The Ponte Vecchio Bridge hanging over the Arno River in Florence, Italy

Essence of Italy 10-Day Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Venice, Florence, Rome, Positano...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Embrace elegance, style, ancient history, and la dolce vita during your 10-day classic and customizable tour of Italy that immerses you in treasured traditions and preserved majesty. Blend the beauty of the sea with the vibrant heritage of legendary artwork that is found in the grand marble palaces of Venice and the Mediterranean allure of the Amalfi Coast this classic Italian experience is crafted just for you.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the remains of the classical world during a private, guided tour of the excavated treasures of Pompeii
  • Embrace the charms and prestige of the Venetian Republic that is embodied in Tintoretto’s splendid fresco that adorns the Hall of the Great Council
  • Witness the breathtaking detail and captivating size of Michelangelo’s David with a private tour of the Accademia that is guided by an art historian in Florence
  • Venture to the highest level of the Colosseum for a unique view of the legendary Roman amphitheater as well as ancient and modern Rome
  • Delight in the majestic views and colorful shoreline of the Amalfi Coast when visiting towns like Positano and Ravello
  • Uncover the stunning artistry of the ancient world when visiting the Archeological Museum of Naples, which is home to the impressive Farnese collection
  • Indulge in the slower pace of life and endless charm of the Tuscan countryside while visiting towns such as Lucca and Barga
  • Bask in the splendid works of Renaissance master Raphael during a private tour of the Vatican Museum featuring the remarkable School of Athens
  • Immerse yourself in scenic views with a private boat along the Grand Canal to reach the tranquil island of Torcello

Detailed Description

The sweet life of the Italian Peninsula will welcome you with a 10-day tour of classic Italy that will emphasize the traditions, customs, and highlights of Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples with luxurious accommodations, private tours, and captivating excursions that will be tailored to your perfect Italy vacation. From walking along the ramparts that surround antique Lucca to the visiting the Vatican Museum at your own pace, your tour of Italy focuses on experiencing the culture and heritage that can be found in the landmarks, boutique shops, museums, and cuisine for an immersive and majestic discovery of Italy’s classic charm.

Your classic tour of Italy will begin with three nights in Venice. The City on the Lagoon will captivate you with elegant palaces and the drama of St. Mark’s Square. You will find the splendors of the Venetian Republic with private tours along the Grand Canal that will lead you inside the secret chambers of the Doge’s Palace. You will also venture to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, the latter of which hosts a gorgeous antique church with Byzantine mosaics. Then, you will continue to Florence for two nights, which is where you will discover the true marvels of the Renaissance masters with a private tour through the city that will allow you to view Michelangelo’s David. The Tuscan countryside will introduce you to the preserved, slow pace of life in local towns such as Lucca and Barga, which are known for their historic architecture and welcoming atmosphere, and enchanting ambiance.

On the way to spending two nights in Rome, you will stop in the hilltop town of Orvieto in Umbria. The delightful atmosphere of the Gothic cathedral and small cafes will charm you before you arrive in Rome for an immersive tour of the ancient empire at the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. You will have a full day with a guide to explore the lavish designs of the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona in addition to the enrapturing architecture and artistry that is on display in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum.

Your two nights in Positano will take you deep into the ancient world of Italy when visiting the National Archeological Museum of Naples to view artifacts, statues, and mosaics of the antiquity before strolling along the excavated streets of Pompeii to find preserved life among the ruins. A full day along the Amalfi Coast with a private driver will reveal the cherished beauty of the shoreline and small towns that are scattered around the cliffs such as Ravello, Amalfi, and Praiano.

Read some Zicasso travelers’ Italy travel reviews to gain further inspiration for your own trip.

Starting Price

$2,745 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 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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