From imperial streets to lavish church naves, opulent Baroque palaces to elegant representations of biblical history, Rome and Florence exhibit their past both in the open streets and within the lavish museum galleries. Your custom tailored tour will bring the past to life and immerse you in the majesty and history of Italy as you discover hidden crypts beneath the streets of Rome and the secret walkways that amble above Florence. Embark on a journey that spans the ages to witness the layers of...
Rome – Arrive in the Heart of the City and Explore the Historic Lanes
Rome is a city that overflows with icons, from structures of antiquity to palaces of the Renaissance. Statues adorn open squares and turn public spaces into works of art. Your flight will land at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at the baggage claim and bring you into the bustle of Rome’s grandeur as it emanates from the historical city center. Your hotel will overlook the cobblestone tree-lined boulevard for incredible views. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby the next day ready to embark on a fascinating introductory tour of Rome through the winding lanes and hidden piazzas that turn the bustling city streets into village-like districts.
You will turn the corner off a small avenue to an open square crowned by the classic façade of the Pantheon. Corinthian capitals adorn the 16 granite columns that support the portico. The structure was reconstructed in the 1st-century AD and once inside the Pantheon, the dimensions of the magnificent dome become more prominent than they appear upon approach. The ceiling rises to a height of 142 feet above the marble floor and has inspired similar structures throughout history including the United States Capital building and St. Peter’s Basilica. The only light that enters the space pours through the hole at the center of the dome. When it rains, water dribbles in through the opening and drains in the large bronze grate at the center of the floor. Your guide will point out the tomb of Renaissance painter Raphael to provide the perfect connection between the artistry of the ancient architecture and the masterful techniques of the Italian Renaissance.
Rome – Discover the Ancient Past of Rome on a Full Day Guided Tour
Vatican City – Relish the Architecture, Art, and Culture
Ostia Antica – Wander through Rome’s Catacombs and the City of Ostia Antica
Orvieto – Full Day Tour of the Fabulous Medieval City
Florence - Venture to Florence for a Walking Tour of the Renaissance City
Florence – Traverse the Stunning Museums and Palaces of Florence
Florence – Visit the Tuscan Countryside and Enjoy the Charming Towns
Assisi – Venture to the Hillside Town of Assisi before Returning to Rome
Rome – Depart for Home
- Enjoy an olive oil and balsamic tasting in an artisan shop along the cobbled lanes of Assisi
- Venture to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica’s dome for a unique view of the Cathedral and the encircling rooftops of Rome
- Traverse the labyrinthine tunnels in the Catacombs of Callixtus during a private tour of the early Christian burial grounds
- Witness the majestic architecture and captivating artwork of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, including the secret passage that leads over the river
- Stroll along the streets of Florence for a remarkable tour of the city’s with focus on the sculptures and elaborate palaces
- Relish the picturesque landscape of Tuscany while you visit the small villages of the famous countryside
- View the gilded mosaics on the façade of Orvieto’s detailed Gothic Cathedral
- Explore the medieval castle grounds of the Tuscan village of Poppi
- Indulge in the culture of Italy’s famous markets with a visit to Florence’s Mercato Centrale for a delicious lunch
- Witness the stone tomb in which Saint Francis of Assisi was laid to rest
You can imagine the beauty of Italy without ever having stepped foot in the Tuscan hills or visited the charming fountains in the Piazza Navona, but the true thrill of Italy is in the beauty that exceeds your expectation. Your 10-day tour of the culture and history of Rome and Florence will let the grandeur of the past speak for itself as the splendors of the Vatican Museum and Uffizi Gallery will surpass your imagination. When in Italy, you will not just look at history, rather you will experience it as you touch the stone of the Colosseum to walk along a crypt of early Christianity.
Your immersive tour will begin with your arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. Rome will quickly come alive in the image of the Victor Emanuel II Monument and the towering figure of the Colosseum. Your guide will meet you at your hotel for an introductory tour of the city the includes the Baroque fountains, marvelous architecture, and ancient opulence of the Pantheon. Next day, you will venture into the depths of Rome’s ancient past with a tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. Wander along to enjoy the medieval charms of the Trastevere district for insight into the contemporary lifestyle of locals. Move on the next day with a spectacular view of Vatican City on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Delight in the visit to the top of the Basilica dome with its amazing view. Follow in the footsteps of previous popes and Roman emperors with a visit to the Castel Sant’Angelo.
Wander next beneath the contemporary streets of Rome to explore the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, which displays elements of early Christian symbolism. Follow your discovery of the catacombs with a visit to the ancient port city of Ostia Antica, a preserved archeological site on the outskirts of Rome. Marvel at the medieval architecture and tranquil atmosphere around the town of Orvieto, located in the region of Umbria the following day. From the Cathedral artistry to the flavorful wine, you will find a welcoming ambiance and a possible cooking class to learn the favorite pasta of locals before returning to Rome.
Next, travel north to Florence to partake in an in-depth introductory walking tour of the Renaissance City. In the evening, you can enjoy a quiet meal in the countless restaurants located on the Oltrarno. Following day, your guide will lead you through the Uffizi Gallery, including the secret passage that connects the historical office building to the Pitti Palace across the river. Indulge in the local flavors with a lunch at the Mercato Centrale before your tour of the renowned Galleria dell’Accademia. The next day will take you into the Tuscan countryside to experience the villages and towns known for their preserved walls and tasty cuisine.
Visit San Gimignano and Siena, along with the charming villages in the province of Casentino before your private transfer will escort you back to Rome by way of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis. Spend time to tour the majestic Cathedral and enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local artisan shop. Once in Rome, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the atmosphere. You could visit the various churches or gardens around the city, including the Church of Saint Ignatius to witness the three-dimensional ceiling. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.
$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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