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  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Duration:  8 days (approx.)
See the best of beautiful Italy on this 8-day tour from Milan! With an expert guide at your side, visit Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Veneto, the Italian Lakes and Milan, taking in world-class attractions like Rome Pantheon, Florence Duomo and Venice’s Basilica di San Marco. Hotel accommodation in the top cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan are included, plus guided walks and a free departure transfer to Rome (should you need it), ensuring you have everything you need to discover Italy with ease!

Highlights

  • 8-day highlights of Italy tour from Milan with an expert guide
  • Visit the Eternal City of Rome and see top attractions like Trevi Fountain on a walking tour
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Assisi in Umbria and then head to Tuscany to visit Siena and Florence
  • Discover the charms of the Veneto region during trips to Venice, Verona and Padua
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Garda and Lake Como before visiting the urban metropolis of Milan
  • 4-star hotel accommodation in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan included

What You Can Expect

8-Day Best of Italy Tour from Milan Including Rome, Tuscany and Venice

Visit Padua in Italy's Veneto region!

Start your tour with a visit to Italy’s mighty capital, Rome, to see the place that was once the heart of the Roman Empire. Aptly known as the Eternal City, Rome has timeless appeal, and during your visit you’ll be bowled over by its collection of grandiose monuments. Spend two nights here, enjoying independent sightseeing time plus a guided tour and experience the best of this world-class city.

Head north into Umbria, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage town of Assisi, and then delve into Tuscany – a region typified by its lush countryside of rolling hills and sun-drenched vineyards. With the area’s capital, Florence, as your base for two nights, your tour takes in the top cities in this gorgeous region; relax in Siena, see Renaissance art and architecture in Florence and go on an excursion to Pisa if you wish.

Venture east from Tuscany into the Veneto and spend two nights in beautiful Venice, getting to know its myriad of canals and Gothic palazzos. Soak up the ambiance on a walking tour, visit the islands of Murano, and then discover the neighboring city of Padua.

The last part of your tour includes a day in the Italian Lakes, visiting Lake Garda and Lake Como, before staying in Milan overnight. See top attractions in this glamorous northern city, and then finish your tour with a drop-off at Milano Centrale station. Alternatively, make use of a complimentary transfer back to Rome.

Please note: The listed price does not include a city tax, payable at the time of hotel check-in. The tax is required by the hotels and is not within our control.

Itinerary

Day 1: Milan – Rome
Meet your guide at your Milan hotel or Milano Centrale train station and then leave the city by air-conditioned coach. With several stops throughout the day to stretch your legs and buy meals, your tour heads south in the direction of Italy’s Lazio region. Arrive in Rome by late afternoon, check into your hotel and then relax at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely walk to Villa Borghese, Rome's tranquil park, or explore the city's vibrant neighborhoods like Trastevere or Testaccio.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Gioberti in Rome

Day 2: Rome (B)
After breakfast, head out on a 3-hour walking tour with your guide to discover Rome. Starting from Largo di Torre Argentina – a quiet piazza boasting Roman temple ruins – your route continues to Campo de Fiori, Rome’s louder-than-life central square. Stroll to Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountains and pavement-side cafés, and then see unmistakable monuments like the Pantheon. Amble past the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain for good luck!

Your walking tour ends in the center of Rome – perfect for sightseeing independently if you wish. Return to your hotel in the evening, and spend the rest of your night in Rome at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Gioberti in Rome

Day 3: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence (D)
Leave Rome early, traveling north by coach to the Umbrian town of Assisi. On a walking tour of the village, see sites frequented by Assisi’s patron, St Francis of Assisi, and hear about his life here – first as a young man of wealth and then later as a poor street preacher. Visit the Basilica of St Francis to see incredible early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and then enjoy free time for lunch (own expense).

Continue to Siena, one of Tuscany's most popular towns, to spend your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps explore its UNESCO-listed historic center or relax in Piazza del Campo, the beautiful square that featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Leave Siena in the late afternoon and travel north to Florence. Check into your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence

Day 4: Florence (B, D)
After breakfast, meet your guide for a morning walking tour around the city. Concentrating on Florence’s countless Renaissance-era sites, your tour takes in city highlights like Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Giotto’s Bell Tower and Santa Croce – a 13th-century Franciscan church that’s home to Cimabue’s famous Crucifix painting.

Stop for lunch (own expense) and then spend the rest of your day sightseeing independently. Perhaps stroll along Florence’s eye-catching medieval bridge -- the Ponte Vecchio -- or arrange an excursion with your guide to nearby Pisa (own expense).

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence

Day 5: Florence – Padua – Venice (B, D)

Enjoy breakfast and then travel northeast by air-conditioned coach. Your first destination is Padua – Venice’s lesser-known (but just as charming) neighbor – which you’ll get to know on a walking tour.

Stroll around Padua center and head inside St Anthony’s Basilica – the city’s most celebrated monument. Admire its extravagant high altar, decorated by early-Renaissance artist Donatello, and then admire the Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata (another Donatello masterpiece) from outside.

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to nearby Venice by coach. Check into your hotel and then set out to see its most famous sights. With your guide, stroll through Piazza San Marco and marvel at historical monuments like Basilica di San Marco. Learn of the doges who once ruled Venice by dastardly means, and then visit the Bridge of Sighs where prisoners were led before being locked away. Return to your hotel for dinner, and then spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Continental in Venice

Day 6: Venice (B, D)

Relax over breakfast and then take a boat ride to Murano – a colorful cluster of close-knit islands in the Venetian lagoon. Once a commercial port, Murano gained a reputation for glassmaking in the early 13th century – producing items that were (at that time) either rare or non-existent in Europe.

Watch a glass-blowing demonstration inside a Murano workshop and see local glassmakers in action. After some free time here to sighsee or to shop for quality Murano glass souvenirs, return to your hotel by boat for dinner and then spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Continental in Venice

Day 7: Venice – Verona – Italian Lakes – Milan (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Venice and travel west by coach to Verona. Famously the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this enchanting Veneto city has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments from eras dating back to 1st century BC. On a walking tour, see top Verona attractions like Piazza della Erbe and Juliet’s House, and lose yourself in the setting of the world’s most tragic love story.

Continue to Sirmione at Lake Garda, and explore the little peninsula town with your guide. As you stroll, admire its colorful streets, Roman ruins and the 13th-century Scaligero Castle – all set against the picturesque backdrop of Italy’s largest lake. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), and then continue by coach to Lake Como, in the foothills of the Rhaetain Alps. Walk around one of the lake’s waterfront villages and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Italian lakeside life.

Leave the lakes in the late afternoon and travel by coach to the city of Milan, roughly 1.5 hours away. Check into your hotel, enjoy dinner, and then relax at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Executive in Milan

Day 8: Milan (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, check out, and then relax on a sightseeing tour of the city. See Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the extravagant shopping galleria that links Piazza della Scala to Piazza del Duomo, and then gaze in awe at Milan Duomo. Admire Castello Sforzesco, Milan’s Renaissance pride and joy, and learn of its role today as home to several of the city’s museums.

Your tour finishes at Milano Centrale (the central train station) or you can hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for a transfer to Rome Termini train station – roughly six hours away. Simply advise your guide on the day!

Customer Reviews

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2014

Pier was a very good guide, it was his efforts that kept this score from being lower. Rome's guide was great, she came with whisper technology transmitter and personal receivers which gave all of the group the ability to hear her excellent incite on Rome. The other city-based tour guides worn a microphone and a single speaker hanging around their necks. Unless you were in the front of our pack of ~ 45 people (way more people than I expected in the group), you could not hear what was being described. Add to that our city-based guide in Venice really came across as not liking tourists. (without tourists what would she be doing?) Again Pier was great, well organized and able to pretty much keep our large group on pace.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

Wasn't happy with any of the hotels and the meals included in the tour. The tour guides didn't have my name on their lists, I have never received messages in the hotels where and when I would be picked up next morning or where the tour is starting. I called on the numbers given in the voucher (the local operator phone), to no avail, no one ever answered. The beginning of the tour wasn't planned well. They picked me up from Milan on the first day of tour to take me to Rome by bus. The distance is a bit too long for a bus, the journey took 8,5 hours. I would prefer to go by train in the evening and spend 2-3 hours on the road and stay the whole day in Milan instead of spending it in the bus, wouldn't mind to pay extra for the train. In a few words - bad organization, wrong choice of the local operator

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