Authenticity and luxury will evoke the beauty of Rome, Florence, and Venice during your custom-tailored 10-day Italy tour. The charms of Italy will be found as you visit these three cities that have inspired epic poems, lavish songs, and enchanting stories. From the myth of Romulus and Remus to the legend of Murano glass, the glories of the Tuscan countryside to the historic streets of Rome, the picturesque piazzas of Florence, and the opulent canals of Venice, you will enjoy a collection of highlights...
Rome – Arrive in Rome with a Half-Day Fascinating Introductory Tour
Your flight arrives at Rome Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will greet you and take you into the city. You will soon see that Rome is the result of a collection of wonders dating back nearly 3,000 years. Elegant bridges with statues designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini span the banks of the Tiber River while medieval architecture lines the narrow cobbled lanes overflowing with artisan leather shops, modern furniture boutiques, and charming cafes. Rome is steeped in inspiring architecture and captivating artistry with famous designers taking motivation from ancient methods used in making the Pantheon’s magnificent dome.
After taking time to settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodations in the heart of the historical city center, your guide will greet you in the lobby to lead you through the splendor of the Eternal City. Your half-day walking tour will end at the preserved ancient spectacle of the Pantheon, which has stood in Rome for nearly 2,000 years. The structure was originally built in 27 BC over the site from which Romulus ascended into the heavens, and the current edifice was erected in 80 AD after a fire destroyed much of the original building.
Much of the grandeur of the antique architecture and the feats of Roman engineering prevail in the 16 incredible granite columns on the porch topped with Corinthian flare and the massive cupola crowning the entire former temple. The marble floors provide a touch of prestige amid the harmonious ambiance that comes from the immaculate symmetry of the structural design with the height of the gallery reaching the same measurements as the diameter of the dome at 142 feet.
Rome – The Grandeur of the Vatican and Frescoes of Villa Farnesina
Rome – Charming Villas in Tivoli and Rome’s Capitoline Museums
Florence – Florence’s Captivating Streets and View Artisan Shops
Florence – The Famous Duomo, the Accademia and Palazzo Vecchio
Florence – Fascinating Arezzo, Cortona and Montepulciano
Venice – Padua en route to Venice and Enjoy a St. Mark’s Night Tour
Venice – The Highlights of Venice including a Gondola Ride
Venice – The Marvels of Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands
Venice – Depart for Home
- Explore the grace and grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica with an after-hours tour and feel as though you have the beauty and history to yourself
- Stand face to face with some of the Western World’s most precious artworks found inside the Vatican City, including Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s canopy
- Bask in the majesty of Michelangelo’s sculpture of Davidthat depicts the Biblical hero with a stoic, humanistic expression on the towering figure
- Sample the cherished complex flavors and aromas of Montepulciano’s Vino Nobile, a wine made from mostly Sangiovese grapes in the Tuscany landscape
- Discover the hidden history of Venice while on a secret tour that will take you into the secluded chamber of the Council of Ten in the Doge’s Palace
- Follow the career of master artist Raphael when visiting Villa Farnesina in Rome, which contains remarkable, preserved frescoes
- Learn the history and techniques of glass-blowing on the famous island of Murano during a private demonstration
- View the exceptional frescoes of Giotto that adorn the walls of the Capella degli Scrovegni in Padua, which influenced artists’ aesthetic from the Middle Ages
- Visit artisan shops in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence where craftspeople use traditional methods to create outstanding wares
Visit sophisticated palaces, walk the paths of ancient Romans, and enjoy the beauty of the verdant countryside as your dream turns to reality during your 10-day trip through Rome, Florence, and Venice. The prestige of the Vatican and the charm of medieval towns, the exquisite olive groves and vineyards, magnificent canals, and the other iconic images of the country breathe exceptional vibrancy into the past. The surroundings draw on the breathtaking artwork of masters and the simple pleasures of traditional daily life. Tales of the gladiators, Michelangelo, and gondolas only scratch the surface of an authentic glance into the marvels of Italy.
Your highlights tour of Italy will begin with your arrival in Rome, a city overflowing with masterpieces and more than 2,000 years of architectural splendor. The contemporary city follows the footprint of the past and buzzes with cafes, restaurants, and outdoor concerts. Locals snack on gelato or sip wine in the colorful piazzas utilizing the outdoors like their personal backyards. All around, the grandeur of the fascinating palaces and ancient wonders overflow, with access to the Colosseum, Roma Forum, Vatican, Pantheon, and many more of the majestic sites for which Rome is celebrated.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and one of Italy’s atmospheric charms with a pleasant location settled along the banks of the Arno River. The historical center captures the preserved medieval ambiance while giving rise to the heart of the Renaissance in art, science, politics, and architecture. With Brunelleschi’s dome and Michelangelo’s Pietà, the city provides marvelous access to the splendor of the past in the Duomo, Church of San Lorenzo, Galleria dell’Accademia, Ponte Vecchio, and the artisan craft workshops on the Oltrarno. The Tuscan countryside highlights the cultural charisma of bright vineyards and olive groves leading to the famous medieval hilltop towns like Arezzo, the quiet streets of Cortona, and the wine-producing town of Montepulciano.
Venice is a celebrated city of romantic waterways and classic Renaissance palaces with a dreamy network of bridges that span the 118 individual islands that make the city. Serene neighborhoods retain a sense of history captured in the preserved architecture giving deeper insight into the Jewish Ghetto and working-class neighborhood of Cannaregio. Renowned sites like the Basilica of San Marco, St. Mark’s Square, and Doge’s Palace, and customary small dishes known as cicchetti accentuate the city’s true pleasures. The islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello each offer a unique flair on the Venetian lagoon, from the tradition of glassblowing to the history of lace-making, and the collection of surprising Byzantine mosaics dating back to the 7th century.
$2,735 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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