Grab your family for a fun-filled journey to Florence and Rome! Attend a session of gladiator school, experience the vastness of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world of Ferrari, make gelato, and stay at a 14th-century Tuscan villa.

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 The legendary Roman Colosseum  The Roman Forum  St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City  Interior of St. Peter's Basilica with Bernini's Baldocchio  Michelangelo's ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel  Florence with its iconic Duomo  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, the centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Girls enjoying gelato in Florence   Traditional foods of Italy  Freshly made pasta  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers  The Etruscan town of Orvieto, sitting high above the Umbrian plain  The Campo, or main square, in Siena

Treasures of Italy: A Family Journey

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Grab your family for a fun-filled journey to Florence and Rome! Attend a session of gladiator school, experience the vastness of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world of Ferrari, make gelato, and stay at a 14th-century Tuscan villa.

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Bring your family to Florence and Rome and go off the beaten path along the way! Our unique family trip features something for everyone—from ancient architecture and Renaissance art to gladiator school, Ferraris, and gelato-making! Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older.

Highlights Include

  • Rome: Explore ancient Rome during tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and learn secrets of the gladiator games while attending gladiator school! Gaze upon the treasures of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, then top it off with a gelato-making class.
  • Umbria: Stop at the medieval hilltop town of Perugia, the capital of Umbria, and sample sweets from one of its renowned chocolate factories.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a four-night stay in a 14th-century Tuscan villa, reflecting the charm and history of a bygone time, and make day trips to nearby gems. Take a walking tour of Florence and learn about Michelangelo during visits to the Duomo, the Church of Santa Croce, and the Accademia, then enjoy time at leisure to discover as a family. Spend a day exploring the nearby towns of Siena and San Gimignano, a fortified hill town that still features 13 of its 76 medieval watchtowers.
  • Ferrari: Farther north in Emilia-Romagna, learn about Enzo Ferrari, father of the Italian sports car, and the history of this famous Italian symbol. 

Smithsonian tours are one of the few things in life that are worth every single penny they charge. Outstanding tours, outstanding values.

- Phil & Arlene W.

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Days 1 & 2 — U.S., Rome, Italy

Depart the U.S. for Rome, Italy. Upon arrival, a representative will meet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel in Rome. Spend some time relaxing at the hotel then gather for a brief language lesson to prepare for your journey. This evening, enjoy an illuminated guided tour of Rome and a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 3 — Rome

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel on your first morning in Italy. Devote the day to exposing your children or grandchildren to the sites and stories of ancient Rome. Begin at the iconic Colosseum, where your guide describes the dramatic history of the amphitheater, home to gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions. Then walk along the “Sacred Way” through the Roman Forum, the epicenter of public life, where renowned orators gave speeches, festivals welcomed armies returning from war, and citizens visited marketplaces and public baths. Finally, on the Palatine Hill (the most famous of the Seven Hills of Rome), admire the panoramic view of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. 
As a fitting finale to the day, attend a session of gladiator school where you’ll learn more about ancient Roman history, discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, and learn some of the hands-on techniques of these ancient warriors. (B) 

Day 4 — Rome

Begin your exploration of historic Rome, a World Heritage site, with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums—a treasure trove of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries, and Renaissance paintings—and the Sistine Chapel, world-renowned for Michelangelo’s ceiling frescos and “The Last Judgment.” Your tour of Vatican City concludes at St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, where your guide provides insight into its many treasures, including Michelangelo’s Pieta (sculpted when the artist was just 24 years old), and Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar. 

Finish the day by learning how to make gelato! Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert and gives insight into the “gelato culture” as well as principles for preparing this delicacy. Following your gelato-making demonstration, enjoy tasting some of the traditional flavors! (B)

Day 5 — Rome, Tuscany

Depart Rome for Tuscany, stopping in Perugia en route. Most people know Perugia for its dramatic hilltop setting with sheer cliffs, which protected its citizens throughout many eras. The capital of the Umbria region, Perugia traces its roots back to the Etruscan period where it was one of the main cities. Today, Perugia is a cultural and artistic center. As you explore this amazing city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit and sample sweets from a chocolate factory!

Journey farther into Tuscany and stop off to visit a traditional farm. End the day at your Tuscan villa, where you can take a dip in the pool or relax in the garden until dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 — Florence

Florence is a historic jewel and World Heritage site—where the Renaissance spirit and genius flourished and famous figures such as Dante, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo walked the cobblestone streets. During a morning walking tour, learn about its history as you view many of its main piazzas, streets, churches, and palaces. Your local guide provides additional insight as you visit the Duomo and its Campanile and Baptistry, the Church of Santa Croce with the tomb of Michelangelo, and the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s famous David
In the afternoon, enjoy some independent family time to explore Florence. You may wish to visit the small, but exceptional Bargello Museum, the science museum with Galileo’s instruments, or the larger, world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. Or you may just want to discover the small treasures of the city, including the gelato shops! Return to your villa in the afternoon to enjoy a pizza-making lesson and dinner (prepared during the lesson). (B,D)

Day 7 — Florence, Maranello, Modena

Depart for Modena to explore the world of Italy’s famous car, the Ferrari. Visit the brand-new museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari. Built around the house where he was born, the museum features unique exhibitions on the father of the Italian sportscar. Then travel to nearby Maranello for more Ferrari excitement as you spend time at the Galleria Ferrari museum, which is also home to the Ferrari factory and test track. Here you can explore the history of the car in a variety of museum exhibitions and enjoy optional activities such as a tour of the factory and driving a Formula 1 car on the Monza race circuit via a simulator. After the visit return to the Villa for dinner on your own. (B)

Day 8 — Siena, San Gimignano

Today, head out to the Tuscan countryside to explore the magical small towns of Siena and San Gimignano, another World Heritage site. After a walking tour of Siena, enjoy a light lunch at a local farm, then travel on to San Gimignano. Adults and children alike will easily imagine life in the Middle Ages, when such fortified hill towns also served as fortresses. During a walking tour, examine the thick protective city walls and view the remaining 13 watchtowers (from the original 76 towers), which reflect the power and prosperity of the city’s families. Return for a festive Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Depart Florence for the U.S.

Transfer to the airport in Florence for your flight home or continue on for an optional extension to Venice. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)