Trip Overview

Essential Italy

Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 9 Reviews
Private tour to Italy

Discover the most iconic cities and an abundance of renowned landmarks in a fully-customizable private tour to Italy. Along with professional guides, tour such gems as bustling Milan, romantic Verona, unparalleled Venice, authentic Florence, and, of course, the Eternal City - Rome. Enjoy a worry-free journey with transfers and planning all taken care of and stay at the best central 4-star hotels.

Essential Italy

8 days4 cities
Italy1 country
Private tour to Italy
From
$2,450
Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 9 Reviews

Discover the most iconic cities and an abundance of renowned landmarks in a fully-customizable private tour to Italy. Along with professional guides, tour such gems as bustling Milan, romantic Verona, unparalleled Venice, authentic Florence, and, of course, the Eternal City - Rome. Enjoy a worry-free journey with transfers and planning all taken care of and stay at the best central 4-star hotels.

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Milan, Italy

Milan

first destination

Buzzing with life, Milan is the city of contrasts, and regardless of what you are looking for, it surely can offer exactly what you need.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Milan

Welcome to the fashion capital of the world, Milan! Upon arrival at the jewel of Northern Italy, you are met by your private driver at the airport and transferred to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Milan City Tour & Train to Verona

After fueling up on breakfast at the hotel, you meet your private guide and set off on a 3-hour walking tour of Milan. Use the chance to get better acquainted with the history of the city, as well as its title of the fashion capital of the world. 

Start by visiting the beating heart of the city, Piazza del Duomo, and marvel at the iconic Milan Cathedral, that took around six centuries to build! Continue later through the marvelous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele to one of the most famous opera houses in the world, the La Scala Theater.

After exploring the unparalleled theater and familiarizing with its history, visit the picturesque Brera district to delve deeper into the history of the city itself. Wander around the public areas and listen to the stories of its owners from the 15th century. In addition to that, you also get the chance to see how history and Milanese style intertwine in the Castello Sforzesco.

Once the tour is over, you return to the hotel to collect your belongings and start your journey towards Verona. A private transfer is provided from the hotel to the station, where you board a train heading to your next destination. Upon arrival in Verona, your professional driver takes you to the centrally-located hotel, where you check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Milano Scala, Milan
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Set in the center of amazing Milan city, the Hotel Milano Scala is located nearby the most significant sights and provides great service as well as elegant rooms. 

train
Milan
Verona
1 hr 20 min

Train-travel might be the best choice when it comes to Northern Italy. Embark the train taking you to charming Verona and admire the picture-perfect sceneries along the way.

Verona, Italy

Verona

second destination

Deservingly holding the title of one of the most romantic cities in Europe, enchanting Verona is simply a must-see Italian destination for all star-crossed lovers. Its walls still whisper the dramatic story of Romeo and Juliet, brought to the world by the famous playwright William Shakespeare.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Day Trip to Venice

Enjoy a full breakfast in the hotel and continue your Italian adventure to the marvelous city of Venice! After a private transfer to the station, you board the train and reach your destination in around an hour. Upon arrival, you meet your professional guide and start a comprehensive 3-hour walking tour around the most iconic sights of Venice.

Some of the highlights of your itinerary to be blown away by are undoubtedly the iconic St. Mark's Basilica and the Piazza San Marco nearby. Possibly the most well-recognized symbol of the city, the basilica is lavishly decorated with statues, columns, and over 8,000 square meters (85,000 square feet) of mosaic. After marveling at the imposing landmark, you make your way to the famous Bridge of Sighs, dating back to the 17th century. Built of limestone, it connects the Doge's Palace with the prisons on the other side of the canal.

In addition to that, while on the sightseeing tour, you also get the chance to visit the Rialto Bridge and Rialto fish market, two of the must-sees in Venice! Make your way later to stroll the charming little streets, wander along the canals watching the boats slowly sway from side to side, and visit the hidden architectural gems unveiled by your local guide.

Once the tour is finished, you hop on a Vaporetto waterbus and return to the train station for your train back to Verona. A private transfer from the station to your hotel is provided, and the rest of the evening is free for you to unwind after active exploring or enjoy the lively evening atmosphere in Verona.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Verona City Tour & Train to Florence

Check out from the hotel and meet your private guide for a 2-hour walking city tour of Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's renowned "Romeo and Juliet". Boasting the perfect amalgam of romance and history, architecture and modern-day culture, picture-perfect landscapes, and red-brick towers, Verona is undoubtedly a must-visit while in Italy.

Today you explore some of its most popular tourist attractions, such as the Piazza Brà and the Roman Arena, as well as della Scala Castle and the famous Scaligero family tombs. You also get the chance to travel back in time and into the Shakespearean world, while marveling at Juliet's house.

After sightseeing Verona, you are taken back to the hotel to collect your luggage and hop onboard a train heading towards Florence. You reach the destination in under two hours, enjoy a private transfer to your centrally-located hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Colomba d'Oro, Verona
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Located only two minutes walking from the magnificent Aren Di Verona, the elegant Hotel Colomba d'Oro offers spacious and fully-equipped rooms.

train
Verona
Florence
1 hr 40 min

Enjoy a fast and scenic journey as you make your way to Florence while comfortably seated on a train. The train ride provides not only all the necessary amenities for a pleasant trip but some unforgettable views as well.

Florence, Italy

Florence

third destination

Often called an open-air museum, the cradle of Renaissance hides surprises at every corner and would definitely become an icing on the cake of any Italy vacation.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Florence City Tour

Set off to explore the most iconic landmarks in Florence while on a 3-hour walking tour with a professional private guide. 

Today you pay a visit to the renowned Piazza del Duomo, as well as the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Make sure to make the most out of your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo, which allows you to visit not only the Cathedral itself but numerous other monuments of Piazza del Duomo during your free time as well. The ticket is valid for 72 hours and provides entrance to the famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum, boasting works by Michelangelo and Donatello. 

Make your way to marvel at Piazza della Signoria, the main square of the city, while walking along several attention-worthy sights, such as Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. You also don't want to miss the chance to wander along one of the most beautiful streets in Verona, the nearby Via Tornabuoni.

Cross the Arno River on Ponte Vecchio and continue your tour to the Oltrarno district, filled with not only monuments but authentic crafts to admire as well. Visit the shops of local craftsmen to get acquainted with their art forms before moving on to marvel at the Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Augustinians. 

Talking about art, this is the part of the city, where you can find the early works of 17-year-old Michelangelo. You also have the chance to witness his talent at Galleria dell'Accademia, where the tour takes you to marvel at his iconic colossal statue of David.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Day at Leisure & Train to Rome

After fueling up on breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have some leisurely time for independent sightseeing, souvenir hunting, or unwinding before upcoming travel. For those interested in further exploring the city, the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace are excellent ideas for sightseeing, as well as one of our attentively planned optional tours.

In the afternoon, a private driver takes you to the train station, where you board a train heading to Rome. Upon reaching your destination, you are transferred to the centrally-located hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free to start exploring on your own or getting some rest.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel De La Ville, Florence
4

Located near the marvelous Florence Cathedrals and the stunning Uffizi Gallery, the Hotel De La Ville offers excellent service during your stay and provides all the needed amenities. 

train
Florence
Rome
1 hr 30 min

Choose train travel to reach your next destination - the bustling Italian capital. Taking you to Rome, the fully-equipped train ensures a fast and comfortable journey.

Rome, Italy

Rome

fourth destination

"All roads lead to Rome" describes this magnificent city in the best way. Rome, the city of the famous Italian masters of Renaissance, awakens a storm of different feelings from amaze to inspiration.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Rome City Tour

Unveil the secrets of the Eternal City while on a 3-hour guided city tour of Rome. 

Along with a professional guide, you start your tour at the Colosseum - the iconic symbol of the Italian capital. Also known as Flavius Amphitheater, it was once the largest structure of its kind in the Roman world! Did you know that it could fit up to 70 thousand spectators? Use the chance to capture some great shots of the imposing landmark and marvel at its grand walls before continuing to explore the jewels of Rome.

Your itinerary today also includes the world-known points of interest in the city, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps. You also have the chance to witness the Fountain of the Four Rivers with your own eyes, as well as marvel at masterpieces of Bernini and Borromini.

After the tour is over, you return to the hotel and have the evening at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! Wave Italy goodbye and head towards the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

​​Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
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Located near to the famous Saint Peter's Square, the stylish Hotel Dei Mellini is housed in the 19th-century building and offers spacious rooms.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Verona, Florence and Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence and Rome;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Milan - Verona, Verona - Venice - Verona, Verona - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Convenient transfers between cities throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Milan, Verona, Florence, and Rome;
  • Guided day tour to Venice and waterbus ride.

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy's midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won't open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called "coperto". A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu.
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
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