Italy, the First Time!
Never been to Italy? Looking for an unforgettable journey through the peninsula …this is the ideal journey for you! Venice, Florence and Rome, together with the Chianti region and Siena: an intense experience that will leave you completely overwhelmed by powerful emotions. Fall in love with Italy!
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN VENICE
Arrival in Venice airport and private transfer to your Hotel in Venice. Lunch on your own. Free afternoon to visit the city centre at leisure, discovering the beauty of Venetian palaces and the elegance of its canals. Welcome dinner based on Venetian specialties in a local osteria and overnight in Venice.
A special welcome dinner serving the best Venetian specialties in a romantic and evocative atmosphere: the famous osteria “Agli Assassini”
DAY 2 – CLASSIC VENICE TOUR
In the morning meet with your private guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a HD classical walking guided tour of Venice city centre of 2 hours, discovering the main highlights and familiarize with city’s art and culture. Afternoon at leisure to visit and explore Venice on your own. Dinner and overnight in Venice.
St Mark’s Square, one of the biggest and more beautiful squares in the world
Gran Canal, with its bridges and elegant palaces directly built on the sea
The Cathedral, masterpiece of Byzantine and Gothic art, and the Clock Tower with the 2 “Mori”.
Rialto Bridge with its evocative landscape and its outdoor market
DO NOT MISS
The Dukes’ Palace, full of enchanting and elegant salons, artistic masterpieces and terrifying prisons
Craftsmen’s masks shops along Venice streets
An aperitif at the typical “bacari”, where to have excellent Italian wines accompanied by appetizers
The Jewish ghetto, an enchanted place immersed in the past.
Gondola ride at sunset
DAY 3- MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO
In the morning, meeting with your private English speaking guide and departure with ferry to visit Murano,Burano and Torcello, three wonderful islands where to admire the art of Venetian craftsmen. Lunch on own in a typical restaurant of one of these islands. Return to Venice in the early afternoon, balance of the day at leisure. Dinner on own and overnight in Venice.
Murano island, famous for its glass-ware and glass laboratories
Burano island, with its colorful fishermen’s houses painted in bright colors and its lace-making laboratories
Torcello, the silence of its atmosphere and the mystical surrounding of its ancient Byzantine church
Private islands’ tour, an original exclusive excursion with professional guide
DO NOT MISS
Glass objects and souvenirs in Murano
Glass production live demonstration in laboratories in Murano
Burano typical pastries: the “Buranelli”
Burano hand-made laces
A lunch at the famous Locanda Cipriani in Torcello, a real must-go restaurant.
DAY 4 – CLASSIC TOUR FLORENCE
In the morning, check-out and train from Venice to Florence by train. Arrival in Florence in the late morning, check-in at your hotel and lunch on own. In the afternoon, meet your guide for an half day walking tour of Florence that will include the main city highlights of the so-called “Renaissance crib”. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the town and to discover its glorious history. Dinner on own. Overnight in Florence.
St Croce Church
Piazza Signoria and Palazzo vecchio
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An aperitif at Procacci (famous for its truffles’ sandwiches)
An espresso at the historical Café Rivoire
An ice-cream at Gelateria dei Neri, with more than 50 flavours to choose from
A lampredotto sandwich at a local kiosk
St Lorenzo market
A dinner at Ristorante Il Targa, out of the touristic circuits, overlooking the Arno river
DAY 5 – FLORENCE AND ARRIVAL IN ROME
Today you will have the full morning at disposal to visit Florence on your own. We suggest you to visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Boboli Gardens which are definitely worth a tour and perfectly show the love of the Medici family for art. Get lost in Boboli Gardens and admire Leonardo’s and Michelangelo’s paintings in the Uffizi museum. Lunch on own. In the afternoon transfer from Florence to Rome, the eternal city, by train. Check-in at your hotel. Dinner on own. Overnight in Rome
DO NOT MISS
Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery (reservations on request)
The Oltrarno district, with Pitti Palace and Boboli and Bardini Gardens
Gucci and Ferragamo fashion museums
DAY 6 – CLASSICAL ROME TOUR
In the morning meet your private English-speaking guide in the hotel and start a guided tour of Rome, where you will visit the main attractions of the Ancient Roman . Lunch at leisure. Balance of the day at leisure: we suggest you to focus on Renaissance and Baroque Rome through the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. Dinner on own. Overnight in Rome
The Colosseum, where gladiators and animals’ battles took place in ancient times
The Roman Forum, full of well-preserved ruins of religious and civil buildings, evidence of a glorious civilization
The Palatine Hill, the place where Rome was founded
The Spanish Steps, the elegant living room of Rome high society
The Trevi fountain: throw a coin in it and pray for good luck!
The colorful, lively and original Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori
A half-day guided tour that will help you getting in touch with Roman history, civilization and art
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Shopping in Via Condotti, Via del Babbuino and Via del Corso, the most elegant and luxurious shopping streets of Rome with several exclusive boutiques
A dinner at Restaurant l’Antica Pesa, located in the typical Trastevere area
A coffee at St. Eustachio café, prestigious coffee house in Piazza del Popolo
DAY 7 – CHRISTIAN TOUR ROME
In the morning, meet with your private English speaking guide for a guided visit of the Christian Rome and its mystical atmosphere. Lunch at leisure. Balance of the afternoon free: we suggest you to take a walk in the city centre and or to visit Villa Borghese Gallery. Dinner in one typical restaurant of Rome. Overnight in Rome.
The Vatican Museums, among the most important museums of the world, with the Sistine Chapel
St Peter’s Church
Private guided visit of Christian Rome
Typical dinner based on special Roman dishes in the Restaurant Felice al Testaccio: pasta with amatriciana sauce, beef steak and many others!
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A visit to the wonderful Villa Borghese Gallery, hosting prestigious art masterpieces by the most famous Italian artists
The Caracalla thermal centre, a magnificent and well-preserved example of civil buildings of the ancient era
DAY 8 – CHECK OUT
Check-out. Private transfer to Rome FCO airport.
OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE TOUR: 3*, 4*, 5* HOTELS, VILLAS AND HISTORICAL RESIDENCES