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Tour Description

  • 9 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

It’s all about Italian art and culture on this fantastic trip. 

Tour departures

Excursions operate between 19 June and 21 August 2017. To complete the itinerary as described departures must be on Mondays and selected Wednesdays.

 

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At a glance
  • Stay in three of Italy’s most beautiful cities
  • Watch an opera at Verona’s famous amphitheatre
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Discover the treasures inside the Vatican Museums 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Verona

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Map of Day 1: UK - Verona

Fly to Verona, then transfer to your chosen hotel. The city centre is easy to explore on foot. Make Piazza Bra your first stop - the grand amphitheatre here is where you'll be heading tomorrow for your night at the opera. 

Day 2: Verona

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Map of Day 2: Verona

Today you can explore Verona at your own leisure. Maybe you’ll want to visit the Piazza dei Signori, a beautiful Italian square surrounded by historic buildings. Try and spot the whale bone hanging in one of the arches; legend has it, the bone will fall on the first honest person who walks under the arch. 

After a day spent exploring Verona, it’s time for one of the highlights of your trip – an evening at the Verona Opera Festival. Take your seat in the city’s incredible Roman amphitheatre for an al fresco performance of RigolettoAidaMadama Butterfly or Nabucco

Day 3: Verona - Florence

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Map of Day 3: Verona - Florence

Journey south by rail, to Florence. Spend your first evening strolling around Florence’s centro storico, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for a lovely sunset view of the city.  

Day 4: Florence

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Map of Day 4: Florence

Tour of the Uffizi Gallery (2 hours)

After a morning of exploring, head to the Uffizi Gallery for a two-hour guided tour led by a local expert. Once the tour’s over, you can remain in the museum until closing time, viewing the artworks at your own pace. 

Day 5: Florence

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Map of Day 5: Florence

On your last day, why not take one last stroll around the city. Florence is a treasure trove for art and culture. The churches, for example, are not only a spectacle in themselves but inside they often house precious works of art. Santa Maria Novella and Orsanmichele are prime examples of these.

Day 6: Florence - Rome

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Map of Day 6: Florence - Rome

Hop on board the train and head to Italy’s capital for your final few days. The city's monuments look beautiful when they're lit up in the evening, so venture out for a wander once you've checked in to your hotel. 

Day 7: Rome

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Map of Day 7: Rome

Today is free to explore Rome on your own. Tour the Colosseum, step inside the Pantheon or throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain – or do all three! For an art fix, book tickets to the Galleria Borghese, one of the city's best art galleries. 

 

Day 8: Rome

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Map of Day 8: Rome

The Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica (3.5 hours)

This morning you’ll skip the queues at the Vatican Museums and head straight in for a guided tour of the treasures inside. From tapestries and paintings to sculptures and even ancient maps, there’s plenty to see. The star attraction of the museums has to be the Sistine Chapel, where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. 

While the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's are a tough act to follow, why not take the opportunity to explore some of Rome’s lesser-known cultural spots this afternoon, such as San Luigi dei Francesi or Santa Maria Della Vittoria. 

Day 9: Rome - UK

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Map of Day 9: Rome - UK

Home time today – why not opt for a later flight to maximise your time in the Eternal City?

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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

The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA), which is approximately 60 minutes from the centre of Florence. Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours. Flights into Florence airport are also available to book through our Travel Centre.