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10 Days/ 9 Nights
Venice, Italy
Rome , Italy
Tour Details

Italy’s great food, beautiful countryside, fabulous wine, and long history make it an excellent country to visit. Florence is one of the most famous cities in Italy and a hotspot on the tourist trail here. With renaissance architecture, art galleries, white buildings capped with red roofs and ancient streets are enough to mesmerize you. Rome is easily one of the favorite cities for vacation in Europe. It is filled with Roman ruins to Renaissance art and fantastic food. There are beautiful Renaissance churches, buildings, and streets to be explored. Vatican City is home to some of the most significant works of art in the world, including Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

Departure & Return Location

Pick up from Fiumicino International Airport, Rome, Italy

Drop to Marco Polo Airport, Venice, Italy

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportations in the destination location
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature/ room service fee/ tips
  • Visa
  • GST if applicable
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions

Things To Carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen/ sunglasses/ umbrella
  • Hats/ caps/ comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents ( visa, if applicable)
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription.

For more details refer to Travel Planning Guide

What to Expect

Italy has been one of the favourite spots for vacationing  since ages.Rome – the capital is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe, with a long history to match. With a mixture of cultures from around the world, wander the cobblestone street and take in all of the stunning architecture the city has to offer.  Don’t miss the Vatican City – a small independent economy in Romre .Where as Florence will make you swept away into the Renaissance as you are surrounded by beautifully preserved, architecturally perfect, historical buildings and breathtaking art at every turn. Every few steps you will be taken by the smells wafting from the trattorias, osterias, cafes and pizzerias

 

  • The Colosseum
  • Spanish Steps
  • Sienna Cathedral
  • Vatican City
  • Santa Maria Del Fiore
  • Venice
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Rome

Arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport; you’ll be picked up by our tour coordinator and dropped to your accommodation (private transfer).

Rome’s history twenty-eight centuries and this one ride are enough for that fact to hit home.

Known as the Eternal City, Roma is one of the oldest continuously habited sites in Europe. Dotted with opulent palaces, sprawling ruins, ornate churches, and beautiful fountains, Rome’s historic center has been listed as a World Heritage Site. Once a major center of the Italian Renaissance – home to famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects, today Rome is one of the most visited capitals in the world, renowned for its rich historical/cultural heritage, and its fashion and design scene.
Check into the accommodation, lunch and relax.

The afternoon is scheduled for a half day tour (drive/walk) of the city.

Check into the accommodation, lunch and relax.

The afternoon is scheduled for a half day tour (drive/walk) of the city – the perfect introduction to Rome’s most famous landmarks including Via Veneto (drive by), Piazza Barberini (drive by), Quirinale Palace (drive by), Trevi Fountain (visit) , Via del Corso (drive by), Piazza Venezia (drive by), Capitoline Hill (drive by), Roman Forum (drive by), Colosseum (drive by), Circus Maximus (drive by),St. Peter’s Basilica (visit), ending at the Spanish Steps.

The tour is conducted by an English speaking guide who will drive around, pointing out places of interest and occasionally stopping by at sites for a visit.

For a typical Roman dinner, stop by at a local trattoria.

(Overnight at Rome)

Day 2Remanants of Ancient Rome

Post breakfast set out to explore the ruins of ancient Rome.

Start your day at one of the most iconic symbols of Imperial Rome, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – the Colosseum ¡V the largest amphitheatre ever built. Having seen almost two thousand years of history, the Colosseum was built when the Roman Empire was at its best, keeping the city entertained for over 500 years with a host of gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, animal hunts, executions, and re-enactments of famous battles.

Continue to the Roman Forum. Once the heart of the Roman Senate; Home to iconic buildings like the Temple of Antoninus Pius, Temple of Castor and Pollex, and the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Saturn, having seen scores of public speeches, elections and criminal trials, the forum today is a sprawling ruin, stunning in its own right.

Overlooking the Forum is Palatine Hill; one of the most central of the seven hills of Rome, it is considered to be the birthplace of the Italian capital ¡V legend has it the location of the cave where Luperca, she- wolf that took care of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Palantine Hill offers you insight into the high society of Ancient Rome, and today is home to endless ruins of imposing palaces and gorgeous sprawling gardens.

Top sights include the Domus Flavia, the House of Livia, the House of Augustus, the Farnese Gardens, the Hippodrome of Domitian and the Palatine museum.

Next, head to the neighbourhood of Trastevere; a locals favourite hub, this neighbourhood is home to Rome¡¦s most famous food stops. Explore the neighbourhood and discover the lesser known sides of Italian Cusine.

The evening is scheduled to be spent at leisure, exploring the city on your own.

Optional is a tour of the Catacombs of Rome – discovered only in recent decades, the Roman Catacombs, are ancient underground burial places, dating back to the start of the Second Century AD. Playing an important role in understanding Early Christian art and Jewish faith at the time, the Catacombs showcase an impressive collection of sculptures and frescos.
Stopping for dinner, head back to the hotel.

(Overnight at Rome)

Day 3Central Rome

Post breakfast, set out for a tour of Central Rome, locally known as Centro Storico. Located on the banks of the River Tiber, this is what you see when you dream of Italy, cobbled stones, charming squares, elaborate fountains, and gelato!

Begin your day at the famous Piazza Navona, a grand old square dating back to the First Century. Flaunting three fountains – the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Seashell Fountain, and the Fountain of Neptune – the Piazza Navona, is also home to stunning the stunning Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and the imposing Palazzo (Palace) Pamphilj. terraced restaurants, coffee shops and street artists including artists, magicians, and dancers. Fun fact – The Piazza Navona was featured in Dan Brown’s thriller Angles and Demons (2000). A favorite among the locals as well as tourists, the Piazza is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and sit down to people watch.

The next stop calls for one of the most well-preserved monuments of Ancient Rome – The Pantheon.
Translating to mean ‘to honor all Gods’, the Pantheon was the originally built as a temple dedicated to all the Gods of pagan Rome, on a site which is believed to be where Romulus (the mythological founder of Rome) ascended to heaven.

Today it is in use as a Catholic church, dedicated to St Mary and the Martyrs. An architectural masterpiece, the Pantheon, set the standard for the classical style with its extravagant coffered dome and conventional colonnaded entrance.

Before lunch, stop at one of the most famous fountains in the world – the Trevi Fountain
(The Fontana di Trevi) is one of the most elaborate fountains of Rome. Be sure to follow through with the legend which asks for a coin to be thrown from the right hand over the left shoulder, ensuring your return to Rome.

Break for lunch.

Get ready to have your Audrey Hepburn moment, as we visit the Spanish Steps next. A perfect example of Roman Baroque style, the Spanish steps is a set of steps, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, at the top.

Optional visit to John Keats home which has been converted into a museum dedicated to his memory and the English Romantic generation, located close to the Spanish Steps.

The evening is scheduled for a visit to the Villa Borghese & Borghese Gardens. Located close to the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese, today houses a gallery (the Galleria Borghese), housing a greater part of one of the world’s greatest private art – paintings, sculpture and antiquities – collections begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, rich in ancient Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art, with major works by Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Correggio, Rubens, and Canova.

(Overnight at Rome)

Day 4Rome and Vatican

Post breakfast, set out to the Vatican – a city-state at the heart of Rome, the Vatican is the home of the Roman Catholic Church and several religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums – world’s most famous paintings and sculptures.

On your visit to the Vatican, you’ll visit the St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, where the Sistine Chapel is located.

Named after one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and one of the founders of the Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica is the most renown work of Renaissance architecture and is one of the largest churches in the world.

Even though home to several impressive masterpieces of art, the dome of the basilica, designed by Michelangelo, serves to be its most impressive part. St.Peters is home to over a hundred tombs, including that of St.Peter and is one of the holiest churches in the world.

To the east of the basilica is St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), one of the largest and most beautiful squares in the world. Collonaded on either side, by four rows of columns and pilasters, topped with statues of saints. Other highlights of the square include an obelisk and a duo of fountains by Berni ni and Maderno.

Dating back to the 1500s. the Vatican Museums form the entrance to Michelangelo’s masterpiece – the Sistine Chapel and are home to one of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the world, receiving up to six million visitors annually.
World-renowned for its intricate frescos, the Sistine Chapel is home to some of the best works of Botticelli, Perugino, Luca and Michelangelo.

Highlights include the nine stories from the Genesis that occupy the central area of the ceiling of the chapel, the Last Judgment Altar Fresco and The North Wall of the Sistine Chapel.

Head back into the city for the night.

(Overnight at Rome)

Day 5Rome and Siena

Get an early start and start toward Siena.

A city in central Italy’s Tuscany region, Siena has been declared a World Heritage Site. Extremely rich in history, art and local traditions, it is best known for its medieval cityscape.

Arrive at Sienna to check into your accommodation.

Post breakfast, start your day with a visit to the Siena Cathedral (Duomo Di Siena). Located in a Piazza above the Piazza Del Campo, the Siena Cathedral seamlessly blends Classical, French Gothic and Tuscan Romanesque styles. With one of the most remarkable facades in all of Italy, the cathedral has distinct artwork on each of its facades facing the major cardinal points. Of these the most impressive is the West, being the main entrance way to the Duomo, it boasts of three entrances, the central of which is capped by a bronze sun.

The interiors of the cathedral are finished with cuts of white marble alternating with greenish-black marble, black and white being the symbolic colors of Siena, adding to the grandeur is the mosaic-lined floor. Be sure not to miss some of the oldest designs which can be found at the entrance – the Wheel of Fortune and the Sienese Wolf Surrounded by Symbols of Allied Cities, which dates back to the 1300s, and these seem to be the most impressive feature of the cathedral, surpassing even the hexagonal dome.

Other points of interest within the cathedral include The Piccolomini Library – famous for frescoes by Pinturicchio and his workshop, which included the young Raffaello Sanzio, the Duomo Museum and the Baptistery.

Stop by the Piazza del Campo for lunch. dominated by the façade of Palazzo Pubblico (the Town Hall) and it’s Torre del Mangia (bell tower), the Piazza is one of the most beautiful and grandest squares in all of Italy.

Post lunch head to the city hall to visit the bell tower and the Civic Museum. At 102 meters, the tower is one of Italy’s tallest medieval towers and offers breathtaking panoramas of Siena. Continue to the Civic Museum. The intricate frescos which adorn the walls serve to narrate the history of the region and are the main attractions in the museum, presenting topics of divinity, secularity, and glimpses of everyday life in Medieval Italy.

The rest of the evening is to be spent at leisure, exploring the old town, stopping for a bit of shopping or a cup of coffee.
Head back to the accommodation after dinner.

(Overnight at Siena)

Day 6Siena and Florence

In the early hours of the morning, set out towards Florence.

Birthplace of the Renaissance and a World Heritage Site, the capital of Italy’s Region of Tuscany, Florence is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture. Home to numerous art galleries and museums, Florence is still a hotspot for anything art, culture and fashion.

Arrive at Florence to check into your accommodation.

Post breakfast, start your day at the heart of the historic centre of Florence – The Piazza del Duomo (the Cathedral Square). Containing the Florence Cathedral, the Giotto’s Campanile, the Florence Baptistery and The Opera del Duomo Museum, among others, the Piazza is one of the most visited areas of the city.

Florence’s Cathedral, The Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, is Italy’s gothic masterpiece and one of Florences most iconic structures, characterised by Brunelleschi’s imposing dome, dating back to the 1420s. Characterised by a combination of Romanesque and early Christian architecture, the Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista, is one of the oldest places of worship in Florence. Though famed for its bronze doors and relief sculptures, it is its mosaic ceiling which is the most magnificent. Narrating tales of Jesus and the Last Judgement, it is the largest and the most important spiritual image in the entire Baptistery.

Located adjacent to the Basilica and the Cathedral is a majestic square bell tower. One of the principal monuments of the Piazza del Duomo, the Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower) is built in Gothic style and clad in red, white and green marble just like the cathedral adjacent to it. At 84.7 metres, the terrace offers marvellous panoramic views of the city and the surrounding hills. Founded to house the art that has been removed from the Cathedral and the baptistery over the years, The Opera del Duomo Museum is a must visit to learn of the history of the cathedral and the square.

Stop for lunch before carrying on to the Piazza della Signoria – the political nerve centre of Florence from many centuries and the gateway to the Uffizi Gallery. This square alone speaks of the grandeur of medieval Florence, seen in the crenellated tower of Palazzo Vecchio – the town hall, the Loggia della Signoria, the Palace of the Tribunale della Mercanzia and the Palazzo Uguccioni.

Proceed to the Uffizi Gallery, one of Italy’s most prominent museums, home to a large collection of priceless masterpieces, dating to the Renaissance in particular, by artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, to name a few.
In the evening walk over to Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge that existed across the Arno until 1218.

Connected to the Uffizi Gallery by the famous Vasari Corridor, which links Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, is Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most celebrated landmarks.

Proceed to dinner before heading back to the accommodation.

(Overnight at Florence)

Day 7Florence

Start the day with a visit to the Piazza San Lorenzo, complete with San Lorenzo Church and Medici Chapels. Here you will the church in which the Medici Family worshipped, with its unfinished façade. Once the cathedral of Florence for over 300 years and then the parish for the Medici Family, the church was held in high regard and has seen many ‘firsts’ in terms of art and architecture.

At the back of the church, you’ll find the Medici Family Chapels, the final resting place of the Medici Family.
Proceed to spend the rest of the morning in the Galleria dell’Accademia, best known to be the home of Michelangelo’s David. Much more specialized than the Uffizi, the museum offers you much more in less crowded halls. Things to look out for in the gallery include Michelangelo’s David and Prisoners, Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines and Botticelli’s Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea.

Post lunch, the day is to be spent at leisure.

Optional visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. Situated on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, just east of the center of Florence, the Piazza was originally intended to showcase the masterpieces of Michelangelo, the Piazza now is filled with tourists, vendors, and a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David and offers a stunning view of the city to see gorgeous panoramas of the city at the time of sunset.

(Overnight at Florence)

Day 8Florence And Venice

Get a head start to Venice; Capital to Italy’s North Western region, Venice is situated across a group of 118 islands, separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Famous for its historic landmarks and gorgeous canals, no other city can lay claim to art and history the way Venice can.

Upon arrival check into the accommodation.

Post breakfast, begin your day by visiting the Basilica di San Marco. A symbol of Venetian wealth and power, the Basilica one of the most well-known examples of Byzantine architecture. Located just off the Grand Canal, at the eastern end of Piazza St.Marco, the church is marked by fascinating details which include Byzantine domes, spectacular gilded mosaics and two free-standing columns finely carved in the Byzantine style.

Also located in the Piazza St. Marco, Campanile di San Marco, the bell tower of St.Mark’s Basilica and the tallest building in Venice is also worth a visit. One of the most iconic features of the Venetian skyline, the bell tower is a must visit. Capped by a pyramidal spire the tower stands at a height of 98.6 m. A climb to the towers observation deck would ensure a magnificent view of the square below as well as that of the Venetian Lagoon.

Located next to the Basilica, is not only the seat of government but also the residence of the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic – The Doge’ s Palace, locally known as the Palazzo Ducal. Built-in Venetian Gothic style, today the Palace has been converted into a museum. A visit to the Palace would take you to the Doges’ private rooms – showcasing elaborate and intricate interior finishes and courtyards – as well on a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, a Baroque arch bridge, hidden delicate stone tracery – connecting the Doge’s Palace to the adjacent Prison.

Post lunch the afternoon is scheduled for leisurely exploring the neighbourhood of Dorsoduro. This cobbled part of town is home to numerous small museums, galleries and boutiques. While here, you would also have a chance to catch glimpses of Gondola making workshops. Be sure to make a pit stop at Ca Macana, a famous Venetian Mask shop.

In the evening, head to the Grand Canal for a quintessential ride. Over the next thirty minutes ride the canals of Venice as you watch the sunset.

Stop for dinner.Head back to the accommodation.

(Overnight at Venice)

Day 9Venice

Post breakfast, experience Venice like the locals by visiting the historic Rialto Market. Sprawling on the western banks of the Grand Canal, this market offers you a glimpse of locals going through their daily lives and gives you the opportunity to wander through the vibrant market, where you can find anything from fresh produce to Venetian masks.

The rest of the day is to be spent at leisure.

(Overnight at Venice)

Day 10Departure

Post breakfast, leave to Marco Polo Airport, for your flight back home.

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