Arrive independently in the splendid city of Rome, and stay overnight in a central hotel.
Your private guide will meet you in the morning for a small group tour of the Vatican; an independent city-state in the centre of Rome that is home to the famous Vatican Museum and stunning Sistine Chapel. Your guide will give you unique insight into the collections and masterpieces of the Vatican Museum, and lead you through the ornate Sistine Chapel that is home to Michelangelo’s finest frescos.
Your tour will end with the famous St Peter’s Basilica, which is considered by many to be one of the most magnificent churches in the world. After this you will have the evening to yourself in Rome, and another night in your hotel.
One of the best ways to enjoy Rome’s atmosphere, and discover some of the unique spots that make it such a special city, is to explore at your own pace. This day gives you the freedom to wander the streets on foot and visit any locations that are on your tourist bucket list, taking in the authentic aspects of life in Rome as you go.
Spend the evening sampling classic Italian dishes such as pizza or pasta, and enjoy a nighttime stroll back to your hotel for your last night in Rome.
A private driver will meet you after breakfast to begin your transfer to the city of Florence. This journey features a stop in the city of Siena for independent exploration of its medieval architecture and stunning scenery. Film fans might recognise the central Piazza del Campo from the James Bond movie, The Quantum of Solace, where horse races also take place every summer.
Your journey to Florence takes you through the Chianti countryside, covered with olive groves, castles and vineyards. Your second stop on the drive will be at one of these Tuscan vineyards for a tour around its cellars, a fantastic lunch overlooking the landscape, and then a wine tasting experience. If there is time, you may also be able to make a stop in the small town of Monteriggioni before reaching Florence.
In the late afternoon, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in the heart of Florence, and you can spend the evening exploring or relaxing after a day filled with some of the best food and drink that the region has to offer!
Today you will take part in another small group tour, this time exploring the city of Florence and learning about its rich history. As part of the tour, you will visit three of the city’s finest churches; the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore which has been nicknamed ‘the Duomo’, the grand catholic Santa Trinità and the gothic Orsanmichele.
Florence is a city that is brimming with culture, from the artwork that inhabits its galleries to the architecture lining its streets. On this tour, you will get to see famous sights such as Brunelleschi’s Dome, the golden Gates of Paradise that are part of Florence’s Baptistery, the L-shaped Piazza della Signoria and the iconic Giotto’s Campanile bell tower. Great artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci and Brunelleschi have lived in Florence, all of which have contributed to the city’s fame as the home of the Renaissance.
After your morning tour, you are free to continue exploring the city under your own steam, spending more time at some of the locations your guide will have pointed out or just appreciating the local atmosphere. Sample some of Florence’s finest delicacies for both lunch and dinner, and enjoy your final night in the city however you choose.
You will have organised your own independent transfer to either the airport or the station, to continue your holiday in Italy or return home.