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From Venice to Rome: 21 photos of a trip through Italy’s highlights

written by Bex Shapiro March 9, 2018
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On some level, at least sometimes, we all dream of Italy.

It’s not just the pizza and pasta, the landmarks and the icons, but it’s that quintessentially Italian way of life. A life filled with coffee and class, with culture and, um, other great things that don’t begin with the letter ‘C’…

But, seriously, Italy is one of those countries you have to visit at least once. Your life will quite possibly be incomplete if you don’t take in Venice’s dreamy waterways, Cinque Terre’s colourful villages, and Rome’s majestic sites.

And if you’re pressed for time, or just want to blitz through the country’s top spots, we have the trip for you. An 8-day Highlights of Italy trip that takes you through everything listed above, and more. Here’s a bunch of photos from an actual Intrepid tour there, so you can get a glimpse into some of Italy’s top attractions, and a destination that’s a strong contender for your very next adventure…

Day 1: Venice

A floating city of canals, alleyways and magnificence, it’s hard to put Venice’s magic into words. Meet fellow like-minded travellers on the first day of your Intrepid trip, and get to grips with this stunning place.

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An Intrepid group exploring Venice

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Enjoying the canals!

READ MORE: HOW TO BEAT THE CROWDS IN VENICE

Day 2: Venice

It might be worth waking up early to discover the spellbinding islands of Burano (pictured just below). Catching the sunset from San Giorgio’s bell tower is also a great option, as is a quintessential gondola ride.

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Picture perfect Burano

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Taking in the view from San Giorgio bell tower

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Day 3: La Spezia

It’s time to take the train to La Spezia, the gateway to the five dazzling villages of Cinque Terre. The journey isn’t short, but it is a very scenic one. Consider venturing on a close-by optional boat trip in the evening (focaccia bread and Prosecco included).

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Accommodation in La Spezia

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A sunset boat ride in Cinque Terre

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Day 4: Cinque Terre

Put some hiking boots on and get walking the footpaths of Cinque Terre. Today is the day to wind through vineyards and vistas as you enjoy the wonders of these pastel-coloured villages. A pesto-making class is also an option!

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A lookout in Vernazza, one of Cinque Terre’s five villages

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So much seafood in Cinque Terre

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Day 5: Florence

Tuscany’s capital is simply captivating. Pre-book your visit to the Uffizi Gallery (so you don’t have to wait in line), or wander in awe around the atmospheric streets.

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An Intrepid group walking around Florence

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Unparalleled shopping opportunities in Florence

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Day 6: Florence

Continue your explorations of Florence. Browse museums aplenty, taste local specialties, and consider enjoying sunset from the iconic Piazzale Michelangelo.

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You can’t come to Italy and not indulge

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The Duomo, illuminated by sunset

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Picnic time at Piazzale Michelangelo

READ MORE: THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF VISITING ITALY ON A SMALL GROUP TOUR

Day 7: Rome

Italy’s capital city is jam-packed with spectacular sights – from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. After walking round it all, you’ll deserve a typical, carb-heavy Italian meal (or three).

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The iconic Colosseum

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Trattoria Da Enzo always delights

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Day 8: Rome

Your trip is coming to an end, so time to tick off any last bucket list sites! The atmospheric, cobblestone streets of the neighbourhood of Trastevere might also be calling your name. Alternatively, take a day trip with Urban Adventures.

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The lovely neighbourhood of Trastevere

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An Intrepid group at the Pantheon

These photos were all taken on our 8-day Highlights of Italy trip.
For our vast range of other tours in Italy, click here!

(All images taken by Cliff Bielawski on Highlights of Italy.)

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