Ultimate Italy: Winter

Classic, Rome to Venice

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From the delightful small towns of Umbria to Venice's splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in Italy’s delights in the winter, when the crowds are fewer and the food and drink in even greater abundance than usual. Marvel at the Renaissance glories of Tuscany and sample the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery. Experience the best of Italy in winter in this all-encompassing tour.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Umbria Wine Tasting, Assisi Hands-on: Balsamic Vinegar Tasting, Modena
  • Rome orientation walk
  • Traditional Roman meal
  • Piazzale Michelangelo visit (Florence)
  • Umbria wine tasting
  • Assisi old town visit
  • Basilica of San Francesco visit (Assisi)
  • Medieval hill town of Gubbio visit (half-day)
  • Modena day trip and balsamic vinegar tasting
  • Venice orientation walk

Highlights

  • Indulge in a traditional roman meal
  • Sip a cappuccino in a piazza in florence
  • Visit the medieval town of gubbio
  • Wonder the streets of modena
  • Revel in the breathtaking piazza san marco in venice

Itinerary

Day 1 Rome There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Rome (1B, 1D) Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 3 Rome/Assisi (1B) Travel by local train to delightful Umbria, staying in hilltop Assisi. Enjoy an included tasting of the exceptionally good local wines. Make time to visit the famous Basilica of San Francesco. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Umbria Wine Tasting Transport: Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Assisi (1B) Visit the medieval stone town of Gubbio, with its 'Fountain of the Crazy People'. Gubbio's other claim to fame is the 'Biggest Christmas Tree in the World' — not a real tree, but a huge set of lights trailing up the hill behind the town in the shape of a Christmas tree, topped by a giant illuminated star. Included Activities: Gubbio Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Assisi (1B) Spend the day exploring Assisi or one of the nearby Umbrian towns, such as the province's capital, Perugia.
Day 6 Assisi/Florence (1B) Continue to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and most photographed vista of the city. Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city. Included Activities: Piazzale Michelangelo Walk Transport: Local train (2.50 hour(s))
Days 7-8 Florence For the foodies, check out the Mercato Centrale and any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. You could spend a lifetime exploring this fantastic city. If you want to go further afield, take a trip to medieval Siena.
Day 9 Florence/Bologna (1B) Head by train to Bologna. This lovely city is famous for its local cuisine, markets, university, and beautiful architecture. Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of the town and free time to explore. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Bologna (1B) Head to nearby Modena by regional train and enjoy a tasting of the city's most famous product – balsamic vinegar. Included Activities: Day Trip Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Transport: Local train (0.50 hour(s)) Local train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Bologna/Venice (1B) Journey north to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train (1.50-2.50 hours)
Day 12 Venice (1B) Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.
Day 13 Venice (1B) We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.
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