Highlights of Italy

8 Days | Taste the icons of Italia, from canals to clifftop villages

4.8 out of 5 based on 69 reviews submitted.
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How long does it take to fall in love? In a country where history spills from the world-class museums and on to the streets, where tiny osterias serve up life-changing pasta and sumptuous architecture sits on canals and perched on cliffs, we think eight days can easily do the trick. Begin your Italy adventure among the canals of Venice, hike through the charming 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.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Italy including Italy
Start
Venice, Italy
Finish
Rome, Italy
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Italy
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
ZMRR
This trip generates 17.34 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore rocky coastal pathways and pastel-coloured villages with a Cinque Terre day pass, which allows you to hike at your leisure and use the coast's public transport.
  • Get lost in the floating city of Venice and wander the city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands, and choose whether to enjoy an optional gondola ride.
  • Spend two days in Florence, a city known for its beauty and rustic Tuscan cuisine, and choose to discover the cities culinary traditions on optional food excursions.
  • Discover the landmarks of Rome with your leader and wander around the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
  • Make travel a breeze with a European trip including train travel. Enjoy extra time to sit back, relax, play games with your fellow travellers or watch the changing scenery roll by.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it! Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip. Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In most cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.
  • Summer temperatures reach over 40°C in Italy during summer. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning and consider the time of the year you wish to travel.
  • Less time spent travelling, more time to explore each destination! The primary means of transportation on this trip is 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. 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 specifics under ‘Packing’ in the ‘Essential trip information’ section.

Itinerary

Map of Highlights Of Italy including Italy

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Train

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Activities
  • Venice - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Venice – San Marco Square
  • Venice - Cicchetti Snack Stop
  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass
  • Florence - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Rome – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Rome – Trevi Fountain
Add on activities
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs - EUR30
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection - EUR17
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR12
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Ca’ D’Oro - Galería Franchetti - EUR15
  • Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR11
  • Venice - Glass Museum Murano - EUR11
  • Venice - Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Venice - Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR14
  • Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Cinque Terre - 'Il Laboratorio del Pesto' Making & Demonstration - EUR25
  • Cinque Terre - Coastal Cruise - EUR41
  • Florence - Foodies Walk Urban Adventure - EUR79
  • Siena - Day Trip to Siena by Public Bus - EUR24
  • Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR30
  • Florence - Palazzo Vecchio - EUR12
  • Florence - Accademia - EUR17
  • Florence - Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Florence - Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum) - EUR15
  • Florence - Bargello Museum - EUR14
  • Florence - Medici Chapels - EUR17
  • Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR14
  • Rome - Christian Catacombs - EUR10
  • Rome - Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - EUR19
  • Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR6
  • Vatican City - Vatican Museum - EUR22
  • Rome - Pantheon - EUR5
  • Vatican City - St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR10
  • Rome - Venezia Palace - EUR17
  • Rome - Galleria Borghese - EUR16

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is not available on this trip.

As of April 2024, Venice will implement a visitor’s fee for all travellers visiting the city between 25 April and 15 July 2024. This fee is not payable by Intrepid customers, however you will need to apply for an exemption before arrival at https://cda.comune.venezia.it/en/richiestaEsenzione. For further information, please see the “Passports, visas and entry requirements,” section of your Essential Trip Information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 69 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Lauren · Traveled April 2024
The trip was great- we squeezed a lot in within the 8 days, which is what I was looking for. We saw many cities in Italy and hopped on many trains and buses along the way. I even took a little boat to see Burano for 1/2 a day. I really enjoyed it all!
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Yasheeka · Traveled April 2024
I had my first trip with Intrepid and overall it was a very good experience. Our tour guide Lisa was amazing and did a great job managing the trip. It was unusually cold and down poured rain during the visit to Cinque Terre. Lisa pivoted to ensure we were able to see all villages despite the bad weather and did it with positivity and cheerfulness. It still ended up being a very good time. I met awesome people during the trip. This trip definitely eased anxieties of traveling outside the country. My only recommendation for improvement is that Intrepid should book all room and board close to transportation and attractions. This was not the case for La Spezia and Rome. Or, Intrepid should be very clear that some hotel locations are rather far so customers can make informed decisions and preplanning. Overall, amazing trip and I'm glad I had the experience!
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024

Janet · Traveled October 2023
This trip was a great way to visit three of the major cities in Italy, as well as the beautiful Cinque Terre. Our group leader, Anna, was awesome - so friendly and helpful.
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023

Alice · Traveled October 2023
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Cassandra · Traveled October 2023
A great taster of Italy, with enough time in each city to see the sights without feeling too rushed, despite the short trip!
Review submitted 22 Oct 2023
Highlights of Italy
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EUR €1,120