthwatering cuisine offer a glimpse of the cultural majesty that you will experience during your custom-tailored, best of Italy tour that immerses you in the splendor of bustling Rome, Florence, and Venice. You marvel at these breathtaking cityscapes while also indulging in the majesty of the Tuscan countryside. You will wander beneath the gilded mosaics of St. Mark’s Cathedral, sample the bold and layered flavors of the celebrated Brunello di Montalcino wine, and gaze up at...
Rome – Arrive in Rome with a Stunning Introductory Tour
The city of Rome will take you on a journey into the past, celebrating the ever-changing landscape of the Eternal City that leads from the Roman ruins to Renaissance designs. Your private transfer will greet you at Fiumicino Airport upon your arrival in Rome and escort you into the heart of the beautiful city center where you can relax in the comforts of your luxurious accommodations. The streets of Rome bustle with locals and visitors that wander over the cobblestone streets and peer into the windows of boutique shops that showcase elaborate displays of clothing, shoes, and coasts.
The scent of espresso will fade beneath the aromas of melted pecorino cheese as it drifts out of the nearby restaurants where tables and chairs sit beneath shading umbrellas. Eager to introduce you to the stunning highlights of Rome, your guide will greet you in the hotel, taking you from the incredible features of the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. As the oldest complete structure in Rome, the Pantheon soars above the city with a concrete dome that stands 142 feet tall.
The foundations of the structure date back to the 2nd century AD with a porch that consists of 16 massive, granite columns, which were topped with Corinthian capitals. When you enter the structure, your guide will provide cultural, historical, and architectural details that relate to the harmonious ambiance of the former Roman temple and Christian church. You will also have the opportunity to see the tombs that hold the remains of famous Romans such as the first king of united Italy: Vittorio Emanuele II.
Rome – Explore the Ancient History and Cuisine of Rome
Rome – Discover the Remarkable Artistry of the Vatican City
Tuscany – Visit Charming Assisi en route to Tuscany’s Rolling Hills
Tuscany – Enjoy the Flavors of Tuscany with a Wine and Food Tour
Florence – Delight in the City of Siena and Beauty of Florence
Florence – Traverse Renaissance Art, Culture, and History in Florence
Venice – Transfer to Venice for an In-Depth Tour of the Republic
Venice – Cruise the Venetian Lagoon for Insight into Famous Islands
Venice – Depart for Home
- Discover the majesty of artwork and history that is on display in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum
- Explore the sensational evolution of art in Italy with a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, showcasing centuries of ways that artists have shared beauty
- Wander the open halls and grand galleries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, unveiling the hidden history of the Republic in the Sala del Consiglio dei Dieci
- Experience the engineering ingenuity, prestige, and power of the Roman Empire on a guided tour of the Colosseum
- Indulge in the passion and celebrated flavors of traditional Tuscan cuisine during a wine and food tour of Montalcino, which is home of Brunello di Montalcino
- Delight in a private glassblowing demonstration from an artisan craftsman who continues the proud traditions of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon
- Marvel at the extravagant detail of Michelangelo’s David when visiting the Accademia Gallery in Florence
- Revel in the deceptively simple and layered flavors of Roman cuisine during a private cooking lesson that will teach you how to prepare a delicious, multi-course meal
Your 10-day, best of Italy tour reveals the intersection of highlights and overlooked charms of Rome, Florence, and Venice, immersing you in urban sophistication and natural grandeur for a glimpse of history, artistry, and heritage. Your time will encapsulate luxury and discovery with fantastic private tours that lead you through impressive museums, preserved, medieval towns, and private kitchens that highlight special, regional cuisines. The highlights of Italy will become a gateway into enchanting traditions and unforgettable masterworks from Michelangelo to glassblowers on the Venetian island of Murano.
Your highlights of Italy tour will begin with your arrival in Rome, which is where you will stay for three nights. Your privately guided tours will introduce the marvels of the city, ranging from the ancient Pantheon to the Baroque Trevi Fountain and the classic Colosseum to the treasures that are on display in the Vatican Museum. You will enjoy the combination of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture as they are filled with a modern ambiance of a major cosmopolitan and capital city. Explore the Roman Forum, wander through St. Peter’s Basilica, and learn the craft of customary Roman cuisine.
You will transfer to Tuscany for two nights, which is where you will visit the enchanting hillside town of Assisi. Once here, you will spend time exploring the cobblestone streets that ascend to the entrance of Rocco Maggiore fortress in addition to visiting the two chapels of St. Francis of Assis Basilica. Enjoy an entire day traversing the Tuscan countryside with a private guide who will show you small towns and hilltop villages that have been preserved for centuries. You will sample traditional, local cuisine in Sorano and delight in a tasting of Brunello di Montalcino in the charming town of Montalcino.
Before arriving in Florence for two nights, you will have some time to visit the fascinating city of Siena, which is a town that once rivaled Florence in power and prestige. Once in Tuscany’s impressive capital city, you will spend the remainder of the day touring the Renaissance landscape at the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and San Lorenzo. An entire day will be devoted to the arts of Florence with a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Your final two nights on your best of Italy tour occur in Venice, which is an enchanting city on the lagoon. Two private tours will take you through the waterways from delving into the secret histories and breathtaking artistry of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica to discovering a history of the arts in the tranquil ambiance of the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Consider reading some of our travelers’ Italy tour reviews for more ideas to perfect your dream Italy vacation.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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