The Famous Christmas Markets of Italy
Rome, Vatican Museums, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, Venice, Trento
It is Christmas Time, and in Italy, you can experience its Magic in every square and corner, so let’s the festive lights and the picturesque wooden huts melt your heart and give you and unforgettable vacation!
Start your Tour in Rome, and admire how the Christmas decorations make the Eternal City even more beautiful. Move to Naples and explore the Little Markets of Handmade Figurines famous all over the World and visit Pompeii. On Day 6 you will continue your Christmas Tour in Florence to see how the Christmas Lights gives Joy to every streets and statues. Take a Day trip to Siena and enjoy a good glass, or maybe two, of one of Italy’s Best Wine. Up to Venice, let the Canals enchant you and find the Best Christmas Gift in Murano. Now, Magic becomes reality… it is time to visit Trento and one of the Best Italian Christmas Market! You will feel like in a Christmas Village with the Small Wooden Houses and Decorative Lights all over the town. Last, but not least, you will be able to taste the Traditional Christmas Dishes from different regions: Panettone, Pandoro, Panforte, Ricciarelli, Struffoli, Zelten… BUON NATALE!
- Daily Breakfast at all Accommodations
- Private Transfer from Rome Airport and Meeting Points in Rome
- Private Walking Tours of Rome, Naples, Florence, Siena & Trento focusing on Christmas Markets
- Roma Pass (Includes free entrance to the Coliseum)
- 4 ½ Hours guided group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase, St. Peter’s Basilica including preferred entrance
- 1st Class Train Tickets to Naples, Florence, Venice & Trento
- 2 Hours Private Tour of Pompeii including preferred entrance and Private Transfers
- Private Transfers to Meeting Points in Florence
- Private Driver for the Day to Siena
- Private Wine Pairing in Siena
- A Day at Leisure to Discover more Christmas Markets
- 4 Hours Guided Group Tour of Venice including a Gondola Ride through the Canals
- 4 Hours Group Tour of the Laguna Islands
- Tour Assistance from Ciao Tours’ Italian Office Representatives
What's Not Included
Air flights, cities tax, travel insurance, tips, car drop off fee to be paid locally and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.
Day 1 - Arrival - Rome
Arrival in Rome & private transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF ROME FOCUSING ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND ENTRANCE TO THE COLISEUM
Enjoy a walking tour discovering the beauty of the Eternal City decorated for Christmas. This tour will let you explore the Famous “Mercatini di Natale” (Little Christmas Markets) featuring unique gifts and delicacies to eat.
With ROMA PASS you will have the opportunity to visit the Coliseum and museums at leisure.
Day 3 - EXTENDED VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR WITH BRAMANTE STAIRCASE, SISTINE CHAPEL, PINACOTECA AND ST. PETER’S BASILICA
Starting at 8am max 25 people. DAILY. 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.
Afternoon at Leisure to explore more Christmas Markets.
Day 4 - PRIVATE TOUR OF NAPLES FOCUSING ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND NATIVITY SCENE
Naples is one of the most intriguing Italian cities, and by Christmas Time, it is just MAGIC! It is really Famous for the wonderful street of Nativity Scene all Handmade where you can find not just Religious characters, but politicians, Hollywood actors and household objects. Do not miss the chance to try Neapolitan Christmas’s delicacies like STRUFFOLI, a tiny pieces of dough deep fried and dipped in honey.
Day 5 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF POMPEII INCLUDING PREFERRED ENTRANCES
Private Transfers to Pompeii and return.
Enjoy a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii and live for a moment the Roman life with the luxurious private houses and the numerous graffiti with your private guide.
Afternoon at Leisure to explore more Christmas Markets.
Day 6 - PRIVATE TOUR OF FLORENCE FOCUSING ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Enjoy the Christmas Lights all over Florence and let the Joy of it rock you! Nativity Scene, Christmas Trees and Decorations will makes your Tour of Florence an experience you will never forget.
Day 7 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF SIENA FOCUSING ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS & PRIVATE WINE PAIRING WITH CIAO TOURS STAFF
Private Driver for the Day
Siena is a pretty city in the Heart of the countryside. This Tour will let you discover the Beautiful Cathedral (entrance included) and the Magic of Christmas. Arts, Gastronomy and Traditions are in every corner of the town. Siena is also Ciao Tours Home Base, and you will have the opportunity to have a Private Wine Pairing with our Staff to taste the local foods.
Day 8 - RELAXING DAY AT LEISURE IN FLORENCE OR VISIT LUCCA & PISA
Have a walk to Piazza Santa Croce to explore the Biggest Christmas Market of the town and back to Piazza Del Duomo to visit the Nativity Scene. Take a break and taste the famous delicacies you can find in Tuscany for Christmas: Ricciarelli, Panforte and Befanini (to name a few) served with a nice glass of Vin Santo.
You can easily reach Lucca and Pisa by train and explore their Christmas Spirits at Leisure.
Day 9 - GROUP WALKING TOUR OF VENICE INCLUDING ENTRANCE TO ST. MARK BASILICA AND SHARED GONDOLA RIDE
A combo group tour to discover the gems of Venice through a walking tour, a guided tour of the famous St. Mark’s Basilica, and a shared ride on the iconic Venetian Gondola. The first part of the tour will start with a walking to discover the beauties and charm of Venice through St. Mark Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie. From St. Mark Square, you will continue to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Scuola Grande di San Marco, the Malibran Theatre, and move through the famous Mercerie. In the second part, you will admire Venice from the water enjoying a ride on the traditional Venetian Gondola (shared one). Finally, you will enter the great symbol of Venice: the St. Mark’s Basilica where your guide will help you discover its hidden secrets and history. The tour includes entrance to St. Mark Basilica. Any other monuments will be described from outside.
Afternoon at Leisure to explore the Christmas Markets of Venice and have a taste of Pandoro, a traditional Italian sweet bread, most popular around Christmas and New Year.
Day 10 - GROUP TOUR OF THE ISLANDS BY BOAT: MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO
Enjoy a half-day tour by motorboat to discover the marvels of the lagoon surrounding Venice: The “Glass Island” of Murano, the “Fishermen Island” of Burano and finally the “Eternal Island” of Torcello. Your tour will include the motor boat from/to Venice, a visit to a glass factory in Murano and your Multilingual assistant. If you are looking for a peculiar Christmas Gift, Murano might be the perfect place for you.
Day 11 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF TRENTO FOCUSING ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Transfer to Train Station on own
1st Class Train to Trento
The Christmas Market in Trento is one of the most Famous in Italy, characterized by handicraft, traditions and a very special atmosphere, Trento is known to be “La Città Del Natale” (“The Christmas Town”). You cannot say to have visited Italy’s Christmas Markets if you have not visited Trento!
Day 12 - Departure
Transfer on own to Venice Airport for departure.