This exuberant celebration of Italy’s cultural icons, rural splendour and sensual delights is, like the country itself, nothing short of extraordinary. It includes three nights in Venice, to appreciate this most romantic city of piazzas and canals; three nights in Florence to discover the sublime architecture and picture-perfect countryside of Tuscany; and three nights in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, where ancient wonders, world-class museums and boutique shopping streets vie for attention. Excursions off the beaten track, to Bologna, Assisi and the Vatican City complete an unforgettable picture.
9 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Venice. Upon arrival, we transfer to Hotel Riviera (3T).
Day 2 Venice
To enhance your stay, we have arranged a short guided tour, beginning with iconic St Mark’s Square and including visits to the stunning 11th century St Mark’s Basilica and La Galleria San Marco glass factory. This evening we return to St Mark’s Square, to have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Verona
After breakfast we walk the short distance to our water taxi and are taken to meet our coach for an excursion to Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and also home to a magnificent Roman amphitheatre, dating from AD30. We return to Venice in the afternoon.
Day 4 Venice - Bologna - Florence
We bid farewell to the Grand Canal and walk the few steps to take a short private water taxi ride to our coach, where our luggage will be waiting ready to transport us south to the great art city of Florence. After a stop in Bologna we arrive at the Hotel Villa Gabriele D’Annunzio (4T), a converted convent located in a residential area of Florence. Dinner will be taken in the hotel restaurant.
Day 5 Florence
This morning we have a guided walking tour of the historic centre, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour includes the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge crossing the Arno River and the impressive Piazza della Signoria. This afternoon will be free to explore; alternatively, take an optional excursion to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous in the world. Evening meals tonight and tomorrow night, will be enjoyed at local restaurants.
Day 6 Lucca - Pisa
We have included an excursion to Lucca and Pisa today. Lucca is interesting and charming, hiding within its ramparts an array of fine churches, palaces and squares, after which we continue to Pisa to view the Leaning Tower.
Day 7 Florence - Assisi - Rome
We continue our journey towards the Italian capital, stopping at Assisi, home of St Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order of monks. Early evening we arrive at the Hotel Universo (4T).
Day 8 Rome
Our introduction to the magnificence of Rome includes an early start and with a local guide, visits to the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and Square, and the Vatican Museums.
Day 9 Rome
Enjoy a day at leisure. This evening we can enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 Rome - London
We transfer to Rome Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
• 4 September 2017 departure coincides with the Venice Film Festival. Guests will stay at the Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese (4T) in Treviso for the first 3 nights of the tour. Dinners will be taken at the hotel and included excursions remain otherwise unaffected.
• At many of the places visited the terrain is uneven and with so many sights to see, this is a busy itinerary and guided tours involve walking for 1-2 hours at a time.