This itinerary encompasses the three main art cities of Venice, Florence and Rome and is designed to provide a unique insight into the astonishingly diverse history and culture of the country. In each destination you will have time to explore shaded piazzas, impressive churches and world-class art galleries with a guide, but you will also have time to simply explore at your leisure. After all no trip to Italy would be complete without watching the world go by over an espresso in Rome’s Piazza Navona or strolling through Florence’s Boboli gardens with a gelato in hand.
Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum.
Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and visit the 'David' in Florence.
Visit some of Caravaggio's most famous works in the Borghese Gallery and Santa Maria del Popolo Church.
Travel Venice's Grand Canal in style by arriving at your hotel via a private boat.
Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.
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Day 1 Venice
On arrival you will be met by your guide for a private boat transfer to your hotel. The journey will take thirty to forty-five 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.
Day 2 Venice
Day 3 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.
Day 4 Florence
This morning you have a three hour private guided walking tour around Florence, visiting the beautiful Santa Croce Basilica as well as the Accademia to see Michelangelo's iconic 'David'. The afternoon is free to continue exploring at your leisure. You may want to take a lunchtime stroll along the banks of the Arno or while away the afternoon in the fascinating Bargello Gallery.
Day 5 Florence
Today you have a full day at leisure to relax or explore more of this fascinating city at your own pace. In the morning you may want to cross the Arno and visit the Pitti Palace and stunning Boboli Gardens and in the afternoon you can explore the ornate Medici Chapels, home to some beautiful Renaissance treasures.
Day 6 Rome
Your driver will take you to the train station in Florence for your premium class train journey to Rome, which will take around two hours. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, you'll have the opportunity get your bearings in Rome with a privately guided tour of the city by car and on foot. This evening tour includes key sites such as the Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain.
Day 7 Rome
Today step back in time today to 80 AD when and the building of Rome's most famous landmark, the Colosseum, was constructed. 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 Roman Forum, the heart of Roman public life, is just next door so you'll visit this vast site with your guide afterwards. This afternoon is unguided, but to stick with the Ancient Rome theme we recommend heading to Capitoline Hill and Trajan's Column, which are both easily accessible from the Forum.
Day 8 Rome
This morning you have a privately guided tour of the Vatican, including St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and of course the Sistine Chapel with its beautiful ceiling by Michelangelo. As you may expect this will be one of the busiest sites you visit on your trip so afterwards you will have a well-deserved afternoon break to relax.
Day 9 Rome
Today visit the beautiful masterpieces housed within the Borghese Gallery with your private guide. After the museum, your guide will take you to the Santa Maria del Popolo Church, home to some incredible works by Caravaggio and Bernini, before ending your tour at the Spanish Steps. Spend your final afternoon at leisure, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere of Rome.
Day 10 Return home
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