Let us say that you have found yourself in the most magnificent situation. You are currently planning a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice, with a full week to be able to cover three cities that make the list of the most revered cities in the world.
Good for you! You are about to embark on a fascinating, eye-opening adventure.
But it would be understandable if you were worried about how to best organize your trip in order to get the most out of each city. This guide will give you practical tips and valuable information about how to make this a memorable and successful trip.
The charm of all three cities: Rome, Florence and Venice, has been attempted to be described through so much writing and art over the course of years, yet in a way, that charm remains to be inexplicable until you experience it for yourself.
Rome’s bustling, metropolitan life as a capital of the country is felt in its electric energy. Florence is where one lets themselves melt in the cauldron of art the city has to offer. And the Venetian legacy remains largely unique in its culture and way of life, the merchant city floating on the glittering waters of the lagoon.
Over time, Walks Inside Rome has become an expert in curating and organizing tours and experiences in these three cities.
If you are looking for a Rome, Florence and Venice package, here are some of our tips for your stay.
Day 1: Ancient Rome
Start your journey by exploring the wonders of Ancient Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Admire the grandeur of Roman architecture and immerse yourself in the millenia-long history of this eternal city.
The Colosseum is the world’s most famous ancient amphitheater known for the spectacle of the gladiator fights it used to host.
The Roman Forum is an expanse of ruins adjacent to the Colosseum, with telling signs of an important commercial and political hub for the ancient Romans.
The Palatine Hill is famous for its tale of Romulus, Remus and the she-wolf, alluding to the inception of the city of Rome.
We suggest a private tour of the Colosseum that lets you navigate either the arena floor or the underground space of Rome in order to avoid long lines and to enjoy the benefits of having a guide available.
It is also possible to organize tailor-made tours based on the attractions that you want to see: see what facilities we offer through the full day in Rome tour and muse over what itinerary you would like to create for it with our help!
Day 2: Vatican and Christian Rome
Take a day to explore the Vatican and places related to the Christian history of Rome. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, admire the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and discover the treasures kept in the Vatican Museums.
St. Peter’s Basilica is located within the Vatican City and has been a point for mass pilgrimage due to its extreme significance for the Catholic world. It was built on the burial ground of one of the twelve apostles of Jesus- St. Peter.
The Vatican Museums are a cluster of museums within the Vatican City that hold some of the most important and widely visited art collections and historical artifacts that were collected by the Catholic Church over time.
The Sistine Chapel is arguably the most revered room in the Vatican Museums, known for its stupendous frescoes by Michelangelo that depict some of the most important religious scenes such as ‘The Creation of Adam’ and ‘The Last Judgement’.
We suggest an early morning tour to visit the Vatican and its museums before they become too crowded, which they usually are, every single day!
How do we propose to spend the rest of the day?
Why not dive deeper into other tombs and basilicas scattered across the Eternal City that pertain to the Christian world?
Day 3: Roman Lifestyle
We think that if your Rome, Florence and Venice vacation gifts you the chance to spend a third day in Rome, the optimal way to spend it would be to immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the capital.
For lovers of sophistication and shopping, the best proposal for a tour is the fashion in Rome package. You will be guided through the stores and brands that holistically make up the iconic histories of Italian fashion.
Or, if you would prefer to satiate the curiosity of what life revolving around Roman food is like, consider taking a food tour instead! Spend an evening meandering around the neighborhood of Trastevere and experience the colors, smells and tastes of the street food, drinks and full meals that Rome has to offer!
Day 4: Dive into the Renaissance
Travel from Rome to Florence to be captivated by some of the main gems of the Renaissance era- the dome of the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery of St. John, the Santa Maria Novella and extensive art works available in the famous museum of the Uffizi (to name just a few!)
We offer a full Florence tour including travel to the city, an extensive visit to the Uffizi gallery as well as a visit to see Michelangelo’s greatly admired “David” statue in the Accademia gallery.
We also offer other packages for those who want to travel to Florence independently, but once there, would like some expert guidance in order to fully capture the essence of the Tuscan capital.
Day 5: Florence Lifestyle, Food and Wine
Explore Florentine life, strolling through the romantic streets of Florence and discovering its hidden secrets. Enjoy a tasting of Tuscan wines and delicious traditional dishes to fully immerse yourself in the gastronomic culture of this city.
We suggest taking on a tour that lets you fully enjoy the atmospheric aesthetics of Florence, such as a sunset boat tour that first allows you to take lustful walks within the historical center, then takes you on a beautiful sunset boat tour to be closer to the water element that creates the heart of the city. Afterward, enjoy an indulgent aperitivo that lets you watch Florentine life slowly transform from its day to its night life.
Day 6: Venice Walking Tour
From Florence to Venice: visiting La Serenissima is an unforgettable experience. Take a whole day to experience its charming canals and Gothic palaces. Take a stroll to discover the beauty of St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the atmosphere of this floating city.
This one day tour in Venice package has a lot of advantages for those looking for a practical solution. It takes you to all the best-known sites in the city but also allows you to extend your experience further by offering either an atmospheric sunset cruise down the Grand Canal, or a boat trip to Murano for a glass blowing tour (the island is famous for this!)
Day 7: Ride a Gondola before you leave
Before leaving Venice, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience a gondola ride through the Venetian canals. Admire the elegant palaces and let yourself be lulled by the romance of this unique city in the world.
A ride on a gondola delights adults and children alike!
Our gondola tour does not merely take you at random through different canals that connect Venice. It actually follows a plan that allows you to see important cultural landmarks such as the Peggy Guggenheim museum, Mozart’s house, Doges’ Palace and more.