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Renaissance & Riviera - 12 days

Marvel at the mighty Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, travel through Tuscany's picturesque landscapes and explore the beautiful Renaissance cities of Florence and Venice, discover pastel-hued Cinque Terre on Italy's Riviera and relax by Lake Como on this 12 day tour which travels from Rome to Venice.

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Trip Highlights

Rome - step back in time on a tour of the mighty Colosseum and Italy's historic capital
Florence - roam around this beautiful Renaissance city, taking in highlights such as the iconic cathedral
Lucca - stop to visit the enchanting Tuscan town of Lucca, set within imposing Renaissance walls
Montecatini - spend two nights in this pretty Tuscan spa town, famous for its thermal waters and beautiful fountains
Lake Como - spend two nights by this beautiful lake, which is a playground for the rich and famous
Verona - explore its pretty piazzas, the impressive Roman Arena and see Romeo & Juliet's famous balcony
Venice - cruise along the beautiful canals in a private boat, visit St Marks Square and the breathtaking Basilica
San Gimignano - see the famous towers of this medieval Tuscan hill town, set in the heart of the Chianti wine region, and go wine tasting at a local vineyard
Pisa - visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cinque Terre - follow a spectacular coastal trail to discover five captivating fishing villages in pastel hues, which cling to the cliff face
Parma - visit a local producer to sample tasty Parma ham and Parmesan cheese
Milan - take in the highlights of the fashion capital on a morning tour, including the extravagant gothic Milan Cathedral
Bassano del Grappa - sample Italy's favourite tipple on a tour of the Grappa Museum


Entrance to the Colosseum, Milan Duomo and St Mark's Basilica
11 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Guided city tour of Rome, Florence, Milan, Verona and Venice with local English speaking guides
Wine tasting at a vineyard in Tuscany's Chianti Region
Visit to the Grappa Museum with Grappa tasting
Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
11 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Rome airport arrival transfer on day 1
Full day excursion to Cinque Terre, including the Cinque Terre day pass
Food tasting in Parma
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
Venice private water taxi transfer to hotel

Not Included

International flights and visa
Departure transfer - can be booked upon request
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
A hotel tax to be paid directly to the hotels at time of check in. See Trip Notes for details.


Day 1


Monday. Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Rome airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the capital. This evening at 19:00, meet your tour guide and other members of the group for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Rome  |  Dinner

Day 2

Rome & the Colosseum

This morning we step back in time on a guided tour of this historic capital, taking in the Roman Forum, which was the religious, political and commercial centre of ancient Rome, and the mighty Colosseum where gladiators battled to the death. Other highlights include the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and Rome's romantic Trevi Fountain. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring Rome city centre or make your own way to the Vatican, home of the Pope and the beautiful Sistene Chapel.
Overnight: Rome

Day 3

San Gimignano wine tasting

Rome - San Gimignano - Florence. We bid farewell to Rome today and head north to San Gimignano, a little town nestled in the Tuscan Hills which is famous for its medieval towers and wonderful panoramic views of the Chianti region. Italy's Chianti region is famous for its wine and we will visit a local vineyard to sample some prestigious Chianti wine. Then there will be time to wander around this picturesque town before we travel on to Florence, Tuscany's beautiful Renaissance capital. After check in there's free time to explore the city at leisure.
Overnight: Florence

Day 4

Florence sightseeing

Known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, the small historic city of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its narrow cobbled streets are filled with architectural masterpieces, wonderful sculptures and world class museums. This morning we take a walking tour through the historical centre, taking in highlights such as the 13th century Duomo, Giottos bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio with its ancient gold shops. This afternoon there’s free time to explore. Art enthusiasts can head to the Galleria Del Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s famous ‘David’ sculpture or explore the prestigious Uffizi Gallery. Alternatively, consider walking up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers a stunning panoramic view of Florence.
Overnight: Florence  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Leaning Tower of Pisa & Lucca

Florence - Pisa - Montecatini. After breakfast we bid farewell to Florence and make our way to Pisa to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli and take photos of the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then there's time to enjoy lunch and have a stroll around the city before we continue our journey to Lucca, a charming Tuscan city which is entirely surrounded by its original Renaissance walls. Here you can take a walk along the old city walls and admire views of the city below or perhaps relax with a coffee in Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the central Market Square. From Lucca we drive to the small Tuscan spa town Montecatini which will be our base for the next two nights.
Overnight: Montecatini  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cinque Terre day tour

From Montecatini we embark on a full day excursion to beautiful Cinque Terre, where we can explore the five captivating, pastel hued fishing villages, which cling to the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Cars have been banned in Cinque Terre for over 10 years but a quaint 19th century railway line connects the villages. The Cinque Terre pass allows you to travel on the train for free. Alternatively you can opt to walk along a section of the scenic coastal trail, enjoying spectacular views of the coastline and villages. Explore the five villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola at leisure before we return to Montecatini this evening and enjoy dinner together at a local trattoria.
Overnight: Montecatini  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Parma & Lake Como

Montecatini - Parma - Lake Como. We travel north to Lake Como today, stopping en route in Parma, an attractive riverside city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Parma is famous for its Parmesan cheese and Parma ham and we will visit a local producer to sample a selection of city's specialties. After exploring the town’s beautiful historic centre and visiting its famous opera house we continue our journey to Lake Como, in the beautiful Italian Lake District. Our hotel for the next two nights is located in the historic and charming lakeside town of Como, which has a 12th-century city wall and pretty piazzas, a wealth of shops, cafes and a lovely shoreline.
Overnight: Lake Como  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lake Como

Located in the shadow of the snow-capped Alps and surrounded by tree-clad hills, picturesque Lake Como has an idyllic shoreline dotted with enchanting lakeside towns and lavish villas, which are home to the rich and famous. Today is free to independently explore and the lake's regular ferry service allows you to take in highlights such as the famous Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, with its stunning gardens and Canova masterpieces, or the beautiful lakeside town of Bellagio, known as the 'pearl of the lake'. Alternatively there is a full day boat excursion on the lake which can be booked locally.
Overnight: Lake Como  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Milan & Verona

Lake Como - Milan - Verona. From Lake Como we drive to the fashion capital Milan, where we take in the highlights of the city on a walking tour, visiting the La Scala Theatre, the famous Quadrilateral fashion district and the city's magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then there's free time for lunch before we travel on to the beautiful city of Verona, arriving late afternoon. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Verona  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Verona, Grappa Museum & Venice

Verona - Venice. This morning we'll enjoy a walking tour of the old centre of Verona, which was the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. We will see the impressive Roman Arena, the Basilica of San Zeno and the Arco di Gavie, which is a fine example of Roman antiquity. No tour of Verona would be complete without seeing Juliet's famous balcony, and then we head to Zeno Gelati e Cioccolato where you can purchase some unique flavoured gelati.

This afternoon we drive to Bassano del Grappa at the base of Mount Grappa, which is the home of Grappa, that popular and somewhat potent Italian tipple. Here we enjoy a tour of the Grappa Museum visiting the distillation room with its ancient steam system and sampling Grappa. There's also time to admire Bassano's famous pottery stores before we travel on to Venice, where we're transferred to our hotel by water taxi, giving us the opportunity to take in the beautiful canals and the buildings lining their banks. We spend the last two nights of our tour in this incredibly romantic and beautiful city.
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Venice walking tour

This morning we take in the delights of Venice on a walking tour, marvelling at the glorious Venetian architecture, as we wander along the waterways and down the winding narrow streets of the island. Highlights include the beautiful Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal, the Bridge of Sighs, St Mark's Square and the spectacular St Mark's Basilica with its golden domes. This afternoon is free to independently explore and perhaps enjoy a traditional Gondola ride along the canals. This evening we celebrate our final night in Italy together with dinner at a local trattoria.
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12


Friday. Our Italian adventure comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. If you wish to spend longer in Venice, post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Smooth Repubblica, Rome

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated in the center of Rome, this modern hotel offers a fabulous location just a 15-minute walk from the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. Its comfortable guestrooms feature minimalist furnishings and tiled flooring, alongside a fast internet connection and air conditioning. Guests can start the day with the continental breakfast buffet offering pastries, cheese, ham and hot drinks. You’ll find a number of other eateries all within an easy walking distance, where you can sample pizza, pasta and all of the other delicious dishes that Italy is so famous for.

Smooth Termini, Rome

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in a 19th century building, this designer hotel has a young and contemporary feel. Its guestrooms feature modern furnishings with tile flooring and are equipped with essential amenities including tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi access. Guests can enjoy a tasty sweet and savoury breakfast before they head out to explore Italy’s magnificent capital. Boasting an excellent location in the heart of Rome, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of many great eateries and close to The Baths of Diocletian and beautiful Piazza della Repubblica.

Hotel San Giorgio , Florence

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated in the historic center of Florence, this family-run hotel is well-located close to many of the city’s top attractions including Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and the famous Duomo. Each of the guestrooms is furnished in an elegant and modern style, with amenities such as free WiFi and air conditioning. Guests can take advantage of the simple buffet breakfast, which offers cereal, croissants, yogurts, meat, cheeses and fresh coffee, or check out the local cafes and restaurants nearby. The hotel’s reception is open 24 hours a day meaning there’s always a friendly member of staff to give you recommendations during your stay.

Hotel Settentrionale Esplanade, Montecatini

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in the heart of Montecatini, this family-run hotel offers comfortable and elegant guestrooms, featuring large windows to allow in plenty of natural light. They’re fully equipped with all the modern amenities you’d expect, including WiFi access, and some also have balconies with views of the surrounding hills. The onsite restaurant serves Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine across two dining halls or, during in the summer, you can dine out on the beautiful terrace overlooking the pool and garden. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail in the hotel’s cosy bar or on a sun lounger down by the water.

Hotel Como, Lake Como

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Boasting an excellent location close to the city centre, this recently refurbished hotel features spacious and modern guestrooms, complete with complimentary WiFi and air conditioning. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Lobby Bar serving a range of drinks and snacks, then up on the rooftop the hotel offers an inviting open-air pool and bar. With breathtaking views of the green hills surrounding Como, this is the perfect setting to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's fitness centre and free bicycle hire, as well as the tasty breakfast buffet served in the onsite restaurant.

Hotel Italia, Verona

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Conveniently located just 300m from Verona city centre, this family run hotel is within walking distance of all the main sites including Piazza Bra, the Roman Theatre, The House of Giulietta and the wonderful market of Piazza Erbe. All rooms offer Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and ensuite facilities; some even have balconies, if you are hoping to find your Romeo on the streets below. The hotel's restaurant serves traditional Italian and local cuisine, and its staff are always available at the 24-hour concierge to help you find your way around the city.

Hotel Santa Marina, Venice

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This intimate yet elegant hotel is located on the site of an ancient convent in the heart of Venice and provides a luxurious Venetian experience. Start your day with a buffet breakfast on the hotel terrace, then stroll down to the Rialto Bridge or St Mark's Square, both of which are less than 10 minutes away. Rooms combine beautiful furniture and modern comforts such as WiFi and satellite TV; many feature marble floors and Murano glass furnishings.

In Brief

Trip Type
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 Star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 3
Rome, Florence, Montecatini, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Verona, Venice
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