Travel from Venice to Rome via Florence and Italy's coast
Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this week long highlights tour. Begin amid the canals of Venice, visit the charming towns of the Cinque Terre, soak up beauty and history in Florence and wind up in the piazzas of Rome. With plenty of free time for independent exploration, and the freedom to discover Italy's history and culture at your own pace, there's no better way to see this wonderful pocket of Europe.
The floating city of Venice is one place you’ll be happy to get lost in. The city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands lead to over 130 churches, all with their own distinct character
Feast on mouth-watering seafood along Italy's coast, drink fine wine in Tuscany and indulge in the endless pasta dishes on offer in Rome
Walk along Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza
Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city where you'll be able to tick a lot off your bucket list
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however can sometimes be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As there are cobblestones in many Italian cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead. Often there are no lifts or escalators in train stations or in the hotel, so you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs yourself.
Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Also, many hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be rather small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in most cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than en-suite. Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 21 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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Our Highlights of Italy trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 46 reviews in the last year.
This is a physically demanding trip involving lots of walking as in 4 hours a day. The high points of the trip for me were hiking from Corniglia to Vernazza with a view of the Ligurian Sea. Amazing! Also, Michaelangolo's David in Florence blew me away. Very impressive!
Review submitted 18 Sep 2017
This trip really lives up to its name of the highlights of Italy, it is exactly that in a nutshell. I thought a week wouldn't be long enough to explore Italys main hotspots but it didn't feel rushed and we saw and did so much in that time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who hasn't been to Italy before or if you just want to see the best of Italy in an efficient and relaxing way then this trip is ideal. I loved every minute :)
Review submitted 15 Sep 2017