No other country has an artistic heritage quite on a par with Italy. A disproportionate amount of the world’s greatest artists were Italian. Truman Capote likened being in Venice to “eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” You’ll find so much extraordinary beauty in Italy, and much of it is manmade. What other country has built a city on stilts in a lagoon?
On this itinerary, you’ll discover the beauty of Italy’s great art cities, Venice, Florence and Rome.
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Day 1: Venice
When you arrive in the floating city you’ll be taken on a boat to your hotel. You’ll cross the famous Grand Canal on the way. Your hotel will be located close to St Mark’s Square.
Day 2: Venice
This morning you’ll set out on a private tour of the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. The Doge’s Palace was the main seat of power in Venice for centuries and it contains a great archive of the city’s history.
Day 3: Florence
This morning you’ll take a premium class train to Florence. The journey will take two hours. A driver will meet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel.
Take an afternoon stroll to Piazza del Duomo and visit the Renaissance cathedral. You can even take a trip up the bell tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Day 4: Florence
Today you’ll take a walking tour of the city. You’ll visit Santa Croce Basilica and also see Michelangelo’s “David” at the Accademia.
Afternoon at leisure. You may wish to take a trip to the iconic Uffizi Gallery and discover many great Renaissance artworks.
Day 5: Florence
Explore the streets of Florence at your own pace. You could take a trip to Pitti Palace across the Arno and visit the Medici Chapels, here you’ll see many great artworks, including by Michelangelo.
Day 6: Rome
In the morning you’ll take a premium train to Rome. The journey will take around 2 hours. When you’ve checked into your hotel you’ll take a private walking tour of the city. You’ll see the key sights, including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Piazza del Popolo.
Day 7: Rome
This morning you’ll take a trip back in time to antiquity and visit the Colosseum. Your guide will then take you to the Roman Forum which was the heart of Roman public life. This was a place of commerce, gladiator matches, elections and triumphal processions. All of the sound and fury of ancient Roman, in other words.
Day 8: Rome
This morning you’ll join a guided tour of the Vatican, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. There’s so much to see in the Vatican so enjoy the rest of the day at leisure when your tour ends.
Day 9: Rome
This morning you’ll take a private tour of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Borghese Gallery. You’ll see great works by Bernini and Caravaggio.
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