The Full Italian Experience: A 13-Day Itinerary of Italy

Get inspired as we walk you through a 13 day trip in Italy with this itinerary through Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento!
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Welcome to the mesmerizing journey through Italy’s most enchanting cities – Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento! In this 13-day itinerary, we will guide you through a remarkable Italian vacation that promises to immerse you in the rich history, breathtaking architecture, delectable cuisine, and vibrant culture of this captivating country. Whether you are a first-time visitor or have explored Italy before, this itinerary aims to create an unforgettable experience by showcasing the unique charms of each city. So, buckle up, and get ready for an adventurous, life-changing tour of Italy’s most beloved destinations!

 

Day 1: Arrive in Venice

Benvenuto a Italia! On arrival at the airport or rail station, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the hotel of your choice, handpicked to enhance your stay in this magical city.

The St. Regis Venice

Check-in at The St. Regis Venice

Built in 1907, this 5-star hotel located in the heart of Venice is characterized by historic charm. 185 rooms, including 18 suites and 20 single rooms, are available to guests in a 6-story main building and 5 auxiliary buildings. The reception desk is open around the clock. A baggage storage service and a safe are available. Wireless internet access in public areas (no extra charge) allows guests to stay connected. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. The hotel has wheelchair-accessible facilities and an elevator. A garden provides extra space for rest and relaxation in the open air. Additional facilities include a library. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot. Other services include a babysitting service, a childcare service, a transfer service, a 24-hour room service, a laundry service, a hairdresser, and a page service. Active guests can make use of the bicycle rental service to explore the surrounding area. Complimentary newspapers are available. The conference room is available for conferences, lectures, and meetings.

 

Days 2-3: Explore Venice by Walking Tour and Gondola

Walking Tour + Doges Palace

Behold the iconic landmarks that grace St. Mark’s Square as your personal guide shares colorful stories about their history and the city of Venice. Continuing to the resplendent Doge’s Palace, you’ll enter within for a privately guided tour – highlighted by the works of famous Italian artists like Titian and Tiepolo. After visiting the infamous prisons, connected to the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs, continue your guided stroll along the charming streets, alleyways and canals of the city until you reach the Rialto Bridge. Spending some time in this area, one of the oldest parts of the city and home to the famous Rialto Markets, will offer insight into both modern-day life as well as what the city was like centuries ago. This 4-hour tour is offered every day of the week.

Gondola ride in Venice

Private Gondola Ride

Departing from the Bacino Orseolo Gondola Station, this delightful excursion in your own private gondola with an experienced Venetian gondolier is the best way to take in the magic and romance of the city. Gliding along the city’s fabled canals and waterways offers a unique perspective on Venice’s astounding architectural wealth. This 30-minute tour is offered every day of the week.

 

Day 4: Take the First Class Rail to Florence

We’ll chauffeur you to the station today to board the high-speed Italo train. Sit back and enjoy reserved First-Class seats as you travel in comfort to Florence, the city of the Medicis and home of the Italian Renaissance. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted by a private car to your choice of hotel, carefully selected for a warm welcome, air-conditioned comfort – and a terrific location close to the city’s best-known landmarks, shopping, and dining.

The St. Regis Florence

Check-in at The St. Regis Florence

This urban hotel, a historic structure built in 1800, is located right in the heart of Florence. It is about 4 miles from Florenz (FLR) Airport. 10 junior suites, 9 suites, 6 single rooms, and 75 double rooms are located on 4 stories and can be reached by elevator. Multilingual staff at the reception are happy to assist guests at the reception desk around the clock. Check-in and check-out are available 24 hours a day. Amenities include a coat check, baggage storage service, safe and currency exchange service. Wireless internet access is provided in public areas. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. The hotel has wheelchair-accessible facilities. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere. Additional amenities include a TV room and a library. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the garage (for a fee) or in the parking lot (for a fee). Further services and facilities include a babysitting service, medical assistance, a transfer service, room service, a laundry service, a coin-operated laundry, and a hotel shuttle bus. Active guests who wish to explore the surrounding area by bike will appreciate the bicycle rental service. Bicycle storage is also available. Complimentary newspapers are available.

Explore the Streets of Florence

Once you’ve settled into your hotel, spend the afternoon exploring the sights and shops of Florence! Take a stroll over the Ponte Vecchio and window shop for beautiful jewelry. Order a panini from a sandwich shop along the street, or go for a sit-down snack at a restaurant in the city. End the day by grabbing a bottle of wine and watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.

 

Day 5: Experience the Arts and Culture of Florence

Walking Tour + Uffizi Gallery

Set out from your hotel with your personal guide to explore some of the city’s most important landmarks including the Duomo with its spectacular cupola designed by Brunelleschi; Giotto’s Bell Tower, one of the city’s most impressive Gothic landmarks; and the Baptistry with its famous gilded bronze doors. Arriving at the Uffizi, your guide will share historic insights and colorful stories about the wondrous Renaissance masterpieces you’ll see on display here in the gallery – including works by Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, and da Vinci. This 3-hour tour is offered every day except Monday.

 

Day 6: Visit the Vineyards in Tuscany

Wine Tasting in Chianti, Tuscany

Chianti with Wine Tasting + Lunch

In the pastoral heart of Tuscany, Chianti is a region famed as much for its robust wines as for its picturesque villages, rural charms, and natural beauty. Departing Florence this morning in your private vehicle, you’ll enjoy the scenic drive into the countryside to tour the town of Greve in the heart of Chianti. After stopping to explore another of the region’s picturesque medieval villages, you’ll tour a local wine and olive estate – tasting five of their fine vintages accompanied by Bruschetta and cured meats.

 

Day 7: Enjoy a Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Private Excursion to Cinque Terre

Setting out from Florence in a chauffeured vehicle, you’ll make the journey to Cinque Terre, a beguiling region of secluded beaches, rocky grottoes, and five enchanting villages set along the cliffs and hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, your driver guide will share information about the history and life of Cinque Terre until you reach Manarola, one of the five seaside villages. After exploring together, you’ll enjoy some free time in Manarola before taking the local train to Monterosso where you’ll sit down to a delightful lunch. Continue exploring with your guide by ferry or train, as conditions allow, and stop in Vernazza to admire its small marina, surrounded by colorful homes. Before returning to Florence, you can make a stop if you wish to sample the local wine.

 

Day 8: Take the First Class Rail to Rome

We’ll chauffeur you to the station today to board the high-speed Italo train. Sit back and enjoy reserved First-Class seats as you travel in comfort to Rome. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted by a private car to your choice of hotel, carefully selected for a warm welcome, air-conditioned comfort – and a terrific location close to the city’s best-known landmarks, shopping, and dining.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Rome

Check-in at Baglioni Hotel Regina

This urban hotel is situated on a main road in Rome, approximately 2 miles from the sea. The center with all its tourist hotspots can be reached within around 1 mile. The nearest airport is Rome – Ciampino (CIA), located about 9 miles away. Rome – Fiumicino (FCO) Airport is approximately 20 miles away.

The hotel was built in 1904. 10 junior suites, 9 suites, 5 single rooms, and 122 double rooms are located on 8 stories and can be reached by elevator. Multilingual staff at the reception are happy to assist guests at the reception desk around the clock. Check-in and check-out are available 24 hours a day. Amenities include a coat check, baggage storage service, safe and currency exchange service. Wireless internet access (for a fee) allows guests to stay connected while on vacation. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. The hotel has wheelchair-accessible facilities. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere. Parking facilities available to guests include a garage (for a fee) and a parking lot (for a fee). Other services include a babysitting service, a childcare service, medical assistance, a transfer service, room service, a laundry service, a hairdresser, a coin-operated laundry, and a page service. Complimentary newspapers are available. Lectures, presentations, and meetings can be held in one of the 2 conference rooms.

 

Day 9: See the Sights in Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome offers a wealth of ancient and historic sites to explore. Today you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own personal interests and to tailor your stay in this captivating city. Just choose one of these included half-day tours and delight in the intimacy and thoughtful engagement of touring with your own personal guide!

Enjoy this comfortably paced walk through the center of Rome as your personal guide shares history and insights into treasured landmarks like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain. Of course, you’ll want to toss in a coin here at the city’s most famous fountain to ensure a return visit. This 4-hour tour is offered every day of the week.

 

Day 10: Visit the Vatican City

Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

Starting from your hotel in a privately chauffeured vehicle, this half-day tour begins with one of the most important museums in the world, home to a fabulous collection of art, antiquities, and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. As your guide shares history and insight, you’ll also tour St. Peter’s Basilica where there is much to admire including, of course, one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, the Pietà. This tour ends at St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

Day 11: Head South to Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy

Private Transfer to Sorrento with Pompeii Tour

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the train station for your onward journey to Naples, where you’ll be warmly greeted upon arrival. Then setting out in your own chauffeured car, you’ll skirt the Bay of Naples traveling southeast to Pompeii. Two thousand years ago, Pompeii was a thriving port and sophisticated Roman city with an estimated population of more than 10,000 residents. But in the year 79 AD, a cataclysmic eruption buried the city and thousands of its inhabitants under 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash. These ruins were first discovered in the late 1500s, but systematic excavation did not begin until 1738. Today, the vast archaeological site at Pompeii is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; indeed, its remarkably preserved villas, frescoes, baths, and other public buildings offer an almost you-are-there look into the life and culture of ancient Rome! With your own private guide, your tour of Pompeii will be enhanced by historical narratives and gripping stories that bring the ancient city and its long-ago inhabitants to life.

After sightseeing, continue your journey around the Bay of Naples to Sorrento, a picturesque coastal resort set on the southern shores with spectacular views of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay. Check in to your choice of hotel in the heart of town and enjoy the rest of this day to relax or explore the town at your own pace.

Check-in at the Bellevue Syrene

Centrally located in Sorrento, this hotel is right on the beach. The Bellevue Syrene welcomes guests in a 6-story building with an elevator and 49 rooms. Multilingual staff at the reception desk in the lobby are happy to answer any questions. Amenities available at the hotel include a baggage storage service and a safe. Wireless internet access in public areas (no extra charge) allows guests to stay connected. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere. Guests of the hotel are welcome to relax in the garden. Additional facilities include a library. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot. Further services and facilities include a babysitting service on request, a transfer service, room service, a laundry service, a coin-operated laundry, and a page service. Complimentary newspapers are available.

 

Day 12: Stroll the Streets of Sorrento

Sorrento Walking Tour + Free Time

Sorrento has long been popular with travelers on holiday! But despite its continued appeal over the centuries, it retains all the charms of a classic Mediterranean town. Setting out this morning with your in-the-know personal guide, you’ll enjoy a walking tour along its cobblestone streets, passing through its graceful plazas to admire the town’s handsome villas and enchanting gardens. After sightseeing, the rest of this day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

 

Day 13: Sightseeing in Sorrento and Capri

Private Boat Tour in Capri

Capri Sightseeing with Blue Grotto from Sorrento

Enjoy a magical day discovering Capri and Anacapri, topping it off with a private boat experience in the famed Blue Grotto. The tour begins with a visit to Anacapri, a concentration of Mediterranean colors and the scents of lemon groves. Your expert, local private guide will help you uncover the village’s hidden gems – easily overlooked by the untrained eye. Next, board your own private boat to visit the magical Blue Grotto, one of the natural beauties of the island. Best known for the particular play of light created by the blue reflections of water, an effect due to the sunlight that enters the cavity below sea level. After your magical boat ride you will be returned to your hotel.

 

Say ‘Arrivederci’ to Italy!

Fly Home From Naples

After breakfast, your car and driver will take you to the airport in Naples, where you’ll fly home from Italy.

Customize Your Italian Itinerary

We hope this 13-day itinerary has sparked your imagination and inspired you to embark on your own Italian adventure. Whether it is gondola rides through Venice, admiring Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Florence, throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or basking in the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento, Italy has something for every traveler. The best part is that there are countless cities to explore and routes to take through Italy! Get in touch with our luxury travel advisors to plan an itinerary that’s personalized for you.

 

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