Best of Italy - from Venice to Rome

Tours to Italy

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.” Let’s discover this romantic, beautiful and historic country together through our small group tours to Italy!

Highlights of Tours to Italy

  • Most known destinations in Italy

  • Spectacular tours focused on architecture and history

  • A culinary adventure with mozzarella making workshop and cooking class

  • Winemaking tour in Firenze Mate Vinery and limoncello tasting

  • Accommodation in authentic Italian villas and hotels

Date & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

October 9th – 17th, 2021

9 days

$3095 / 3495

Now $2795 / 3195

Italy Itinerary

Day 1
Venice

Afternoon         Arrivals at the airport and hotel

Evening             Walk via Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica and the evocative Bridge of Sighs, or “Ponte dei Sospiri”. Welcome group dinner

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Venice / La Spezia

Morning        Take the Vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice.

Afternoon     Walk around to see the Venetian creativity and artisan wares in the glass in Dorsoduro neighborhood. Option to do Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola (not included).

Evening         Transfer to La Spezia

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3

Cinque Terre

Morning        Visit the collection of centuries-old villas with colorful houses by the sea at Cinque Terre.

Afternoon     Free time to explore the village, restaurants, beaches, and markets. Take a train and go through olive groves, vineyards, and on to idyllic, breathtaking vistas.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch 

Day 4

Florence

Morning        Transfer to Florence via Pisa, where will stop to visit the famous Pisa tower.

Afternoon     At Florence, walk to Pitti Palace, to the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, see the Arno river side, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, visit Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistery of St John, one of the main squares Piazza del Duomo, Giotto’s Bell tower, and the Santa Croce Church.

Evening         Try the popular (and delicious) gelato, and have a free time.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Florence

Morning        Visit one of the most important museums, Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, to see Michelangelo’s marble sculptures, David’s masterpieces, and more.

Afternoon     Cheese-making workshop, around 4 hours (optional). Free time to explore the Boboli Gardens, restaurants, markets, and other places.

Evening         Climb the steep stairs uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo a renowned sunset view across the rooftops of Florence.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Florence Mate Winery and Siena

Morning        Go to a Mate Winery around Florence for wine tasting, vineyard tour, winemaking classes, and limoncello tasting (the famous lemon liquor).

Afternoon     At Siena, walk around the Siena Cathedral and the palace Palazzo Comunale. At the history place Il Campo, visit the medieval tower Torre del Mangia, the main square of the city Piazza del Campo, and Gaia Fountain. Free time to visit the stores, restaurants, and explore the neighborhood.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 

Rome

Morning        Visit the famous Colosseum, the historic and preserved Roman Forum, the Pantheon temple, the renowned square Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.

Afternoon     Cooking class with typical Italian food (optional). Free time to explore the city, restaurants, museums, and other places.

Evening         Free evening and dinner on your own

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8

Rome

Morning        Walk around the Vatican city, visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican museums.

Afternoon     Free time to go to restaurants, buy souvenirs, etc.

Evening         Goodbye group dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 9

Rome

Departures

Meals included: breakfast 

Tour Operator

info@colibritravel.com

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Italy +39

Police 112

American Embassy: (+39) 06 46741 Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 121, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

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Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

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Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Essential Travel Information

for tours to Italy 
visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for tours to Italy

There are no special visa requirements for US citizens entering Italy for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.

 

▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major risks associated with traveling to Italy. 
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.

 

▹ Electricity

Portugal operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.

 

▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.

 

▹ Time zones

✔︎ Portugal is 6 hours ahead Eastern Time (ET). 
✔︎ 12pm in New York is 6pm the same day in Portugal.

 

▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ The currency in Italy is euro.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are  available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners.  Smaller venues accept cash only.

 

▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. Driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.

 

▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritravel.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the question

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8 - 20 ppl

Physical rating:

Easy

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Reviews

An incredible tour of a stunning country! Better than expected, WELL organized. Every step of the way, I thought “WOW" this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen and yet it kept getting better and more beautiful. It was the trip of a lifetime for sure. All the local guides did an outstanding job. Did a lot of laughing, eating seafood, pasta gelatos, and enjoying the local wines. I loved Florence and hiking along Cinque Terre and looking out at the beautiful blue ocean. As I am writing this I am again filled with emotions. Thank you Colibri Travel & Tours! Your love for the world and people shined on this tour. Thank you, Italy for being so incredibly beautiful!
Wanda B. St. Louis, MO

The tour not only met but exceeded my expectations. It was a pleasure traveling with a small group Italy tours of great people. This tour checked off almost all the must-see destinations in Italy: Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Rome, Vatican. We also tried all the signature Italian specialties: mozzarella, pasta, fresh limoncello, wines, gelato. Our tour guide was enthusiastic, and so knowledgeable, made everything seamless. We stayed in beautiful little hotels. I wish the rooms were bigger but it seems to be the thing in entire Europe not only Italy. This is my first tour with this company but definitely not the last. They knew what they were doing, it was a great value for the money. After traveling with 16 people I clearly see the difference and will never go with those 50 ppl bus tours again.
Kevin 0. Medford, MA

The tour leader was very knowledgeable and kind. We experienced and learned a lot. Would definitely recommend it to others. Be sure to take an umbrella to protect against the sun if traveling at this time of year, though, as it becomes very hot.

Mark and Stacy K. Boston, MA

We booked a small group Italy tours with Colibri Travel & Tours immediately after visiting their website, which we LOVED. It makes you excited about travel and for some reason, it is important to me. Our group had a total of 19 people which consisted of two families ( with adult children and their spouses), 5 single people, and two couples. Our guide was excellent and all the tours were informative and well-organized. We saw the most famous places in Italy and every day was different. We had a cooking class, mozzarella making workshop, and a superb winery visit. We loved the hotels and the way dining was organized. Overall, being super impressed with Colibri Travel & Tours from the first visit to their beautiful website on to an amazing tour. My next trip with them will be Greece.