Italy is a treasure chest packed with gems waiting for your discovery. Your custom tailored tour guides you along the well-known wonders before it reveals the splendor mere footsteps away from the beaten path. Hidden towers of Renaissance cities crest over the rooftops as the textured cliffs of the Ligurian coast conceal an ancient monastery. Fishermen set out along the Mediterranean on boats to offer the best views of land and sea, along with secret fishing spots. You could spend your entire...
Rome – Arrive in the Eternal City
The days of the Republic fade into the imperial monuments of Rome. Cobblestones pave the ancient neighborhoods and church spires soar above the contemporary restaurants and cafes. Neoclassical fountains trickle against a background of baroque villas. Your flight lands at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport where your private transfer meets you at baggage claim. The city has a tangible history that spans millennia, and it’s visible in the statues, structures, and cathedrals that line the streets. Romans move to a fast, vibrant pace but also take the time to relish the beauty of the day and bask in the Dolce far Niente, the sweetness of doing nothing.
Your guide will meet you in the lobby and lead you through a magnificent introductory tour of the city that begins at the Roman Colosseum. The monolithic figure towers over the broad avenue that leads to the Roman Forum. The Arch of Constantine, a triumphal arch that stands between to the two famous spaces of the city, celebrates the Romans' victory over Mexentius during the Battle of Milvian Bridge in the 4th-century. The arch stands at nearly 70 feet tall and yet is dwarfed by the preserved walls of the Colosseum. The outer walls contain three levels of arches, each framed by decorative columns.
The edifice was inaugurated in the 1st-century AD and could hold up to 50,000 Romans. The aroma of ancient earth emanates from the arena floor as tiered seating encircles the amphitheater and provides visitors with ample views of the gladiatorial games. In medieval times, the structure became a fortress, occupied by two warrior families of Rome. Your guide will lead you into the recently opened underground area where cages once held wild animals and gladiators prepared for the games. The passageways are narrow but tall, and you will find fragments of frescoes etched into the travertine marble that once lined segments of the subterranean halls.
Rome – Rome’s History and Artistry
Rome – Local Sampling the Secrets
Cinque Terre – Bask in the Stunning Coast
Cinque Terre – Private Cooking Lesson
Florence – Medieval Pisa and Lucca
Florence – Art, History, and Mysteries
Florence – Depart for Home
- Enjoy the hidden tunnels of the Colosseum recently opened for visitors eager to view where the gladiators once prepared for the arena
- Discover the treasured art of the Vatican Museums on a private guided tour to learn about the history beyond the beauty of memorable works
- Sample the flavors of Rome when unraveling the secrets of the city, from the best tiramisu and gelato to the city’s best espresso, led by a local guide
- Witness the remarkable Capuchin crypt in Rome decorated with the bones of past Friars
- Set out on a cruise along the Ligurian coastline in view of Cinque Terre to catch fish or enjoy the panorama
- Visit the San Fruttuoso Abbey, nestled between the coastal cliffs and reachable only by walking trail or boat
- Indulge in the subtle and enchanting flavors inspired by the Ligurian coast during a private cooking lesson in Cinque Terre
- Witness the dramatic list of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the often-overlooked charm of the city
- Stroll along the walls of Lucca to discover the beauty of the historic city center
- Delve into the Renaissance streets of Florence on a guided tour to view the hidden embellishments of the architecture
- Wander through the Galleria dell’Accademia for an unforgettable view of Michelangelo’s David
- Listen to monks chant in a traditional Romanesque church overlooking the entire city of Florence
The history of the cities in Italy has shaped the culture around the past as it combines cuisine, architecture, and art into the daily life of the locals. Your 8-day tour of Rome, Florence, and Cinque Terre immerses you into the traditions of the people and the majesty of the landscape. Your flight lands at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome where your private transfer awaits your arrival. The city maintains a contemporary bustle with citizens as quick to get to work as to enjoy an espresso in the piazza beneath the golden sunlight. Your private guide meets you at the hotel and to lead you on an introductory tour of the city that takes you through the highlights of Rome’s ancient history.
Next day, indulge in the righteous path as you follow your guide through Vatican City and the Vatican Museums and then explore Rome’s treasured restaurants and the culture around the open piazzas. Continue as you venture into the secrets of the city with a wander along the Ancient Appian Way as you stroll through the Capitoline Museums, and venture into the Capuchin crypts. Your private transfer will meet you at the airport the following day to escort you north to La Spezia, the closest city that borders the five towns of Cinque Terre. Board the local train and enjoy the brief scenic ride to Riomaggiore before you take a stroll along the streets before moving out onto the water for a private cruise.
You can cast a line into the sea if you like before you head to the Manarola, the next town over. Use the train to visit each part of Cinque Terre or venture along the various trails that overlook the coast. Wake up the next morning for a trek over the hills to the secluded San Fruttuoso Abbey or take a private boat to the isolated shore. Relax on the beach of Monterosso before you enjoy a private cooking lesson to learn the delicious traditional recipes of the region. Continue the next day as you meet your private transfer in La Spezia and stop in Pisa.
Your tour will take you along the treasures of the city before you visit the Campo dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Continue to Lucca to embrace the medieval architecture as embodied in the preserved ramparts. In Florence, enjoy a panoramic view of the city at Piazzale Michelangelo and listen to the monks perform their nightly chant at San Miniato al Monte. Next day, your guide will lead you on an all-encompassing tour of the city through the secret structures and enchanting art both in and out of the museums that are yours to discover. To conclude, your private transfer will escort you to the Florence airport for your flight home, though you may extend your stay and enjoy the magnificent landscape and warm culture of Tuscany.
$2,859 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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