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Tour Description

  • 10 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Italy is a heavyweight when it comes to sports, with a year-round calendar of events from Formula 1 racing to the Six Nations. Combine your love of sports and Italy with this 10-day multi-centre itinerary, whisking you through Italy’s major cities to see their sporting highlights (plus plenty of sightseeing along the way).  

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At a glance
  • Experience the worlds of Italian Formula One, Six Nations rugby and more
  • Visit the sites of Italy’s most famous sporting events, including Il Palio di Siena
  • Plan your trip around major events like the Italian Moto GP
  • Tick off four iconic cities in 10 days 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Milan

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Map of Day 1: UK - Milan

On day one, you’ll touch down in Milan and have a private transfer to your Milanese hotel. You’ll have three days to play with in this chic northern city; we recommend a stop at Monza Formula 1 racetrack (‘Autodromo Nazionale Monza’), home of the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. There are events, races and fairs on year-round, but for serious petrol heads, schedule your trip to coincide with the Grand Prix itself, from 1-3 September 2017.  

Day 2: Milan

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Map of Day 2: Milan

Football fans, save a day to explore the legendary San Siro football stadium, home to the city’s internationally renowned teams, Inter Milan and A.C. Milan. Guided stadium tours let you follow in the footsteps of the teams, from the locker rooms to the tunnel, while the on-site museum tells the story of its two famous teams through a collection of memorabilia. The "Football Lovers Tour" excursion not only allows you to explore the famous stadiums but you can also enjoy transportation between them in an open top City Sightseeing bus.

Afterwards, it’s time to experience aperitivo. Milan is one of the best cities to enjoy this most Italian ritual; pick a bar and settle down for the evening with an Aperol spritz or Negroni, and enjoy a few hours of relaxed socialising, drinking and snacks before you’re ready for dinner.

Day 3: Milan

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Map of Day 3: Milan

Spend your final full day in the city experiencing Milan’s charms. This is where Italy’s fashionistas go to shop, with hotspots like the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele – the world’s oldest shopping mall, it opened in the 1860s, and boasts elegant frescoes, boutiques and a grand glass ceiling.

 

For a dose of culture, don’t leave without standing at the feet of Milan’s iconic Gothic cathedral, built with striking white marble and soaring more than 150 metres high. Head to Corso Como for dinner, where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you’re not too full from aperitivo, sample the city’s famous risotto alla Milanese. 

Day 4: Milan - Bologna

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Map of Day 4: Milan - Bologna

On day four, catch your private transfer to Milan Centrale station. The train journey to Bologna takes around an hour, and first and second-class seating is available. Once you arrive in Bologna Centrale, your private transfer will be waiting to whisk you to your hotel.

 

Bologna is one of Italy’s foremost foodie cities, so an indulgent meal is the perfect way to acclimatise. The city is home to some staple dishes of Italian cuisine, including world-famous Bolognese sauce (look out for ragu alla Bolognese) as well as tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano, and punchy red wines like Sangiovese. 

Day 5: Bologna

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Map of Day 5: Bologna

Today, pay a visit to another of Italy’s sporting legends – the Ferrari Museum. Situated just outside the Bologna. The museum displays its legendary supercars in a huge, futuristic hall and features a restored workshop once used by Enzo Ferrari’s father. Do a double whammy and visit Ferrari’s nearby Maranello museum, too, with its focus on Formula One.

 

Bologna is an incredibly beautiful medieval city, filled with charming piazzas and terracotta architecture that form Europe’s second-largest centro storico (historic centre). Squeeze in some people-watching in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s huge central square (and the city’s beating heart), and marvel at the Two Towers that dominate the skyline. 

Day 6: Bologna - Florence

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Map of Day 6: Bologna - Florence

We’ll arrange a private transfer from your hotel to Bologna Centrale station, where you’ll take the 40-minute train journey to Florence Santa Maria Novella station.

 

Continuing the racing theme, Tuscany’s legendary Mugello race track is a little under an hour outside the city of Florence. Owned by Ferrari and famed for the fast curves and slopes at nearly 300 metres above sea level, it’s a must-visit for any racing fans. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Florence in summer, you can catch the Italian Moto GP itself from 2-4 June 2017. 

Day 7: Florence

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Map of Day 7: Florence

Don’t miss the opportunity for an excursion over to Siena, Florence’s charming Tuscan cousin. This beautiful little city is characterised by two things: its UNESCO-listed centro storico and the Palio di Siena. This legendary horse race has been around for centuries, drawing crowds in their tens of thousands to see the exciting, dizzying 90-second race. In 2017, the Palio di Siena will take place on 2 July and 16 August, but an excursion to the Piazzo del Campo is worthwhile any time. 

Day 8: Florence - Rome

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Map of Day 8: Florence - Rome

Today you’ll leave Florence, but there’s still time for cappuccini e cornetti beneath the city’s staggering Duomo. If you like, squeeze in a whistle-stop tour of the Academia Galleria to bid arrivederci to Michelangelo’s David, too.

 

Afterwards, it’s time to head to Florence Santa Maria Novella and catch the train to Rome Termini station, for the final leg of your journey. This train journey will take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, with first or second-class travel available. On arriving in Rome, we’ll arrange for a private transfer to your hotel. 

Day 9: Rome

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Map of Day 9: Rome

In Italy’s breathtaking capital, it’s time to go back to the country’s sporting roots with an excursion to the world-famous Colosseum. Finished in 80 AD, the Colosseum once sat an estimated average of 65,000 spectators to see its bloody battles and gladiator combat, and is considered one of the world’s most iconic sporting arenas

 

Now for a modern icon – Rome’s Stadio Olimpico is the home of Italian rugby, and took centre stage for Rome’s 1960 Olympic Games. Rugby fans, take note; in March 2017, the stadium will host the RBS 6 Nations Tournament.

Day 10: Rome - UK

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Map of Day 10: Rome - UK

Pause for a final espresso before your private transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport; it’s time to finish your Italian sporting adventure and fly home to the UK. 

Extend Your Stay

Take in more of the destination or relax in a spa at the end of your trip by adding few extra nights stay in one of these hand picked hotels.

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Flight Information

Direct flights to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.

Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.