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 charming, ancient Orvieto in the region of Umbria.
- Gondola Ride in Venice
- The Accademia Gallery in Florence
- Walking Tour of the Colosseum and Forum in Rome
- Guided Tour of the Vatican and Vatican City
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Venice, traditional Tuscan fare in Florence, and a farewell dinner in Rome.
- Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice (2 nights)
- Starhotel Tuscany, Florence (2 nights)
- The Tribune Hotel, Rome (2 night)
(Please note: Unlike most of our other tours, no hotels on the Taste of Italy tour offer triple rooms.)
Hotel Bonvecchiati Venezia, Venice
Ideally located at Calle Goldoni, 4488, 30100 Venezia VE, and 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. CIE Tours’ guests 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 awaits you in the heart of Rome, just steps from the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese at Via Campania 45, Rome. For CIE Tours’ guests seeking a refined refuge from the hustle and bustle of the capital to spend moments of absolute relaxation even in the heart of the city, The Tribune Hotel is certainly the perfect answer. From the large king-size beds to the extraordinary terrace overlooking Villa Borghese to the delicious proposals of the exclusive Lounge Bar, every detail of the Tribune is born from the pleasure of surprising guests with services of absolute quality.
2019 Taste of Italy -- 7 Day/6 Nights/ 8 Meals
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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.
Day 1Venice & Welcome Dinner
Meet your tour director at 4:00 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 2The 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 3Venice & Florence
Take a private water taxi from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey you’ll stop in the fabulous foodie region of Emilia-Romagna for time at leisure where you may choose to enjoy a lunch of local cuisine. Arrive at your hotel just outside Florence’s busy city center. After a chance to refresh, depart for your included dinner in this beautiful city, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. You’ll marvel at the sights of the center such as the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. (B,D)
Day 4 Florence Walking Tour & The Uffizi Gallery
Spend the day discovering Florence. Visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the city with entrance included into the Uffizi Gallery, host to one of the largest and most important collections of Italian Renaissance art in the world. Savor a pizza lunch near the San Lorenzo Market – the sight of your pizza, handcrafted with locally-sourced tomatoes, in the oven as it cooks will whet your appetite. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this magnificent city at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 5Through 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 near 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. Take a walking tour to the heart of the city to see the towering Trevi Fountain and the picturesque Spanish Steps, then spend the evening exploring and dining as you please. (B)
Day 6Rome & The Vatican
Visit the historic Colosseum, the iconic structure of imperial Rome constructed between 72 and 80 A.D. This engineering marvel could hold between 50,000-80,000 spectators of public spectacles, gladiator battles, and classical dramas. Walk among the ghosts of the Caesars in the ruins of the Forum, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Enjoy some free time for lunch before an afternoon visit to the Vatican with Sistine Chapel. Finish the day with an included farewell dinner in a charming Roman neighborhood. (B, D)
Day 7Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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