ITALY FOR THE FIRST TIME: VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME

Never been to Italy?

Looking for an unforgettable journey through the peninsula …this is the ideal journey for you!

Venice, Florence and Rome, together with the Chianti region and Siena: an intense experience that will leave you completely overwhelmed by powerful emotions.

Fall in love with Italy!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Awe-inspiring visit to Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Guided tours through the world-class Vatican art museums
  • Guided Tour of Venice & the Doge’s Palace
  • Romantic Gondola Ride along the Venetian Canals
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Siena
  • Prepare hearty local cuisine in a Tuscan cooking class
  • Guided tour of the world-class Academia Gallery in Florence
  • Wine-tasting in the renowned Chianti wine region

Italy is ready to embrace you. Immerse yourself in its beauty and allow it to change you. Soak up the sun at outdoor cafes and stroll through piazzas in Rome while sampling gelato. Indulge yourself along the romantic Venetian Canals. Dive into a cooking class taught at a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Sample fine wines at scenic vineyards amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany.

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Day 1 Venice: Tour Begins in Venice, Italy
Day 2 Venice: Guided Tour of the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark Square
Day 3 Venice: Romantic Gondola Ride along the Venetian Canals
Day 4 Florence: Depart Venice to Florence by fast train
Day 5 Florence: Visit the Renaissance City of Florence and Guided Museum Tours
Day 6 Florence: Visit the Medieval Hilltop City of Siena & San Gimignano
Day 7 Florence: Scenic Tour and Cooking class with Wine Tasting in the Chianti Region
Day 8 Rome: depart Florence to Rome by fast train
Day 9 Rome: Guided Tour of the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter’s Basilica
Day 10 Rome: Discover Ancient Rome from the Colosseum to the Pantheon
Day 12: Depart Italy and Return Home

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Discover the best of Italy on this unforgettable 12-day grand tour. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful places in the country. The tour begins in the romantic city of Venice, where you will appreciate the beauty of this unique town surrounded by canals & “ calles”. You will admire the magnificent Doge’s Palace, St. Mark Square and its Cathedral, the Rialto Bridge with its open air market and its “Bacari “to enjoy a local wine and food specialties.

The tour includes the famous region of Tuscany, a lovely countryside with green rolling hills lined with iconic cypress trees. This unspoiled region has many well-preserved medieval hilltop towns as well as important historic cities. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history beginning in the Middle Ages. Florence is the place where the Dark Ages ended and the Renaissance began in Italy.

The tour ends in the eternal city of Rome, where you’ll see the building blocks of Western Civilization and learn the fascinating details of ancient history. You’ll also visit the most important site in the Christian world, the Vatican City, which holds some of the finest art collections that you’ll find anywhere.

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