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Lake Como, Florence & Rome tour

Lake Como, Florence & Rome

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,905 $ 212 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore picturesque gardens and villas while surrounded by the stunning lakes of Como.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Italian countryside as you make your way from destination to destination by rail.
  • Stare into the eyes of Michelangelo's David in Florence.
  • Legend has it that throwing a coin into Rome's Trevi Fountain will guarantee you a return trip to the Eternal City; toss one in and find out for yourself!
  • Enjoy early entrance admission to the Vatican Museums, where you can experience Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling firsthand.

Short Description

Spend 8 nights in some of the country's most breathtaking cities, from Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, to the ancient city of Rome. You'll enjoy round-trip airport transfers, train travel between cities, unique tours, and more with this Italian getaway.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Milan
End City Rome

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare into Milan (MXP), out of Rome (FCO)
  • Round-trip airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • 3 nights in Como at the Hotel Metropole Suisse or similar
  • Standard class rail from Como to Florence
  • 2 nights in Florence at the Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli or similar
  • Half-day guided tour of Florence with Accademia
  • Standard class rail from Florence to Rome
  • 3 nights in Rome at the Empire Palace Hotel or similar
  • Rome Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass (48-hours)
  • Early Entrance admission to the Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Milan!

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole Suisse

Arrive in Milan Airport (MXP), and enjoy a transfer to your first accommodation in Como. Spend the rest of the day in this city at the southern tip of Lake Como at your leisure.

Transfer to Como hotel

Day 2: Como

Thanks to its role in many Hollywood hits, Villa Balbianello is one of the most recognizable highlights of Lake Como. Explore its breathtaking architecture, then wind down and enjoy dramatic views of the surrounding lake.

A Tip For Your Trip: Those interested in seeing the inside of the villa must join a guided tour (not provided).

Day 3: Como

Consider visiting Varenna today to see its 11th-century castle that dominates the skyline. Explore the villas and gardens that make up this Lake Como treasure, or simple relax and revel in the views below, freshly-brewed cappuccino in hand.

Day 4: Como - Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli

Take the train to Florence today; enjoy breathtaking views of Tuscany's winding roads and vineyards scattered throughout the countryside as you make your way.

Florence is not only the birthplace of the Renaissance, but also the birthplace of the inventor of gelato! End your first night in Florence on a sweet note by treating yourself to a serving of the sweet stuff.

Train to Florence

Day 5: Florence

Discover the exciting culture, dynamic atmosphere, and all of the history that exists in this vibrant city with your included guided Florence tour. This half-day morning tour provides a fascinating and comprehensive overview of the beautiful city of Florence, including a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery.

You’ll be driven up the romantic Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll stop to admire the breathtaking view of the beautiful city of Florence, spread out beneath you. You’ll continue by coach into the center of the oldest part of the town, and will proceed on foot for a guided visit of the Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo complex; the Baptistery with its gilded bronze doors including the famous Doors of Paradise; the exterior of the Cathedral with the magnificent Brunelleschi Dome and Giotto’s Belfry, with it’s fascinating marble statues and reliefs.

On a short walk through the historical streets you’ll pass the rustic stone Palazzo Medici Riccardi, where young Michelangelo lived as a guest of Lorenzo the Magnificent, on your way to the Gallery of the Accademia, where you’ll admire the famous "David" by Michelangelo. Your guided tour will end inside the museum, enabling you to explore further on your own.

Florence Guided City Tour with Accademia Gallery (half-day - morning)

This half-day morning tour provides a fascinating and comprehensive overview of the beautiful city of Florence, including a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. The Florence discovery begins with a relaxing and scenic bus tour that offers panoramic views of the unparalleled beauty of Florence and the surrounding countryside. Begin with a trip by Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin set on a hill overlooking Florence and then, after a drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo - a stop to admire the amazing panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world.

The tour will proceed through the historic center with the guided visit of the renowned Accademia Gallery which hosts the famous David by Michelangelo and other masterpieces by the great artist. Then we proceed with the exterior guided visit of San Lorenzo Church and the stunning Duomo complex: San Giovanni Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and the elegant Giotto’s bell tower. Your guided tour will end inside the museum, enabling you to explore further on your own. Please note: The Accademia is closed on Mondays; tours scheduled for this day will be replaced by a visit to the San Marco Museum or the Medici Chapels.

Day 6: Florence - Rome

Accommodation: Empire Palace Hotel

Hop on the train and embark on the next leg of your adventure to Italy's capital city of Rome.

On your first evening, consider taking a stroll through the city and experiencing the highlights illuminated come nightfall.

Train to Rome!

Day 7: Rome

Activate your hop-on/hop-off bus pass today. Uncover the secrets of ancient Rome with a visit to the ruins, let the art of Michelangelo move and inspire you, and even get a glimpse into Rome's gladiator past at the Colosseum.

Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (48 hours) - all year

Visiting the capital of Italy has never been so easy and exciting! Get on CitySightseeing open top red bus and admire this wonderful city from another “higher” perspective! Onboard you will find an interesting commentary which will provide you with information about everything around you. Bus Line A gives you the opportunity to explore the main places of interest, like the Colosseum, the Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain.

Day 8: Rome

Continue making use of your hop-on/hop-off bus pass. Hop off at Saint Peter's Basilica and spend some time in Vatican City. Make use of your early entrance admission to the Vatican Museums; discover the iconic masterpieces that line its walls and follow the exhibits until you reach the museum's show stopper: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.

If you haven't already, you'll want stop by Rome's Trevi fountain. legend has it if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are guaranteed a return trip - toss one in and find out!

Exclusive Early Entrance to Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

Do not miss this chance to beat the crowds and enter into the Sistine Chapel as a VIP! Discover the Sistine Chapel in intimate fashion through an Exclusive Partners Entrance, and be part of the first group in the museum, accompanied by a map and audio-guide. This privileged access will get you into the Sistine Chapel 15 minutes before the other tour groups, and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public! Admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, and with the aid of your pre-recorded audio guide, you’ll be free to explore the Vatican Museum at your own pace. Spend as long as you’d like; the tour ends on your own time, in the Vatican Museums. This special tour also includes a fantastic souvenir DVD, “Art and Faith,” with a full description of Vatican City.

Day 9: Depart Italy

In accordance with your flight, enjoy a transfer from your hotel to Rome Airport (FCO).

Transfer to Rome airport (FCO)

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