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  • Venice, Florence and Rome touring holiday

    Venice Luna Baglioni

    Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

    Grand Canal Venice

    Florence Duomo

    Near the Forum Rome

    Spanish Steps Rome

    Venice, Florence and Rome Touring Holiday

    9 nights and 10 days
    Venice, Florence and Rome need no introduction; whether you’ve visited them before or never at all, their charm and individuality hold a unique place in everyone’s mind. Travel by rail between these cities that are filled with history and culture, and enjoy the stunning scenery along the route.

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    From the reputedly decadent beauty of Venice, with its bobbing gondolas, Byzantine and Gothic architecture, and winding waterways, to the Renaissance treasures of artistic and cultural Florence at the heart of Tuscany. Then, this touring holiday takes you to its grand finale in the Italian capital, Rome, with its outstanding monuments and historical sites that capture the history of Italy and Europe from the Roman Empire to the 21st-century. Our selection of hand-picked hotels perfectly mirrors the elegant, artistic, and stylish cities of your tour, each offering a charming, relaxing environment, where you can unwind at the end of each day.

    From about £1,790 per person.

    Included in this Venice, Florence and Rome Touring Holiday:
    • Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice.
    • Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Hotel Bernini Palace in Florence.
    • Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Hotel Mascagni in Rome.
      A hotel supplement of £1075 per person  for upgrades to the following hotels: Hotel Luna Baglioni in Venice, Hotel Helvetia and Bristol in Florence and Hotel Inghilterra in Rome.
    • Scheduled flight with British Airways from London to Venice, returning from Rome to London.
    • First class rail travel from Venice to Florence and from Florence to Rome.

    Private transfers to and from airports and train stations to the hotels can be arranged on request at a supplement.    

    Click the tabs above to view our suggested day-by-day touring itinerary and to find out more about the hotels featured.
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    Touring holiday of Venice, Florence and Rome 

    Day-by-day itinerary
    Arrive in Venice, and stay for three nights
    Venice is comprised of 117 islands and 150 canals, making it something of a maze to navigate, and making it almost impossible to uncover every treasure on one stay. To begin your exploration, we would suggest a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. From the water, you can take in the views of the beautiful palaces that line the canals, and decide which direction to explore further on foot. One of the best ways to get a flavour of a city as complex as Venice is to experience the local lifestyle first-hand. To do this, we recommend visiting the Erberia and Pescheria markets, which sit just on one side of the Rialto Bridge. This hustle and bustle of noise and colour will draw you straight into Venetian life, while also giving you an insight into the quality of the local produce. The seafood, in particular, will be at the centre of your culinary experience of Veneto. For a taste of the city’s famous architecture, it is essential to spend time navigating, by foot and by boat, some of its narrowest, most higgledy-piggledy streets. But do not neglect the architectural greats such as the San Giorgio Maggoire, designed by Palladio himself. More of Venice’s artistic heritage can be found in the Chiesi dei Frari, home of the works of Titian and Bellini, as well as the tomb of the neoclassical sculptor, Canova. The work of Il Furioso, or Tintoretto, can be found in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. The tombs of 25 doges are held in the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paulo. However, arguably the most unmissable experience is the opportunity to witness an 18th century interior modelled on the style of the height of Venetian design, housed in the Ca’ Rezzonico. Pay a visit to one of the most important art museums in Italy, the Guggenheim, housed inside the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Travel further out to the island of Torcello, eerily silent compared to busy Venice, to see the Byzantine Duomo, and the 16th century ghetto. Alternatively, visit the lesser-known island of Burano to see the vibrant colours of the houses. To taste the best of Veneto wine, consider arranging transport to Treviso to try some of the Prosecco; Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco is said to be the best. Equally, sample the red Amarone di Valpolicella and white Recioto di Soave wines, famous for being bitterer than their Valpolicella and Soave counterparts. This bitterness, somewhat unique to Veneto, is due to the traditional method of drying of the grapes to facilitate the fermentation of sugar. To finish off your days in Venice, try the local speciality dishes, such as beef stew or dried fish with polenta, or meals of liver with onions.

    Travel south to Florence by train, where you will stay for three nights
    Leave Venice on your fourth day in Italy and bear southwest by rail for Florence . This journey takes you first through the Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei, and then on through Bologna, where you may wish to stop off. As the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the streets of Bologna are rich in important Italian history. Perhaps stop for lunch under the golden-stone colonnades of Piazza Maggiore, or take the climb up the leaning Asinelli Tower. The journey continues south to Florence in Tuscany, the centre for Italian Renaissance art. Explore the grand streets of Firenze, taking in the intricate architecture of such buildings as the cathedral and baptistery. Observe the major artworks in the Uffizi and Bargello museums, as well as the smaller works held in each of the many churches. Florence’s monastery houses a beautiful collection of Florentine paintings. For the tour de force of Florence’s vast artistic collection, however, pay a visit to the Accademia, where Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ is on display. Though there is plenty within Florence to satisfy a three day stay, consider venturing out into some of the other Tuscan towns and villages. Brooding Volterra is a hilltop village characterised by its narrow streets, towering houses, and its original medieval walls surrounded by deep ravines. The town of Siena, however, tells a greater story. Caught for centuries in a bitter rivalry with Florence, its streets still bear the mark of its grand aspirations. The Piazza del Duomo perhaps holds the most evidence of Siena’s plans, with its single freestanding archway that was once intended to be the opening to the Duomo’s expansion. The tiles of the square are still coloured and patterned as they would have been had the square become the cathedral’s interior as planned. The Palazzo Pubblico, the tallest secular tower in Italy, is the seat of both the city council and Sienese art, while the cathedral’s baptistery houses a baptismal font decorated with relief panels designed by the likes of Donatello. Another traditionally Tuscan village, San Gimignano tells of Italian hard work and aspirations on a smaller scale. As you approach, you will be struck by the numerous tall towers that rise above the village houses and mark the many village squares. San Gimignano’s plans, like Siena’s, were left incomplete, so only these architectural monuments remain. Of an evening, dine at your stately hotel in the beautifully decorated restaurant, or perhaps in the double Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri.

    Travel still further south to Rome, and stay for three nights
    Leave Florence in the morning of your seventh day on this touring holiday. Travel south out of Tuscany by rail, and into Umbria. Pass Orvieto, a small town built on the flat summit of a volcanic butt riddled with the remaining tunnels of an underground civilisation. Enter Latium, and arrive in Italy’s capital. Spend your days navigating the historically rich streets of Rome, exploring world-famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican City, the Forums dedicated to various Roman Emperors, the numerous ancient temples, and the atmospheric Roman baths, specifically the Baths of Caracella. The many wonders of Rome speak for themselves; yet, their situation in amongst such a lively, living, breathing, modern society must be experienced first hand. For a historical experience less travelled by tourists, visit the Church of San Clemente behind the Colosseum. This small church may not appear much to the eye, but it was built on top of one of the first Christian Basilicas, which was, in turn, built on top of the Temple of Mithras, which dates back to the time of Augustus. Exiting the church, a perfectly preserved Roman alleyway exists alongside it. Of course, visit St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistene Chapel to see the exquisite paintings of Michelangelo. Inside the Vatican Museums sits an incredible collection of fantastic artistic works, from famous paintings to sculpture. Cross the Tiber on the lovely Bridge of Ponte Sant’Angelo, which will take you to the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo. Later, wander up the Aventine Hill. For something a little off-the-beaten-track, locate the Via Appia Antica, which used to link Rome to Puglia, and explore the catacombs. The Catacomb of San Callisto is the most rewarding, with its 20km of underground tunnels that stretch out under the bustling city. Arrange transport to allow you to leave the city for one of your days in Latium to explore the nearby hilltop towns and villages. Tivoli, in particular, is an important visiting place for everyone wishing to gain a fuller picture of Roman history. A former garden suburb of Rome, Tivoli is the site of Hadrian’s Villa, the grandest palace complex ever built in Italy. Though Hadrian is known for having designed the Pantheon, this villa is considered his best, quirkiest, and most inventive work. While in Tivoli, be sure to also visit the terraced gardens of the Villa d’Este, with its waterfalls, pools, ornamental mechanical birds, and art installations. In the natural chasm of the Villa Gregoriana, sit several shady paths and gardens perfect for a relaxed exploration, as well as two very well preserved Roman temples. Make the most of the comforts of your hotel to offset the avid exploration encouraged by this tour.

    Depart from Rome on your return flight to the UK
    Aim to spend as much of your final day in Rome as possible, exploring the last nooks and crannies or browsing the designer shops on the Via Condotti and the Via Borgognona, before returning to London.

    Travelling times for this touring holiday:
    Venice to Florence: from 2 hours
    Florence to Rome: from 2 hour and 30 minutes.

    Click the 'Hotel Information' tab to find out more about the hotels featured in this touring itinerary or click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

    Venice, Florence, Rome

    Hotel Information

    These are the charming and characterful hotels that are featured in this touring holiday of the incomparable cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. In Venice we have included two options, but other alternatives are available in each city - please contact us for full details.

    Hotel Bisanzio
    Less than 300 metres from St Mark’s Square, the Hotel Bisanzio occupies an ancient 16th-century Palazzo in a prime location close to the Riva degli Schiavoni, right in the heart of the oldest and most romantic part of Venice. A Best Western property, Hotel Bisanzio has operated as a small hotel since 1969 although it dates back a further 400 years, when the world-famous sculptor, Alessandro Vittoria, purchased and used the building as his home and workshop. Today it offers a warm, family atmosphere with welcoming and attentive staff, two reading rooms and a bar decorated with the art of early 20th-century Venetian painters, together with 40 rooms situated over three floors all accessible by lift. The rooms are decorated in a traditional 18th-century Venetian style with parquet floors, Murano glass lamps, walnut wainscoting, antique furnishings and open beams adding character and authenticity. The Hotel Bisanzio's superior rooms are more spacious with a corner seating area and views over a private courtyard or the narrow streets beneath, rooms with private terrace provide enviable views over the city rooftops whilst the duplex two-bedroom loft suites are perfect for families. The hotel is now equipped with every modern amenity, including a lift, air conditioning and satellite TV. The 40 rooms are elegantly furnished and the superior terrace rooms have a private terrace over looking the roof tops of the city and the Dome of San Zaccaria. The Hotel Bisanzio Venice has a small bar and two sitting rooms perfect for a quiet drink or a relaxing read after a busy day’s sight-seeing. For families who wish to stay in Venice the hotel also has apartments located in a separate building, just 150 metres from the Hotel Bisanzio. The apartments can accommodate 4 people and have a kitchenette, which is perfect for catering for small children.
    Find out more here.

    Hotel Bernini Palace
    The Hotel Bernini Palace is a high quality, elegant hotel, perfectly located in central Florence close to the main sights and next to the charming Piazza della Signoria. Built in a classic Florentine style, the hotel, once a 15th-century palazzo, now contains 74 rooms, all of which are individually decorated in a luxurious yet refined manner. Sumptuously decorated period furnishings, antiques and rich colours effortlessly combine Florentine style and luxurious comfort throughout the hotel. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the striking Sala Corsini, the highlight of which is the frescoed ceiling. Guests may also choose to enjoy a cocktail or pre-dinner drink at the hotel’s bar before venturing into the city and exploring the many nearby cafes and restaurants.
    Find out more here

    Hotel Mascagni
    A colourful and unique hotel, the Hotel Mascagni is an elegant haven in a central location in Rome, near the Trevi fountain, Via Veneto and Spanish Steps. Housed in an early 20th century palazzo the hotel offers a charming combination of traditional features and contemporary flourishes, added in more recent renovations. With just 40 rooms this boutique hotel has an intimate and personal ambience. The rooms combine comfortable furnishings with often bold, statement wallpapers which give the hotel a unique and characterful appeal. A small bar and restaurant, where breakfast is served, share the same combination of traditional yet cosmopolitan furnishings. The Hotel Mascagni is a comfortable and cosy base for exploring the city.
    Find out more here

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