Embrace the wonderment of Rome, Florence and Venice as you enjoy the highlights of these iconic cities on this 10-day itinerary. From lavish gardens to the impressive museums, romantic cafes to private corridors, you have the key to the picturesque treasures of Italy.
Rome - Roman Treasure Trove
Rome is a city rich in antiquity and history, brimming with decadent restaurants and vibrant culture. When you arrive at the airport, your private transfer will be waiting to bring you into the charismatic city and the cradle of the Roman Empire. Narrow alleyways twist around antique buildings opening up to hidden piazzas, and your hotel is located along the cobbled streets and close to the bubbling sounds of the iconic Trevi Fountain.
Rome - Jewels of Rome
Rome is a city full of wonder, from ancient architecture to priceless artwork decorating historic palaces. Your guide will lead you on a morning walking tour from the massive concrete dome of the Pantheon to the elegant marbled piazza around the Spanish Steps. In the afternoon, you make your way to the Vatican Museum for a self-guided exploration of the majestic gilded hallways.
Rome - Sensational Summers
In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you 18 miles east of the city to the exceptional splendor of Tivoli. Step into a perfect example of ornate Italian gardens in Villa d’Este, which countless European gardens have emulated over the years. The terraced grounds were converted into a luxurious retreat in the 16th century. You can take your time along the 426-foot Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, basking in the magnificent artistry in every luxuriant detail.
Florence - Highlighting the Renaissance
In the morning, you make your way to Roma Termini Station. After your board your first-class car, enjoy your view as the golden hills around the city turn into the lush, rolling greenery of Tuscany. Your train will stop at Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence, and your hotel will be nestled in the historic center of the sensational city. Enjoy your first glance at the city as chic cafes offer tables outside where you can watch the world go by. See the Florence Cathedral's dome, known as the Duomo, peeking its head over the buildings from almost anywhere in the city.
Florence - Hidden Paths
Enjoy a slow morning and a leisurely breakfast, and then meet your guide for your Tuscan food tour. Spend a perfect morning strolling through the streets of Florence, discussing classic Tuscan dishes, olive oil, and wine. Stop at several of the best markets Florence has to offer, sampling Tuscany's most prized possession of flavors. Cross paths with your second guide who will bring you to the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. From the outside of the Gallery, notice the small archway connecting Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi. From the outside, the archway is unassuming, but it is the beginning of the Vasari Corridor. The corridor provided safe and easy access for the Medici's to move between the governor's palace and their residence.
Florence - Tuscan Flavors
After breakfast, you will make your way into the famous Tuscan hills, where the rolling countryside blossoms with cypress trees, verdant grass, and endless rows of grapevines. Your exclusive tour of a private Renaissance villa takes you into the heart of Chianti, and the slower pace and tranquil atmosphere is immediately apparent. Your host will lead you to a large wooden table on a terrace overlooking the garden with a traditional Tuscan spread of simple meats and cheeses. Enjoy a sample of the Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico, and the pleasures of the wine embody the majesty of the day.
Venice - Pearl of the Lagoon
In the morning, sip your espresso and think about the endless marvels of the city as you prepare to depart. Make your way to the Santa Maria Novella Station and board your first-class compartment on the way to the magnificent city of Venice. When you arrive, a water taxi will take you to your lavish accommodations in the heart of the city. The labyrinthine cobbled streets hide historic gems as carnival masks decorate shop windows adding to the luster of the city’s antique wealth and legendary nobility. Upon arrival, settle in and enjoy your first views of the city.
Venice - Venetian Magnetism
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel ready to lead you on a half-day private tour of Venice’s marvels. Wander the maze-like alleyways leading back to St. Mark’s Square. Explore the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which was erected in the 16th century and covered with lavish marble. The lower hall has a nave and two aisles leading in from the plaza. The painter, Tintoretto, decorated the interior. On the upper floor, you find a magnificent telling of the Old Testament draping the ceiling and the New Testament carpeting the walls. The sensational contrast of colors and shading enhance the emotions of the tales told through the artwork. Although the Scuola is not hiding, it feels like a hidden gem.
Venice - The Richness of Time
Waking up in Venice feels like waking up in a painting, where you can watch the sunlight wash over the golden weathervane of Archangel Gabriel topping St. Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower. After breakfast, the day is yours to discover the splendor of the city with your private guide. Whether you want to venture to the island of Murano to watch the glass blowing or meander around the countless arching bridges that connect the many islands of the city, every moment will be special.
Venice - Glassy Goodbye
In the morning, you can sit at a café on the banks of the Grand Canal and watch the city come to life. Children marvel at the Carnival masks and wonder what it was like to have attended a grand gala in the height of Venice’s power. You sip your espresso and enjoy the cool breeze sweeping off of the water. Soon your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport for your flight home, but for now, you can bask in the grandeur of the city and treasure the moment.
- Discover the marvelous artistry and attention to detail needed to establish the grand gardens of Villa d’Este in Tivoli
- Witness the splendor of color and imagination in the celebrated Sistine Chapel
- Traverse the secret halls of the Vasari Corridor used by the Medici Family at their height of power in Florence
- Indulge in the flavors of Tuscany at a private Renaissance villa in the heart the Chianti region
- Revel in the marbled allure of Venice with a private guided tour of the city’s more unique artistic treasures
- Experience the stunning Renaissance artifacts of Florence in Piazza della Signoria, filled with marble statues like an open-air museum
The majesty of Italy never fades, but only grows stronger in the persistence of Roman ruins and the elegance of Renaissance art, the romance of Venetian Gothic architecture, and the shaped grace of Italianate gardens. This 10-day Italy tour to Rome, Florence, and Venice will show you that Italy is much more than just highlights. On this discovery tour, you will go beyond the surface to find the hidden treasures of the cities sure to inspire you. As with many tours of Italy, your journey begins in Rome. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at Fiumicino Airport and escorts you to your hotel.
Soon, you are settled into your luxurious accommodation located in the historic center of the city. In the evening, you get your bearings of Rome with a self-guided walking tour. The following day, your guide leads you on an orientation tour of the city. Once at the Vatican Museum, you will explore the countless artistic riches of the grounds leading to the Sistine Chapel. Continue your exploration of Rome and its surroundings with a visit to the hillside town of Tivoli, known for Emperor Hadrian’s villa and the picturesque gardens of Villa d’Este.
Your private transfer meets you at the hotel the following day and escorts you to Florence, which is part city, part open-air museum. On your first full day in the city, your guide leads you on a fabulous tour of the hidden halls of the Vasari Corridor, connecting Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti across the Arno River. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city, from reveling in an artisan walk to viewing Michelangelo’s David.
Spend a day outside of Florence indulging in a lavish Renaissance villa, basking in the flavors of Chianti, with a stunning view of the Tuscan hills all around you. Travel northbound to the world-famous city of Venice to find the architecture reminiscent of the Republic’s glorious past. Your guide leads you on a private half-day walking tour of the city, showcasing the wonders of Venice’s historic center culminating and the Ducal Palace. Your second day in Venice lets you discover the islands and treasured museums of the city at your whim and pleasure, using your guide’s suggestions to explore Murano and Burano or visit some of the lesser-known museums along the Grand Canal. On your final day in Venice, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and take you to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.
$2,815 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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