ITALY IN 10 DAYS Venice, Florence, Rome and Amalfi

10 days around Italy, to admire the extraordinary beauty of its most beautiful cities and be seduced by its enchanting landscape!!

SUMMARY

  • 10 Full Days + 10 Nights
  • Type of Tour: point to point
  • Start in: Venice
  • End in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

PRICE PER PERSON

Double occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House

  • Spring Summer 2018: 3,575 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,290 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017 - 2018: 3,275 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 2,990 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 300 €

Double occupancy in 4 Star Hotel

  • Spring Summer 2018: 4,295 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 4,185 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017 - 2018: 3,995 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 3,885 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 400 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace

Please note that the climbing of Torre di Pisa and the entrance to the Blue Grotto in Capri are not included in the price and will be booked upon request.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 10 nights with European Breakfast
  • 10 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • English-speaking full-time Tour Leader 
  • Cooking class in Val d’Orcia
  • Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
  • Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
  • Admission to Vatican Museums in Rome
  • Admission to Pompei Archeological Park
  • Visit to a Wine cellar on Lake Garda with tasting
  • All taxes and tips

 

OPTIONAL:

  • Private tours of all attractions with an Authorised Tourist Guide
  • Baroque concert in Venice
  • Wine tasting in Chianti
 

DAY 1 – VENICE

Welcome to Venice! In the morning we will enjoy a walking tour through the back streets of Venice leading to St. Mark's Square where we will visit the interior of the Basilica, a 900 year-old marvel of architecture! The church is unique in Italy for its golden Byzantine and Medieval mosaics, its intricate stone and marble traceries and exuberant Middle Eastern domes. Near St. Mark’s Basilica is Palazzo Ducale, the most impressive secular building in Venice and once the official residence of the supreme authority of Venice, the “Doge”.
A must-see is the Mercato di Rialto, the Rialto fish Market in Venice! The market is buzzing with life. Scour the stalls of the Pescaria for glistening mountains of moscardini (baby octopus), moeche (soft-shell crabs), and inky seppie (squid) and take as many pictures as you want!
At lunch, we will relax by tasting wine and savoring delicious ”cicheti,” (finger food). There is tremendous variety, and options include anything from simple cheese or salami to almost any kind of seafood, fried and grilled vegetables, sweet and sour sardines, creamy codfish and much, much more!
We will then visit “Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari”: this vast Gothic church is striking for its huge size and for the quality of its works of art, including masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini and Donatello, and several grandiose tombs. Then, “Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo”, one of the city’s greatest Gothic churches, built by the Dominicans in the 14th-century, which houses monuments to no fewer than 25 doges. Later, we will explore the streets and savor everyday life in an intricate maze of ancient narrow alleyways, lively squares with magnificent buildings and meandering canals, and we will finally walk on the Rialto Bridge, the busy "heart" of Venice.
Tonight we will have dinner in a typical Venetian trattoria. We suggest you to try “Sarde in saor” (marinated sardines), a risotto with seafood, the typical “baccala' mantecato”, to finish with a fantastic bussola (a ring-shaped and cinnamon-flavored cake)!
Overnight in Venice

Day 2 – FLORENCE

In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Florence, the land of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto!
We’ll admire the Duomo with its pink, white and green marble façade, Giotto’s Campanile, one of the most striking views of the town, and the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style with its magnificent bronze doors made by Pisano and Ghiberti in the 14th and 15th century.
After relaxing in our hotel, we will have dinner in a typical restaurant, enjoying a Florentine grilled steak with a glass of good red Chianti wine!
Overnight in Florence


Day 3 – FLORENCE

In the morning we will visit Galleria dell’Accademia which hosts Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world! Alternatively, we may visit Galleria degli Uffizi, an impressive collection of masterpieces of the most acclaimed artists of the Reinassance.
At lunch, if you wish, we’ll enjoy “Panino con Lampredotto” in a typical Florentine market!
We’ll then visit the Convent of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo and other Italian glories are buried. We will also spare some time to relax, visiting a typical market for shopping, strolling through the pedestrian streets of the city and crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, rich of jewellery shops.
Overnight in Florence

Day 4 – PISA and SAN GIMIGNANO

Today we will discover Pisa, the beautiful Tuscan town famous all over the world for its Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower). Its construction started in 1173 but was finished at the end of the 14th century; the cylindrical tower, 54 meters tall, has eight floors, six of them with open galleries, and inside the spiral staircase has 294 steps leading to the top of the tower. Then we will visit the large square “Campo dei Miracoli” (Field of Miracles), with its Romanesque buildings, the Duomo and the Baptistery, to end with the Camposanto, the cemetery for noble citizens of Pisa in the past. Upon request we may climb to the top of the tower (please note that advance booking is required).
In the afternoon we will move to San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan", thanks to its very old and impressive 14 towers that dominate the town skyline. Originally the towers were 72 built by patrician families probably to demonstrate their wealth and power. The tallest tower is Torre Grossa, 54 meters high, dating back to 1298. If you wish, you may climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the picturesque countryside!
Overnight in Florence


Day 5 – VAL D’ORCIA

Heading south, we will visit Val d’Orcia, one of the most scenic areas of Tuscany. Here we will stop in Pienza, “Pio’s town”, famous for its Palace and for the Pecorino Cheese, then we will reach Bagno Vignoni, a tiny and charming village where the main square is a pool 49 meters long and 29 wide, from the bottom of which bubble up a number of hot springs whose therapeutic quality has been renowned since antiquity! All this creates such a pleasant sensation, it will be hard to leave!
Our next stop will be the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a former Benedictine monastery near Montalcino. In this elegant Romanesque edifice of the early 12th century, when possible, we will listen to the Gregorian chants of the Monks living here. Quite a moving experience!
In the afternoon we will reach a country house in Val d’Orcia, renowned for its excellent wine! We will spend our afternoon in a splendid country house among vineyards and olive trees! We will also attend a cooking class and taste the excellent wine of the estate. Dinner will be served in this relaxing place, where you will eat what you have cooked in the afternoon!
Overnight in Montalcino

Day 6 – ORVIETO

On our way to Rome we will stop in the hill town of Orvieto in Umbria, one of the most interesting in Italy, perched up on volcanic rock. Although just an hour from Rome, the architecture is different, with many of the buildings constructed out of tufo, a type of volcanic rock. Orvieto’s main attraction is its 14th century Cathedral – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures.
At lunch don’t forget to sip the delicious white wine of the area, Orvieto Classico!
Overnight in Rome


Day 7 – ROME

Here we are in Rome, a place where ancient history, excellent art and religious icons mix in a unique blend! We will start from the 2,000 years old Colosseo and the Imperial Forums, the administrative and monumental centre of the Roman Empire.
In the afternoon we will tour the “Baroque” Rome, starting with the Pantheon, dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan-every Theon-divinity), now memorial chapel of great Italian people of the past, then the Church of St. Louis of the French, famous for the cycle of paintings of the great Caravaggio at the end of the 16th century, Piazza Navona and finally Fontana di Trevi, a Rome icon known all over the world.
In the evening we will have dinner in Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament! Here we will taste the Roman Cuisine in a typical Trattoria: you may try “Saltimbocca alla Romana” ( veal lined or topped with prosciutto and sage),“Bucatini cacio e pepe” (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and ground black pepper) and, in season ,”Fiori di Zucca Fritti” (fried zucchini flowers)!
Overnight in Rome


Day 8 - ROME and AMALFI

In the morning we’ll admire the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Then we’ll visit the Vatican Museums with the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel!
In the afternoon transfer to the Amalfi Coast, whose Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other, makes it one of Italy's most famous landscapes!
Overnight on Amalfi Coast


Day 9 – AMALFI

Today our Tour Leader will drive you around Costiera Amalfitana. Considered by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
You’ll go from town to town at the discovery of Amalfi , Positano, and Ravello, three of the most beautiful villages in Southern Italy, world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture.
Overnight on Amalfi Coast

Day 10 – POMPEI

Today we’ll visit Pompei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997! It is the only place in the world where you can understand how the Romans of the 1st century AD lived: from the brothels and lavatories to the posh dining rooms and the bathing establishments which gathered modern spa, health club and gym. The eruption of Vesuvius destroyed the town in 79 AD and more than 3,000 people were covered by debris from the volcano.
On the way to Rome, we will pass by Montecassino, where you will admire the Benedectine Abbey which was built 4 times after destruction over the centuries, the last in 1944 during a fierce battle.
Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR.
Overnight in Rome