Meet someone who says Italy ain’t all that and you’ve found yourself a liar. A gondola ride through Venice will soften the heart of even the most obstinately unromantic. Cinque Terre and Florence couldn’t be any prettier if they tried. And Rome’s like one massive café inside an art gallery inside a cathedral inside a pizzeria.
In ancient Rome, phalluses were thought of as good luck. They were worn as jewellery or hung up as wind chimes. We’ll stick to the four-leafed clover, thanks (walking around with phallic jewellery not recommended).
Day 1-2 - VENICE
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
Canals, romance, alleyways, bridges, tiramisu, prosecco, gondolas, vaporettos. Need we say more?
Use your free time to explore Venice by foot
Perhaps visit the Grand Canal, the old-world shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco and its golden Basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs
Wander the narrow, cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas and cross the hundreds of tiny bridges
Take in the shops, markets, galleries, churches and buildings around every corner
Be sure to take a gondola trip through the romantic canalsHotel Mondial or similarBreakfast
Day 3-4 - Cinque Terre
Wandering through the villages of the Cinque Terre is like wandering through a life-size packet of crayons (if the crayons were shaped like houses and if the packet was perched on the Mediterreanean coast. And if Italian people were living in it). You're going to love it.
Travel on a series of trains to the Liguria region, home to La Spezia and the Cinque Terre (approx 5 hrs)
Perhaps walk along the famous path of the Cinque Terre (12 km, approx 5 hrs in total) Day 4 is free to allow time for this.
You can also jump on a train between any of the villages or to get back to base whenever you want
After working up an appetite, perhaps indulge in the foods of the Liguria regionAffittacamere Anita or similar
Day 5-6 - FLORENCE
While visiting Florence in 1817, French author Henre Stendhal became emotionally overwhelmed by the city's beauty, and experienced dizziness, palpitations and panic attacks. Hopefully you won't have such an extreme reaction, but at least you're not alone if you do.
Board a train bound for Florence (approx 3.5 hrs)
Discover the sights of this 'outdoor museum' on foot - the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River front, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th-century Duomo, Baptistry and Belltower and the Santa Croce Church
Visit the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries and a work of art itself
See Michelangelo's famous statue of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia
Explore as many of the surrounding galleries and museums as you have time for, or simply relax in a cafe and watch it all go byPlus Hostel Florence or similarBreakfast
Day 7-8 - ROME
Piazza Navona was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, which was constructed in the first century AD. What do you do here? Get a coffee and wander around, of course. Then go and see some of Michelangelo's art at the Sistine Chapel.
Take in the designer shops, restaurants, cafes and exciting nightlife of Rome
See some of the world-famous sights such as the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and the Forum (the centre of ancient Rome)
Take in the Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica
Don't miss out on the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
See how many icons of Rome you can tick off during your time hereHotel Bolognese or similar
What to Know
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