Balance the stories of the ancients with the inspiring art of the Renaissance as you take in the opulent masquerades and intricate delicacies during your personalized Italy itinerary that is perfect for the first-time traveler. Listen to the echoes of gladiators in the subterranean labyrinth of the Colosseum, and then watch as the gilded frames glisten as they border the masterworks found inside the Vatican Museum. Wander the hidden corridor that connects Florentine palaces and learn how...
Venice – Arrive in Venice for an Introductory Cruise on the Grand Canal
The labyrinthine city of Venice captivates visitors from around the globe with its rich history that embodies the style of the former Republic. The Grand Canal sweeps along the edges of the city over a winding two miles as the Byzantine domes of St. Mark’s Basilica adds a golden glow to the city’s beautiful skyline. The stone streets and arching bridges rise around the narrow canals for an unforgettable ambiance that fills the city entirely.
Your flight will land at Marco Polo Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. You will then make your way to the dock along the Grand Canal for your first striking view of the city on the lagoon. Vaporettos glide along the water leaving whitewater in their wake as speedboats cruise in the wide space of the Grand Canal, weaving around floating barges. The larger boats offer a reminder of the continued usage of the waterway as the main artery of transportation around the lagoon.
After you get into the city and settle into your hotel, you will then board a private boat for your official introduction to Venice’s 118 islands that are connected through 400 footbridges set across 170 canals. The scent of the water fills the air, accented by sporadic bursts of melted butter and confectionary sugar emanating from the freshly made bussolai buranelli, a cookie shaped like the Grand Canal. Your guide will bring you under the iconic Rialto Bridge. The striking stone figure was erected in the 16th century to replace the earlier wooden bridge, and 6,000 timber piles support the arching stone that stretches more than 72 feet long.
Venice – Discover Iconic Venice with a Secret Tour and Mask Making Class
Venice – Explore the Islands on the Lagoon with Glass Blowing Instruction
Florence – Transfer to Florence for a Tour of Historical and Culinary Bologna
Florence – Tour the Uffizi and the Markets of Florence
Florence – Visit Stunning Siena, San Gimignano, and Pienza
Rome – Traverse a Dairy Farm and Orvieto before a Walking Tour of Rome
Rome – Experience Roman Culture with a Half-Day Tour of the Ancient City
Rome – Enjoy a Tour of the Vatican and its Incredible Art
Rome – Depart for Home
- Uncover the secrets of Venice during private tour that will show the hidden chambers of the Doge’s Palace and isolated charms of St. Mark’s Basilica
- Learn the coveted art of glassblowing during a private demonstration and instruction on the fabled island of Murano
- Wander the gilded galleries of the Vatican Museums to find the works of master artist Raphael and the breathtaking frescoes of the Sistine Chapel
- Enjoy a lesson in crafting homemade pecorino cheese, one of the favored cheeses of Tuscany during a private tour of a dairy farm
- Witness the marvelous collection of paintings and sculptures on display in celebrated Uffizi Gallery in Florence
- Traverse the historical city of Bologna to view one of the oldest universities in Europe before learning how to craft handmade tortellini with a private chef
- Make your own Venetian mask during a crafty lesson to combine your personal style with the legendary grace and glamour of the Venetian Republic
- Discover the unique mosaic floor panels that decorate the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Siena
- Relish the historical towers, preserved medieval walls, and fabulous Renaissance architecture found in the small towns of Tuscany
- Follow in the footsteps of the Medici as you traverse the hidden Vasari Corridor and San Lorenzo Basilica in Florence
Italy displays tangible beauty with a soulful splendor that embodies the independent culture of ancient city-states while also celebrating a strong national identity. Your 10-day tour will excavate the past for an exciting, immersive experience for first-time visitors to the country as you journey through Venice, Florence, and Rome for an unforgettable visit. Your travels will begin with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport in Venice, and your private transfer will escort you to the water to board your vaporetto. Enjoy an introductory tour along the famous Grand Canal to view the palaces, bridges, and unique way of life along the lagoon as you travel into the city towards your hotel.
Your boat will moor at the private dock of your luxury hotel and you will quickly settle into the comforts of the city. Wake the next morning and your guide will lead you on a fantastic tour of Venice’s secret history. Explore the hidden chambers of the Doge’s Palace and the oft-overlooked artistry of St. Mark’s Basilica. Make your way next to an artisan mask maker’s studio to craft and decorate a personalized Venetian mask. The following day, you will board a small boat for a scenic journey and a private tour of the celebrated lagoon to visit the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Wander along the colorful homes, enjoy the verdant landscape and the lively art studios before learning how to craft a perfect memento with a glassblowing demonstration.
Move next to travel south towards Florence, with a stop in the region of Emilia-Romagna to explore the city of Bologna. Traverse the arcades and 11th-century University before partaking in a private cooking class focused on the celebrated tortellini. Once in Florence, you can visit the Church of San Miniato al Monte to hear the Gregorian chants at sundown. Visit the galleries of the Uffizi Museum the next day to fully appreciate the collection of art that represents the 13th to the 18th centuries. Travel the Vasari Corridor that connects the museum to the Pitti Palace across the Arno River, and then wander along the churches and boisterous stalls at San Lorenzo Market with an afternoon at your leisure.
The following day, you will have a private tour of Tuscany with a stop in the medieval cities of Siena and San Gimignano to view the towers, churches, and preserved culture. Enjoy the charms of the Renaissance town of Pienza before returning to Florence for the evening. As you travel the next day, stop at a dairy farm en route to Rome to learn how to make the preferred Tuscan cheese of pecorino. Continue to the town of Orvieto to view the cobbled lanes, historical homes, and dramatic location atop a volcanic plateau. Upon reaching Rome, partake in a private walking tour to view the fabulous squares and Baroque architecture.
Uncover the ancient world of Rome the next day with a private visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also visit Capitoline Hill and the museum before enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure. The next day, your guide will lead you through the marvels of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, and then a bike tour of the Appian Way to find the ancient tombs along the historical road that connects Rome to the southeast port of Bari. Your private transfer will meet you after breakfast the next day and escort you to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. You may also want to continue your travels into other regions of Italy, so consider reading how our best Italy travel agents and partners worked with our other travelers for the Italian vacation they had always dreamed of.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
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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