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Venice-Florence-Rome

Trip around Italy

Overview

Visit Italy and be swept away by the romance and magic of an ancient country full of enchanting stories and historic scenery as well as a bountiful menu and exciting adventures. Italy is one of mother nature’s masterpieces where you will see extraordinary natural diversity.  This country holds incomparable artistic treasures and continues to nourish the artistic spirit in its enthralling cities and delightful countryside. The art is not limited to its traditional sense either because the food you will find here is a work of art as will. It is as earthy and rustic as it is innovative and ingenious and will change your taste buds forever. So take a journey and immerse yourself in the time honored traditions and beauty of Italy. 
 

Itinerary

DAY 1 
Arrival into Venice Airport. Private Transfer from Venice Airport to Venice Hotel-Transfer from Venice Airport Boat House to the Hotel will be by Private Water Taxi.
 
This afternoon enjoy Exploring the Minor Canals of the St. Marks District of Venice in the true Venetian Way by Gondola. Enjoy exploring some of the most beautiful corners of the St. Marks District in true Venetian style – by Gondola. This gentle cruise will introduce you to some of Venice’s most beautiful minor canals. 
 
This evening enjoy the The Show of Venice at San Gallo Theatre Take a journey through the history of Venice! The Show of Venice is a live theatrical evening with all-embracing multimedia effects, a show that is both informative about the traditions and the history of this great city, as well as being entertaining theater. 
 
 
DAY 2 
This morning enjoy the perfect introduction to one of Europe’s most unique cities with a stroll to the very heart of Venice, the St. Marks Area of Venice. 
 
Lunch at leisure in one of the local restaurants that our local expert guide will be delighted to show you. This afternoon try your hand at rowing Venetian style! The voga alla Veneta is the unique rowing style developed to traverse the city and its lagoon. As you hop on to a traditional Venetian boat you will be guided by your expert English speaking instructor through the tranquil canals of the lesser known areas of Venice as you learn the rowing technique. 
 
DAY 3 
This morning enjoy a typically Venetian Cooking Experience with your expert Chef in the intimate setting of one of Venice’s beautiful Private Houses, nestled right in the historical centre. Your lesson begins with a visit to the historical Rialto Market where you will be introduced to the products as well as the market sellers, many of whom have been providing the cooking school with the freshest produce for many years. During the lesson you will prepare a variety of dishes under the watchful eye of the head of the kitchen, and also indulge in a short mid lesson break to taste ‘Cicchetti's’ (typical Venetian finger food). Following the lesson, it is time to sit down and enjoy the dishes that you earlier prepared before collecting your recipes so that you can repeat and enjoy these dishes after your return home. 
 
This afternoon enjoy an exclusive Mask Making Class with your Local Expert English Speaking Guide. Decorating begins using ancient techniques taken from the theatre, as fantastic effects must be reached at any cost: silver, gold and brass, precious fabrics, ancient varnish, Swarovski crystals are all part of what the venetians would consider in making the very best mask imaginable. The mask-making teachers can explain the different crafts and techniques, to illustrate the History of the various masks, the origin of the names and peculiarities of the various characters.  
 
 
DAY 4 
Private Transfer with English Speaking Driver from Piazzale Rome to Florence stopping in Bologna en-route for a gastronomic walking tour with local expert guide. Today we will enjoy a gentle stroll through the Medieval market and under the history, art and traditions linked to the ever so important ‘Foods of Bologna’. A traditional Chocolate Makers’ stop is a must on any itinerary, or alternatively stop at a local gelato maker; not to mention a typical Bolognese Osteria where we have the perfect introduction to the fun loving side of the world’s oldest university. 
 
You will then have the rest of the day to settle into your accommodations and enjoy the city at leisure. 
 
DAY 5 
A walking tour with a difference! This morning join your local expert guide for a tour of Florence that is tailored specifically to your interests. Whether you are brand new to the City of the Lily or a “been-there-done-that” veteran, we have just the Florence walking tour to suit your needs. Whether your interests lie in history, architecture, food, arts & crafts or even Dan Brown novels, rest assured that our bespoke tours will take you places you’ve never been before.
 
Lunch and afternoon at leisure in Florence. As the author of the book Pinocchio was born, lived, and buried in Florence, you will see lots of Pinocchio toys on display and for sale throughout the city. Fancy yourself as a knight? La Specola is a child’s dream! It's a zoological museum, containing a rich collection of existing and extinct animals. We recommend this museum to the curious, as well as science and history lovers.
 
 
DAY 6 
A perfect slice of rural Italy, our experience today takes us to a working farm filled with olives, cheese, bread, bees, organic vegetables. A talented cook and warm staff to make this spot a little piece of heaven! As we head up the track to a commanding position over the Val D’Orcia, between Pienza and Montepulciano, we enter the world of real Italian working farm. This passionate team is ready to welcome you into their lives of running the many aspects of their farm, from the beehives, to the Olive grove, to the wheat fields and organic vegetable patch. Kids and adults alike are bound to enjoy hopping from one part of the farm to another to get a sense of how they produce all the amazing things we eat it Italy. We then head back up to the main building where the real fun begins as we get to making our own Pizzas that will then be cooked in a traditional wood-burning oven. We then sit down to enjoy our pizzas in the restaurant that is housed in a restored stable that leads onto a characteristic courtyard and wonderful terrace. 
 
 
DAY 7 
Fun in Florence’s backstreets and workshops with your local expert English Speaking Guide. Your kid-friendly guide tailors this tour to your kids and your pace. 
 
Lunch and afternoon at leisure in Florence Going to a football game in Florence for sure is a spectacular experience! The home crowd of Fiorentina is among the most colourful in Italy, and their passion for the game is hard to beat. Or take a refreshing break from the heat and have a drip in the Piscina Comunale Costoli, Florence’s biggest pool center. 
 
 
DAY 8 
Today you transfer from Florence to Rome and as you do, enjoy a wonderful introduction to the Regions of Lazio and Tuscany not to mention their people and culture from your Expert Driver. Heading North through Tuscany enjoy a two hours stop in Siena and a One hour stop in San Gimignano which gives you the perfect opportunity to take in the two of the most famous towns of Tuscany.
 
Then take the rest of the day to settle in and relax. 
 
 
DAY 9 
This morning enjoy a very special introduction to the Vatican City and its amazing history, highlights and hidden gems with our local expert guide… Our Vatican experience will take us on the most amazing journey through the Vatican Museums, our entrances into which have been prearranged, and into the most beautiful and famous chapels in the world, the Sistine Chapel. 
 
Lunch at leisure in one of the local restaurants that our local expert guide will be delighted to show you.
 
This afternoon take a step back in time and enjoy learning how to become a Gladiator – you will enjoy an introduction on how to train and fight with authentic weapons used by the Gladiators of Ancient Rome. During our fun lesson we will enjoy an introduction to Roman history and the life of a gladiator before its time to put on our tunics and learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting.
 
 
DAY 10
Italy is a food mecca and each city has its own unique dishes and traditions handed down from generation to generation. During your tour today you will discover the most delicious food in Rome, from coffee and cornetti, to pizza and gelato as we make our way through the beautiful surrounding of the historic center of the Eternal City, snacking as you go, and learning along the way about Roman culinary traditions and savory street food. 
 
This afternoon enjoy a very special introduction to the amazing highlights of Imperial Rome with your local expert guide and driver. On this tour we will visit the valley of the Roman Forum. We see the inside of the Basilica of Constantine and from the outside we will see the other ruins (temples, basilicas, Reggia, etc.,). We will walk the Via Sacra to the Arch of Tito and enjoy the Coliseum both externally and from the inside. We’ll walk to the palatine hill to visit the ruins of the imperial palaces and its small museum. We then head to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to see the Holy Chains of St. Peter and the Moses carved by Michelangelo! Not to mention the Vittoriano (otherwise known as the Wedding Cake). The tour ends with a panoramic drive past Circus Maximus, Aventino Hill and the Palatino Hill. 
 
 
DAY 11 
Morning and lunch at leisure to enjoy Rome on your own.
 
There is nothing like the strange feeling of getting the chills when playing the ultimate game of truth during your Roman holiday. La bocca della verità—"the mouth of truth"—is a giant marble face found at the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Legend has it that if someone tells a lie and then slips their hand into the mouth, their hand will be bitten off. 
 
Enjoy the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most famous products: the Gelato! with your Private English Speaking Local Expert Assistant. At the Gelateria Giolitti you will experience an amazing Gelato lesson in one of the most traditional Italian Gelaterias. Since 1900 the Giolitti Gelateria has nurtured a taste for perfection. They have learned the art of blending the harmony of flavours with some of the finest Italian traditions and if you put this together with one of the most renowned locations in Rome and you can expect nothing less than the most perfect gelato. Today the staff will introduce us to the ‘tricks of the trade’, some of their age old family traditions and most importantly each & every step that is necessary to produce the perfect Italian Gelato. Not only the best part is you get to taste the gelato that you will make too. 
 
 
DAY 12
Departure Transfer from your Hotel to Fiumicino Airport for Departure flight – the most leisurely way to transfer.
Buon Viaggio!!!!

Location

Italy is a peninsula in Southern Europe, touching the Mediterranean sea. It is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. With a  diverse geography that includes canal cities and country vineyards Italy has much to offer even the most jaded of travelers. 
 

Highlights

As unique and special as its shape the Italian peninsula has something to offer for every traveler. From its world renowned art, to its tantalizing food, and thrilling opportunities for adventure- you can never have enough time to spend in Italy. 
 

Accommodations

Throughout your journey, you will stay at boutique hotels and opulent resorts, but all with one thing in common- which is unmatched luxury and quality of service. All accommodations will be chosen to best fit your itinerary and preferences, which could mean a city centre location of a countryside hideaway. It is up to you how you choose to experience the wonders of Italy. 
 

Useful Info

The best time to visit Italy, is when there is good weather and fewer crowds which in this case is April to late June, and September or October. If you’re planning to swim, however, bear in mind that only the south of the country is likely to be warm enough outside the May to September period. However July and August also make especially good months to to see the site with some extraordinary weather.
 

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