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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  5 days / 4 nights
See the best of Italy in five days on this must-do tour from Rome, and fall in love with Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice and Montepulciano – places so captivating that you won’t want to go home! Enjoy a mix of guided tours and free time to discover world-class attractions like Florence Duomo and St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), and enjoy four nights of 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation – two nights in Florence and two nights in Venice.

Highlights

  • 5-day tour of Italy from Rome with hotel accommodation in Florence and Venice
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Assisi, birthplace of St Francis of Assisi
  • Get to know Tuscany during visits to Siena, Florence and Montepulciano
  • Learn about Florence’s incredible Renaissance architecture on a walking tour, seeing Brunelleschi’s Dome and more
  • Discover the charms of Venice with your guide while exploring St Mark's Square
  • Four nights of centrally located hotel accommodation included

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Best of Italy Trip

Visit the most iconic monument of Padua, Basilica di St Antonio

Leave Rome and explore the delights of central and northern Italy on this 5-day Italy trip – taking in top cities in breathtakingly beautiful regions like Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and the Veneto. Learn about the different regions – their history, art, cuisine and sights – from your guide during walking tours, and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace, too.

There are many activities and sites to explore in Florence and Venice, so handily, these places act as your bases throughout your trip. You'll spend two nights in Florence, followed by two nights in Venice before returning to Rome. Your hotels in each city are centrally located for maximum convenience, and you’ll have a choice of a 3- or 4-star hotel for your time in Venice. In Florence, your accommodation is a 4-star hotel.

Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes. City tax will be paid directly at the reception hotel desk at the arrival or at the check out according to the local city board procedure. City tax will change according to hotel category.

Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking. In the rare event that the mentioned hotel is unavailable, you will be accommodated in another centrally located hotel of the same star rating.

Please note that during high season this tour operates in English only.

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence (D)
Leave central Rome by luxury coach and travel north to the region of Umbria to the hilltop town of Assisi. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Assisi is best known as the birthplace of Italy’s patron saint, St Francis of Assisi. Stop for a walk around town with your guide, seeing the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, which is dedicated to the saint, as well as Santa Maria degli Angeli Church where he is said to have worshiped.

Hop back on board your coach and travel west into Tuscany to visit the enchanting city of Siena. Surrounded by ancient walls, the city is best-known as the venue for the Palio (its colorfully chaotic horse race). Stroll around at leisure, exploring Piazza del Campo where the race takes place each year, and see other city highlights like Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Comunale – Siena’s elegant Gothic palace. Return to your coach and travel to Florence in time for dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (3-star) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or Hotel Raffaello in Florence

Day 2: Florence (B, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, head out on a morning tour by coach with your guide. Taking in the city’s architectural highlights (of which there are many!), your tour visits places like Piazza della Signoria – home to majestic Palazzo Vecchio – and Piazza della Duomo to see Florence Duomo topped by Brunelleschi’s Dome. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and learn about Renaissance art in the city from your guide.

Finish your tour back at your hotel, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll across Florence’s magnificent bridge – the Ponte Vecchio – to visit the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, or relax in the beautiful Boboli Gardens (entry own expense). Your evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (3-star) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or Hotel Raffaello in Florence

Day 3: Florence - Bologna - Padua - Venice (B, D)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel north out of Tuscany to Bologna in Emilia Romagna. Famously the birthplace of everyone’s favorite pasta dish – Spaghetti Bolognese – the foodie haven of Bologna has some pretty magnificent monuments, too. Walk around town with your guide, passing through Piazza Nettuno to see the Fountain of Neptune, and admiring lavish palaces like Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà.

Leave Bologna after lunch (own expense), and relax on the journey northeast to Padua, the neighboring town to Venice. Enjoy time at leisure here to explore the city’s handsome streets, enjoy a coffee in the sun (own expense) or visit its most celebrated monument – St Anthony’s Basilica. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and travel to Venice. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) Hotel Carlton (Grand Canal) or 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Delfino in Venice Mestre

Day 4: Venice (B, D)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then set out to discover the delights of Venice. On a walking tour admire highlights of the famous water-filled city like Piazza San Marco –- home to Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica –- and the elegant Rialto Bridge. Discover where to go to buy the best Murano glass and then finish your tour either in town or back at your hotel.

Explore the city independently in the afternoon, and make the most of the opportunity to lose your bearings in one of the world’s most romantic cities; explore the footpaths lining the canals and cross from elegant bridge to even-more-elegant bridge as you get to know this incredible city. Return to your hotel in time for dinner and spend your night at leisure.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) Hotel Carlton (Grand Canal) or 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Delfino in Venice Mestre

Day 5: Venice - Montepulciano - Rome (B)
Leave Venice after breakfast and return south to Tuscany, traveling by luxury coach. Rather than a city stop, your tour’s last visit is to the hilltown of Montepulciano in a picturesque area known as Val d’Orcia. As you explore the town independently, soak up the views of the gently rolling Chianti hills that surround you, and admire the gorgeous Renaissance architecture that abounds. The town is best known for its wine production, so make the most of your time here to shop for quality Tuscan wines. After enjoying lunch (own expense), return to your coach and travel south to Rome, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

One of the best tours we ever had. Mario, the tour director made it even more enjoyable with his helpful nature, witty comments, jokes and songs. The tour was very informative and enjoyable. Keep about 200 euros cash in hand per person if you want to avail of all the optional tours/visits. Florence Museum tour was an eye opener for us with its vast collection of paintings. Venice was unforgettable. At St. Marks square they have live orchestra which is spell bounding. Wish Viator had arranged the first evening dinner in Venice in a restaurant near the orchestra ! It would have been an unforgettable experience. Similarly, on second day in Venice, they should provide lunch instead of dinner, and keep the entire afternoon (after lunch) free for shopping and personal visits. That way there would be no compulsion of rushing back for dinner from wherever you are. Overall, a very well organised tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Time to see and do a variety of things.

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