Undiscovered Italy - Venice to Rome

Walking around Venice feels like a dream. The impossible blue of the canals, the fine mist that sometimes hangs over the city, the experience of turning a corner and seeing an all-white church on an island of its own, or a spindly tree sprouting directly out of the lagoon, give the place a “wait, is this real?”

Day 1 – ARRIVAL in VENICE


Arrive at Venice airport (or train station), meet with your driver and transfer to your hotel by private water taxi. Overnight in Venice.

Day 2 – VENICE Walking tour of the city

Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning depart for a SIC walking excursion of Venice. An unforgettable tour to discover Venice through its narrow alleys called “calli”, countless bridges and wide traditional and picturesque squares, still the heart of Venetian people's social life. Let our professional guide take you on an unforgettable journey among Venice's beauties and history. Discover the famous sites as well as hidden gems mixed with interesting facts about the city of the Serenissima and its everlasting history.

The first highlight of the walking tour is St. Mark’s square, with the description of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie. From St. Mark’s square, we will move forward to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where
we will admire the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church with the famous Pantheon. Follow the Scuola Grande di
San Marco is also knowns as the “Great School of Charity” (the Captains of Fortune). Last but not least, head back to St. Mark’s and admire the Malibran Theatre, step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life back in time, nowadays Venice’s main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square

Day 3 – VENICE TO BOLOGNA

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer on your own to the train station and departure to Bologna via high-speed train. Arrive in Bologna and check in at the hotel. Free time at leisure. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 4 – BOLOGNA CITY TOUR

Breakfast in the hotel. Among the most creative European cities, Bologna will captivate you by offering emotions and genuineness. Take the time to visit and discover the city, wandering and 'getting lost' through arcades, squares and market stalls, where human relationships and urban charm are inseparable. Starting from Piazza Maggiore, enclosed by the beautiful ancient palaces of Accursio, Re Enzo, Podestà and Notai and by the majesty of Basilica di San Petronio, you will then continue your visit discovering the many towers in Bologna, and not only the “two sisters” Garisenda and Asinelli. From the top of the Asinelli tower, you can admire the red roofs and the hills around the city.

Once back on the ground, you will be embraced by kilometres of arcades, the longest in the world, animated by the voices of many Italian and foreign students who attend the oldest university in Europe. When visiting the museums, you will appreciate all the history of Bologna from the Etruscan and Roman origins to its modern and contemporary artists' paintings and writings. Don’t leave Bologna if you haven’t tasted the famous and unbeatable traditional dishes as well as its cooking proposals open to the new tastes coming from different cultures. Last “but not least”, be enchanted by the magic of Bologna nightlife and events made of all kinds of music, cinema, theatre... Departure to a SIC excursion of the city.

When you join us for our Welcome to Bologna Tour, you'll be able to sample the best Italian flavours in the historic city centre and climb the tallest preserved medieval tower in Italy! We'll begin with an introduction to Bologna from Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city and you'll learn some interesting facts about its history. Then we'll climb the Asinelli Tower the best-preserved tower from the Middle Ages from which we'll
enjoy a breathtaking view over Bologna. Next, we'll pop into Bologna's traditional food market called Quadrialtero and enter a historical family-run deli store to savour the city favourites: Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, salami, mortadella, balsamic vinegar, and more! Finally, we'll visit an ancient "Drogheria", a family-run shop that's hidden in plain sight. Here we'll taste local wine, chocolate and a pastry. Return to hotel. Free time at leisure. Overnight in Bologna


Day 5 – BOLOGNA EXCURSION TO MOTORVALLEY

Breakfast in the hotel. Live a full day in close contact with the Legend of cars. An incredible tour that will take you inside the Ferrari world, from Ferrari Museum in Maranello, a guided tour by bus of Fiorano racetrack and Enzo Ferrari House Museum in Modena. Includes a delicious lunch in a typical agritourism. Return to hotel. Overnight in Bologna

Day 6 – BOLOGNA TO ROME

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Rome via high-speed train. Arrive in Rome and check in at the hotel. Free time at leisure. Rome, caput mundi (capital of the world), the eternal city, …. This city has been called in many ways. As a matter of fact, Rome is the cradle of
occidental civilization and Christian culture, a huge open-air museum and a, without doubt, one the most beautiful cities in the world; every year millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. Rome is an enchanting city where you'll discover a romantic blend of culture and history
spiced up with a vibrant street and nightlife. Add to the mix delicious gastronomy and excellent Italian wines, the typical and warm Italian hospitality, the dolce vita style, and unique corners like Colosseum, Trevi fountain or St Peter Basilica and you’ll get a dream destination impossible to miss.

When you enter Rome's churches, cathedrals, museums, and galleries you'll find awe-inspiring paintings and sculptures that cover all the eras and great names of Western art. These range from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling to frescoes by Raphael and paintings that show the skill of Caravaggio to the glorious fountains of Bernini. A trip to Rome, though, encompasses much more than a stroll through art and architecture. Sipping a coffee or aperitif in street cafes, or enjoying a glass of beer while you take in the vistas from terraces and piazzas are just as much a part of the tourist experience in this most romantic of cities.

Day 7 – ROME – IMPERIAL ROME WITH COLOSSEUM

In the morning free time or a chance to join the departure for a SIC excursion to Vatican Museums.

Included in the package there is a SIC excursion to Colosseum and Imperial Rome departing in the afternoon just after lunchtime (approx. 3 hours). Departure from a very central meeting point at 13.15 and arrive by coach at Piazza Venezia you then continue on foot to the famous Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach, we will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains from where it will take us 5 minutes to reach the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum (visit inside, the entrance fee is included). Due to seasonal opening times, the itinerary may be altered without notice.

Day 8 – DEPARTURE DAY


Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer by private car to Rome Fiumicino airport for your departure flight.

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