- Rome’s magnificent Colosseum
Grand Tour of Italy - from Venice to Sicily
- VIP door to door
Savour every flavour of Italy
Savour every flavour of bella Italia on our two-week Italy tours, from the cultural highlights of the north to the carefree coasts in the south.
Starting in the marshland-turned-masterpiece Venice, we’ll sweep through the lyrical landscapes of the Italian countryside.
Stopping in ancient Rome and Sicily, sipping a glass of red overlooking beautiful Siena, seeing the ruins of Pompeii - you’ll be indulging in the Italian way of life faster than you can say ‘buongiorno’.
14 nights in hotels
21 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 7 dinners (days 1, 4, 7, 10 and 12-14)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tours of Venice; Lucca; Florence (with Basilica di Santa Croce entrance); Pompeii; and Rome (with Colosseum entrance)
- Visits to Ferrara & Bologna; Pisa (with ticket for two monuments); Siena (with wine tasting); Sorrento; mozzarella farm with tasting; and Cosenza
- Visit to Vatican and Sistine Chapel
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Day 1 UK to Venice to Bassano del Grappa
- Day 2 Venice
- Day 3 Bassano del Grappa
- Day 4 Ferrara to Bologna to Montecatini Terme
- Day 5 Pisa to Lucca
- Day 6 Florence
- Day 7 Siena to Rome
- Day 8 Rome
- Day 9 Rome
- Day 10 Caserta
- Day 11 Pompeii to Sorrento
- Day 12 Giardini Naxos, Sicily
- Day 13 Giardini Naxos
- Day 14 Giardini Naxos
- Day 15 Acireale to Catania to UK
Bonotto Hotel Belvedere
Grand Hotel Tettuccio
Hotel dei Cavalieri
Hotel Sant’Alphio Garden
Day 1 UK to Venice to Bassano del Grappa
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Venice.
We transfer to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa.
Day 2 Venice
We’ll whizz into Venice on a local train, for a guided walk that takes us to the main sights, including the Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.
Afterwards, you’re free to explore independently. Perhaps take some time to take in the stately arcades that line Piazza San Marco (and indulge in a thick hot chocolate at the famous Café Florian); float along the Grand Canal on a gondola or get lost in the warren of backstreets and canals and discover the ‘local’ Venice.
An optional excursion (pre-bookable only) to visit the Doge’s Palace will take place this afternoon. You’ll see its grand façades and ornamentation - all a reflection of the city’s 14th-century wealth and power, portrayed with elaborate, Venetian Gothic flair.
Day 3 Bassano del Grappa
On our third day in the area, you’re free to explore on your own.
Or, there’s an optional trip to the old university town of Vicenza, filled with charming 16th-century buildings. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and entrance to the grappa museum with a tasting.
Day 4 Ferrara to Bologna to Montecatini Terme
Today, we travel into the region of Emilia-Romagna en route to Tuscany. We’ll visit Ferrara, one of the greatest walled cities in Italy.
And we’ll stop by the regional capital Bologna, renowned for its food (though the porticoed red-brick buildings and ancient university are also worth a mention).
Day 5 Pisa to Lucca
Pisa and Lucca are on the itinerary today, as we head off on a full-day excursion. Pisa’s Miracle Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is where you’ll find the famous Leaning Tower, as well as the shiny white marble cathedral and baptistery.
In the walled medieval town of Lucca, we take a guided walk to Piazza del Mercato. It’s also known as Piazza dell’Anfiteatro - once upon a time, a Roman amphitheatre stood here (which explains the piazza’s oval shape).
Day 6 Florence
A local train whisks us to Florence from our base in Montecatini Terme. Quite simply, Florence is utterly enchanting. From its towering, frescoed buildings, Gothic churches staggering red-tiled Duomo, you are sure to be charmed by this romantic city.
A guided walking tour reveals the city’s highlights and includes entrance to the Basilica di Santa Croce, the burial place of some of the most eminent Italians. Brunelleschi and Vasari were involved in the architectural design of the basilica. The afternoon is free in Florence to make your own discoveries, before returning to the hotel.
Day 7 Siena to Rome
After some time this morning to explore the ‘contrade’ (districts) of Siena, one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities, we wend our way south towards Rome.
Along the way, we’ll quench our thirst with a wine tasting in one of the best grape-growing areas of Tuscany. We’ll arrive into Rome late afternoon.
Day 8 Rome
Known as the Eternal City, Rome’s ancient capital will take us back some 3,000 years with icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon dotted among the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Our introduction to Rome includes a guided walk, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and entrance to the Colosseum.
Day 9 Rome
Spend this morning exploring on your own - perch on the Spanish Steps and throw a euro or two into the Trevi Fountain. Alternatively, join a morning optional excursion to Tivoli, for entrance to the remarkable Villa d’Este.
This afternoon we’ll visit the world-renowned Vatican and Sistine Chapel and see iconic artworks, including those of Michelangelo.
Day 10 Caserta
Today we journey to Caserta for a two-night stay.
There’ll be some free time on arrival to wander - perhaps take lunch in a restaurant or venture to the Royal Palace (Reggia di Caserta).
Day 11 Pompeii to Sorrento
Our tour today takes us to Pompeii. This wealthy town was buried and frozen in time in AD 79, by a massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This is undoubtedly Europe’s most compelling archaeological site.
In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Sorrento, a pretty town on the Gulf of Naples.
Day 12 Giardini Naxos, Sicily
We’ll make our way south from Naples through Calabria - the ‘toe’ of Italy - right down to Sicily.
We’ll visit a mozzarella producer for a tasting of this delicious buffalo milk cheese - you may catch a glimpse of some of the buffalo herds as we travel through the countryside.
We'll make a stop in Cosenza and then a short sea crossing from Reggio di Calabria takes us across to Messina on Sicily’s north-eastern tip.
Day 13 Giardini Naxos
Relax and spend today at leisure.
Day 14 Giardini Naxos
Spend another day enjoying your surroundings or join a full-day optional excursion to Mount Etna and then Taormina, where there’ll be a guided walk and entrance to the ancient Greek theatre, in its splendid elevated position with glorious views.
Day 15 Acireale to Catania to UK
Today we depart for the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.