Style : Group tour
Best of Italy  - 2023 tour

Best of Italy - 2023

Collette Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.5 . Excellent
94%
Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
12 days
From: $ 3,349 $ 279 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Participate in a hands-on cooking class dedicated to Romagna’s garganelli and strozzapreti pastas.
  • Taste traditionally made Parmigiano cheese and Balsamic vinegar at a Culinary Arts vocational school.
  • Experience the flavors of Trastevere – Rome’s medieval district – during a food tour dinner.
  • Let classical music transport you back in time during a concert of Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons.
  • Explore the Po River Delta during a pontoon boat sailing of this UNESCO wetland region.
  • Discover the craftsmanship behind the Venetian gondolas during a visit to a local Remèr oar-making workshop.
  • Glide under bridges and along canals during a gondola ride in Venice.
  • Embark on a walking tour featuring Florence's artistic and architectural gems.
  • Discover the long-lost Etruscan civilization during a visit to Chiusi’s Labyrinth of Porsenna.

Short Description

Be whisked away into the beauty and history of Italy when you journey to Venice, Florence, and Rome. Come along with us and embrace the history, culture, art and romance of this incredible country.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Venice
End City Rome

Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Italy

Attractions & Cities Visited

Florence Rome Venice

Activities & Interests

Culture Historic sightseeing History

N/A
See more

Itinerary

Day 1 Overnight Flight

Join us for a fabulous Italian adventure featuring the magic of Venice, Florence and Rome. Journey to the wine-producing Romagna countryside for a 3-night stay in a wine resort, and visit the Republic of San Marino, an enclave state of Italy. Come along with us and embrace the history, culture, art and romance of this incredible country.

Day 2 Venice, Italy - Tour Begins

Welcome to enchanting Venice (UNESCO) with its 117 tiny islands surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. This evening, meet your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.

Day 3 Venice - Gondola Ride - Classical Music Concert

This morning, explore the traditional Venetian craftsmanship behind one of the city’s symbols: the sleek, iconic gondola boats. Visit a local Remèr oar-making workshop, one of only a handful still active in the city. Then, join a local guide for a walking tour of the Venice’s most iconic sights. Pause for the perfect view over the Bridge of Sighs and take in St. Mark’s Square, adorned with marbled palaces and gilded basilicas. Travel by boat to Murano for an expert glass-blowing demonstration, a renowned tradition on the island. This evening, glide along the canals during a gondola ride* before delving into Venice’s classical music heritage while attending a live performance of the Four Seasons** composed by the great Venetian Antonio Vivaldi.

Day 4 Venice - Po River Sailing - Romagna Countryside

Say “Ciao” to Venice as you journey towards the Romagna region, famous for its epicurean lifestyle and its joie de vivre. Along the way, visit the Po Delta (UNESCO). Since ancient times, this delta has been the border between the Venice and the Ravenna regions, once two independent states. These wetlands will give you a glimpse into what Venice and Ravenna looked like to ancient Roman settlers making their way here from the south. You’ll explore these wetlands by pontoon boat,* learning about how the ecosystem here actually aided the Romans in escaping the barbarians that harried them. You’ll also learn about the lives of fisherman and farmers whose lives have changed very little over the last 1000 years. Take in the tranquil scenery before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to your hotel nestled among vineyards in the Romagna countryside and settle in for your 3-night stay.

Day 5 Romagna Countryside - Choice on Tour

Today, it’s your choice! Bask in the bucolic landscape at your wine resort hotel and pamper yourself with an organic wine-infused mud treatment in the onsite spa -OR- spend the day exploring Ravenna (UNESCO). During the darkness that enveloped the last days of the Roman Empire, Ravenna emerged as a center of power thanks to its strategic position. The city’s rulers – the Byzantines, the Goths – adorned its churches with dazzling mosaics. During a guided walking tour, discover the city’s most illustrious monuments including the mosaics that inspired Cole Porter’s Night and Day. This evening, join the local chef for a hands-on cooking class centered on Romagna’s most typical pasta dishes with colorful names such as garganelli or strozzapreti (priest-stranglers), and enjoy the results of your work for dinner.

Day 6 Romagna Countryside - San Marino - Romagna Countryside

Grab your passport*** and journey to the landlocked Republic of San Marino, the fifth-smallest country in the world. Perched at the top of Mount Titano, the old town of San Marino (UNESCO) gives visitors sweeping views over the Adriatic Riviera and the gentle rolling hills of the Romagna countryside. Explore the Old Town’s intricate system of fortification towers, walls, gates and bastions during time at leisure. This evening, wrap up your stay in the Romagna Countryside with a wine-pairing dinner at your wine resort hotel.

Day 7 Romagna Countryside - Emilia Food Valley - Florence

Today, travel to the Emilia region, Italy’s foodie haven. Meet students and teachers at a vocational high school**** for an Impact Moment dedicated to the Culinary Arts and Agriculture. Here, Italy’s future chefs and farmers learn how to make Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese according to traditional codes, dating back to the 1300s. Students also try their hand aging Balsamic vinegar, a generational process taking anything from 12 to 25 years. Enjoy a farm-to-table light lunch prepared by the culinary students using ingredients from the School’s farm. Later, continue to Florence (UNESCO), the “Cradle of the Renaissance” and your home for the next 2 nights.

Day 8 Florence

This morning, meet a local expert for a walking tour of a city that is a work of art all on its own. Your guide will highlight the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistery. You’ll also visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive Palazzo Vecchio. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Florence’s cultural riches independently. Perhaps you’ll visit to one of the city’s many museums,***** such as the Uffizi or Academy Gallery, where Michelangelo’s David is kept.

Day 9 Florence - Chiusi - Rome

This morning traverse southern Tuscany, the ancient land of the Etruscans. This mysterious civilization predated the Romans, who assimilated them, erasing most of their way of life, even though many early kings of Rome were Etruscans. By all accounts, they were an advanced society and culture. On a guided walking tour of Chiusi, once part of the Etruscan Dodecapolis, you explore the town’s underground water system – which has so many twists and turns that it was nicknamed Labyrinth of King Porsenna. You’ll also visit the small archeological museum housing some of the most interesting artifacts archeologists found in the surrounding hills. Arrive in Rome (UNESCO) in the afternoon and settle in for a 3-night stay.

Day 10 Rome

This morning, it’s your choice! Explore Rome your way: delve into Rome’s second Golden Age on a walking tour exploring its Renaissance and Baroque heritage and featuring Caravaggio’s paintings, alongside the Pantheon and Navona Square -OR- explore Rome’s Christian heritage on a panoramic tour featuring the Catacombs and the medieval basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hill. The afternoon is yours to explore more of Italy’s capital city. Perhaps you’ll join an optional tour for an in depth visit of the Colosseum and the Capitol Hill with its monumental piazza designed by Michelangelo.

Day 11 Rome

Make the most of a free day in the Eternal City. Perhaps you’ll stroll through the Borghese Gardens for views of the city’s skyline or join an early morning “Breakfast with Michelangelo” option****** to the Vatican Museums. Your visit begins with a buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard with views of Michelangelo’s cupola – the dome sheltering St. Peter’s Basilica. Then, 1 hour ahead of the Vatican Museums’ opening to the general public, enjoy the ability to roam freely through one of the world’s greatest Art collections. With the aid of an audio guide, you’ll be able to independently explore the Museums’ highlights, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure during a food tour* in Rome’s bohemian Trastevere district.

Day 12 Rome - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many fond memories of incredible Italy.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 3,349
Price Per Day: $ 279 per day
Checking price
Start DateFinish DateTriple Share (Price per person)Double Share (Price per person)Single StandardDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Jun-04-2023Jun-15-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Jun-18-2023Jun-29-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Jul-09-2023Jul-20-2023$ 3,899$ 3,949$ 4,949YesAvailable Reserve
Jul-16-2023Jul-27-2023$ 3,849$ 3,899$ 4,899YesAvailable Reserve
Jul-23-2023Aug-03-2023$ 3,849$ 3,899$ 4,899YesAvailable Reserve
Aug-06-2023Aug-17-2023$ 3,849$ 3,899$ 4,899YesAvailable Reserve
Aug-20-2023Aug-31-2023$ 3,849$ 3,899$ 4,899YesAvailable Reserve
Sep-10-2023Sep-21-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Sep-17-2023Sep-28-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Sep-24-2023Oct-05-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Oct-01-2023Oct-12-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Oct-08-2023Oct-19-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Oct-15-2023Oct-26-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Oct-22-2023Nov-02-2023$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
Nov-05-2023Nov-16-2023$ 3,649$ 3,699$ 4,499YesAvailable Reserve
Nov-12-2023Nov-23-2023$ 3,649$ 3,699$ 4,499YesAvailable Reserve
Dec-03-2023Dec-14-2023$ 3,349$ 3,399$ 3,999YesAvailable Reserve
Jan-28-2024Feb-08-2024$ 3,649$ 3,699$ 4,699YesAvailable Reserve
Feb-25-2024Mar-07-2024$ 3,749$ 3,799$ 4,799YesAvailable Reserve
Mar-10-2024Mar-21-2024$ 3,749$ 3,799$ 4,799YesAvailable Reserve
Mar-17-2024Mar-28-2024$ 3,749$ 3,799$ 4,799YesAvailable Reserve
Apr-07-2024Apr-18-2024$ 3,949$ 3,999$ 5,199YesAvailable Reserve
Apr-21-2024May-02-2024$ 3,949$ 3,999$ 5,199YesAvailable Reserve
May-05-2024May-16-2024$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
May-12-2024May-23-2024$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
May-19-2024May-30-2024$ 4,249$ 4,299$ 5,499YesAvailable Reserve
See more

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Collette.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

1,255 Collette Travel Reviews & Ratings

94%
4.5 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 851
Great 292
Average 41
Disappointing 57
Terrible 14
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.5

Best of Italy - 2023

No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

It was a wonderful trip and experience!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation5.0
Meals4.0
It was a wonderful trip and experience! We are still sorting all the pictures and memories about it, and some of them I would like to share with you - read my diary about this trip!

My Diary about our trip to South Dakota
shorturl.at/efoX1
Read more

we had an absolute wonderful time

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
My wife & I just returned from your National Parks tour and we had an absolute wonderful time. Great itinerary, tour director (Merrin) and driver (John). First class!
Read more

The Best

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The best. I've worked with many travel companies, but now I only book my groups through Collette.

Had a river cruise booked for May 2020

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Had a river cruise booked for May 2020 on the Danube but unfortunately because of Covid 19 it was cancelled. I had no issues in getting a full refund for my vacation. I will definitely rebook with Collette when things return to normal...
Read more

our dream trip to Italy was canceled due to covid-19

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Recently, our dream trip to Italy was canceled due to covid-19. Collette's superior customer service responded to my inquiry by message and phone call literally within minutes. Their team was sympathetic and informative with regards to our refund details. Thank you Collette. We realize this is also a difficult time for your company as well. We hope to rebook our trip to Italy with you again one day!
Read more

I do recommend Collette

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I do recommend Collette, had two great dream trips to AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND and AFRICA. Was planning to go to MOROCCO this Spring but trip was cancelled. The way they handled the cancellation of the trip did not make me feel like a valued customer. I wanted to keep the reservation and move it to next year. I asked that I receive back the $7000 plus final payment I just made and they could keep the initial payment to hold the trip. Collette basically said I could move the reservation till next year and get no money back or just cancel the trip. They wanted to keep my total payment in order for them to move the trip. They would rather me cancel my trip, with no chance of trying to keep my business, go through the rebooking process, hoping I rebook, then just move it and return all of my final payment. This was a big disappointment from a company I have had a great travel experience with and have recommended to my friends. I want to take many more trips that Collette offers but I am not sure now.
Read more

Details

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Trip ID#:

collette-14973

What's excluded

The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your Tour Manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.

Meals Included

17
×
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Travelstride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×

You could save $ 600 per person on this trip!

TripSaver
Flexible travel vouchers redeemable on thousands of trips like this one!
×
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Travelstride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

"Oh the places you'll go."
Dr. Seuss
x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!