Map of One Week in Italy including Italy

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The best of Italy, from Venice to Rome via Florence and Italy's coast.

Fall in love with Italy on this week-long highlights tour. Begin by exploring the maze of Venice, then take in the beautiful, charming towns of Cinque Terre. Soak up beauty and history in Florence and finish with a pizza in the piazzas of Rome. With plenty of free time to do your own thing, there's no better way to see this epic pocket of Europe.

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Start
Venice, Italy
Finish
Rome, Italy
Destination
Italy
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
ZMYI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

  • 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 Italy (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. 

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-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.

  • For couples, 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.

  • Space is at a premium in Venice and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are small but the location makes up for that - right in the heart of Venice Island.

Itinerary

Welcome to the watery wonderland of Venice, Italy, which is literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights. Packed full of bridges, towers, piazaas, canals and churches, this city is a traveller's dream that's been practically unchanged for 600 years (except for the thousands of people who come to visit each year). If you arrive early, why not take a stroll through the maze of streets behind Piazza San Marco and head to the Grand Canal. Here, you can see the famous Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amount of markets and shops selling Venetian masks, handmade Murano glassware and many other trinkets. After meeting your group tonight, perhaps enjoy dinner with your new travel companions at a local restaurant – your leader knows where to go.
Accommodation
  • Simple hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR19
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
  • Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
  • Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR11
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your Italian adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight – check with reception to confirm the time and place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). There are no activities planned before the meeting, so if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy.
Today is free to go out and explore Venice, either by yourself or after grabbing a new friend, and there are only two ways to get around: on foot or by boat. Popular sights include Doge's Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. If you're going to really do Venice properly, however, you have to tee up a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola, or why not take the vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. It's no problem if your legs get tired – pull up a seat at one of the piazzas and tuck into an Italian coffee or a local tiramisu, and enjoy watching visitors and locals soak in the magic of the city. For something a bit more artsy, visit the Palazzao Ducale to see paintings by the Italian masters then head to the modern Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Venice is famous for its seafood spaghetti specialities, so grab your group in the evening and find a fresh lobster or squid ink dish, perhaps complementing it with an aperol spritz – you've earnt it.

Accommodation
  • Simple hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
  • Urban Adventures - Chicchetti of Venice - EUR80
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR36
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Spend the day travelling by train to the town of La Spezia, the gateway to the stunning Cinque Terre region. Translating as Five Lands, the name Cinque Terre comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – whose position, wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, makes this one of the highlights of the whole of Italy. The journey will take between five and seven hours, depending on the bst connection, but is an extremely pretty trip through Italy's north. There won't be too much time to explore on arrival, but once you've checked into the hotel you may like to take a walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione and to the gardens along the harbour, or maybe head out for dinner with the group.




Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today it's time to get out and explore the walking tracks of Cinque Terre, a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region, and take you through olive groves, vineyards and on to drop-dead gorgeous views. How far, and how many sections, you walk is up to you, and it's possible to take the train between any of the villages or back to the group's base in La Spezia whenever you'd like. Some sections of path can be difficult as there are challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges along the way. For this reason, please remember to bring comfortable footwear with you. After working up an appetite, take advantage of the foods of the Liguria region with an optional pesto making class, or maybe load up on focaccia, another local speciality.Return to La Spezia in the evening and feel free to keep the food exploration going – there's no better way to recover from a day of walking than indulging in more delicious Mediterranean food.




Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Levanto Pesto Making Class - EUR15
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip - EUR16
  • Cinque Terre Cruise - EUR30
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre Hike & Bite - EUR139
  • Urban Adventures - Tasting Cinque Terre - EUR89
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre This is Aperitivo - EUR79
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell'Amore and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. There are alternative inland routes, however these are of a higher physical rating and involve steep ups and downs. It is possible to take the train or a bus for these sections. Due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
Depart Cinque Terre today and catch a train to Florence (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, check into the hotel and take a brief walk around the immediate area to get your bearings. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign, and food is a major part of the city's identity so get stuck into some of the lip-smacking regional specialities. Meat lovers should try the bistecca alla fiorentina, a huge T-bone steak that's usually shared between two people, then there's ribollita, a thick delicious vegetable soup with bread, beans and greens. Panforte is the signature sweet treat, and trust us, it's oh so sweet.


Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Foodies Walk - EUR67
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Markets & Delis - EUR58
  • Urban Adventures - Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour - EUR77
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head out into the centre of Florence. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, so take your time, enjoy it and discover the city's the culture-rich atmosphere, from family-run vineyards on the outskirts to the Duomo’s magnificent marble facade. Maybe start with a visit the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Stop by the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, for views over the city. The evening is free to fill up with Florence's local fare and induldge in a few glasses of wine. After all, this IS Tuscany.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Pitti Palace - Gallery of Modern Art and Palatine Gallery - EUR8
  • Siena bus ticket - EUR24
  • Florence Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR15
  • Palazzo Vecchio - EUR10
  • Accademia - EUR16
  • Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum) - EUR12
  • Baptistry - EUR10
  • Museum Bargello - EUR12
  • Medici Chapels - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The individual Florentine State Museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them but the website firenzemusei.it has everything you need to know about all of them, including the option to purchase tickets. We suggest that you pre-book your visit to the Uffizi, as this museum experiences enormous queues (up to 5 hours) all year round. Make your reservations for these museums for any time today.
Take the train to Rome (approx. two hours) and remember, when in Rome – well, you tell us. Join your leader on an orientation walk around the city, then catch some of the iconic Roman sights such as the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Piazza Venezia. Grab a slice of pizza and an espresso before throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, then take a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Check out Michelangelo's handiwork at the Sistine Chapel and sink your teeth into some local specialities like pasta carbonara or amatriciana, washed down with some delicious Italian wines. As it's the last night of the trip, perhaps gather your new friends and head out for a big final dinner to say farewell.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
  • Christian Catacombs - EUR8
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
  • Imperial Fora - EUR9
  • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
  • Vatican Museum - EUR16
  • Pantheon - EUR2
  • St Peter's Dome climb - EUR6
  • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
  • Venezia Palace - EUR5
  • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Check the Vatican website (vatican.va) for updated information on when you can visit. Tickets for the Vatican Museum can and should be booked online at: biglietteriamusei.vatican.va. The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free (but expect large crowds). Tickets for Galleria Borghese can also be booked online at galleriaborghese.it. In order to allow enough time in the museum and to avoid the crowds it is recommended to start the museum visit as doors open. Please note that pre-booked tickets are not required if you just want to visit St Peter's Basilica and its dome.
Your adventures comes to an end on the final morning. There are no activities planned for today and you're free to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to see in Rome we recommend you to stay a little longer. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your agent at the time of booking.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR65
  • Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR56
  • Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR110
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you have some more time in Rome why not check out the day trips offered by Urban Adventures. Check out urbanadventures.com for more information.

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Train

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Basic Hotel (2 nights) Hostel (4 nights)

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