View of the St. Mark's Square from the sea

Exploring Italian Wonders from Venice to Florence Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Venice, Chioggia, Rovigo, San Martino di Venezze...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

The beauty of nature and the opulence of Italian culture will guide you from the canals of Venice to the Renaissance palaces of Florence during your 8-day Italy tour. Travel alongside the cobalt Adriatic Sea and wind down the Tuscan hillsides blanketed with vineyards. Your custom-tailored tour will immerse you in the unforgettable culture, the picturesque villages, and in the natural splendor that has inspired artists and architects alike.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the grandeur of Venice during a private tour of the Grand Canal that highlights the elegance and wealth of the Venetian Republic
  • Relish the fresh air of Veneto, Emilia Romagna, and Tuscany along the Adriatic Sea, along with the Po River, the Apennine Mountains, and the Tuscan hills
  • Witness the wildlife of the Po Delta, home to flamingos and an incredible display of birdlife
  • Traverse a number of islands in the Venetian lagoon along a series of bridges that arch over the canals
  • Delight in the charm of the overlooked villages that feature medieval architecture, quiet grace, and spectacular panoramas
  • Take part in a ceramics demonstration in the celebrated town of Faenza
  • Sample the smooth textures and vibrant flavors of olive oil produced on a countryside villa
  • Bask in the opulence of the Villa Badoer near San Martino di Venezze
  • Relish the Renaissance beauty of Ferrara embodied in the dramatic Castello Estense
  • Tour the extensive medieval frescoes of Ravenna and the city’s sunken crypt in the Basilica of San Vitale
  • Tour the art, artistry, and culture of Florence on the historical streets and inside the Uffizi Gallery, home to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus
  • Embrace the stunning view of Florence from the small hillside town of Fiesole, where you can see the ancient walls and Roman ruins

Detailed Description

The wonders of Italy converge on the paths that connect Venice to Florence. Your 8-day active adventure will lead you through the regions of Veneto, Emilia Romagna, and Tuscany to immerse you in the opulence of the Venetian Republic, the grandeur of Renaissance nobility, and lavish dedication of medieval mosaics, and the breathtaking majesty of nature. Whether a first time visitor to Italy or a seasoned traveler, you will find wonder, grace, and joy in the fresh air and vibrant culture, vineyards and colorful artistry. Your flight will arrive at Marco Polo Airport, and your private transfer will escort you to the shores of the Grand Canal.

Begin with a sensational introductory tour of Venice that will take you through the inverted “S” shape of the waterway, along with the smaller canals that highlight the quieter life of the city, but equal in number of architectural marvels. The next day, you will climb onto your bike and follow your private guide to Lido, the beach resort island of Venice. Enjoy a full day tour along the trails that take you across the bridges, alongside the levees, and to the small village of Chioggia. Linger in Chioggia before you continue by private transfer to reach the town of Rovigo, near San Martino di Venezze. Continue the next day as the countryside changes from the flatlands of Veneto, near the lagoon, to the undulating hills and mountains of Emilia-Romagna. Visit the gorgeous Villa Badoer en route to Ferrara, and then once in Ferrara, you will enjoy an elaborate tour of the remaining Renaissance charm of the bike-friendly city.

Next day, you will traverse the quiet, canal-lined streets of Comacchio and explore the rich marshes and plains of the Po Delta. Visit a local farm cooperative before you reach Ravenna, where your guide will take you on a stunning tour to see the impressive medieval mosaics in a city that was the last capital of the Western Roman Empire. Head into the countryside the following day to reach the town of Faenza, a place known for its magnificent ceramics. Take part in a private ceramics demonstration to learn the local art, and enjoy a chance to get your hands dirty with the clay as you shape and craft a personalized souvenir.

The following day will take you through the Apennines en route to Ronta. On the way, you will first you stop in the village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting and then will wind through the mountainous terrain for a challenging, but rewarding journey. Venture next to the historical Etruscan city of Fiesole, which offers a perfect view of your final destination of Florence. When you reach Florence, you will settle into the comforts of your hotel and enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical palaces, Cathedrals, and culture of the Renaissance. Move next to visit the celebrated art museums of Florence, from the Uffizi to the Galleria dell’Accademia, before your private transfer will escort you to the airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,195 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

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  • 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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