| Florence and Tuscany, Venice and the Veneto – 10 Days
Arrive Florence – private transfer to your Florence accomodations
Two nights in Florence
Stay in a historic residence set in a lovely area of Florence, just a short walk from the Duomo, but far from the busy main streets.Every room has a unique, elegant decor and the frescos have all been expertly restored.
Upon your arrival, spend a few hours with a local expert who will take you on a private orientation walk to aquaint you with Florence.This unique introduction to the city will help you navigate like a local and make the most of your time here.
Dedicate the following morning to the Academia and Uffizi museums.No need to wait in line with your advance tickets.Take a well-deserved break afterwards, and explore the colorful local markets of Florence.
Transfer to your Tuscany accomodations
Two nights in Tuscany
Relax in your Tuscan agriturismo, a rustic inn, in the countryside surrounding Pienza.Enjoy a country breakfast of homemade breads and jams.
Enjoy a private wine tasting excursion into the area surrounding Montalcino, well-known for its production of Brunello and other fine red wines.You will be picked up from your accomodations, and escorted to small prestigious vineyards of Montalcino, where you will taste outstanding Tuscan wines and have lunch at a traditional trattoria.
Explore the nearby towns of Pienza, a gem of Renaissance planning,and Montichiello, a medieval burg that has retained its original character.
Transfer to Venice by direct high speed train (4 hours)
Two nights in Venice
Stay in the charming area of Campo Santo Stefano, in the heart of the San Marco sestiere, a pleasant walk from Piazza San Marco and the Accademia bridge.This area is full of traditional small restaurants, interesting artisans’ shops and art galleries.
Spend a day exploring the sights of Piazza San Marco:the Basilica of San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale,the campanile, the Correr Museum and much more.
The following day, have a truly Venetian adventure with a private guided walk to experience hidden corners of this fascinating city. Whether you are interested in specialty shopping, particular handmade crafts or a tour of traditional enoteche, your morning or afternoon is sure to be memorable.
Train to Padova where you will spend one night
Stay in the centro storico, just off one of the main piazze, the perfect location to visit this lovely university town.Visit the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the Giotto frescos of the Scrovegni Chapel, and experience the feel of a classic Veneto town – busy outdoor markets, wonderful piazze and great shopping.
Travel to the Euganean Hills, the green heart of the Veneto
Three nights in Abano Terme, a thermal spa resort town famous since Roman times.Your hotel has a fully equipped spa and restaurant specializing in local cuisine.
Relax with a mud treatment, for which the area is reknown, then take a stroll through the center of this small town, stopping perhaps for a gelato.Take advantage of the hotel thermal pool, indoor and outdoor.
Enjoy a day excursion to the nearby hill town of Arqua Petrarca, where the famous 14th century poet Petrarch spent his last few years, inspired by the gentle rolling hills and mild climate.Visit a local vineyard and cantina with an expert guide who will introduce you to the areas most important wines during your private tasting and lunch.
Spend an afternoon visiting the Benedictine Abbey of Praglia, founded in the 11th century, well-known for its work in book restoration.You can also visit the stunning gardens of nearby Villa Barbarigo-Ardemanni, in Valsanzibio, or one of the other numerous Veneto villas in the area.
Private transfer to the Venice Marco Polo airport.Depart from Venice.For costs of this itinerary, please fill out the Getting Started Questionnaire so that we have your travel dates and preferred travel style. We will get back to you within a few days with detailed costs for your trip. You can make any modifications to this itinerary that you like.
Have more than 10 days? Add some time at the end of your trip in the lovely Latium countryside, an easy drive from Rome. Contact us for details.
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