Classic Italy - Florence, Rome, and the Tuscan Countryside

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9 days / 8 nights
2021 prices and dates coming soon!

 

CLASSIC ITALY

FLORENCE, ROME, AND THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

COVID-19

As we start traveling again and Covid is still a very real part of our lives, this is the perfect opportunity to take a private trip with your inner-circle or as the Washington Post deemed it, “your vacation pod!” Get your closest friends or family together and travel with us knowing we will take every available precaution to keep you and your group safe and healthy!
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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Discover the renaissance city of Florence
Cook like an Italian chef
Cook like an Italian chef
Indulge in the best Italian food & wine
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Wander the Tuscan Countryside
Wander the Tuscan Countryside
Roam the cobblestone streets of Rome
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Live the Dolce Vita!

ABOUT THE TRIP

The ultimate Italy trip!  Hit the most important hot spots in Italy including the Colosseum of Rome, the Duomo of Florence, and the famed Tuscan countryside.  Join us for our take on Classic Italy, covering the breathtaking historical spots, but also discovering the cities our way.  Dine in a Roman home, learn to cook like a pro in Florence, and drink world-renowned wine amidst the vineyards of Tuscany.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Welcome to Bella Italia!
  • Arrive in Florence by 3pm and make your way to the first hotel. Drop your bags and explore a bit on your own before meeting the group.

  • At 5pm, meet up with your new travel fam for a quick orientation followed by an Italian aperitivo and a fabulous welcome dinner! Buon appetito!

Inclusions: Welcome cocktails, dinner, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 2
The Best of Florence.
  • After your first Italian espresso, start your day learning about all Florence has to offer with a historical tour of this Renaissance city.

  • Enjoy lunch on your own followed by a chance to discover Italy's favorite dessert - GELATO! Enjoy a special gelato making demonstration followed by a tasting, of course!

  • Reconvene in the evening for dinner with the group.

Inclusions: Breakfast, private tour of Florence, gelato demonstration and tasting, dinner, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 3
Cooking like an Italian Chef!
  • After breakfast, meet your chef/teacher and head to the local market to learn how the Florentines shop before heading to chef's kitchen to learn to prepare a traditional Italian meal! After, enjoy the meal you've created!

  • Use this afternoon to explore Florence on your own. Perhaps you want to hit another museum, shop for some of Florence's famous leather goods, or maybe you just want to eat more gelato! Enjoy your final dinner in Florence on your own. 

Inclusions: Breakfast, private cooking class, lunch, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 4
Wine and Dine.
  • After breakfast, say farewell to Florence and venture into the countryside! Head to our favorite Tuscan wineries to try famous Chianti Classico wine! Visit with the winemaker, walking through the vineyards and the cellar! Enjoy a wine pairing lunch and visit the towns of Chianti in the afternoon. 

  • End the day at our Tuscan countryside estate! Settle in at our home for the next two nights and enjoy a farm to table meal at the estate.

Inclusions: Breakfast, 2 wine tastings/tour, wine pairing lunch, dinner, transportation for all included activities, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 5
The Heart of Tuscany
  • After breakfast, set off to explore Siena and southern Tuscany. Begin with a short walking tour of Siena to discover the fascinating traditional of The Palio - a bi-annual bareback horse race dating back to medieval times. Enjoy lunch and exploring on your own in Siena.

  • After lunch, return to your Tuscan home to relax by the pool or to take a walk around the expansive grounds. Later, head out for dinner in a nearby countryside town

Inclusions: Breakfast, private walking tour in Siena, dinner, transportation for all included activities, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 6
On to Rome through Umbria
  • Time to head to Rome! But first, let's explore another lesser-known region - Umbria! First, visit the hilltop town of Orvieto for an underground tour and light family-style lunch. 
    In the afternoon, stop at Civita di Bagnoregio to discover why it's called the dying city.

  • After, continue to Rome to settle in at your hotel. 

  • Set out for a "taste of Rome" aperitivo tour before enjoying dinner on your own.

Inclusions: Breakfast, underground tour of Orvieto, lunch, aperitivo/happy hour food tour of Rome, transportation for all included activities, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 7
Ancient Rome
  • This morning, it’s time to join one of the top Roman guides to discover the secrets of Ancient Rome, including the Roman forum! Walk in the footsteps of the founders of Rome, including Caesar Julius, Augustus, Titus, and Maximus (AKA Russell Crowe, of course!).

  • In the afternoon, enjoy your time roaming the ancient streets and getting in a bit of shopping, relaxing time in one of the city’s parks, or perhaps an afternoon nap because “when in Rome!”

  • This evening, we’ll have the opportunity to eat some of Rome’s most popular dishes, like Amatriciana, Carbonara, or perhaps Cacio e Pepe!

Inclusions: Breakfast, private walking tour of Ancient Rome, dinner, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 8
Do as the Romans Do!
  • On this final day in Rome, do as the Romans do! This also means do as you like! This is your day to explore what interests you most about Rome! Maybe you want to check out one of the local markets, rent a bicycle to see the city on 2 wheels, or sleep-in and explore town looking for the best gelato spot (hint – your trip leader can share the top spots!). Or perhaps you want to fit in another museum day, exploring one of the most fascinating museums in Europe – the Vatican Museums. With the same ticket, you gain access to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel along with the largest church on Earth – St. Peter’s.

  • This evening, for our final dinner, we have the special privilege to eat in a Roman home! Our host will welcome us into her home with a welcome drink where we will toast to our week in Italy. She will prepare a multi-course meal for us and we will enjoy the experience of eating like a real Roman!

Inclusions: Breakfast, farewell aperitivo, exclusive dinner in a Roman home, and accommodations in a shared room with one other person

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Day 9
Arrivederci Italia!
  • Sadly, after breakfast, we will say our farewells.
    Checkout is at 11, but the hotel will store your bags so you can explore a bit more. 

  • Your trip leader can help you figure out the best way to get to the airport whether it's via taxi or train. 

  • In true Italian fashion, it’s time to say Arrivederci, or “until next time!!”

Inclusions: breakfast

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INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations in a shared room with someone of the same gender (hotels, not hostels)

  • 3 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Tuscany, and 3 nights in Rome

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

  • Private coach transfers from Florence to Tuscany and Tuscany to Rome

  • In-country transportation for included activities

  • Private walking tour in Florence

  • Gelato tour in Florence

  • Cooking class

  • Full-day wine-tasting tour

  • Full-day southern Tuscany tour

  • Private walking tour in Siena

  • Orvieto underground tour

  • Sunset "Taste of Rome" tour 

  • Private tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome

  • Dinner in a Roman home

  • Private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Rooftop champagne toast

  • Trip leader throughout the trip

  • Donation to our local Charity

**Alcohol is not included unless specified in the itinerary