This perfect one-week vacation covers Rome, Florence, and Venice with enough time to explore on your own. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in all cities covers the must-see sights such as, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome, Michelangelo’s celebrated David statue, sculpture-studded Signoria Square in Florence, as well as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Enjoy a special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine in Florence, and in Venice, enjoy a glassblowers’ demonstration, and receive a surprise gift. Of course a special welcome dinner in Rome and a private boat ride in Venice are included, as well as a farewell drink at famous Caffé Florian on St. Mark’s Square. The full day at leisure in Venice gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the charming island of Burano.
Arrive in Rome, Italy
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at Ambasciata di Capri restaurant.
Enjoy unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons.
A guided visit to the magnificent colosseum brings the days of the gladiators alive. Also admire the Arch of Constantine, and enter the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph. In the early afternoon, drive through Umbria along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards, which house the famous Chianti wine, to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded Signoria Square, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. This afternoon is your chance to join an optional excursion to the picturesque town of San Gimignano. This evening, a special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine awaits you at Finisterrae restaurant.
A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by private boat to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are St. Mark’s Square, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, and receive a surprise gift, just for you!
Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off by enjoying a farewell drink at famous Caffè Florian while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal of local specialties?
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.