Check out the highlights of Italy, from Venice to the Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome
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).
- Venice, Italy
- Rome, Italy
- Physical rating
- Traveller’s rating
- (8 reviews)
- Min 15 , Max 39
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 16
Why we love this trip
Venice is like a dream – your chance to sip prosecco, drift down grand canals and dominate Instagram with scenes of impossible romance
The Cinque Terre might just be the most epic stretch of coastline in the world, thanks to its rainbow of cute little cliff-side houses. Look at them, smiling over the water like they were painted there!
There's a lot more to Florence than Renaissance art (although the art is pretty great). The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is brimming with nearly 600 years of history and stories
No Italian adventure is complete without some time in Rome. There's loads of time to check out the ancient Colosseum, mozy through Vatican City and gaze up towards the gods inside St Peter's Basilica
Is this trip right for you?
You'll mostly travel by train, which means you can avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning and toilets. But remember that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so try not to exceed our weight and size recommendations (see the 'Packing' section of the trip notes).
This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities. Your leader will always be there to give you tips and suggestions.
Cobblestones are great, until you have to wheel a suitcase across them. It's an idea to bring a backpack instead.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with (an)other traveller(s) of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but two single beds that can be pushed together/apart.
Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
- Gondola Ride - EUR80
- Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR18
- Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
- St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
- St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
- Accademia Gallery - EUR15
- Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR8
- Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
- Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
- Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
- Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR11
- Urban Adventures - Chicchetti of Venice - EUR80
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Notes: Some sections of the Cinque Terre path can be quite difficult, with challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. You will need to wear sturdy footwear (trainers or light hiking shoes). Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the the Via dell'Amore and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. There are alternative inland routes, however these are of a higher physical rating and involve steep ups and downs. It is possible to take the train or a bus for these sections.
Cinque Terre path sections:
- Riomaggiore to Manarola (the original Via dell'Amore) is currently closed until further notice. The alternative is an inland path, taking around 1 hour involving a rocky path with lots of steps.
- Manarola to Corniglia is also closed to landslides. The alternative is via the hill side village of Volastra. It takes 1 hour to reach Volastra via a series of steep staircases, and then another hour to reach Corniglia. There is an hourly bus from Manarola to Volastra in order to bypass the steps.
- Corniglia to Vernazza is medium level difficulty and takes about one and a half hours on a rocky path.
- Vernazza to Monterosso is more challenging but arguably the most scenic and takes about two hours on a rocky path.
Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
- Day Cruise - EUR25
- Pesto Class in Levanto - EUR13
- Cinque Terre Day Trip - EUR16
- Breakfast (1)
Notes: Florentine State Museums (Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace, Medici Chapels, Bargello, Archaeological Museum, Davanzati) can all be booked in advance. Reserve tickets online at www.weekendafirenze.com. We suggest that you book in advance (your leader can be of assistance), especially for the Uffizi as this museum experiences enormous queues (up to 5 hours) all year round. The individual museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them but the website - www.firenzemusei.it - has everything you need to know about all of them. The best day for your visit to any of the museums will be your free day in Florence.
- Uffizi Gallery - EUR16
- Accademia - EUR16
- Baptistry - EUR10
- Duomo & Campanile climb - EUR6
- Medici Chapels - EUR6
- Museo dell'Opera di S.Maria del Fiore - EUR15
- Museum Bargello - EUR4
- Palazzo Vecchio - EUR10
- Pitti Palace - Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum - EUR10
- Siena bus ticket - EUR24
- Urban Adventures - Florence Foodies Walk - EUR64
- Urban Adventures - Florence Markets & Delis - EUR53
- Urban Adventures - Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour - EUR73
- Breakfast (2)
Notes: The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free (but expect large crowds). Check the Vatican website for these dates: www.vatican.va. Tickets for the Vatican Museum can be booked online at http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do. The Galleria Borghese can also be booked online at http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/einfo.htm. The best day for your visit to the Vatican Museum will be the morning of day 8.
- Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
- Christian catacombs - EUR8
- Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
- Imperial Fora - EUR9
- Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
- Vatican museums - EUR16
- Pantheon - Free
- St Peter's dome climb - EUR6
- St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
- Venezia Palace - EUR5
- Galleria Borghese - EUR15
- Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR89
- Urban Adventures - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR63
- Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR55
- Breakfast (1)
AccommodationHotel (3 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)
Our Italy at a Glance trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
Italy at a Glance, May 2016
The Venice to Rome trip is a fantastic way to get a quick taste of Italy! From the beauty of Venice, the art and culture in Florenece, to the hikes of Cinque Terre it's an amazing trip that gives you a taste of the main highlights of Italy! Also the gelato in Italy is literally on another level!
Review submitted 21 Jul 2016
Italy at a Glance, June 2016
We only had a week together with our group but because everyone was so easy going and was there for the experience we were like a family by the end. So with the mind set of a new experience and be ready to make new friends
Review submitted 04 Jul 2016
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