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Time5 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Visit Italy’s top destinations — Florence, Siena, Assisi, Venice and more — on this 5-day tour from Rome. With a mix of free time and guided portions, this is an ideal introduction to the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Check out the historical cities of Assisi, Siena and Montepulciano; soak up 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. Four nights of accommodation in Florence and Venice and round-trip transport by coach are included.
  • 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 Renaissance architecture on a walking tour, seeing Brunelleschi’s Dome and more
  • See St Mark's Square while in Venice with your guide, and skip the line into St Mark's Basilica
  • Four nights of centrally-located hotel accommodation included
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. Continue to Tuscany, one of Italy’s most beloved regions, to explore Siena and Florence, and pass iconic sights like the Duomo along the way. 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 
Departing at 7:15 am from the Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Raffaello or Hotel Ricasoli in Florence
(Dinner included)

Day 2: Florence 
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the "Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle.

Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free "Comune" and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the "Campanile" tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the "Gates of Paradise." In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa's symbol "the Leaning Tower" and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Raffaello or Hotel Ricasoli in Florence
(Breakfast and Lunch included)


Day 3: Florence Bologna Padua Venice 
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its "porticos", it's shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo's Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it's a real gourmet's heaven...don't miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant'Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world.Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

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

Day 4: Venice 

After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with "Skip the Line" tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark's Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the "Floating City": the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice's glorious past, the legendary "Bridge of Sighs". Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice's canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.

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


Day 5: Venice Montepulciano (Tuscany Wine Region) Rome 
After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its "Nobile" wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. LUNCH in a typical restaurant included!!! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

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B
, Jul 2018

We were 4 adults and very happy we took the tour, covered a lot without hassle to move from one city to the other.
Our guide Sabrina was amazing. She was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history as well of local shops/restaurants that allow us to taste all local cuisine. I had a mobility limitation and before every stop she always come and talk to me, give me details of the activity and make sure I will be able to make it back to the buss, including arranging taxi for us.
This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details.

B
, Jul 2018

We were 4 adults and very happy we took the tour, covered a lot without hassle to move from one city to the other.
Our guide Sabrina was amazing. She was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history as well of local shops/restaurants that allow us to taste all local cuisine. I had a mobility limitation and before every stop she always come and talk to me, give me details of the activity and make sure I will be able to make it back to the buss, including arranging taxi for us.
This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details.

C
, Jun 2018

Highly recommend taking this tour. Clara our guide was amazing and very friendly. Thanks to Stephano who is a great driver brought us safely back to Rome. The best part of this tour was that we met so many friendly people from Australia, Canada, Lebanon and US.
You require good walking / comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking to do. All the cities were just beautiful and quaint especially Assisi and Montepulciano.
'The only downside was the cost of the Gondola ride which was a rip off for Euros 35 pp. 4 of us went locally and joined 2 students on the Gondola and we ended paying Euros 88 for 6 of us. I would recommend anyone going on this tour, to do the Gondola ride on your own.

G
, Jan 2018

This tour was amazing!

D
, Jan 2018

This was such an amazing trip! Would highly recommend for those wanting to explore as much in a short time.

C
, Jan 2018

Great tour guide and bus driver. This was the best way to pack a lot of the Italian sites into a short amount of time.The accommodations were lovely but the included meals left much to be desired.

P
, Nov 2017

A great experience! We could not have had a better tour and tour guide. Stephano was fun, helpful, and patient with our diverse group.

C
, Nov 2017

Covered beautiful places you won t be able to do on your own / only negative was the hotel in Venice ,which we did not like , the room was sooooo hot and uncomfortable, EVEN PAID EXTRA FOR AN UPGRADE . I hope this hotel WILL BE remove from their list. When I travelled in March 2017 w/ my daughter we got a nice hotel in Venice w/ an upgrade, so I TOOK THE SAME TOUR W/ MY SON but no luck this time.

N
, Nov 2017

Antonio driver and Clara tour guide are great people. Very organized with lots of information of top things to see and do. What makes this tour great, is you dont have to worry about driving yourself and possibly getting lost to find your destinations. You will visit approximately 13 cities in 5 days and four nights. Clara always has a time and a meeting spot for those of us that want to venture off away from the big group. With a group of 43 people, you may not get to see everything you want if you stay with the group. Lots of talking and history which is good for people that want to listen. For us, we can google the information as we venture off and see the beauties of Italy. If you have a good sense of direction, you wont get lost! The only complaint is the hotel location in Florence is approximately a 2 mile walk away from everything. For those of you that are not in shape or cant walk long distance, understand that not all locations are close to everything. This is a heavy waking tour which we walked about 4-8 miles daily.

Helpful tips for you to prepare ahead of time:

- Best time to visit Italy in the Fall would be October. The weather is perfect, not many kids and your not sweaty. When we travel North to Venice, a light jacket will be needed for the day/night. Dont wear skirts and then complain your cold in Venice when your on an Island. Its October and the north is a little chilly.
- There are cold water bottles on the bus that cost 1 Euro each. We would buy a 12 pack of small water bottles from the supermarket and bring with us. Cost is 2 Euros which makes more sense.
- Have plenty of small Euros/change on hand. Some places may charge for using the bathroom.
- Optional extra excursions will be offered on the bus for Venice. Venice by Night Tour and Gondola Ride. This costs anywhere from 23-45 Euros extra and no credit cards can be used to pay for the optional excursions.
- Venice by Night is worth the tour because its less crowded and you will be more familiar with the area for the next day when you get to venture off after your local tour guide finishes the tour.
- To enter the many churches/cathedrals there is a church code policy meaning that shoulders and knees must be covered. Ensure you dress appropriately.
- Our bus did not have phone charging outlets, so bring extra power charging sources to allow your phone to keep charged all day. The bus does offer free WiFi.
- Meals provided are all buffet but they will happily accommodate any special diet needs. In Maestre if not staying in Venice hotel, the hotel food is horrible. Dont waste your time with the buffet. Also, the internet is really bad even if you pay the extra Euros. If you are on the first floor, then there are no issues.
- Dinners are late, not until typically 7pm-8pm.

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, Oct 2017

This was an amazing way to see Italy! We had such a great trip with a group of awesome people. Nicole, our guide, was fantastic! We had one couple that were a little difficult being nice but we didn't let them ruin our trip. DO THE EXTRAS!!! Pisa was amazing as was the Gondola ride. In Venice, if you have the option, upgrade your stay to the Hotel on Venice Island. There were a handful of guest who were very bummed that they didn't do this.
If you are looking for a way to see many sites in a short time, this is the trip. Note, there is a lot of walking everyday and the surfaces are not always flat. We traveled with my dad who is 70 so I was always having to watch for uneven surfaces, odd steps, just something to keep in mind.


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