Venice, Florence and Rome

  • Days: 7
  • Nights: 6

Programme

1st Day: Towards Venice

In the morning arrival in Italy. Stop for lunch on the way to Venice. Check in at the hotel located in Lido di Jesolo,a famous summer resort on the Adriatic Coast. Dinner and overnight stay.


Venice

2nd Day: The Islands of the Venetian Lagoon and Venice

After breakfast depart from the hotel to Punta Sabbioni and private boat trip to the Venetian islands with a tour escort. The first stop will be the island of Murano, world renowned for its craft of glass blowing. To allow you to fully appreciate the skill involved in this craft you will observe a glass blowing demonstration, with skilled craftsmen creating glass masterpieces in front of you.


The tour will continue with a visit to the island of Burano – ‘Fisherman’s Island’, famous for its colourful houses and its embroidery works. Private boat transfer back to Saint Mark’s Square and lunch in downtown Venice. In the afternoon guided tour of Venice. You will see its most famous monuments such as Saint Mark’s Square, the tourist heart of this beautiful city, and where also stands Saint Mark’s Basilica – the symbol of Venice, and the official church of the Serenissima. Saint Mark’s Basilica is also known as ‘The Golden Church’ because of its historical treasures. The tour continues on with a visit to the Rialto Bridge and Ponte dei Sospiri, the famous covered bridge which connects the Ducal Palace to the New Prisons. This bridge is better known as the’ Bridge of Sighs’ so named because of the sighs of prisoners who once crossed it on their way to prison. Private boat transfer to Punta Sabbioni where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3rd Day: Towards Florence

After breakfast depart from the hotel to Florence. Hotel accommodation in Montecatini Terme, a town very well known for its spas. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon the tour guide will lead you through the town of Florence showing you all the treasures of this wonderful Renaissance city.


The tour will start with Piazza Del Duomo where you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore with the Cupola by Brunelleschi, the Bell Tower by Giotto, and, nearby, the Baptistery with its three bronze doors beautifully decorated. We will not miss of course, a visit to the famous bridge of the city, Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge) also called “the Bridge of the Jewellery shops”. Piazza Del Duomo is also connected to the famous Piazza delle Signorie, considered to be the very heart of the city, dominated by Palazzo Vecchio. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


Firenze, Uffizi

4th Day: Florence

After breakfast we will leave the hotel by bus to continue our guided tour of Florence. In the morning we will visit the Uffizi Gallery. This palace, located between Piazza delle Signorie and the river Arno and built by the architect Vasari, was once used as administrative office.


Today it houses some of the most famous Renaissance paintings in the world such as “l’Annunciazione” by Leonardo da Vinci, “la Sacra Famiglia” by Michelangelo, “la Primavera” by Botticelli and many other works by Raffaello, Tiziano and Caravaggio. Lunch in a restaurant downtown. In the afternoon free time to visit this splendid city on your own and stroll around the narrow streets looking for local handcrafts. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


Colosseo

5th Day: Florence / Rome

After breakfast we will begin our journey to Rome. Lunch stop in the splendid Lazio region. The entire afternoon will be dedicated to exploring Ancient Rome. Earphones at disposal 2 days.


We will see the Roman Forum, the Campidoglio Hill and, of course, the Colosseum, a monument considered to be the symbol of the Italian capital itself, where, in the past, Emperors, in order to gain fame, offered the spectacle of mortal combat between gladiators. In the evening check in at a hotel located on the outskirts of Rome (either in Castelli Romani or nearby). Dinner and overnight stay.


6th Day: Vatican City / Christian Rome

After breakfast depart hotel by bus to visit the Vatican City. In the morning guided tour of the Vatican Museums where you can admire the Sistine Chapel with its beautiful frescoes by Michelangelo or the Raphael Chambers painted in the16th century.


A visit to Saint Peter’s Square and its Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world will then follow. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon tour of Christian Rome- along the Apian Way we will explore the Catacombs, once inhabited by an ancient Christian community who have left visible signs of their way of life. We will continue our tour with a visit to the Basilica of San Paolo Outside the Walls. In the late afternoon we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


7th Day: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and departure. Stop for the lunch during the trip. End of our services.


Services included

Full board starting with lunch on the 1st day and ending with lunch on the 7th day;
3* hotel accommodations; room with private services (classification of hotel according to the Italian standard);
private boat for the half day excursion (4h) to the island of the Venetian lagoon;
tour escort for the half day excursion (4h) to the islands of the Venetian lagoon;
city entrances taxed for the ferry boat in Venice and Lido di Jesolo;
half day guided tour of the city of Venice (2h); private boat trip from S.Marco Square to Punta Sabbioni on day 02;
half day guided tour of Florence (3h) on day 03 and 04;
earphones disposal 2 days; half day guided tour of Rome (3h) on day 05;
full day guided tour of Rome (Vatican + Christian Rome) on day 06;
a personalized booklet with all relevant information necessary for your stay;
our assistance throughout the whole stay; all services specified in the program.

Services not included

Drinks; entry fees to the sites;
bus entry tax to the cities of art;
reservation, entry fee and earphones for the Vatican Museums on day 06 ( confirmation will be made 30 days before the starting date of your visit);
city tax to pay directly on spot;
all services not specified in the program.



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