A perfect Italian getaway combines the pleasures of wine, the beauty of history, and the decadence of art in architecture and museum galleries. Escape to Italy for a customized tour that perfectly balances the rich traditions of Venice and the lavish artistry of Florence. Let the crisp, bubbly texture of prosecco sweep you off of your feet as you bask in the emerald leaves of the Tuscan hills. Linger in the enchanting ambiance of Venice’s hidden canals on a private gondola. From the Doge’s Palace...
Venice – Arrive in Venice with an Introductory Tour of the Grand Canal
Venice is a city of history and striking beauty, elegant with its canals as the city is made up of 117 islands that are connected by beautiful arching bridges that boats and gondolas pass below. Venice itself is reason enough to visit Italy as the city encompasses a rich past and an active contemporary lifestyle. Your flight will land at Marco Polo International Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal. Step aboard your private boat and you will delight in the ineffable introduction to Venice’s waterways.
Past and present life is clearly visible along the shores and in the waters of the Grand Canal, which reaches two miles in length. Vaporettos and gondolas wind along the waters in view of Santa Maria della Salute, a 17th-century church built in thanks at the end of the plague. Two large domes and bell towers add to the luster of the exterior that stands on a platform supported by one million wooden piles. The sunlight glints off of the stone accented with marmorino, a type of brick covered in marble dust. The Ca’ Grande features two types of columns that adorn the upper and lower floors of the façade to create an elegant and impressive structure that once belonged to a 16th-century noble family. You will quickly settle into the luxuries of Venice and relish its charms before you reach your gorgeous hotel inside what was once a decadent palace.
Venice – Embrace the Vibrant City on a Tour of the Monuments and Culture
Venice – Explore the Lagoon and Enjoy a Quintessential Gondola Ride
Venice – Discover the Charms and Flavors of Veneto with a Wine Tasting
Florence – Visit Enchanting Padua en route to Renaissance Florence
Florence – Relish a Full Day Tour of Florence’s Art and Architecture
Florence – Traverse the Lush and Luxurious Tuscan Countryside
Florence – Depart for Home
- Engage in an immersive tour of Venice as you explore the hidden passageways and decadent halls of the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica
- Try your hand at crafting an elegant glass design during a private glassblowing demonstration
- Uncover the marvelous hidden corridor that connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace in Florence
- Discover historical power and prestige during your private introductory tour of the Grand Canal
- Witness the gorgeous works and impressive life of Tuscan nobility during your exploration of the Pitti Palace
- Delight in the charms of a private gondola rides along the hidden canals of Venice
- Cherish the gorgeous countryside of the Veneto region during a wine tasting outside the enchanting town of Treviso
- Visit the rich collection of medieval and Renaissance art in Florence’s celebrated Uffizi Gallery
- Traverse the exciting local markets at Rialto in Venice and San Lorenzo in Florence to find local tastes and culture
- Traverse the Tuscan countryside for an immersive experience amongst the hills, vineyards, and unforgettable medieval towns
- Embrace the comforts of your luxurious hotels set in former palaces and noble grounds in both Venice and Florence
- Visit the remarkable Scrovegni Chapel to view the historic walls decorated by master artist Giotto
You will find nothing but perfection during your 8-day trip to Venice and Florence. Whether an art lover or active museum-goer, architecture enthusiast or Renaissance connoisseur, your time in Italy will have you embracing the majesty of two of Western Europe’s most iconic cities. The pleasures begin with your arrival at Marco Polo International Airport where your private transfer will escort you to the shore of the Grand Canal to meet your guide on the water. Traverse the two miles of Venice’s historical waterway to witness the grand architecture and daily life that continues to take place across the city.
The next day, you will step out into the wondrous labyrinthine streets to visit the Rialto Market and St. Mark’s Square. In the afternoon, you will take an immersive tour of the local Venetian bacari, also referred to as wine bars that feature small plates of regional specialties alongside paired wines. Venture next to the islands of Murano and Burano for an in-depth exploration of the lagoon to enjoy a glassblowing class inside the rich tradition of Muran, and then wander along the quiet canals of Burano for a sample of the fishing village culture.
Upon your return to Venice, you will enjoy a private gondola ride along the hidden canals of the historical center. Then move your exploration to the countryside to visit the enchanting town of Treviso and the unforgettable vineyards of the Veneto region. Your private transfer will meet you at the hotel the following day and escort you to the city of Padua to view the charming Renaissance streets and inviting arcades. Visit the breathtaking Scrovegni Chapel to view the beginning of the Renaissance movement before you reach Florence.
Delight in a full day tour of Florence to take in the exceptional art history and encompassing traditions of a city once home to the Medici family. Wander through the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace before visiting the quiet church of San Miniato. The following day will take you into the Tuscan countryside to wander along the celebrated region at your preferred pace. Visit towns and hidden villages such as Barga and Arezzo or explore more prominent cities such as Siena and Lucca. Conclude as your private transfer will escort you from the hotel to the airport for your flight home.
$2,859 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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