Italy’s rich history and culture awakens all your senses. During this 8-day trip, explore the very best historical and cultural attractions as you journey from one captivating city to the next and take in every sight, sound, smell, and delicious taste. Rome, Florence, and Venice highlight the tour with each city immersing you deeper into Italy’s history. Day trips to Assisi, Pisa, and Vicenza bring you to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you feel the vibrant culture at every turn. Experience...
Rome – Arrive in Rome and Afternoon Tour
Italy’s history and vibrant culture can be felt in every city, and during this immersive 8-day tour, you will experience the best cultural and historical highlights in some of the country’s best cities. Upon your arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on day one, your private transfer will escort you to your first luxurious hotel, which will be centrally located in the heart of the city. After having time to get acquainted with your beautiful surroundings, a local guide will take you on an afternoon tour of some of Rome’s most popular attractions. The ancient Colosseum will be your first stop of the tour. Dating back to the first century, the large amphitheater will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time. Visions of gladiator shows and spectacles will come to life as you explore the levels of seating and the legendary arena floor. Afterward, the trip back in time will continue when you tour the Roman Forum. The remains of different temples and ruins of archaic buildings will provide glimpses into ancient Roman life. It will be amazing to see granite columns still standing after all these years.
The final stop of the afternoon’s tour of historical attractions will be the Pantheon. Considered one of Rome’s best-preserved buildings, the Pantheon is a marvel inside and out. Its unreinforced concrete dome is still considered an engineering triumph and its vast interior will be impressive and memorable. Once the tour for the day concludes, you can indulge in your first delicious dinner in Italy as you continue to explore the fascinating city of Rome.
Rome – See Vatican City and Explore the Catacombs
Florence – Visit Assisi and Arrive in Florence
Florence - Tour Florence’s Cathedral and Art Galleries
Florence – Day Trip to Pisa
Venice – Explore Vicenza En Route to Venice
Venice – Tour of Main Attractions and Gondola Ride
Venice – Depart for Home
- Witness history come alive at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon during an exclusive guided tour
- Marvel at the unrivaled Sistine Chapel with its magnificent paintings by Michelangelo during a tour of Vatican City
- Explore the ancient catacombs in Rome for a unique perspective of the city’s past
- Gaze at the Basilica of Saint Francis, patron saint of Assisi, during a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site city
- Discover remarkable art, including Michelangelo’s exquisite statue of David during tours of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in Florence
- Ascend to the top of the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoy unparalleled views of the city
- Tour the ancient city of Vicenza, which is known for its beautiful buildings and superior architecture
- Marvel at the gold mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica during a private tour of Venice’s attractions
- Venture a memorable gondola ride around Venice to explore its many waterways and canals
History and culture are synonymous with Italy. During this 8-day trip, you will experience the best historical and cultural attractions in some of its leading cities. When the flight lands at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on day one, you will be whisked away by private transfer to your luxurious hotel. An afternoon guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon will provide your first of many explorations into Italy’s rich history. The arena floor in the Colosseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, and the dome of the Pantheon will all be breathtaking and will seemingly transport you into a different time period. Day two in Rome will be highlighted with a visit to Vatican City, and St. Peter’s Basilica will be stunning as you will appreciate the masterpieces of the great Michelangelo and renowned Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, discover one of the most fascinating looks into history as you explore the underground catacombs.
Leave the landmarks of Rome in the background as you depart via private transfer on day three for the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Assisi. A guided tour will lead you through the town’s many attractions, and the highlight will be visiting the Basilica of Saint Francis. Then, continue on the journey to the capital of Tuscany, Florence. As you explore Florence on day four, you will tour the well-known Duomo, or Cathedral, which exudes beauty and elegance. The beauty will continue with the art of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. History and culture emanate from every hallway, and you will stand in awe at Michelangelo’s statue of David. Another World Heritage Site awaits on day five when you venture on an excursion to the city of Pisa. Visit the sites in the Square of Miracles on a guided tour, and enjoy the fresh Tuscan air at the top of the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will return to Florence by the evening for one more night in the Renaissance city.
On day six, travel to the ancient town of Vicenza. This town is known for its visually stunning and symmetrical buildings, many of which were designed by the architect Andrea Palladio. You will especially appreciate the Olympic Theatre, which is one of the few Renaissance theaters that are still in existence today. By the end of the day’s journey, you will arrive in the floating city of Venice where you will explore Venice’s main attractions on day seven. The guided tour for the day will take you to the impressive St. Mark’s Square, which is where St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace will provide great examples of art, architecture, and culture. A private gondola ride in the afternoon will be a quintessential experience while visiting Venice and will be a great way to see more of the city. On the morning of day eight, after one final tasty breakfast, private transfers will take you to Marco Polo Airport for the return flight home. You will have experienced some of the best Italian culture and history during this memorable 8-day vacation, and it will have you wishing that you were back in Italy for years to come. Learn more about the Italy travel agents you could be working with, whom we have personally vetted to be one of the best in the industry.
$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.
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