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Like a well-made espresso, this trip is a short, strong hit of all things Italian! Walk in the footsteps of Roman Emperors & throw your 3 coins in the Trevi fountain. Enjoy traditional Tuscan hospitality, art & architecture in Renaissance Florence. Then finish up by wandering the tiny streets of Venice.
DETAILS
Starting fromR13 930
Package ValiditySet departure dates between 04 - 18 NOV 2017.  *** Book & pay by 14 JUN 2017 & SAVE 7.5%, discount already included in the price ***
Duration8 days
DestinationItaly
Starts inRome
Ends inVenice/Rome
Age Group
18 - 35 years

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- 7 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & selected dinners
- Assistance of a Trip Manager & Driver team
- Touring by coach
- Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary


** Tour operates from 21 OCT 2017 - 17 MAR 2018. Please enquire with your Travel Agent for dates & prices.

 

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Arrive Rome

Check-in to your hotel, drop off your stuff, meet your Trip Manager & travel buddies at 4:00pm & head out into the streets of Italy to get a sneak peek at vibrant Rome. Stylish Rome oozes energy & overflows with relics from another age. Get into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia & Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain & throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!). Tonight will be one to remember. At a popular pizzeria, you’ll enjoy pizza as it was meant to be (with a thin crispy crust, fresh tomato & loaded with delicious mozzarella). Learn a thing or two about making them as you watch a professional piazzolo demonstrate how it’s done!

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Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge & uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. Then check-out the smallest country in the world & home to the Pope, the Vatican City. There’s included entry & our Local Guide to show you St Peter’s Basilica & Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Take off into the city & absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés & bars. In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys. Tonight, hook up with your new friends & dive into Rome’s night action with your buddies & start your travels off with a night to remember.

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Rome to Florence

Cruise through rural Umbria & terraced vineyards to breath-taking Renaissance Florence. Jumpstart your time here uncovering this open-air museum. Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings & explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Tonight, we eat in a humming local restaurant, right in the heart of Florence. After dinner, sit back & relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.

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Florence

The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above the city centre, which serves up frescoes, markets & priceless art. With a free day, you’ve got plenty of time to get a feel for Florence. Take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making with the group & understand this region’s traditional art. Get inspired at the famous Uffizi Gallery & see paintings from the masters like da Vinci & Raphael. Wander along the pretty Ponte Vecchio for some boutique shopping or rummage through the city’s local markets. With bargains & bustle, they are a great place to hang out, so grab a gelato & enjoy this gorgeous city. Tonight, there’s an optional group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting & kick back Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine. Then with a night out & get your groove on at Florence’s biggest club.

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Florence

Today, we get out into the fantastic Tuscan countryside, known for its iconic cypress trees & delicious olive oil. Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed “Medieval Manhattan”. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region’s rolling hills. Explore the village & pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or percorino cheese. Then, we stop off for our included wine tasting. In an historic villa, the group will see a working winery, complete with its old cellar & vats. Here you can learn more about the region’s wines as you taste a glass or two of the local wine.

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Florence to Venice

This morning, we stop by Pisa & get up close to the famous Leaning Tower! Then onwards to Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Get Romantic in the city that was the setting for the most famous love story of all time - Romeo & Juliet. Check out the main shopping street & the Roman arena. Dinner will be included before heading on to Venice.

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Venice

Known as the “floating city”, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes & linked by a network of canals. The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge’s Palace & the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons & all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty & way of life. Take some time to explore the floating city & lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi & markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures & the Rialto market – a local favourite for food shopping. Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square & eat some delicious Italian food al fresco. Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends – seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

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Depart Venice / Rome

The trip ends after breakfast in Venice & it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a free transfer back to Rome where your trip ends when you arrive.

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