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  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Duration:  9 days (approx.)
See the best of beautiful Italy on this 9-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!


  • 9-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

9-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.


Day 1: Milan (D)
Arrive in Milan independently and meet your guide at your Milan hotel Antares Concorde. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel and the rest of your evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Antares Concorde in Milan

Day 2: Milan - Rome (B)
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel get ready for a panoramic tour of the city which including the shopping Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza Castle and the Duomo, one of the world’s largest and most striking Gothic cathedrals.
Leave the city by air-conditioned coach. With few 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 3: 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 4: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence (B, D)
After breakfast, 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Milan (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Your tour finishes here or you can hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for a transfer to Rome Termini train station. Simply advise your guide on the day!
From USD $ 1,319.85

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