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The one that gives you La Dolce Vita over 10 days in Italy’s most bellissimo cities

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 39 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Milan, Venice, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Lake Como, Verona, Bologna

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About this trip

10 days of la dolce vita, pronto. This one is pure Italian travel, covering all the big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome, plus the smaller charms of Pisa, Verona, and Siena. We'll ooh and aah over antipasto & chianti, dine on regional specialties in local trattorias, boat through the canals and islands of Venice, and explore the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. Expect comfy hotels and plenty of world-famous espresso & pizza on the way.

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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Rome

  2. via via

    Siena

  3. 2 2 nights

    Florence

  4. via via

    Pisa

  5. via via

    Lucca

  6. 2 2 nights

    Cinque Terre

  7. via via

    Lake Como

  8. 1 1 night

    Milan

  9. via via

    Verona

  10. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  11. via via

    Bologna

  12. 1 1 night

    Rome

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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

Rome

Welcome to Rome! Once known as the 'capital of the world' this richly historic, passionate and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll meet and greet our Contiki crew at 4pm, before heading on an orientation tour of the city. Yep, that means the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Colosseum & the Roman Forum. With our eyes wide and camera roll full, we'll head to a local restaurant for an included Italian feast. La perfezione!

 

Stay

Hotel St. Martin (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

DAY 2 - Rome to Florence via Siena

Rome

Rise and shine, we're headed to another historical heavyweight today...

Siena

But not before stopping off at Sienna for lunch. This place has medieval masterpieces and the historic city centre has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. We'll soak up all of that historic beauty and grab a bite before heading onto Florence...

Florence

Florence is one of the foodie capitals of Italy, so we won't waste any time trying the local delicacies with an included feast. Then we'll turn in for the night, dreaming of the Florentine adventures that await us tomorrow.

Stay

B&B Centro (or similar)

DAY 3 - Florence

Florence

Florence is often referred to as a 'walking museum', and today we'll find out why. With a locally guided walking tour, we'll discover Renaissance Florence on foot, swooning at Giotto's Bell Tower, Basilica Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria. We'll also see the Duomo, one of the world's most remarkable architectural feats. All of this sightseeing will no doubt make us hungry, so this evening we have the option to learn how to make authentic risotto from the experts - before sitting down and enjoying another authentic feast, including local wine.

Stay

B&B Centro (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo and learn how to make risotto overlooking the Tuscan Hills

    EUR 49.00

DAY 4 - Florence to Cinque Terre via Pisa & Lucca

Florence

Farewell, Florence. We'll never forget you. But we've got more dreamy Italian hot spots to hit up.

Pisa

We can't be in this part of the world without a sneaky visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be criminal.

Lucca

Another stopover will let us check out lovely Lucca, with its charming piazzas, Renaissance architecture and historic cafes. It's a perfect spot to grab a bite before we hit the road again.

Cinque Terre

Welcome to the Italian Riviera! You're going to fall head over heels with this region over the coming days...

Stay

Hotel Le Grazie (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

  • Visit the medieval walled city of Lucca

DAY 5 - Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Some people think Cinque Terre is just one place, but it actually translates to the 'five lands,' made up of 5 stunning towns with their own unique identity and traditions. Included in your trip is an unlimited Cinque Terre hike and train ticket, so whether you're into trekking, taking it easy, or a combination of the two, you can explore Cinque Terre your way. Whichever way you choose to get around, it's hard not to fall in love with the dramatic cliff-faces, cute pastel coloured buildings tumbling down the coast and all sorts of historic monuments. The food here is pretty special, too. Why not make your way down the coast trying local delicacies like pesto, focaccia and seafood! Bene!

Stay

Hotel Le Grazie (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Hike or train between the pastel coloured 5 towns of the Cinque Terre National Park

DAY 6 - Cinque Terre to Milan via Lake Como

Cinque Terre

We're hitting the road today to one of the most elegant cities in Europe.

Lake Como

But not before experiencing the glitz and glamour of Lake Como, with its attractive villages and gorgeous gardens. The showstopper is the lake itself, of course, and we'll have the option to get out on the water and take a cruise to beautiful Bellagio.

Milan

Welcome to Milan, the sophisticated cityscape that rewards the curious traveller. We have a free night to check out the local nightlife, and eat some of the local delicacies. As always, your Trip Manager will have the top tips on where to go and where to avoid...

Stay

BB Hotel Sesto Milano (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise on Lake Como and wander the cobbled streets of Bellagio framed by the distant Alps

    EUR 20.00

DAY 7 - Milan to Venice via Verona

Milan

The dreamy destinations just don't stop coming...

Verona

Welcome to Verona, the heart of Renaissance romance (and the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet). Beautiful architecture, rich history and plenty of jaw-dropping art makes this place a very worthy stopover. We'll check out Juliet's balcony, part of a gorgeous 13th century house, as well as the epic Roman Arena. Then it's onto another very romantic city...

Venice

Welcome to Venice! Our hearts will swell at the mazy canals and ancient architecture. Tonight we'll have the option to go for a progressive food walking tour, to try different bits of cicchetti and local wines - the perfect way to kick-start our adventures here!

Stay

Anthony Palace Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit romantic Verona & see Juliet’s Balcony and the Roman Arena

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice

    EUR 44.00

DAY 8 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A gondola ride will be up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you. Later, maybe opt to cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano and enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Stay

Anthony Palace Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 26.00

  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner

    EUR 57.00

  • Use your imagination and paint your very own Venetian mask to create a truly unique masterpiece (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 60.00

DAY 9 - Venice to Rome via Bologna

Venice

See ya, Venice. You'll always have a piece of our hearts. Today we're headed back to Rome to explore the city in more depth.

Bologna

But not before making a quick stop in Bologna. This gorgeous medieval marvel of stunning architecture will have you looking twice!

Rome

Arriving back in Rome, we'll have the option for a foodie experience, where we'll meet some locals and discover the finest food Rome has to offer.

Stay

Hotel St. Martin (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Dine on Italian family recipes in a historical building in one of Rome’s oldest neighbourhoods

    EUR 40.50

DAY 10 - Depart Rome

Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city. When in Rome... take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. Then our trip comes to an end in the afternoon. Swap contact details and start planning your next adventure!

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Witness renaissance masterpieces on a guided tour of the Vatican City

Where You'll Stay

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    Hotel St. Martin

    Rome, Italy

    Hotel St. Martin offers a restaurant, a bar and modern-style rooms

    2 nights

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

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