Rome & Florence Semi-Escorted Tour
Vatican, Coliseum, Uffizi, Duomo
Enjoy a multilingual walking tour through the highlights of Rome, visiting the Largo Argentina and continuing on to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Also on your Roman itinerary is a visit to the Vatican Museums, a treasure trove of the world’s most extensive art collections, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s magnificent Basilica. In Florence your morning will be spent at the Accademia Galleria, view Michaelangelos most important works, and the afternoon in the heart of Florence; the Loggia del Bigallo overlooking Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral with its Brunelleschi dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) and the elegant Giotto bell tower. Depart for Siena on day 6 driving through the lovely Chianti vineyards, and take a guided walking tour of Siena through its 13th century streets and squares. Then enjoy Tuscany’s famous wines, meats, and cheeses at a local farm. After lunch, San Gimignano is only minutes away. Considered one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop towns in Italy, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. And, finally, to Pisa to finish your Ciao Tours semi-escorted tour at one of the world’s most famous landmarks, its Leaning Tower.
- Private Transfer to and from Florence Airport
- Daily Breakfast
- Private Transfers to all meeting points
- 3 hour guided tour of Rome with a group
- 3 hour guided group tour of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica including preferred entrance
- 1st class Train Ticket to Florence
- Full day Guided Tour of Florence including entrance to the Academia and Uffizi with a group
- Full day Guided Tour of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti with a group
- Private transfer to Florence airport or train station
What's Not Included
Air flights, cities tax, travel insurance, tips, and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.
Day 1 - Arrival - Rome
Arrival in Rome & private transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Three-hour group tour of rome
In a single morning you will move in centuries and discover top attractions of Rome. This itinerary begins at Campo dei Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its “open-air” market. Next to Campo dei Fiori we will admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese, which takes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D. The symbol of the square is the “Fountains of Four Rivers”, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church S.Agnese in Agone. In a ten minute walk we reach Piazza della Rotonda housing the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon. The Pantheon has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, our expert guide will be glad to give a short explanation about the history and the architectural secrets of the building. From Piazza della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, thus named after the 2nd century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. At present the square is the centre of the Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. We then cross Via del Corso and in just 5 minutes we are at the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop of our itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). Extremely original in shape, it has always been the meeting place for travellers coming from all over the world. In the centre of the square you will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini. This area is surely a paradise for the fashion conscious shopper and you will find the most important and famous names of the Italian style.
Relaxing Afternoon on own.
Day 3 - group tour of Vatican museums & st. peter’s basilica
With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be led by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. You will marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world. Ordered in the late 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name “Sistine” Chapel), it is the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel… along the tour our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Its dome was designed by Michelangelo who also designed the plan of the Renaissance church. Inside this church we will experience the beauty of the world famous sculpture La Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist). And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. In booking this tour, you will find it to be the highlight of your holiday. Join us for this unique art experience within such rich architectural history.
Relaxing Afternoon at Leisure.
Day 4 - transfer to florence
Private Transfer to train station, 1st-class train to Florence.
Private Transfer to hotel and enjoy day on own.
Day 5 - florence’s best with accademia & uffizi art galleries walking tour
Total immersion in the Accademia Gallery and in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the “David”, and other important works of art such as ”I Prigioni” and ”San Matteo” and the “Palestrina Pietà”. The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model. He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor.
Afternoon: The appointment with your guide is in the heart of the historic centre, the splendid gothic Loggia del Bigallo overlooking Piazza Duomo. From here begins your discovery of the amazing complex of monuments that characterise the religious centre of Florence: the Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) and the elegant Giotto bell tower, the loveliest in all of Italy.
Day 6 - Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti and Pisa with wine tasting
Depart for Siena, driving through the lovely Chianti vineyards, getting there while the town is still immersed in early morning drowsiness; the perfect time of day to wander around the pedestrian-friendly heart of this beautiful hilltop town, drenched in history. You will be introduced to Siena by a local Guide who will meet you to take you on a guided walking tour, tracing the history of Siena through its 13th century streets and squares, passing the oldest bank in the world, and the Piazza del Campo – site of the famous 600-year-old Palio horse-race, to the spectacular Cathedral.
During your free time, stroll through Siena at your own pace, enjoy a drink, while soaking up the sun, or window shop.
A short journey then takes us to a family run wine-farm in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Here we shall have a delicious, traditional Tuscan lunch of fresh, homemade products straight off the farm, including handmade pasta and homemade cured meats, salad and typical local cheese, all served with plenty of wine from the region: Vernaccia from San Gimignano, Chianti and Vin Santo (dessert wine).
After lunch, San Gimignano is only minutes away. Considered one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop towns in Italy, this Unesco World Heritage site is often nicknamed the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” because its famous tall, narrow towers create a skyline that looks a bit like a modern city. Here you have free time to explore the charming craftsmen’s shops along the cobbled stone streets and small squares, sample an award-winning gelato and thread your way between the town’s famous medieval towers.
From San Gimignano, we drive past hilltop hamlets, or little churches, scattered over some of the most beautiful and enchanting countryside. The Chianti landscape features in much Tuscan art of the Renaissance and it hasn’t changed much since the 14th century.
We finally wind down the hillsides towards the coast, to Pisa, our last destination for the day. Getting off the coach, we reach the Field of Miracles, a green grass field dominated by the dazzling white buildings of the Cathedral or Duomo, the Tower and the Baptistery – exquisite examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture: the Leaning Tower is almost 56 meters tall (about 183 ft). Building began in the 1100s but took almost 200 years to complete! You are in one of the most renowned places in the world: revel in it, take creative photographs or wander off down the local streets.
Day 7 - Departure
Tour concludes with private transfer to Florence Airport or train station.