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Italian Classics; Essential Must-Sees of Italy Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 9998

Private Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Baroque historic center of Rome alongside a private art historian guide while visiting the famed Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.
  • Browse the local market with the help of a Florentine chef to pick out ingredients for a private cooking class to make regional specialties.
  • Learn about the techniques and secrets of Venetian mask making from an expert artisan during a private workshop in Venice.
  • Delight in one of Rome's most famous coffee shops and learn about the Italian social ritual of the afternoon espresso and taste some of the best gelato in town.
  • Marvel at one of the Renaissance's most iconic masterpieces, Michelangelo's David while in Florence.
  • Take a private water taxi across the famous Grand Canal, lined with marble palazzi and dotted with drifting gondolas.
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Tour Overview

Italy is a destination with numerous points of interest and world-renowned cities that travelers both new and experienced add to the top of their bucket lists.  For those seeking their first Italy Tour, Yampu’s expert travel consultants have composed the perfect introductory itinerary, Italian Classics; Essential Must-Sees of Italy Tour visiting Italy’s essential sites of Rome, Venice, and Florence.

Upon arrival to Italy, visitors will explore the country’s famed capital that once ruled much of Europe and northern Africa, the city of Rome. After exploring Rome’s key sites such as the Spanish steps, the Roman Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, the tour continues on to the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Once home to famed artists such as Leonardo Davinci and Michelangelo, Florence is an astounding medieval city filled with historic art relics. Admire Michelangelo’s statue of David and see the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio alongside your private art historian guide. A tour of Italy is not complete without a cooking class! Cap off your tour of Florence with an introductory cooking class with a Florentine family to learn about creating regional dishes, including pasta.

The Essential Must-Sees of Italy Tour is then capped off with two full days exploring the watery canals of Venice. Learn about the techniques of creating signature Venetian masks from an expert artisan with a private workshop before visiting Murano island to learn about Murano’s long tradition of glassmaking. Finish the tour with a special wine tasting in the island of Mazzorbo at a vineyard that has overcome the challenge of the high tide, creating a wine with characteristics that are entirely unique.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$9998 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$18722 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Italy

Overnight International Flight to Rome, Italy.

Overnight International Flight to Rome, Italy.

Day
2

Rome Historical City Tour

Upon arrival to Rome, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, meet your art historian guide and explore the Baroque historic center of the city: Piazza del Popolo, via Margutta , the street of art galleries and ateliers, the magnificent Piazza di Spagna with its iconic Steps and the Barcaccia fountain in the center, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Enjoy a break at one of Rome's most famous coffee shops and learn about the Italian social ritual of the afternoon espresso and taste some of the best gelato in town.
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3

Sistine Chapel. St. Peter & Colosseum Tour

Rise early to see the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at some of the world's most spectacular works at the Vatican Museums, then visit St. Peter's Square and its soaring basilica before enjoying some free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon, explore the glories of ancient Rome: the iconic Colosseum and the Imperial Forums. Rome's huge amphitheater, the Colosseum, accommodated 50,000 spectators and was where gladiators prepared for battle. The Imperial Forums is a vast series of monumental piazzas and was the hub of Ancient Rome's political activities.
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Florence Historic City Walking Tour

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the railway station to board a high-speed train to Florence. Upon arrival to Florence, you will be transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, take a private walking tour of the historic center. In piazza della Repubblica, discover the city's beginnings as a Roman settlement. Wander through narrow streets past the fortified houses and towers that marked the medieval town, and emerge onto the open piazza della Signoria, the political center of the city since the Middle Ages. See the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and cap off your visit with a cappuccino tasting at one of best pastry shops in town.
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5

Florence Local Market Tour with Cooking Class

Today, browse the food stalls of a local market, where locals shop for fresh produce. With the help of your Florentine chef, pick out ingredients for your private cooking class. Continue to the kitchen and learn to make regional specialties with a special focus on pasta, then feast on your creations for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Today, browse the food stalls of a local market, where locals shop for fresh produce. With the help of your Florentine chef, pick out ingredients for your private cooking class. Continue to the kitchen and learn to make regional specialties with a special focus on pasta, then feast on your creations for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day
6

Florence Architectural Tour with Speed Train to Venice

In the company of an art historian guide, visit the Accademia Gallery. Since its creation, it has been specifically designed to house the works of art of great value, and its spectacular architecture proves it. Among other masterpieces, it houses one of the Renaissance's most iconic masterpieces, Michelangelo's David. This astonishing Renaissance marble statue depicting the Biblical hero David, became a symbol of the Florentine Republic's strength.

At the end of the visit, board the high-speed train to Venice. Upon arrival, transfer by private water taxi across the famous Grand Canal, the city's main "street", lined with marble palazzi and dotted with drifting gondolas. Dinner is at leisure.
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7

Venice City Walking Tour

Take a private walking tour of the surrounding promenades and canals. Reach the heart of the city, Piazza San Marco, called by Napoleon the "most elegant drawing room in Europe". An inside visit to the Basilica reveals its amazing Medieval golden mosaics and treasures.

After lunch on your own, learn about the techniques and all the secrets of the mask making art from an expert artisan on a private workshop. Test your creativity and bring home your own Venetian mask. Cap off your day with a traditional Venetian Aperitivo at a local wine bar serving Cicchetti - small snacks unique to Venice.
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8

Murano Cruise Tour

Cruise to Murano and learn about Murano's long tradition of glassmaking dating to the 13th century and enjoy a private visit to an exclusive glassblowing factory to see artisans creating exquisite objects. Enjoy a special wine tasting in the island of Mazzorbo, home to a vineyard that has been able to overcome the challenge of the high tide for centuries, giving rise to a wine with characteristics that are entirely unique. Cap off your day after an independent lunch strolling colorful Burano before returning to Venice for one last afternoon at leisure.
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9

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight.

Rome, Italy

Florence, Italy

Venice, Italy

Places You'll See

  • Rome

    The capital of Italy, Rome is quintessential Europe. Typically serving as the first stop for those new to Italy, Rome is the perfect introduction to the country’s culture, cuisine, and history. Home to numerous must-see sites including the Vatican, the Roman Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain, Rome is packed full of excitement for all visitors. Visitors will appreciate nights on the town with a truly roman meal of thin, crispy pizza or pasta dishes paired with regional wines topped off with the richest flavors of gelato and a shot of bold espresso.

  • Florence

    One of Italy’s most iconic cities, Florence is a must for first-time visitors. Long known as the birthplace of the renaissance, birthing the likes of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, the city of Florence is teeming with historic art found throughout its winding streets. Visitors can appreciate the details of the iconic Statue of David, walk along the shops of Ponte Vecchio bridge, and admire the cities reaches with views from atop Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo

  • Venice

    A must-see for all first-time visitors of Italy, Venice’s iconic canals bring a unique charm and a uniquely romantic atmosphere. If there is a city that you should lose yourself in, it is the magical, compact city of Venice. Take in the beautiful architecture as you glide through the canals aboard a private gondola and lose your self along the winding alleys, popping into numerous shops and cafes. From Venetian mask making and glass blowing demonstrations to feeding the birds of Saint Mark’s Square and taking in the views from atop Campanile bell tower, Venice’s magic will leave a long-lasting impression.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Rome : Hotel Art by The Spanish Steps

Florence : Antica Torre Tornabuoni

Venice : Hotel Locanda Vivaldi

Testimonials

Adina & Doron

Traveled February, 2016

A fantastic trip – could not have happened without your hard work

As this trip comes to an end Adina and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you for all your hard work. Your planning and organization were superb.Most hotels were above our expectations with the last hotel in Cuzco being the crown jewel. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
To conclude it was a fantastic trip and could not have happened without your hard work.

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Michele

Traveled April, 2016

Best customer care & itineraries

I am recently returned from my third trip organised by Yampu, this time to Costa Rica. As always, it was fabulous from start to finish!

I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.

The standard of accommodation & guides they use is superb & they actually listen to your requests as opposed to copying a generic page from their website…. Do I highly recommend Karolina & Yampu? YES!  Will I use them again? YES!  Save time & effort & just use Yampu is my travel tip  🙂

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Judith F.

Traveled January 2020

Knowledgeable and Responsive

Yampu was recommended to me by a friend a couple of years ago and I have been enormously satisfied with the two trips that they planned for me over the past two years. The first was a two week trip to Argentina and Chile, with the highlight being the four days we spent in Patagonia. All of our hotels were terrific and our guides excellent. This January, they planned an 8 day trip to both the wine country and the Atacama Desert for two of us . Again, everything worked beautifully, from our transfers, hotels, etc.

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