Alps, Matterhorn & Northern Lakes, 8 Days
Rome | Florence
When on your holiday to Italy, the Eternal City is a must-visit, particularly if you love classic antiquities. As you wander the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum, you will almost imagine yourself transported back to days gone by, where gladiators fight to glory, politicians clothed in togas converse about Senate issues, and righteous Romans toast libations and pray to their gods and goddesses. Coming forward in time, you will transfer to the stunning Florence, where the ultra-wealthy Medici family once lived. The city is still abundant with culture and wonder along every narrow alley and cobbled path. Known as the home of Renaissance art, you can choose from many galleries full to the brim with masterpieces by great artists, such as Raphael and Caravaggio. By far the most magical site is the Uffizi Gallery’s Vasari corridor. Here you will find works of art displayed in a long, covered passage, which was used by the Medici rulers to avoid being detected as they walked across the city. No trip to Florence would be complete without visiting the Michelangelo’s David, a sculpture that has epitomised the divine beauty of the human form since it was carved.
You will arrive independently in Rome where you will stay overnight.
Your tour guide will meet with you at the Vatican in the morning and take you as a small group into the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. They will act as your expert instructor as you walk through the vast collection of Vatican art.
On this tour, you will see some of the most famous works of art in the Vatican, including the Raphael Rooms, Michelangelo’s Dome, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and more.
You will finish the tour by departing the Sistine Chapel and entering the glorious St. Peter’s Basilica, renowned as one of the world’s most outstanding churches. Walk through the majestic Bernini square before returning to your hotel to rest overnight in Rome.
Free time is something that we firmly believe is important for a truly magical Italian experience, so that you have opportunities to explore on your own and connect with the heart of the city. Enjoy wandering across the Via Condotti and browse the remarkable things on sale or stop to enjoy a coffee in a local café. There are so many fascinating neighborhoods to explore in Italy, such as Monti or Trastevere.
We recommend that you see the city by walk, because you will be able to discover more amazing spots, like shops selling handmade leather goods, or the rousing smell of the bakery. Stumble across that idyllic piazza where children run around together, or see a grandmother hanging laundry out to dry in the windows above you. Stay overnight in Rome.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Florence. On the way, you will take a break in Siena and Monteriggioni so that you can enjoy a visit independent at these intriguing villages. Along the way, enjoy the magnificent view from your window, as you pass the stupendous Chianti hills with vineyards and olive trees scattered across them. Castles and cypresses appear to be dotted across the landscape.
As one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities, Siena is known for its central piazza called Il Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is run twice every summer. Featured in the recently James Bond Movie, The Quantum of Solace, the piazza is a wonder to behold.
Before reaching Florence, you will stop in a charming Tuscan Villa and vineyard to visit their cellar and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch. You will have a wonderful day and truly experience the finest that the region has to offer. If time allows, you will take a short break in at the charming and tiny castle town of Monteriggioni, before arriving in Florence in the late afternoon, where you will stay overnight.
Exploring Florence today, you will meet with a small group to discover the two thousand years of turbulent events that changed the face of history. Filled with historic sculptures, frescoes and paintings, you will visit three churches in the city – the Duomo, Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele. By the end of your visit, you’ll know why Florence is well known for being one of the best arts centers in the world. It is home to da Vinci, Lippi, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi amongst others.
Take a stroll through the medieval center of the city and see the Baptistery, the Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Gates of Paradise, the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio, as well as the Medieval towers and Renaissance palaces. When the tour is over, you can continue to explore the city independently, or go further afield and revisit any of the sites that we saw earlier in the day. Enjoy a relaxing lunch and then travel to the Academia in the afternoon to see the marvellous Michelangelo’s the David. Stay overnight in Florence.
You will independently transfer back to the airport to return home.
The hotels might be replaced with similar ones due to lack of availability.
• 5 Overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• Daily breakfast
• Small Group Tour: Visit of Vatican, Entrance Fee Included.
• Driver Guided tour “Tuscany Countryside” with en route stop in Siena and Monteriggioni. Pick up in Rome and drop off in Florence
• 1 Typical Lunch In Siena
• 1 wine tasting in Chianti area
• Small Group Tour: Walking Tour of Florence
• City Tax to be paid locally
• Drinks on meals
• Arrival & Departure Transfer
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Any Insurance
• Any Item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”
Prices may vary according to dates of travel.
The Best of Italy Tour
The Best of Italy Tour