Best of Italy

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    See classic Italy from Rome to romantic Venice

    La dolce vita – the good life – is exactly what the Best of Italy trip is all about. Starting in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and ending by the canals of Venice, uncover the best of northern Italy. Experience classic Italian food, wine, history and style – all the things this wonderful country is famous for – and discover immense natural beauty while travelling through this spectacular corner of Europe.

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    Day 1 Rome
    Buongiorno! Your Italian adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight.

    Day 2 Rome / Florence
    Enjoy some free time in Rome.  No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. In the afternoon you’ll travel by train from Rome to Florence, Italy’s ‘outdoor museum’.  After checking in to your hotel, the rest of your evening is free to explore the city of the Renaissance.

    Day 3 Florence
    Today is a free day for you to explore all that Florence has to offer. 

    Day 4 Lucca
    This afternoon you’ll take a train to Lucca, one of Tuscany’s real hidden gems, with centuries-old buildings, beautiful churches, charming piazzas and narrow streets within the ancient city ramparts.  In Lucca, you’ll stay in some unique accommodation – your own private apartments.

    Day 5 Pisa / Lucca
    Set off on a cycling tour following the scenic Serchio River through the Tuscan countryside. Your base in Lucca provides you with the perfect opportunity for a later outing to the nearby city of Pisa (approximately 30 minutes by local train).

    Day 6 Lucca
    Today is a free day in Lucca to take in all the sights that this city has to offer.

    Day 7 La Spezia
    Travel by train to La Spezia, an important naval base that’s now the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre, or ‘Five lands’ in English. A medieval port town whose name is derived from its historic importance in the spice trade, La Spezia is your base for exploring the nearby stunning stretch of coast known as the Cinque Terre (approximately 30 minutes by train).

    Day 9 Portofino Peninsula / Asti
    Travel by train to Santa Margherita on the Peninsula of Portofino. Store your luggage and set off on an energetic 5-7 kilometre walk, finishing at the glamorous resort of Portofino. Continue by train to Asti in the Piedmont region, where mouth-watering culinary delights await.

    Day 10 Asti
    The town of Asti is located in the Piedmont region and it was one of the most important town in medieval times, sitting on trade routes between Turin, Milan, and Genoa. Today you’ll take a bus to the green hills of the nearby rural village of Castagnole Monferrato, where you’ll visit the home of a local winemaking family to sample their vintages.

    Day 11 Milan / Italian Lakes
    Travel by train to Milan, Italy’s second largest city and the capital of Lombardy, Italy’s wealthiest province.  After half a day in Milan, late in the afternoon continue by train and bus to Lake Como, an area of stunning beauty full of unique and evocative landscapes. Arrive in Como and head up to your base in the small town of Cadenabbia. This small town has a feeling of exclusivity and seclusion, and your accommodation sits right on the lake with incredible views.

    Day 12 Italian Lakes
    This morning, board a ferry to travel across the blue waters of Lake Como to the pretty village of Bellagio. The rest of the day is free to take the ferry between the various parts of this area of Lake Como, like Varenna, Cadenabbia, or the beautiful Villa Balbianello.

    Day 13 Venice
    Leave the lakes behind and head for another watery wonderland, taking the train to Venice.  There are plenty of things to keep you busy when you arrive. The Grand Canal is a great place to start, as you can stroll over the Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amounts of boutique shops that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware.

    Day 14 Venice
    Venture out and explore Venice today.  No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. In the evening, maybe gather your fellow travellers for a final group dinner of Venetian specialities like fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, before this trip comes to an end.

    Day 15 Venice
    There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to see in Venice you may want to consider extending your stay.


    7 breakfasts

    Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Metro, Train

    Hotel (11 nights), Private apartment (3 nights)

    Included activities

    • Rome Orientation walk
    • Piazzale Michelangelo Picnic Florence
    • Lucca Bicycle Tour
    • Pisa Half Day Trip
    • Cinque Terre Day
    • Trip Portofino Peninsula Walk and Boat Ride
    • Asti Winery Visit
    • Asti Bike Ride
    • Milan Duomo Roof Visit
    • Milan Half Day Trip
    • Lake Como Ferry Pass
    • Venice Traghetto Ride


    Images courtesy of Intrepid Group