Italy 2024 | 8 Days, 7 Nights | Rome | Florence | Venice

Essential Italy - 8 Days with Gateways International 

Discover iconic Italy on this 8-day bestselling journey beginning in Rome’s epic metropolis, with its famous fountains, sculptures and living history. Appreciate the true meaning of La Dolce Vita in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, home to spectacular art, architecture and cuisine. Conclude your tour in Venice, the romantic City of Water; wander its narrow streets and pass over bridges that crisscross its waterways.

Photo: Trevi Fountain, Roma, Italy

Highlights:

  • Small group* tour of the Colosseum & Ancient Rome
  • Small group* tours of Florence & Venice
  • Small group* tour of Siena, San Gimignano with dinner in Chianti

Package Includes:

  • Total of 7 nights accommodation; 4-Star hotels: 2 nights in Rome at Hotel Dei Mellini, Superior Room or similar, 3 nights in Florence at Hotel Cellai, Classic Room or similar, 2 nights in Venice at Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, Superior Garden Room or similar
  • High-Speed train ticket (Comfort Class): Rome – Florence – Venice
  • Private transfers; small group* tours as per itinerary
  • Continental breakfast daily, other meals as indicated
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Optional Add-on Tours:

  • Delicious food walking tour in Trastevere, Rome
  • Cooking class in Florence
  • Romantic gondola ride in Venice
  • Painted houses of Burano and blown glass of Murano

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Small group tours consist of up to 25 passengers
  • Tips to guides and drivers and other gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Items not mentioned aboveVisas required for entry into the country as necessary. Please discuss this with your travel agent to determine your requirements prior to departure.

Photo: Venice, Italy

Day 1: Rome

Arrival in Rome, the famed city of the Roman Empire and the Seven Hills. Welcome and transfer from airport to hotel.

Day 2: Rome

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This morning on your small group tour, discover the treasures of ancient Rome including special access to the famous Colosseum. With your expert guide, visit the major sites of Ancient Rome and learn about its mythical origins. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb Palatine Hill where brothers Remus and Romulus battled over who would found the first empire, and where Romulus founded the city that would become Rome. Stomp triumphantly as soldiers once did on the legendary Via Sacra. In the evening, we suggest you do as the Romans do: stop at a local café for a quick shot of espresso; explore the city’s many piazzas and dine at a trattoria with authentic Italian cuisine and impressive house wines.

Photo: Venice, Italy

Day 3: Rome - Florence 

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to board your train to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Take some time to wander the oldest streets in the city including the Arno River and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Be sure to experience an authentic Florentine gelato, considered by many to be the best in the world.

Day 4: Florence

Breakfast at your hotel. At an enjoyable relaxed pace, walk in the footsteps of the Medici dynasty that ruled Florence in the 14th and 15th-centuries. Admire Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the striking Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s Cathedral, the Duomo, with the adjacent Tower of Giotto, and the Baptistery with its famous, magnificent gold paneled Gates of Paradise. Continue on to Orsanmichele and the Santa Trinità Church. After walking briefly along the river, you will arrive at the Ponte Vecchio, the world’s most celebrated bridge. Once across the bridge you are in the Oltrarno neighbourhood, renowned for its picturesque atmosphere, artisan workshops and antique shops. Enjoy a relaxing and delicious break during the tour, tasting the best typical products.

Photo: Florence, Italie

Day 5: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy your morning at leisure to explore Florence. After lunch on your own, drive to Siena, a small Medieval city with surprises at every corner. Explore the quiet back streets and learn everything about its 17 districts and the ritual and rivalry of its annual Palio horse race. Your journey continues to San Gimignano to discover the maze of cobbled streets, small squares and local artisan shops. After some free time to explore, see a marvelous sunset over the Tuscan hills followed by dinner with wine tasting in the cellar of a villa in the Chianti countryside. Return to Florence for overnight. 

Day 6: Florence - Venice 

After breakfast, transfer back to the train station to board your train for Venice, the incredibly romantic floating city. Transfer to your hotel. Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city and quite easy to navigate by foot. Take some time to explore the small streets and admire the superb architecture and incredible urban landscape of man-made islands connected by bridges.

Day 7: Venice

After breakfast, join your small-group tour of Venice. Begin in St. Mark’s Square with Skip-the-Line access, to the magical Basilica, dating back to the 9th-century, including a stop at the first floor terrace. Visit Doge’s Palace, the heart of the Republic of Venice, including exploring the massive armoury. End with the limestone Bridge of Sighs whose history is not as romantic as local legends depict. Optional tours include a romantic gondola ride (not included).

Photo: Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Day 8: Venice - Home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then check out and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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