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 Michelangelos 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 from Rome Airport and Meeting Points in Rome
- Daily Breakfast
- 3 hour guided group tour of Colosseum via Gladiator’s Gate, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- Gianicolo Walks and Trastevere Food & Wine Tasting Semi-Private Tour OR Testaccio District Walking Tour: Art, Street Art and Food Market tasting Semi-Private Tour
- 4 ½ hour guided group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase, St. Peter’s Basilica including preferred entrance
- Learn how to make Gelato and Tiramisu Small group Activity
- 1st class Train Ticket to Florence
- Half day Guided Tour of Florence including entrance to the Academia and Uffizi with a group
- Sunset Florentine Gondola Boat Tour with Aperitivo – 1 hour
- Full day Guided Tour of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa 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 - GLADIATOR’S GATE & ARENA FLOOR SPECIAL ACCESS COLOSSEUM TOUR & FORUM IN SMALL GROUP & FOOD TOUR
Daily Tours 25 max. 3 hours – AM or PM Don’t see the Colosseum like a tourist, queuing for ages to access even the skip the line group entrance.
See the Colosseum like the gladiators did as you and your expert guide avoid any lines and enter through the side gate once used by warriors entering the ring. From there you’ll have special access to the arena floor, where you’ll learn the blood-drenched stories of horror and heroism that took place right where you’re standing. Afterwards you’ll head out for a comprehensive tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that will bring Ancient Rome to life.
Step off the tourist track in the Colosseum and get a gladiator’s-eye-view by using their special entrance and stepping onto the normally off-limits arena floor. You can’t get closer to the action than this.
The arena floor is where people actually fought and died in the Colosseum. While most visitors only ever see it from the stands, you’ll bypass long, general entrance lines and step directly onto it via the special Gladiator’s Gate. As you marvel at the great amphitheater around you, your expert guide will tell stories to transport back nearly 2,000 years, when vicious blood sports were the most popular form of entertainment in Rome.
During your tour you’ll also explore the rest of the Colosseum, including the first floor and Roman Forum overlook. Then you’ll head into the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill to learn the wider history of Imperial Rome. Through the stories and anecdotes of your expert guide, the ruins will come to life and you’ll have no problem imagining the heyday of this incredible civilization.
Our fully-licensed, expert guides are the best in the business. Far from giving you rote history lessons, they pull you into the epic story of Rome and allow you to relive it with them, one step at a time.
Small Group Tour: Gianicolo Walks and Trastevere Food & Wine Tasting: A Walk In The Panoramic Hill & Foodie Experience Semi Private Tour. Food tasting in Trastevere district with typical “bruschetta”, finger food and a glass of wine or beer. Starting at 3pm – 2 1/2 hours Tuesday or Fridays only
Small Group Tour: Testaccio District Walking Tour: Art, Street Art and Food Market Tasting Experience Semi Private Tour. 3 tastings at Testaccio Food Market (supplì, pizza and panino) and local wine or beer. Starting at 10am Monday, Wednesday or Fridays Only
Day 3 - EXTENDED VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR WITH BRAMANTE STAIRCASE, SISTINE CHAPEL, PINACOTECA AND ST. PETER’S BASILICA IN SMALL GROUPS - 4 1/2 HOURS & LEARN HOW TO MAKE GELATO AND TIRAMISU
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.
GELATO AND TIRAMISU – SMALL GROUP COOKING CLASS IN ROME – 2 HOURS
Learn how to make artisanal Tiramisu and Gelato from the base to a step by step process in which you’ll be a chef, not a spectator.
Day 4 - transfer to florence
Private Transfer to train station
1st-class train to Florence
Private Transfer to hotel
Enjoy your day on own
Day 5 -FLORENCE WONDERS WALKING TOUR WITH UFFIZI AND ACCADEMIA - MORNING VISIT – 4 HOURS 20 PAX MAX AND SMALL-GROUP SUNSET FLORENTINE GONDOLA BOAT TOUR
Starting from the world known Uffizi Gallery in the early morning, you will be able to admire the highlights of Florence’s old town along with the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest Museums of the city.
SMALL GROUP SUNSET FLORENTINE GONDOLA BOAT TOUR – 10 PAX MAX – 8PM – 1 HOUR
Come aboard this “Florentine Gondola” for a romantic and unique cruise and “Aperitivo” on the Arno River!
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.