Great Italian Cities

Great Italian Cities

10 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Venice

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

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Trafalgar

Tour code:

IGICZM20

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Italy's most iconic cities with the "Great Italian Cities" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure offers VIP Fast Track Admission to the Vatican Museums, allowing you to explore Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, and Venice with unparalleled ease. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Colosseum, and enjoy a scenic cruise to St. Mark's Square in Venice. With a Local Specialist by your side, you'll delve deep into the rich tapestry of history, culture, and art that defines these legendary cities. From the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo to a glassblowing factory in Venice, each day unfolds with new wonders. Accompanied by luxury air-conditioned coach travel and cherry-picked hotels, this tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Italy's timeless beauty.

Highlights

  • VIP Fast Track Admission to the Vatican Museums

  • Explore Rome

  • Assisi

  • Florence

  • Pisa

  • Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist

  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

  • the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo

  • the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice

  • View the Colosseum and Forum in Rome

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Day 1: Welcome To Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome

Meals Included: Dinner

You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Dinner. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with an orientation drive past Rome's most magnificent sights.

Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome And The Vatican City Dive Into Culture

Location: Vatican City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we join our Local Specialist for a very special experience as we Dive Into Culture in the smallest nation on earth - Vatican City. Explore the extraordinary collections of the Vatican Museums and stand beneath Michelangelo’s sublime ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within the walls of this enclave for centuries. Visit the expansive St Peter’s Basilica before continuing to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the lush gardens and lunch in its beautiful surrounds before returning to Rome.

Day 3: Rome Your Way

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to explore Rome your way, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the tragic history of Pompeii - the Roman city frozen in time by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Specialist will bring the ancient story of this city to life before you return to Rome, passing by the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of fierce fighting during the Second World War.

Day 4: Admire Assisi And On To Florence

Location: Assisi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey north through the rolling hills of Umbria to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Here your Local Specialist will reveal the story of this most venerated figure on a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint and home to a wonderful series of frescoes by Giotto. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence.

Day 5: Discover Renaissance Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic center of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici at every turn.

Day 6: Uncover Pisa’S Treasures Connect With Locals

Location: Pisa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a morning at leisure in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and the iconic marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, a monumental cemetery built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Your unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening as you Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest Experience amidst vineyards and olive groves in the Tuscan Hills.

Day 7: Journey To Bologna And Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Principe Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious pasta sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi.

Day 8: Cruise Venice’S Canals Make Travel Matter

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Principe Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

Savor the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon, your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience will see you enjoy one of the city’s last remaining studios where you’ll gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure admiring this city on water or consider an Optional Experience to the island of Burano where colorful fishermen’s homes line the canals.

Day 9: Experience Venice’S Food Market

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Principe Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today when we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where all the flavors of Italy come to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calli of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day visiting the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's great Italian cities comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Farewell Venice

Location: Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

For now, it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavors.

What's Included

What's Not Included

  • International airfare

    International airfare is not included

  • Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is not included but recommended

  • Optional experiences

    Optional experiences and excursions are available at an additional cost

Mode of Transport

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

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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