Your Italy luxury vacation includes exclusive museum visits, private English-speaking driver from Venice to Florence, and through Tuscany from Florence to Rome. All accommodations are 5+ star hotels with all the comforts you’d expect from an ItalianTourism.us Italy luxury vacation.
Day 1: Travel to Venice, Italy
Board an overnight flight to Venice, the linchpin of Northern Italy’s culture and commerce, to begin your Italy luxury vacation.
Day 2: Venice
Transfer to your Venice luxury hotel. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure or join Italian Tourism’s Venice tour guide for a private guided tour of Venice.
Day 3: Venice, Italy
Enjoy your Italy luxury vacation strolling trough the Doge’s Palace, the seat of the main government departments and the residence of the Doge who ruled the Venetian Republic. Lavish frescoes, graceful staircases and gilded stucco work testify to the glory and opulence of this period. One of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Venice is St. Mark’s Basilica, once the Doge’s chapel. Wander through vibrant St. Mark’s Square, lined with cafés and perfect for people watching. Napoleon considered it to be the “world’s greatest drawing room” for the cosmopolitan visitors it drew from across Europe. This evening, take a romantic gondola ride.
Day 4: Venice
The lavish Scuola di San Rocco, home to some of the finest works of Renaissance painter Tintoretto, is hidden from the crowds — but not from you. On your ItalianTourism.us Italy Luxury Vacation you’ll wander inside to view his works and then visit the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in Venice. It houses Titian’s early altar pieces and a true masterpiece by Bellini.
Day 5: Venice/Florence
Today we’ll transfer you by private water taxi from your hotel to Piazzale Roma. There you will meet your English-speaking driver who will be waiting with his Mercedes to drive you from Venice to Florence. Along the way you could stop in Padova to see Giotto’s masterpieces inside the Scrovegni Chapel. Then stop for lunch in Bologna before continuing to the Renaissance city of Florence. Observe the russet-colored roofs, domed basilica and bustling piazzas in this city that is a paradise for art lovers.
Day 6: Florence
Discover the wonders of Florence, including the iconic Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore). It was the largest cathedral in Europe when it was built (13th-15th centuries) and could accommodate 30,000 worshippers. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s famous David and see the Church of Santa Croce. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own.
Day 7: Florence
Visit the Uffizi Gallery, housing masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Raphael, Lippi, Titian and Botticelli. The incomparable collection reveals the development of Florentine art from Gothic to High Renaissance and beyond. View the remarkable exterior of the Palazzo Vecchio, a fortress-like city hall that was begun in 1299 as a meeting place for the heads of the guilds that governed the city. With its massive bulk and towering campanile, it dominates the Piazza della Signoria.
Day 8: Florence/Tuscany/Rome
Today your Italy luxury vacation departs by private car for the unspoiled Tuscan hill towns of Cortona, made famous by Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun, and Montepulciano, known for its Vino Nobile wines. Visit a wine cellar for a tasting before continuing to your private car brings you to your 5 star luxury hotel in Rome.
Day 9: Rome
Famous throughout history as a center of prestige, power and intrigue, Rome boasts a greater number of historic buildings, monuments and ruins than any other city in the world. Visit some of these historic landmarks today, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, Arch of Constantine and the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli. Drive along the famous Via Veneto, past the Aurelian Walls, Piazza Barberini and the Trevi Fountain.
Day 10: Rome
A visit to the Vatican includes the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo from 1508 to 1512 and considered to be one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance period. The frescoes depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, including the immortal Creation of Adam. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where Peter the Apostle, thought to be the first pope, was crucified and buried. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 11: Rome
Private transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport to board your home bound flight with great memories of your Italy Luxury Vacation Venice Florence Rome.
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