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Art Cities of Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,474

MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the Italian classics with this tour to three of the nation’s most popular art cities. Journey to Venice, Florence, and Rome to gaze upon artistic masterpieces, explore the treasures of the Vatican, and delight in the romantic atmosphere.


This 10-day Italian vacation takes you to Italy’s three most popular cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome. It features moderate accommodations and small group tours. 

Your trip to Italy begins in Venice, the city of canals that used to be one of the world capitals of commerce and culture. Get acquainted with this gorgeous medieval city with a tour of one of its central landmarks, St. Mark’s Basilica, which unites St. Mark’s Square with its golden dome and Byzantine architecture. Another day, learn about the Venetian art of glass blowing with a visit to a glass factory in Murano. You’ll see a live glass-blowing demonstration and enjoy a picturesque cruise along the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Public Gardens along the way. 

From Venice, ride the train to Florence, Italy’s treasure trove of art. Florence has long been the country’s artistic capital. A VIP tour of the famous Duomo will unlock the secrets of the city’s most famous landmark and get you into the mind of Brunelleschi, who designed the iconic cupola. That afternoon, hop over to the Uffizi Gallery to see some of the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces, including Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” While in Florence, you’ll also get to see a romantic side of the city with a sunset VIP boat tour along the Arno River. Gently cruise down the river with a drink in hand and enjoy the view of the city’s masterful Renaissance architecture. 

Continue on to Rome, the nation’s capital and the beating heart of the ancient Roman Empire. It’s impossible to be anything but dazzled by all that Rome has to offer. On your first full day, beat the crowds with an early entrance to the Vatican Museums and gaze upon Michelangelo’s heavenly frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without having to jockey for space. Then enjoy an intimate tour of the rest of the museum to see other masterworks like Raphael’s frescoes. Cap off the tour with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church and the resting place of St. Peter the Apostle. That evening, discover the romantic landmarks of Rome from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon on an evening tour. You’ll have another day in Rome to see other landmarks you missed, such as the wonders of Ancient Rome centered on the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hil. 

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to head back home. 


 

 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,474

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Day 1

Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Tiziano

The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Tiziano

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    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in …

    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

    Facilities

    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (Limited hours)
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 2

Rialto, Market and Merchants

From Campo San Bartolomeo (St Bartholemew's Square) we walk to the ancient houses of the Corte del Milion. The Malibran Theatre stands were archaeologists think was the house of Marco Polo. Then we cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the commercial heart of Venice: the Banco Giro (which has given its name, the 'giro', to a particular sort of cheque in Britain), the old church of San Giacometto and the leaning facades of Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. Al last we will mingle with the crowd of Venetians shopping in the lively fruit and vegetable and fish market of the Rialto. The colours of the fruit, the variety of the fish from the Adriatic and the fragrance from a florist shop stuck amongst the stalls make the visit something not to be missed; the sight of what was, and still is, the very heart of the city. The tour might end in the Campo Santa Sofia, after crossing the Grand Canal with the traditional Gondola ferry.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Murano Glass Blowing Factory

Enjoy a guided 2 hour private tour to Murano on your own private boat with an English speaking Guide. After being picked up by your Guide in your hotel, take in the sights as you sail past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the famous Arsenal of the Venetian Republic. You will reach Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. We will visit one of the most famous and ancient glass factories, where you will enjoy a live glass blowing demonstration performed by a Maestro Glass Maker and will have time to visit the Glass show rooms. At the end of the visit your tour Guide will bring you back to your hotel or to Venice Centre.

Duration2 Hours
Day 4

Hotel in Venice to Venice Train Station or Piazzale Roma car terminal

Duration1 Hour

Venice S.Lucia to Florence S.Maria Novella

Duration2 Hours

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Rosso 23

Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. With the Duomo just a short walk away, this contemporary hotel is ideally positioned for those wishing explore this charming city. Hotel Rosso 23's guest rooms exhibit a stylish design and are equipped with the latest conveniences and amenities like satellite television and wireless internet access.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Rosso 23

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    Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. …

    Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. With the Duomo just a short walk away, this contemporary hotel is ideally positioned for those wishing explore this charming city. Hotel Rosso 23's guest rooms exhibit a stylish design and are equipped with the latest conveniences and amenities like satellite television and wireless internet access.

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Day 5

Duomo Sky Walk in Florence

On this tour, you will discover the Florence Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral) with its Crypt of Santa Reparata and see the city from an exclusive and breathtaking point of view: the Duomo terraces and Brunelleschi's magnificent dome. Entering with a skip-the-line ticket, with a knowledgeable and passionate guide, the focus will be on the Florence Duomo: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is also often considered the symbol of the city. Your guide will explain various styles of the building including masterpieces such as Paolo Uccello's clock, Vasari's frescoes, and Bandinelli's marble choir. Then, begin your ascent to Florence Heaven: the staircase climb, through narrow and open-air corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. Soon, you will reach the rooftop of the cathedral, with a view of the city from the Duomo Terraces. This unique experience will make you feel like floating between the city landscape, with its ancient roofs and towers, and the imposing Dome standing just a few meters above your head. This is an exclusive visit to the Terraces, which are normally not open to the public. Take the most incredible pictures from this 32-meter-high (105 ft) panoramic point right in the middle of the old town. Learn how the massive self-standing cathedral dome was built and how it can still firmly dominate the Florence skyline after 600 years, withstanding earthquakes and the passage of time. With his astonishingly innovative approach in vaulting the dome space without any scaffolding, Brunelleschi changed the rules of architecture forever, by inventing a way to defy gravity and reach eternity. Then, if you feel like continuing your climb, you can reach the top of Brunelleschi's Cupola (the Dome). Skipping the endless long lines, you will have the opportunity to reach the 91-meter-high (300 ft) panoramic viewpoint for the highest level of this Florentine Heaven and breathtaking views.

Duration2 Hours

Uffizi Gallery - Afternoon - Seat in Coach

The UFFIZI GALLERY is the oldest art gallery in the world! This is a unique experience for those of you who want to immerse yourself in Florence's artistic background and history. You will be guided through the huge rooms and bright hallways to stop in front of and admire such classics as Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo's The Annunciation and Michelangelo's Tondo Doni... to name but a few. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the Uffizi Gallery until closing time.

Duration1 Hour
Day 6

VIP Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif on Arno

The most charming experience in Florence. The most unique perspective on the city. The tour that even Florentines fall in love with. A small-group romantic and relaxed boat ride followed by an exclusive aperitivo. An old Italian song goes "on the silvery Arno river the stars look at themselves, reflecting as in a mirror". The Arno river is the history of Florence. It was its first supply source. It first divided the city. It then united it through marvelous Middle Ages and Renaissance bridges. Its riverbanks house some of the most beautiful ancient noble palaces. Nowadays it perfectly reflects the romantic, elegant, slow flowing soul of Florence. This small-group tour will let you discover this soul in the most picture-perfect moment of the day: at aperitivo time, right before dinner, right before sunset, where Florence is flooded by the most magic light, and even the cold stones seem soft and warm, with an enchanting yellow finish that distinguishes the city. Meet your guide and then enjoy a nice short walk through Piazza Signoria and under the Uffizi Gallery, seeing the Pontevecchio (old bridge) from the bank, all the way through to the "embarcadero". Get aboard the "barchetto", the Florenctine Gondola, one of the very few traditional wooden boats left in Florence, conducted by a "barcaiolo", a true florentine tradition holder that will guide the boat with his long-reaching pole. No noisy engines, only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide to unveil the secrets of the Arno river, as you stroll on its calm waters, pass under the magnificent florentine bridges and discover its history and the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed. You will then enjoy a refreshing "aperitivo" with a glass of cool wine, to celebrate on board your romantic stay in Florence!

Duration1 Hour
Day 7

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Florence S.Maria Novella to Rome Termini

Duration1 Hour

Train Station to Central Rome

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Twenty One

Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Twenty One

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    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition …

    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

    Facilities

    • Attractions
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 8

Vatican Museums and St. Peter's AM

Enjoy one of the most important art collection in the world and the masterpieces of St. Peter's Basilica. Following our knowledgeable and passionate guide, the tour begins at the Vatican Museums with its immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries. The itinerary includes the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Maps Gallery, the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestries Gallery and the Sistine Chapel to admire the breathtaking frescos by Michelangelo, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world. From the Museum you will exit directly into St Peter's Basilica, the most important Christian Church in the world, heart of the Catholic religion, where you will admire, among others, Michelangelo's masterpiece La Pieta and the impressive Baldachin Altar by Bernini. Tour ends in the suggestive St Peter's Square, dominated by Michelangelo's imposing Cupola and surrounded by the famous Bernini's double Colonnade.

Duration3 Hours

Rome Evening Tour, Fountains and Square

Enjoy a walking tour of Rome and see its most symbolic sights with our professional guide. Tour starts with the Spanish Steps, dominated by the Church of "Trinita dei Monti" then proceed to the famous Trevi Fountain. Tradition narrates that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you will return to Rome.

Continue to the Pantheon, built in honour to all the pagan gods in Ancient Rome. It is considered the largest brick dome in the history of architecture and the forerunner of all modern places of worship. The tour ends at "Piazza Navona" built on the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, adorned by Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. During the tour, your guide will take you to taste some local Roman snacks: a cappuccino or espresso in a heritage ancient cafeteria and some freshly prepared chocolate in a traditional sweet shop. Do not miss this great chance to walk in Rome and enjoy of its worldwide renowned treats at the same time!

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Central Rome to Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: May to September

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights moderate accommodations in Venice
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Florence
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Rome
  • Train tickets in 2nd class between cities
  • Private transfers between train stations and hotels
  • Golden Basilica Tour with entrance to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Private Murano Glass Blowing Factory tour
  • Shared Duomo Sky Walk in Florence
  • Uffizi Gallery Afternoon tour with entrance ticket
  • Small group Sunset Boat tour with Aperitif (max 10 guests)
  • Small group Early Entrance to the Vatican with access to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and Raphael's Room (max 6 guests)
  • Small Group Rome Evening Tour (max 10 guests)
  • Daily breakfast

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

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