Venice to Rome IN 10 DAYS July 12- 22, 2017

DAY 1 - Venice

DAY 1 - Arrive into Venice for 3 days to enjoy taking in the ambiance of this amazing country. Day one - Take a walk around the maze of streets behind San Marco square and begin to understand the complex canal system of Venice. The Grand Canal is a great place to start, as you can stroll over the Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amounts of boutique shops that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware.

Grand Canal

3 nights Hotel Venice

The Baglioni Hotel 4.5 Star - 2 Double Superior rooms

The Baglioni Hotel Luna is ideal for an intense experience of Venice with its historical and artistic sights: it is in the heart of the ancient republic overlooking San Giorgio Island and the San Marco Basin. The intimate atmosphere of this centuries-old aristocratic palazzo that is home to this amazing hotel and its unique views make guests from all over the world fall in love with it every time they stay.

Luna Hotel Baglioni

DAY 2 and Day 3 - Venture out and explore Venice. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Some of the more popular sights include Doge's Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. It's a common way for visitors to see the major canal routes from an immersive perspective. While away your day in the busy San Marco square and be sure to try the local tiramisu and Italian coffee that's on offer. There’s creativity everywhere, overflowing into the canals; see it in the venetian glass in Dorsoduro or down the streets spreading out from Campo Santo Stefano, lined with unique galleries and small boutiques. Visit the Palazzo Ducale, overflowing with paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim. Simply enjoy getting lost crossing the hundreds of bridges and uncovering your own slice of Venice.

Saint Mark's Basilica

Things to do while in Venice which we can pre-book and include into the itinerary click on link below to view.

La Spezia

Day 4 - Train to La Spezia 2 nights hotel in La Spezia

Spend the day travelling by train to the once important naval base of La Spezia, now the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre, or ‘Five lands’ in English. The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – whose position, wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, makes it one of the highlights of the whole of Italy. The journey usually takes between five and seven hours either via Milan or via Florence (depending on the best available connection), and is a very scenic trip through the north of Italy. On arrival in La Spezia there won't be too much time to explore yet, but after checking into your hotel perhaps get your bearings of the area with a short walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione to the gardens along the harbour, or head out for dinner

La Spezia NH Hotels 4 Star - 2 Double Superior rooms-with Views

The NH La Spezia hotel is in the city center, just in front of the harbor, so it’s ideally placed for boat trips to the spectacular Cinque Terre. The building itself dates back to the 1950s, and every room has a sea view on the promenade, in front of the departure point for boats headed to the Cinque Terre just footsteps from the shops, cafés and restaurants of the city centera 15-minute walk from the train station.

DAY 5 - Today it is highly recommended to venture out on the footpaths of Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region, and take you through olive groves, vineyards and on to idyllic vistas. You can choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. Some sections of path can be difficult, as there are challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. Please remember to bring comfortable footwear such as trainers or light hiking shoes. It's also possible to take the train between any of the villages or back to the group's base in La Spezia whenever you want. After working up an appetite, take advantage of the foods of the Liguria region with a pesto class. Focaccia is also a speciality in this area and makes a great start to lunch. Upon return to La Spezia in the evening, there's no better way to recover from your day of walking with more indulgence in delicious Mediterranean food.

Things to do while in La Spezia which we can pre-book and include into the itinerary:

  • Pesto Course with boat trip and lunch $567 total
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre Hike & Bite $600 total
  • Urban Adventures - Tasting Cinque Terre $384 total
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre This is Aperitivo $341.00 total
Florence

Day 6 - Train from Cinque Terre to Florence 2 nights hotel

Depart Cinque Terre today and catch a train to Florence (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, check into the hotel and go for a brief walk around the immediate area to get your bearings. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. Food is a major part of the city's identity, so perhaps explore some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany. Regional specialities are noted for their simplicity and fine flavour, and the use of high-quality olive oil, cannellini beans and fresh herbs.

Palazzo Vecchietti 5 Star - 2 Suite Standard rooms

This upscale hotel, set in a 16th-century noble residence, is a 1-minute walk from bus services and a 5-minute walk from Florence Cathedral. The refined, individually decorated suites and apartments are named after historic Florentine figures, and feature lavish decor, plush sitting areas, kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi. Some add floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms, and 1 apartment features a private roof terrace and a hammam. The hotel offers free gourmet breakfast and welcome drinks. Pets are welcome, and dogs are provided with games and treats.

Palazzo Vecchietti hotel
Piazzale Michelangelo

DAY 7 - Head out into the centre of Florence. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, so take your time and enjoy it. Be captivated by the culture-rich atmosphere of Florence, from family-run vineyards on the outskirts of the city to the Duomo’s magnificent marble facade. Maybe start with a visit the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Stop by the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, to take in beautiful views of the city – a lovely way to while away the day. There are plenty of sights to see during your time in Florence.

Things to do while in Florence which we can pre-book and include into the itinerary click on button below.

Rome

DAY 8 - Train from Florence to Rome 3 nights hotel

In the morning, take the train to Rome (approximately 2 hours), and remember that while here, the best attitude is ‘when in Rome’! Join your leader on an orientation walk around the city, where you see some of the iconic sights such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum (centre of ancient Rome), the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti and Piazza Venezia. Recharge with a slice of pizza and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona or throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return to the 'Eternal City'. No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free and there's a small charge to climb the dome for a panorama over the city. Art-lovers should visit the Sistine Chapel to admire the timeless work of Michelangelo, while history buffs will enjoy a jaunt through the ancient halls of the Pantheon. Rome is packed full of restaurants and trattorias that cater to every taste and budget. Local specialities tend to be quite heavy, and include pastas such as carbonara (egg, cheese and bacon) and amatriciana (tomato, bacon and chilli). Eating in trattorias will give you a chance to sample some Italian wines, with house choices usually very good and affordable.

The Grand Hotel Plaza 5 Stars - 2 Double Classic rooms

DAY 9 - Your 'Highlights of Italy' comes to an end on this final morning.

Things to do while in Rome which we can pre-book and include into the itinerary click on link below

Day 10 - Depart home

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