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Italian Espresso

(Until March 2021)

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The one that gives you La Dolce Vita over 8 days in Italy’s most bellissimo cities

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 39 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Rome, Florence, Venice, Vatican City, Chianti Region, San Gimignano, Pisa, Verona

Top Experiences

8 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

    Included

    Florence

  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto

    Included

    Chianti Region

  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

    Included

    Verona

Italian Espresso (Until March 2021)

8 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto
  • Visit San Gimignano and see its medieval towers and town square
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner EUR 50.00
  • 'Montebuoni' Tuscan Dinner EUR 49.00
  • Taste local favourites in a street food walking tour of Florence EUR 50.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 57.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel

    Rest your head in twin or triple-share rooms in cosy hotels located in brilliant downtown locations. If you prefer to sleep solo, you can pay a bit extra to upgrade to single room.

About this trip

A full week of la dolce vita, pronto. This one is pure Italian travel condensed into 8 days, covering all the big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome, plus the smaller cities of Chianti, Pisa, Verona, and the 'Medieval Manhattan' of San Gimigano. We'll ooh and aah over antipasto & Chianti in a 16th century Tuscan winery, 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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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  2. via via

    Vatican City

  3. 3 3 nights

    Florence

  4. via via

    Chianti Region

  5. via via

    San Gimignano

  6. via via

    Pisa

  7. via via

    Verona

  8. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  9. Rome

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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

Rome

Italy - you have our attention! These are the 8-days we've been dreaming of since the day we booked. Our group of globe-roamers will meet up at 4pm at our Rome digs before hitting the streets for our first dinner and a taste of the city. La perfezione!

Stay

Regent Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Rome

Rome

Then take off to explore the city - get the lowdown on where to go from your Trip Manager, perhaps you'll want to opt in to a guided tour of the famous Gladiator fighting location - the Colosseum? Tonight - its all about food! If you want to do as the Italian's do and make your own food - definitely join the rest of your new travel squad for a Italian Cooking Class!

Stay

Regent Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner

    EUR 50.00

DAY 3 - Rome to Florence via Vatican City

Rome

Today we will need to swing by the Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. After last night's sample of Rome, your appetite for all things Italian will be well and truly whet. And you'll be wildly thankful we're coming back for more of this city at the end of the trip.

Vatican City

Florence

The famous dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two.

Stay

BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

DAY 4 - Florence

Florence

Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda. Tonight, you have the chance to sign up for a traditional Tuscan evening with dinner full of Italian flavours. Top off your night with an optional Space Electronic Disco at one of Florence's hippest nightclubs.

Stay

BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

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 5 - Florence incl Chianti Region and San Gimignano

Florence

Chianti Region

Endless lines of olive trees & the golden Tuscan sun will have us in a stupor of happiness. And that's before we've pulled up at a 16th century Tuscan winery to explore an old cellar & try a local drop paired with delicious antipasto.

San Gimignano

Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed “Medieval Manhattan”. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region’s rolling hills. Explore the village and pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or pecorino cheese.

Florence

We're back in Florence for the evening. You're free to do your own thing tonight, or make the most of your last night in the capital of Tuscany with an optional Florence food tour.

Stay

BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto

  • Visit San Gimignano and see its medieval towers and town square

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste local favourites in a street food walking tour of Florence

    EUR 50.00

DAY 6 - Florence to Venice via Pisa and Verona

Florence

From one romantic city to the next, today we're venturing on to Verona and Venice to find Shakespearean vibes and a city that floats.

Pisa

Before we leave Tuscany for Venice today, there is one more famous building to grab a photo of. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean no less.

Verona

In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. The Roman Arena is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture. There will be time to find a spot to eat before our next destination.

Venice

Already in the spirit of Italian history and romance, tonight we'll land in the nest of Venice, which rivals the beauty of any other body of canals in the world, it's immensely charming thanks to drifting gondolas. You'll get the chance to explore this city tomorrow with a full free day on the agenda.

Stay

Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

DAY 7 - 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 guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

Stay

Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo

    EUR 17.00

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

    EUR 57.00

DAY 8 - Depart Venice/Rome

Venice

The trip ends after breakfast in Venice and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a complimentary transfer back to Rome where your trip ends when you arrive.

Rome

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