- Tour Highlights
- Dates and Prices
Authentic Local Experiences:
- Experience the Renaissance in Florence, where it was born. View the amazing art collection at the Uffizi Gallery and marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece of sculpture – David
- See the glorious architecture of Venice as you take a gondola down its famous canals.
- Explore the local food culture of a charming ancient town.
- Gondola rRde in Venice
- The Uffizi Gallery in Florence
- Walking Tour of the Colosseum and Forum in Rome
- Guided Tour of the Vatican and Vatican City
- 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Venice, traditional Tuscan fare at the Mercato Centrale in Florence, and a farewell dinner in Rome.
- Hotel Bonvecchiati , Venice (2 nights)
- Starhotel Tuscany, Florence (2 nights)
- The Tribune Hotel, Rome (2 night)
Hotel Bonvecchiati Venezia, Venice
Featuring its own water landing for gondolas and water taxis, Hotel Bonvecchiati of Venice is a two-minute walk from Saint Mark‘s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Rooms are individually designed in a classic Venetian or modern style. Each room has free WiFi, air conditioning, satellite TV and a private bathroom; some have views over the canal or the surrounding rooftops. Restaurant La Terrazza offers Venetian, classic Italian and international cuisine, all served on the waterside terrace. Meals are accompanied by a wide selection of wines from the on-site wine cellar.
StarHotels Tuscany Hotel, Florence
Its perfect blend of elegance and comfort and a strategic location in the heart of Florence’s business district, near the Florence Airport, makes the Starhotels Tuscany the ideal choice for travelers aiming to mix business with pleasure. The hotel’s 102 elegant rooms and suites have all been recently refurbished in a contemporary, refined style. The Assaggi by Eataly restaurant offers the finest examples of traditional local cuisine. The welcoming Assaggi by Eataly bar is the ideal venue for a coffee, a light lunch or a cocktail.
The Tribune Hotel, Rome
The Tribune Hotel, an elegant creation by the MAG Hotels Group, awaits you in the heart of Rome, just steps from the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese and from many of the main tourist attractions of the capital.
2019 Taste of Italy — 7 Day/6 Nights/ 8 Meals
Day 1: Venice & Welcome Dinner
Meet your tour director at 2:00 PM, and take a one-hour orientation walk around the city known as the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Spend a couple of hours exploring on your own before gathering back at your hotel for a welcome reception, followed by a dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: The Sights of Venice & Gondola Ride
Take a guided walking tour of Venice, ‘La Serenissima,’ the most serene of cities, with its glorious architecture, and its charming bridges and canals. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace, and the acclaimed Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. Journey along the canals for a view of the city from a gondola – truly, an unforgettable experience. Delight in an evening of exploring and dinner on your own. (B)
Day 3: Venice & Florence
Take a private vaporetto, or water taxi, from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey you’ll stop at a family-owned hotel, where you may choose to enjoy a local lunch al fresco – the food is all made by hand every single day. Arrive at your hotel, outside Florence’s city center; after a break, depart for an orientation tour and enjoy dinner in Florence’s famous Mercato Centrale, where you can choose from an abundance of offerings and fresh Tuscan flavors.
Day 4: Florence Walking Tour & The Uffizi Gallery
Spend the day discovering Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy free time, marveling at the sights of the city center such as the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Piazza della Signoria. Take some time for lunch on your own. Enjoy a walking tour of the city with entrance included to the Uffizi Gallery, host to one of the largest and most important collections of Italian Renaissance art in the world. Proceed on to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Visit a leather-making school that creates high-end designer goods. Enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 5: Through Umbria to Rome
This morning you’re off to the Eternal City with a special and delicious stop at a local producer en route. They say that all roads lead to Rome, and today yours will certainly do so as you are immersed in Italy’s natural beauty and surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Your hotel tonight is located in an exclusive area overlooking the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens – and close to the legendary Harry’s Bar, featured in Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita and famed as a center of Rome’s glamorous social scene. Spend the evening exploring and dining as you please.
Day 6: Rome & The Vatican
Visit the historic Colosseum, the iconic structure of imperial Rome constructed between 72 and 80 AD. This engineering marvel could hold between 50,000 – 80,000 spectators of public spectacles, gladiator battles, and classical dramas. Walk through the Forum and view the ruins of ancient government buildings. Proceed on to a walking tour of the heart of the city to see the Spanish Steps and the towering Trevi Fountain. Enjoy some free time for lunch and exploring on your own. Afterwards, you will go on to a coveted night entrance to the Vatican. (March departure will visit the Vatican earlier in the day.)
Day 7: Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast.
Insider tip: You can book pre-nights in Venice or post-nights in Rome if you want to extend your vacation! We’ve negotiated special rates with our hotels to make booking extra nights easy and affordable.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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