Contrasts of Italy

Contrasts of Italy

Start: Rome Finish: Venice

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Venice


Duration: 9 Nights

Tour code: SITGVFN17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


From: $3785 $3709

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Tour Overview

All aboard this exhilarating journey to Italy's iconic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. Spend 10 days in Italy conjuring up gladiators and chariots in Rome, shop until you drop on Florence's ancient Ponte Vecchio and strike a pose in Pisa before discovering the secrets of Venice on foot like a local.

Highlights

  • iconScenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • iconView the ancient sites in Rome, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • iconExplore Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice with a Local Specialist
  • iconEnjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills. (Day 5)
  • iconVIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • iconVisit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • iconDive into Culture Dine amidst centuries of art and history in the Vatican Museums, enjoying after-hours access to the remarkable collections and the Sistine Chapel. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 8)

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Grand Palatino

Meals: Welcome Reception

Benvenuti a Roma where we begin our exciting journey through some of Italy's most beautiful cities. Spend time relaxing after your travels or take a walk down memory lane, tracing centuries of art, antiquities and culture before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through Rome's intoxicating cityscape.

icon Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Location: Vatican City, Rome

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

We visit the centre of Christianity this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the imposing St. Peter's Basilica to see the Pietà, Michelangelo's masterpiece carved from the most 'perfect' block of marble. Our next stop is in Ancient Rome where we'll visit the Colosseum. Here gladiators and slaves met their end in a blaze of glory. See the Circus Maximus before returning to the Holy See this afternoon. Dive Into Culture and gain priority admission to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take us on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and observe the array of incredible artefacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844. We will also enjoy an al fresco dinner against the spectacular backdrop of St. Peter's. Should there be adverse weather, a contingency is provided in a newly-created dining space within the Ethnological Museum.

icon Day 3: Rome Your Way

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or consider spending the day in beautiful Tivoli. Join an Optional Experience to see the exquisite house and gardens of the 16th-century Villa d'Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance landscape architecture. As the sun sets over the seven hills of Rome, people-watch in one of Rome’s beautiful squares, or admire the Trevi Fountain, tossing a coin to secure your return to Rome.

icon Day 4: Journey By High-Speed Train to Florence

Location: Florence, Rome

Accommodation: Ambasciatori

Meals: Breakfast

Sit back on the high-speed train, bound for Florence, and watch the Tuscan landscape go by. Join a Local Specialist on a walking tour to gain insights into the city's Renaissance treasures. View the Ponte Vecchio, almost 700 years old and lined with goldsmiths, then visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of Michelangelo's masterpieces, the statue of David. Our love affair with Florence continues as we stroll to the Piazza della Signoria, featuring Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.

icon Day 5: Admire Pisa

Location: Pisa

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Cross the Arno River and see the enchanting skyline of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before driving to Pisa through the Arno Valley. Meet your Local Specialist to explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, Baptistery and Camposanto, built on soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Over lunch, Connect With Locals at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia where you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. This evening, stroll along the Arno River in search of the perfect gelato, see the beautifully lit Duomo or visit a cosy enoteca for some wine tasting.

icon Day 6: Discover Renaissance Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Today is yours to discover the beauty and elegance of Florence - a city filled with exquisite galleries, lush gardens and opulent palaces. Consider a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, the 'medieval Manhattan' of Tuscany. Venture outside the city to see Tuscan villages and taste rich panforte and tortas, or shop for the latest fashions in Florence's sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience in the Chianti region for a delicious Tuscan dinner.

icon Day 7: Travel By High-Speed Train to Venice

Location: Venice, Florence

Accommodation: Principe

Meals: Breakfast

All aboard the express train for Venice. We cross the spectacular Apennines and fertile Veneto plain before arriving in this island city. Get lost this afternoon, wandering its narrow lanes in search of a cosy bacaro, people-watch in St. Mark's Square, the gateway to Venice, or take an unforgettable gondola ride along the city's enchanting canals.

icon Day 8: Cruise the Canals of Venice

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, breathe in the salty sea air as you board a private launch and cruise to St. Mark's Square to see the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and Campanile, as well as the Doge's Palace. Later, we Dive Into Culture, witnessing first-hand the centuries-old craft of glassmaking. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city on your own terms. Find a quiet campo and pavement café or take a cruise to colourful Burano for a delicious meal.

icon Day 9: Experience Venice’s Food Market

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

The sights and sounds of modern Venice come to life today as we join our Local Specialist for a walking tour and explore the vibrant Rialto Food Market, which has been feeding Venetians since the 11th century. We wander through the narrow calli - seeing the ornate façades of merchant houses that line the canals, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for one last taste of Venice. Our adventure through Italy's charming cities is about to come to an end. We celebrate newfound friendships and an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner.

icon Day 10: Farewell Venice

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

Say arrivederci to Italy and your fellow travellers as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    9 breakfasts

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    High-speed train from Rome to Florence in standard class

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    High-speed train from Florence to Venice in standard class

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    3 dinners

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