07D ITALY: ROME FLORENCE & VENICE tour package lets you discover the rich culture and architectural heritage of Rome and visit the world heritage monuments in Rome. Enjoy the renaissance era art in Florence and take the much-cherished gondola ride in the central canal thoroughfares of Venice with your loved ones.
Rome is credited with 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture. Ancient ruins like the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and contains the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Florence hosts many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Therefore it has no roads, just canals. The Grand Canal thoroughfare is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
This package will enrich you with the Renaissance art forms, world heritage architecture, cultural ethos, authentic Italian cuisine, up-scale shopping for fashion haute couture, the romanticism of Venice and loads of memorable good times.
Rome | 02 Nights
Florence | 02 Nights
Venice Mestre | 02 Nights
Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, contains St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
The 18th-century Spanish Steps sit at the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, with designer boutiques lining Via Condotti and Via Borgognona. Visitors toss coins into the iconic, baroque Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon, dating to the second century A.D., holds Raphael’s Renaissance-era tomb. Rome’s hearty cuisine includes such traditional dishes as carbonara, amatriciana, and saltimbocca. Sunset activities range from seeing one of Verdi’s classic operas at Teatro dell’ Opera to club-hopping in working-class Testaccio, once the city’s slaughterhouse district.
Rome is a year-round destination, but the peak travel season is Apr-Jun. Many shops, restaurants, and hotels close in Aug when locals go on vacation. Key events and holidays include Holy Week and Easter (Mar/Apr, dates vary), the Rock in Roma music festival (Jul), and the period between Christmas and Epiphany (Jan 6), when many businesses are closed, though there is a large Christmas market in Piazza Navona.
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
Another architectural highlight is the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone-arch pedestrian bridge that’s packed with jewelry stores. Near the bridge, on the south bank of the Arno River, is massive Palazzo Pitti, once home to the powerful Medici family, showing works by such renowned artists as Raphael and Titian. On the north bank, the Piazza del Signoria is one the city’s most visited squares thanks to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (the town hall) and the much-photographed statue “Perseus with the Head of Medusa” by Cellini.
Peak travel season runs Apr–Jul. The Maggio Musicale arts and opera festival runs from Apr–Jun. For the feast day of the town’s patron saint, San Giovanni (Jun 24), historical processions are held and a rousing Renaissance-style soccer match takes place in Piazza Santa Croce. Summers (Jun–Aug) can be hot and humid, and many shops and restaurants close in Aug for holiday. Winter (Dec–Mar) is cold and wet. On Easter Sunday (varies), fireworks explode from an elaborate cart in front of the Duomo.
Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
The Gothic pink-and-white-marble Doge’s Palace sits on the east side of the piazza. Before the Christian holiday of Lent, this area becomes the epicenter of Venice's Carnival, where partygoers dress in elaborate masks and costumes. A gondola ride away is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, an influential gallery of modern art, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, a museum of Renaissance-era and Vedutisti paintings. The covered Rialto footbridge leads to a market that supplies many of the city's fish-focused Venetian restaurants.
Venice sees the most crowds Jun–Aug when the weather is warm. The acqua alta, or periodic flooding that may cover the Piazza San Marco and other areas with ankle-deep water, comes between Nov–Mar. Feb–Mar is Carnival time, when the city fills with partygoers in costume.
Day 01: Arrival in Rome
On arrival at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. Enjoy the culinary delights of Italy, wine and cheese. Sample local white and red wines, cheese, and cured meats. Overnight in Rome.
Day 02: Rome
Enjoy one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities, known as ‘the eternal city’. Experience the ancient history, art and architecture on a hop-on-hop-off tour of Rome. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03: Rome
Proceed to visit the world-renowned Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. See ‘The Last Judgement’, painted on the altar by Michelangelo. Later visit the St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest Cathedral. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04: Rome – Florence
Board your train to Florence. Florence is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Proceed to see famous monuments on a hop-on-hop-off tour of Florence. Overnight in Florence.
Day 05: Florence
After breakfast, enjoy a trip to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Enjoy a splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside towards the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. If you love leather souvenirs and collectibles, Florence is the best place to make your purchases. Overnight in Florence.
Day 06: Florence - Venice
Board your train to Venice, which is Italy’s fabled and famed city of serenity. In the evening relax and enjoy an enchanting Gondola ride along the city’s romantic waterways. Overnight in Venice.
Day 07: Venice
After breakfast, you are free to stroll around Venice – a city situated across 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Later in the afternoon, visit the Islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello. The islands of Murano are known worldwide for exquisite glass work, Burano for lace and Torcello for Venice’s first cathedral. Overnight in Venice.
Day 08: Depart Venice
Proceed to the airport to board your return flight.