BUDGET TOUR OF ITALY

8 days (17 nights) 

3 nights in Rome + 2 nights in Florence +  2 nights in Venice area

Check Florence's most famous sights off your to-see list. Taking a walking tour and cooking class in Rome
Visit the rolling hills of Tuscany for a wine tasting. Learn from master craftsmen in the Venetian Islands

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Day 1: Arrival in Rome
Today you will arrive at Rome international airport. A private transfer will be arranged to take you to your hotel located in the heart of the Eternal City. Time to relax and have a first stroll around! 

 

Day 2: Rome walking tour
In the morning, meet your private guide to discover some incredible sites of Rome beginning with skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican! The Museum contains one of the largest and most spectacular art displays in the World,  including Michelangelo’s breathtaking Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.  In the afternoon we suggest that you visit another masterpiece, the Colosseum. Then it's time to relax and enjoy the Roman nightlife!

 

Day 3: Rome culinary experience

Rome is also internationally famous for its mouth-watering cuisine ... and today it's time to experience the best of the Lazio region’s culture and cuisine while veering off-the-beaten-path. With your personal guide, visit  Trastevere,  one of the most picturesque Roman neighborhoods with its narrow cobblestone streets and laneways.  You will visit local food stores, taste and eat many local specialties, and talk to the wonderful families working hard to preserve Roman food traditions. Spend your last afternoon in the Eternal city walking around.

 

Day 4: Florence, the Renaissance Jewel

Early in the morning, you will take a private transfer to Roma station and then a fast train to Florence. You will reach this wonderful city in less than two hours. Once here, a private transfer to your hotel will be waiting and you will meet with your private guide for a special tour... The Dome, Palazzo Pitti, Piazza della Signoria are just a few examples of the great masterpieces you will see during this walk. Don’t miss the Accademia Gallery to see the gorgeous David! Late in the afternoon, it's time to relax and enjoy a tasty dinner in one of the many local trattoria.

 

Day 5: Artisan cooking class in Florence

In the morning you will meet with your guide for a special day tour that will lead you directly to the Oltrarno area at the other bank of the river. This is the most authentic part of the city, full of historical workshops with many kinds of handicraft. You will appreciate the skills of paper and mosaic artisans, visiting their workshops and you'll learn how they create their marvelous products. You will be directly involved in 3 special laboratories: a special gelato cooking class, a marble paper laboratory and a painting workshop.  Your day will end with a special pizza cooking class in the heart of the city.

 

Day 6: Explore Venice

In the morning you will take your private transfer to Venice, the floating city. Check in at a lovely hotel, a few steps from San Marco Square. Meet your private guide who will show you the Venetian architecture and the artistic patrimonies.  Late in the afternoon, you will experience a characteristic and romantic gondola tour along the main canals. 

 

Day 7: Venetian Islands of Murano and Burano

This morning you will explore the quiet islands of Murano and Burano. These colorful islands are famous for their glassmaking, their lacework and of course their bright kaleidoscopic buildings. With a private boat and a personal tour guide, you will discover these colorful villages and have a stroll around the narrow streets. Then head back to Venice and enjoy more time to explore the city and its special atmosphere. 

Day 8  Departure from Italy or extension by another tour or rest on the sea