Indulge in a traditional Roman meal, sip a cappuccino in a piazza in Florence, visit the medieval town of Gubbio, wonder the streets of Modena, revel in the breathtaking piazza San Marco in Venice
From the delightful small towns of Umbria to Venice's splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in Italy’s delights in the winter, when the crowds are fewer and the food and drink in even greater abundance than usual. Marvel at the Renaissance glories of Tuscany and sample the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery. Experience the best of Italy in winter in this all-encompassing tour.
- Rome orientation walk. Traditional Roman meal. Piazzale Michelangelo visit (Florence). Umbria wine tasting. Assisi old town visit. Basilica of San Francesco visit (Assisi). Medieval hill town of Gubbio visit (half-day). Modena day trip and balsamic vinegar tasting. Venice orientation walk.
- 12 Breakfast, 1 dinner. (Allow EUR430-565 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (12 nts).
- Public bus, private bus/van, train
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Day 1 Rome
Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city.
Day 2 Rome (1B, 1D)
Take a short orientation walk of Rome to get your bearings. With free time, opt to visit the Vatican Museum, St Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum or Roman Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.
Days 3-5 Umbria (Assisi/Gubbio) (3B)
Leave Rome for the province of Umbria. Enjoy an orientation walk of Assisi and indulge in a wine tasting. Take a half-day trip to the nearby hilltop town of Gubbio.
Days 6-8 Florence (3B)
Continue on to Florence. Enjoy an orientation walk and stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo. Opt to visit famous sights such as the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery or the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Don't miss out on viewing The David and shopping in the leather markets along the streets. Opt to visit nearby Siena for the day.
Days 9-10 Bologna/Modena (2B)
Travel on to Bologna, a university town known for its architecture and eating well. Enjoy an orientation walk and free time to explore this city. On Day 10, venture out on a day trip to nearby Modena, the home of aceto balsamico, or balsamic vinegar. Enjoy a tasting here.
Days 11-12 Venice (2B)
Continue to Venice, a truly unique destination. Enjoy an orientation walk through the winding streets. Opt for a vaporetto ride to the nearby islands of Murano (famous for glass blowing) and Burano (famous for lace-making) or visit the Accademia Gallery, Basilica di San Marco and the Doge's Palace. Even in winter, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring attractions in this magical city.
Day 13 Venice (1B)
Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.
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