5-Day Best Of Italy Trip - Venice

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Bettoja Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, Via Cavour, 18, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the best of Italy in five days on this must-do tour from Rome, and fall in love with Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice and Montepulciano places so captivating that you wont want to go home! Enjoy a mix of guided tours and free time to discover world-class attractions like Florence Duomo and St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San marco), and enjoy four nights of 4- or 4-star superior hotel accommodation two nights in Florence and two nights in Venice.

Highlights

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Multi-Day Trip

Breakfast included

Dinner included

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Itinerary

Day 1: Rome-italy">Rome- Assisi-Siena- Florence

Stop At: Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, Assisi, Province of Perugia, Umbria
The Basilica of San Francesco since 2000 has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with a series of Franciscan sites in the Umbrian area.
The Basilica of San Francesco is the sacred place par excellence of Assisi, since here the remains of the famous saint are preserved and preserved.
The Basilica is made up of a complex of immense artistic value, both for its architectural structures and for its precious frescoes and interior decorations, which sees two different buildings blend in harmoniously.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany
Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy.
Fulcrum of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo, with its particular shell shape, in which the famous Palio is held. The Palio di Siena is a passionate horse race that takes place every year, in July and August, its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century.
According to legend, Siena was founded by Senio, son of Remus, and in the city there are several statues depicting the legendary Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf. Piazza del Campo is the central core of Siena since Roman times, which had their Forum here.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Florence

Stop At: Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, hosts many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of the most famous places is the Duomo, the cathedral with a tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi and Giotto's bell tower. Florence with its museums, palaces and churches houses some of the most important artistic treasures of the world. The most important churches are from Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce
When you feel tired of seeing museums and art galleries, go outside and you will discover that in Florence it is also nice to just stroll through the beautiful streets of the historic center.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is an imposing Gothic-style church built on the site where the ancient cathedral of Florence stood, the Church of Santa Reparata, the cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, while the beautiful dome was added in the fifteenth century. The facade is covered with pink, white and green marbles.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Tuscany
Piazza della Signoria has been at the center of Florence's political life since the 14th century. The Piazza has seen the realization of important historical events and great triumphs, such as the return of the Medici in 1530. The famous sculptures located in Piazza della Signoria have references to the political affairs of Florence, with some contrasts. The David (the original is in the Accademia Gallery) was built by Michelangelo and positioned in front of the Palazzo Vecchio to symbolize the power of the Florentine Republic in contrast to the tyranny of the Medici. The Neptune (1575) of Ammannati recalls the maritime ambitions of the Medici.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence, Tuscany
Santa Croce, rebuilt for the Franciscan order in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the burial place of the great and powerful of Florence: Michelangelo, Rossini, Macchiavelli and the Pisan Galileo Galilei, who was condemned by the Inquisition and who, therefore, he could not have a Christian burial until 1737, or 95 years after his death. There is also a memorial to Dante, but his sarcophagus is empty (he was buried in Ravenna, after his exile from Florence).
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Florence-Bologna-Padua-Venice

Stop At: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
Piazza del Nettuno
Founded in 1565 with the aim of highlighting the statue of Neptune to which it owes its name, the square was the result of a work that saw the enlargement of the space existing between the Palazzo del Comune and the Palazzo del Podest through the demolition of one block of buildings. The new square would have given a new character to all the surrounding space, joining Piazza Maggiore. Heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore is the result of centuries-old transformations that enriched it gradually with important buildings: the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo dei Notai, the Palazzo dAccursio, the Palazzo del Podest and the Palazzo dei Banchi.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna: it dominates the Piazza Maggiore and, although it is largely unfinished, it is one of the largest churches in Europe. Its imposing size makes it the fourth largest church in Italy.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: The Basilica of St. Anthony
The Basilica of Sant'Antonio, known as "Il Santo", is the most important religious center of the city, and a destination for thousands of pilgrims who invade the city every year, and in particular on June 13, feast of the Saint the famous procession. The large building has a complex fusion of styles in its complex structure: Romanesque elements in the bell-shaped faade, Gothic in the ambulatory with the seven chapels, Byzantine in the eight domes covered in lead and Moorish in the two slender and slender bell towers.
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Venice

Stop At: Piazza San marco, Veneto
Elegant, precious, inimitable, fun, romantic: this is Venice, a gem of the Venetian and Italian tourist scene, where churches, palaces, ancient bridges, monuments and squares tell the artistic and cultural liveliness that marked and still marks the history of this city. The heart of Venice is the splendid Piazza San marco, the most elegant living room in Europe, surrounded by works of unquestionable value: the imposing bell tower and the Basilica with its five portals and the decorations of marble and mosaics that anticipate the magnificence and interior riches; the Palazzo Ducale, symbol of the golden age of the Serenissima; the Torre dei Mori, better known as the Clock Tower, for the engineering masterpiece that has marked the time of Venice for centuries; the Napoleonic Wing, where the Correr Museum is located.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ponte dei Sospiri, Veneto
From the Bridge of Sighs legend emerges that the name, at the time of the Serenissima, would have been attributed to the fact that crossing it the prisoners sighed because they were aware of the fact that it would be the last time that, before being imprisoned, they would see the outside world .
Duration: 35 minutes

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 5: Vemice-Montepulciano (Wine region)- Rome

Stop At: Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, Montepulciano, Tuscany
Montepulciano, famous for the wine to which it gives its name, stands on a hill 600 meters above sea level: from this height it is easy to get lost with the look between the green Tuscan hills, the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards and the cypress trees that mark pleasantly the whole landscape. From the Tower of the Renaissance Palace of Montepulciano the view reaches the Sibillini Mountains and the Cimone
Duration: 50 minutes

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence 
Departing at 7:15 am from the Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Raffaello or Hotel Ricasoli in Florence
(Dinner included)

Day 2: Florence 
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the "Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle.

Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free "Comune" and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the "Campanile" tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the "Gates of Paradise." In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa's symbol "the Leaning Tower" and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) and 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Raffaello or Hotel Ricasoli in Florence
(Breakfast and Lunch included)


Day 3: Florence – Bologna – Padua – Venice 
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its "porticos", it's shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo's Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it's a real gourmet's heaven...don't miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant'Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world.Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) Hotel Carlton (Grand Canal) in Venice Island or 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Delfino in Venice Mestre
(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 4: Venice 
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with "Skip the Line" tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark's Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the "Floating City": the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice's glorious past, the legendary "Bridge of Sighs". Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice's canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.

Overnight: 1st Category (4-star) Hotel Carlton (Grand Canal) in Venice Island or 2nd Category (4-star) Hotel Delfino in Venice Mestre
(Breakfast and Dinner included)


Day 5: Venice – Montepulciano (Tuscany Wine Region) – Rome 
After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its "Nobile" wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. LUNCH in a typical restaurant included!!! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Inclusions

4x Breakfast

2x Dinner

2x Lunch

Accommodation included: 4 nights

Air-conditioned vehicle

Onboard WiFi

Professional guide

Four nights of hotel accommodation

Meals as per itinerary

Entry/Admission - Basilica di Santa Croce

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

City tax

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Rome hotel details must be provided in the 'special requirements' field on booking. If you do not leave these details at this stage, you must call the local supplier at least 48 hours before your tour starts

Please note that this escorted tour operates in English (monolingual from April to October), Spanish (bilingual), Portuguese (bilingual) and French (bilingual)

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

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  • 01-Nov-2019

    Following my sister's wedding in Sardinia, Italy this September (hotel Su Gologne is highly recommended, BTW!), I found myself with some (albeit not a lot of) extra time on my hands and a hankering to see more of Italy...What to do?

    Though I didn't have enough time (or cardiovascular endurance) to take a cycling tour of Italy like I wanted to, I was fortunate to stumble onto this 5-day tour of Italy, which fit my schedule almost perfectly. The tour offers visits to many of the major sites of Northern Italy in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, albeit one with shaky wi-fi at times (I'd recommend getting SIM card through Orange - only $65 Canadian for a ridiculous 20GB of Data).

    Sure, with such a short timeframe, it's not easy to fully enjoy all the sites on offer (especially Rome and Venice - well worth a repeat visit, despite being overcrowded with tourists like us), but this is where a good tour guide comes in - and boy did we get a good one!

    Sabrina, our chief tour guide was instrumental in not only smoothly coordinating the tour - no mean feat given the number of tour options, passenger requests, wandering/lost passengers, inevitable miscommunications, etc. etc.) but also in helping us to extract the maximum value out of our experiences - with helpful recommendations and tips for obtaining the best experiences given time and budget constraints (e.g., best restaurants, can't-miss sights and unique shopping experiences) at each stop. To be sure, this is what one would expect from a good tour guide, but Sabrina's knowledge and experience went beyond those of a typical guide's to include suggestions for less touristy experiences (especially in Venice), that was a welcome relief for me, at least!

    Sabrina and her team coordinated all this in 3 languages (and counting!) whilst remaining light, fun and accessible while calmly dealing with hair-raising events (e.g., missing, lost or late passengers; "pressing" passenger requests). This serene attitude fostered a sense of community among the passengers on our bus and helped us to bond and make friends with each other. As a solo traveler, I really appreciated this.

    Lastly, I loved the fact that Sabrina and Co. remained so knowledgeable about current/trends events in Italy (e.g., the impact of increased tourism on the lives of native Venetians).

    So, for you Reddit fans out there: TLDR: Great overview tour of Northern Italy. Ask for Sabrina!

  • 11-Oct-2019

    I loved this. I never would have been able to see and do all the wonderful things if I planned this on my own. The accommodations and selected restaurants were great choices with good food. Bus driver (Antonio) was awesome and our guide made sure we knew exactly where to be when. I highly recommend if you want to see a lot in a short period of time.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    I recently completed this tour with Carrani Tours (English languages) on 11th September 2019. Our tour guide, Patrizia was professional, lovely and funny. She is an experienced tour guide and took care of us well. Antonio, the bus driver was nice and worked very hard to get all of our luggages in and out from the bus.

    The itinerary is good overall for first timers especially to get the best of the places in Northern Italy. The only one big comment I want to emphasize here is Viator DID NOT state clearly that some of the tours to places have additional costs. Here's the options that you will need to pay extra, if you decide to join, which I believe, most of us will:

    1) Florentine Museum - Academy Galley - guided tour - EUR 34
    2) Pisa - to see the Leaning Tower - EUR 45
    3) Venice tour at night - EUR 25
    4) Venice - Gondola ride - EUR 35

    I took all the options and Gondola ride is the best highlight. Totally worth the experience! Please be advised that most of us were staying in Mestre, rather than in Venice itself (if you book via Viator here). However, the hotel was nice and the dinner was delicious.

  • 16-Aug-2019

    We were very happy with our 5-Day Italy tour! We saw so many places that we never would have been able to see on our own in such a short amount of time! Our guide, Carlos, was amazing! He was very accommodating to each individual in the group. He was informative and knew a lot about the places we visited. We had plenty of time to explore, but he helped guide us into places where he thought we would get the most out of our free time. The meals were great. Our hotels were nice. We would definitely recommend paying for the highest category for the hotels; it is worth it. This tour is not for the weak! And it is a tour with a group! It is a busy tour which explores a lot of area in a short amount of time. Please take that into consideration when booking. You have to be flexible and able to keep up with a group.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We took this tour because it was our first trip to Italy and included a lot of the places we were told to visit by friends who were familiar with Italy. Our tour guide was Mirjam and she was great! She was cheerful, knowledgeable and able to communicate clearly with us.Our tour was in English but she also spoke other languages . We especially enjoyed walking through the towns of Assisi and Montepulciano, where the buildings are hundreds of years old and built on hills. In Venice we went to a glass making factory, took an optional gondola ride and optional Venice by Night tour - all great!!. Everywhere you went there was something to see and appreciate the buildings, sculptures, paintings, churches, culture and food. We enjoyed everyday on tour and looked forward to what we would see and experience the next day. We booked our tour for the last week of April and 1st week of May. We didn't know May 1 was a holiday in Italy (labour day) so in some places it had a lot of people. We highly recommend this tour as a great introduction to Italy.

  • 29-Mar-2019

    We have used Viator previously for European tours and have been very happy with them. This trip was no exception. Let me begin by saying our tour guide, Clara from Rome was outstanding and everyone on the trip loved her. She was like a mother hen to all of us, making sure every detail was covered in such a warm caring way. We got to see a lot in 5 days and one suggestion I would make is if they offer an upgrade package for hotels, I would definitely take it. The hotels are all nice but we took the upgrade based on other reviews and it was so worth it. Part of our group was housed in a hotel on the mainland in Venice and the upgraded group was housed on a beautiful hotel right on the island that was located directly on the canal. We could walk to everything and were in the center of the activated whereas the other group had to take a bus and then a boat to get to the island. Thank you Viator for the option, we would definitely do it again! We continue to trust in Viator for a wonderful vacation experience!

  • 09-Jul-2018

    We were 4 adults and very happy we took the tour, covered a lot without hassle to move from one city to the other.
    Our guide Sabrina was amazing. She was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history as well of local shops/restaurants that allow us to taste all local cuisine. I had a mobility limitation and before every stop she always come and talk to me, give me details of the activity and make sure I will be able to make it back to the buss, including arranging taxi for us.
    This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details.

  • 09-Jul-2018

    We were 4 adults and very happy we took the tour, covered a lot without hassle to move from one city to the other.
    Our guide Sabrina was amazing. She was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history as well of local shops/restaurants that allow us to taste all local cuisine. I had a mobility limitation and before every stop she always come and talk to me, give me details of the activity and make sure I will be able to make it back to the buss, including arranging taxi for us.
    This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details.

  • 07-Jun-2018

    Highly recommend taking this tour. Clara our guide was amazing and very friendly. Thanks to Stephano who is a great driver brought us safely back to Rome. The best part of this tour was that we met so many friendly people from Australia, Canada, Lebanon and US.
    You require good walking / comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking to do. All the cities were just beautiful and quaint especially Assisi and Montepulciano.
    'The only downside was the cost of the Gondola ride which was a rip off for Euros 35 pp. 4 of us went locally and joined 2 students on the Gondola and we ended paying Euros 88 for 6 of us. I would recommend anyone going on this tour, to do the Gondola ride on your own.

  • 31-Jan-2018

    This tour was amazing!

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