Destination: Italy | Duration: 11 days | Tailor-Made Travel: Call for Pricing
Begin this best of Italy tour with a walk around the ancient city of Rome at night. You’ll experience history with a visit to ancient Roman ruins, Vatican City and Renaissance art in Florence. You’ll taste the flavors of Italy and everywhere you go, including grapes from the vineyards in Tuscany. You’ll enjoy gliding along the canals of Venice in a gondola. Finally, you’ll be in awe of the Italian Riviera with its beautiful views of colorful buildings clinging to the cliff along the Mediterranean Sea. Come enjoy the treasures of Italy!
Day 1: Benvenuti a Roma
Arrive at the Rome International Airport and be met by your English-speaking driver for a Private Transfer to your hotel. You will be staying a short walking distance from wonderful sights like Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The afternoon is free to take a stroll through the neighborhood. Stop in a café for an espresso or a glass of wine, pop inside one of the many unique boutique shops. In the evening, you’ll be picked up at your hotel or restaurant of your choice for a private “Rome by Night” tour. This orientation of one of the world’s most beautiful cities is particularly captivating when lit up by the city lights.
Day 2: Ancient Rome
After breakfast, enjoy a Private Tour of Ancient Rome taking in The Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Your expert English-speaking guide will take you to the top of Palatine Hill to see the ruins and amazing view of across to the Temple of Jupiter. The guide will also tell you about the gladiators and the battles that took place inside the Colosseum. You will travel backwards through history from the 4th century Arch of Constantine to the lower ground and the temples of the Roman Republic. Learn about the daily lives of the citizens of the time. The afternoon and evening are free to take in all the sights and flavors of Rome.
Day 3: Vatican City
A private tour of the Vatican, its museums and The Sistine Chapel are on your agenda today. You will be picked up by your private driver and of course, skip the long ticket lines. Hotel pick up is included with their private driver and of course skip the long ticket lines. Appreciate the many masterpieces in the museums and the legacy of these truly incredible works. Be amazed by the ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 at the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon and evening are free to take in all the sights and flavors of Rome.
Day 4: Siena and Florence
This morning you will be collected by their driver and enjoy a private transfer into Tuscany. Visit the historical Tuscan town of Siena enroute and if you like, stop at a winery in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Later in the afternoon, your driver will accompany you to your charming hotel in the heart of Florence. The evening is yours to enjoy dinner and take a leisurely walk around the historical Piazza della Repubblica, the city’s cultural center. Sights nearby include The Cathedral, the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio are all just a short walk away.
Day 5: Train to Venice
Meet your private guide this morning for a walking tour of Florence. Then, in the early afternoon, take a local taxi or go by foot to Santa Maria Novella railway station. You’ll take a fast train to Venice, arriving around 5pm. Travel by train in Europe is a lovely experience, so sit back and enjoy the scenery. In Venice, you will be met by your English-speaking host who will accompany you to a dock for your private water taxi to your hotel on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge.
Day 6: Unique Tour of Venice
This morning you will be met by your local expert guide you will take you on a private off-the-beaten-track tour of Venice. This is a walking tour will show you the real Venice that you won’t see on a typical city tour. You stop to sample some of the local foods like gelato and chocolate (tastings payable locally). After the tour, enjoy a private gondola ride on the Venetian canals. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 7: Santa Margherita Ligure
You are at your leisure this morning to explore more of Venice or perhaps take a vaporetto (public waterbus) to Murano for an early breakfast. After lunch, a private water taxi and host will accompany you from your hotel to the train station for your journey to the Cinque Terre arriving around 6pm. Your base is Santa Margherita Ligure, a small, pastel-painted town on the Italian Riviera with quaint cafes and eateries, abundant boutiques and fantastic views of the sea. It is an excellent base for exploring the five Cinque Terre towns as well as Portofino and Genoa.
Days 8 & 9: The Italian Riviera
You deserve some time to explore on your own. The station is nearby for a train that will take southeast to Cinque Terre or northwest to Genoa. Another nice way to see the coast is by taking a boat ride. Whatever you decide, you will love the sights, sounds and flavors of the Italian Riviera! Visit Cinque Terre, Portofino or Genoa. Be sure to take some time to simply relax. Enjoy the soft morning light with a cup of espresso. Take part in aperitivo, Italian happy hour with the locals. Watch the sun go down over the Mediterranean with a glass of wine.
Day 10: Train to Rome
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to Rome by train. Make it a leisurely, enjoyable journey by catching a train at midday to have you arrive at Roma Termini around 5pm. From there, you will be collected by private transfer and taken to your airport hotel for your last evening.
Day 11: Addio, Italia
After breakfast, take the hotel shuttle to the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for your flight back home. Or, if you have more time, we might suggest adding on some Northern Italy locations, such as Milan and the Lakes District.