Italia Bella: Rome to Venice

From Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy

Visiting: Hotel Splendide Royal Roma , The Westin Excelsior, Florence , San Clemente Palace Kempinski , Rome


Tour Operator: Tauck

Age range: ALL_AGES


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Tour Overview

Italy... a captivating place where stories come to life and history weaves a magical thread that inspires every generation of your family to discover, learn, dream... Rome... Venice... Florence... 

Imagine ancient Rome as you step back in time inside the Colosseum... picture Michelangelo painting frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during your special after-hours visit... go underground in hidden Etruscan caves... meet famous Renaissance paintings and statues in the famed Galleria dell’Accademia and Galleria degli Uffizi... taste the magic of gelato, strike a pose beside the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and make your own authentic pizza... stay at an award-winning hotel on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon, and cruise past opulent palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice...

Highlights

Italy... a captivating place where stories come to life and history weaves a magical thread that inspires every generation of your family to discover, learn, dream... Rome... Venice... Florence... 

Imagine ancient Rome as you step back in time inside the Colosseum... picture Michelangelo painting frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during your special after-hours visit... go underground in hidden Etruscan caves... meet famous Renaissance paintings and statues in the famed Galleria dell’Accademia and Galleria degli Uffizi... taste the magic of gelato, strike a pose beside the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and make your own authentic pizza... stay at an award-winning hotel on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon, and cruise past opulent palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice...

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Arrive Rome: The City of Seven Hills

Location: Hotel Splendide Royal Roma

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hotel Splendide Royal Roma. Welcome to Rome, where your tour of the ancient world (and beyond) begins; a transfer is included from Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino to Hotel Splendide Royal Roma. Your adventure starts with a drive through the heart of the city to see real-life relics of Imperial Rome, once capital of the ancient world. See the Circus Maximus and other traces of the ancient empire. Walk through one of the Colosseum's 80 entrances, imagining what it was like for ancient gladiators and the Roman crowds who piled into this famous arena to see them, and pose for pictures with Roman Centurions. Join your fellow family travelers tonight for a welcome reception and dinner featuring authentic Italian fare that whets your appetite for a fun-filled Italy tour.

icon Day 2: St. Peter's & Vatican Museum Treasures

Location: Hotel Splendide Royal Roma

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Midday, just around the corner from Piazza Navona, you'll visit a 17th-century cooking school for a lesson in the making of gelato, an Italian staple. After a free afternoon, join us tonight for a Tauck Exclusive – an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums, full of fascinating history and artistic masterpieces. View Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel – which the artist originally resisted doing because he considered himself a sculptor, not a painter – without the usual crowds! (Subject to availability and day of visit may vary.)

icon Day 3: Underground Orvieto & Florence

Location: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Discoveries abound on your Italy tour adventure today as your family sets off through rural Umbria and Tuscany. The first stop on your travels is walled Orvieto, perched on a volcanic plateau; a guided tour takes you under its cobblestone streets to explore the town's honeycombed medieval tunnels and caves dating back to the time of the ancient Etruscans. Then it's on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Upon arrival you'll be treated to a panoramic orientation of the city – from the inside of a vintage Fiat 500*! Arrive at your luxury hotel, steps away from the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, for a memorable three-night stay.

icon Day 4: Pisa and its Leaning Tower

Location: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

An excursion from Florence takes you and your family to Pisa for a look at this maritime city's great medieval buildings – including a glimpse of the remarkable Leaning Tower and more of Pisa's "field of miracles," such as the Duomo and the Baptistry. If you wish, you'll have an opportunity to climb the famed tower for the view from the inside (children 8 – 18 must be accompanied by an adult). After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Florence for an evening spent as you please, and have dinner as you please in one of this grand Renaissance city's many restaurants.

icon Day 5: The Many Arts of Florence

Location: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Today begins with a walk along the Arno, accompanied by a local guide. Learn about the "other side of the Arno"; the Ponte Vecchio; go through Piazza Santa Trinita and little alleyways where you'll get some insights into the tower houses – then on to Signoria Square with its towering Town Hall. Great Renaissance art awaits as you join your local guide for a tour of one of the world's first, and best, art galleries – the Uffizi Gallery. After some free time, visit one of Italy's most famous museums, Galleria dell'Accademia – the oldest art school in the world, home to many famed paintings and Michelangelo's David. Tonight, join us for dinner and a hands-on pizza-making demonstration at a popular local restaurant in Florence.

icon Day 6: Train to Venice's Palaces & Canals

Location: San Clemente Palace Kempinski

A first-class rail journey aboard a high-speed train takes your family to Venice, a city of islands where the roads are paved with water. Have lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore as you please in St. Mark's Square. A canal boat takes you to your hotel, the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice – named the #1 hotel in Venice as the winner of Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 "Top Hotels in Italy/Venice" Reader's Choice Award! You're in for a real treat – this beautiful, award-winning hotel is on its own private island, complete with a fantastic pool and walking trails. Embark on a true adventure this evening – a pirate boat excursion around Venice and the islands, with dinner and games.

icon Day 7: A Day to Explore Venezia

Location: San Clemente Palace Kempinski

One of the most iconic spots in Venice is St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace; the architecture beckons from St. Mark's Square and your visits inside reveal the secrets of the centuries – including the story behind the Bridge of Sighs. If there is any city in Europe that is perfect for just wandering, seeing and experiencing, it is Venice – and you'll have the chance to do just that for the rest of the day. Follow the small, cobbled streets and alleyways to see where they lead, visit a museum or sample some gelato (served warmer and creamier than traditional ice cream). Tonight, everyone meets again for a farewell party at your hotel on your private island in the Grand Canal... by the pool, weather permitting! A spectacular close to a fantastic week.

icon Day 8: Journey home

Tour ends: Venice. Arrivederci! Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from San Clemente Palace Kempinski to Venice's Marco Polo Airport; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    COMFORTABLE_MIXED

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners.

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, without the lines or crowds, for unhurried viewing
  • Exclusive dinner and evening aboard a pirate ship cruising the waterways of Venice
  • Vintage Fiat 500 ride (with a driver) across the Arno River for a great overview and gorgeous views of Florence
  • Visit to a 17th-century cooking school in Rome to learn to make gelato
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • Multiple-night stays in historic hotels in the heart of Rome and Florence
  • Two nights on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, winner of Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 "Top Hotels in Italy/Venice" Reader's Choice Award
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