Italy in 12 Days
Eternal Cities & Pompeii
Land in Venice, known for its waterways and canals before heading to Florence to discover its hidden treasures and Renaissance heritage. Explore Rome and admire one of the most romantic cities in the world. Get to know its rich cultural delights, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican City before uncovering the history of legendary Pompeii, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.
12 days trip including flights*
11 days and 10 nights in destination
NYC - VCE
NYC - VCE
FCO - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Venice.* Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive in the romantic city of Venice, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights on this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco. Overnight stay in Venice.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided walking tour through Venice, through the fascinating streets and across the canals; a crossroads of culture where East meets West. Admire the Basilica and Piazza of San Marco next to Gothic-style Doge's Palace, the Campanile and the Clock Tower stand. Soak up the lively atmosphere of the Campo, a bustling square next to the Church of Santa Maria. Continue to marvel at the grand Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo, uncover legendary tales of Marco Polo and finally return to St. Mark’s Square by strolling through the main Venetian shopping street, the Mercerie, and immerse yourself in the historic buzz of the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Venice.
*Optional Gondola Ride Experience: One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.
Why not upgrade your trip with our Cultural Highlights of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, make your own way to the train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Florence. Arrive in Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and self-transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city and keep enjoying the Italian cuisine in this gourmet paradise. Overnight stay in Florence.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the Historic Centre of Florence for a guided walking tour of Florence and discover the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital. Start discovering Piazza Repubblica, one of the fanciest of the city, before heading to Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a building where a local market takes place. Keep exploring the streets of Florence before arriving at the beautiful and well-known Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in the city and one of its main symbols. You will then walk through the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Medieval Florence with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the impressive Florence Cathedral, with its iconic Brunelleschi cupola and the famous Giotto Belltower. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue exploring the captivating sights of Florence. Overnight stay in Florence.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at your leisure to enjoy your last day in the city. Florence's historical centre is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so why not take a stroll on your own to discover its hidden treasures. Overnight stay in Florence.
* Optional Day Trip to Pisa: No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments and visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral before spending time at the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, learning all about the history of this University city along the way.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella station to catch train to Roma Termini station. Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.* The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine!** Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!
** Optional Authentic Italian meal at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori: Enjoy an evening of authentic Italian cuisine in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome. Soak up the atmosphere as you indulge in Italian dishes at a local restaurant.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice-cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*. Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: In the Vatican Museums, admire the works of art in the Patio Della Pigna and the Gallery of Candelabra, among others. Next, visit the inimitable Sistine Chapel to discover the incredible and well-known ceiling paintings of Michelangelo.
Please note: Optional tour available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.
Why not upgrade your trip with our Cultural Highlights of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover one of the most legendary events in Italian history today on an exciting excursion to Pompeii! Head to the meeting point to join the tour and, along the journey, take in the spectacular views before arriving in vibrant Naples where for a brief stop. Afterwards, head towards the eternal silhouette of Mount Vesuvius as you pay a visit to Pompeii, the historic Roman city completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The volcanic ash and lava of the eruption have preserved this ancient city in incredible detail. Explore the ruins of fateful Pompeii, some of which even include the remains of Pompeii's citizens, as if frozen in time. With included entrance tickets, enjoy time to explore the site at your leisure before returning to the tour bus to return to Rome. After an unforgettable day, spend the evening relaxing at your own pace. Overnight stay in Rome.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Rome at your own pace. If you're a lover of Italian cuisine we recommend an optional pasta and Tiramisu masterclass to discover the secrets of authentic Italian cooking!* Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional Pasta-Making & Tiramisu Masterclass: Learn to cook like a local with a 3-hour class focused on the art of making fresh pasta and Tiramisu. Begin by enjoying a glass of prosecco and antipasti before crafting authentic pasta and Tiramisu from scratch, under the supervision of an English-speaking chef. Once the hard work is complete, tuck into your freshly prepared homemade meal, accompanied by a selection of wines. A true celebration of Italian gastronomy!
Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 13 days.
Accommodation: 10 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Best Western Hotel Tritone 4*, Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna, Hotel Plaza Venice, voco Venice Mestre - The Quid.
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Take a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the culture and artistic heritage of the city. Stroll through the city, taste a traditional spritz (own expense) at a local tavern, visit the iconic Rialto Bridge and cruise on the Giudecca Canal!
What's included: Walking tour in Venice with professional guide Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off, entrance fees.
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
Discover the highlights of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, on a guided walking tour. Highlights include the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza San Giovanni, the iconic Florence Cathedral and the Giotto Belltower.
What's included: Walking tour in Florence with professional guide Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off. Food and beverages.
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.
What's included: Skip-the-line entrance tickets: Colosseum - Palatine Hill - Roman Forum, Authorized guide and headphones Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off
Full-Day Excursion to Pompeii
Set off on a full-day excursion to the legendary ruins of Pompeii, devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.
What's included: Expert tour leader, brief stop in Naples, skip-the-line entrance tickets to Pompeii Not included: Pompeii guide not included
Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy
Make the most of your time in Italy with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and a gondola ride in Venice
What's included: Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & Gondola ride experience in Venice
Gondola Ride in Venice
One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal.
What's included: 35 minute Gondola Ride Not included: Pick up and drop off, guide
Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower
No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral and admire the famous Leaning Tower!
What's included: Round trip journey by GT Coach, expert multilingual escort, guided tour of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli with professional guide, admission fee to Pisa Cathedral. Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off, meals, drinks and any other service not mentioned in included
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion
Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.
What's included: Professional licensed guide, headsets, pick up service from centrally located hotels Not included: Drop off at hotels. Pick up from hotels not located in the downtown area.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Venice, Rome - US.
- Domestic High-speed train in Standard Class: Venice Mestre - Florence - Rome.
- 10 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 10 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Guided walking tours in Florence and Venice.
- Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in Rome
Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night).
Please note: this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group. As an independent tour, the dates of the excursions may differ based on the availability of the tours. The final date will be available on the voucher uploaded on your Exoticca account prior to departure.
- Entry requirementsValid passport required.
- VisaNo visa is required to enter the country.
- Electricity220 V. No adapter required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.
- Time zoneGMT + 01:00.
- Other useful informationItalian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.italia.it/en/home.html
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
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