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9 Days Art, History, and Express Tour in Italy

Ca’ d’Oro Hotel, Corte Barbaro, 4604, 30121 Cannaregio, Venezia, Venice, Italy

Cultural Tour Italy

This Italy Express easy tour is perfect for all those who like high level services and a lower price. Italy is objectively the world’s most celebrated and distinctive destination, a travel destination to tell your friends or at your colleagues’ next party. Once you have visited, you might never want to travel anywhere else.

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Type of transportation: Private bus
  • Starts in: Venice
  • Ends in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Highlights

  • Explore historical sites
  • Exciting trips to Italy's famous squares
  • Chance to experience the Italian lifestyle
  • Guided tours to beautiful tourist spots in Venice, Rome, and Florence
  • Professional, knowledgeable guides
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Entry tickets
  • Daily meals

9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 2
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Accommodation

In this tour, you will be provided eight nights of accommodation. On the first and second night, you will stay at the Ca’ d’Oro Hotel or in a similar accommodation in bed and breakfast basis.

The third and fourth nights will be at the Boutique Hotel Dedo or in a similar accommodation in bed and breakfast basis. The fifth night up to the eighth night will be spent at the Hotel Navona Street or in a similar accommodation in bed and breakfast basis.

Program

Italy really does have it all: the world’s greatest hoard of art treasures. The climate is relaxing and pretty mild. Italy’s artistic heritage is the essential part of its appeal. It Is not possible to see everything in only one trip; someone did it so, but it is rather expensive.

Places and sites of interest

  • Venice, gondola ride
  • Best of Venice, the islands
  • Best of Florence, its unexplored beauties and Michelangelo David
  • The Cinque Terre discovery
  • Classic and baroque Rome
  • Must-see Vatican museums
  • Sistine chapel and Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Must-see catacombs underneath Saint Peter and Ancient Rome

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Venice, Canals ride

You will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and will be transferred in a private car towards your accommodation in Venice. You will check in at your accommodation Ca’ d’Oro Hotel. There is an option to have a private gondola ride. You will embark on a gondola for a 30-minute ride on the Grand Canal (S. Maria della Salute area) and other minor canals (Fenice area).

The tour will end at the Station Vallaresso (Dogana). The gondola experience could be booked on the spot. You will spend the late afternoon at your own leisure to discover the lively part of the city and do some shopping.

Day 2: Best of Venice, the islands

You will have breakfast and morning guided walking tour of Venice to discover the major monuments of the city. You will discover the impressive San Marco Square with Doge’s Palace, the halls and golden staircase, the famous Bridge of Sighs, crossed by prisoners before their execution.

The guide will also show you the lively part of the city, taking you to explore markets and artisan laboratories of gold, mosaic, glass, and Carnival masks. You will visit also one of the most majestic Cathedrals in the world, the Golden Basilica. After the guided tour, you can visit the Basilica of San Marco, with ticket included.

In the afternoon, you can join a group tour to the Islands of Venice. This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the beautiful islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano, originally known as “AMURANIUM”, became prosperous and reached its zenith in the 16th century. Since 1291, it became world famous for its glass. Burano is known for its lace and its colorful houses.

The ancient tradition of the “Lace” dates back to the 16th century. Its products have reached all the major courts and European collections. Torcello is famous for being the first settlement in Venice. The island’s name seems to derive from “Turricellum” (the little tower erected in memory of the lost homeland).

During the tour, you can try the traditional cicchetto Italian aperitivo in Venice. You can ask for the best place to have perfect “cicchetti”, in sort of local pubs called osterie or bacari. Cicchetti are based on traditional appetizer food and wine.

Day 3: Best of Florence, its unexplored beauties and Michaelangelo David

You will have breakfast and check out from your hotel in Venice. You will be transferred from Venice to Florence by bullet train, and then you will check in at your accommodation in Boutique Hotel Dedo. In the afternoon, you will have a half day guided visit of Florence and enjoy a panoramic view.

You will be taken through the most famous squares and streets of Florence to have an afternoon city tour among art, landscapes, and the most beautiful paintings in the world. The first part of the tour is devoted to the beautiful hills surrounding Florence.

You will start with a panoramic bus ride along the tree-lined roads to reach the beautiful Etruscan-Roman village of Fiesole, with stunning views of Florence and the Arno river Valley. You will visit the central square, and then you will stop for pictures at San Domenico, one of the most beautiful panoramic spots in town.

Heading back to the city, you will drive along the famous Lungarni (on the Arno riverbank) to reach the Basilica di Santa Croce and its historic square. You will follow your professional guide to Piazza Della Signoria, the unique heart of the city’s social life, to admire the imposing architecture of Palazzo Vecchio and the famous statues of Loggia de' Lanzi, among which the magnificent Perseus by Cellini stands.

Finally, you will visit the Uffizi Gallery, where you can stand and admire the unique Renaissance masterpieces of the great Italian artists: Leonardo, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael. You can stay inside the museum for as long as you please even after the guided tour is over.

This day includes services of a professional guide, visit to Piazzale Michelangelo by fully-fitted GTcoach, Accademia Gallery skip the line ticket, walking tour, and earphones for bigger groups.

Day 4: The Cinque Terre Discovery Tour

You will have a group excursion from your hotel in Florence. You will make the day to visit the beautiful Cinque Terre. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking or hiking on the fabulous trails on the cliff (including famous via dell’Amore) in a perfect mix for a real memorable experience.

The tour will include a roundtrip transfer, ferry tickets, a guided tour of Le Cinque Terre, and services of an English-speaking guide. Hotel pickup and drop off is included. Lunch optional. Remember to dress in comfortable shoes.

Day 5: Colosseum and Imperial Rome Tour

You will have breakfast and then get transferred from Florence to Rome by high speed bullet train. You will check in at your accommodation in Navona Street Hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of the Colosseum and the Imperial Rome. From here, the guide will take you inside the Coliseum (skip the entrance ticket lines), a must-visit in Rome.

Here, you will hear about all the historical events that took place. Upon leaving the Coliseum, you will visit its surrounding monuments such as the Palatine hill with the Roman Forum Archeological Area (no ticket lines), which is such a fascinating place. The views alone from the Palatine over the Forums or the Circus Maximus are worth a trip to Italy.

The House of the Vestals, the various temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace, the Sacred Way, and the Triumph Arches.

Day 6: Pompeii Acheaological

You will have breakfast and then proceed on a full day tour to Pompeii. The tour will last 13 hours. Pompeii is the most compelling archaeological site in Europe, and its appeal goes beyond tourism. Much of its value lies in the fact that it was not simply blown away by Vesuvius, rather it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning pumice stone), as Pliny the Younger describes in his celebrated account of the eruption.

The drive from Rome to Pompeii lasts about three hours. This day’s tour includes transportation by deluxe coach, tour escort, Pompeii Ruins entrance ticket with reservation, professional local guide in Pompeii Excavations, and headsets during the visit inside Pompeii excavations, and typical Italian lunch with soft drinks.

Day 7: Must-see catacombs, Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and Rome

You will have breakfast and then proceed on a morning half-day mini group visit of the Catacombs under Saint Peter (1 hour 30 min). This is a special visit to the necropolis underneath the Basilica, where the tomb of St. Peter is located, only possible following special permission granted from time to time by the “Fabbrica di San Pietro”.

In order to preserve this exceptional historical and archaeological site and due to the limited premises around the venerated tomb of the Apostle Peter, only around 250 visitors per day are permitted to enter. Groups are composed of approximately 12 people and according to language. Each group is accompanied by a Vatican guide, and the guided visit lasts about one hour and a half.

Kindly notice that environmental conditions will be different underground, with possible increase of temperature and humidity. Those who suffer specific and serious physical problems that could be affected by these conditions, including claustrophobia, should not visit them. You will have an afternoon group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica of St. Peter.

It is a fascinating itinerary with a professional guide to the discovery of art, history and religion of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world. You an go to fancy clubs and events to live a perfect night in Rome.

Day 8: Must-see Classic Rome Tour

You will have breakfast and then depart for a half-day group tour of Classic Rome. You will explore the most important sites of Classic Rome, skipping the long lines on this guided half-day tour, covering Campo dei Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its “open-air” market. A square so close to the heart of the Romans, a natural wonderful window on Roman life.

Piazza Farnese, which takes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. Palazzo Spada, the brilliance of forced prospective introduced by the famous architect Borromini. Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D.

The symbol of the square is the “Fountain of Four Rivers”, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Piazza della Rotonda and the unique Pantheon. Once inside, the expert guide will be glad to give you a short explanation about the history and the architectural secrets of one of the gems of ancient architecture.

Piazza Colonna, named after the 2nd century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. At present, the square is the center of the Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. You never know if you might see someone popular as Berlusconi, Salvini, or Grillo!

Trevi fountain is more than just the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome, but it is also truly a monumental masterpiece, so do not forget to throw a coin. Piazza di Spagna is a paradise for fashion-conscious shoppers, and here, you can find the most important and famous names of Italian and international style.

You can spend the afternoon at leisure in Rome to go shopping. It is suggested that you try the best and worthy locations and streets to go shopping in Rome.

Day 9: Departure day

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer towards Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

Included excursions

  • Guided walking tour of Venice
  • Group tour to the Islands of Venice
  • Half-day guided visit of Florence
  • Chance for picture-taking at San Domenico
  • Exploration of the Basilica di Santa Croce and its historic square
  • Visit to Piazza Della Signoriam Uffizi Gallery, and Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Guided tour of the beautiful Cinque Terre
  • Stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking or hiking on the fabulous trails on the cliff
  • Visit to the surrounding monuments such as the Palatine hill with the Roman Forum Archeological Area
  • Half-day mini group visit of the Catacombs under San Peter
  • Afternoon group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica of St. Peter
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the Imperial Rome and half-day group tour of Classic Rome
  • Visit to Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese

Location

This tour will be held in Italy, mainly in Venice, Florence, and Rome. You will visit various places including San Marco Square, Basilica of San Marco, and the beautiful islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, Fiesole, San Domenico, Basilica di Santa Croce, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the statues of Loggia de' Lanzi, Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo, Cinque Terre, Colosseum and the Imperial Rome, Pompeii ruins, St. Peter catacombs, Piazza Farnese, Palazzo Spada, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna.

Food

Daily meals as specified in the itinerary are included. The Italian diet is based on olive oil, fresh, and plentiful fruits, vegetables, and fish, and is one of the healthiest in Europe. There are few national cuisines that can boast so much variety in both ingredients and cooking methods. Italy is the biggest and most safe organic agriculture producer in Europe. Italy’s wines, too, are among the finest and most diverse in Europe.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Experiences and guided tours as per description
  • Meals and tastings as per description
  • Ticket entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Train transfers by high speed bullet train and bus as per itinerary described
  • Transfer drop off arrival from Cinque Terre

What's not included

  • Everything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Medical-luggage and cancelation insurance
  • Extra beverage apart from water in the half-board included meals
  • Optional tours and experiences

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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