Trip Overview

Heart of Italy

Tour rating: 4.91 / 5, Based on 25 Reviews
Private tour to Italy

Explore one of the most beautiful countries and immerse yourself in the scintillating beauty of Italian ancient cities, enjoying not only the major must-see marvels but taking advantage of a more saturated program with some unique local highlights as well. This well-balanced flexible itinerary promises remarkable centrally located 5-star hotels and the best tours with the professional English-speaking guides.

Heart of Italy

9 days3 cities
Italy1 country
Private tour to Italy
From
$5,195
Tour rating: 4.91 / 5, Based on 25 Reviews

Explore one of the most beautiful countries and immerse yourself in the scintillating beauty of Italian ancient cities, enjoying not only the major must-see marvels but taking advantage of a more saturated program with some unique local highlights as well. This well-balanced flexible itinerary promises remarkable centrally located 5-star hotels and the best tours with the professional English-speaking guides.

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Venice, Italy

Venice

first destination

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

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Venice & Introductory Bacari Tour
Transfer
Transfer
Tasting
Tasting
Local Highlight
Local Highlight

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

In the evening you meet your local guide for an exciting Bacari tour*, where you are introduced to the authentic Venetian culture. A bacari is a type of bar where you have a glass of wine and enjoy "cicchetti" - delicious plates of traditional lagoon foods, including bread croutons or polenta with salt cod, marinated anchovies, fried fish and grilled cuttlefish, sardines in saor.

While you visit three bars in the Rialto area you chat about your upcoming journey with your local guide and relish the anticipation of the adventure that is already beginning!

  • Note: in case of late arrival, the Bacari tour is rescheduled for the following day.

Tasting included.

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Day 2
Venice Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Venice. We've carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city.

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. Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

After the tour, you return to your hotel or may go on an optional gondola ride.

  • Optional tour: Gondola Ride, Venice

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Free Day in Venice & Train to Florence
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast and check-out from the Venice hotel, you have the first half of the day free for you to enjoy and explore Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Alternatively, you can take one of the short optional day trips to nearby places.

  • Optional tour: Trip to 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.

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a water-taxi transfer to the rail station where you board a train to Florence. Upon arrival to Florence in about 2 hours you are taken to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Metropole Hotel, Venice
5

The world-class Metropole Hotel is a luxurious property, set in the exceptional location within walking distance from St Mark's Square. The hotel offers to stay in elegant air-conditioned guest rooms providing refined design and having free Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, and a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Moreover, Metropole houses the 1-Michelin star Met Restaurant offering gourmet cuisine.

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

Florence

second destination

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

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Florence Sightseeing
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking 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.

  • Note: 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.

The tour takes you across 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 Augustinians. 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, you also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Uffizi Gallery Tour & Evening Wine Tasting
Museum
Museum
Tasting
Tasting
Local Highlight
Local Highlight

After breakfast in the hotel, meet with your local guide and dedicate your morning to the exploration of the incredible Uffizi Gallery. Uffizi is home to an outstanding collection of art, including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli.

In the evening we have planned for you a wine tasting and in a local bar so you can enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.

Breakfast and wine-tasting with snacks included.

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Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
5

Being one of the finest boutique hotels in Florence, Hotel Brunelleschi is set in a restored Byzantine tower and boasts an exceptional location just next to the famous Duomo. The hotel provides amazing service and luxurious accommodation in elegantly decorated Baroque-style rooms with air-conditioning, a mini-bar, WiFi, and LCD TV. Guests can choose to dine in one of the gourmet hotel's restaurants: Osteria della Pagliazza and Santa Elisabetta.

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

Rome

third destination

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.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Highlights of Rome

City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the Florence hotel and meet your driver for a transfer to the railway station. An hour and a half later you arrive in Rome. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel where you meet with your guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.


You see 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.



After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Vatican Sightseeing
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk 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.


After a coffee break, 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 of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge and a prison.

Upon your return to the hotel, you 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. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Homemade Pasta Cooking Class & Discovering Ancient Rome
Tasting
Tasting
Local Highlight
Local Highlight
City tour
City tour

After breakfast in your hotel, you discover the so-called Cucina Romana, that is known for some legendary pasta. During the class, you learn to excel at Roman pasta dishes, and in particular how to make fresh pasta and the sauces.

The class is concluded with an amazing pasta lunch with the prepared dishes. After lunch, you meet your guide to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour.

Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. Dating back to the 3rd century A.D., the landmark served as the key political and ritual center of ancient Rome.

Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, arches, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.

The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.

After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 9
Departure from Rome
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast, your driver meets you at 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!

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Indigo, Rome
5

Thanks to its perfect location, Hotel Indigo is an ideal choice for experiencing the heart of Italy as the most famous attractions are only a few minutes away. Make yourself at home and relax in one of the uniquely designed rooms which come with excellent amenities such as iPod docking stations, minibars, LCD TVs, comfortable spacious beds, and free Wi-Fi.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 5-star hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Rome;
  • Bacari Tour and tastings in Venice;
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • Homemade pasta cooking class and lunch in 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;
  • 1st class high-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Bacari Tour and tastings in Venice;
  • Guided tour inside Florence Baptistery;
  • Visits to the legendary Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum and Vatican City;
  • Memorable homemade pasta cooking class;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.

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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