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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  8 days (approx.)
Explore enchanting Italy on this 8-day tour from Rome to 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 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 Rome with an expert guide
  • See top Rome attractions like Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon 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 by visiting Venice, Padua and Verona
  • Relax at Lake Garda and Lake Como before visiting the elegant city of Milan
  • 4-star hotel accommodation in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan included

What You Can Expect

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

Milan: Cathedal Dome

Your 8-day tour begins in Italy’s capital, Rome, once the heart of the Roman Empire. Fittingly called the Eternal City, Rome has timeless appeal, and during your visit you’ll be bowled over by its array of incredible monuments. Spend two nights here, enjoying independent sightseeing time plus a guided tour.

Travel north into Umbria to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Assisi, and then venture into Tuscany – the region typified by rolling hills and sun-drenched vineyards. Tuscany’s leading city, Florence, is your base for two nights, providing you with convenient access to visit the top destinations in this gorgeous region; relax in Siena, see Renaissance art and architecture in Florence and then visit Pisa if you wish.

Continue east into the Veneto area and spend two nights in beautiful Venice, discovering its myriad of canals and Gothic palazzos. Admire its delights 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 the city's top attractions, 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: Rome
Start your tour with an airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Ciampino Airport to your Rome hotel. Alternatively, if you are already in Rome, you can check into your hotel in the afternoon and then spend the rest of your day 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. Starting from Largo di Torre Argentina – a small piazza with Roman temple ruins – your route continues to Campo de Fiori -- Rome’s lively central square. Stroll to Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountains and romantic 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 then 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 and travel north by coach to the village of Assisi in Umbria. On a walking tour, 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 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, and spend your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps stroll through its UNESCO-listed historic center or relax in Piazza del Campo -- the handsome 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 many 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 at leisure. Maybe take a walk along Florence’s stunning 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 coach. Your first destination is Padua – Venice’s lesser-known (but equally attractive) neighbor – which you’ll get to know on a walking tour.

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

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue east to Venice by coach. Check into your hotel and then set out to see the city’s top sites. Stroll through Piazza San Marco with your guide 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 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 cluster of tiny islands in the Venetian lagoon. Once a significant commercial port, Murano gained a reputation for glassmaking at the start of the 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, enjoy your dinner and then spend your night 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 enticing 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 best-known love story.

Continue to Sirmione at Lake Garda, and explore the little peninsula town with your guide. Admire its colorful streets, Roman ruins and the 13th-century Scaligero Castle – all set against the picturesque backdrop of Italy’s largest lake – and enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense). Later, hop back on board your coach and visit stunning Lake Como in the foothills of the Rhaetain Alps. Walk around one of the lake’s waterfront villages and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Italian lakeside life.

Travel by coach to the city of Milan in the late afternoon, and after checking into your hotel, enjoy dinner and spend your night at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Antares Concorde in Milan (Viale Monza)

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. Marvel at 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 back to Rome Termini train station – roughly six hours away. Simply advise your guide on the day!

Customer Reviews

jharris
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Even though it was really 6 and a half days it was still very good! Had plenty of free time in each place and it was well organized! Definitely recommend!

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Great overview of Italy! The tour leader, Pier, ran a slick operation and the timings worked well in terms of how much time you had at each place. It did feel a bit like a Catholic pilgrimage (loads of visits to churches).
The hotels are average, but clean and relatively comfortable. Food was decent enough. The trip is good value for money. Guides in each town are knowledgeable and friendly.
A definite recommendation, but please note this is more a 6-day tour but still worthwhile.
There is a fair amount of walking but at a comfortable pace and optional extras to Pisa, a gondola ride in Venice and a boat trip around Lake Garda were enjoyable experiences.

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