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ROMANTICO ITALIANO SMALL GROUP TOUR

If everyone weren’t speaking Italian, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in three different countries when you visit Rome, Florence, and Venice. Rome is wide, broad, and majestic. Its baroque piazzas are the size of small ball fields and even in its historic center, which in some places dates back to the Middle Ages, the buildings are massive, as if to proclaim the might of an empire. Florence, on the other hand, was built with a lighter touch, a feminine grace, an early Renaissance sense of delicacy and good taste in which even the piazzas and cathedrals are human size, and contrasts dramatically with the exuberant baroque enthusiasm of Rome. And Venice? It is almost another world, rising like Atlantis out of the sea, with its eyes focused most definitely eastward, towards Asia and the Middle East. If this is your first trip to Italy, this is the trip for you. It’s Your Secret Italia.

We have a real passion for Italy and look forward to sharing it with you!

TOUR ITINERARY & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departures small group tour travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 13 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • VENICE- The queen of the Adriatic
  • BURANO, MURANO, and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the beaches of Lido.
  • Tour of FLORENCE with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Tour of BOLOGNA with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • Visit the LACE and GLASS museum
  • First-class driver to accompany you throughout the journey
  • All entrances to main archaeological sights are included
  • All local guides tipping are included
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned van or mercedes car
  • All transfers while overseas; baggage transfers & porterage
  • Professional Tour Director and Licensed Local Guides
  • Included city taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants
  • No hidden extras
  • Our Included meals: All breakfasts,(main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso coffee and tea only)
  • View Our unique Hotels: VENICE (3 nigths); BOLOGNA similar (3 nights); FLORENCE “(2 nighs) ; ROME “similar (3 nights)
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included: We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation
THE SECRET ITALIA DIFFERENCE: TOUR ITINERARY

 

ROMANTICO ITALIANO SMALL GROUP TOUR ITINERARY

SMALL GROUP TOUR FROM VENICE TO ROME

Day 1:  WELCOME TO ITALY & SUBLIME VENICE! 

Welcome to Italy & the magical city of Venezia.Your driver will be waiting for you at Venice airport and will drive you to your centrally located hotel. At 18.00 meet your tour director and the rest of the group members in the hotel lobby for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in VENICE

Day 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE

Start the day at the bustling RIALTO MARKET, stopping for mid morning cicchetti (bar snacks) and prosecco in one of the market’s wine bars. Afterwards, we take a private boat along the Grand Canal to reach SAN MARCO, with its Basilica di San Marco,boasting Byzantine mosaic renditions of scenes from the life of Christ and, in the lunettes of the lateral portals, scenes showing the history of the relics of Saint Marco. Your local city guide will also show you the Treasury, home to jewels, reliquaries, and Byzantine and Islamic art from the Crusades. Next, head to the adjacent PALAZZO DUCALE for paintings by titian, Tintoretto and Veronese and a glimpse of the opulent Doge’s restored apartments.After an included hearty lunch, explore the district of SAN POLO, Venice’s smallest sestiere, before heading to the magnificent Gothic Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to see the Titan’s glorious Assumption of the Virgin. In the evening, get together for a Campari Spritz aperitivo in the ever-liveky Campo Santa Margherita before enjoying dinner on your own.Live as a real Veneziano.Overnight in VENICE

Day 3: FALL IN LOVE WITH MURANO & BURANO

Our journey today takes you travelling by private chartered boat along the Venetian Lagoon to two islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. Much like Venice,MURANO comprises a cluster of small islands connected by bridges. It has been in the center of glassmaking industry since 1291.Historically, Murano owes its prosperity entirely to glass.In the 15th and 16th centuries,it was Europe’s principal glass producing centre.Exploring the island on foot, you will visit a museum dedicated to the art of glass and watch a skill glassblowers at their craft; view the splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century.You will then continue to BURANO– its canals fringed with brightly painted houses makes this fairytale town the most colorful one of the lagoon islands and can be recognized from a distance by the tilting tower of its church.Browse local lace shops, visit the museum dedicated to the craft of lace, and enjoy an aperitif in a cafe on the canal with the colorful backdrop of the fuchsia pink, deep blue and vibrant yellow houses that characterize this lovely island town.Return by private chartered boat to Venice for free time and dinner on your own.Overnight in VENICE

Day 4: ELEGANT PADUA, FERRARA & BOLOGNA

Overnight in BOLOGNA

Day 5: HIGHLIGHTS OF BOLOGNA

Overnight in BOLOGNA

Day 6: PARMA, PARMIGIANO CHEESE FACTORY & UNIQUE MODENA 

Overnight in BOLOGNA

Day 7: REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO, URBINO & FLORENCE

Overnight in FLORENCE

Day 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF FLORENCE

Explore the city architectural highlights such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the duomo square, San Lorenzo market and Piazzale Michelangelo.A non guided entrance to the UFFIZI GALLERY is included today, one of Italy’s leading art galleries.Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in FLORENCE

Day 9: ROME – THE ETERNAL CITY

Your Italia experience starts this morning with a guided walking tour of the hidden corners of this extraordinary city, uncovering the secrets locked in Bernini’s work, marvel at the Pantheon, the best preserved ancient Roman monument, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City and simply enjoy Rome’s charming streets in a leisurely Italian fashion. You will also visit the majestic COLOSSEUM, one of the ancient world’s largest structures, where Romans once gathered to watch gladiator games, animal contests, and even reenactments of sea battles. A massive stone amphitheater that seated an estimated 60,000 spectators, it was built in only eight years.  Your tour will end on Capitoline Hill, the smallest and most important of the seven hills of ancient Rome, which offers a wonderful view of the city and the Forum.Enjoy the rest of your La Dolce Vita time at leisure. Overnight in ROME

Day 10: THE VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST PETER’S BASILICA

Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a discovery tour of The Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. The art of The Vatican is among the most recognizable in the world. In leading you through the museums, your guide will convey the tantalizing background of these Renaissance masterpieces, the geniuses who created them, and the powers who commissioned them. In the Sistine Chapel, below the largest and most renowned fresco in the world, your tour guide will explain the intriguing history of this work and the hidden messages Michelangelo painted into it. After the museum, you’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world, where you can see Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà, Bernini’s acclaimed altar canopy, and the tombs of the Popes, including that of John Paul II.Overnight in ROME

Day 11: MY TIME IN ROME & FOOD TOUR

 

 

Day 12: ARRIVEDERCI!!!

Included private private transfer to Rome airport or train station.While we say Arrivederci to Italy,we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us. Thanks for travelling with Secret Italia Tours family and See you soon!!!

TOUR PRICING

2024 TOUR PRICE: € 5,300    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 1,000    currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy for 12 days/11 nights

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