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Classic Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany

13 days from $8,740pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Gaiole in Chianti
  • Tuscany
  • Rome
  • Uncover the secrets of the Doge's Palace on a private tour in Venice.

  • Make pasta from scratch during a private cooking class in Florence.

  • Go truffle hunting in the Tuscan countryside with a guide and his truffle dog.

  • Discover the history of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

  • Take a guided Vespa tour around Rome and enjoy some spectacular views of the city.

  • See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence and visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

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What our specialists say...

This itinerary packs in a huge amount of variety and is a great introduction to the sheer diversity of travel experiences on offer in Italy. On this journey, you will learn about the country's fascinating and varied history from the Colosseum in Ancient Rome through to the eastern-influenced architecture of Venice and the Renaissance masterpieces in Florence. Not to mention the incredible food, wine and scenery that can be found in Tuscany.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Gaiole in Chianti
  • Tuscany
  • Gaiole in Chianti
  • Florence
  • Rome

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Day 1 Venice

Venice

On arrival you'll be met by your guide for a private boat transfer to your hotel. The journey will take 30-45 minutes, passing through the lagoon and along the famous Grand Canal. The rest of the day is free to settle into your hotel located right in the heart of the city and just steps from St Mark's Square.

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Day 2 Venice

Venice

Today you will have a private guided tour of St Mark's Basilica and the 15th-century Doge's Palace. You'll be able to go behind the scenes and uncover the hidden chambers where the Doge administered the republic as well as visit the Bridge of Sighs.

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Day 3 Venice

Venice

Today you will have a full day at leisure to explore. One option is to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is particularly famous for its glass and you'll be able to visit one of the glass making workshops here. Afterwards, explore Burano's narrow streets and brightly painted houses. Burano is known for producing intricate handmade lace and you'll find many shops on the island dedicated to this craft.

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Day 4 Florence

Venice , Florence

Departing by private water taxi you'll head to the train station for your journey to Florence. You will have premium class tickets for this two hour journey. Upon arrival in Florence a private driver will escort you to your hotel. In the afternoon you may want to take some time to explore the stunning Piazza del Duomo, home to Florence's iconic Renaissance cathedral. If you are feeling energetic, it's possible to climb both the bell tower and the dome for wonderful views of the city.

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Day 5 Florence

Florence

This morning you have a private cooking class with one of Florence's top chefs, Marcella Ansaldo. The exact recipes you'll learn will be determined on the day so you may be perfecting your own pasta or creating mountains of homemade gelato. After spending the morning working in the kitchen, relax and enjoy the delicious meal you created, before taking a private transfer back to your hotel.

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Day 6 Florence

Florence

Enjoy a full day private tour exploring the two world-class art galleries of Accademia and the Uffizi with a local art expert. The Uffizi is home to masterpieces such as Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' and da Vinci's 'The Annunciation'. In the Accademia you will find Florence's most famous resident - Michelangelo's wonderful 'David'. This is a long but rewarding day and a marvellous introduction to Florence's art legacy.

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Day 7 Florence

Florence

Spend the day hunting for truffles with your private local guide and truffle dog in the woodlands just outside Florence. Learn the secret behind the surprisingly difficult art of truffle hunting and gain insight into the different types of truffles and how they can be used. At the end of your expedition enjoy a full truffle tasting lunch complete with a selection of traditional Tuscan dishes. The tour includes round trip private transfers.

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Day 8 Gaiole in Chianti

Florence , Gaiole in Chianti

You'll be met this morning by a driver for your private transfer to Badia a Coltibuono, your hotel in the heart of Tuscany. Along the way to you'll pass medieval villages and hillside vineyards. Badia a Coltibuono is a former monastery dating back to the 11th century and is a wonderful historic property to explore. If you have some free time this afternoon we highly recommend visiting the ancient wine cellars.

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Day 9 Gaiole in Chianti

Tuscany , Gaiole in Chianti

Spend the day exploring Tuscany. You will start with a privately guided tour of Siena including the famous cathedral, which features one of the most impressive façades in the country, as well as the sprawling Piazza del Campo, which hosts the 'Palio' horse race every summer. Continuing on you'll stop for lunch at a traditional Tuscan farmhouse that overlooks vineyards and olive groves. Finally, on your way back to the hotel you will have a short stop to explore the beautiful medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano.

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Day 10 Rome

Gaiole in Chianti , Florence , Rome

Today you will head back to Florence with your private driver for your train journey to Rome. The train ride will take around an hour and a half, passing through some beautiful countryside. On arrival in Rome you will be met by a driver and privately transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you'll have some time to explore the city at your leisure.

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Day 11 Rome

Rome

Today step back in time to 80 AD when Rome's most famous landmark, the Colosseum, was completed. Skip past the lines and enjoy direct entry into the landmark, where your private guide will explain the significance of the Colosseum during the Roman era. The Forum, the heart of Roman public life, is just next door so you will visit this vast site with your guide afterwards. This afternoon is unguided and a good time to travel into the Trastevere district (very close to your hotel) where modern-day Romans go for an evening aperitivo.

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Day 12 Rome

Rome

This morning you will have a private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. In the afternoon you will embark on a Vespa Tour around the city and discover some lesser known areas of the city while enjoying superb views.

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Day 13 Return home

Rome

After one final breakfast at your hotel, you will be met for your private transfer to the airport and your flight home.

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