Enjoy the comfort, convenience and independence of travelling through Italy’s most important art cities using high-speed trains with your choice of 3 OR 4 star hotels. The Tiziano Tour combines the Eternal City of Rome with the “Cradle of the Renaissance” Florence, plus the Mysterious Elegance of Venice wrapped up in a 10-day tour.
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Day 1 Rome
Upon arrival at Rome Airport, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel by private car. After checking in you are free to explore Rome.
Day 2 Rome
In a single morning, you will move in centuries and discover top attractions of Rome. This itinerary begins at Campo dei Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its “open - air” market and the statue of Giordano Bruno in the centre. Next to Campo de’ Fiori we will admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese, which takes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. A few steps from Palazzo Farnese stands Palazzo Spada. The building is worth a stop thanks to the brilliance of forced perspective introduced by the famous architect Borromini. The arcaded courtyard is an optical illusion, in which diminishing rows of columns and a rising floor create the illusion of a gallery 37 meters long (it is 8 meters). Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D. The symbol of the square is the “Fountains of Four Rivers”, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church S.Agnese in Agone. In a ten minute walk, we reach Piazza della Rotonda housing the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon (inside visit). The Pantheon, a building of ancient Rome, has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, our expert guide will be glad to give a short explanation about the history and the architectural secrets of the building. In the centre of the square, there is a fountain with a mist linear plan designed by Giacomo della Porta. From Piazza della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, thus named after the 2nd-century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. At present, the square is the centre of the Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. We then cross Via del Corso and in just 5 minutes we are at the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop of our itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). Extremely original in shape, it has always been the meeting place for travellers coming from all over the world. In the centre of the square, you will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini (father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo). This area is surely a paradise for the fashion conscious shopper and you will find the most important and famous names of the Italian style. After the tour, you can keep walking on your own along the nice shopping area of Via Condotti, or you can just have fun and relax in the numerous shops and cafes in the area. The remainder of your day is spent at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Rome
Today is yours to explore as you please. Consider taking one of our many optional excursions. (B)
Day 4 Rome | Florence
A private car transfer will take you from your hotel to Rome's Termini rail station. Enjoy your travel to Florence admiring the countryside from your reserved seat aboard a first class train. Arriving at Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station, you will be met and transferred by private car to your selected hotel for check-in. The remainder of today is yours to do as you please. (B)
Day 5 Florence
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the "Cradle of the Renaissance" - Florence. Drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo: a stop to admire the wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city centre. Then walking guided visit of the outdoor Duomo complex: the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and the visit of the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto's bell tower. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the renowned Galleria dell'Accademia* where, with pre-booked, skip-the-line-tickets, you can admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other works by the great artist. End of the tour inside the museum. (*) Closed on Monday and replaced with a visit to the San Marco Museum or the Medici Chapels.The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please. (B)
Day 6 Florence | Cinque Terre
Today you will experience an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive Ligurian landscapes. Explore the breathtaking Ligurian coast on a tour of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, a small corner of paradise subdivided into five villages suspended on steep cliffs overlooking the sea; a unique landscape, where vegetation and lush vineyards frame a spectacular scenery. Visit three of the five villages. You will spend an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive Ligurian landscapes. In this area, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, earth and sea blend and create a unique landscape. The area consists of kilometres of rocky coasts with caves, beaches, hiking paths and breathtaking views. You will first visit Manarola, a tiny urban jewel characterized by Genoese style ‘case-torri’. Then you will move to Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a Medieval castle with a cylindrical tower and finally, you will reach Monterosso, known as the ‘Pearl of Cinque Terre’. This ancient fishing village with lovely beaches and lush vegetation covering the rocks will certainly enchant you. Here you can enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch (optional). You’ll then taste the typical “Limoncino Ligure” made with fresh lemons from Monterosso and enjoy some time to walk around the village or swim in Monterosso's crystalline waters. Next enjoy a 1-hour boat crossing to Portovenere, and admire unique views and the villages from a seaside perspective, a perfect photo opportunity! Once in Portovenere, you have free time to visit this elegant and popular touristic destination where nature and human architecture are perfectly balanced. Finally, take another boat to reach the city of La Spezia where the bus will be waiting for the return drive to Florence, with a planned return time of around 8:45 pm. (B)
Day 7 Florence | Venice
A private car transfer will take you from your hotel to Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station to take a first class train with reserved seating to Venice. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel or closest mooring point by motor-launch - Venice's mode of transportation. The remainder of your day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 8 Venice
This morning an experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic. Starting at Piazza San Marco where you will admire its most important monuments, Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie, walk through Venice's meandering alleys to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo before returning through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto Bridge and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping, to San Marco Square. The tour continues with a guided visit of the Palazzo Ducale which for centuries represented the seat of the Venetian political power. The afternoon is at leisure to spend as you please. (B)
Day 9 Venice
Today is free to explore on your own or consider one of our many optional excursions. (B)
Day 10 Venice
Today your tour ends. At the appropriate time, a motor-launch will transfer you to Venice's Marco Polo Airport, or ask your travel agent about extending your vacation with CIT Tours! (B)
The Tiziano Tour can also operate in reverse.