Tailor-Made Holiday

Italy - Authentic Italy

11 days

from £3,840pp

This itinerary suggestion to Italy is an excellent first visit option that includes some of the main highlights of Rome and Northern Italy. Visit well-known cities in the well-loved regions of Umbria, Tuscany and Veneto.

  • Discover the ancient city of Rome with its architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and smallest state, the Vatican City
  • Visit Siena, famous for having one of the most beautiful squares in the world
  • Experience the sheer beauty and magnificence of Florence while taking afternoon tea at the Villa San Michele
  • See Venice by boat, wine taste in Verona and shop in Milan

Rome

Arrive in Rome where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The capital of Italy was for centuries the political and religious centre of western civilization, capital of the Roman Empire and place of the Holy See. After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy was conquered by many people. Centuries later, Italy became the cradle of the Renaissance, an intellectual movement that formed the European mind set. Your visit of Rome will include visiting the main classic Roman Monuments.

Assisi

On from Rome spend a night in Assisi with plenty of time to visit this small town, surrounded by walls built in different medieval styles. Visit famous St Francis’s basilica hosting some of Giotto’s masterpieces.

Florence

Continue on to Florence but first stop in Siena to walk the beautiful Piazza del Campo and have a spot of lunch.  Florence is a treasure trove of some of the most splendid architecture as well as a city full of art and artists.

Venice

From Florence you continue on to Venice with a stop at Ferrara, known as “the oldest city in the world”.  Venice is quite remarkable, a city surrounded by water with plenty to explore. Cruise to Murano to visit a glass workshop then return to dine in a Venetian restaurant, away from the main tourist crowds.

Verona

Walk through the historical centre of the city followed by a visit to Soave for a private tour of a wine cellar and wine tasting session.

Milan

Complete the tour in the world famous fashion capital of the world, renowned for its shopping, lovely parks, great ice-cream shops and nightlife.

This itinerary encompasses the greatness of Italy – its ancient history and architecture, its fine wine and delicious cuisine, its breath-taking scenery and culture, all the while staying in small, centrally located, boutique hotels so you are never very far from the action.

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  • In Venice skip the line at San Marco, arrange tickets for La Fenice with dinner afterwards, make your own piece of Murano glass, take a helicopter flight over the city, dine at Bragozzo or take a cooking lesson in Villa Veneta and a wine tasting tour with the owner
  • In Milan have dinner on an old tram while travelling around Milan, arrange La Scala tickets and backstage entry
  • In Florence skip the line at Uffizi and Corridoio Vasariano and take a private tour, visit a small winery, visit the leather school, take a Vespa tour
  • In Rome arrange private entrance to the Sistine Chapel, take a Vespa and Segway city tour, and experience a Gladiator show and dinner

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly Gatwick to Rome


Italy's capital city is arguably the most storied and illustrious cities in the world. Positively dripping in history, art and culture, Rome today fuses the ancient with the new. Overflowing with iconic sights recognisable the world over, a holiday to Rome is about packing in as much as possible whether you're staying for a long weekend or a fortnight.


Half Day Sightseeing plus Optional Sightseeing
Some of the sites you might like to include with your guide, or when exploring independently are as follows: The Colosseum - The most thrilling of Rome's ancient sights. It was here that gladiators met in mortal combat and condemned prisoners fought off wild beasts in front of bloodthirsty crowds! The Pantheon - This 2000-year-old temple (now a church) is the city's best-preserved ancient monument and one of the most influential buildings in the Western world. The Imperial Forums - A collection of ruins constructed between 42 BC and AD 112 by successive emperors, they were largely buried in 1933 when Mussolini built Via dei Fori Imperiali. Excavations have since unearthed much of them, but work continues. The Trevi Fountain - This iconic fountain is the centre piece of the piazza di Trevi.
The Vatican City - St Peter's Basilica is one of the most dazzling of the many churches within Vatican City. Also a must are the complex of Vatican Museums including breath-taking artworks.


Guided Visit of the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Visit the Vatican museums, home to an extraordinarily rich collection of precious arts, maps, sculptures, and antiquities. This is also the home of the masterpiece that is Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.


You will be staying at Hotel Fortyseven, Half board

Day 2

Drive from Rome to Assisi (Road Journey)


Sightseeing Assisi
On arrival in Assisi take some time to explore the small town without the guide. We recommend visiting the famous St Francis' Basilica, which hosts some of Giotto's masterpieces.


You will be staying at Hotel Giotto Assisi, Half board

Day 3

Drive from Assisi to Siena (Road Journey)


Visit Siena
Monumental and medieval, surrounded by great walls, Siena is famous for having one of the most beautiful squares in the world, Piazza del Campo, where people celebrate the "Palio delle Contrade" in summer, twice a year. Have lunch at one of the many cafes that surround the square.

Drive from Siena to Florence (Road Journey)


Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance is a small and vibrant city, steeped in history and character with narrow streets and market squares that evoke a thousand tales. Home to masterpieces of art and architecture, Brunelleschi, Bernini and Michaelangelo all left a lasting impression. Visit Michaelangelo's David in the Museo Accademia, Walk to the Piazza del Duomo to climb the 436 steps of Brunelleschi's venerable Duomo with its pink, green and white facade. Admire some of Bernini's most famous works of art in the Uffizi gallery. Walk around stately palaces, world class art galleries and the picturesque Boboli gardens, not forgetting to try the renowned Fiorentina cuisine in one of the many characterful restaurants that line the city streets.


You will be staying at Hotel Lungarno, Half board

Day 4

Visit Florence
Spend the day with your guide exploring this magnificent city. The city centre, as well as the Bell Tower, the Baptistery and the Cathedral, constitute an extraordinary set of white, green and pink marbles, and through them we may appreciate the transition of Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Visit the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, symbol of Florence's richness and power. Brunelleschi's Dome, in contrast to the silhouette of the Bell Tower by Giotto, the Baptistery and the famous Gates of Brass (including the Gates of Heaven, named by Michelangleo). Walk through Piazza della Signoria and see Palazza Vecchio, an austere-looking gothic building. Finally, visit Santa Croce's basilica, which opens to one of the most ancient squares of the city.


You will be staying at Hotel Lungarno, Half board

Day 5

Drive from Florence to Venice (Road Journey)


Stop in Ferrara enroute to Venice to see the oldest city in the world.


You will be staying at Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo, Half board

Day 6

Venice Walking Tour
Explore the Doges Palace and Palazzo Ducale which for centuries represented the hub of Venetian political power. See the magnificent council chambers embellished with stunning artworks. Marvel at the golden ceiling mosaics and marble inlays in the Basilica San Marco, and the glittering contents of the Treasury.


Excursion by boat to Murano and Burano
Take a trip to Murano and Burano. Murano has been producing beautiful crystal since the 10th century when Venetian traders brought back the secrets of production from the East. Take a walk around the glass factory and watch the glassblowers at work. Proceed to the island of Burano, which is famous for its lace industry. This pretty fishing village has many streets and canals lined with bright, pastel-coloured houses.


You will be staying at Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo, Half board

Day 7

Drive from Venice to Verona (Road Journey)


Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." It's home to a 14th-century house said to have 'Juliet’s balcony', even though the building’s connection to the play is fictional. Verona is also famed for its grand Arena, a 1st-century Roman amphitheater still hosting concerts and an annual opera festival.


Stop in Padua enroute to explore the city and have lunch


You will be staying at Antica Porta Leona, Half board

Day 8

Verona City Tour and Wine Tasting in Soave
After breakfast proceed out of the city to experience a lovely view of the surrounding hills. Walk through the historical centre of Verona passing by the main city squares and monuments: Piazza Bra, Arena, Juliet's House, Piazza delle Erbe, Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza dei Signori, Della Scala graves, Sant'Anastasia Church, Porta Corsari and Castelvecchio. Take lunch at a local Veronese restaurant.

This afternoon proceed to Soave, a small medieval village. Walk through the historical centre, discovering Soave Castle and its walls. The tour continues with a visit to a wine cellar where you will have a small tasing of the famous Soave Classico and Veronese Mount seasons cheese.

Return to Verona for dinner in a local restaurant.


You will be staying at Antica Porta Leona, Half board

Day 9

Drive from Verona to Milan (Road Journey)


Visit of Milan
Milan is one of the most famous and visited Italian cities. It is a place for people who love cosmopolitan cities, from the fashion runways to the frescoes painted by the geniuses inside the churches. In Milan you find Da Vinci's Last Supper, San Siro/Guiseppe Meazza Stadium, Duomo's statues, Alla Scala Theatre, Sforza Castle and the famous Vittorio Emanuele's arcades in Piazza Duomo, the worlds' oldest shopping centre. Milan is also home to lovely parks, great ice-cream shops and a renowned nightlife.


You will be staying at Una Maison Milano, Half board

Day 10

Fly Milan to Gatwick

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