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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:8 days (approx.)

7-Night Independent Trip Through Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome

Discover Italy at your own pace on a 7-night independent tour that starts in Venice and finishes in Rome! The budget-friendly experience includes two nights in the cities of Venice, La Spezia (near the Cinque Terre) and Florence plus one night in Rome, as well as train transport to each destination. Explore independently and scout out statuesque sights such as Venice’s Rialto Bridge, the UNESCO-listed villages of the Cinque Terre, Rome Pantheon and more. Accommodation in centrally located budget hotels and a hostel is included.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.


  • 7-night independent Italy tour from Venice to Rome
  • Spend two nights in the cities of Venice, La Spezia (near the Cinque Terre), Florence and Rome
  • See top Italian attractions such as Doge's Palace, the Ponte Vecchio and Trevi Fountain
  • Explore the stunning cliff-side fishing villages of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre
  • Stay in comfortable, well-located budget hotels and a hostel
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures personalized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great multiday tour that covers some of the most popular places in Italy! See Rome, Florence, Venice and also the scenic Cinque Terre.

What You Can Expect

7-Night Independent Trip Through Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome

See the sights of Florence on this independent 7-night tour!

Spend seven nights discovering the highlights of Italy on this exciting independent tour. Accommodation in budget (1- and 2-star) hotels and a hostel is included, as is standard-class train transport between the cities. Enjoy two nights in Venice, La Spezia and Florence, and one night in Rome. This trip allows you to make the most of your free time by experiencing the sights that you want to see.

Please note: Any attractions mentioned below are to give you an idea of the variety of things to do in each destination, but they are only an example and are not included; all entrance fees, tours and activities are at your own expense.

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Day 1: Venice
Check in to your Venice hotel in the afternoon, and then enjoy some free time to get acquainted with Italy’s city-on-the-water. Perhaps take a stroll around town to discover Venice’s romantic bridges, canals and 16th-century piazzas, and then make your way back to the hotel in the early evening for a welcome meeting with your tour’s host.

Overnight: Hotel Mondial or similar in Venice

Day 2: Venice (B)

How you decide to spend your day after breakfast is up to you! Explore by foot or perhaps by boat – the ubiquitous black gondolas that glide along the city canals provide a quintessential Venetian sightseeing experience!

Look out for Venice’s must-see sights such as Doge's Palace, from where the powerful yet treacherous doges of Venice once ruled, as well as attractions such as St Mark’s Basilica and Rialto Bridge. If culture is your thing, pay homage to contemporary artwork with a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or visit Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art.

Overnight: Hotel Mondial or similar in Venice

Day 3: Venice – Cinque Terre – La Spezia (B)
Leave your Venice hotel after breakfast and travel west by train to Italy’s Liguria region – your base for the following two nights. Here, explore the port town of La Spezia as well as Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After leaving your luggage at your La Spezia hotel, take a train to the gorgeous Cinque Terre region – a coastal region that’s home to five picture-perfect cliffside villages. How you spend your time in the area is up to you; transport costs are payable at your own expense. Perhaps hike the stunning trails between the villages, soak up the sun on a pebble beach, or explore all five villages: Vernazza, Monterosso, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Return to La Spezia at a time that suits you and spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: Affittacamere Anita or similar in La Spezia

Day 4: La Spezia – Cinque Terre – La Spezia (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then spend the entire day at leisure. Perhaps take the train back to the Cinque Terre to see the places you may have missed the day before, or speak to your guide about optional activities. Examples include a day cruise around the Cinque Terre or a pesto-making class; pesto is a Liguarian specialty!

Overnight: Affittacamere Anita or similar in La Spezia

Day 5: La Spezia – Florence (B)
Relax over breakfast, and then make your way to the station to catch your train to Florence. Tuscany’s capital teems with Renaissance treasures from the likes of Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, among other prominent Italian painters that have called it home.

After checking in to your hostel, set off to see the sights of the city at your own pace. Florence boasts delights at every twist and turn, from the bountiful Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio to contemporary art galleries. Stroll through Piazza della Signoria – the city’s central square – to see a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s David statue, visit Boboli Gardens or check out the gold shops on the Ponte Vecchio.

Overnight: Plus Hostel or similar in Florence

Day 6: Florence
Your hostel doesn’t serve food, so head into town to experience breakfast as the locals do in one of Florence’s lively coffee bars (own expense). Then, enjoy a full day of free time to explore the city museums, relax or do some more sightseeing.

Perhaps visit the Uffizi or Accademia galleries to see more Renaissance masterpieces aplenty, or visit Florence Duomo to climb Brunelleschi’s legendary dome.

Overnight: Plus Hostel or similar in Florence

Day 7: Florence – Rome (B)
Check out of your hostel and make your own way to Santa Maria Novella Station in central Florence. Board your train and relax on your journey south to Italy's poster-child city of Rome. After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive in the city and check in to your hotel.

Spend the rest of your day doing whatever you wish. Rome has arguably more sights and things to do than many other European cities put together, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Architectural relics are scattered through the city and there are treasures to be found around every corner. Want more ideas? Check out Vatican City, home of the Pope, or visit the Colosseum where brutal gladiator battles were once fought. Admire Bernini’s lavish fountains in bustling Piazza Navona, or find your way to Trevi Fountain, tucked away in Rome’s backstreets.

Overnight: Hotel Bolognese or similar in Rome

Day 8: Rome (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, finishing your 7-night independent tour in central Rome.
From USD $ 1,205.00

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