10 Days 9 Nights
Italy is a must-see country and one of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions. The canals of Venice, the Tuscan wine fields, the cobblestone lanes of Rome, the Arno river flowing through Florence, the cliffs of Positano… and beyond are just some of the attractions of this lovely nation.
When you arrive at Venice Airport, a representative will welcome you and help you in boarding a private water taxi to your hotel. You will stay at a hotel in Venice for three nights.
Begin your exploration of the city by strolling through the maze of cobblestone streets. Whatever path you take, you'll be rewarded with unexpected surprises: a secret chapel, a lovely plaza, and a canal full of gondolas. Make your way to the Cannaregio neighborhood, which features pedestrian walkways and small footbridges along the Strada Nova canal.
Gelato shops, artisan boutiques, and tempting pastries can be found in this neighborhood. Fiaschetteria Toscana, a restaurant that serves Venetian classics including black noodles in a delicate lobster sauce, is one choice for dinner in this region.
First, go to the Basilica of Saint Mark, the city's main church. The landmark Doge's Palace, a pink marble-facade palace that served as the seat of Venetian administration, lies nearby. The Accademia, an art museum rich with masterpieces from the Venetian Renaissance, is another must-see attraction. The realistic masterpieces of Bellini, Titian, Tinteretto, Tiepolo, Veronese, and others will take your breath away.
In the afternoon, you'll go on a boat tour of the city, which is the ideal way to see the sights. Travel down the famous Grand Canal, the world's most picturesque "main street" and Venice's major traffic artery.
The Grand Canal is a Venetian architectural jewel box. Take in the breathtaking sights of the beautiful palaces with the canal at their doorstep and portrait what life would be like if you commuted by gondola every day.
Visit the Ca Rezzonico Museum, a magnificent 18th-century palace displaying the works of famous artists like Tiepolo and Veronese. Consider taking a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. Since the 1300s, it has been a vibrant Jewish community, and now it is a peaceful area with remains of the ancient Jewish culture—there are two kosher restaurants, a rabbinical school, and five synagogues.
The business sector referenced in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice," where Jewish moneylenders traded, may be seen nearby at the Rialto Bridge. This evening, you have the option of participating in a "Veneto Wine Tour." Discover lovely wine bars (called enoteche) in Venice's secret corners.
Your guide will be an Italian wine specialist and an experienced sommelier. The tasting will begin with white wines and end with outstanding red wines. Each wine will be matched with Cicchetti, which is classic Venetian snacks.
This morning, you will be taken by private water taxi from your hotel to the Venice railway station. Take a train to Florence. You will visit the Accademia Gallery after settling into your accommodation and resting from your journey.
Your guide will have made bookings in advance for you to avoid long waits. This museum's main attraction is Michelangelo's enormous masterwork "David," which symbolizes the Florentine Renaissance. Tonight, have a hearty Tuscan in the heart of Florence's historic center.
This is where you'll discover a variety of authentic and welcoming trattorias serving classic Tuscan delicacies like rigatoni with a large piece of meat. Don't forget to drink a glass of Chianti or another local Tuscan wine with your dinner.
This morning, you'll travel to the Tuscan countryside for a practical learning cooking adventure! You've been invited to a private cooking session with an Italian chef at his restaurant in the Chianti region of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Chianti is well-known among wine lovers and visitors from all over the globe for producing some of Italy's greatest red wines.
A menu of classic Tuscan foods will be provided for your cooking lesson. The step-by-step, hands-on training will teach you how to create each dish from the ground up. After lunch, you can return to Florence or spend the afternoon wine sampling in Chianti. In Greve, Chianti's only major town, you may visit wine stores in the main plaza.
Another must-see destination is the hamlet of Montepulciano, which is known for its high-quality red wines. You might perhaps go to the charming fortified town of Montefioralle.
Florence, a beautifully maintained medieval city, has enabled art and culture to flourish since the 14th century. The wealth generated by the city's textile and commerce businesses enabled the Renaissance to begin here. A walk around Florence transports you back in time.
Begin with the Duomo, the city's most prominent cathedral and an architectural masterpiece. Filippo Brunelleschi, the cathedral's architect, spent ten years researching the remains of Roman architecture before figuring out how to create the cathedral's larger-than-life-size dome. Following this awe-inspiring visit, it's time for an espresso or gelato at the bustling Piazza Signoria, which is also a terrific area to people-watch.
You may continue your trek down the Arno River until you reach the Ponte Vecchio, which translates to "old bridge" in English. The bridge is lined with historic gold and silver stores whose designs haven't been modified in generations. For supper, sample the most renowned Tuscan delicacy, the hearty ribollita soup made from beans, vegetables, and bread, which is best eaten with a glass of Chianti wine.
Take the train to Rome in the morning. For any visitor, arriving in Rome is one of the most thrilling experiences.
The first glimpse of the Colosseum is awe-inspiring, bringing the ancient world to life. Rome, sometimes known as the "Eternal City," is an outdoor museum filled with significant structures and historical ruins.
Tonight, treat yourself to a relaxed supper at a typical wine bar that provides real local food. There are many at Piazza Navona, an exquisite nightlife destination that appeals to people of all ages. Spend the day exploring at your leisure, with surprises around every turn.
Today, you'll go on a four-hour tour of Vatican City. Your trip includes a highly acclaimed seminar designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the Vatican art collection as well as the breathtaking architecture of St. Peter's Basilica.
By the time you get to the Sistine Chapel, you'll have a better understanding of the cultural and creative environment that enabled Michelangelo to produce the extraordinarily detailed and magnificent "Last Judgment" ceiling painting. The journey closes with a visit to the stunningly massive Saint Peter's Basilica, the magnificent basilica that serves as the icon of Catholicism.
After leaving Saint Peter's Basilica, you will arrive in Saint Peter's Square, a significant square constructed by Bernini, where the Pope makes his public appearances.
Today you will go on a short guided tour of ancient Rome. This four-hour walking trip takes you through the archaeological heart of the city, including Palatine Hill, the Forum, and the Colosseum. The ancient monuments, steeped in history, offer the foundation for knowing classical era Rome.
Your guide, an antiques and archaeology researcher, will accompany you around the Roman Forum and weave an in-depth storey about ancient Rome's greatness. The trip closes with a study of the decadent Roman public shows that took place there, including gladiatorial competitions, simulated sea wars, and wild beast hunts. The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is a wonder of engineering and long-lasting structure. At the end of your stroll, you will have a better understanding of ancient Rome, its emperors, history, and engineering accomplishments.
You will be transported to the airport in the morning for your departing flight.