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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:5 days / 4 nights

Best 5-Day Best of Italy Trip

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.


  • 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

Best 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.


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


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


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.


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


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!!


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!


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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Tour was very good for who want to visit Italy in this short period, i took it with some other tours and it was great but the following i did not like:
- the Hotel in Florence was very old and small.
- I do not recommend anyone to take the on land Hotel at Venice as they will not experience Venice properly,

on the other hand:
- Carlos the guide was so helpful and calm.
-the Hotel in Venice was good relatively speaking, but the rooms were so small, if you have two bags you will not find a place to store.
- the Guide at Florence was amazing.
- I recommend to take all of the additional tours especially in Florence and this will cost you around 130 Euros.

Nicholas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour guide with excellent knowledge and customer service. Good hotels Good meals. Good tour guide at Florence museum of David excellent knowledge and customer service Excellent tour itinerary


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour, amazing how much you manage to see in 5 days.
Nicole our tour guide was amazing, very helpful and informative.
Worth booking onto all the additional tours academy in Florence, Pisa, Venice at night and gondola ride for a total of 130 euros per person. Very good value for money overall.
Hotels all lovely, worth paying upgrade in Venice for better location on the islands. Food very good given included in price and Nicole was excellent at recommending places for lunches etc. very accommodating with allergies and dietary requirements if mentioned in advance.
Worth noting, not for the faint hearted, early starts before 7am every day, lots of walking including up hill at a reasonable pace especially tough in a heatwave!!. We're in our 20s and found it hard enough at 40 degrees!!!
Overall an amazing tour and would highly recommend!!

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