Italy: Gondolas, gladiators and glad rags
Day 1-2 Milan
Dress to impress in Italy’s capital of fashion. This elegant city has style in spades, but also a wealth of landmarks to visit. Don’t miss the famous Duomo, the city’s stunning cathedral, as well as the glass-topped arcades of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, crammed full of designer boutiques and cafes.
Transfers to Venice 2h56m2h45m2h25m
Day 3-4 Venice
Drift through the famous canals on an iconic gondola or take a Vaporetti down the Grand Canal. Whichever you choose, this city is designed to be seen from the water. Linger in St Mark’s Square in the shadow of the Doges Palace before taking the lift to the top of the Campanile tower to get a birds’ eye view.
Transfers to Ferrara 1h23m0h58m
Day 5-6 Ferrara
Head off the beaten track to this less-visited Italian city located on the Po Delta. As you’d expect, this Renaissance era city has a plethora of historic mansions, palaces and churches to explore. Don’t miss the city’s cathedral, built in 1135, its imposing castle and the 9km of city walls that can be biked or walked.
Transfers to Florence 2h00m1h05m
Day 7-8 Florence
Appreciating art in this beautiful city isn’t a choice. Every square and building façade commands attention as you stroll the maze of streets and alleyways that makes up Florence’s Old Town. The Ponte Vecchio’s tiny stores have existed from mediaeval times though today, you’re more likely to be buying jewellery than meat.
Transfers to Arezzo & Cortona 1h12m1h16m
Day 9-10 Arezzo & Cortona
Visit these cities to sate an appetite for art. Arezzo was founded by the Etruscans and was later the home of Michelangelo. Its many piazzas and churches make a walk through its streets a delight. Cortona, its origins as an Umbrian city predating Etruscan rule, is just as atmospheric. Built on a spur of Monte Sant’Egidio, this walled city offers the visitor panoramic views and myriad places of interest.
Transfers to Orvieto 1h20m1h40m
Day 11-12 Orvieto
Visit Orvieto and you’ll be wowed by the view. This city perches in a lofty location atop a volcanic plug, perfect for defence in times of old. These days, you won’ risk attack if you climb to the top. Instead, you’ll enjoy panoramas of olive groves punctuated rows of vines and sentinel cypresses.
Transfers to Rome 1h35m1h22m
Day 13-14 Rome
Be surrounded by history in the Italian capital, where the Roman Colosseum and Forum jostle for space with the Trevi Fountain and the flower-strewn Spanish Steps. A city within a city, the Vatican has its own Swiss Guard, dressed in colourful mediaeval costume, looking out for the Pope. St Peter’s with its colonnaded walkways and of course the Sistine Chapel, has to be seen at least once in your lifetime.
Top Activities in Rome
- Bocca della Verità
- St Peter's Basilica
- The Colosseum
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- Ristorante Spirito di Vino
- Da Enzo al 29
- Ristorante Seiperdue Crudo Gourmet
- La Pergola
- Il Pagliaccio