Itinerary Highlights
  • The Venetian Lagoon, the Florence of the de Medici's and ancient Rome: three major Italian cities are on the agenda
  • You'll stay in beautiful, authentic hotels in the heart of the city so you can explore in comfort
  • The itinerary includes visiting the Doge's Palace, the Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and Pitti Palace in Florence, and meeting with a local to tour the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • All our usual additional services are included, such as fast-track airport services and our local Concierge.

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The Italian Holy Trinity

Very few European countries, or even beyond, can claim to have three truly unmissable cities. Each has its own character, architectural style, great artists and political scheming. Each has its own gastronomy and vineyards. The first stop is Venice, the small, independent republic that became 'La Serenissima' and ruled the Mediterranean basin through the art of commerce - before becoming well-known for art itself. Its lagoon location is its most remarkable feature. Its canals, Carnival and gondolas have made it the legend it is today. It's then off to Florence, which led its region and then the entire West into an unprecedented cultural and philosophical revolution - the Renaissance.
Florence owes a lot to the de Medici's, and vice versa. It is well-known for its stone, marble and paintings, which have made the Tuscan capital a global star. Finally you'll head to Rome, the centre of the ancient world for centuries and whose relics will fascinate adults and children alike. As you travel, it'll feel like you're going back in time, from Etruscan ancestors to the Italian Renaissance and the great era of the Empire.

Your three-part journey

We seek to offer truly authentic experiences, giving a deeper level of understanding than the usual tourist routes and tours. As you float along the Venetian canals, you'll discover the ancient ties between Venice and music in the company of a private, music-loving guide, before taking some little-known routes around the Doge's Palace, the epicentre of Italian aristocratic power. In Florence, you'll learn just how important the de Medici's were as you discover Pitti Palace and its treasures, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The rest you can learn about by using your priority pass to the Grande Museo del Duomo, which you can freely explore at your own pace. You can do the same in Rome, with the help of your priority passes to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Take your time and soak everything up at your own pace. Rome is known as an open-air museum, but there is also plenty to discover behind closed doors. It's for this reason that we have organised walking tour with a private guide who knows the city very well. The walk can be as planned or spontaneous as you like - your guide will seek to learn about what you do and don't like generally, and tailor your tour to show you some highlights, as well as some hidden gems that are off the usual tourist trail. You'll travel between each city by train, which is the best way of combining rest and scenic views. When you arrive, our private transfers will take you to the door of your hotel. Choosing us means having access to a Concierge, who you can use for any last-minute changes or bookings.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you
DAY 1

Flight to Venice

Private transfer to your hotel, where you will stay for three nights. This newly-built accommodation, which is housed in a traditional small palace, offers a classic, intimate Venetian atmosphere - cabochon marble tiles, French ceilings, large wall hangings and a small central courtyard.

DAY 2

Venice

The itinerary includes a tour following the trail of legendary music sites across the city The tour, which is led by a private guide, goes around La Pieta church, the Ridotto Theatre and La Fenice opera house.

DAY 3

Venice

Included in the itinerary - The secret passes of the Doge's Palace. A comprehensive tour of the city's civil and political history, organisation and justice structures. From the courtyard of the Palace to the prisons, from the small, unknown rooms to the Ufficio del Cancelliere Grande, this comprehensive tour will provide you with a better understanding of the importance of the city's centre of power.
Option - Venice through the eyes of a professional photographer - a tour of Murano and Burano islands, which specialise in glassware and lace respectively.

DAY 4

VENICE - FLORENCE

Private transfer to the station and train to Florence, then private transfer to your hotel for the next three nights. This former convent has retained a peaceful atmosphere and comes with modern day comforts and friendly staff. Its vaulted or painted ceilings, bourgeois furniture and interior courtyard make it an exquisite pied-a-terre in the city of the de Medici's.

DAY 5

Florence

Included the itinerary - priority pass to the Grande Museo del Duomo, which includes Florence Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore. Each of the monuments has retained the Florentine Gothic style, favouring horizontal lines and large spaces.

DAY 6

Florence

The itinerary includes Pitti Palace, the treasures of a royal residence, with a private guide. Situated in Oltrarno and bordering the beautiful Boboli Gardens, the palace symbolises the power of the de Medici family. The Palatine Gallery is its real gem; it also houses one of the most remarkable collections of Italian paintings in Florence, with works by Lippi, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Murillo, Van Dyck and Canova.
Option - A love-themed guided tour of Florence, where you'll go off the beaten track and visit some of its masterpieces.

DAY 7

Florence - Rome

Private transfer to the train station, train ride to Rome and private transfer to your hotel located about 300ft from Piazza Navona. You can literally feel Rome's heartbeat. Red tiles or parquet floors, beautiful woodwork, pale grey and tobacco notes are used to enhance the white of the walls and bedding; Italians have a knack for adding a touch of elegance to the details. The biggest sites are within walking distance and the city's unique atmosphere surrounds you as soon as you step out of your hotel.

DAY 8

Rome

The itinerary includes a tour of Rome with a local guide who speaks your language.

DAY 9

Rome

The itinerary includes priority pass tickets to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. These ancient Roman treasures - which are next to each other, by the way - can be explored at your leisure. Two millennia after its construction, the Colosseum continues to fascinate, fuelling both scientific literature and childlike fantasies. Next door, the Forum recounts the long political and religious history of Rome through its multiple layers.
Option - Roman cooking class. First stop is the market, where you will choose your dish taking inspiration from the stalls. You'll then cook and tuck into a traditional Roman recipe with a couple of local restaurant owners.

DAY 10

Rome - Return flight

Private transfer to the airport and return flight.

A la carte

Venice through the eyes of a photographer

A professional photographer who knows Venice like the back of their hand. For three hours, your guide will lead you through some of the city's must-see sights and some of the more intimate and off-the-beaten-track places, so that you can capture your journey in images.
Option

Private tour of Murano and Burano

Your guide invites you to discover a different lagoon; the one around Murano and Burano islands. Murano specialises in glass, and Burano in lace, both with unparalleled craftsmanship.
Option

Florence through its love stories

Florence's most beautiful love stories are the main theme for this visit so you can appreciate Renaissance masterpieces from a different perspective. Mythology, literature and history reveal the faces of love and its many nuances. Streets, squares, statues, fountains and palaces inhabited by famous couples - everything in Florence tells a love story.
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Private Roman cooking lessons

The experience begins with a journey through Trastevere market or Campo dei Fiori, with their artisanal stalls and grocery stores where you can buy the ingredients you need before joining the kitchen of a local family home, not far from the market. Then you'll begin preparing a recipe under the watchful eye of the masters of the house, Sylvia and Paulo, who are restaurant owners. You'll end the morning by tasting the meal you have prepared with them.
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A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is from £3,100 to £3,900 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost will vary depending on several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £3300 per person.
  • International flight to Venice, returning from Rome
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Private transfers included in the itinerary
  • Train from Venice to Florence, and Florence to Rome
  • Three-night stay in Venice in a deluxe double room with canal view and breakfast
  • Three-night stay in Florence in a deluxe double room with breakfast
  • Three-night stay in Rome in a superior double room with breakfast
  • Venice music tour with a private guide
  • A visit to the Doge's Palace through its secret passages with a private guide
  • Priority pass for the Grande Museo del Duomo
  • Tour of the Pitti Palace in Florence, with a private guide
  • Exploring Rome in private with a local who speaks your language
  • Priority passes for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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