The names seem to roll off your tongue; Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento. The romantic images and notions of Italy that many people have formed over the years prove true when you finally get the chance to visit this beautiful country.
For many visitors, the option to tour Italy independently along with some structured tours, seems to be the most comfortable travel style. Many of our guests will fly into Venice, then take a private water taxi to their hotel, typically near St. Mark’s Square. If your arrival is timed right, guests will choose to take a guided walking tour of Venice, seeing the highlights of this unique city. This gives visitors a first-time perspective of the city.
The next day of your journey would be spent independently visiting sites that the guests briefly encountered on their walking tour; St Mark`s Square, St Mark`s Basilica, Doge`s Palace, The Bell Tower, Rialto Bridge and more.
After 2 nights in Venice, it is time to head to the train station for your train trip to Florence, just 2 hours south. Be met at the train station by a driver and whisked to your Florentine hotel. A great location is a hotel near Piazza di Santa Croce, within walking distance of the Galleria dell’Accademia, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and more. Explore the neighborhood around your hotel upon arrival, dining in one of the many cafés that sit in one of Florence’s many piazzas.
Take a guided walking tour of Florence the following morning, seeing sights mentioned above, including Michaelangelo’s David. Another favorite tour of our guests is a day tour into Tuscany. Visit Siena, San Gimignano & Pisa, having lunch & wine tasting at a local, family-run winery.
Your final day in Florence is free to discover the city before departing the next morning by train to Rome, about 90 minutes away. Upon arrival, a driver will meet you at the train station and take you to your Rome hotel. Many guests opt to stay near the train station or near Piazza Navona. Explore the neighborhood around your hotel.
The next morning, take a guided tour of the city. There are many options here, including a Christian Rome tour, an Imperial Rome tour, food tours, biking tours, walking tours, bus tours, etc. One thing our guests absolutely love is having dinner in a Roman home. This is an incredible experience!
Over the next few days, you will be able to visit numerous churches, the Vatican Museums, St. Peters Basilica, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and much, much more.
From Rome, take the train about 1 hour south to Naples, where you will be met by a driver and driven to Sorrento. Stay in a hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples. Stroll the streets of this lovely town, visiting its’ shops and cafés. The next morning, a driver can take you to Capri, Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast.
This is just one way to see this varied country. There are many other itineraries that can be planned for you that encompass all of these regions, plus there are other modes of travel; self-drive, escorted bus tours and more. There is so much to see and so many ways to see it that you really need an experienced travel advisor to help you make the most of your adventure.