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If you’re looking to experience the best of Italy in just one week, this whirlwind 7-night tour to the country’s top destinations is for you. You’ll start in Rome, continuing over seven days to Umbria, Siena, Florence, Venice, Lake Como and Milan, where the adventure ends (you may return to Rome by coach, if you prefer). Accommodation is included at 3- and 4-star hotels in Italy’s top four cities, and an experienced guide accompanies you to lead you on fascinating walking tours.   

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

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What You Can Expect

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

Milan: Cathedal Dome

Your 7-night tour of Italy’s greatest hits starts in Rome, where activities include a walking to see the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and other famous attractions. During the next seven days, you’ll move on to the regions of Umbria and Tuscany to visit UNESCO World Heritage–listed towns like Assisi and Siena; the fabulous, art-filled city of Florence for a walking tour of its Renaissance-era sites; romantic, must-see Venice; the simply stunning Italian Lakes; and the elegant city of Milan, with more historical Italian sites in between.

Accommodation at 3- and 4-star hotels is included for two nights in Rome, two nights in Florence, two nights in Venice and one night in Milan. Breakfast is included, as well as dinner on most evenings; other meals are on your own, giving you the flexibility to try different restaurants as you wish.

On the last day, you can either stay in Milan to end your tour, or take a coach ride back to Rome; it’s about a 6-hour drive. Just let your guide know which you prefer.

Please note: The listed price does not include city taxes, payable at the time of hotel check-in. This tax is required by the hotels and is not within our control. See the Itinerary for details on each day. 

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 (B, L, 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.

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!

GERRYVALE Australia

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

My spouse and I had a great time. This is a perfect trip for people traveling Italy the first time. Everything in the itinerary was covered. The tour is well organized, not to mention our tour director Nicola who is very professional and always encourages everyone to be punctual so that we can have more free time on our own. Local guides were informative and knowledgeable regarding the site. Among the hotel that we checked in, we didn't like Hotel Villafranca. Dinner is just okay to satisfy your hunger. It was an enjoyable experience.

Christian S USA

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

This is a good tour. My only complain is that the dinner food being serve at Hotel Continental Venice food is terrible. Aside from that, everything is ok.

Lara C

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.

pat

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Tour guide Pierre was excellent. We ending up travelling on a really big bus for only 7 of us plus the driver and guide. The hotels, except Milan, are rated 4* but are definitely 3's - okay but not memorable. Dinners at the hotels were mediocre at best and in Venice the service was abominable - 2 nights in a row, even after we complained the first night. Pierre did the best he could to rectify the situation but the hotel has final control. The local guides were all knowledgable and friendly. We enjoyed all the places we visited but would probably skip Milan and the lakes if we did it again - just not worth the time we spent. Assisi was spectacular and Venice was magic. Florence was, to our surprise, kind of ho-hum, but we didn't spend much time there. We would love to travel with Pierre again - he was very, very well versed in Italy, patient with some of our more trying travelling companions, and had a rather dry sense of humor.

snadymcd

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

Really enjoyed seeing so much in a short time. Hotel in Rome not so nice but good service made it better. Some of the meals were not great, but for the price of this tour, you could easily go eat dinner elsewhere and still have it be good value. Extremely well organized. We didn't have any problems at all thanks to our tour manager. Good value, lovely 'hit the highlights' tour of a few regions of Italy.

Francisca B

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

First of all it was not an 8 day tour it was only 6 days. We were to start on Saturday but a message was left at hotel that it would start on Monday morning. The hotels we stayed in were good except the one in Venice. There was a hole on the floor and the shower was so small you had to back into it and not move too much when you took a shower. I weight 145 lbs. and am 5'2". Other then that we enjoyed it but felt we were cheated for 2 days.

Subhash B

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

It will be good that you have deprecate vouchers for transfer from and to airport.
I had the driver pick me up but he wanted voucher which I didn't have.
Showed him the trip voucher but he insisted on airport to hotel voucher.
For the tour we were supposed to be on a coach but we got a mini bus.

REGINA M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2013

GUIDE DID NOT SPEAK THE ENTIRE BUS RIDE AND GAVE NO INFO ABOUT THE COUNTRY OR REGION....HE SLEPT OR POKE TO THE BUS DRIVER THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME. GUIDE WAS ABRUPT AND DID NOT WANT TO BE BOTHERED...GAVE NO SUGGESTIONS FOR FREE TIME.
THE REGIONS VISITED WERE GREAT BUT THE GUIDE MADE THE TOUR TENSE...THE CONTINENTAL WAS A HORRIBLE HOTEL...TOOK 2.5 HOURS FOR DINNER AND NEVER GOT WHAT WAS ORDERED...ENDED UP WITH AN OMELET!...GUIDE WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND..HE HAD LEFT THE HOTEL PRIOR TO OUR MAIN MEAL BEING SERVED. TOUR OF MILAN SHOULD BE NIGHT PRIOR OR ALL SHOULD BE TOLD TO HAVE FLIGHTS AFTER 2PM...ADDITIONALLY THERE SHOULD BE AIRPORT DROP OFF AT END OF TOUR IN MILAN.

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