Italy’s splendor goes beyond its museums; it also emanates from the Adriatic coast and rolling rugged mountains, the quiet canals, and hidden passageways. A long network of natural grottos burrows into the earth. Ancient homes resembling structures fit for fantastical creatures decorate the Mediterranean landscape. White sand beaches contain preserved Roman kilns. A medieval town hides centuries-old caves once used as housing by local residents. Your custom tailored family vacation tour in Italy...
Venice - Venetian Family
Venice is a city of majesty. Marble palaces line labyrinthine streets. Bridges connect cobblestone pathways. Canals lap against the edges of a tranquil café. Gondolas drift down the historic waterways. Vibrant masks decorate shop windows during the annual celebration of Carnevale, alongside glittering capes and dramatic coats. The family arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport, where your private transfer is waiting. Step onto a water taxi that whisks you across the famed Venetian Lagoon to your fabulous accommodation. The water acts as a highway for boats traversing the city. Narrower canals resemble private streets.
Locals linger in the canal-side restaurants and enjoy a glass of wine. Ponte Rialto was once the only bridge that arched across the waters of the Grand Canal. The stone bridge was erected in the 16th century, replacing the wooden bridge. Gondolas and boats pass beneath the structural arch that reaches a height of 24 feet above the water. Visitors frequent the shops situated beneath the portico. Seeing the Rialto Bridge confirms once and for all that you have arrived in Venice. Consider learning more about the best Italy travel agents whom we partner with, and see how they are able to customize your itinerary to your family's particular interests and desires.
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Brindisi - The Richness of Puglia
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Rome - Stepping Away from Rome
- Enjoy learning the secrets of Roman gladiators with an exciting interactive lesson at the Gladiator School in Rome
- Explore the incredible network of natural caves at Grotte di Castellana
- Cruise down the Grand Canal in Venice on a gondola ride, allowing everyone in the family to learn how to properly navigate the iconic Venetian vessel
- Witness the unique white fairytale dwellings in Alberobello, topped with conical roofs
- Relish a tour of the secret halls and forbidden passageways of the Doge’s Palace in Venice
- Traverse the Renaissance halls and ancient Roman foundation of Palazzo Valentini on a multi-media interactive tour
- Explore the labyrinthine subterranean rooms of the Colosseum that once contained gladiators and wild animals before a battle
Venice and Rome contain elements of Italy’s imperial past. Grotte di Castellana highlights the natural wonders of the landscape. The conical rooftops of the trulli (stone huts) bring you into a world of fairytales. The multi-media exhibit inside Palazzo Valentini blends antiquity and ingenuity for an immersive experience the family will never forget. Your 10-day family vacation tour of Italy highlights the country’s famous attractions along the Adriatic Coast and the often-overlooked possibilities that Venice, Rome, and the region of Puglia provide, from gladiator school to cave dwellings, gondola instructions to garden delights.
Your journey begins with the family’s arrival in Venice, one of the most visited cities in all of Italy. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts the family to a luxurious hotel in a serene neighborhood. The following morning, you explore the Grand Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. Visit the islands of Sant’Erasmo, Burano, Torcello, Murano, and Vignolo during your excursion for a distinctive sense of life throughout the lagoon. Next, your guide leads you on the first of many Italy tours, beginning with an exploration of St. Mark’s Square. Traverse the secret passageways of the Doge’s Palace, following in the footsteps of the Venetian Republic’s most powerful figures.
Continue your immersion into the city on a special gondola ride where everyone in the family has a chance to guide the traditional vessel along the canal. Then, fly to the southern city of Brindisi, located in Puglia at the heel of Italy. The city rests on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and claims the end of the Appian Way. You venture to the remarkable network of underground passageways at Grotte di Castellana. En route back to Brindisi, you stop in the remarkable town of Alberobello. Traditional homes known as trulli (stone huts with conical roofs) decorate the neighborhoods.
Afterward, you visit the charming town of Ostuni, known for its white pearl structures before reveling in the gorgeous scenery of Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, home to sand dunes, beaches, and marshlands. Travel to the exceptional city of Matera to explore the upper and lower reaches of the streets. Witness the combination of medieval streets and cave dwellings set underneath the city’s foundations. Then, you make your way to Rome where the kids delight in learning at a Gladiator School.
Spend time exploring the ancient gladiatorial artifacts in the Gruppo Storico Romano. In the evening, the family visits the iconic Colosseum for a night tour of the ancient grounds. The following morning, you visit Palazzo Valentini for an interactive view of recently refurbished Roman villas set beneath the mansion’s foundations. In the afternoon, the family tours the sensational gardens of the Borghese Museum. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts the family to the airport for your flight home.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
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