2 Nights Venice, 2 Nights Florence & 2 Nights Rome

Vacation Overview

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…” Perhaps you’re heard this famous Shakespearean line. We’re not entirely sure, but we suspect he was about to say, “Monograms has made it easy for visitors to come to Rome—as well as Florence and Venice.” In fact, on this Italy trip, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train station. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®, someone who is there throughout your stay to help you feel comfortable, answer questions, offer suggestions, and help make sure your Italy vacation runs smoothly. You’ll have a Local Host in Venice, Florence, and Rome.

Your Italy vacation begins in Venice, where we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a warm benvenuto and a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. We’ll show you St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, as well as Doges’ Palace, the very symbol of Venice, and the Bridge of Sighs. We’ve also arranged for you to watch skilled glassblowers as they work on their creations, and we’ve included entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums. In Florence, your walking tour with a local expert includes the must-see attractions, such as Michelangelo’s David and the Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge that has housed stores since the 13th century. In Rome, your guided tour with a local expert includes the attractions you must see in Rome, including the Vatican Museums; the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment; St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD; the Colosseum, opened in 80 AD and famous for the gladiator fights; and the Roman Forum, where you’ll see the oldest structures of the ancient city.

In each city, you’ll have time to explore on your own. In Venice, perhaps enjoy a Vivaldi concert performance; take a ghost walking tour; enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola serenaded by live music; shop for a Venetian carnival mask; grab a drink at Harry’s Bar, one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts; or visit one of the many churches. In Florence, perhaps take an excursion to Sam Gimignano, Italy’s most famous medieval town, and Verrazzano Castle, where you’ll taste Tuscan wine; learn to make gelato; or shop for some Florentine gold jewelry. Rome offers endless possibilities. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, shop at the Italian fashion boutiques along the Via Condotti, take a ghost or walking tour, and enjoy Italian cuisine at one of the many local restaurants.

And don’t forget…your Italy trip includes transportation on the high-speed train (first-class) between the cities. We’ve even included the transfers so we’ll pick you up at your hotel, take you to the train station, get you on the correct train, pick you up at the next train station, and bring you to your hotel in the next city. Plus, sightseeing includes VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines at the attractions, such as the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. That saves over four hours of time just in Rome. That doesn’t include all the time we’ve saved you by handling your vacation details—not to mention the time saved by having a Local Host there to assist you rather than reading guidebooks and trying to figure it out on your own. This trip to Italy is a vacation of a lifetime!

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice

Transportation

Travel by high-speed train (first class) between cities, transfers to/from train stations

Destination Guide

Itinerary

Day 1 VENICE, ITALY

Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this famous car-free city, built entirely upon the water.

Day 2 VENICE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the poignant BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

Day 3 VENICE–FLORENCE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Florence.

Day 4 FLORENCE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.

Day 5 FLORENCE–ROME

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.

Day 6 ROME

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, enter monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.

Day 7 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice


Optional Excursions (cost extra)

VENICE

Venetian Dinner

VENETIAN DINNER

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$$

Celebration Package: Romantic Experience in Venice

CELEBRATION PACKAGE: ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE IN VENICE

Enjoy an unforgettable romantic evening in Venice! Enjoy a private ride in a traditional gondola, later proceed to one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Italy.

Price Range: $$$$

Ghosts of Venice Private Walking Tour

GHOSTS OF VENICE PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

This spine-tingling private guided walk takes you through the hidden corners of Venice-places of tragic history from the ghostly past-to encounter the city’s deepest, darkest secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

Gondola

GONDOLA

When in Rome, do as the Romans — and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR

Explore Venice the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide–the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

MAMMA MIA! SERENADED GONDOLA RIDE & PIZZA

Enjoy the quintessential Italian experience: a romantic shared serenaded gondola ride, followed by a dinner of authentic Italian pizza!

Price Range: $$

FLORENCE

Florentine Dinner

FLORENTINE DINNER

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region’s most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR

Explore Florence the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide–the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

PALATINA GALLERY, ROYAL APARTMENTS AND THE MODERN ART GALLERY IN PITTI PALACE (ENTRANCE TICKET ONLY)

Discover the city’s largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis’ private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

DISCOVER FLORENCE: BOBOLI GARDENS

Discover some of Florence’s greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion.

Price Range: $

Bike Tour

BIKE TOUR

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Florence Sunset Food Tour

FLORENCE SUNSET FOOD TOUR

Discover the heart of Florence on this fun foodie tour. Enjoy 9 different tastings that include everything from a traditional aperitif to authentic Steak Florentine!

Price Range: $$$

Davanzati Palace Museum Entrance

DAVANZATI PALACE MUSEUM ENTRANCE

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence¿s famous Davanzati Palace Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of this authentic 14th-century Florentine home.

Price Range: $

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

TUSCAN GASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE

An insight into the food and wine tradition of Tuscany, land of gourmets. Not to be missed!

Price Range: $$$

ROME

The Catacombs

THE CATACOMBS

The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. We will show you the best of them!

Price Range: $$

Villa Borghese

VILLA BORGHESE

Come face to face with some of history most incredible art on this mesmerizing excursion to Villa Borghese. Led by an expert art historian, explore the gallery’s vast collection, with works by master artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, and others!

Price Range: $$

Private Guided Tour

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR

Explore Rome the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide–the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Cooking Class in Rome

COOKING CLASS IN ROME

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that’s perfect for kids and adults alike!

Price Range: $$$$

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK: YOUR GOURMET ORGANIC PICNIC IN ROME

Take a well-deserved break from sightseeing and indulge yourself-with time to relax and a delightful al fresco picnic surrounded by exquisite gardens.

Price Range: $

Bike Tours

BIKE TOURS

Explore some of Italy’s greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $$

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

TASTE OF TESTACCIO FOOD TOUR

Discover Cucina Romana–real Roman cuisine on this yummy foodie walking tour through the Testaccio district!

Price Range: $$$