Boboli Gardens Park in Florence, Italy

Roman Villas and Renaissance Garden Tour of Italy

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Rome, Florence, Vatican City

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Italian villas embody grace and history with gardens that emote beauty, elegance, and tranquility. Your custom tailored Italy itinerary will lend insight into the rebirth of garden splendor and the pure enchantment of traditional estates in and around Rome and Florence. Stroll through orange groves and private greenhouses that grow exotic plants and then explore cypress-lined country roads and opulent homes that are adorned with dramatic terraces. Linger in the scent of hyacinth and discover Roman...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the serene ambiance and vibrant blossoms of the Vatican gardens before partaking in a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Stroll amongst the ancient grounds of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli to view the preserved walls, sculptures, fountains, and pools of the Emperor’s getaway
  • Explore the largest private garden inside a European city at the Torrigiani Gardens in Florence
  • Traverse the stunning cascades and terraces of the greenery at Villa Lante, where Cardinals and Italian aristocrats would meet
  • Delight in a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery to wander along the hidden Vasari Corridor that leads to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
  • Explore the treasure troves found in Florentine museums and find hidden rooms covered in art along with images of the Garden of Eden cast in the bronze doors of the Gates of Paradise, housed inside the Museo dell’Opera
  • Enjoy a unique visit to a Renaissance-era villa in the Chianti countryside for insight into the preserved lifestyles of the past amidst the vineyards of Tuscany
  • Relish the comforts of your luxurious villa-style accommodations in Florence and Rome with access to their beautiful private gardens

Detailed Description

From ancient Rome to contemporary Florence, your 9-day Italy itinerary will bring you into gorgeous gardens and historical villas to experience the intricate beauty that has been rediscovered and restored. The majesty of your Italy itinerary begins with your arrival in Rome as your private transfer will meet you at Rome Fiumicino Airport and escort you to your villa situated in the historical center of Rome. Visit the private garden and orange grove before meeting your guide in the lobby, and then enjoy your introductory tour of Rome through the celebrated piazzas, along the fountains, and into the marvels of the Pantheon.

Wander through the walkways of Borghese Park the next day as you follow your guide along the grandeur set beside the eponymous museum. Continue to Vatican City to explore the verdant gardens before partaking in an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum, home to the Sistine Chapel. Wake the next morning and travel to the hilltop town of Tivoli outside of Rome for a full day spent visiting Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Depart from Rome the next day and make your way north towards Florence. Delight in the scenic view of the Tuscan landscape and make a stop at a Renaissance villa outside of Chianti to explore the charming gardens and lavish home before continuing on to Florence for the evening.

The next day, your guide will lead you on your private tour of the Uffizi Gallery and highlight the masterworks on display. Take the Vasari Corridor over the Arno River to reach the Pitti Palace, and then spend time visiting the opulent galleries before taking in the elaborate design of the Boboli Gardens.  The following day, your guide will introduce you to the vibrant cultural history of Florence on a full day tour, taking you to the top of the Cathedral’s dome and to view the bronze doors known as the Gates of Paradise.

You will continue to discover the splendors of Florence the next day with a visit to the private Torrigiani Gardens, with the the remainder of your day at your leisure to stroll through the medieval lanes, visit the Accademia Gallery, or take to the gardens in the neighboring village of Fiesole. Wake the next day and your private transfer will lead you back towards Rome with a stop en route to visit the enchanting Villa Lante and La Posta Vecchia, the former home of J. Paul Getty. Conclude as you you make your way to the Fiumicino Airport by private transfer with plenty of time to check-in for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,217 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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  • Some or all activities and tours
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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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