Italia Bella: Rome to Venice

Start: Rome, Italy Finish: Venice, Italy

Visiting: Rome, Italy , Florence, Italy , Venice, Italy , Rome


Duration: 7 Nights

Tour code: YI2022

Tour operator: Tauck

Age range: 0-99


Prices From: $4185

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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

  • icon 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
  • icon TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, without the lines or crowds, for unhurried viewing
  • icon Exclusive dinner and evening aboard a pirate ship cruising the waterways of Venice
  • icon Visit to a 17th-century cooking school in Rome to learn to make gelato
  • icon Vintage Fiat 500 ride (with a driver) across the Arno River for a great overview and gorgeous views of Florence
  • icon Multiple-night stays in historic hotels in the heart of Rome and Florence
  • icon All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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

Location: Rome, Italy

Accommodation Name: Hotel Splendide Royal Roma

Meals: Dinner

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: Rome, Italy

Accommodation Name: Hotel Splendide Royal Roma

Meals: Breakfast

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: Florence, Italy

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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: Florence, Italy

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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: Florence, Italy

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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: Venice, Italy

Accommodation Name: San Clemente Palace Kempinski

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Venice, Italy

Accommodation Name: San Clemente Palace Kempinski

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Location: Venice, Italy

Meals: Breakfast

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

  • 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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Reviews

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Best Trip Ever... Said by our granddaughter
The Bridges trip we just took to Italy was more than we expected. We had been to Italy many times before but Tauck made the experience wonderful. From the text/email ....more The Bridges trip we just took to Italy was more than we expected.

We had been to Italy many times before but Tauck made the experience wonderful.

From the text/email telling us they were meeting us at the airport to helping us through the airport when leaving Tauck anticipated every need.

This was an experience of a lifetime.

Our most memorable moment was seeing the Sistine Chapel at night without any of the crowds.

But truly there were many memorable moments.

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The gondola ride, the caves in Orvieto, seeing the leaning tower of Pisa.

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Bella Italia
This was a great trip. Our granddaughter had a fabulous time!! Our tour director was the best we have ever had of our 5 Bridges trips. ....more This was a great trip.

Our granddaughter had a fabulous time!! Our tour director was the best we have ever had of our 5 Bridges trips.

She had activities on the bus and train for the kids.

They really mixed well because of this.

My only hope is that if there are large families on the trip that we would be notified.

Watching our granddaughter enjoy and learn.

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Bella Italia Bridges
Once again Tauck nailed it. Great accommodations, just the right amount of free time, entry to high demand venues made easy. Even my son (14 year old) found the churches ....more Once again Tauck nailed it.

Great accommodations, just the right amount of free time, entry to high demand venues made easy.

Even my son (14 year old) found the churches and museums were made interesting.

The only reason it was not best trip ever is because last year London/Paris was a bit better.

Have all guides use umbrellas for easy tracking.

Private tour of the Vatican museum and Sistine chapel.

How did you do that? Orvieto absolutely charming.

Hard to isolate most memorable but did my best to limit it to two.

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Italia Bella was Wonderful
From the moment we met our wonderful guide, our trip was magical!! Tauck Bridges was everything and more!! Our granddaughter, 13 years old, was happy from the moment we ....more From the moment we met our wonderful guide, our trip was magical!! Tauck Bridges was everything and more!! Our granddaughter, 13 years old, was happy from the moment we arrived.

Our Tauck Director had our trip running like clockwork and her enthusiasm, professionalism, and organization, made everything very easy.

Hard to pick just one moment.

Seeing my granddaughters' face while experiencing Italy was priceless.

Being the only ones in the Sistine Chapel, Orvieto exploring the caves, Pisa and that famous photo, exploring Firenze and all the wonderful shops, Making Pizza, train to Venice, St Marks Square, Mask making, Italy was magical!!!; ....less
Bella Italia Commentary
The trip was a good one for middle schoolers....just enough culture to immerse them but enough free time that my son and I could opt for castles and forts over ....more The trip was a good one for middle schoolers.

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just enough culture to immerse them but enough free time that my son and I could opt for castles and forts over more churches.

Pluses were the guided tours of very busy sites Minuses were group dinners except Florence and Disney gondola ride.

Be prepared for cost of meals not provided.

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Terrible Trip
Guide who did not facilitate interaction between families. Did not even provide a list of participant names, let alone help kids get to know one another. Pressured us ....more Guide who did not facilitate interaction between families.

Did not even provide a list of participant names, let alone help kids get to know one another.

Pressured us into signing up for extra meals and activities at additional cost.

Complete lack of help when medical emergency occurred.

Have been on multiple guided tours.

This was the worst.

Surgery in the United States after emergent trip home.

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Best trip ever!
We are just back from our Italia Bella TAUCK Bridges tour. In our granddaughters' words, "it was fabulous." My husband and I travelled with two granddaughters, both of ....more We are just back from our Italia Bella TAUCK Bridges tour.

In our granddaughters' words, "it was fabulous.

" My husband and I travelled with two granddaughters, both of whom loved all the tours, being with other kids and all the planned events.

And we all loved our amazing tour director who pulled it all together so beautifully.

The after-hours Vatican tour.

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Bridges to Rome Florence and Venice
I love Tauck Bridges tours. Have taken my 15 yr old granddaughter twice. Our guide was superb, taking special attention to kids and their separate activities. Highlight was Florence - ....more I love Tauck Bridges tours.

Have taken my 15 yr old granddaughter twice.

Our guide was superb, taking special attention to kids and their separate activities.

Highlight was Florence - beautiful city with abundance of art and culture.

Special treat was the evening private tour of Sistine Chapel.

We had time to just view the beautiful ceiling.

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The perfect choice
We wanted a special trip before my granddaughter started High School. We chose Italia Bella: 1. Our tour director,Maria, managed every detail for our mixed group. Her passions for ....more We wanted a special trip before my granddaughter started High School.

We chose Italia Bella: 1.

Our tour director,Maria, managed every detail for our mixed group.

Her passions for travel and people were contagious.

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Our guides were extremely knowledgeable.

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An ideal mix of activities and choices was helped by the central hotel locations.

Our trip to Pisa was most memorable.

We heard a special chant in the Baptistry where the sound echoes and reechoes.

The chanter had a clear voice with no vibrato and was able to create complete chords before the echo died.

My granddaughter exhausted herself climbing to the top of the tower, yet she'd do it again.

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Italia Bella - Rome to Venice
AMAZING! The trip exceeded our expectations. By the end of the trip my 16 yr old son and 12 yr daughter wanted to know if we could do another ....more AMAZING! The trip exceeded our expectations.

By the end of the trip my 16 yr old son and 12 yr daughter wanted to know if we could do another tour next year.

We had a great group, an awesome tour guide, and all the activities and tours were planned extremely well.

Hotels, meals, travel accommodations, and local guides were all great.

Too many to tell! Loved the Sistine Chapel after hours tour, the Colosseum, the gondola ride, kids pizza making, the glass blowing demonstration, Pisa, the Orvieto caves, St.

Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, the meals and the free time to wander on our own.

Most memorable though was watching my kids take it all in and have fun.

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