Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast & Rome

21 Days / Nights

Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast & Rome

Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast & Rome

21 Days / 20 Nights

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Suggested itinerary

Day one: Arrival in Venice, Italian Foodie Experience; Rialto Market & Cicchetti

Welcome to Venice! You’ll be amused walking through the characteristic canals and the gorgeous narrow streets, where you can witness the daily lagoon lifestyle of the local inhabitants, with their unique charm and hospitality.

Your experienced guide will lead you to discover the gastronomic history of the city: enjoying the little succulent cicchetti, paired with the only and original “Spritz”, which was first invented in the Veneto Region. The culinary tour will be enriched with a huge variety of seafood and meaty specialties which will leave you with an unforgettable savory memory of Venice, while you’ll smell the magic atmosphere and flavors that surround the city. Quality drinks will be served at some stops!


Day two: Explore the Best of Venice, Venice Gondola Ride

Discover the main highlights of Venice through a private half-day walking experience. Follow your guide down narrow alleyways and into piazzas. Visit the Rialto Bridge and spend some time people-watching in the lively piazzas of the city. Visit St. Mark’s Square, take some time to soak up the atmosphere outside orchestras playing, beautiful architecture, and on the other side of the Basilica, the Columns of St. Mark melting into the mist. Visit the impressive St. Mark’s Basilica and its 11th-century mosaics and then enter the Doge’s Palace, home to one of the longest-standing governments the world has ever known.

There is something to be said about the classics- and taking a Gondola ride when in Venice is a must-do. You’ll visit parts of the city that are only accessible by this means of transport, and as you glide silently along these inviting waterways, dominated by soaring and majestic Venetian Palaces you’ll be transported back in time to when the primary means of transportation for Venetian nobility were these vessels.


Day three: Discover the Magic of Venice's Islands: Murano & Burano

Embark on an enthralling private Venice boat trip, your guide will share the rich history and culture of these iconic Venetian islands.

When you reach Burano, a vibrant fishing village awaits. Renowned for its delicate lace-making industry. It’s a local tradition that dates back to the 16th century. The colorful island exudes charm with its colorful houses, quaint streets, and picturesque canals. The village’s distinct, vibrant hues were once used by local fishermen to identify their homes through the mist of the lagoon.

Later, you’ll journey towards the world-famous island of Murano, synonymous with a traditional glassblowing production that has brought it global recognition. You’ll explore a glass gallery renowned for its exquisite creations and skilled artisans


Day four: Venice to Verona, Verona Walking Tour

Today make your way to Verona. We start the Verona Private Walking Tour from one of Verona’s landmarks, the Arena in the Bra Square. This ancient Roman amphitheater is one of the best-preserved in the world. It dates back to 30 AD and is still in use for cultural events to this day!

We proceed to walk through narrow cobblestone streets and pass colorful buildings. Arrive at Piazza Bra, the largest piazza in Verona. Here we will learn about ancient political and economic life. This old market of Verona has inspired famous Veronese artists such as the painter Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca and the poet Berto Barbarani. Around the corner from this dazzling square, we will find the house of one of Verona’s most famous lovers, Shakespeare’s Juliet. The courtyard from where you can see the famous (and infamous) balcony breathes love and has evidence of it, literally, all over the walls. The house is where the tragic drama Romeo and Juliet took place.


Day five: Lake Garda Day Excursion

Discover the stunning scenery of Lake Garda and its typical towns on a private excursion. The landscape that surrounds the Lake varies from the southern tip of Garda that embraces the plains of Veneto and the soft undulating hills of the Bardolino wine region, one of the many DOC registered wine growing regions of the Veneto.

You will visit Sirmione, a holiday resort and a medical treatment center, known for its Roman Villa and other patrician houses. Your next stop will be Lazise, the small beautiful village typical of the northern area. It’s easy to recognize the medieval origins of the town by looking at its “Castello Scaligero» castle and the six towers. Bardolino is one of the most well-known destinations of the area and it is located on the eastern shore of the Lake. The town sits at the feet of the Morainic Hills covered with vineyards, famous for the production of the Bardolino red wine. Enjoy a stroll on the promenade along the lakeshore and admire the view of the two small nearby peninsulas: Punta Mirabello and Punta Cornicello stretching between the town and the Lake before your return to Verona!


Day six: Verona to Florence, Private Florence Food & Wine Tour: Tuscan Experience

One of the best ways to see a city is to eat your way through it and that is just what you can expect on this Private Florence Food Tour. Expect to taste hearty foods typical of this region such as the popular street food sandwich lampredotto, quality cured meats and cheeses local to Tuscany, regional pasta dishes, gelato and of course Tuscan wine!

Your Private Florence Food Tour begins with an intro to the city and its culinary history from your guide, as you walk along narrow Florence streets on your way to an historic enoteca winery. Here you will be met with a platter of local cured meats regional cheeses and Tuscan wine. Learn about the Sangiovese grape, sometimes referred to as the ‘king of all grapes’ thanks to its robust quality and timeless appeal.

Once your bellies are filled with local specialities, your guide will take you to yet another stop. But first, take in the beauty of this stunning Renaissance city in all its glory. Some of the other sites you will see along this tour is the Piazza della Signoria, the most important square of the city and a common meeting point for locals. You will also visit a local restaurant with a focus on Tuscan specialties. Here you will sit down to a variety of pasta choices. Finally, your Florence Food Tour now takes a turn for the sweet with a proper gelato finale!


Day seven: Private Guided Visit of Florence Including David and Duomo, Gelato Making Class

This guided walking visit makes for a great intro to this stunning city and includes direct access to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s Sculpture of the David. The guides are passionate about the place they call home and want to share all their knowledge with you on a personal level.

The visit begins at Piazza della Signoria, where your local guide will meet you and begin your walk through Medieval streets where the likes of Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and some of Italy’s most renowned artists once called home. You will now make your way over to Palazzo Vecchio where you will see a replica of Michelangelo’s David. After passing over the renowned medieval Ponte Vecchio, from which you can admire the view of the River Arn you will head to Piazza della Repubblica, you will continue your stroll until you reach Florence Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore).

In the afternoon, we have a Florence Gelato Making Class ready for you. In this one-hour experience, you will visit an authentic family-run Gelato Academy and learn all the ins and outs of gelato making from a pro. Discover the differences between gelato and ice cream. Make your very own flavor from scratch and then enjoy eating it all up!


Day eight: Excursion to Tuscany: Chianti Winery Visit & San Gimignano

This experience takes you into the Chianti hills, Italy’s finest wine region, and the birthplace of the famous Chianti red wine.

You will enjoy the comfort of your own private car and driver, taking you to two gorgeous (and very different) vineyards. Your first stop takes you to a renowned historic vineyard, where you will enjoy a tour of the grounds and taste some of the best Chianti wines of the region. The second stop will take you to a smaller traditional vineyard, where you will enjoy a light lunch coupled with beautiful wines produced on site, and gorgeous views of the nearby ancient town of San Gimignano.

After your Tuscan lunch visit at the second vineyard, you will enjoy a quick visit to the ancient town of San Gimignano as your final stop. Your driver will take you directly to San Gimignano where you will be left to explore the town at your leisure. After your day of exploring this charming hill-covered region, your private driver will take you back to Florence. Experience the Italian countryside and wine culture at its finest!


Day nine: The Leaning Tower: Day Excursion to Pisa

This private half-day excursion to Pisa from Florence allows you to enjoy a relaxed tour of the city of Pisa & its famous Leaning Tower.

Pisa’s major attraction is the splendid and imposing Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Italy. Before visiting this piazza, which many art historians believe to be one of the most important centers of medieval art, you’ll enjoy a driving tour of the city center and learn how Pisa became such an important center for arts during medieval times.

The excursion continues as you approach the extraordinary Piazza Dei Miracoli or Cathedral Square, dominated by the world-famous Leaning Tower. Partly paved and partly covered in grass, the piazza is dominated by four great edifices: the Duomo (Cathedral), the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistry, and the Monumental Cemetery. All the buildings within this walled area were built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries in an eclectic architectural style called Pisano, with strong influences from Byzantine, Arabian, Romanesque, and Gothic forms of Art.


Day ten: Florence to Amalfi Coast, Amalfi Coast Sunset Cruise

At the designated time, a driver picks you up at your hotel for transfer to the Florence train station for your train to Amalfi Coast. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

Experience the Amalfi Coast on a cruise. Sailing at sunset, you will depart from Positano or Sorrento, following the coastline, stopping at picturesque islands, and enjoying aperitifs while taking in the view. Along the coast, you will be able to see some local gems: Queen Giovannas Bath surrounded by the ruins of the oldest Roman villa of Sorrento, Marina di Puolo, Marina della Lobra, Mitigliano Bay, and Punta Campanella. Come and live a local experience!


Day eleven: Amalfi Coast by Vespa

Just south of the Gulf of Naples lies the Sorrentine Peninsula, featuring the 24 miles (40 km) of Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast. This entire region is one of the most storied and beautiful parts of the country, boasting a long history dating back to ancient Rome. There’s no better way to explore this singularly gorgeous stretch of coastline than on two wheels—particularly those attached to a Vespa. This tour will give you an unforgettable experience of looking at Italy from the seat of a Vespa driven by an experienced driver.

Ride along the most spectacular serpentine road into Positano. You’ll spend an hour in the stunning coastal city of Positano. Then it takes 30 minutes on the Vespa to arrive at another gorgeous city, Amalfi. Enjoy a longer stop of 1,5 hours, enough time to explore this village. The pebbly beaches and cliff top views made this region a prime destination for Europe’s literati and aristocracy from the 17th century onward. You’ll zip along with your experienced driver to the charming fishing villages whose homes are resplendent with bright colors.

The tour finishes with a ride along the stunning coastline, famous for its terraced lemon groves and vineyards, and returns to the starting point after a lunch break. Not to worry if you’ve never been on a Vespa, your expert guide and driver will take care of zipping along the coastline so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.


Day twelve: Day Excursion to Capri Island and Anacapri

Spend the day enjoying the sunshine and clear blue waters of Capri Island. Known locally as the «Pearl of the Mediterranean,» the ancient Greeks called it the «Isle of Sirens.» Capri sits on the south side of the Gulf of Naples and has been a popular vacation destination for millennia. The ancient Romans, in fact, built summer villas here for the Empire’s VIPs.

In the morning, you’ll head out to catch a hydrofoil to Capri. Visit the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola harbors, walk along the Belvedere of Tragara (a villa-lined promenade with panoramic views), and explore the ruins of ancient Roman villas.

Then head up the hill to Anacapri to see the Piazzetta and Augustus’ Garden, and enjoy the best views of the Faraglioni Rocks. Should you choose, you can later return to the water and explore the Grotta Azzurra, the famous «Blue Grotto,» which is located inside a hollowed sea cave. Afterward, we recommend spending the remainder of the afternoon soaking in the sunshine on the beach, before taking the ferry back in the evening.


Day thirteen: Amalfi Coast to Naples

Today you are picked up at the hotel in Amalfi Coast for the journey to Naples. En route, you make a stop in Pompeii where you are met by our local guide.

You will see the most important sights of Pompeii, including the Forum, and the Baths, as well as more humble establishments like the bakery and the brothel


Day fourteen: Naples through the Historical Center with a Local

Naples is a mix of historical masterpieces, with its magnificent artifacts, so rich in history, art, and folklore. Its historical center is a UNESCO site, due to its artistic and cultural heritage. It includes more than 500 churches and a lot of underground tunnels.

The main squares are Piazza Bellini, famous for its Greek wall of the ancient Neapolis, or Piazza Del Gesù with the famous church of Gesù Nuovo, in baroque style, home of the reliquies of St. Joseph Moscati. Also, Santa Chiara Church is very famous as it was destroyed by a fire during the war. Its famous Closter is covered with colorful hand-painted ceramic tiles.You will continue the tour to Spaccanapoli, the longest and oldest city of the ancient city of Neapolis, which is still running above the buried original Roman road.

With your private guide, you will have the chance to access the San Severo Chapel, worldwide famous for the sculpture called the «Veiled Chryst». You will also explore the San Gregorio Armeno neighborhood, famous for the Nativity Christmas Market, the tradition of the handmade nativity scene. You will finally visit the cathedral of Naples called «Duomo di San Gennaro».


Day fifteen: Make a Pizza like Neapolitan Pizza Maker for a Day, Transfer to Rome

Discover the true Neapolitan pizza with this interactive pizza making workshop designed to make you experience the art of Neapolitan pizzaiuolo, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity. This experience is an exciting journey into the history and culture of Neapolitan pizza where the participants can live the experience of being a “pizza maker for a day”.


Day sixteen: Exclusive Private Guided Visit of Rome Highlights, Guided Visit of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Enjoy the Italian «passeggiata», a walk in the heart of Rome to see the highlights during this privately guided visit of the eternal city. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain & learn the legend behind this iconic fountain; See why Bernini was one of the most prominent architects of Rome; Enjoy an Italian gelato and find out what makes gelato different from ice cream.

You will start at the picture-perfect Spanish Steps and enter Rome’s maze of charming cobblestone streets. As you weave in and out of the labyrinth of narrow streets, you will suddenly find ourselves in front of the breathtaking Pantheon. This is the only completely intact pagan temple left in Rome. The tour will continue on to arguably the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain. Marvel at its beauty and toss a coin in to assure that this is not your last visit to the Eternal City! Next, you will stop for gelato at our favorite authentic Roman gelateria. The tour will conclude with a visit to Piazza Navona, host to Bernini’s fabulous Four Rivers Fountain and Rome’s many talented sidewalk artists and musicians. Your guide will be happy to recommend a nice restaurant in the area for your dinner.


Day seventeen: Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

Visit the Vatican City Museums and the Sistine Chapel on a 3-hour guided visit. The Vatican is not only rich in history but also in art, housing some of the most important Renaissance masterpieces in the world–over 2000 years of history under just one roof! You’ll visit the Vatican highlights: Pio Clementio Museum, plus the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps.

Continue through the museums to the Raphael Rooms, where you can admire the frescoes before entering the incredible Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Your guide will help you experience the allure of Renaissance art by divulging secret details and untold stories throughout the tour.

The Vatican tour cannot be complete without immersing yourself in Michelangelo’s dramatic statue of the Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica, a depiction of the Virgin Mary holding her dying child in her arms.Your guide will leave you inside St. Peter’s Basilica, allowing you ample time to continue your exploration. If you so desire, you can see the Papal Tombs and even climb to the top of the cathedral’s dome for amazing views.


Day eighteen: Excursion to Visit Roman Castles and Medieval Hilltop Villages

Visit some of the most beautiful hill towns near Rome following the road of the Castelli Romani, south of Rome. In picturesque Monte Porzio Catone, renowned as the city of wine, enjoy a wine tasting of the local wines, while in the lovely and magical town of Ariccia, filled with architectural gems, taste the mouth-watering Porchetta. In Castel Gandolfo, set in a beautiful setting you’ll admire the numerous villas built through the centuries by wealthy Roman families. In all the cities, you’ll enjoy free time to wander around these lovely hilltop villages

Today you will discover the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) – a group of small villages located just a one hour drive from the busy city. Monte Porzio Catone is the first village you’ll visit. It is nestled between hills covered by olive groves and vineyards. Growing on this unique volcanic territory the grapes have a very distinctive flavor that can’t be found in any other place on the planet. Stop at a local traditional winery for a full wine tasting with some typical homemade delicatessen snacks.

Back on the road, drive along the famous Via Appia, ancient Rome’s gateway to the east, in order to reach Castel Gandolfo. This Apostolic Palace is still in use today, specifically by the Popes who have their summer residence here to enjoy the cooler climate. The next town is a short drive away. Ariccia was once the main residence of the powerful Chigi family, but today it is famous for roasted pork, known in Italian as porchetta. In the center wander the charming streets and check out Bernini’s Baroque Square, Palazzo Savelli-Chigi, and the Santa Maria Assunta church.


Day nineteen: Private Tivoli Day Trip from Rome

Your Tivoli tour from Rome is a journey back in time that starts by visiting the awe-inspiring ruins of Emperor Hadrian’s villa. Constructed in the early part of the 2nd century as a summer retreat to escape the heat of Rome. An immense complex hosting underground service passageways big enough for vehicles (tantalizing glimpses are still visible), the villa also includes lakes, fountains, libraries, bathhouses, temples, and gardens. The labyrinth-like complex has such a large footprint, that it is easy to imagine the emperor himself asking for directions.

Next is time to recharge by taking a short lunch break in the charming little town of Tivoli where you can choose to sample the local food and wine (not included).

After lunch, it is on to visit a dazzling 16th-century Villa d’Este. Built in the Renaissance, this venue is famous for its terraced hillside with its outstandingly frescoed reception rooms and endless garden. Designed to impress the Cardinal Ippolito d’Este’s guests, the Villa d’Este gardens are composed almost exclusively of water features – 64 water fountains, a purposely built canal system, and 220 basins, all working thanks to nature! Your private guide will share with you the grand ‘Fountain of the Dragons’, and ‘Hundred Fountains’, as well as, the miniature watery reproduction of Rome. All lead to the focal point, the gigantic Water Organ Fountain, where you can admire the beautiful water as it cascades down a huge distance into quiet, shady pools.


Day twenty : Free Day in Rome

Today you have a free day to explore the city’s highlights and make the most of your time in the Eternal City. A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.

The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating sight. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi.

Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. Stroll through the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the titans of European art – sculptures by Michelangelo, paintings by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael and fountains by Bernini.

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience. The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and trattorias hum with activity. Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.


Day twenty one: Depart Rome

Your trip finishes here! At the designated time, a driver picks you up at your hotel for transfer to the airport. Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Italy and wishing your stay had been longer.


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