Rome, Florence & Tuscany and Venice, the jewels of Italy
What is Included
Land transportation in Italy via private motor coach, as indicated on itinerary .
Accommodation in double-occupancy rooms in 4-star hotel ( 3 star in Rome) for 09 nights ( 2 night in Lido di Jesolo , 3 nights in Montecatini Terme, 3 nights in Chianciano Terme, 1 nights in Rome ).
25 meals ( 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners )
1 Hand-made pasta cooking class as lunch
1 pizza cooking class as dinner
1 box breakfast
Olive oil tasting
Pecorino cheese tasting
Wine tasting in a Chianti castle
Visit to the cellar and vineyards of a Chianti castle
Reservation and Entrance fees into the Colosseo Underground and roman forum
Venice private water taxi ride
Venice private motorboat to Punta Sabbioni
Services of a full-time tour guide
All guided tours as indicated on itinerary
Audio headset during the tour
Airfare to and from Italy
Shopping and personal expenses
All other expenses incurred during free time.
Explore The Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain in the eternal city : Rome
Prepare your meals : hand-made pasta and pizza
Stop by some of the most charming and alluring towns of Tuscany, from the dramatic setting of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi to the remarkable medieval city center of Siena Experience a Renaissance castle Wind your way through the streets of Florence and marvel at some of the great works of the Italian masters, from the statues of Michelangelo to the unforgettable dome that crowns the city’s renowned Duomo Bologna “La DOTTA” and the oldest university in the world Visit the oft-overlooked city of Padua, the home to the gorgeous and religiously important Basilica of Saint Anthony Explore the piazzas and stroll along the water ways of the famed Floating City, from the iconic Piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge, along the canals of the romantic city of Venice
Trip at a glance
* (Day 1) Arrive in Rome and See the Best of Rome’s Sights and Trevi fountain.
* (Day 2) Step Back in Time with a Tour of Ancient Rome: Colosseo and roman forum +
* (Day 3) Tuscany: olive Oil Tasting & Tuscan Cooking Class + Cortona ”Under the Tuscan sun” and Trasimeno lake
* (Day 4) Umbria—Assisi. The Basilica of St Francis
* (Day 5) Siena and Val d’Orcia Unesco area – Pienza: Pecorino Cheese Tasting and Montepulciano Twilight saga
* (Day 6) Chianti – “Life is beautiful” Wineries Tour with a typical Tuscan lunch and Wine Tasting in a Renaissance Castle
* (Day 7) Florence—Discover the Renaissance
+ Lucca BY NIGHT
* (Day 8) FREE TIME for shopping in the elegant Piazza Maggiore of Bologna (the oldest university of the world AD 1090) + Padova and San Antonio basilica
* (Day 9) Venice—Tour by watertaxi through the canals and waterways of Venice till St. Mark square and walking tour to Rialto bridge + FREE TIME
* (Day 10) Arrivederci, Italia! Depart Italy from Venice
Arrive in Rome and enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus
Walking tour of Baroquean Rome: stroll through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and discover the enchanting sites, such as the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
Lunch in restaurant.
Accomodation in your room and at half afternoon start your pizza school , where you will learn from a local italian family how to make your own homemade italian style pizza
Dinner. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast Step Back in Time with a Tour of Ancient Rome: Colosseo underground and roman forum. You’ll skip the lines and pass undisturbed through the gates of the world’s most famous sporting structure, the incomparable Roman Colosseum: you’ll discover the events that happened here and the structure’s legacy in the history of ancient Rome, gaining a new understanding and appreciation of this complex society.
We will then make our way to with a stop for lunch along the way before arriving at the hotel We will check-in late afternoon for your 3-night stay in Chianciano Terme, considered among the finest health resorts in Europe , situated approximately 550 meters above sea level, offers great climate and every advantage for tourists due to its exceptional geographical position, Surrounded by hills with woods of oak, beechwood, ilex and chestnut.
Olive Oil Tasting & Tuscan Cooking Class + Cortona ”Under the Tuscan sun” and Trasimeno lake
This morning visit an oil mill, experience the true flavours of Tuscany as you partake in your very own Cooking Class. Prepare a hand made pasta meal like “grandma” would in a warm and down-to-Earth atmosphere with local ingredients accompanied by an Italian Chef. Take good care in your creations as this will be your meal for lunch. In the afternoon we will take you to Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany, where you will recognize the scenery from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.
Breakfast and Dinner in hotel.
Umbria—Assisi. The Basilica of St Francis
Breakfast and dinner in hotel. Lunch in Assisi trattoria Through the rolling countryside of Tuscany into Umbria, you arrive at the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the sights of St. Francis’ birthplace, including the medieval ramparts and the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died. Assisi, the home of one of the Catholicism’s most beloved saints and the birthplace of the Franciscans. The town is dominated by the impressive expanse of the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and one of the key sites for Christian pilgrimage in Europe. Take in the incredible gothic interior of the Upper Church and the impressive portico before marveling at the simply spectacular nave, whose floods are covered with patterned marble and whose walls and ceilings reflect the brightness of the countryside beyond, shimmering blue and serene green, passionate red and soothing gold. From the incredible art to the unbeatable legacy, this is a church that is not to be missed.
After breakfast we load the coach and say goodbye to Chianciano
Today we travel through the provinces of Tuscany toward its northern side:
This Morning will be dedicated to Val d’Orcia Unesco area with visits to Renaissance villages of Pienza for a Pecorino Cheese Tasting and Montepulciano, the location of the Twilight saga.
Lunch in a Osteria
After lunch the tour continue with a 1 .1/2 hour ride to The remarkable medieval Siena whose historic city center is a World Heritage Site, riddled with winding cobblestone lanes and fringed with a number of impressive structures, like the Torre del Mangia that juts dramatically within the city’s skyline. You will witness one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares: Piazza del Campo, where the red brick Palazzo Publico is striking and impressive, covered with flags and vivid banners during the twice annual horse race known as the Palio.
After departing Siena, we will Arrive in the Garden-town of Montecatini Terme in about 1.1/2 hour for your 3-night stay. With its wonderful parks, suggestive old village, trendy coffee bars and wine-bars, its palaces that still recall our ancient history and bygone memories offer a holiday characterized by wellbeing, culture and relaxation..
Accommodation, Dinner in hotel and overnight.
Florence and Lucca by night
After breakfast Florence is waiting for you , the capital of Tuscany and the center of the most important art movement in the Western world, the home to the Medici and Machiavelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Florence enjoys a unique artistic heritage. Experience the delights during your sightseeing tour on foot with your knowledgeable Guide. Admire the Baptistery, renowned for its carved bronze-gold doors, the marble Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s impressive bell tower, Ponte Vecchio the oldest bridge of Europe and the Piazza Signoria where you will see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo .
Lunch in a Tuscan ristorante
Enjoy free time to explore or to shop for high quality Italian leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery and then transfer to the hotel.
Tour by night : After dinner enjoy a walking tour of the historical city of Lucca , surrounded by the most impressive renaissance walls of Europe , it was the capital of the roman empire during the Triumvirate , with the still inhabited roman anfitheatre, and see the birthplace of the opera composer Giacomo Puccini.
Chianti –Wineries Tour with a typical Tuscan Lunch and Wine Tasting in a Renaissance Castle — San Gimignano
Breakfast and dinner in hotel . Today we transport you through the verdant undulations of Tuscany until you reach arresting Chianti area, the garden of Tuscany, where we will visit the vineyards and wineries of a Renaissance castle and we will enjoy a wine tasting followed by an authentic Tuscan lunch experience made with locally sourced fresh produce. In the afternoon we drive through the Chianti vineyards to the medieval village of San Gimignano and its famous skyline dominated by 13 towers, almost unchanged since the middle ages. You will wander through the streets of this medieval town rich of works of art, shops and restaurants. Before returning to the hotel we will be back to the origins of the art genius : LEONARDO DA VINCI´s birthplace
Good bye Tuscany ! Bologna – Padova and San Antonio Basilica —
Today after breakfast we will travel over the steep Apennine Mountains and cross the Emila-Romagna and Veneto plains to Bologna where there is still the oldest university of the world dating AD 1090 .
FREE TIME for shopping in the elegant Piazza Maggiore of Bologna and Lunch in the homeland of RAGU sauce Bolognese style.
In the afternoon we will reach Padova and Have a walking tour of the famous town of St Antonio with its basilica and the elegant city center.
Then travel to the mouth of Venice lagoon, and check in into your rooms in Lido di Iesolo and have some time to freshen up before dinner in hotel .
Breakfast in hotel .
Board your water-taxi for A visit to the magical city of Venice which could not start better than with an orientation cruise by private motor launch along the Grand Canal, as well as views of the Doge’s Palace and the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Explore the labyrinth of streets and canals till Rialto Bridge during your walking tour.
After Lunch on your own you will have free time on your own to enjoy St Marks square and its monuments , take a gondola ride, sip on a glass of wine at an outdoor trattoria and for the shopping enthusiast, you will find a wide variety of shops selling fine italian clothing, jewelry, Murano glass, and the famous carnival masks .
We will enjoy a Late afternoon cruise on the lagoon by private boat to Murano island for a glass blowing demonstration and after we will continue the cruise to Punta Sabbioni.
Farewell Dinner in hotel and Overnight .
(Day 10 )
Arrivederci, Italia ! Depart Italy from Venice airport
This morning you will be transfered from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home.