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Art Cities of Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,972

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$ 2,972

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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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    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 …

    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

The Golden Basilica Tour (Summer)

Today you will visit of Saint Mark's Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city's history and Saints' relics. With its awe-inspiring gold mosaics you will walk through to one of the main highlights of the Basilica the "Pala D'Oro" (Golden altar) with masterpieces by generations of Venetian Goldsmiths, and universally recognized as one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship and the most precious treasure in the Basilica, and the 'Treasure of Saint Mark' on of the richest collection of religious arts in Europe.

NOTE: Large bags and backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica. Shoulders and knees must be covered when entering into churches. On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to religious holidays, public events or high water. The tour might be in two languages (one will always be English).

Duration1 Hour
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

VIP Duomo Tour and Secret Terraces

Admire the magical AERIAL PANORAMA of the cradle of Renaissance and learn the secrets of the Duomo from a different point of view. An exclusive and never seen before perspective: admire Florence panorama from Duomo's 32 metres high TERRACES and climb up to the top of the Dome! Do not miss the chance to take a closer look at the incredible BRUNELLESCHI "CUPOLA", a masterpiece of art and architecture that still remains unmatched and whose techniques of building are covered with a veil of mystery. An unmissable opportunity to visit this top attraction of Florence which is often fully booked due to its unparalleled beauty and allure. Avoid the queues with our exclusive skip the line access and follow our professional guides inside the immense wonders of the ancient Cathedral of Florence: be impressed by the unique frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, admire the magical colossal clock by Paolo Uccello and discover the beauty of the marble floor with its intricate patterns. Take advantage of your guided tour to discover the fascinating Crypt, which contains the archaeological remains of the ancient Cathedral of Santa Reparata. Walk amidst its ruins and admire the floor's fine polychrome mosaic with geometrical decorations. Then, climb the Northern terrace of the Cathedral rooftop, a suggestive walk through narrow and openair corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. The panorama from up there will take your breath away! We are giving you the chance to join an elite tour within art and history and to discover the hidden Duomo Nort Terrace: the majority of tourists (as well as Florentines!) do not even know that they were planned! The guided tour will end in the exclusive circular room (accessible only with our tour!) where you will have the opportunity to see the old statues which stands in the facade of the Duomo. In the room you can find the restorers at work with their spatulas and chisels still dirty and smelling of stucco. The surprises for you are not over yet: use your ticket to reach the top of the Cupola admiring up close the stunning Last Judgment frescoes, and finally enjoy an amazing 360 degrees view from the top!

Duration1 Hour

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

Early Entrance Vatican

Take a tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with privileged entrance. On this exclusive small group tour, get an early start to discover the very best of Vatican City by entering the Vatican Museums one entire hour before the general public. Take in the majesty of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel in total peace before the crowds start pouring in and admire the Vatican's many treasures with your local guide as you walk through this 9-mile long museum so you get to see the highlights and recommend rooms and collections. Your tour begins at 7:30AM near the Vatican Museums entrance where you will meet your expert tour guide who will let you into the museums one hour before they officially open and you will be immediately guided through the empty Vatican Museum hallways straight to the first stop -- Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Since this chapel is the number one attraction in the Vatican, you'll get a rare opportunity to admire Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes and Last Judgment without having to deal with crowds of tourists. You will then walk up the stairs to the amazing galleries, from the Candelabra, to the Tapestries up to the world-known Gallery of Maps, the Renaissance version of Google Maps. A Vatican Tour cannot be complete without the Raphael Rooms of the apartments of Pope Julius II. Once you're done in the Raphael Rooms, your guide will take you through the Sistine Chapel one more time before heading into Saint Peter's Basilica. Admire the spaciousness of this basilica, which is the largest Catholic church in the entire world. A few of the glorious works of art you will get to see up close include Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino Altar. Before you leave St. Peter's Basilica, your guide will tell you about the Papal Tombs, the Memorial of Pope Alexander VII, and tell you how to climb up to the top of the Dome. Conclude your Vatican tour by walking around Bernini's celebrated Piazza San Pietro Square.

Duration3 Hours

Rome Evening Tour, Fountains and Square

Enjoy an evening tour of Rome to see its most romantic and symbolic side of the Eternal City. Departing from your hotel or at our meeting point at the Spanish Steps, dominated by the Church of "Trinità dei Monti", you will proceed to the renowned splendour of the "Trevi" Fountain. Admire the fantastic creatures designed to represent the various movements of the sea in a neoclassic and baroque frame. After you have free time to give you the chance to follow the old tradition to throw a coin into the fountain, with your back to the fountain, to ensure your return to Rome, you will continue to the Pantheon. It was originally built to honour all pagan Gods of Ancient Rome and it still the largest brick dome in the history of architecture so that it is considered the forerunner of all modern places of worship and one of the most copied masterpiecee of all classical buildings. Your sightseeing tour ends at "Piazza Navona", built on the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, adorned with Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers, representing the four continents and used as a backdrop for many films (eg. Angels and Demons).

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
  • Small group Duomo Tour with skip-the-line access to Brunelleschi's Dome (max 25 guests)
  • 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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