Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

From Rome to Venice

Visiting: Rome, Florence, Mestre, Bologna, Venice


Tour Operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

Buckle up for a travel adventure, all the highlights and some surprises on this most exciting of Italy family trips. Learn how to make pizza like a local, discover your inner artists as you make your own Carnival mask in Venice and dine with a count on his Tuscan estate.

Highlights

  • iconSightseeing Highlights - VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • iconVisit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts and a gelateria in Florence and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • iconSightseeing Highlights - Explore Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist
  • iconScenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square
  • iconExplore Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist
  • iconFamily Fun Learn how to make pizza and share your masterpiece with the family. (Day 3) Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. (Day 3) Discover the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks and create your own. (Day 8)
  • iconSightseeing Highlights - Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square
  • iconSightseeing Highlights - Discover Pisa
  • iconSightseeing Highlights - Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts and a gelateria in Florence and a glassblowing factory in Venice
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icon Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

Meals: Kickoff

Ciao Roma! Feast your eyes and your stomach on the 'Eternal City' - the launch pad for an unforgettable adventure with la famiglia. Tread in the footsteps of the ancients before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kickoff Party that will rock Rome.

icon Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist to Dive Into Culture and delve into centuries of history and culture, including a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Gaze up at the wonder of Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and explore the Catholic shrine of St. Peter's Basilica. Venture across the Tiber to the Colosseum imagining a time when brave warriors fought to the thunderous roar of thousands.

icon Day 3: Venture to a Gladiator School

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Book your spot on the podium. It's time for Family Fun as you become a gladiator for the day. You'll learn how to wield a gladiator's sword and gain insights into military techniques with an expert. This afternoon, you'll have some free time to explore the city with the family. Perhaps count the Spanish Steps or toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Then it's time for a cheesy Family Fun affair as we Dive Into Culture and learn how to make authentic Italian pizza, sharing a tasty slice or two of our culinary masterpieces with our loved ones.

icon Day 4: Enjoy Pisa and on to Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo

Meals: Breakfast

Set your watch to Italian time and embark on a scenic drive north through Tuscany's golden fields. Stop in Pisa to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo to snap a selfie in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Carry on to the Renaissance city of Florence, our home for the next three nights.

icon Day 5: Discover Art and Architecture in Florence

Location: Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

The exquisite sights of Florence are brought to life on a walking tour in the expert company of a Local Specialist. See the magnificent Gothic Duomo and famous Baptistery before marvelling at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Where better to Dive Into Culture and indulge in a refreshing gelato than in the city where it was invented. Tonight we Connect With Locals joining Count Miari Fulcis and his family for a Be My Guest experience, enjoying delicious specialities against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards on their 15th-century estate in the Tuscan hills. Salute!

icon Day 6: Florence Your Way

Meals: Breakfast

You have a full day at leisure to enjoy this remarkable Renaissance city. Florence is a living museum that you can explore on foot. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the 'Town of Towers' - San Gimignano.

icon Day 7: Venture to Bologna and Onwards to Venice

Location: Mestre, Bologna

Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop and smell the rich aromas of Bolognese sauce, spending the morning with a Local Specialist to explore the medieval city of Bologna. Then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the island city of Venice. Discover the 'Queen of the Adriatic' from the comfort of one of its traditional gondolas on an Optional Experience.

icon Day 8: Cruise the Canals of Venice

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

Cruise to bustling St. Mark's Square on a private launch. View the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound condemned prisoners made at catching their last glimpse of beautiful Venice, the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. We then Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Time for Family Fun as you learn about the art of crafting Carnival masks. This afternoon, consider an Optional Experience to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious meal.

icon Day 9: Experience Venice’s Food Market

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Lunch

Navigating the bustling canals to the Rialto Bridge, we embrace the sights and sounds of Venice from the water before we Dive Into Culture and savour the flavours of Italy during a visit to a traditional food market. We delve into the hidden highlights of Venice during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, working up an appetite for our Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.

icon Day 10: Journey Home

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

Our unforgettable journey together has come to an end. All that's left to say is a hearty arrivederci as you prepare to return home with fantastic shared memories. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    9 breakfasts

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    1 lunch

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    4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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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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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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