8-Day Rome, Florence & Cinque Terre Italian Tapestry

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The Roman Colosseum

Day 1: Your Journey Begins—An Enchanting Welcome to Rome

Upon your independent arrival in Rome, the Eternal City extends its warm embrace. Although an arrival transfer is not included in your package, you have the option to elevate your experience with our optional Private Arrival Transfer. Allow a courteous driver to whisk you away in a sumptuous car, offering you the leisure to absorb your first impressions of Rome’s majestic vistas.

Overnight in Rome: Quality and Comfort

As evening descends, settle into your fully-inspected accommodation, thoughtfully located in the historic city center. Rest assured that each lodging option we offer meets high standards and includes a private bath and daily breakfast, setting the tone for an exquisite Italian adventure.

Whether you opt to saunter through the ancient, atmospheric streets or choose to relax and rejuvenate for the myriad experiences that await, your first night in the Eternal City is sure to captivate your senses and fuel your anticipation for the incredible journey ahead.

The Eternal City of Rome

Day 2: Rome in a Day—A Timeless Expedition Through the Eternal City

Ready yourself for a day bursting with historical marvels, architectural wonders, and artistic masterpieces as you embark on an all-encompassing small group tour of Rome. Begin by stepping back in time with a visit to the Roman Forum, the epicenter of ancient Rome’s power and grandeur.

The Colosseum: Arena of Glory

Walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators as you enter the Colosseum. Witness the colossal amphitheater that once echoed with roars and applause, a vivid reminder of Rome’s incomparable past.

Historic Center: A Stroll Through Time

Wander through the tapestry of Rome’s historic center, where every corner reveals another gem. Uncover the magic of Piazza Navona with its baroque elegance, stand beneath the ancient dome of the Pantheon, and make a wish at the iconic Trevi Fountain. Each moment is a delightful interlude, adding unique notes to your Roman symphony.

Lunch Break: A Culinary Pause

Enjoy some free time to savor Rome’s culinary delights. Whether you opt for a casual pizzeria or a rustic osteria, the flavors are bound to enchant your palate.

The Vatican Museums: Where Art Meets Divinity

After lunch, prepare for another form of indulgence—this time for the eyes and soul. Navigate through the labyrinthine Vatican Museums, a sanctum of art and culture. Your journey through these hallowed halls culminates in a life-altering encounter with the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s celestial frescoes offer a glimpse of the divine.

Overnight in Rome: Rest and Reflect

As the day draws to a close, return to your fully-inspected accommodation in the historic city center. With a private bath and a sumptuous daily breakfast awaiting you, it’s the ideal setting to rest and ponder the incredible experiences of your whirlwind Roman day.

Whether you choose to relish the city’s nighttime aura or recharge for another day of discovery, your second night in Rome promises to be as enriching as the day’s escapades.

Beautiful Florence

Day 3: From Rome to Florence—A Transition from the Eternal to the Renaissance

Your Italian journey takes an exciting turn as you prepare to leave the eternal allure of Rome for the artistic splendor of Florence. 

Departure: Smooth Transitions

In the morning, meet your courteous driver at your accommodation for a seamless, included transfer to Rome’s Termini Station. Here, board your high-speed train bound for Florence, complete with reserved seating to ensure a comfortable ride.

Arrival in Florence: Your Choice of Transfers

Upon reaching the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, you have two options for reaching your accommodation. opt for self-transfer and get acquainted with the city’s charming streets, or choose our optional private car station transfer for an effortless transition.

Overnight in Florence: A Canvas of Possibilities

As you settle into your fully-inspected accommodation, located in the heart of Florence’s historic city center, the rest of the day unfolds before you like a blank canvas. Your room, complete with a private bath and daily breakfast, serves as the perfect base for whatever your heart desires.

Whether you’re eager to dive into the local art scene, yearn for a relaxed stroll along the Arno River, or simply want to sip a fine Tuscan wine at a local enoteca, your first evening in Florence promises endless possibilities for discovery and delight.

Florence Street

Day 4: The Soul of Florence—A Curated Walk with Accademia Gallery Visit

Your exploration of Florence reaches new heights today as you join an expert local guide for an intimate, small-group tour through the city’s storied past.

The Medici Legacy: A Symphony of Art and Power

Begin your journey with an insightful delve into the incredible influence of the Medici family. Far more than just renowned bankers, they were instrumental patrons of the arts, transforming Florence into a cultural epicenter. Your guide will lead you through this fascinating narrative, bringing to life the art, politics, and personalities that shaped this iconic city.

Piazza della Signoria to Ponte Vecchio: A Tapestry of Landmarks

Marvel at the sculptural and architectural wonders that adorn Piazza della Signoria. Gaze upwards at the grandeur of the Cathedral and Giotto’s bell tower, then stand in awe before the Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s golden panels depict Biblical stories with unparalleled craftsmanship. Continue to Orsanmichele, a unique blend of market, chapel, and granary, and a testament to Florence’s multifaceted past.

The journey wouldn’t be complete without crossing the fabled Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, which leads you into the Oltrarno neighborhood. Here, you’ll find a fusion of artisan workshops and inviting cafes, making it a splendid locale to indulge in a delectable gelato.

Accademia Gallery: An Artistic Epiphany

The crown jewel of today’s adventure is your visit to the Accademia Gallery. This revered institution houses Michelangelo’s David, an awe-inspiring testament to human potential and artistic mastery. The gallery also features works by Florentine greats like Giotto and Botticelli, as well as an intriguing collection of antique musical instruments and plaster casts.

Overnight in Florence: A Restful Oasis

As your day comes to an end, return to your fully-inspected accommodation in Florence’s historic center. Here, the comfort of a private bath and the promise of a daily breakfast await you, offering a serene sanctuary where you can reflect on a day steeped in history, art, and immeasurable beauty.

Day 5: The Tuscany Grand Tour—From the Spires of Siena to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Prepare yourself for a captivating journey through Tuscany’s most cherished treasures as you set out from Florence to experience the very essence of this breathtaking region on a small group tour.

Siena: A UNESCO Jewel

The day begins with a trip to Siena, an enchanting city celebrated for its UNESCO-recognized historic center. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of its shell-shaped square, Piazza del Campo, and learn about the legendary Palio horse race—a passionate and colorful Sienese tradition.

San Gimignano: The Medieval Manhattan

From Siena, you’ll journey to the charming town of San Gimignano. Known as the “Medieval Manhattan,” this town boasts 14 strikingly preserved towers that punctuate its skyline. Revel in some free time to explore the cobblestone streets, filled with the irresistible allure of Italian history and culture.

Chianti: Culinary Bliss in a Tuscan Vineyard

As midday arrives, venture into the rolling hills of Chianti for an unforgettable Tuscan feast. Here, in a vineyard lovingly maintained by a local family, you’ll be treated to a meal that is an art form in itself. Relish an extraordinary setting that combines vine-covered walls, oak barrels, and cobblestones. The gastronomic experience includes freshly harvested organic vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and fragrant olive oils, all accompanied by the vineyard’s own award-winning wines.

Impruneta: The Art of Terracotta

Your culinary interlude is followed by a visit to Impruneta, where you’ll delve into the art and craft of terracotta production—an essential element of Tuscan architecture and design.

Pisa: The Pinnacle of Architectural Wonder

The grand finale of your Tuscan escapade brings you to Pisa, renowned for its Piazza dei Miracoli—a square that hosts the iconic Leaning Tower. Take this opportunity to capture the perfect photograph or simply absorb the incredible history that surrounds you.

Overnight in Florence: A Tranquil Reprieve

Return to your fully-inspected accommodation in Florence’s historic heart as you bring this monumental day to a close. A private bath and the anticipation of a delicious daily breakfast await you, offering a peaceful night’s rest in preparation for yet more Italian marvels that lay ahead.

Lucca Skyline

Day 6: Journey to La Spezia with a Lyrical Interlude in Lucca

Today marks another fascinating transition as you trade Florence’s Renaissance splendor for the coastal charm of La Spezia. Along the way, you’ll pause for a magical sojourn in Lucca, a hidden gem in Tuscany’s illustrious landscape.

Morning Departure: Your Personalized Transfer

Begin your day meeting your driver-guide, who will whisk you away on a scenic drive. As you travel, you’re not just going from point A to point B—you’re journeying through a tapestry of Italian history and natural beauty.

Lucca: A Tuscan Treasure

Your first stop is Lucca, a city that cradles its Roman and medieval heritage like a well-kept secret. As you step into this charming city nestled at the foot of the Apuan Alps, you’ll be greeted by its grand medieval walls. Over the years, these fortifications have been lovingly transformed into a pedestrian promenade adorned with lush foliage and inviting benches. Here, you’re free to explore at your own pace—perhaps take a leisurely bike ride around the walls, wander through its ancient streets, or simply sit and soak up the Tuscan sun.

Late Afternoon Arrival in La Spezia

Your journey resumes as you continue towards La Spezia, the gateway to the captivating Cinque Terre region. As you arrive in the late afternoon, you’ll settle into your fully-inspected accommodation, strategically located to offer you the best of this enchanting coastal area.

Overnight in La Spezia: Preparing for Coastal Wonders

After your enlightening detour through Lucca, enjoy a tranquil evening in La Spezia. Your room, equipped with a private bath and the promise of a delightful daily breakfast, serves as the perfect place to unwind and anticipate the next leg of your unforgettable Italian adventure.

Day 7: A Symphony of Colors and Flavors in Cinque Terre

As dawn breaks over La Spezia, prepare for a day of awe-inspiring vistas and soul-stirring experiences as you set out to explore the illustrious Cinque Terre on your own during your free day. 

Morning Exploration: Cinque Terre Card Experience

Embark on your day of discovery with the highly recommended Cinque Terre Card, an all-inclusive ticket designed to enhance your explorations. This card allows for seamless train travel between the villages, providing a carefree way to soak in the beauty that each unique locale has to offer.

The Five Jewels of the Ligurian Coast

Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands,” is a harmony of five beguiling towns—Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare—each boasting its own unique charm and palette of colors. Imagine houses clinging to steep cliffs, overlooking an emerald sea; streets filled with the aroma of freshly cooked seafood and local pastries; vineyards perched on terraces sculpted into the hillsides.

Humans and Nature: A Beautiful Symphony

The awe doesn’t stop at the scenic views. The Cinque Terre region is a magnificent testament to humanity’s ability to live in symbiosis with nature. Locals have not only adapted to their rugged environment, but they’ve enriched it with olive groves, vineyards, and citrus orchards. This coexistence between man and nature, tradition and landscape, creates a tangible, almost magical bond that you will feel as you walk along the trails or sample the local produce.

Overnight in La Spezia: Reflect and Rejuvenate

As the sun sets over the Ligurian Sea, find your way back to your fully-inspected accommodation in La Spezia, complete with all the amenities you need for a restful evening. Reflect on the day’s adventures and look forward to your daily breakfast and yet another day of Italian wonders. Your room, situated in the historic city center, will be your sanctuary, offering a private bath and a peaceful atmosphere where you can truly absorb the remarkable experiences you’ve collected throughout the day.

Cinque Terre Many Colours

Day 8: A Fond Farewell and New Beginnings

As you wake up in La Spezia, the Ligurian sun marks not just a new day, but also the close of an extraordinary Italian journey you’ll carry in your heart forever. After a sumptuous breakfast at your accommodation, it’s time to say “Arrivederci” to this magnificent chapter of your Italian adventure.

Independent Departure: La Spezia as Your Finale

Your tour officially concludes in La Spezia, leaving you free to chart your own course to your next destination or back home. From this point, you’re responsible for your own transfer to either a train station or the airport.

Optional Transfer Service: An Elevated Ending

For those seeking a seamless transition, we offer an optional private transfer service to Florence or Rome, either to the airports or train stations. It’s an excellent way to bid goodbye to Italy with the same comfort and style that you’ve enjoyed throughout your journey.

As you make your way to your next destination, whether it’s back home or another corner of the world, carry with you the memories, tastes, and experiences of a land that has been, for centuries, the epitome of art, culture, and breathtaking beauty. Until we meet again, Italy will be waiting to welcome you back for another chapter of exploration and wonder.

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2024 Departure Dates

Departure Days:

  • March: Tuesdays and Sundays
  • April to October: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays

Blackout Dates:

  • March: 26, 31
  • April: 22, 24, 28, 30
  • May: 26, 27, 28, 29
  • June: 5, 9, 16
  • August: 14
  • September: 8, 9

We invite you to join us on this exquisite journey, where each day is a blend of classic allure and modern comfort, all framed by the unparalleled beauty of Italy.

Milanese sights

2024 Prices

Pricing is in Euros and is per person. 

MonthEuro (€)
MAR€2,740
APR€2,830
MAY€3,140
JUN€3,240
JUL€3,000
AUG€2,760
SEP€3,260
OCT€3,010

Room Availability Disclaimer:

Please note that for the duration of this tour, only double rooms are available. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests for single or triple rooms on this particular journey. We appreciate your understanding and are committed to ensuring your stay is as comfortable and luxurious as possible within these specifications.

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Tuscany at Dusk

Featured Hotels: Your Home Away from Home

  • Rome: Hotel Degli Aranci, Villa Glori or similar
  • Florence: Hotel Executive or similar
  • La Spezia: CDH La Spezia or similar

Overview

This is a Semi-Escorted tour which means you are traveling solo but your sightseeing tours are small group and you have access to our local assistance while traveling.

Prepare to be swept off your feet on this 7-night, 8-day journey that epitomizes the essence of La Dolce Vita—The Sweet Life. Your Italian love affair begins in Rome, the Eternal City where history and culture resound in every corner. Stand in the colossal Colosseum and imagine the valor of gladiators, then wander through the Vatican Museums to admire art that has captivated hearts for centuries. The ethereal beauty of the Sistine Chapel is the cherry on top of your Roman experience, leaving an everlasting impression.

The scene shifts to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. A guided exploration leads you through this living museum—its streets brimming with architectural marvels and sculptural masterpieces. The highlight is an intimate encounter with Michelangelo’s David at the renowned Accademia Gallery, a moment that brings you face-to-face with artistic genius.

Yet, the allure of Tuscany beckons you further. Your Grand Tour of this iconic region escorts you through the ancient splendor of Siena, the medieval towers of San Gimignano, the wine-infused landscapes of Chianti, and to Pisa—where the Leaning Tower provides a picture-perfect memory. A brief interlude in the charming city of Lucca adds an extra layer of Tuscan enchantment.

As your train pulls into La Spezia, prepare for the grand finale: the vivid, gravity-defying villages of Cinque Terre. Armed with your Cinque Terre Card, meander through these coastal gems, where the palette of nature’s blues and the pastels of human creation create an awe-inspiring mosaic.

Your 8-day saga culminates with a mental scrapbook filled with Italy’s irreplaceable art, gastronomic treasures, and soul-stirring landscapes. As you bid ‘Arrivederci’ to this dreamlike escapade, you’ll realize you’re not leaving Italy; you’re taking a piece of it with you in your heart.

What's Included

Included

What’s Included in Your Grand Italian Adventure

To ensure an unforgettable experience, Italy4Real has meticulously curated a selection of services and offerings for your 8-day adventure through Rome, Florence, and La Spezia.

Inclusive Services and Offerings:

  • Personalized Local Support: Full access to our local staff in Italy via phone, text, or WhatsApp. We’re here to assist you in real-time throughout your journey.
  • Curated Accommodations:
    • 2 nights in Rome at hotels like Hotel Degli Aranci or Villa Glori
    • 3 nights in Florence at Hotel Executive or similar
    • 2 nights in La Spezia at CDH La Spezia or similar
    • All of our accommodations are fully inspected, situated in historic city centers, and offer private bath and daily breakfast.
  • Comprehensive Touring:
    • Full-day Small Group Tour in Rome covering the Vatican Museum, Colosseum, and the heart of Rome.
    • Half-day Small Group Tuscany Grand Tour.
    • Half-day Small Group Florence Walks with a visit to Accademia Gallery.
  • Effortless Transportation:
    • Private transfer from your hotel in Rome to Rome Termini Station.
    • High-speed train from Rome to Florence with reserved seating.
    • Private transfer from Florence to La Spezia, featuring an en-route stop in Lucca.
    • Cinque Terre Card for independent train travel through the stunning Cinque Terre region.

Digital Companion: Complimentary electronic city guides to enhance your urban explorations.

Not Included

What’s Not Included: For Your Information

  • Airfare to and from Italy. However, we offer free research and pricing services for finding the best airfare—an exclusive service only for Italy4Real customers.
  • Travel insurance, which we strongly recommend for your peace of mind.
  • City taxes to be paid directly at the hotel.
  • Transfers to meet your guide for the scheduled tours, and return transfers to your hotel after the tours, unless specified otherwise.
  • Transfers to and from train stations, unless specifically noted.

Pricing Transparency: Our Euro-Centric Approach

We place a premium on offering extraordinary value in concert with exceptional services, hence all our package prices are stated in Euros. Here’s why this matters:

Clarity in Financial Dealings

By presenting prices in Euros, we ensure you receive the most straightforward and competitive rates, devoid of hidden costs that often lurk in U.S. Dollar quotations due to ever-changing exchange rates.

Staying Ahead of Currency Trends

Our team of Travel Specialists is perpetually monitoring the value of the Euro against other principal currencies. This proactive approach enables us to guide you on the ideal moment to lock in your payment, thereby maximizing your financial well-being.

Billing Made Clear

Each invoice you receive is meticulously crafted to display the current exchange rate, ensuring absolute clarity in your financial transactions. With Italy4Real, what you see is what you get—no hidden fees or unanticipated charges.

Payment Flexibility Tailored For You

We solidify the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro solely at the time of your concluding payment, allowing you the leeway to capitalize on favorable exchange rates as they arise.

Your choice of Italy4Real as your European tour partner is deeply valued. We consider your satisfaction and the value we provide to be the cornerstone of our service.

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