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Florence & Rome Getaway
time 9 Days / 8 Nights

Florence (4 nights), Rome (4)
 
Discover the splendor of Tuscany and the Eternal City, all in a once-in-lifetime adventure.
Travel back to the Renaissance period as you stroll through Florence’s historic center, visit the imposing Duomo and view Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David. Venture out to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower and the charming town of Lucca. Top your stay in Florence with a trip to a local winery to savor Tuscany signature flavors and wines.
Board the fast train to Italy’s Capital City, Rome and get ready to be in awe as you visit its must-sees: from the 2000-year-old Colosseum and the Roman Forums to the Vatican Museums with its impressive collection of art, the stunning Sistine Chapel, and the fascinating St. Peter’s Basilica. At last, take an excursion to the exquisite Villa D’Este and its Gardens at Tivoli and witness its impressive concentration of fountains, cascades, and playful water features, as well as the pavilions, statuary, grottoes, and the views from all the terraces.

inclusionAt a Glance
  • Arrive in Florence
  • Best of Florence with Accademia Gallery
  • Tuscany Wine & Olive Oil Trail
  • Excursion to Pisa & Lucca
  • Florence to Rome
  • Colosseum & Ancient Rome
  • Vatican Museums
  • Villa D'Este & Its Gardens
  • Depart Rome to USA
dates Itinerary
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Arrive in Florence at Peretola Airport. Your private driver will bring you to your hotel in Florence. Rest up and grab some food.  Tomorrow begins your exploration of Italy!

Discover Florence's historic center on this walking tour including the Ponte Vecchio, the imposing Duomo (only from outside), elegant Uffizi Square, the renowned leather market, and the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure.  Want to see more of Florence?  Check out our other Day Tours in Florenceand feel free to add them to your itinerary.  We suggest seeing the incredible Uffizi Gallery (not included in price).

Along this trail, get acquainted with the history of wine and the secret of how to keep long lasting traditions alive. Learn the different characteristics of wine, how distinguish the acidity and taste, and flavor pairing with food. Plus visit an olive oil mill in an ancient noble estate and learn about the olive oil production. This full day experience includes the visit of two wineries and an olive oil mill, one wine tasting at a winery, an olive oil tasting, a typical Tuscan meal with wine tasting, and many photo opportunities all with the friendly feeling of a small and intimate group of wine and olive oil lovers.

Visit two of Tuscany's most important towns - Pisa and Lucca on this day excursion from Florence. Plus enjoy a tasting of the famous Buccellato cake from Lucca.
The first stop today is Pisa! In the heart of the city is Piazza dei Miracoli where you will simultaneously see the Leaning Tower, Baptistery, Cathedral, and the Monumental Cemetery. Each of these buildings are stunning in their own way and have unique stories to tell. Be sure to take a photo of you holding up the leaning tower!
Then continue onto Lucca. Walking along all the small shops, you'll come to the circular Piazza del Mercato which is built on top of the remains of the Roman amphitheater dating back to the second century BC. Also, see the Cathedral of San Martino and the Guinigi tower before tasting the typical cake from Lucca: the Buccellato.

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Florence train station for your high-speed train ride to Rome. Once you've arrived in Rome, you will be met at the train station and taken to your hotel in Rome.

Check in at your hotel. Take a leisurely walk in the historic center and grab a bite to eat, or join our Best of Rome by night tour (not included in the package price).

Explore the most important sights of Ancient Rome - the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with skip the line access. First, visit Rome’s most iconic site, the Colosseum, with your guide who will talk you through the bloody past of the amphitheater, home to gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. Then, head to the Roman Forum to walk along the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” – the main path through the Roman Forum, which once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions as Roman armies returned from war. Finally, see the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the Seven Hills of Rome. From here, admire the views of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure.  Want to see more of Rome?  Check out our other Day Tours in Rome and feel free to add them to your itinerary.  We suggest seeing the incredible Borghese Gallery & Gardens (not included in the package price).

Take a morning tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Enjoy No Wait Access and small groups for the best Vatican experience.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure.  Want to see more of Rome?  Check out our other Day Tours in Rome and feel free to add them to your itinerary.  We suggest joining one of our food tours to sample real Roman street food, less-known meats and cheeses, and amazing wine in a secret cellar (not included in the package price).

Enjoy a private excursion to the ancient village of Tivoli to see its main attractions including Villa D'Este, a masterpiece of the Italian Garden and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a great example of the European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.

You’ll have lunch on your own followed by a free afternoon in Rome. Ask us for a tour or restaurant recommendation for your last night in Rome!

Your Italy Vacation has come to an end as you transfer from your hotel to Rome Fiumicino airport and head back home.