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5-Day Best of Italy Trip

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Roma, Italy

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Overview

Visit Italy’s top destinations on this 5-day tour from Rome. With a mix of free time and guided portions, this is an ideal introduction to the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Check out the historical cities of Assisi, Siena, and Montepulciano; soak up Florence’s wealth of art and architecture; and then continue to Padua and Bologna before arriving in Venice, home to sights like St. Mark's Basilica. Four nights of accommodation in Florence and Venice, some meals, and round-trip transport by coach are included.
  • 5-day tour of Italy from Rome with hotel accommodation in Florence and Venice
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Get to know Tuscany during visits to Siena, Florence, and Montepulciano
  • Learn about Florence’s Renaissance architecture on a walking tour
  • See St. Mark's Square and skip the line into St. Mark's Basilica
  • Four nights of centrally-located hotel accommodation included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Onboard WiFi
Professional guide
Four nights of hotel accommodation
Meals as per itinerary
Breakfast (4)
Lunch (2)
Dinner (2)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
City tax

Departure Point

Bettoja Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, Via Cavour, 18, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 5-day tour from Rome starts with the drive into the Umbria region, where you visit Assisi, a hilltop town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Tuscany, one of Italy’s most beloved regions, to explore Siena and Florence, and pass iconic sights like the Duomo along the way. Then move on to Bologna, Padua, and Venice.

Two nights of accommodation in Florence and two nights in Venice are included at your choice of accommodation level (select when booking); some meals are included, and you have free time to enjoy other meals on your own. Hotels are centrally located to provide easy access to the cities’ top attractions and activities. When you’re with your guide, enjoy walking tours and learn about these different regions and cities of Italy, from art and history to cuisine and way of life.

Please note: Rates do not include city taxes, which you pay directly at the hotels upon arrival or check-out according to local city board procedure. City taxes change according to the hotel category. Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking. In the rare event that the mentioned hotel is unavailable, you are accommodated in another centrally located hotel of the same star rating. During high season, this tour operates in English only.
Itinerary
Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi
The Basilica of San Francesco since 2000 has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with a series of Franciscan sites in the Umbrian area. The Basilica of San Francesco is the sacred place par excellence of Assisi, since here the remains of the famous saint are preserved and preserved. The Basilica is made up of a complex of immense artistic value, both for its architectural structures and for its precious frescoes and interior decorations, which sees two different buildings blend in harmoniously.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Piazza del Campo
Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy. Fulcrum of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo, with its particular shell shape, in which the famous Palio is held. The Palio di Siena is a passionate horse race that takes place every year, in July and August, its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century. According to legend, Siena was founded by Senio, son of Remus, and in the city there are several statues depicting the legendary Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf. Piazza del Campo is the central core of Siena since Roman times, which had their Forum here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 4* Hotel in Florence
Meals:
 Dinner  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, hosts many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of the most famous places is the Duomo, the cathedral with a tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi and Giotto's bell tower. Florence with its museums, palaces and churches houses some of the most important artistic treasures of the world. The most important churches are from Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce When you feel tired of seeing museums and art galleries, go outside and you will discover that in Florence it is also nice to just stroll through the beautiful streets of the historic center. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is an imposing Gothic-style church built on the site where the ancient cathedral of Florence stood, the Church of Santa Reparata, the cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, while the beautiful dome was added in the fifteenth century. The facade is covered with pink, white and green marbles.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria has been at the center of Florence's political life since the 14th century. The Piazza has seen the realization of important historical events and great triumphs, such as the return of the Medici in 1530. The famous sculptures located in Piazza della Signoria have references to the political affairs of Florence, with some contrasts. The David (the original is in the Accademia Gallery) was built by Michelangelo and positioned in front of the Palazzo Vecchio to symbolize the power of the Florentine Republic in contrast to the tyranny of the Medici. The Neptune (1575) of Ammannati recalls the maritime ambitions of the Medici.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Basilica of Santa Croce
Santa Croce, rebuilt for the Franciscan order in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the burial place of the great and powerful of Florence: Michelangelo, Rossini, Macchiavelli and the Pisan Galileo Galilei, who was condemned by the Inquisition and who, therefore, he could not have a Christian burial until 1737, or 95 years after his death. There is also a memorial to Dante, but his sarcophagus is empty (he was buried in Ravenna, after his exile from Florence).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4* Hotel in Florence
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
Piazza Maggiore
Piazza del Nettuno Founded in 1565 with the aim of highlighting the statue of Neptune to which it owes its name, the square was the result of a work that saw the enlargement of the space existing between the Palazzo del Comune and the Palazzo del Podestà through the demolition of one block of buildings. The new square would have given a new character to all the surrounding space, joining Piazza Maggiore. Heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore is the result of centuries-old transformations that enriched it gradually with important buildings: the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo dei Notai, the Palazzo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podestà and the Palazzo dei Banchi.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Basilica di San Petronio
The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna: it dominates the Piazza Maggiore and, although it is largely unfinished, it is one of the largest churches in Europe. Its imposing size makes it the fourth largest church in Italy.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The Basilica of St. Anthony
The Basilica of Sant'Antonio, known as "Il Santo", is the most important religious center of the city, and a destination for thousands of pilgrims who invade the city every year, and in particular on June 13, feast of the Saint the famous procession. The large building has a complex fusion of styles in its complex structure: Romanesque elements in the bell-shaped façade, Gothic in the ambulatory with the seven chapels, Byzantine in the eight domes covered in lead and Moorish in the two slender and slender bell towers.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 4* Hotel in Mestre (Tourist Superior) 4* Hotel in Venice Island (First Category)
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Piazza San Marco
Elegant, precious, inimitable, fun, romantic: this is Venice, a gem of the Venetian and Italian tourist scene, where churches, palaces, ancient bridges, monuments and squares tell the artistic and cultural liveliness that marked and still marks the history of this city. The heart of Venice is the splendid Piazza San Marco, the most elegant living room in Europe, surrounded by works of unquestionable value: the imposing bell tower and the Basilica with its five portals and the decorations of marble and mosaics that anticipate the magnificence and interior riches; the Palazzo Ducale, symbol of the golden age of the Serenissima; the Torre dei Mori, better known as the Clock Tower, for the engineering masterpiece that has marked the time of Venice for centuries; the Napoleonic Wing, where the Correr Museum is located.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Ponte dei Sospiri
From the Bridge of Sighs legend emerges that the name, at the time of the Serenissima, would have been attributed to the fact that crossing it the prisoners sighed because they were aware of the fact that it would be the last time that, before being imprisoned, they would see the outside world .
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 4* Hotel in Mestre (Tourist Superior) 4* Hotel in Venice Island (First Category)
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Piazza Grande a Montepulciano
Montepulciano, famous for the wine to which it gives its name, stands on a hill 600 meters above sea level: from this height it is easy to get lost with the look between the green Tuscan hills, the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards and the cypress trees that mark pleasantly the whole landscape. From the Tower of the Renaissance Palace of Montepulciano the view reaches the Sibillini Mountains and the Cimone
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Rome hotel details must be provided in the 'special requirements' field on booking. If you do not leave these details at this stage, you must call the local supplier at least 48 hours before your tour starts
  • Please note that this escorted tour operates in English (monolingual from April to October), Spanish (bilingual), Portuguese (bilingual) and French (bilingual)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Day Best of Italy Trip?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during 5-Day Best of Italy Trip?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What is the maximum group size during 5-Day Best of Italy Trip?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

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  • "You require good walking / comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking to do." See review
  • "We would definitely recommend paying for the highest category for the hotels; it is worth it." See review
  • "This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details." See review

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Excellent Trip
Johan E
, Nov 2019
I really enjoyed this trip, it gives you an all around with all these different stops. Our tour guide Clara and driver Gigi were awesome, they our life easier and took care of our group all the time.
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Fantastic Experience for single travelers with limited time...Thanks to Sabrina & Co!
Desmond C
, Nov 2019
Following my sister's wedding in Sardinia, Italy this September (hotel Su Gologne is highly recommended, BTW!), I found myself with some (albeit not a lot of) extra time on my hands and a hankering to see more of Italy...What to do? Though I didn't have enough time (or cardiovascular endurance) to take a cycling tour of Italy like I wanted to, I was fortunate to stumble onto this 5-day tour of Italy, which fit my schedule almost perfectly. The tour offers visits to many of the major sites of Northern Italy in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, albeit one with shaky wi-fi at times (I'd recommend getting SIM card through Orange - only $65 Canadian for a ridiculous 20GB of Data). Sure, with such a short timeframe, it's not easy to fully enjoy all the sites on offer (especially Rome and Venice - well worth a repeat visit, despite being overcrowded with tourists like us), but this is where a good tour guide comes in - and boy did we get a good one! Sabrina, our chief tour guide was instrumental in not only smoothly coordinating the tour - no mean feat given the number of tour options, passenger requests, wandering/lost passengers, inevitable miscommunications, etc. etc.) but also in helping us to extract the maximum value out of our experiences - with helpful recommendations and tips for obtaining the best experiences given time and budget constraints (e.g., best restaurants, can't-miss sights and unique shopping experiences) at each stop. To be sure, this is what one would expect from a good tour guide, but Sabrina's knowledge and experience went beyond those of a typical guide's to include suggestions for less touristy experiences (especially in Venice), that was a welcome relief for me, at least! Sabrina and her team coordinated all this in 3 languages (and counting!) whilst remaining light, fun and accessible while calmly dealing with hair-raising events (e.g., missing, lost or late passengers; "pressing" passenger requests). This serene attitude fostered a sense of community among the passengers on our bus and helped us to bond and make friends with each other. As a solo traveler, I really appreciated this. Lastly, I loved the fact that Sabrina and Co. remained so knowledgeable about current/trends events in Italy (e.g., the impact of increased tourism on the lives of native Venetians). So, for you Reddit fans out there: TLDR: Great overview tour of Northern Italy. Ask for Sabrina!
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5-Day Best of Italy Trip
bskier
, Oct 2019
I loved this. I never would have been able to see and do all the wonderful things if I planned this on my own. The accommodations and selected restaurants were great choices with good food. Bus driver (Antonio) was awesome and our guide made sure we knew exactly where to be when. I highly recommend if you want to see a lot in a short period of time.
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A well-planned trip to see the best of the Northern Italy!
kitc291
, Sep 2019
I recently completed this tour with Carrani Tours (English languages) on 11th September 2019. Our tour guide, Patrizia was professional, lovely and funny. She is an experienced tour guide and took care of us well. Antonio, the bus driver was nice and worked very hard to get all of our luggages in and out from the bus. The itinerary is good overall for first timers especially to get the best of the places in Northern Italy. The only one big comment I want to emphasize here is Viator DID NOT state clearly that some of the tours to places have additional costs. Here's the options that you will need to pay extra, if you decide to join, which I believe, most of us will: 1) Florentine Museum - Academy Galley - guided tour - EUR 34 2) Pisa - to see the Leaning Tower - EUR 45 3) Venice tour at night - EUR 25 4) Venice - Gondola ride - EUR 35 I took all the options and Gondola ride is the best highlight. Totally worth the experience! Please be advised that most of us were staying in Mestre, rather than in Venice itself (if you book via Viator here). However, the hotel was nice and the dinner was delicious.
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We enjoyed our time in Italy! The 5-Day tour was a great way to see the major sites!
Elizabeth B
, Aug 2019
We were very happy with our 5-Day Italy tour! We saw so many places that we never would have been able to see on our own in such a short amount of time! Our guide, Carlos, was amazing! He was very accommodating to each individual in the group. He was informative and knew a lot about the places we visited. We had plenty of time to explore, but he helped guide us into places where he thought we would get the most out of our free time. The meals were great. Our hotels were nice. We would definitely recommend paying for the highest category for the hotels; it is worth it. This tour is not for the weak! And it is a tour with a group! It is a busy tour which explores a lot of area in a short amount of time. Please take that into consideration when booking. You have to be flexible and able to keep up with a group.
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Great Introduction to Italy
Pioneer01115940994
, May 2019
We took this tour because it was our first trip to Italy and included a lot of the places we were told to visit by friends who were familiar with Italy. Our tour guide was Mirjam and she was great! She was cheerful, knowledgeable and able to communicate clearly with us.Our tour was in English but she also spoke other languages . We especially enjoyed walking through the towns of Assisi and Montepulciano, where the buildings are hundreds of years old and built on hills. In Venice we went to a glass making factory, took an optional gondola ride and optional Venice by Night tour - all great!!. Everywhere you went there was something to see and appreciate the buildings, sculptures, paintings, churches, culture and food. We enjoyed everyday on tour and looked forward to what we would see and experience the next day. We booked our tour for the last week of April and 1st week of May. We didn't know May 1 was a holiday in Italy (labour day) so in some places it had a lot of people. We highly recommend this tour as a great introduction to Italy.
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Wonderful Vacation!
S7313NOricharde
, Mar 2019
We have used Viator previously for European tours and have been very happy with them. This trip was no exception. Let me begin by saying our tour guide, Clara from Rome was outstanding and everyone on the trip loved her. She was like a mother hen to all of us, making sure every detail was covered in such a warm caring way. We got to see a lot in 5 days and one suggestion I would make is if they offer an upgrade package for hotels, I would definitely take it. The hotels are all nice but we took the upgrade based on other reviews and it was so worth it. Part of our group was housed in a hotel on the mainland in Venice and the upgraded group was housed on a beautiful hotel right on the island that was located directly on the canal. We could walk to everything and were in the center of the activated whereas the other group had to take a bus and then a boat to get to the island. Thank you Viator for the option, we would definitely do it again! We continue to trust in Viator for a wonderful vacation experience!
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We were 4 adults and very happy we...
Bianca B
, Jul 2018
We were 4 adults and very happy we took the tour, covered a lot without hassle to move from one city to the other. Our guide Sabrina was amazing. She was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history as well of local shops/restaurants that allow us to taste all local cuisine. I had a mobility limitation and before every stop she always come and talk to me, give me details of the activity and make sure I will be able to make it back to the buss, including arranging taxi for us. This tour is also perfect for people never been to Italy and want to make a quick visit then decide what region they will like to come back and explore in more details.
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Highly recommend taking this tour...
CASMIRA F
, Jun 2018
Highly recommend taking this tour. Clara our guide was amazing and very friendly. Thanks to Stephano who is a great driver brought us safely back to Rome. The best part of this tour was that we met so many friendly people from Australia, Canada, Lebanon and US. You require good walking / comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking to do. All the cities were just beautiful and quaint especially Assisi and Montepulciano. 'The only downside was the cost of the Gondola ride which was a rip off for Euros 35 pp. 4 of us went locally and joined 2 students on the Gondola and we ended paying Euros 88 for 6 of us. I would recommend anyone going on this tour, to do the Gondola ride on your own.
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This was such an amazing trip! Would...
DLBone
, Jan 2018
This was such an amazing trip! Would highly recommend for those wanting to explore as much in a short time.
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