Simply Italy

Self Guided tour

This tour is a true classic for first-time visitors to our country. In just over a week, it will allow you to enjoy the beauties of the most famous Italian cities of art and to appreciate their history, art, culture and even good food. The indications that you will find in your travel material will direct you to clubs and restaurants where you can try authentic and exquisite typical products and tasty regional dishes, and you can choose between the optional food and wine experiences in the various cities according to your preferences and interests.

Tour Highlights

Self Guided Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, you’re greeted by an Italy Trails representative who welcome you and provide you with the necessary travel material. You’re taken to the hotel by private car transfer and, according to your arrival time, you can begin to visit the city center.

According to your arrival time, you can explore Roma using the suggestions contained in our integrated itinerary that offers you some of the main iconic districts and neighborhoods of this wonderful city’ rich in history, art and culture.

Accommodation in central Rome in 3 star hotel

In the morning in the schedule time you meet your guide for the sightseeing visit to discover the most popular attraction in Rome: The Colosseum. Explore the Gladiator Gate, Colosseum Arena, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Passing through the Gladiator’s Gate of the Colosseum, you will walk the same path as the Gladiators did…literally. This side entrance door used exclusively for gladiators reopened in 2016 with limited access. Admire the Roman Forum, once the site of temples, churches, buildings of the senate and the most important places of the Roman republic, Foro Romano is one of the greatest archaeological sites in history. Explore one of the Seven Hills of Rome – Palatine Hill is the most ancient part of the city of Rome. In the afternoon depending on your time you can explore Rome using the suggestions contained in our integrated itinerary that offers you some of the main iconic districts and neighborhoods of this wonderful city’ rich in history, art and culture.

 

Optional food and wine experience:

  • In the late afternoon, from 6:30 pm onwards, you can enjoy a food and wine tour in one of the oldest and most picturesque districts of the center. You will stop in the shops, taverns, and wine bars where you will taste the specialties of Roman cuisine, local products and wines.

Accommodation in central Rome in 3 star hotel

This morning in the scheduled time you discover with your guide the wonders of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. With a vast collection containing thousands of artworks, tours of the Vatican can seem almost overwhelming. Your guide will take you through select rooms, galleries and works of art so you will see the top sights and main highlights of the Vatican Museums, the largest museum complex in the world that contains extraordinary works from all eras, from antiquity to the contemporary era. You will be accompanied by a guide through the various rooms, you the Raphael Rooms and the magnificent Sistine Chapel.
In the afternoon depending on your time, you can explore Roma using the suggestions contained in our integrated itinerary that offers you some of the main iconic districts and neighborhoods of this wonderful city’ rich in history, art and culture.
Accommodation in central Rome in 3 star hotel

This morning, after checking out , you can leave you luggage in store at the hotel in Rome and, in the scheduled time, you have a guided tour of The Galleria Borghese Museum houses and displays a collection of ancient sculptures, bas-reliefs, and mosaics, as well as paintings and sculptures dating from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Among the masterpieces of the collection – the first and most important part of which goes back to the collecting of Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1579-1633), nephew of Pope Paul V – are paintings by Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini and sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova. The works are displayed in the 20 frescoed rooms that, together with the portico and the entrance hall, constitute the spaces of the Museum open to the public.

In the afternoon according to your schedule, you reach on your own by taxi the Termini railway station to take the fast train to Florence Santa Maria Novella station. You reach the hotel in central Florence by taxi and after checking you can start explore Florence using the suggestions contained in our integrated itinerary that offers you some of the main iconic districts and neighborhoods of this wonderful city’ rich in history, art and culture.

Accommodation in central Florence in 3 star hotel

This morning, you will visit the Uffizi Gallery with a guide which houses a collection of priceless works of art, deriving from the Medici collections and enriched over the centuries by inheritances, exchanges and donations. Here are the most conspicuous existing collections of Raphael and Botticelli, as well as various works by Giotto, Tiziano, Pontormo, Bronzino, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and other famous painters of the Italian Renaissance. In the afternoon, you will continue the visit of the city. Ponte Vecchio will lead you to the district of artisan shops, trattorias and typical restaurants, where you can taste the tasty local cuisine.

Overnight: Florence

This morning in the scheduled time you discover with your guide the best works of Renaissance art such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo’s Annunciation, among others. Built in 1560 and designed by Italian artist and architect Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi Gallery is the oldest museum in the world accepting visitors by request since the 16th century and open to the public in 1765.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi is where you will find a rich collection of artworks and learn the history of medieval art and the Italian Renaissance. Tour one of the most important Italian museums and the most visited after the Vatican Museums. Galleria degli Uffizi was initially intended to be an office space for the Florentine magistrates, hence the name of the Gallery (Uffizi is “offices” in Italian). In the afternoon you can discover on your own the leather craftmen of Florence, the most prestigious leather goods in Florence. Visiting Florence inevitably means stumbling upon every corner of the city in leather goods shops, not to mention the markets, such as those of the Porcellino and San Lorenzo, where endless stalls offer a varied range of similar objects. However, there are real institutions in the field of leather goods, such as the Leather School in Santa Croce. Its origin is placed immediately after the Second World War, when two Florentine families, Gori and Casini, obtained some rooms of the convent of Santa Croce thanks to a collaboration with the Franciscans to teach a trade to war orphans.

Accommodation in central Florence in 3 star hotel

This morning you live your luggage in store at the hotel and in the early scheduled time you reach the Accademia di Belle Arti Gallery in Florence where during your guided tour you witness incredible Renaissance art and one of the greatest masterpieces in the world – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Founded in 1784 by Pietro Leopoldo the Grand Duke of Tuscany and former Holy Roman Emperor, Gallery of the Academy of Florence contains some acclaimed Gothic and Renaissance paintings and Florentine Art. But the star of Accademia Galleria is without a doubt Michelangelo’s David, one of the most beloved works of Renaissance sculpture – more breathtaking in person. This colossal work of art stands at 17 feet tall. At the end of the tour, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and reach on your own by taxi the Florence Santa Maria Novella Station to take the fast train to Venice. Upon your arrival at Santa Lucia Venice Station a private taxi boat transfer takes you to the hotel in central Venice. According to your arrival time you can start to explore Venice using the suggestions contained in our integrated itinerary that offers you some of the main iconic districts and neighborhoods of this wonderful city’ rich in history, art and culture.

Accommodation in central Venice in 3 star hotel

This morning in the scheduled time you meet your guide to enjoy walking through streets and buildings in an exciting journey through the secrets of Casanova, discover the treasures stolen from Constantinople, the relations with the East and the legend of San Marco. Discover many mysteries about Marco Polo and the Silk Road and many other things that will leave you speechless as you discover how much our daily life has been influenced by the Venetians. You also discover visiting two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace.
Visit the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark’s Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments. In the afternoon in the time scheduled you enjoy on board an authentic gondola and take a romantic journey along the Canal Grande in Venice. See the historic sites along the shoreline as you glide down the canal. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark’s Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola.

Accommodation in central Venice in 3 star hotel

 

 

This morning in the time schedule you enjoy the panoramic boat tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello, famous respectively for the master glassmakers, the processing of a particular type of lace and the historical monuments of the Byzantine and medieval periods. A guide will take you to the discovery of Murano, famous for the incandescent furnaces moved to this island during the fourteenth century. Visit a glass workshop where this ancient art is made, and the precious objects created by the expert master craftsmen. Burano, the island where traditional lace is processed, will surprise you not only for its precious handmade creations but also for the bright colors of the houses that line the canals. Finally, you will visit the small and enchanting Torcello and its precious Byzantine and Romanesque monuments.
Accommodation in central Venice in 3 star hotel

This morning after check out, according to your flight schedule, you take a private taxi boat transfer from the hotel to the Airport Venice Marco Polo

Return home, arriverci Italia!

Tour notes

What we offer is a basic tour that can be modified by switching to the premium version, choosing

  • Higher categories of hotels
  • Private guided tours
  • Type of transfers
  • And all the services that will make your holiday meet your expectations.

All our tours can be customized and extended to other locations.

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