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Itinerary highlights

  • In-depth tours of Rome and the Vatican
  • Meander through the canals of Venice, Murano and Burano
  • See Florence through the eyes of its famed artists
  • Discover Tuscany's hidden secrets
  • Soak up the sun on the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri

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  • Privately guided tours tailored specifically to families
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers and first class rail travel
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Explore Italy’s most beautiful cities and soak up its regional culture, history and cuisine on this luxury tour, with exclusive trips and experiences to keep the whole family captivated.

Begin with three days Rome, learning how to make authentic pizza from a true artisan, gaining early access to the Vatican and discovering iconic ancient landmarks such as the Pantheon and Colosseum.

Next, venture cross country to Venice for two nights. Here, take a ride on a gondola and see how these famous boats are made, walk St Mark’s Square and see the lesser visited, authentically Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Then it’s to the terracotta coloured city of Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Take guided walking tours to see masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo with a gelato ice cream making class to sweeten the deal for younger ones. During a four-night stay here, there’ll also be the chance to head out into the Tuscan countryside to see Siena and San Gimignano.

Take a train south to the Amalfi Coast, a spectacular stretch between Salerno and the city of Sorrento, where pastel shaded towns tumble down cliffs into the sea. Relax, soak up the sun and take a boat out to the island of Capri. Finally, return via the ruins of Pompeii to the outskirts of Rome for a final night at a wonderful historic villa by the sea.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-4


Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Rome

Accommodation in Rome

Panoramic Rome skyline, Italy
Three nights in Rome Three nights in Rome

Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, needs little introduction. One of the most historied locations in the world, glorious reminders of Rome’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, are all on show. That’s not to say that its cosmopolitan streets do not embrace the now; Rome is as exhilarating and forward thinking as ever.

Pizza making workshop Pizza making workshop

No visit to Italy would be complete without tasting an authentic Italian pizza and what better way to experience it than making your own? You’ll be welcomed by a professional pizza maker and get to knead the dough, create the topping and pop it into the oven. Best of all, you will get to eat your creation!

Vatican City tour Vatican City tour

This is an amazing opportunity to stroll around one of the most famous museums in the world without having to share it with thousands of other tourists. We can arrange a special tour an hour before official opening with your guide.

You'll spend much of the rest of day on the Vatican side of the Tiber River. At the sprawling Vatican Museum you'll tour the seemingly endless collection of treasures as you make your way to the single work of art that dwarfs them all: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. This tour will end with the extraordinary St. Peter’s Basilica: designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. St Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. Inside

Tour of the Colosseum Tour of the Colosseum

Built by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, the Colosseum seated about 50,000 spectators and staged all the most blood-thirsty games known to ancient Romans, including gladiatorial combat, man against beast, beast against beast, land battles, sea battles, executions, all designed to inspire and overawe the citizens at the heart of a mighty Empire.

Gladiator School Gladiator School

Appropriately attired in togas, wooden sword in hand, learn the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a gladiator school led by members of the Historic Group of Rome. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's infamous gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient history and be shown around the museum on this fun two-hour tour.

Visit the Trevi Fountain Visit the Trevi Fountain

Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci in 1762, the vast Baroque Trevi Fountain is iconic of Rome, seen in countless films and perhaps the most famous water feature in the world. Just remember that coins are meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Rome’s train station


Train from Rome to Florence


Private boat transfer to your hotel in Venice

Days 4-6


Accommodation in Venice

Two nights in Venice Two nights in Venice

Sat within a shallow lagoon between the mouths of Po and Piave rivers, Venice is formed of 118 islands formed by some 170 canals connected by over 400 bridges. The entire city is considered a World Heritage Site, an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building may contain works by some of the Europe's greatest artists.

Iconic attractions on the main Rialto islands are evocative by name alone - Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal - a unique collection of brooding Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque architecture. Days can be spent discovering tucked away galleries, museums and palazzos. Away from the crowds, other islands are where traditional Venetian culture still runs deep.

Gondola yard tour Gondola yard tour

This is also a real ‘backstage’ insight to how the gondolas are crafted and maintained. This is a chance to see the boats out of the water, which allows visitors to appreciate the asymmetric shape and examine at all the boat’s components.

Gondola ride Gondola ride

No visit to Venice would be complete without experiencing it. Travel like a Venetian on a gondola down the city’s iconic canals. It gives you a very special point of view and it is from the water that Venice offers its most spectacular side.

Walking tour of St. Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and Basilica Walking tour of St. Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and Basilica

If you imagine landing in Venice from the sea, as did those who came inland by ship, the first thing you see rising out of the water is the unmistakable shape of the Doge's Palace - the city's most famous building. This building, considered the most representative symbol of Venice's culture, together with the Basilica of San Marco, forms of the most famous sceneries in the world. For centuries the Doge's Palace had fundamental roles, as the Doge residence, the seat of government and as the palace of justice.

Your historical walking tour will then take you through the backstreets of Venice to the shimmering, mosaic-filled St. Mark's Basilica, the mightiest of Venetian monuments. Its architecture, a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian, is the work of artists and craftsmen coming from all over the world.

Three Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Three Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit Venice’s most famous islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, to learn their importance in history and trade. The first stop will be in Murano, worldwide famous since the 1200s for the art of glass making, where you will visit one of Venice’s most important glass factories and have a private show of how the intricate glasswork is made and then tour the showroom with works of great glass masters like Signoretto.

The second picturesque island is Burano, a fisherman island known for its brightly coloured houses and for its lace school. You will see the women who still work this antique technique of lace making by hand. The last stop is Torcello, the first island to be inhabited in the lagoon, where you will hear the history and see its beautiful cathedral with its magnificent mosaics dating back to the 1100s. In Torcello you will also see the Locanda Cipriani where Ernest Hemingway stayed when in Venice and wrote A Farewell to Arms.

Murano glassblowing factory Murano glassblowing factory

Murano has been famous worldwide since the 1200s for the art of glass making. You'll visit a factory and enjoy a private demonstration of how the intricate glasswork is made and watch the masters at work.

Private transfer from Venice to Florence via Bologna Private transfer from Venice to Florence via Bologna

Transfer in a private vehicle to your hotel in Florence, stopping en route in the city of Bologna for lunch and a stroll around the historic city.

Days 6-10


Accommodation in Florence

Four nights in Florence Four nights in Florence

Surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, the beautiful city of Florence is one of Europe's most enchanting and historically influential cities. If anywhere in the world can claim to have shaped modern Western consciousness, it is Florence's grand piazzas and palazzos.

The world's greatest Renaissance artworks and sculpture can be found at every turn in the historical centre, an area that can be traversed on foot in under an hour but would infinitely longer to properly explore.

Boat trip along the River Arno Boat trip along the River Arno

Glide along the Arno River, floating by the Uffizi and passing under the Ponte Vecchio. You'll see the city in a new way as you drift towards the Santa Trinita bridge and Carraia bridge as your guide recounts amazing stories about the city and its architecture.

The boat is steered manually by a Florentine ‘renaiolo’ (boat captain), meaning there is no engine noise. This wonderful experience on the river is also characterised by the absolute absence of city noise. The boat tour lasts about an hour, then you will hop ashore where your guide will continue showing the city’s monuments from different perspectives, ending with a visit to the Santa Croce church with the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini.

Renaissance treasure hunt Renaissance treasure hunt

Discover the beautiful city of Florence with a fun and educational treasure hunt, suitable for children aged between 6 and 11. They’ll be given an old city map and a compass to guide them through the city, taking in the highlights. The focus of the hunt is Renaissance history and they’ll have fun learning how coded letters were written and deciphering them. Points and prizes will be earned along the way, which they can collect in their special prize bag, and the treasure hunt will end with them making an old Florentine craft and finding their final treasure.

Gelato making experience Gelato making experience

This tour is all about gelato - Italian ice cream. Learn how gelato was invented, see how it is made on the premises of a gelato parlour, and naturally, lots of flavours will be tasted and compared in various local gelaterias.

Medieval Tuscany tour: Siena and San Gimignano Medieval Tuscany tour: Siena and San Gimignano

Built on three steep hills and unchanged since medieval times, Siena is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful towns. Admire its major sites like the"Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race takes place every year, as well as exploring quieter backstreets to appreciate Siena's complex and rich history. You will be introduced to the stunning gothic cathedral, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view from the Facciatone.

Continue on to San Gimignano, famous for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets that typify the image of a Tuscan hill town.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Florence’s train station


Train from Florence to Naples


Private transfer to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast

Days 10-13

The Amalfi Coast

Accommodation in The Amalfi Coast

Three nights on the Amalfi Coast Three nights on the Amalfi Coast

Draped along the cliffs on the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, between Salerno and the city of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and glamorous spots in Italy. Between the two, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello’s candy coloured buildings spill their way down into blue bays.

The peninsular combines affluent sophistication with a honest simplicity, where super yachts and gurgling Italian sports cars next sit amidst an unchanging rural way of life. The food gloriously reflects this and some of Europe’s finest restaurants can be found here, thriving on fresh local produce, whilst the rustic Neapolitan food found everywhere here to many epitomizes Italian cuisine. The views and food are perhaps the main draw here, but there is a rich history to explore too, hidden beaches to discover and pristine trails in the Lattari Mountains to climb.

Capri day trip by private speedboat Capri day trip by private speedboat

Head out into the Gulf of Naples across to the beautiful island of Capri, a draw to visitors for thousands of years.

The tour will touch Li Galli Islands, the legendary home of the sirens who lured Ulysses to the islands with their enchanted singing. This is also an ideal place for snorkelling with its clear waters and underwater treasures. Tide permitting, you will approach the famous Blue Grotto where it will be possible to get inside using the local small boat.

Amalfi Coast tour Amalfi Coast tour

Discover the spectacular Amalfi Coast, situated like an amphitheatre among the mountains and the sea. Visit Ravello and the Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone, two sites not to be missed for their splendour and decorations. Both villas have amazingly beautiful gardens. You'll also take in the wonderful Positano, considered to be one of the most picturesque of all Italy's coastal resorts.

Pasta factory visit and mozzarella and limoncello tasting Pasta factory visit and mozzarella and limoncello tasting

Handcrafted pasta is definitely something the Campania region can be proud of. Today you'll enjoy a tour of a local factory that has been producing pasta since 1848. Everything they make is handmade and the pasta is extruded through bronze, a method that has been used for centuries. The resulting rough, porous surface means the pasta holds the sauce well, giving dishes a wonderful flavour. You'll also visit a local mozzarella cheese factory, the oldest on the Sorrentine peninsula, that also produces the region's famous limoncello.

Private tour of Pompeii Private tour of Pompeii

To visit Pompeii is as close as you can get to travelling in a time machine back to ancient Rome. In August of 79 AD, Vesuvius had been rumbling for some days and it is estimated that a large part of the population of 20,000 had been evacuated; those that were left were as if suspended in time, as the plaster casts made of the bodies that were found shows. Excavation started in the 18th century and continues to this day.

You will get to walk Roman streets, look into bars, stroll into Patrician villas, complete with frescoes and mosaics, there is even a mosaic doormat, saying ‘beware of the dog’. Graffiti (an Italian word) is written on some of the walls, reflecting a forthcoming election. When you see the baths, the central heating systems and the gentle fountains in the courtyards of the villas, you really feel it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship to live there.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Rome

Day 13-14


Accommodation in Rome

Overnight in Rome Overnight in Rome

Spend a final night in Rome before your international flight home.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Rome Ciampino airport

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