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When in Italy, do as the Italians do! On this trip of four classic cities, pick up skills that are quintessentially Italian and fun for the whole family. Learn how to row a gondola in the beautiful city of Venice and discover the ancient art of mask-making! In Florence, you will learn how to whip up some delicious pizza and gelato from an expert chef. Discover the secrets of Rome, from Trastavere to Tiber Island, and step into the shoes of a gladiator for a day. Finally, in the southern coastal city of Sorrento, enjoy hiking the Path of the Gods and explore the Blue Grotto in Capri.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4VeniceSt. Mark’s Basilica & Square, Palazzo Ducale, Grand CanalHotel Da Bruno, Antiche Figure Hotel
4 - 7FlorenceRenaissance History, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery & Galleria dell’AccademiaPalazzo Castri 1874, Hotel Brunelleschi
7 - 11RomeSt. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Trevi FountainHotel degli Aranci, Donna Camilla Savelli
11 - 14SorrentoBay of Naples, Baroque Architecture & Cobbled Alleys, Artisanal Crafts & Shops, Lemon GrovesImperial Hotel Tramontano, Hotel Antiche Mura

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Venice airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Venice

3 Nights

Venice automatically features among the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world! From stunning palaces by the Grand Canal to paintings of Renaissance masters on the city’s many churches, and the Teatro la Fenice’s ornate setting with its gilded boxes, Venice is all about the celebration of rich cultural treasures

Included Activities

Comprehensive Walking Tour of Venice
Set off on this fascinating walking discovery of this splendid city on the water with a stroll around the historic Piazza San Marco, Venice’s main public square. Admire the architectural beauty of the buildings around, such as the majestic Italo-Byzantine Saint Mark’s Basilica. Step inside the shrine also known as Golden Basilica, avoiding the queues for a closer look at its magnificent altar, Pala d’Oro, which is decorated with thousands of sparkling gems and precious stones. Enjoy a guided tour of the treasury, which houses religious art collected over the centuries and learn about the history of the ancient basilica from your expert guide as well as the provided audio device. Afterward, head to the imposing Palazzo Ducale, also known as the Doge’s Palace, built in Venetian Gothic style. Set off from Giardinetti Reali and admire the exquisite ornamentation and the unique architecture of the palace, which has significant Renaissance and Mannerist influences too. Look up in awe at the massive Chamber of the Great Council, counted among one of the largest rooms on the continent. Later, accompany your guide across the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs that links the palace to the New Prison. Saunter past the iconic Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, and the three-building cluster Procuratie to reach the splendid Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo square with the spectacular Pantheon of Venice. Listen to lesser-known historical facts and anecdotes as you amble by the erstwhile residence of the famous explorer Marco Polo and admire the 17th-century Malibran Theater. Make your way back to San Marco along the bustling Mercerie with its numerous luxury boutiques. (Half Day; Time: 0845 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that this tour involves plenty of walking. On some days, the Golden Basilica tour may not be available owing to church services or exceptionally high tides. In this case, the tour may be availed the next day or a refund issued. Appropriate clothing is to be worn when visiting the cathedral and shorts or tank tops are not permitted. Backpacks are also not permitted for security reasons.)

Turn Into a Venetian Gondolier
Head to the Sacca Misericordia Marina where you will try your hand at rowing a gondola like a true Venetian! Look forward to an exciting experience as you step into a sturdy, traditional handcrafted Venetian boat known as a batella or coda do gambero. Follow the directions of your experienced instructor as you attempt to master the Venetian style of rowing. Stand up and face forward as the gondoliers do before you begin gliding through the canals. Row along with your instructor as you set sail out into the lagoon. Once you are comfortable rowing in the lagoon, you will also be allowed to steer the beautiful craft. (Duration: 90 minutes; Time: 1000 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate.)

Venetian Carnival Mask Workshop
Discover the ancient Venetian art of mask-making! Learn the technique of making a papier-mâché carnival mask, the way Venetian artisans have been doing so, for the past 800 years. Find out about important historical information on the use of masks in the city in the last few centuries, why they were worn, how they became popular during the Carnival and more such details! Create your mask to perfectly fit your face, a great memento to take back home. (Half Day; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy)

Boat Excursion to Venetian Islands
Embark on this fun excursion to explore the famous islands of the Venetian lagoon known for their handicrafts and ancient ruins. Set off at a convenient time and step into a motorboat to make your way to Murano, a network of small islets dissected by a big canal. Disembark and head to a glass factory where you will learn all about the traditional techniques of glassblowing. Watch in amazement as a skilled glassblower crafts exquisite pieces of glassware with ease. Return to the boat and sail on to the island of Burano, easily identified by the many painted houses lined along the canal. Get a close look at the techniques used to make the famous fine handmade lace that was once considered the best in Europe. Afterward, travel on to Torcello to see the ancient cathedral and excavations of a baptistery before returning to Venice with unforgettable memories. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
Hotel Da Bruno – Opt 1
RoomDouble Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 7

You will be transferred from your hotel to Venice train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Venice to Florence (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Florence train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Florence

3 Nights

This rich capital of Tuscany, by the River Arno, is home to some of Europe’s most priceless treasures. Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, Michelangelo’s David and Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus are among the many masterpieces that adorn this birthplace of the Renaissance.

Included Activities

Pisa and Lucca Discovery
Start off from your hotel in Florence with your private driver to discover the attractions in Pisa and Lucca. Begin your tour at Miracle Square or Piazza del Duomo best known for its legendary Leaning Tower. Wander around this fine example of medieval art, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Get a closer look at the cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery that together make up the sprawling complex. Around noon, drive over to Lucca where you can stroll around the city center and amble down the quaint streets right up to the walls that make up the public promenade. Stop by the bustling San Michele and Napoleon squares as you watch people stroll by. Get a glimpse of the Ducal Palace and the magnificent Cathedral of San Martino also known as the Duomo of Lucca. Amble on to amphitheater square before making your way to the Romanesque Church of San Frediano dating back to the sixth century. At your own pace, explore other attractions such as the Tower of the Hours set on the famous Via Fillungo and Puccini House with a museum dedicated to the great composer Giacomo Puccini. Return you to your hotel in Florence with cherished memories of a great experience. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy-Moderate.)

Create Authentic Italian Pizza and Gelato
Try your hand at making authentic Italian pizza and gelato in this enjoyable class at MaMa Florence Cooking School. Under the guidance of an expert chef, learn to use locally-sourced, organic ingredients to make a delicious pizza. Master the technique of mixing and kneading pizza dough just the right way even as your chef shares details about the different varieties of pizza found in the country. Know more about Napolitana, the original Italian pizza, and Naples, the city where it was invented. Learn the art of rolling out the perfect pizza dough use the choicest ingredients as topping. Your chef might also offer tips on making fluffy and light focaccia or crunchy and salty Coccoli fried pizza dough. Find out the ideal temperature to bake your pizza as your chef offers tips on heating the electric oven. Start making the gelato by mixing ingredients in the right proportions to end up with a great base or concoct a lactose-free fruit sorbet. Grasp the importance of using fresh, seasonal ingredients alongside unusual ones such as balsamic vinegar and farm-fresh yogurt. Sit down with the chef to relish the dishes you have cooked and bid adieu armed with a graduation certificate. (Half Day; Time: 1530 hrs; Dinner and Two Glasses of Wine Included; Shared Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy. Please let us know well in advance about any food allergies or preferences you may have. All necessary ingredients will be provided and the actual menu will depend on the season and the fresh ingredients available at the time.)

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Executive
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 11

You will be transferred from your hotel to Florence train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Florence to Rome (Duration: 3 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Rome train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Rome

4 Nights

The ancient capital of Rome is a cosmopolitan city today with over 3,000 years of history, culture and architecture. While St. Peter’s Basilica towers over the landscape, Michelangelo’s priceless frescos guard the walls of the Sistine Chapel and priceless art and architecture are seen around every corner.

Included Activities

Secret Rome Walk
Unravel the secrets of this ancient city on a private walking tour as you set off from your centrally located hotel with your knowledgeable guide. Start your exploration in Trastevere, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and stroll across the bustling public square to walk between historic churches and other stately buildings. Saunter across the old Roman bridges that stand over the serene Tiber river as a link to Tiber Island. Amble on to the ancient Jewish quarter of town as you listen to riveting facts and legends about the locality. Walk past the synagogue to the Piazza Delle Cinque Scole, which is a hub of Jewish culture and dotted with kosher eateries. Get a good look at the imposing Porticus Octaviae, which served as a fish market till the end of the 19th-century before stopping to admire the bronze turtles adorning the fountain at Mattei Square. Wind down this fascinating tour with a visit to Teatro Marcello, a theatre that dates back to the Roman Empire. (Half Day; Time: 0900 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring along a light raincoat or umbrella depending on the weather.)

Treasures of Ancient Rome
Marvel at the Colosseum – a symbol of the mighty Roman Empire, which was witness to brutal games between gladiators and wild animals, centuries ago. Accompanied by your expert historian, learn about the Colosseum’s fine engineering, which is a testament to the advanced technology of the Romans. Admiring the majestic architecture, see 80 entrances built for easy access, and a sophisticated system of aqueducts and water fountains to serve the spectators. Observe the carved Tuscan, Ionian, and Corinthian columns that adorn the multiple stories. Exploring various features including the Arena Floor, get a sense of how swords clashed, crowds cheered, and emperors entertained. Walk under the Arch of Constantine, and stroll about the expansive Roman Forum, where modern democracy is believed to have taken shape. Finally, head to Palatine Hill, one among Rome’s seven hills, a site of ancient legends, considered to be the birthplace of its founders Romulus and Remus. Standing amid wildflowers of the Farnese Gardens, enjoy panoramic vistas of surrounding landmark ruins, and the Tiber river beyond. (Half Day; Time: 0900 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Please note that pick-up & drop-off will be at a centrally located hotel. SKIP-THE-LINE tickets included for this tour).

Be a Roman Gladiator
Step into the shoes of a gladiator in this fun activity that is held at the Gladiator School of Rome. Get picked up from your hotel as you head to the school situated on the historic Appian Way near the iconic Colosseum. Begin your transformation into a gladiator as you don the costume comprising of a tunic, traditional belt, and leather gloves. Feel the adrenaline rush as you grasp the rudis or training sword and step into the arena. Learn the nuances of gladiator fighting from experts who belong to the Historic Group of Rome that specializes in reenactments of ancient Roman life and gladiator fights. Unleash your imagination and set loose the gladiator within as you fight off make-believe lions and opponents. Return to your hotel with a certificate of accomplishment as a souvenir of your unique experience! (Half Day; Private Transfer & Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Ideal for families with young children.)

Explore Rome on your own
Discover the numerous attractions of this ancient city at your own pace in this self-guided activity. You could start off your day at the Colosseum, the ancient amphitheater where emperors once hosted gladiator fights. Afterward, you can make your way to the archeological site of Palatine Hill that is the center of Rome’s original seven hills. Stop by the magnificent Pantheon built as a Roman temple that now serves as a church. Amble around the city’s sprawling iconic public squares such as Piazza de Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza Navona to name a few. Take a break for lunch at one of the cafes and bistros that can be found around the squares. Why don’t you top off your meal with gelato, the quintessential Italian sweet treat as you stroll by the gently flowing Tiber river? Escape the afternoon sun as you duck into one of the excellent museums that can be found around the city. Or, make your way to the famous shopping street of Via Condotti with its exclusive boutiques. Amble on to the end of the street where you can throw a coin into the iconic Trevi Fountain before heading on to the Spanish Steps with its sloping staircase and the elegant Barcaccia fountain. Wind up your day at Trastevere with its funky, bohemian vibe as you relish dinner and a drink at one of the quaint trattorias or craft beer pubs. (Full Day; Self-guided Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included).

Hotel Options
RoomDouble Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 11 - 14

You will be transferred from your hotel to Rome train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Rome to Naples (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Naples train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Sorrento

3 Nights

Sorrento is a beautiful coastal town overlooking the Bay of Naples. Celebrated for its high cliffs and panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast, there’s much to savor of the town’s heritage architecture and laid back pace of the good life.

Included Activities

Explore the Ruins of Pompeii
Set off to explore the historic ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii. Walk around the remnants of a civilization destroyed fully by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. See the awe-inspiring site of an ancient city frozen in time after it was buried under 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6 m) of volcanic ash and pumice. Accompany your guide cum archeologist around the western part of town as you listen to details about how life in this splendid city was before the tragedy. Wander among the ruins of important buildings such as the thermal baths, the Basilica, the bakery, the forum, and houses before you resume your onward journey. (En route Activity; Half Day; Duration: 2 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Walking Tour of Capri Island With Blue Grotto
Get picked up from your hotel and head to the port where you can catch the ferry to Capri island. Settle into a comfortable boat for the half-hour ride across the Gulf of Naples to the resort island. Step ashore and accompany your guide on an hour-long walking tour of the vibrant island that is known for its rugged landscape. Amble along the narrow lanes that run amid whitewashed buildings and stop at the vantage viewpoints in Anacapri. Savor stunning views of the sea and the island before you admire the fabulous beauty of the Blue Grotto. This sea cave has unusually blue water that is the result of an extraordinary natural phenomenon involving sunlight. After a busy day of exploring, return by boat to Sorrento to be dropped back at your hotel. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please note the itinerary in Capri is at the guide’s discretion and may vary depending on crowds and queues.)

Hike the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast
Explore one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world in this exciting private activity. Get picked up from your hotel and head to the trailhead along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Embark on this adventurous hike along Il Sentiero Degli Dei or the Path of the Gods that was an ancient path linking two charming villages. This trail connecting the sleepy hamlet of Nocelle near Positano to Bomerano in Agerola on the outskirts of Naples winds alongside the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Walk past the ruins of ancient farmhouses and chance upon local shepherds with their mules ferrying wood or milk to the remote villages that dot the rolling hills. Head back to your hotel with unforgettable memories. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Hard.)

Hotel Options
RoomDouble room garden view with window
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomStandard Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique

You will be transferred from your hotel to Naples airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

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  • Option 1 From $ 4,960 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,490 /person

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Italian Family Adventure: Classic Cities and Coastal Gems

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