Italian Classic Beauty: Rome, Florence, Venice in 10 days by train
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Italian Classic Beauty: Rome, Florence, Venice in 10 days by train

This sample 10 day (9 nights) itinerary covers Rome, Florence & Venice. Starting off in Rome you'll have a chance to get acquainted, or reacquainted, with the eternal city. From here you'll take the high speed train to Florence, where you will be swept up in the atmosphere of the Renaissance. Another high speed train journey will take you to your final destination, the city on the sea, Venice, a place unlike any other. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers (airport & train station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Italy
• Rome
• Florence
• Venice

Itinerary


3 Nights in Rome

Day 1

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.

Included : Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer

Day 2

First Time in Rome
You'll be introduced to the layout and history of Rome today. Riding comfortable Brompton city bikes through the picturesque cobbled streets of the historical center of Rome flanked by beautifully built aristocratic palazzi, our eyes will be enchanted by the white travertino marble churches and they will feast on the famous variety of colours that make Rome unique. This tour is designed to get you oriented in the city and the main sights in the great center of Rome without duplicating the city's signature attractions such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Vatican. On this tour you'll learn all about Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona as well as getting a little outside the obvious and crossing over the Tiber to the Trastevere neighborhood.

The Might of Rome Small Group Bike Tour
The Might of Rome Small Group Bike Tour
Maximum group size : 4
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Rome's origin story unfolds when you visit the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Hear about life in ancient Rome and soak in the grandeur of these testaments to a lost civilisation. Your private guide will explain how the Colosseum was built and what happened to it in the years since. You will proceed to the Roman Forum, the center of political life of the city and ultimately the Empire, finding out the different purposes of the buildings whose columns and porticos still stand today.
Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Maximum group size : 12
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Included : The Might of Rome Small Group Bike Tour

Day 3

Optional: Tivoli Villas & Gardens Private Tour
On this special Tivoli Villas and Gardens Tour you can enjoy an unforgettable day through the countryside of Lazio to Tivoli and visit the stunning UNESCO listed Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in the comfort of your own private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking driver eager to help you create memories you’ll cherish for life.
Tivoli Villas & Gardens Private Tour
Tivoli Villas & Gardens Private Tour
Duration : 6 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Optional: Rome Food Tour & Pizza Making Group Tour
Your discovery of Italy’s food starts in one of Rome’s liveliest piazzas: Campo de'Fiori. As you wander the stalls, find out how to pick your produce like a local. Learn which foods are in season, which aren’t, and why that’s so important to Italians and to farmers. Of course, you’ll also taste the goods! Your local guide will introduce you to the family that’s run one of our favorite stands for more than a century. They sell their own, homemade olive oil and balsamic vinegar – you’ll get to try these and more! Led by a local foodie you’ll discover (and taste) the differences between prosciutto crudo or coppa, parmesan or pecorino. Find out why you’re not automatically offered parmesan with every pasta (especially in Rome) and whether mozzarella di bufala really comes from buffalo milk. After all these tastings, it’s time to play chef. At a local Italian restaurant, you'll make your own pizza, super-fun for both adults and kids. Because it takes so long for the dough to develop, that’s already made for you so you’ll roll the dough, add your own toppings and slide it into the huge wood-burning oven the old-school way.
Rome Food Tour & Pizza Making Group Tour
Rome Food Tour & Pizza Making Group Tour
Duration : 3.5 Hours
Activity level : Light

Day 4

Today it's time to bid arriverderci to the Eternal City. You're headed to Italy's art palace, Florence. The high speed train service gets you there in just over an hour and a half. We've included standard class tickets in your package but can upgrade these to business class for an extra fee. We will also arrange for a driver to take you to Roma Termini station in plenty of time for your departing train.
Included : Rome Train Station Transfer, Rome - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets

A little about Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

3 Nights in Florence

Day 1

Upon arriving to Florence's main station, Santa Maria Novella, you can either make your way on foot to your hotel if it's within easy walking distance or take a taxi, which should cost no more than 15 euros. We can arrange to have a driver waiting for you if you wish but it would be much more expensive.

Day 2

The Best of Florence in a Day
There's plenty to see in Florence to be sure that you'll get to see the main highlights in one day we will arrange for places on a group tour that combines visits to the Accademia to see Michaelangelo's famous David, the Uffizi Gallery to admire the must-see works of the Renaissance and a walking tour of the historical center of Florence to help you both get your bearings and become familiar with the history of this magnificent city. After the Accademia visit in the morning you'll have a lunch break when you're free to grab a quick bite to eat before rejoining the group for the walking tour and Uffizi visit.

Treasures of Florence Group Tour
Treasures of Florence Group Tour
Duration : 5-6 hours (incl lunch break)
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Treasures of Florence Group Tour

Day 3

Market Tour and Cooking Class
What better way to get to know a region than by cooking some of its local dishes. Your day starts with a market tour with your Italian chef, you'll be picking the best ingredients to prepare the day's menu. From the market you'll continue to the kitchen where the cooking begins.

You'll prepare a full four course Italian meal from appetisers to dessert, including making fresh pasta as well as a main (seafood or meat) dish with sides. Once the work is done you'll sit down to enjoy the fruit of your labors accompanied by your choice of wine, soft drink or water.
Market Tour and Cooking Class
Market Tour and Cooking Class
Duration : 5.5 Hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Market Tour and Cooking Class

Day 4

Your time in Florence has drawn to a close but there's plenty more Italian splendor ahead of you as you push north to the magnificent maritime city of Venice. We have included standard class train tickets for the high speed train service which takes around two hours. As your accommodation may be within easy walking distance of the station we haven't included a train station transfer. If needed your hotel reception can easily book a taxi for you a reasonable rate.
Included : Florence - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets

A little about Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. 

But there’s more to do in Florence than admire art. It’s a beautiful and very romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add a handful of world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and that warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Visiting Florence also perfectly situates you for exploring Tuscany. There are many easy day trips that will take you through picturesque landscapes of hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

3 Nights in Venice

Day 1

Start your Venetian experience off in style by arriving in a private water taxi. We'll arrange a transfer by boat from Santa Lucia train station to your hotel in the city.

Included : Venice Water Taxi Santa Lucia Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Introducing Venice: A Private Tour
Venice is a magical city, and today you’ll discover the best it has to offer, with a private three-hour tour with your own personal guide. You’ll get a feel for the layout of the city and appreciate some of its legendary landmarks. After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll head toward the elegant Piazza San Marco, which is enclosed by buildings from the ancient republic. The shining gold of the Byzantine St. Mark church is sure to impress you. Later you’ll wind your way through the Castello district, including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. Before reaching the famous Rialto bridge you’ll stop by the square of San Giovanni e Paolo and the Marco Polo House. From the top of the bridge you’ll be able to take in the wonders of the Grand Canal. At this point you’ll be right in the market, which is a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine along with local recipes. Here you’ll conclude your tour in true Italian style.

First Time in Venice Private Tour
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Special Interest Venice Small Group Tours

If this is your first time in Venice, then a general interest walking tour is definitely the best choice. But if you’ve visited this atmospheric city before, there are a number of themed tours, all led by experts, that highlight some very specific aspects of the city. To keep the price affordable these are “small group” tours, usually with no more than 6 participants. For groups of 4 or more, a private tour can be arranged, at little or no extra cost. You get the deep knowledge of a great guide and you’ll meet other visitors to the city with similar interests to you.

You could learn all about Venice’s most famous architecture, or discover the city’s famous shopping culture. If you prefer to explore Jewish heritage, there’s a walking tour for that too. See below for all the special interest tours we can arrange for you in Venice.

Doge’s Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in Venice, and there’s no better way to explore it than by taking this special tour, Doge’s Palace and the Politics of Venice. Led by an expert local guide, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the design of the palace and how it reflects shifts of power and politics in Venice throughout the ages.

A Century of Splendor and Decadence: Casanova’s Venice is a tour that will bring 18th century Venice to life for you. You’ll visit a museum in a sumptuous 18th century palace housing rich collections of art and culture, including works by Pietro Longhi, Canaletto and Tiepolo. With the docent you’ll examine numerous beautiful rooms and get a real feel for life among the patrician families who once owned these buildings. It’s a sublime insight into royal Venice.

Castello: Maritime Venice will introduce you to the largest quarter in Venice and the home of the former powerhouse of Venetian naval construction, the Arsenale. During this stroll with an expert local you’ll visit the southwest section of the neighborhood, which is quite distinct in character and a quieter side of the island. You’ll see Napoleon’s legacy of urban planning as well as the Giardini Pubblici and the important church San Pietro in Castello. Your guide will paint a complete portrait of the area’s vibrant history.

The plague played a deadly role in Venice’s history, and this tour, Plague in Venice, will show you the most fascinating aspects of the outbreak that swept Europe from 1348 to 1631. Led by a local historian, you’ll find out how the plague shaped life and politics in Venice, and you’ll have a fascinating discussion on its medical, social and historical effects, and artistic outcomes. You’ll also see the many monuments built in gratitude after the plague ended, including the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health), designed by Baldassarre Longhena.

Besides the canals, the architecture of Venice is the real draw to the city. This tour, Architecture of Venice, will give you a glimpse of the most impressive buildings in the city. Guided by a local expert, you’ll begin in Campo San Zaccaria where you’ll discuss the mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles of the church complex. Depending on the interests of the group, you may then meander toward Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you can see the modern interventions of Carlo Scarpa and Mario Botta on the 16th century Palazzo Querini-Stampalia. You’ll then continue on to the other architectural and historical marvels. You’ll dissect the form and function of these immense structures and their importance in glorifying the Venetian Republic to the outside world.

If you’ve read Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, chances are you’ve already been wondering what evidence of the Bard you can find in the city. Shylock’s Venice is the perfect way to get an inside look at the Jewish community of Venice, both past and present. Guided by a local historian, you’ll explore the Jewish ghetto and spend time visiting the Synagogue, and the memorials to Italian Jews lost in World War I and World War II. Of course, you’ll also find evidence of the thriving Jewish community of today.

If you’re visiting the city with your family, or you’re just looking to find out how people actually live in Venice and go about their days with their family, this is the tour for you. Daily life in Venice for Families is led by a family trained expert who will show you Venetian life on an engaging, kid-focused tour. You’ll see the city through the lens of a recurring theme, keeping children engaged. It’s a tour that the kids will enjoy and one that will give you an in-depth perspective of the city that goes deeper than the tourist veneer.

The fact that Venice is built on water is one of its most unique characteristics, but it also poses problems that make ecologists concerned about the city’s future. Led by an expert, The Ecology of Venice is a tour that will show you the historical context of this unique city and its relationship with the surrounding waters. Together with the identification of particular symptoms, characteristics and remedial measures, the narrative during the walk will also provide an introduction to the current safeguarding challenges for Venice and its lagoon.

Art and Society in Historic Venice is a three-hour walk exploring Venetian art from the early Renaissance, and touching on the urban nature of the city and its relationships with water and the East, through trade and the worship of relics. As Venetian art is highly intertwined in the culture and social structure, you will also gain knowledge of the social history of the city. You’ll visit churches such as San Zaccaria, which contains stunning 15th century altarpieces, as well as one of Giovanni Bellini’s most famous works. At the end of the walk you will come away with a strong understanding of the early Renaissance in Venice and how it laid the foundation for the splendors of the high Renaissance artists who followed.

Special Interest Venice Small Group Tours
Special Interest Venice Small Group Tours
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Light

Included : First Time in Venice Private Tour

Day 3

Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice

Take your taste buds on a delicious adventure with this tour of Venice's Bacari wine bars and their famous cicchetti dishes. These small tapas-style dishes are ideal for teaming with Italian wine, so tour the city's famous bars and try everything from fried olives to wedges of cheesy polenta. With the chance to learn about the history along the way, this is one Venice tour no food lover can miss. This three-hour tour is a pure delight for all your senses. You'll love it!

Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice
Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice

Day 4

It's time to bid arrivederci to Venice but you'll get a good last look at the city as your private water taxi captain takes you to the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Venice Water Taxi Marco Polo Airport Transfer

A little about Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.

Please note, no particular accommodation is specified in the package. The price you see on this proposal is based on estimated costs of 3 Star accommodation, or next best available class, in each destination. The total package price will depend on the accommodation you choose.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Rome
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
  • The Might of Rome Small Group Bike Tour
    Duration : 3 Hours
    Includes : Guide, Brompton city bike hire, Helmet
    Excludes : Tip for a guide
  • Rome Train Station Transfer
  • Rome - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Florence
  • Treasures of Florence Group Tour
    Duration : 5-6 hours (incl lunch break)
    Includes : Guide, Entrances to Accademia and Uffizi
    Excludes : Meals and drinks, Tip for your guide
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class
    Duration : 5.5 Hours
    Includes : Market tour, Cooking class, Meal and drinks (wine and soft drinks), Recipes to take home
    Excludes : Optional tip
  • Florence - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Venice
  • Venice Water Taxi Santa Lucia Train Station Transfer
  • First Time in Venice Private Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Wine glass and tapas in each place (about 5 places), Traghetto ride to cross the canal
    Excludes : Tip for the Guide
  • Venice Water Taxi Marco Polo Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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