Celebrate Italy’s cultural icons on our tour of the ‘Big Three’ - Venice, Florence and Rome - in an exhilarating 10-day whirlwind. Italy is sprinkled with wonders, and between its famous canals, romantic architectural prowess and unrivalled historical ruins, we’ll also step off the beaten track to add a local element to the trip in Bologna, Assisi and Lucca. An unforgettable adventure that covers off the treasures of bella Italia.
9 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Venice. Upon arrival, we transfer to Hotel Riviera (3T).
We have a 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.
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 AD 30. We return to Venice in the afternoon.
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.
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. Evening meals tonight and tomorrow night, will be enjoyed at local restaurants.
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 exploring we continue to Pisa, home of the Leaning Tower.
Florence - Assisi - Rome
We continue our journey towards the Italian capital, stopping at the walled city of Assisi, home of St Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order of monks. Early this evening we arrive at the Hotel Universo (4T).
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 including the Sistine Chapel.
Enjoy a day at leisure. This evening we can enjoy an included dinner at our hotel.
Day 10 Rome - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
• On 16 September 2019 departure, the excursions on days 8-9 are swapped.
• 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.
• In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.