From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italys delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice, and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether its sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Lucca. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.
Arrive at any time.
We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.
Travel to Siena to explore within the medieval city walls. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land, then sample the local vintage of Chianti during a wine tasting.
Opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo. In the evening, opt to take a "passeggiata" and meet the Sienese locals.
Spend a free day exploring the city. Opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo.
Opt to travel further afield to the thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo.
Continue on to Florence. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Continue to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city.
Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city.
With a free day, the choices are endless. Opt to visit the Duomo, David, the Uffizi Gallery, medieval Ponte Vecchio, or the Medici Chapels.
For the foodies, check out the Mercato Centrale and any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. You could spend a lifetime exploring this fantastic city.
If you want to go further afield, take a wine tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti.
Travel to charming Tuscan Lucca. Opt to attend a Puccini Concert, visit the Guinigi Tower and Museum, Palazzo Pffaner, or hire a bike to ride around the city walls.
Take a local train to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover the city and its history. The best way to do this is to hire one of the hundreds of bikes for rent around the town and take to two wheels.
In the evening, opt to take in a classical music concert in one of the town's historic churches — don't forget that this is the birthplace of the maestro Puccini.
Visit Pisa en route to the coast. Settle into the southernmost town of the Cinque Terre.
Head by train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Later, head on to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre.
Walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit charming, colourful towns along the way.
The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato.
Travel to Lake Como and settle into the stunning resort town.
Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps.
Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring the town.
Spend the day on Lake Como with a day pass for the Lake Como boat. Visit multiple towns along the shores. Opt to take the funicular to Brunate for a fantastic view over the area.
Set out by boat to explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside cafés or restaurants. Take some time for shopping — some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Como's chic boutiques.
Travel to Venice, the "city of canals," and enjoy an orientation walk over bridges and canals and view Piazza San Marco.
Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments.
There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth.
Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.
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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Trip Name: Ultimate Italy
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: £1,799
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