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Dolce Italia

9 days3 cities
Italy1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 315 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

Italy offers an unparalleled heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious cuisine, providing the ultimate travel experience. During this tour, you will marvel at the Florence Baptistery, Colosseum, Vatican City, and Siena. You will also have the opportunity to taste marvelous Italian wines and stay at exceptional hotels with unique character and unexpected stories.

9 days3 cities
Italy1 country
From
 $3,984 
Venice, Italy
2
days
Italy

Waterfront palazzos and palaces make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. Venice is the world's most romantic city.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Venice

Upon your arrival in Venice, one of Italy's most enchanting cities, you will enjoy a private water-taxi transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to unwind and relax after your journey.

2
day
Venice Sightseeing

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby after breakfast for a comprehensive walking tour of the must-see places in Venice.

Your sightseeing tour starts with a visit to St. Mark's Square and an outside view of the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica. Then you will ascend to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

Next, explore the Doges Palace, which includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons, and the lavishly decorated chambers of the palace.

After the tour, you will return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure, or you may choose to take an optional gondola ride.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Splendid Venice

Choose the 4-star Splendid Venice Hotel while visiting the wondrous Italian city! Splendid Venice is an outstanding luxury boutique hotel, situated in the old town of Venice close to San Marco Square and the Rialto Bridge. It can be accessed by foot on land or from the canal on a boat!

train
Venice
Florence
2 hrs

Modern Italian trains are among the fastest and most comfortable ways to get to Florence. Free WiFi, power sockets, comfortable seats with footrests, and extensive luggage space are at your service during the journey.

Florence, Italy
3
days
Italy

One of the brightest gems of the Tuscany region, Florence, is the treasure trove, birthplace and cradle of the Renaissance.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
3
day
Arrival in Florence

Upon your arrival in Florence, your private driver will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. You will have the rest of the day to unwind and relax at your leisure after your journey.

4
day
Florence Sightseeing

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, meet with your guide and embark on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

Today's itinerary includes a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist, located in the Piazza del Duomo.

As you proceed to the main square of the city, Piazza della Repubblica, you'll pass through the bustling shopping street of Via Tornabuoni and the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace.

Next, you'll enter Oltrarno, where you'll find numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, which was built for the Agostinian monks. In this part of the city, you can also find Michelangelo's first official work, dating back to when he was just 17 years old.

The tour will also take you to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous statue, David, before concluding on the Ponte Vecchio.

After the tour, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure or consider joining an optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.

5
day
Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting

After breakfast at your hotel, the day is free for you to explore and enjoy Florence at your own pace. You can take a self-guided tour of the city's attractions, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax and unwind.

If you wish, you can join our optional cooking class and market tour or take a day trip to Pisa.

In the evening, you will have the opportunity to gather with your fellow travelers for a small-group wine tasting. Led by a sommelier, you will enjoy a tasting of three different wines, each expertly paired with delicious snacks.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel
premium
$$

Set in the heart of Florence, the Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel boasts comfortable rooms and is a perfect place to stay.

train
Florence
Rome
1 hr 30 min

Taking a train is one of the best options for traveling from Florence to Rome. Trains in Italy are well-equipped, fast, and conveniently connect these Italian cities from one center to the other.

Rome, Italy
4
days
Italy

The capital of Italy, Rome, obtains an unrivaled and unfathomable collection of historical treasures. This safe and welcoming region one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
6
day
Arrival & Highlights of Rome

After enjoying your lunch break, you rendezvous with your guide in the hotel lobby and begin a panoramic walking tour of the Eternal City, showcasing its famous landmarks and hidden gems.

During the tour, you'll have the chance to witness the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as admire the masterpieces of artists such as Bernini and Borromini.

Once the tour concludes, your guide will escort you back to your hotel, where you can enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.

7
day
Vatican Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and proceed to the Vatican, the world's smallest independent state surrounded by walls.

You will visit the private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of Candelabra. Then, you will proceed to the Sistine Chapel to admire the famous frescoes by Michelangelo and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create his masterpiece.

After a coffee break, your tour continues in St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see the world-famous Pieta, a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

The tour ends at St. Peter's Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the colonnades designed by Bernini. Your guide will take you on a leisurely walk back to the hotel, with a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, originally built as a mausoleum and later used by the popes as a fortress, refuge, and prison.

Upon returning to the hotel, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own. Please note that the Vatican is a sacred religious site, and a dress code is enforced: no shorts, no uncovered knees and shoulders, and no backpacks. Also, due to religious services, St. Peter's Basilica may be spontaneously closed, and entrance may not be guaranteed.


 

8
day
Discovering Ancient Rome

After breakfast, you meet your guide for a walking tour of Rome's iconic ancient treasures.

Your first stop is the Roman Forum, a political and civic center of ancient Rome dating back 3 thousand years. Here, you'll see the remains of ancient temples, arches, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus. You'll also visit the adjacent Palatine Hill, the site of the city's first settlements.

Next, you'll visit Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum, originally known as the Flavius Amphitheatre. It was the largest building of its kind in the Roman world, designed for the fights of Roman gladiators and capable of holding up to 70 thousand spectators.

After the tour, your guide will take you back to the hotel and you'll have the evening at leisure.


 

9
day
Departure

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will check out and meet your private driver who will provide transportation to your next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Palazzo Navona Hotel

Situated in the very heart of the city, Palazzo Navona Hotel is the perfect choice for those staying in Rome. The hotel is located within walking distance from numerous major attractions in the city, including the renowned St. Peter's Basilica, and features an amazing terrace overlooking some truly awe-inspiring surroundings. Providing all that is needed for a comfortable stay and a beautiful decor, the hotel boasts unique charm indeed!

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Please note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

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

3. Сity taxes are not included in the price. This is a small tax (1-5 EUR per person per night) collected by many European cities. You will need to pay it at the hotel on checkout.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, local city taxes and all personal expenses.

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What To Know

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Trip Assurance If you need our assistance during your trip, you can call our support line available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET) on weekdays and weekends.

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