Best Tour in Italy’s Highlights of Italy vacation packages are designed for first-time visitors to Italy or just return to visit the see more.. Enjoy in-depth tours of the main attractions of Rome, Florence & Venice. Stay in centrally located hotel or B&B with transfers and you will also have the opportunity to do some exploring on your own and shop in the local boutiques and eat at quaint restaurants. This tour truly has some of the best that Italy has to offer so that from the moment you arrive in Italy until the day you depart we’ll take care of everything.
Day 1 – ROME
Upon your arrival in Rome you’ll be met by our representative for your transfer to the centrally located hotel or B&B in Rome where you will accommodation in a double room on the quiet side for three-nights. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Day 2 – ROME
Start the day with a buffet breakfast. Then you will depart for our Three-hour Ancient Rome Walking group tour with one of our licensed expert guides, and including skip the line tickets for the Colosseum, Ancient Roman Forum, Palatine Hill. The Colosseum is considered as the symbol of the greatness of Rome all over the world, it was the vital center for the Romans and stadium of the historical battles of the gladiators. Known as the greatest amphitheater of the world, with a capacity of over 50.000 spectators, it is the image of whole Italy. We will continue with the Imperial Forum, a series of monumental plazas built among the 46 B.C and the 113 A.D. The Roman Emperors wanted the Forum to be built in order to testify their power and greatness. Go on with the visit crossing the valley of the Imperial Forum and reaching the Palatine Hill, you will see an incredible set display in front of you. Thanks to the detailed guide description you will be able to imagine how the Romans lived back to 2.000 years ago, their everyday life and troubles, columns and arcs of triumph erected for their gods. When the tour is over you will have free time at your leisure.
Day 3 – ROME
After breakfast, you will take part of a Vatican Museums group tour. You’ll visit the Vatican Museums with one of our licensed expert guides that also skipping the long queue at the entrance, admire the magnificent Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter Basilica. Please note that if mass is taking place in the Basilica, the entrance may be restricted. The Vatican is known all over the world as the central governing body of the Catholic Church. The Vatican is a popular place to visit that attracts over 8 million visitors a year. After a brief historical introduction about the Vatican Museums, we will enter the Candelabra Gallery, which houses roman sculptures and frescoed ceilings. Then you will continue in Gallery of the Tapestries, where you will stare at the beautiful tapestries of the 6th century by the Flemish artists. Next will be the extraordinary Gallery of Maps, a series of painted topographical maps of Italy each depicting a region as well as a perspective view of its most prominent city at the time. In the Sistine Chapel you will see the Creation and the Last Judgment, believed to be Michelangelo’s masterpieces in painting. One time that the tour is finished you will have the free time for lunch (not included) and remainder of the afternoon to enjoy to shop or enjoy a gelato.
Day 4 – FLORENCE
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met in the lobby of your accommodation to Rome’s Termini railway station from where you will depart for your next destination – Florence. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing from Rome to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence you’ll be met by our representative for your transfer to the centrally located hotel or B&B in Florence where you will be staying for two-night in a double room. Rest of the Day at your leisure.
Day 5 – FLORENCE
The day starts with breakfast, to prepare you for a pleasant day, and continues with a group tour of Florence. You will have the chance to visit the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery with our expert guide and skip-the-line access. In the Gallery of the Accademia where you will see Michelangelo’s David, the symbol of Florence! The Gallery of the Accademia was founded in 1784, when the Grand Duke Leopold of Lorraine set up the Accademia of Fine Arts with the idea of gathering all works of art owned by the art school in one museum. The statue of David was brought there in 1873 in 1882 Emilio De Fabris made the tribune on which the imposing statue still stands today. In the afternoon, after break lunch (not included), your tour continue with the visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Situated inside Piazza della Repubblica, the Uffizi Gallery is the oldest museum in the world as well as the first museum opened to the public. Designed by Vasari in the 16th century, the palace eventually became a gallery when the second floor was closed in order to house and arrange the Grand Ducal collection of statues, paintings, jewelry, medals, weapons, etc. The Uffizi Gallery boasts one of the most important collection of works of art in the world: the Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera” or “Allegory of the Springtime“, Piero della Francesca’s portrait of spouses “Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza”, the famous Filippo Lippi’s “Madonna with Child and Angels“, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi” and “The Baptism of Christ“, Michelangelo’s “Holy Family“, Raphael’s “Madonna del Cardellino” and Titian’s “Venus of Urbino“. Furthermore, inside the Uffizi you will see the famous Vasari Corridor, an added wing featuring the works of Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt. Eventually, you will see the sexiest sculpture of the ancient world, the symbol of the Uffizi gallery, known as the Medici Venus.
Day 6 – VENICE
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met in your accommodation by our representative for your transfer to the train station to travel to your next destination – Venice. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing from Florence to Venice. Upon arrival in Venice you’ll be met by our representative for your Water-Taxi Transfer to the centrally located hotel or B&B in Venice where you will be staying in a double room for two nights.
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Day 7 – VENICE
The day starts with a buffet breakfast before leaving our 4-hour Best Venice group tour with one of our licensed expert guides you will enjoy a complete and thorough introduction to the city of Venice. The first you will visit the St. Mark’s Basilica, no wonder Venetians called it “Basilica d’Oro”, the golden basilica – this tour includes your entrance ticket (Skip the Line Access) to the amazing panoramic view from the terrace! Saint Mark’s Basilica is a sanctuary that holds a great amount of treasures, both material and spiritual. Next to the Basilica there is The Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale in italian, that is the most important museum in Venice. It was once the Republic’s venue, the palace of justice and the official residence of the Doge and it is considered the most ambitious expression of Venetian Gothic architecture. Your tour will continue on the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace with the new prison. Enjoy the same, beautiful but yet sad view of Venice that the prisoners had for the last time when they were taken to their cells. and then, your wonderful tour continue around the corner you find Rialto Bridge. The original bridge was made of wood, but it was replaced in 1588 with the current stone structure. The area around the bridge is where ships would unload their goods for the Venetian local markets. Today the bridge and the surrounding area are scattered with shops. Then you’ll visit Marco Polo’s house, the Venetian son who went to sea and came back with stories of China and an eastern world that few had ever seen or even heard of. You’ll see the squares of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you will find Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings and modern structures, all of them showing the eclectic story of this unique city. Once finished the walking tour you have some free time to enjoy your lunch(not included). In the afternoon you have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 8 – VENICE / END OF THE VACATION PACKAGE
Your 8-Day Italy Vacation Package will conclude with water-taxi transfer directly from your accommodation in Venice to the departure terminal of Marco Polo Airport.
Sample price shown are per person based on double room accommodation.
The tour includes:
- 7 nights in centrally located hotel or B&B
-3 nights Rome
-2 nights Florence
-2 nights Venice
- 7 breakfasts
- 1st-Class reserved seats on Hi- Speed Trains between Rome, Florence & Venice
- 6 Transfers (see itinerary for details)
- Services of English-speaking tour guide
- 3-hour Vatican & Sistine Chapel group tour
- 3-hour Colosseum & Ancient Rome group tour
- 9-hour Best Florence group tour
- 4-hour Best Venice group tour
The tour does not include:
- City hotel taxes
- Everything not listed under “the tour includes”
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