For a country full of impossibly pretty and romantic cities, Venice, Florence and Rome perhaps win a hard fought battle as Italy’s most iconic.
This ten day luxury tour splits its nights evenly between the historic triumvirate, beginning in the Venetian Lagoon. Be introduced to Serenissima with a privately guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace before an unforgettable gondola ride through Venice’s maze of canals.
On your third day, boat to three famous islands, each with its own character and history; Murano and its fine glassmaking, Burano’s brightly coloured fishermen’s houses and rural Torcello, the first island to be inhabited by the Veneti.
Next, take a train south to terracotta Florence and envelop yourself in its Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Brunelleschi’s great Duomo and the bustling Piazza della Signoria. Based in the city, head out into the surrounding Tuscan countryside to discover the beautiful Chianti region and its renowned wines, and explore rustic Medieval towns such as spectacular Siena.
Then head via Orvieto along a road that leads to Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city. First get your bearings aboard a vintage Vespa through cobbled streets, then visit the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market to shop for ingredients with a local culinary expert before a private cooking lesson of regional specialities.
Uncover the ancient past on a walking tour from the Roman Forum along the Via Sacra up the Palatine Hill. You’ll see the magnificent Colosseum and astounding Pantheon, two of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, and find Rome’s other jewels such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Spend your final afternoon in the Vatican City, touring the museum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and grand St. Peter’s Basilica.