The Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, is undoubtedly the most classic Italy vacation. These 10 days/9 nights are the ideal choice if you visit Italy for the first time and would like to experience the typical Italian way of life.
History, Arts, unique Cities, beauty culture, an immense socio-political heritage, great food, culinary experience, are only some of the features that make your trip unique and unforgettable.
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Italy is a Country for guests of all ages, but with a charm that even the most experienced traveler feels like a vacation for the first time.
This classic tour, touching Rome, Florence and Venice, aims to offer memorable moments, making you immerse in the authentic Italian culture, and making you witness of some finest artistic achievements in Europe.
In the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, you will have the chance to meet lovely and engaging people in every moment of the trip, and this will make you live a different holiday from those you have already experienced.
You breathe history in every corner of the resplendent Rome, the Capital of Popes and Presidents, Emperors and Kings, with some of the most historic and religious icons in the Western world.
You will walk through the streets of Florence, the heart of the Renaissance, visit the Uffizi Gallery, and all the other artistic beauties of this wonderful city.
You’ll get lost in the unsurpassed romance of Venice, one of the most beloved destinations, a real unique jewel in the world.
The Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour will create long lasting memories, making you feel closer to those who will partake.
Touring the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, you will admire unforgettable corners of this fascinating country; not to mention the Italian way of life that will influence you forever.
In these 10 days, you will feel again like a child, lost in the wonder of the human great achievements.
You will remember this journey, we know it, and you speak of it for the rest of your life.
(Day 1) Welcome to Italy and to Rome!
(Day 2) The Allures of an Empire: guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
(Day 3) St. Peter’s Basilica; the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel; Half-day Rome guided Tour
(Day 4) Transfer from Rome to Florence
(Day 5) Half-day guided walking tour of Florence, including the visit to the Uffizi Gallery and to the Michelangelo’s David
(Day 6): Leisure Day in Florence
(Day 7) Transfer from Florence to Venice. Romance on a Gondola Tour!
(Day 8) Half-day guided tour of Venice
(Day 9) Half-day guided tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello
(Day 10) Time to go back home: Private transfer to the most convenient Airport
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There is no fixed departure date. Since this is a private tour, departures are based upon your convenience.
The first destination of the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, is the Eternal City. It will be Rome, Italy’s political and cultural heart, to welcome you and it is here where you will spend your first Italian day discovering the three most famous cities.
A private chauffeur will be waiting for you at the Airport. The transfer will accompany you to your chosen hotel.
Along the road, enjoy the streets, the squares, the monuments the driver will bring you through.
After checking in and freshening to regain energy after the flight, you’ll be ready for a half day walking tour.
For thousands of years, Rome was considered to be the center of the world and is credited with being the maker of civilization in Europe and beyond.
Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and surreal atmosphere that this beautiful city offers, walking next to and amongst the monuments that have seen centuries go by, whilst taking in the “Dolce Vita” mood that the Romans enjoy.
Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred directly to your centrally-located hotel, from where you can discover this captivating city.
City Sightseeing Bus Tour of Rome. Jump on the tour bus at any one of the many stops around the city and take in the historic views of Rome.
The tickets are valid for 48 hours, giving you plenty of time to experience all the sights at your own pace.
Our official private guide will give an insight into the city history and culture, emphasizing the global importance that still holds Rome.
Finally, it’s dinner time. My Tours in Rome will book one of the best Rome restaurants we have carefully hand-picked for you.
Tonight, for instance, you can enjoy the worldwide re-known Roman specialities in a typical “trattoria”, in the Trastevere district.
On the second day of the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, after waking up with a good espresso, you’ll be the testimony of the Eternal City epic history, with a visit to the most famous sites of classical Rome.
Reach the hilltop of the Palatine, the city’s most ancient site (according to the myth of Rome birth): the Imperial Palace is here.
Moreover, in front of you, an unparalleled show opens up: the Circus Maximus, the main sports arena of the past.
Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, it became one of the favourite sets for immortal Hollywood colossal movies, like “Ben Hur” and “Quo Vadis?”
In the nearby, you can admire one of the best preserved monuments in the whole Roman archaeological area: the Arch of Constantine.
Now, move on to visit the Ancient Rome tour largest venues, literally the World history epicentre at that time: the Roman Forum and the nearby Colosseum.
The imposing Colosseum was started in 72 AD under the Emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Emperor Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81-96 AD).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
Occupying a site, just West of the Colosseum is the Roman Forum (Italian: Foro Romano), there is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life.
This is a complete walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill lead by our professional chartered guide.
With this tour you will have a privileged priority entrance to the archaeological area, with no lines.
You will also have the use of headsets to better hear your guide.
No doubt the Colosseum is an engineering marvel, as well as Rome’s most famous icon in the World, together with the St. Peter Basilica.
Thanks to our official guide, you will learn more about the events, the big decisions taken here and the role of these two places in the Roman Empire politics.
Today, afternoon is free: so, go get fascinated by the city.
And if you still “feel the force” of the (Roman) Empire, you can visit the National Roman Museum four venues, or choose the Capitoline Museums, on your own: it’s the best way to deepen your knowledge of the greatest ancient Superpower, its art and culture, but also its everyday life.
Alternatively, if you had enough of History, you won’t evade the whirlwind shopping, especially in Via del Corso, Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via del Babuino and the Spanish Steps area: will you resist Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Bulgari, Valentino, Loro Piana, Ferragamo (you name it) call?
On the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour third day, crossing the symbolic-only border with Vatican City, you enter the heart of the smallest kingdom in the World and one of the most important States in Western history.
At the same time, you’ll find yourself in one of the most sacred place of Christianity, the Holy See, whose main symbol is the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Our official guide will start the tour from the Basilica’s entrance: he will illustrate you one of the largest religious buildings in the World, as well as one of the Renaissance and Baroque finest examples.
This is not surprising: the truly greatest architects of those times contributed to its construction.
The immense interior spaces will amaze you and will create in you a sense of awe and reverence.
The art masterpieces you will find here are really extraordinary: the “Pieta” by Michelangelo, and the Bernini Altar to name a pair.
On either side of the main nave, there is a series of chapels where priests hold religious services.
The crypts below the Basilica include the Popes’ tombs and a reliquary, with antique vestments and other priceless religious insignia.
Once off the St. Peter’s Basilica, get ready: there’s a huge amount of art masterpieces displayed along the corridors and halls in the Vatican Museums waiting for you.
From antiquity to the XX Century, the Museum exhibits works representing almost all human history stages, from ancient Greek statues, to Renaissance frescoes, up to the most modern oil paintings.
Their common element: the incomparable beauty and richness that make them so famous all over the World.
Among all the rooms and corridors, we firstly suggest the “Room of Raphael”: this wide room shows frescoes by the master and his school, including the famous “School of Athens”.
Plus, another fantastic spot to admire is the “Gallery of Maps”: located on the West side of the Belvedere Courtyard, it contains a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti.
Yet, nothing compares to the grand finale: the real plot twist that you’ll never forget, the stunning Sistine Chapel.
Look up to the ceiling: the unparalleled genius of Michelangelo will kidnap you.
The Biblical Genesis episodes with so strong characters, their dramatic movements and the brilliant colours will challenge you and make you think.
It is a building that cannot be compared with any other place on Earth; so be sure to take plenty of time to enjoy it.
Half day classic tour of Rome (Afternoon)
From the Vatican City, you will pass alongside Castel Sant’Angelo and start part bus, part walking tour of the classic monuments of Rome.
A local guide will take you on a Roman adventure that crosses the Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads, through the Historical center.
Here you will have the opportunity to admire all the famous sights, including the Trevi Fountain, the Marcus Aurelius’ Column, the Montecitorio Palace (the House of Italian Deputies), the Pantheon (including a visit inside), the Palazzo Madama (the Senate of Italy) and Piazza Navona.
On the fourth day of this Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, after two and a half days in Rome’s eternal splendor, it’s time to discover the other two Italian classic cities.
Today, in the morning, a First Class high-speed train will bring you to Florence, the Tuscany main city and birthplace of some of Italy’s favourite sons.
Once in Florence, a private car will take you from the station to your chosen hotel.
After the check-in, you will spend the rest of the day exploring Florence streets, aboard the City Sightseeing bus for a tour to the most important places.
The beautiful city of Florence, nestled in the north east of Tuscany, is renowned for its artistic and architectural heritage and has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the World thanks to its Renaissance Art, architecture and monuments.
Upon arrival in Florence, you will have the opportunity to check in to your chosen hotel before you explore the beautiful sites of this historic and enchanting city.
City Sightseeing Bus tour of Florence: Jump on the tour bus at any one of the many stops around the city and take in the breath-taking views of Florence.
The tickets are valid for 48 hours. So, why not using the tour bus as a mean of transportation while in Florence?
Thanks to its hop on – hop off formula, you can get off wherever you want, visit the place, and then get aboard again to continue the city tour.
Enjoy a snack in one of the several excellent cafés with ample outdoor seating: the ideal place to sit for a coffee or a glass of wine.
No trip to Florence would be complete without visiting the remarkable Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the famous Florence’s Duomo, with the Brunelleschi’s dome and the Giotto’s bell tower rising gracefully in the air.
Dinner time is approaching. It’s time to taste the typical specialities of the Florentine cuisine in one of the best Restaurants in Florence we have carefully hand-picked for you.
Don’t miss the always amazing “Fiorentina” steak (a kind of T-bone steak !!), and all the other Florence specialities with a bottle of the best Chianti red wine.
You are now on the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour fifth day.
One of the best ways to experience Florence is to take your time to walk amongst its unique and beautiful architecture, whereby you can experience the historic and cultural evolution of the city.
An authorized, highly qualified and experienced tour guide will take you to the must-see sights of the city, where the greatest minds and artists have stood and been inspired.
During this walk, you will see Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, the Baptistery with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Independent Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele Church, Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the secret Vasari Corridor.
In addition, you will be able to sample that sharp sense of Italian fashion in the famous shopping streets of Florence.
But don’t forget: today, you have an appointment with one of the best Art Museums in the World: the Uffizi Gallery.
Here you can admire probably the most important Renaissance artworks collection known to mankind.
Amongst other masterpieces, you can see the Botticelli’s “The Spring” and “The Birth of Venus”, or enjoy the assortment of Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.
The sculptures collection is also outstanding: the museum includes an impressive number of Etruscan and Roman artefacts.
At the Accademia Gallery, the former art school in Florence, you can taste a delicious lunch.
Continuing to get your fill of artistic beauty, you will contemplate a great selection of Renaissance classic statues.
Yet, the collection is undoubtedly centered around the largest sculpture by Michelangelo, the magnificent “David”.
In front of it, the Artist’s sculptures left unfinished at the time of his death, his now famous “Slaves”.
There are a number of shows telling in detail the “David” creation process, as well as the impact of this sculpture in Art History.
Those interested may want to stop by the warehouse of the Accademia Gallery, where smaller models used by former students fill the shelves and crowded tables.
The sixth day of this Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour, puts no pressure on you.
Enjoy Florence at your pace.
Feel free to contact us for suggestions: usually, at this point, shopping is king! And participants can’t resist it.
Guess you’ll be no exception: don’t forget that Florence is second only to Milan as regards Italian fashion.
Please, take note that on request we could provide you a personal shopping consultant, who can bring you to the best boutiques to close the best deals.
A first class trip, on a high-speed train to Venice, awaits you this morning of the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour; but not before a delicious “cappuccino and cornetto” for breakfast (cornetto is the Italian name for croissant), from your favourite Florentine bar.
Your trip to Venice will be a varied and beautiful one. During the train ride, please admire the Central Italy’s fertile countryside, before meeting the Northern Italian landscape, at the foot of the Dolomite Alps spectacular rise.
Once off the Venice station, a private water taxi will take you to your chosen hotel for the check-in.
Soon you’ll realize you are now in a completely different world: a place maybe unseen before, apart from some pictures here and there; yet, maybe the place you have always dreamed of.
Today, stroll this romantic city, stopping for some fresh fish or a typical delicious Venetian appetizer.
The Bellini aperitif was born here, just off Piazza San Marco (St. Marco Sq.) in the famous “Harry’s Bar”.
Feel the spell: here you will join noticeable guests as Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Onassis, among others.
Gondola Tour: The most romantic way to indulge in the magic of Venice is to take a relaxing gondola tour of this unique city. For hundreds of years, gondolas were the most used means of transportation within Venice canals and are the symbol of the city today.
In modern times, boats still have a role in public transportation: the public ones are called “Vaporetti” (ferries) and move along the Grand Canal.
However, the main use for gondolas today is to offer tourists a romantic and relaxing view of the city.
This is really the most unforgettable way to view the city and there is no doubt that Venice was built to be seen from the water.
This tour lasts around 40 minutes and takes you through some of the many narrow and enchanting canals of Venice.
From the luxury of your gondola, you will be able to admire the old buildings as you float gently through the years of history, guided by our professional licensed Gondolier.
What is planned today in the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour?
A comprehensive tour of Venice is the perfect way to see the main sights of the historic centre, as well as the city outskirts.
Our tour guide will escort you around the famous Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), where you will see the Doge’s Palace and the San Marco Basilica, including the bell and clock towers, which form a high archway leading to the main shopping area of the city.
Discover the incredible richness of the San Marco Basilica, whose fluid and intricate mosaics domes have inspired the nickname of “Golden Church”.
Go on: stop by the close Palazzo Ducale (Duke’s Palace), where the Doge of Venice ran the city’s business on a vast marine empire in the Mediterranean Sea, looking at the Middle East.
Here there is an excellent museum, which gives you the opportunity to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Our officially-appointed tour guide will lead you around these majestic buildings for a full hour, giving you the opportunity to take in the unique collection of Byzantine art, the gold mosaics and the marble inlays, which adorn the floors.
This tour also involves a trip to the famous Bridge of Sighs, which passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.
Don’t forget to grab a souvenir on the Rialto Bridge, one of the main Venice landmarks.
On your Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour final day, you will enjoy a motorboat tour, departing from Piazza San Marco, to the Island of Murano, which lies around 1.5 km north of Venice in the Venetian Lagoon.
You will spend about 40 minutes in Murano, where you will be able to watch the ancient art of glass making, for which the island is famous.
You will then re-board the motorboat and head to the second stop: the Island of Burano, which is known for its intricate lace making and colorful houses.
You will spend 30 minutes in Burano before making the short journey to the secluded Island of Torcello, which is home to just 20 inhabitants!
Here, you can experience, first hand, the characteristic atmosphere of the remote Venetian past as part of this unmissable and exclusive tour.
The rest of the day is free.
Please, feel free to contact us for further suggestions to spend your leisure time in Venice.
For instance, if you are an art lovers, you can fulfill your passion, visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (tickets are not included).
This Venetian Guggenheim‘s venue exhibits modern artists, such as Duchamp and Dali, Mondrian and Kandinsky, Max Ernst and Juan Miro and Pablo Picasso.
You are now at the end of the Rome, Florence and Venice Private Tour.
Today you will sadly leave Italy: a private transfer will bring you from the Hotel to the International Airport where your flight will take off.
All the sights, sounds, fragrances, tastes and experiences of the past week will flood over you.
Anytime you’ll remember your vacation in Italy, you’ll smile thinking to all the marvelous places you visited and the extraordinary people you met.
The natural consequence is that you’ll start planning for an inevitable new Italy tour.
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For the customized Rome, Florence and Venice Tour package, as outlined in the Itinerary Details section, please consider the following guidelines:
5-star Hotel: Euro 550 – 1,000+ per person, per night
4-star Hotel: From Euro 450 per person, per night
3-star Hotel: From Euro 350 per person, per night
The price may change upon your final hotel choice, travel dates, and other customized preferences.
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