From Venice to Rome, Private Tour, 10 days
Day 1: Arrival in Venice
Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Venice
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places.
We’ve carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. You see the Rialto Bridge (and Rialto fish market), walk past the quiet streets, pass peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to find.
Among many sights you discover are the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, where you see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. You go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.
Your tour is crowned with an unforgettable experience of a traditional gondola ride. For a half an hour you ride through Venetian canals and admire the best of Venice from the water.
After the tour return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Day Trip to Murano & Burano Islands
Following breakfast you have a day trip to the exciting and colorful Murano and Burano islands. Located in the Venetian lagoon, Burano Island is famous for its lace making production and Murano is well-known for its glass blowing traditions.
After the tour you are transferred back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 4: Train to Florence & Sightseeing
In the morning you check-out from the hotel and your private driver picks you up from the hotel and transfers you to the railway station.
Upon arrival to Florence in about 2 hours you are taken to your downtown hotel for check-in. After some rest you go on a sightseeing tour of Florence's highlights.
Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum with works by Michelangelo and Donatello.
As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops.
We will also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinians. In this very part of the city you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old.
During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence.
After the tour return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your own leisure.
Day 5: Day Trip to Pisa & Lucca
In the morning after breakfast at your hotel and prepare for a beautiful journey outside of Florence. You meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a transfer to Pisa.
Upon arrival, you have some free time to explore the highlights of Pisa in with its famous Leaning Tower.
Afterwards, your driver transfers you to a lesser-known Italian gem called Lucca that is encircled by an unspoiled Renaissance wall. Here you are met by a local guide and go on a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Lucca's main sights.
After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel in Florence and have the rest of the evening free.
Day 6: Tuscany Wine Trail
In the morning you meet your private driver that takes you on a Tuscany Wine Trail tour.
Today you get an insight of Tuscany, Italy's famous region of great wines, explore the fascinating countryside of the Chianti Wine region and discover two of the best wineries in Tuscany, taste exceptional wines, learn about wine production from a wine expert, enjoy a delicious typical Tuscan meal at one of the most famous restaurants in Tuscany.
After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel in Florence.
Day 7: Train to Rome and Visit of Forum & Colosseum
After breakfast in the hotel, you check out and walk to the rail station to board a train to Rome. An hour and a half later you arrive in the Italian capital. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel. After check-in, your introduction to Rome starts.
First, you visit Roman forum - the most important forum in ancient Rome, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. The Roman Forum was the scene of public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial combats in republican times and was lined with shops and open-air markets. Under the empire, when it primarily became a center for religious and secular spectacles and ceremonies, it was the site of many of the city’s most imposing temples and monuments.
The highlight of your day is a tour of the most well-recognized sight of Rome - the Colosseum.
After the tour, you return to the hotel.
Day 8: Rome Renaissance and Baroque Tour
Following breakfast, you meet your guide and have a walking tour of the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. You explore the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.
Day 9: Exploring Vatican
In the morning after breakfast meet your guide and driver and head to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.
Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.
Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.
The ending point of your tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.
After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.
Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
Day 10: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing tour of Italy! After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!
Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to Amalfi coast. Contact your specialist for details.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses
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