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Trip Overview

Discover Italy’s most iconic attractions and experiences on this two-week train vacation starting in Milan. This exploration of Italy will give you the opportunity to explore the Renaissance treasures of Venice, Florence, and Rome, as well as relax in the charming towns of Como and Sestri Levante. Living la dolce vita is memorable indeed.

Highlights

  • Discover the Duomo’s hidden treasures in Milan
  • Explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Como and its charming town
  • Experience Venice’s sprawling canals and historic landmarks
  • Relax on the beach in the small seaside town Sestri Levante
  • See the Uffizi Gallery and Duomo Basilica in Florence
  • Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican in Rome

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Como
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Sestri Levante
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Florence
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • Multi-day Venice Vaporetto Pass
  • Walking tour of Doge’s Palace and the Golden Basilica in Venice
  • Walking tour in Florence
  • Uffizi Gallery tour in Florence
  • Multi-day sightseeing tour in Rome
Trip Map

Why Not...

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – MILAN
Welcome to Italy’s fashion capital. The day is free to explore the city on your own. You’ll discover monuments and art galleries, delicious cuisine, quaint cobbled streets and charming courtyards, picturesque canals, and the Duomo’s hidden treasures. (Overnight in Milan)

DAY 2 – MILAN TO COMO
Travel onboard Trenitalia from Milan to Como. Explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Como and the charming town as you wish. You’ll fall in love with the historic architecture and stunning natural beauty of this little corner of the world. (Overnight in Como) B

DAY 3 – COMO
You can choose to take a leisurely boat tour of the lake on your own and enjoy the sights of grand villas, rolling hillside vineyards, historic towns, alpine peaks, and wooded islands that line the shore. In the evening, spend some time strolling along the town’s cobblestone streets to the bustling public square of Piazza Cavour or visiting a lakeside restaurant and having dinner. (Overnight in Como) B

DAY 4 – COMO TO VENICE
Board Trenitalia from Como to Milan, then Milan to Venice. As soon as you arrive in Venice, you’ll see why it’s a destination that’s off the beaten cobblestone. And it’s more than just the sprawling canals that make this city so charming. Visit vibrant St. Mark’s square and soak up the lively atmosphere. Begin using your Vaporetto Pass to taxi around the waterways or take a gondola ride and pass the Bridge of Sighs before finding a popular waterfront restaurant for dinner. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 5 – VENICE
Set out to explore the crowd-pleasing landmarks, museums, and attractions Venice is known for during your included walking tour. Admire the stately Doge’s Palace and marvel at the gorgeous mosaics that adorn St. Mark’s Basilica. Finish your day by stopping on the islands of Murano and Burano to see the famous glassblowers and colorful houses. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 – VENICE
Continue discovering “the Queen of the Adriatic” on your own along the meandering, gondola-doted canals. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 7 – VENICE TO SESTRI LEVANTE
Travel from Venice to Milan, then Milan to Sestri Levante, a small seaside town on Italy’s Ligurian coast halfway between Genoa and La Spezia. This is the perfect destination to relax and soak up the sun along the beaches of the Silent Bay and Bay of Fairy Tales. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B

DAY 8 – SESTRI LEVANTE
Stroll along the romantic harbor and gaze at the tall colorful houses, shop along Via Aprile XXV, and visit the Gualino Castle. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B

DAY 9 – SESTRI LEVANTE
The old town, built around the promontory, is the best place to explore. See the Basilica of Santa Maria by Carlone, the town hall, and the 12th-century Romanesque San Nicolo dell’Isola church. Grab some seafood or pizza at a seaside restaurant while watching the sun set. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B

DAY 10 – SESTRI LEVANTE TO FLORENCE
Catch your Trenitalia train from Sestri Levante to Pisa, then Pisa to Florence. Get to know the city at your own pace today. Why not enjoy some gelato as you stroll through the Florence’s lively piazzas? (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 11 – FLORENCE
This morning, embark on your included walking tour of the city and visit the popular Uffizi Gallery to see the Renaissance works of artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Later, visit the Duomo Basilica and marvel at its gorgeous frescoes and dramatic dome that dominates the skyline. (Overnight in Florence) B

DAY 12 – FLORENCE TO ROME
Take the train directly to Rome, Europe’s largest open-air museum. Packed with ancient architecture, beautiful churches, delicious cuisine, and fascinating history, your visit is sure to be memorable. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 13 – ROME
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to discover the best Rome has to offer. See the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Vatican Museum, St Peter’s Basilica, and much more! (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 14 – ROME
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to revisit your favorite attractions or anything you didn’t get the chance to yesterday. Check out the Spanish Steps, National Gallery of Ancient Art, Piazza Venezia, and the Sistine Chapel. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 15 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN ROME
Check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Santa Chiara Hotel

The area of Piazzale Roma is a meeting point of two worlds, Venice and the mainland, and the Santa Chiara hotel is the synthesis of this meeting: its one door in the street and another one on the water.

When you enter in the main building, you discover the interior décor in Venetian stylewith a touch of modernity: the attention is captured by the Murano glass chandeliers, precious fabrics and operas of Venetian artists.

Metropole and Suisse Hotel Como

The Metropole & Suisse Como is a traditional property owned by the Cassani family. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and decorated with wood furnishings and classical artwork. Guests can enjoy a drink in the wine bar or dinner at the Imbarcadero Restaurant which features a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel benefits from a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Como, close to the town's main attractions.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Kolbe Hotel Rome

With all the major sites of historic interest at only a short walk away, the Kolbe Hotel Rome will make you feel not only surrounded by but truly immersed into the magnificence of ancient Rome.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Hotel Athenaeum Florence

The Hotel Athenaeum Florence is a plush 4 star hotel comprised of 60 high quality rooms, gourmet restaurant, hotel bar, conference facilities, fitness room and even a billiard room. It's just a 10 minute walk from the magnificent Florence Cathedral and also within walking distance of the train station.

Hotel Botticelli Florence

The Boticelli Hotel in Florence is situated in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from San Lorenzo Market and Santa Maria Novella train station, and just five minutes from the Accademia Gallery. The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace bar and original frescoes, with traditional Tuscan-style rooms, all featuring air conditioning, TVs and en suite bathrooms.

Grand Hotel Adriatico

The Grand Hotel Adriatico is a 4-star hotel located in a central and strategic position , a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the fair district and the most interesting places of the city.

Hotel Cellai

Hotel Cellai

Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic, quite and lively area within short walk distance to all sites and is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings, shops and monuments. Cellai Hotel is part of a lovingly restored 1800 palace.

Starhotels Michelangelo Florence

As befits a hotel in beautiful Florence, our recently refurbished 4 star hotel in Florence city center pairs classic design with contemporary touches. Moments away you’ll discover the glittering River Arno and a kaleidoscope of inspiring sights.

Locanda Vivaldi

Hotel Locanda Vivaldi was inaugurated at the end of 1999, after painstaking and long restructuring works on the building adjacent to the Church of Pietà.

In 1703 Antonio Vivaldi was ordained a priest and started to work as a violin teacher in the Pietà conservatory, where he remained until 1740.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

Grande Albergo

Welcome to the Grand Albergo Hotel! Overlooking the sea promenade of Sestri Levante, The Grande Albergo is now a landmark in tourism and the Gulf of Tigullio.

Hotel Vis a Vis

As a family run hotel, we have been providing hospitality to our guests since 1964. We look forward to welcoming you with a smile and the desire to provide you with a memorable experience at Hotel Vis à Vis.

It is the perfect location for those who want to discover the most beautiful locations of the Ligurian Riviera,
from Portofino and Camogli to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.

Vis a Vis is perched on a high promontory above Sestri Levante providing spectacular views
over the two beautiful bays of the town, Baia del Silenzio (the Bay of Silence) and Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fairy Tales)
named in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, a resident of the town for a short time.

The Hotel has an elevator which takes you down to just a few steps from the historical centre of the town and a short walk to the beaches and hotel offers a secure private parking where you can leave your car.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bauer Palladio and Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

Hotel Ca’ D’Oro Venice

The Ca’ D’Oro hotel is a traditional Venetian hotel nestled just a five minute walk from the famous Rialto Bridge. The hotel’s 27 rooms all feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the stunning roof terrace, admire the canal views or make use of the spectacular location, which is just 200 yards from a vaporetto water bus stop.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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