Italy: Discover Venice, Florence & Rome - Escorted Tour

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Italy

See the stars of Italy on this ten-day tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. Begin in the magical archipelago of Venice where you’ll get to know the city, learn about its history and sample its food and its wine. Next you’ll head through the rolling Tuscan hills towards Florence where you’ll experience the local delicacies. The tour will then lead you to Rome, a centre of culture and religion, where you’ll explore the iconic sights as well as treasures slightly off the beaten track.

Maximum Group Size: 26

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels| Departure dates

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Tour highlights

• 10 day tour travelling between Italy’s most famous cities by comfortable high-speed rail
• Staying in three and four star hotels
• Dedicated tour manager throughout the trip and local experts for city tours
• Go off the beaten track and discover hidden gems in each city
• Wine tasting on an island in the Venetian lagoon
• Learn about the ancient techniques used to create Venice’s iconic gondolas
• Visit Venice’s Jewish Quarter and the colourful island of Burano
• Take a 2.5 hour food tour of Florence with tastings
• Visit an artisan perfumery in Florence that dates back to the 15th Century
• Full day visit to Chianti wine region with wine tasting a local lunch in a renowned butchers
• Walking tour of Trastevere in Rome, a wonderful local neighbourhood and finish with dinner in a local pizzeria
• Tour of the stunning Borghese Gallery in Rome that houses masterpieces by Bernini, Raffaello and Titian

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Day 1: UK to Venice

Fly to Venice Airport where you’ll meet your tour manager and be transferred by coach to your hotel in Mestre, Venice. You'll have time to settle in to the hotel and to get to know your fellow travellers before dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Venice - Burano and Venissa Wine Estate

Today you’ll head to Venice where you'll spend the morning getting to know this enchanting city. Hop on a boast to the colourful island of Burano and enjoy a tour of the picturesque town that's famed for its lace making. The day continues as you cross over to the nearby island of Mazzorbo where you’ll find the spectacular Venissa Wine Estate. Watch the sun go down over the picturesque bell tower of the ancient Church of St. Michael whilst tasting the wines from the surrounding vineyards. Return by rail to the comfort of your hotel in Mestre for your evening meal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Venice - Jewish Quarter

The sightseeing continues as you head back into Venice with your tour guide. Discover the rich history of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto and escape the crowds of St Mark’s Square with a stroll over the Academia Bridge Dorsoduro. Visit the Squaro, an ancient place where traditional Venetian boats are built and repaired. You'll have the chance to see one of the few examples of these still in operation. Here you’ll learn about the skill and craftsmanship of building the famous Venetian gondolas and see how they use ancient and traditional techniques.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Venice - Florence

A comfortable high-speed railway journey will bring you to Florence.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Florence - Mercato Centrale

Today you’ll be taken on a culinary adventure around the city of Florence, beginning at Mercato Centrale, Florence’s bustling central market. You’ll be hit by a kaleidoscope of colours and smells, from the colourful Mediterranean herbs and vegetables to the fragrant fresh olive oil. Sample Florentine salami, pecorino cheese from Pienza and fresh bread baked in a wood burning stove. The tour will lead you through the heart of Florence where you can marvel at the city’s stunning architecture, elegant boutiques and gourmet food restaurants and stalls. Take a break with a masterfully prepared Italian espresso and try some fresh Tuscan pastries. The culinary adventure continues with the chance to taste home-made Italian gelato and some of Tuscany’s finest wines. Later on you’ll be immersed in the aromatic world of Florentine perfumery as you visit the 15th Century palazzo of Lorenzo Villoresi, an artisan perfumer. Here you’ll be guided through the smells and fragrances by an expert in the creation of bespoke Tuscan fragrances.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chianti Wine Region

Enjoy a day touring the Tuscan hills, whilst tasting the wines of the region. Soak up the stunning landscape of rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive groves, dotted by picturesque stone villages. For lunch you’ll stop at a famous Italian butchers and enjoy a traditional fresh Tuscan bread and spicy meat ragu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Florence - Rome

Travel to Rome by train and arrive in your hotel for an evening meal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Rome - Vatican City and Trastevere

Explore the Vatican City where you’ll meet your knowledgeable local guide for a tour around the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. After, you'll explore Italy's capital by foot and enjoy a walking tour around the trendy Trastevere district of Rome. You will be led through the streets learning about the history of the area and end at a local pizzeria for your evening meal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Rome - Vatican City and Trastever

Rome is known for its fantastic art and architecture. Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to stunning works of art by the likes of Titian and Bernini as you are taken on a guided visit of the Borghese Gallery. After, you’ll be taken on a guided walking tour of the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese finishing at Piazza del Popolo. In the afternoon you’ll have free time to explore the city yourself before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Rome - UK

On the last day you’ll be taken to Rome airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts and 9 three-course dinners at local restaurants or at your hotel (drinks are not included)
  • Guided visit of Venice
  • Excursion to Burano with your tour escort
  • Wine tasting at Venissa Wine Estate in Venice (please note that in the unlikely situation that the venue is not available, this will be substituted with a wine tasting experience in Venice)
  • Visit to Venice's Jewish Quarter entrance to the Sqauro where gondolas are built
  • Wine tasting in Chianti with lunch at a famous butchers
  • 2.5 hour food tour of Florence with tastings
  • Visit to an artisan perfumery in Florence
  • Guided visit of the Vatican City
  • Walking tour of Trastevere in Rome
  • Guided tour of Borghese Gallery in Rome
  • All entrance fees and transport

Your holiday excludes:

  • Hotel city tax (approx. €3.50pppn in Venice, €4.80pppn in Florence and €6pppn in Rome)
  • Personal expenses and drinks unless specified in the itinerary

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★★★ Hotel Villa Costanza, Venice

The Hotel Villa Costanza is housed in an elegant 19th century building in Mestre, a great location just outside the centre of Venice. The train station is a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and you’ll be in the heart of Venice in just ten minutes by train. The comfortable rooms are simply decorated in a modern style using warm earthy tones, whilst retaining some of the building's 19th century charm. After a busy day of exploring Venice, the hotel's bar and restaurant is the perfect place to refuel.

★★★★ Hotel D'Annunzio, Florence

This beautiful 19th century building of Hotel D'Annunzio is a former convent. Close to the centre of Florence and surrounded by gardens, it provides a relaxing retreat during your time here. In the gardens there is a swimming pool where guests can cool off after a day of exploring the city. The simply furnished rooms are spacious and bright. Enjoy a generous buffet breakfast in the breakfast room. The hotel's lounge bar is the perfect spot to relax in the evening.

★★★★ Excel Roma Montemario, Rome

The Excel Roma Montemario is nestled in the heart of a natural reserve just outside Rome. Surrounded by nature it is a great retreat after a day spent exploring the sights of Rome. The traditional rooms are light and comfortable. The hotel's M & G restaurant provides a fine dining experience, serving original and imaginative specialties with fresh local ingredients. There is also an outdoor summer pool (approx. €10 payable locally) and fitness room for those feeling active.

Your Food:In all of the hotels there will be a buffet breakfast each morning and in the evening there will be a three course meal with a fixed menu. 

Departure dates

  • 07 Sep 2020

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Our tours are subject to minimum numbers and with that in mind the tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of our terms and conditions.

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Discover Venice, Florence & Rome - Escorted Tour
Tours & Multi-centres in Italy, Meals according to program
07/09/2020 - 9 nights
2 adults
From Edinburgh
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