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Italy at Leisure - 10 Days

Start point: Rome
End point: Venice

DAY 1: Arrive in Rome

Welcome to Rome! The first day of the tour is an arrivals day: meet up with your tour leader at our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! If you arrive early, head into the city and see some of the sites that make Rome famous the world over. An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on. Not to mention designer shopping and brilliant food. Tonight, you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.



Experiences

Your tour begins! Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner where you can get to know your tour leader and the rest of your group.

Accommodation

Cristoforo Colombo
American Palace Eur
Rome Midas Hotel Conference

Other Foods to try

After joining the tour, you will enjoy a dinner in the evening - the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers! You can expect to enjoy a three course meal, including starter, main course and dessert. Typical dishes include penne carbonara, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, as well as a range of meat dishes, including roasted chicken and beef.

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DAY 2: Rome city tour

This morning we’ll take you on a walking tour of the Italian capital to introduce you to some of Rome’s many historic sights, including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Castle d'Angelo and the Tiber river, with photo stops along the way. We'll then enjoy an included lunch in a local restaurant, before you have a free afternoon to explore Rome at your leisure. You can also join our optional guided walking tour of the Vatican City! Included in the price of this optional excursion is entrance to the Vatican with queue jump privilege and the services of a local guide. Marvel at glittering artworks, vast marble halls and opulent architecture - including the Sistine Chapel - all part and parcel of the Vatican’s status as the seat of papal power. 



Experiences

Walking tour of Rome - Italy's capital has so much to see, including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Castle d'Angelo, the Tiber river and much more!


Optional Excursions
Vatican City guided tour€50
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Cristoforo Colombo
American Palace Eur
Rome Midas Hotel Conference

Other Foods to try

Seek out a pizzeria and grab a slice of pizza! True to Roman tradition, you won't get many toppings, but the pizza is cooked in wood fired ovens to thin, fresh and chewy perfection. Bellissimo!

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DAY 3: Rome - Free day

Rome is one of the highlights of any Italian tour; it wasn’t built in a day, but luckily you have a free one in which to explore the capital to your heart's content. The city centre boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzzing atmosphere like no other. The Colosseum is spectacular, and for those who wish to enter, there are fabulous views of the city, and an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii.

Attractions to discover in your free time
Roman Forum - Palatine Museum - ColiseumVarious 08:30-19:30€ various
Castel Sant'AngeloApr-Sep: 09:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 09:00-14:00Adults €8, Children €6
CatacombsThu-Tue: 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00Adults €8, Children (7-15 yrs) €5
Saint Peter BasilicaApril-Sep: 07:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 07:00-18:00Free
Saint Peter Cupola (tower)April-Sep: 08:00-18:00 | Oct-Mar: 08:00-18:45€6 steps / €7 elevator
Optional Excursions
Pompeii Day Trip€80
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

DAY 4: Siena - San Gimignano - Tuscany

Today we’ll drive north through the beautiful countryside to the region of Tuscany. Our first stop is the medieval town of Siena, famous for the 'Palio' horse race and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then stop off in the medieval town of San Gimignano with its iconic towers, to sample local wines and enjoy Antipasto (a selection of cheese, cured meats, bread and olives). To round off a brilliant day of exploring we’ll enjoy an included dinner this evening at our accommodation in a spa town in the Tuscan hills.



Experiences

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Siena, famous for the Palio horse race, held each year on 2nd July and 16th August. This bareback horse race has taken place since the 14th Century in the main town square of Siena, and the 17 participants represent local families, or contrade.

Comfort stop at the medieval Tuscan town of San Gimignano.

Sample the local wines and enjoy Antipasto at a vineyard in Tuscany.

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Michelangelo

Other Foods to try

Enjoy an included dinner this evening, featuring bruschetta, Cannelloni a la Fiorentina (pasta), pork roast (vegetarian option available) with potatoes and homemade dessert.

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DAY 5: Pisa - Florence - Tuscany

Today we’ll explore the undoubted highlights of Tuscany; Pisa and Florence! Our first stop is the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Now over 800 years old, it’s a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit to get a few photos of you 'holding up' the tower! On arrival in Florence, we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city accompanied by an expert local guide, who will introduce you to all the sights, including Ponte Vecchio, Florence Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Croce. You’ll then have some free time to explore - why not see Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell'Accademia? - before we return to our accommodation in the Tuscany region.



Experiences

Explore the site of the famous leaning tower of Pisa – a true classic and a must-see on any tour visiting Italy.

In Florence, enjoy a locally-guided walking tour taking in some of the city’s most famous attractions.

 


Optional Excursions
Taste of Tuscany€35
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Michelangelo

Other Foods to try

Lampredotto is a Florence street food, consisting of the fourth stomach of the cow cooked in a broth and then served with salsa verde or/and spicy sauce. Be sure to try this interesting delicacy while you are in Florence!

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DAY 6: Tuscany - Free day

Enjoy a free day to explore Tuscany and the surrounding area. If you enjoyed Florence yesterday it is only a short train ride away - you’ll have all day to explore the museums, art galleries and shops to your heart’s content! Alternatively, you can take our optional excursion to Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre literally means ‘Five Lands’ and consists of five coastal cliff-side towns linked by rail and by footpaths. Overlooking the Mediterranean and amply supplied with fresh produce from the surrounding farms and homesteads, this is a region with all the ingredients to make for an unforgettable day.

Attractions to discover in your free time
Optional Excursions
Cinque Terre€50
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

DAY 7: Modena - Verona - Venice

Today, we’ll be driving to Venice, and on the way we'll make a couple of fantastic stops. Our first is Modena, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of balsamic vinegar. We’ll then drive on to Verona where you’ll have some free time to experience Juliet’s balcony – where Shakespeare’s Juliet is said to have been wooed by Romeo - and the Verona Arena. Arriving in Venice this afternoon, you'll have the option for the perfect introduction to this magical destination, with an optional private boat cruise of the Grand Canal - a perspective of Venice you will never forget!



Experiences

Enjoy a taste of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, which has been produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia since the 11th century.

Comfort stop in Verona to admire Juliet’s balcony – where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet.

On the morning of your free day tomorrow, your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Venice, where you see the highlights, including the Rialto bridge, St Mark's Square and views of Doge's Palace.


Optional Excursions
Venice Water Taxi€20
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Elite Hotel Residence
Hotel Complex Ambasciatori & Delfino
Hotel Venezia
Russott Hotel

Other Foods to try

Don't miss out on trying tiramisu - translating as "pick me up" it is a delicious combination of coffee liqueur soaked-sponge with mascarpone cheese.

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DAY 8: Venice - Free day

Today you have a full free day to explore Venice, but first your tour leader will give you an orientation tour of the canals and alleyways, pointing out the main sights to help you plan the rest of your day. You can get a classic Venetian view from the famous Rialto Bridge, board a gondola and see Venice from the water, try Venetian cuisine, visit museums and art galleries and simply get the full Venetian experience! Alternatively you can choose to relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There’s also St Marks Square, The Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to see – plus any number of culinary delights to sample, too!

Attractions to discover in your free time
Optional Excursions
Venice Gondola Ride€20
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

DAY 9: Venice - Free day

Enjoy another free day to explore Venice and cover everything you couldn’t fit in yesterday! Your tour leader can organise a trip further out into the lagoon to visit Murano and Burano. These islands are famous for their glass-blowing and lace-making crafts respectively, and rows of beautiful multi-coloured houses. To learn more about the gondola’s visit Squero di San Trovaso, the oldest boatyard in Venice where gondolas are built and repaired. This evening is your last night together with your tour leader and fellow travellers, so we’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner before we part ways tomorrow morning.

Attractions to discover in your free time
Optional Excursions
Murano, Burano & Venetian lagoon€45
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

DAY 10: End of tour

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our travel companions and depart for home. We hope you have enjoyed your 10 day Italian tour. Arrivederci, Italia!



Experiences

If you would like to extend your stay in Venice after the tour, please contact us to confirm the hotel. By this point you will have enjoyed 10 incredible days exploring the very best of Italy.

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