Rome, orvieto, Florence, Pisa, Venice
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Explore the incomparable cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice on an 8-day family vacation to Italy. Ancient gladiators come to life in Rome as you tour the Colosseum and experience Roman gladiator school. Be transported back to the Renaissance as you witness art masterpieces in Florence and become immersed in the delicious cuisine with an exclusive pizza making class. Feel the magic of Venice as you ride a gondola around the famous canals. Stops in the enchanting Orvieto and the quintessential...
Rome – Arrive in Rome and Tour of Villa Borghese and Borghese Gallery
You and your family will arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino airport to begin an exciting and immersive vacation in some of Italy’s most treasured cities. A private transfer will lead you from the airport to your lavish hotel that will be located in the heart of the eternal city. Your first afternoon in Rome will be highlighted with a private tour of Villa Borghese and Borghese Gallery. The main villa and land were once owned by the noble and famous Borghese Family, but today it is the site of multiple museums, attractions, and one of the most beautiful parks in Italy. First, you will tour the Borghese Gallery, which is located inside the main villa and is widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world. Here, you will see works by great Italian artists such as Bernini and Caravaggio. You will be fascinated by the well-preserved mosaics and detailed statues as you tour the gallery. Your guide will then lead you outside into the warm sun and endless acres of scenic gardens. Here, you and your family can unwind and enjoy the park for the rest of the afternoon. With additional museums, a lake, and even a zoo, there will be something for everyone to see and enjoy.
On your first night in Rome, you can feast on a delicious Roman meal that will be served family-style, as young and old alike will continue to become enthralled with the sights and sounds of Italy’s capital city.
Rome – Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with Gladiator School Experience
The second day of the trip will feature a full-day tour of some of Rome’s main attractions as well as a unique Roman gladiator experience. After breakfast, the day will begin with a private tour of the Colosseum. Dating back to the first century, the Colosseum is still the largest amphitheater that has ever been constructed. You will be in awe of its size as you traverse the levels of seating and learn about the epic battles and spectacles that once took place. You will have the opportunity to discover the Colosseum underground and go onto the arena floor where you will walk in the steps of the gladiators. After leaving the Colosseum, you and your family will get the exclusive chance to attend a Roman gladiator school. During this hands-on adventure, you will suit up in a traditional tunic and take hold of your sword as you learn the fighting techniques and customs of the ancient gladiators.
In the afternoon, the guided tour will continue to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome and according to the legend, is the location of the cave where the she-wolf cared for the founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus. You will enjoy the scenic view from this elevated standpoint. From Palatine, you will descend to the Roman Forum where the many ruins will bring ancient Rome to life once again. In the evening, you will dine on a traditional Roman pasta dish, bucatini all’ Amatriciana, before the day comes to a close.
Rome – Full Day Tour Including Vatican City
Another riveting day will await you for day three of the trip, which will feature a private tour of more of Rome’s landmark attractions. First, you will visit the Trevi Fountain. Standing at 85 feet tall, the fountain will amaze you with its flowing water and realistic statues. It will also be the perfect spot for a family photo, and you will be sure everyone throws a few coins in the fountain for good luck before the tour continues. A short walk will bring you to Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps. The square got its name from the Spanish Embassy that is located there, and the steps were built to connect it to the Piazza della Trinità dei Monti and the church at the top of the hill. As you walk up the over 100 steps, you will enjoy the views of the streets and tourists below. Depending on when you visit, you may also get to see the steps beautifully decorated with seasonal décor.
You will take some time for a hearty lunch before the afternoon tour continues to Vatican City. From the towering Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter’s Square to the priceless art and statues inside St. Peter’s Basilica, you will do and see it all during your visit to this holy site. You will be in awe of Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture that was carved out of a single slab of marble and in amazement of the incomparable Sistine Chapel. With visions of the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s still on your mind, you will enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Florence – Tour Orvieto En Route to Florence
The sights of Rome will disappear into the rearview as your private transfer begins the ride towards the picturesque Umbria on day four. Just a short ride from Rome, the small city of Orvieto is perched on tufo, which is volcanic rock, 1,000 feet above the valley below. A local guide will greet you upon your arrival at this unique hilltop city and lead you on your private tour. A family ride on the funicular will land you in the historic center where you will see the cathedral as it is covered in colorful mosaics. The exciting tour will then go underground. You will have the chance to journey through caves and tunnels that date back 2,500 years, and that will seem to be frozen in time under the city above. You can take your time to appreciate the many shops that are decorated with handmade ceramics before the day’s voyage continues towards Tuscany.
By evening, your private transfer will arrive in the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Known for its Renaissance art and architecture, Florence is a city that will fascinate you at every turn. After checking into your luxurious hotel, you can begin to explore the city on your own. Perhaps a savory dish of pappardelle or tagliatelle pasta and a sweet pistachio flavored gelato will be the perfect end to your day.
Florence – Tour of Main Attractions and Pizza Making Class
The smell of cappuccinos brewing in the local cafes will signal the beginning of another incredible day. An exclusive tour of Florence’s main attractions will begin as your private guide leads you through the city. First, be sure to pause for a family photo as you traverse one of Florence’s most well-known bridges, Ponte Vecchio. Renaissance art will be on full display as you visit the Uffizi Gallery. You will stand in awe at the many works of great artists such as Botticelli and da Vinci, and you will quickly see why the Uffizi is one of the most visited museums in Italy. Your tour will then continue to Florence’s Cathedral, which is known in Italian as the Duomo di Firenze. The colorful marble exterior will greet you and once you are inside the mosaics and frescoes will delight you. You will finish your tour of the cathedral with a climb to reach the cupola where you can enjoy the views and up-close look at the cathedral’s famed dome.
You will have some free time for lunch before visiting the Accademia Gallery in the afternoon. Home to timeless works of art, the tour of the gallery will be highlighted by viewing Michelangelo’s David. After the day’s tour ends, you will certainly have worked up an appetite, and luckily, a delicious meal will be coming up next. In the evening, you and your family will enjoy a private pizza making class in an authentic, local restaurant. You will learn the ingredients that are required to make the perfect dough before choosing your toppings and indulging in your delicious handmade pizza for dinner.
Venice – Explore Pisa and Arrive in Venice
On day six, your private transfer will depart Florence in the morning to begin the scenic drive to Pisa. Another perfect family photo opportunity will await you in this iconic and memorable city. A local guide will greet you upon arrival and provide a walking tour of Pisa’s attractions. You will traverse the main square, Piazza dei Miracoli, and see the cathedral and Baptistery. Pisa’s Cathedral will impress you with its detailed marble exterior and gold and mosaic-filled interior. Next, you will tour what will certainly be the highlight of your stop in Pisa: the great Leaning Tower. Everyone in the family will enjoy climbing to the top of the tower and looking out at the beautiful city.
You can enjoy lunch in Pisa before continuing the drive to the Veneto region of Italy. You will arrive in Venice by early evening and will take a private boat ride to check into your lavish waterfront hotel before embarking on an exclusive evening gondola ride. You will glide across the famous Grand Canal as your gondolier takes you around the many winding waterways. This special ride will be the ideal way to begin your stay in the magical city of Venice.
Venice – Tour of Top Sites and Mask Making Experience
The soft breeze from the Venetian lagoon will be a welcoming wake-up call on day seven of your trip. After breakfast, a local guide will begin a private tour of some of Venice’s best attractions. When you arrive at the unparalleled St. Mark’s Square, you will quickly become enamored with its sights and sounds. St. Mark’s Basilica will be impressive both inside and out. The detailed exterior with the winged lion statue, the symbol of Venice, and an ornate interior that is decorated with patterned marble floors and myriads of gold mosaics will be unforgettable. No visit to Venice would be complete without ascending the famous bell tower, which is known as the Campanile. The bell tower will provide fascinating views of Venice and its waterways that everyone will remember. The tour will then continue to the Doge’s Palace where you will learn about the history of the centuries-old building while exploring the current day museum. Once back outside in St. Mark’s Square, the whole family can dine on an outdoor lunch at one of the many mouthwatering restaurants.
In the afternoon, you will experience an exclusive private Venetian mask making class at a local workshop. The tradition of Venetian masks dates back hundreds of years, and today, you and your family will become master artisans in your own right. You will learn some of the many techniques that are used to design these colorful creations as you paint and decorate your very own mask. With your new souvenir in hand, you will enjoy the final evening at leisure as you continue to explore all this floating city has to offer.
Venice – Depart for Home
You can enjoy your last family outing where you can discover the many bridges of Venice on day eight. One more opportunity for a great family snapshot will await you at the Rialto Bridge. Considered Venice’s most famous bridge, it is also the oldest bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. You can take a few minutes to watch the many colorful boats that drift under the bridge before returning to your hotel where private transfers will take you back to the mainland of Italy and then to Marco Polo Airport for your return flight home.
During the course of your 8-day trip, you will have experienced the very best of Italy’s enchanting cities. From Rome to Florence to Venice, this will certainly be the best family vacation of a lifetime that everyone will cherish forever.
- Explore the museums and gardens of Villa Borghese
- Attend a gladiator school experience in Rome
- Tour Vatican City and view the Sistine Chapel
- Visit the undergrounds tunnels of the city of Orvieto
- View the stunning artwork of master artists in the Uffizi Gallery
- Take a pizza making class at an authentic restaurant in Florence
- Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Enjoy a gondola ride around Venice
- Make your own Venetian mask during a private hands-on class
You will arrive in Rome on day one to begin a wonderful family vacation in Italy. After checking into your first grand hotel, a local guide will lead you on a private afternoon tour of the gorgeous Villa Borghese and Borghese Gallery. The gallery, which is located inside the magnificent mansion, is where you will get the opportunity to see the works of many famed artists. You will then have several hours in the park to enjoy more of its attractions. You can choose to tour another museum or simply relax in the lush gardens. As the day concludes, you will indulge in your first delicious meal in Italy, and on the second day of the trip, a local guide will provide a tour of some of Rome’s landmark sites. You will visit the monumental Colosseum before partaking in an exclusive Roman gladiator school experience. You and your family will get the chance to learn the techniques of these ancient warriors as you choose your sword and prepare for the arena. A visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill will round out your tour for the day. Day three will be your last day in Rome but will be filled with exciting destinations. You will see the glorious Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps before heading to Vatican City. From St. Peter’s Basilica to the unrivaled Sistine Chapel, your visit will be unforgettable.
You will depart Rome after breakfast on day four to begin the scenic ride to Orvieto. Here, you will be greeted upon arrival by a local guide who will lead you on a tour of the city’s historical landmarks. Your visit to Orvieto will be highlighted with an underground tour where you will explore a maze of tunnels and caves that are hundreds of years old. Your charming ride will then continue, and by evening, you will arrive in Florence. You can enjoy a typical Florentine dinner as you begin to take in the sights of this renowned city. A private tour of Florence’s top destinations will await you on day five. You will see the best of Renaissance art and architecture during your visits to the Florence Cathedral, Uffizi, and Accademia Galleries. From the cathedral’s phenomenal dome to Michelangelo’s David, you will truly be brought back in time to the Renaissance as you view these treasured masterpieces. You and your family will then get the chance to attend a fun pizza making class at an authentic, local restaurant. You will make the perfect dough and pick all the best toppings before savoring your homemade pizza for dinner.
After breakfast on day six, you will embark via private transfer for the Tuscan city of Pisa. Here, you will tour Pisa’s most memorable attractions, including the Cathedral, Baptistery, and of course Leaning Tower. You will appreciate the amazing view of the city from the top of this famous landmark. Your ride will then continue, and you will arrive in stunning Venice by early evening. After checking into your waterfront hotel, you will delight in a private family gondola ride around Venice’s world-renowned canals. Day seven will feature a tour of the essential sites of the city. You will visit the sensational St. Mark’s Square where you will tour St. Mark’s Cathedral and its impressive bell tower, in addition to the nearby Doge’s Palace. After a savory lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants, you will engage in a hands-on mask-making class. Here, you will learn about the history of the colorful and ornate Venetian masks as you design one for yourself.
You will have time for one last breakfast and saunter around Venice on day eight before your private transfer leads you back to the mainland and then Marco Polo Airport for your return flight home. This incredible family journey to Italy’s premier cities will be a trip that is treasured by all the members of your family. Looking for the best Italy travel experiences? Consider browsing our Italy travel reviews page.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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