Celebrate Italy on a journey that will have you floating through history in Venice, admiring great art in Florence, tasting wines and olive oils at an agriturismo in Tuscany, and exploring Rome's magnificent sites with a private guide.

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 Gondolas grace a Venetian Canal  Piazza San Marco, Venice  Basilica of San Marco  Interior of the Basilica of San Marco  The Grand Canal at dusk  Panorama of Florence at dusk  The iconic Duomo in Florence  The Palazzo Vecchio at dusk, Florence  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, at the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Botticelli's <i>The Birth of Venus</i> in the Uffizi in Florence  Traveling with a small group of freinds  Exploring sites your way  Exploring the arts of Florence with your daughter  Enjoying a reunion in Italy  A reunion of women friends   Taking a break over gelato  Wine tasting in Italy  Enjoying the wine and food of Tuscany  A lesson in making pasta  The Campo in Siena  The facade and distinctive belltower of Siena's cathedral  Vineyards and San Gimignano  The Colosseum of Rome  The Roman Forum  St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City  Interior of St. Peter's Basilica with Bernini's Baldocchio  Michelangelo's iconic Sistine Chapel ceiling

Culture and Cuisine of Italy: A Tailor-Made Journey

From Venice to Rome

12 days from $7,950

Celebrate Italy on a journey that will have you floating through history in Venice, admiring great art in Florence, tasting wines and olive oils at an agriturismo in Tuscany, and exploring Rome's magnificent sites with a private guide.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690
Accommodations

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Hotel L'Orologio Venice

Venice, Italy

Perched on the Grand Canal, the Hotel L’Orologio Venezia is a stylish boutique hotel set within a refurbished building in the heart of Venice..Rooms are modern and minimalist, featuring custom-made furniture and marble bathrooms, and many overlook the Grand Canal  The hotel has a lovely bar and lounge area on the ground floor and provides seating outside along the canal during the summer months. It is, five minutes from the Rialto Bridge and about 15 minutes from St Mark’s Square.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Bernini Palace

Florence, Italy

A luxury hotel in the center of Florence, the Hotel Bernini Palace is situated in a 15th-century palace with a storied history. Rooms and public spaces are appointed with period décor and antiques and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel features a  fine-dining restaurant and a handsome bar and lounge, and breakfast is served under a fresco-covered ceiling in the former Parliament Hall. The Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery are just steps away.

Number of nights: 4

Badia a Coltibuono

Chianti, Italy

On a hilltop in Chianti, the Badia a Coltibuono is an enchanting 11th-century monastery that has been transformed into a family-owned agriturismo. Guestrooms are beautifully refurbished monk’s cells—or private apartments—and the restaurant is housed within the former stables. The property includes extensive gardens, a pool, and intimate courtyards, as well as a working farm and vineyards. Wines and olive oils are produced here, and the wine cellar is well worth a visit. 

Number of nights: 2

Hotel De Russie

Rome, Italy

The Hotel de Russie is a stunning oasis near the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps in the heart of Rome. The 19th-century building offers elegant rooms and suites that have welcomed the likes of Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. A terraced Secret Garden is full of stunning courtyards and intimate spaces for dining or taking a stroll.  The hotel’s excellent restaurant offers al fresco seating in the garden, and the Stravinskij Bar is a posh landmark in Rome. The acclaimed spa includes a salt-water hydropool, a steam room and sauna, a gym, and a range of wellness therapies.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.