A Grand Tour of Italy

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Italy exudes romance, from its sun-kissed coast to its breathtaking cities.

It is a world-renowned country for its delicious culinary offerings and incredible wine, a place where centuries of history combine with art, modern luxuries, and fashion. You should experience Italy by train to explore the country's top destinations and fall in love with the Italian culture.

Italy tours feature Rome, Florence, Sorrento, Milan, Naples, Venice, and other destinations along the Amalfi Coast. You may even experience the Old World charms of Sicily during their Italian adventure. Visit St. Peter's Square in Rome, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, climb the Spanish Steps, and wish for the Trevi Fountain. Sample gelato or espresso in the city's many piazzas while relaxing and enjoying the ambiance.

Visit the leather markets in Florence, the Galleria dell'Accademia, and the Medici Chapel, stroll through St. Mark's Square, or enjoy a romantic canal cruise in Venice. Visit Murano for some delicate glass souvenirs, or travel by rail to the ruined city of Pompeii. Relax in Sorrento, the perfect place to explore the colorful Amalfi Coast.

Street in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Street in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

It is not merely destinations highlighted on an Italian train tour but immersive experiences that introduce the best in the country. There are fantastic excursions, from cooking lessons in Rome to wine tastings in Tuscany, visiting small towns in the Italian countryside, to wandering through Vatican City. Choose an exclusive Italy tour, or a vacation package that includes neighboring countries, such as Switzerland and France, to uncover the contrasts of Europe.

Day 1 - Arrive in Rome

Arrive in Rome and transfer yourself to the 4-star Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, ideal in the heart of the city. Rome is a treasure trove of historical, cultural, and artistic delights, known as the 'Eternal City.' This evening you will meet with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at dinner. Overnight Rome and Includes dinner

Day 2 - Exploring Rome

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Rome, which introduces us to its most revered sights. Visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire, the Roman Forum, the center of Roman public life for centuries. Pause for ice cream in charming Giolitti, the city's oldest gelateria. It dates back to the late 1800s. The ice cream parlor Giolittai is also famous as the favorite of Pope John Paul II, who is said to have enjoyed it. You have the rest of the day free in Rome. Overnight Rome and includes breakfast

Day 3 - Hidden Rome

Today, we visit some of Rome's lesser-known gems. Discover the architecture of the Quartiere Coppedè district, which is an unexpected delight tucked away from Rome's more famous streets. The magical, otherworldly quality of the neighborhood is created by the blend of historic architectural styles, including Baroque, ancient Greek, Art Nouveau, and medieval structures. The Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo is the national church of Hungary in Rome, dedicated to both Christian martyrs St Stephen and Stephen I, the first king of Hungary.

Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo is a unique church in Rome, with frescoes lining the circular walls, each representing the death of another martyr, giving an eerie effect to the undoubtedly beautiful structure. Our final visit is to Trastevere, an authentic Roman neighborhood known for its incredible food. During lunch at a local restaurant, we sample the neighborhood's food.

Perhaps visit the Vatican City this afternoon? It's your choice to decide what you would like to do during your free afternoon. Perhaps visit the Vatican City this afternoon? The tiny chapel includes captivating museums and the famous Sistine chapel, with superb frescoes painted by Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and Botticelli. Overnight Rome. Includes breakfast and lunch

Day 4 Discover Florence

Today we're taking the train to Florence, where we'll spend three nights. Enjoy a guided tour this afternoon, including the Duomo with its iconic red-tiled dome and the Ponte Vecchio. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Florence and includes breakfast and dinner

Florence, Italy

Florence, Duomo & Giotto's Campanile

Day 5 - Florence at Leisure

Explore Florence at leisure today. With its 1,700 masterpieces of Renaissance art on display, Florence has much of the city's beauty indoors. This world-famous gallery, known as 'the heart of the Renaissance,' features art by Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, Cimabue, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raffaello, to name some of the most famous. The Giardino Bardini, or 'Bardini Gardens', are also a pleasure to visit. Overnight Florence and includes breakfast

Day 6 - Pisa & Luca

Today we're traveling by train through Tuscany, where rolling vine-covered hills stretch as far as the eye can see. Acres of olive groves and rows of cypress, walnut, and bay trees line the tracks. As we head to Pisa, we pass remote farmhouses and isolated villages. We enjoy a guided tour in Pisa that includes the city's incredible Field of Miracles. Here we experience the Leaning Tower, the Duomo, a superb example of Romanesque architecture, with sublime Moorish mosaics.

Later, we'll go to Lucca's beautiful city, one of Italy's best-kept secrets and has managed to escape the tourist crowds. Narrow cobbled streets and intricate passageways link the charming piazzas, small community churches, and fabulous art galleries. Explore the city at leisure. The town is a pleasure to explore on foot because of its splendid Renaissance architecture and historic buildings from the Middle Ages. Overnight Florence and includes breakfast

Day 7 - Venice

We'll be taking the high-speed train to Venice this morning. We transfer to our hotel on arrival. It is on the island of Murano, and we will be staying there for three nights. You have time to explore before dinner tonight. Overnight in Venice, and includes breakfast and dinner

We'll be taking the high-speed train to Venice this morning. We transfer to our hotel on arrival. It is on the island of Murano, and we will be staying there for three nights. You have time to explore before dinner tonight. Overnight in Venice, and includes breakfast and dinner

Gondola in Venice, Italy

Gondola in Venice, Italy

Day 8 - Venice Sightseeing

A guided tour of Venice begins in St Mark's Square, dominated by the magnificent Basilica di San Marco and the venerable Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace. You can go sightseeing in this romantic city this afternoon. If you want a good view of the city, climb the Campanile di San Marco. It has a great view of all the buildings around the center and the lagoons further out. Overnight Venice and includes breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - Venice at Leisure

You can take your time and enjoy the atmosphere of this romantic city. If you want a good view of the city, climb the Campanile di San Marco. It has a great view of all the buildings around the center and the lagoons further out. Next, you could also take a gondola ride through Venice's waterways. Tonight we go into the heart of Venice for a farewell meal in a splendid Venetian palace. Enjoy a truly great end to our adventures in Italy. Overnight Venice and includes breakfast

Day 10 - Tour Conclusion

Breakfast concludes your tour this morning.

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