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Visit some of Italy’s top destinations on this 5-day tour from Rome. You’ll head into the regions of Umbria and Tuscany to check out historical cities Assisi, Siena and Montepulciano. Enjoy Florence’s wealth of art and architecture, and then continue to Padua and Bologna before arriving in Venice, home to sights like St Mark's Basilica. With a mix of free time and guided portions, this is an ideal introduction to the best of Italy. Four nights of accommodation in Florence and Venice and round-trip transport by coach are included. 

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
  • Enjoy the St Mark’s Basilica with skip the line ticket

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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

Your 5-day tour from Rome starts with the drive into the Umbria region, where you’ll visit Assisi, a hilltop town and UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the next days, continue to Tuscany, one of Italy’s most beloved regions, where you’ll discover the delights of Siena and Florence, including iconic sights like the Duomo. Then move on to Bologna, Padua and Venice.

Two nights of accommodation in Florence and two nights in Venice are included at your choice of accommodation level (select when booking); some meals are included, and you’ll have free time to enjoy other meals on your own. Hotels are centrally located to provide easy access to the cities’ top attractions and activities. When you’re with your guide, enjoy walking tours and learn about these different regions and cities of Italy, from art and history to cuisine and way of life. See the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour.

Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes, which you’ll pay directly at the hotels upon arrival or check-out according to 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. 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 with skip the line ticket—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

ltding

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour for first timers to whet their taste of Italy. The local tour company organised the activities and timings perfectly. Just follow the tour director's advice and everything will be fantastic. A big thanks to Mirjam our Tour Director who made all the difference for our tour. Always helpful and gives great advice and always gives everyone a fun facts!!! TQTQ Mirjam. Also, our coach driver Sabatino a great driver. Always on time and helpful. Much appreciated! Cheers!

kjellerson2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My family had a great time on the 5-Day Best of Italy tour. Our tour director, Mirjam, went out of her way to ensure that everyone on the tour had a memorable experience. The hotel in Florence and in Venice were nice along with the meals that were included with the tour. Overall, it was a very good tour.

Noni.B Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I travelled with my young daughter and we enjoyed very much our experienced in Italy with the travel agent. Highly recommended. the best way to enjoy new experience in Italy with local tour leader who can share many tips while travelling in many different cities of Italy.

rojax

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour operator well organized and very professional , the tour Director Clara is the best in the business, knowledgeable, very professional, personable she is well organized knew how and when to dismayed information so not to overwhelmed the group with unnecessary information, the five days went without a hitch on time with the right amount of stops and sightseeing thanks to the director Clara, The director beside herself as an excellent guide also provided very knowledgeable guides for the few sights, and we couldn't got anywhere with our great , knowledgeable, professional and excellent driver Luigi made us feel very safe driving and very comfortable, also luigi very professional and pleasant, maneuvered the huge bus beautifully around narrow road and on the highway, the director Clara and Luigi I commend them for the job well done sometime they went above and beyond to accommodate everyone, I cannot say enough about the great tour we took for five days tour of Italy I recommend this tour for my family ,friends and who ever read these comments, when you book this tour you must upgrade I guarantee you will get more than your money worth. You have my full permission to use this ae promotional for your business. If you have any question call me or email me .
PS: Give my best to Clara and Luigi
Roger Abifadel

jodye24

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We found this tour to be good value for money. Our tour guide, Patricia was very knowledgable and always very helpful. The optional tours were also reasonably priced with good the local guides. There was a good balance between sitting on a bus and visiting local attractions and towns. We would use Viator again in the future.

Ibspot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is an excellent tour. We enjoyed all the towns that we visited. Our guide Lucy was very informative, friendly and knowledgable. Our driver Fabio's driving skills amazed us. We highly recommend this tour. Nancy and John USA

maria.akkawi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well organised tour, great accommodation and meals. Would highly recommend when you don't have much time.

Douglas R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Carla was wonderful!! You see a lot very quickly!!

margaret.franks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I had the time of my life. It was a quick and wonderful way to tour major cities in Italy. The accommodations and food were nice, especially my upgraded room in Venice. Unfortunately, not all of the other guests were given that particular information and they were very disappointed. I happened to make my arrangements on phone which ended up giving me far more details that processing my tour on line! My guides, Nicole and Miyriam were wonderful, accommodating, carry and made my experience with Viator much better. I would highly recommend this tour to others because there were so many opportunities to meet people from other parts of the world. I made many wonderful friends!

Mannyrpt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is the best 5 tour we had. Our tour director stefano is excellent and accommodating . Hotels are in great location . Side trips are reasonably price. Highly recommended . Carani tours is d best

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