Learn about Italy's fascinating and varied history, from the construction of the Colosseum in ancient Rome to the eastern-influenced architecture of Venice.

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 The Colosseum of Rome  The legendary Grand Canal in Venice  Colorful homes along a canal in the fishing village of Burano  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, the centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Some of the many treasures in the Uffizi Gallery. Credit: Art Kowalsky/Alamy  Freshly made pasta  Trevi Fountain  The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy  St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City  Interior of St. Peter's Basilica with Bernini's Baldocchio

Tailor-Made Travel to Italy

11 days from $7,950

Learn about Italy's fascinating and varied history, from the construction of the Colosseum in ancient Rome to the eastern-influenced architecture of Venice.

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Overview

This sample itinerary can be tailored to match a variety of budgets and interests by selecting the trip duration, departure date, accommodation style, and tours that fit your needs.

This itinerary is a great introduction to the diversity of travel experiences available in Italy. On this journey, you will learn about the country's fascinating and varied history, from the construction of the Colosseum in ancient Rome through to the eastern-influenced architecture of Venice and the Renaissance masterpieces in Florence – not to mention the incredible food, wine and scenery awaiting your discovery in Tuscany.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Venice

On arrival you will be met by your guide for your private boat transfer to your hotel. The journey will take 30-45 minutes, passing through the lagoon and along the famous Grand Canal. The rest of the day is free to settle into your hotel, right in the heart of the city and just steps from St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). (B)

Day 2 — Venice

Today you will have a private guided tour of St Mark's Basilica and the 15th-century Doge's Palace, where you be able to go behind-the-scenes and uncover the hidden chambers where the Doge would administer the republic in secrecy as well as visiting the Bridge of Sighs. (B)

Day 3 — Venice

Today you will have a full day at leisure to explore. One option is to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. Famous as an ancient centre of glass making, you'll be able to explore the island of Murano and visit one of the glass making workshops. Afterwards, Burano makes for an excellent additional stop, famous for its brightly painted houses and narrow streets. Burano is also famous for producing intricate handmade lace and you'll find many shops dedicated to the art on the island. (B)

Day 4 — Florence

Departing by private water taxi you will head to the train station for your journey to Florence. You will have premium-class tickets for this 2 hour journey. On arrival in Florence you will be escorted to your hotel by private driver. In the afternoon you may want to take some time to explore the stunning Piazza del Duomo, home to Florence's iconic Renaissance cathedral. If you are feeling energetic, it is possible to climb both the bell tower and dome for some wonderful views of the city. (B)

Day 5 — Florence

This morning you have a private cooking class with one of Florence's top chefs, Marcella Ansaldo. The exact recipes you learn will be determined on the day, so you may be perfecting your own pasta or creating mountains of home-made gelato. The class will be very hands-on so be prepared to get fully involved in the entire cooking process. You will of course have a chance to sample your meal at the end of the morning, before taking your private transfer back to your hotel. (B)

Day 6 — Florence

Enjoy a full day private tour with your local art expert guide, exploring the two world-class art galleries of Accademia and the Uffizi. The Uffizi is home to masterpieces such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus. In the Accademia you will find Florence's most famous resident, Michelangelo's wonderful David. This is a long but rewarding day and a marvelous introduction to Florence's artistic legacy. (B)

Day 7 — Florence

Spend the day hunting for truffles with your private local guide and truffle dog in the woodlands just outside Florence. Learn the secret behind the surprisingly difficult art of truffle-hunting and gain insight into the different types of truffles and how they can be used. At the end of your expedition, you will, be able to enjoy a full truffle tasting lunch complete with a series of traditional Tuscan dishes. The tour includes private transfers to and from Florence. (B)        

Day 8 — Tuscany

You will be met this morning by your driver for your private transfer past medieval villages and hillside vineyards to your hotel in the heart of the Tuscany. Your hotel, Badia a Coltibuono, is a former monastery, dating back to the 11th-century and is a wonderful historic property to explore. If you have some free time this afternoon we highly recommend visiting the historic wine cellars. (B)

Day 9 — Tuscany

Spend the day exploring Tuscany. You will start with a privately guided tour of Siena including the famous cathedral which features one of the most impressive facades in the country as well as the sprawling Piazza del Campo which hosts the Palio every summer. Continuing on, you will stop for a traditional Tuscan farmhouse overlooking vineyards and olive groves, accompanied by a selection of Tuscan wines. Finally, on your way back to the hotel you will have a short stop to explore the beautiful medieval hill-top town of San Gimignano. (B)

Day 10 — Rome

Today you will head back to Florence with your private driver for your train journey to Rome. The train journey will take around an hour and a half, through some beautiful countryside. On arrival in Rome you will be met by private driver and transferred to your hotel. You will have some time to settle in the afternoon and start exploring the city at your leisure. (B)

Day 11 — Rome

Step back in time today to 70 AD and the building of Rome's most famous landmark, the Colosseum. Skip past the queues and enjoy direct entry into the landmark, where your private guide will explain the significance of the Colosseum during the Roman era. The Forum, the heart of Roman public life, is just next door so you will visit this with your guide afterwards. This afternoon is unguided, so would be a great opportunity to cross into the Trastevere district (very close to your hotel) where modern-day Romans go for a post-work aparetivo. (B)

Day 12 — Rome

This morning you will have a private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. In the afternoon you will embark on a Vespa tour around the city, discovered some lesser know areas and enjoying some wonderful views. (B)

Day 13 — Depart Rome

After breakfast at your hotel you will be met for your private transfer to the airport ready for your flight home. (B)              

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